Dana Roberts, Operations Manager:

Dana comes to us from Putney, Vermont where she was working at Landmark College as the Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs. Since arriving at Landmark, she expanded outdoor recreation programs and experiential education opportunities for the 500-student campus that focuses on students with learning differences. She managed and facilitated the colleges’ ropes course as well as taught several physical education courses in recreation activities.  Prior to her time spent at Landmark College, she interned and worked for Higher Ground Sun Valley located in Ketchum, Idaho. Higher Grounds mission is to enhance quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. She worked in their adaptive ski and snowboard program, helping run the day-to-day operations. She was also their summer camp director for their ten-week day camp that serves local teens, adults and children with physical and cognitive disabilities.


img_7451Terry MacDonald, Administrative Director:

A long time resident of the Lincoln, New Hampshire area, Terry has had an accomplished 22 year career in the Hospitality industry working in Front Office Operations at Woodward’s Resort, Lincoln, NH, for 14 years, an additional 8 years of Food & Beverage experience with the Beacon Resort, Lincoln, NH. Her hospitality experience has benefitted and enhanced New England Disabled Sports when she joined the organization as Office Manager in 2012. Promoted to the position of Director of Administration in 2014, Terry oversees 250 volunteers involved in several seasonal programs, administrates and is responsible for Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable and administrates for all NEDS offices.


Tisha Achorn, Program Coordinator:

 

Tisha comes to NEDS from the Lakes Region of NH where she was a clinical instructor at the Birchtree Center. At Birchtree, Tisha was responsible for implementing OT, Speech, Academic, and Behavioral programs for children with Autism. Tisha previously worked at Merrowvista, a youth development program, developing her skills as an experienced facilitator in working through group dynamics and pushing individual growth. Tisha was an intern at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education center, where she gained much experience in adaptive ski instruction. While there, she obtained her PSIA level I adaptive in bi/mono skiing.

Lauren Yelinek, Bretton Woods Sports Coordinator:

Lauren is the newest member of the NEDS team and is the Sports      Coordinator at our Bretton Woods location.

Lauren graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology with a Minor in History. Her professional experience began with the Town of Breckenridge Recreation Department as a Youth Programs Attendant, where she directed after school nutrition and fitness programs for adolescents and at-risk youth.

She gained her experience working with volunteers as a AmeriCorps Client Services Coordinator at The American Red Cross in Tacoma, WA. At the ARC, Lauren managed individual caseworks and recovery processes for one hundred and twenty-three clients while supervising and mentoring over twenty Disaster Services volunteers across four counties.

Lauren comes to us with a variety of experiences including time spent as a ski & snowboard instructor at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), leading over two hundred individual therapeutic ski and snowboard lessons for participants living with a disability and a Special Education Para-Educator at Ludlow Public Schools.

While Lauren has a wealth of certifications & skills, she comes to us with PSIA & AASI Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Instructor certifications. She is excited to be back in the field she most resonates with, adaptive sports!