Staff

Elizabeth Jahp

Elizabeth Jahp

Executive Director

PSIA Level 1, Alpine

Elizabeth joined Wasatch Adaptive Sports in 2014 after nonprofit work in the coastal region of Ecuador landed her in Salt Lake City. She has a BA in communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley where she also played division I lacrosse. Elizabeth is American Avalanche Association level 1 certified. She also has a Nonprofit Academy for Excellence certificate from the University of Utah and is a certified yoga instructor from InBody Academy with an adaptive yoga focus from Mind Body Solutions. Mountain biking, road biking, skiing and yoga are among her passions whether out with a group of students or enjoying free time with her rescue-pup Momo and five siblings.

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Peter Mandler

Founder

PSIA Level 3, Alpine

Peter founded Wasatch Adaptive Sports in 1977,  out of the Snowbird Mountain School, to help fill the need for affordable recreational, educational and social programs for children and adults with special needs. He has seen the program grow from a handful of lessons in the winter to over 4,000 year-round lessons annually. Peter works in all aspects of the program, but his passion is interacting directly with the students. Peter is an Alpine Level 3 certified instructor and the recipient of the 2009 Utah Ski Archives History-Maker Award.

 

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Eileen May-West

Program Manager

Eileen’s passion for playing as much as possible, especially in the outdoors, brought her from CT, to Syracuse, NY, to New Hampshire, and finally to Utah. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse in Sport Management and TV/Radio/Film, and a master’s from the University of New Hampshire in Therapeutic Recreation Administration. She is a Licensed Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and has spent the past 5 years working in adaptive sports. When she’s not working, you can find her with her husband, Justin, out biking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, running, ballin’, laxing, surfing, or just having fun! Basically, every day has the potential to be the best day ever!

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Abbie Sauter

Development Manager

Abbie became a member of the Wasatch Adaptive Sports team in 2016 and brings a background in nonprofit management and development.  Prior to joining WAS, Abbie worked as a nonprofit capacity building consultant with Draper Consulting Group in Los Angeles.  In addition, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and as a trip leader for Bike & Build.  Abbie studied Sociology/Anthropology and History at Washington & Lee University where she was a member of the swim team. She also holds a Master of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management focus from the University of Southern California.  In her free time, Abbie enjoys skiing, biking, and adventuring outside.

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Marina Lawson

Office Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator

PSIA Level 1, Alpine

Marina is a Little Cottonwood Canyon local and loves all things skiing. She first joined the Wasatch Adaptive team in 2007. She realized her passion for teaching skiing and became PSIA certified in ’08. When not at Wasatch Adaptive Sports, Marina works for a medical clinic in downtown Salt Lake City as a Licensed Acupuncturist. In her free time she enjoys exploring the mountains with Kevin, her husband, her daughter Ruby and their dog Howard.

Robin Cecil

Robin Cecil

Special Events Manager

Robin has worked with Wasatch Adaptive Sports since 1998.  She loves to ski and work with children, leading to her start as an instructor. She transitioned to the Director of Special Events in 2002 with a focus on the Steve Young Ski Classic. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and works with youth in injury prevention and adults through worksite health promotion and injury prevention.  Robin is the mother of four and loves to spend time with her husband and children.

Instructors

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Alex Mansir

Summer Equipment Manager

PSIA Level 1 Alpine

Alex is a year round instructor with Wasatch Adaptive Sports. He has a long history of teaching outdoor recreation to youth. He likes to focus on the fun and happiness that the outdoors has to offer.

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Jackson Ball

PSIA Level 1, Alpine

Jackson has a background in medical research, primarily in neuroscience. His passions outside of work include skiing, biking, backpacking, reading, and writing. He believes there is a unique awareness and joy that be can found in the natural world, whether just sitting quietly, madly descending a mountain on bike or skis, or anything in between. Jackson believes that WAS, with its wonderful community of instructors and students, is one of the best places to practice and promote compassion and joy, two of the most important things in this world.

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Anna Beninati

Anna learned to sit-ski with Wasatch Adaptive sports in 2011, and began working with us shortly thereafter. She is now an athlete on the U.S. Paralympic Development Team for Alpine Skiing.

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Ed Chauner

PSIA-I clinic leader/examiner, PSIA Level 3, Alpine, Telemark and Level 1 Snowboard

Ed has been a ski instructor since 1982 and has worked for Snowbird Ski Patrol and Snow Safety since 2003. Ed has 28 years of road racing experience and 26 years of mountain bike racing experience competing in events such as the World Mountain Bike Championships and the US National Road Race. Aside from being an instructor with Wasatch Adaptive Sports, Ed is a mountain guide for World Wide Trekking in Africa, Nepal, Peru and Argentina and President/Founder of Chauner Promotions, Inc. He also has his certification in Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder and Avalanche level 1.

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Mark Fisher

Mark is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC. He served 13 years active duty and continues to serve in the USMC Reserve. He has worked with Snowbird Ski Patrol since 2005 and currently is the Director of Military Training at Snowbird. He instructs skiing and teaches avalanche and backcountry awareness to our Veterans.

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Michelle Fisher

Michelle Fisher is an Air Force combat veteran of ten years who has been deployed four times to the Middle East including Kirkuk Iraq. Michelle started with WAS as a member of their Trail Crew Program, and now works as an instructor and peer support for other veterans. When not at WAS, Michelle is a student at Salt Lake Community College studying Energy Management/Energy Engineering with an emphasis on solar. On April 3, 2015 Michelle was singled out to meet with President Obama, Orin Hatch and other local politicians for a round table discussion of the Solar VET Ready program and how to dissolve the hurdles that may prevent veterans from using their GI Bill benefits for college.

