Adaptive Sports Foundation

Special Announcement from the ASF Board of Trustees-October 2012

Cherisse YoungThe Adaptive Sports Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that Cherisse Young has decided to step down from her duties as Executive Director. Young will remain in her current position while a search is conducted for her replacement.The ASF Board of Trustees has appointed a Search committee who has contracted Pamela Bol Reiss of PBR Search to conduct the search for the ASF’s next executive director. Once a new executive director is hired, Young will continue with the ASF as the interim Fundraising / Marketing Director until a candidate is found for that position.Young has been an employee of the Adaptive Sports Foundation since 1996 starting as a Fundraising Specialist under ASF Founder, Gwen Allard.   Young was promoted by Allard to the ASF’s Administrative/Development Director in 2000. After obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Management she was promoted to Executive Director by the Board of Trustees in 2004 when Allard retired. Young played a leadership role in the implementation and completion of a $4 million capital and endowment campaign that culminated in the completion of the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center. During her tenure as executive director, Young oversaw the development of the ASF Wounded Warrior programs and Paralympic competition programs, increasing the ASF fundraising budget from $500,000 to $1.1 million, the growth of the volunteer staff from 175 to 250 and a 35% increase in overall lessons provided annually.

“It was a really difficult decision,” Young said. “In the 16 years I’ve been with the ASF, it has grown significantly. I will always be grateful to Gwen Allard and the Board of Trustees for the opportunities they have given me to grow personally and professionally. The ASF and all the wonderful people associated with the organization will always have a large piece of my heart. I have made friends here that I know will be lifelong relationships. However, I have reached a point in my life where home and work were pulling me in two different directions. I realized it was time for me to step back, take some time with my family and eventually move on to the next phase of my professional life. ”

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Board Chairman Bob Stubbs states, “We are very grateful for the leadership and commitment Cherisse has shown as the ASF’s Executive Director over the past eight years. The Board has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for Cherisse’s replacement and will strive to find someone as capable, energetic, and dedicated as Cherisse to continue the work of the ASF.”

Interested candidates in the ASF executive director position can contact Pamela Bol Reiss at