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.
Terry 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.
Preston Shepard, Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator at Bretton Woods:
Preston Shepard is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSEd in Sport industry. Throughout his life, sport has been a passion, so after an accident in 2008 left him paralyzed, he was determined to keep sports a priority in his life. He became involved with The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC) in Dec. 2009. Since then, Preston has served in many capacities within the organization including, but not limited to, VP of the Board of Directors and Program Manager. He also worked to earn his certifications in PSIA Adaptive Alpine Skiing and ACA Kayaking with an adaptive endorsement. Preston has received numerous awards for his academic achievements, personal accomplishments, and his selfless work to help others overcome the obstacles presented by their disability. His ultimate goal in life is to demonstrate what is possible for people with a disability and to teach the skills necessary for them to reach their goals.