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Maddie Grainger

Born in Portland and growing up in Colorado, Maddie has been an athlete and outdoor person her whole life. Along with skiing, biking, hiking, and camping, Maddie played soccer growing up. Soccer became her key to the world, taking her to college and international travels. Since coming to Utah, skiing has taken over as her favorite outdoor activity. Maddie has taken up telemark skiing and backcountry touring. She currently plays soccer for the Real Salt Lake Women’s team, works at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in behavioral therapy, and skis as much as possible.

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Ed Heinrich

PSIA Level 1, Alpine and AASI Level 1 Snowboard

Ed is a certified ski and snowboard instructor with both Wasatch Adaptive Sports and Snowbird Mountain School. In the summer he is an Ocean Lifeguard in Malibu. He is a retired Captain/Lead Line Check Pilot for Delta Airlines. He was also a pilot in the US Air Force and flew in Vietnam. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

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Justin Latimer

A 26 year old, Utah native, Justin learned to ski at Snowbird at the age of 5 and has been hooked on the steeps ever since! Background in Exercise Science, Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine in California. Competitor on the North American FreeRide Tour for snowboarding. Justin loves his family, friends, snow sports, skateboarding, traveling, biking, hiking and just spending free time in the mountains with his pup Oaks!

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Justin May-West

Justin has been passionate about exploring the outdoors from a young age. More recently, sharing outdoor experiences with individuals with adaptive needs has become a passion. Since 2010, Justin has been involved in adaptive sports from the East coast to Utah, in sports ranging from skiing to wakeboarding to hiking to kayaking. Justin recieved his bachelor of science in industrial design/ product design from Appalachian State in North Carolina. He now builds homes in the Park City area and enjoys spending his time outside exploring with his wife.

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Steve Mersereau

PSIA Level 2, Alpine and Adaptive

Steve has taught adaptive and alpine skiing for nearly 10 years.  He has over 10 years of experience facilitating outdoor-based experiential corporate leadership development and team-building programs. He lives in Park City and his passions include skiing, biking and running in the Wasatch mountains. In his spare time, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in management and healthcare administration for two on-line universities.

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Caroline Miller

Caroline joined Wasatch Adaptive Sports in 2017 after moving to Salt Lake from Montana.  She learned to ski at age five and is passionate about being outdoors in any way possible.  She joined an adaptive sports organization in Bozeman, Montana in 2012 where she became part of their adaptive ski teaching team and Assistant Director of their summer oncology camp.  She received a BS in Community Health and is now working on her Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Utah.  You will never find Caroline sitting still; she’s obsessed with coffee, climbing, traveling, skiing, teaching kids to love the outdoors, and enjoying time with friends.

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Emily Paulson

Emily has spent the greater part of the past four years following the seasons and adventures, while working in outdoor education and recreation.  She has worked as a ski instructor, for a farm, as a naturalist, guiding trips, and in adaptive recreation.  She calls the central coast of California home, but enjoys exploring new places!  She loves avocados, bike touring, backpacking, gardening, dogs, skiing, and relaxing in a hammock.  She is excited to be part of the WAS team!

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Matt Ryan

PSIA Level 1, Alpine and Adaptive Skiing, AASI Level 1 Snowboarding

Raised in Minnesota, Matt moved to Alta, Utah in 1979 after 2 years of college.  As an avid skier and skateboarder, he became one of the first snowboarders in the Wasatch.   Among other jobs, he worked as an Alta Ski Patroller for almost 15 years, before returning to school and earning a BS in Nursing from the University of Utah in 1998.  After working as a nurse in multiple hospital settings, he returned to Alta in 2008 to work at the Alta Medical Clinic.   He has worked as an instructor teaching Avalanche Safety and Rescue, and currently volunteers at the Alta School.  Matt has worked as a full time instructor for Wasatch Adaptive Sports since 2012.   He spends summers with his wife in the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River, Oregon, where summer activities include kiteboarding, cycling, windsurfing, and paddle boarding.

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Dave Schoeneck

PSIA Level 1, Alpine

Dave has been with Wasatch Adaptive Sports since 1978. He works year-round with Wasatch Adaptive Sports. He absolutely loves our program and says he will instruct here until he is a student himself. When he is not skiing with us, Dave sells insurance. He is also a husband and father of three kids.

Bob Simon

Bob Simon

PSIA Level 1, Alpine

Bob has been working part time with WAS since 2012 and has been teaching skiing part-time since 1970.  Bob served on active duty as a U.S. Navy Pilot from 1974 to 1980 and retired from the Navy reserves in 1994.  He completed graduate school before he began flying commercially in 1984.  He is currently a pilot for American Airlines flying the Airbus 330 to Europe and the Middle East.

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Laura Vincent

Laura is a Utah native and has developed a deep appreciation of the wilderness.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation Management from Utah Valley University in 2011, and she is an advanced EMT.  She has used her education and training over the last several years by teaching youth and young adult groups mountain biking, skiing, climbing, and backpacking skills as well as managing the medical department of a wilderness program.  She loves instructing adaptive sports and helping others enjoy the benefits being active in the outdoors has to offer.  In her spare time she is passionate about mountain biking with her border collie Rossi.

Contact

Wasatch Adaptive Sports
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
9385 S, Snowbird Center Dr.
Snowbird, Utah, 84092-9000

Phone: (801) 933-2188

Fax: (801) 935-8338

info@wasatchadaptivesports.org

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