Staff

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Jared Dangerfield

Program Coordinator

PSIA Adaptive Level 3, EMT, WFR

As a local kid growing up in Utah, Jared tried to spend every bit of free time in the Wasatch and surrounding mountains. Fast forward a couple of decades and not much has changed. Skiing will always be his first love, but as the snow melts each year, he gets more and more excited about the mountain bike season. With all the hobbies and people he likes to do them with here, Jared hasn’t found a good enough reason to leave his home state. It’s with this love of Utah and its outdoor recreation opportunities that Jared is so passionate about adaptive sports. He believes everybody should be able to enjoy the beauty of this place and wants to help people get outside and take it all in.

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Elizabeth Jahp

Executive Director

PSIA Alpine Level 1

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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Jason Malczyk

Program Coordinator

PSIA-I Adaptive Coordinator, PSIA Adaptive Level 3, Adaptive DECL

Hailing from the the big mountain mecca of Mount Southington, Connecticut, Jason Malczyk grew up in a ski obsessed family. This obsession has lead to sculpting his life around skiing, developing an amazing skill to memorize ski resort maps, and recognizing the possibilities skiing holds for all people. After years of memorizing the best ski movie ever filmed at Snowbird, Better Off Dead, Jason is excited to ski the “K12 from the glacier” and live. He is bringing years of experience and growth from many other great adaptive programs around the country and is excited to land at WAS to continue to be a strong ally for the adaptive community!

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Peter Mandler

Founder

PSIA Alpine Level 3

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 Director

PSIA Alpine Level 1, Adaptive Level 2

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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Stephanie Medlin

Community Relations Specialist

With a background in outdoor recreation, Stephanie received her master’s degree in sport management and a bachelor’s in international studies at Baylor University, sic ’em bears! Before coming to Utah she started a grant-based youth outdoor program, working with low income youth in Waco. She came from Texas to Utah for her husband’s job and the mountains, and loves that adventure is always just minutes away! Some of her passions are running, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking.

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Olivia Olsen

Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in Utah, the Wasatch has been Olivia’s playground since she was an infant in her father’s baby backpack. From mountain biking to backpacking, snowboarding, and everything in between, Olivia loves to get outside. Olivia joined Snowbird’s Snowboard Team in middle school and traveled across the Intermountain West to compete in boardercross and Freeride World Tour Qualifier events for several years. Ultimately deciding there is no place like home, Olivia got her B.S. in Environmental Sustainability Studies and Geography with a Climate Change Certificate from the University of Utah. Her passion for recreation is what brought her to WAS as she believes everyone should be able to reap the amazing mental and physical benefits recreation can provide. During non-work hours, you’ll find Olivia playing with her two pups, practicing yoga, or exploring wild places, all with a cup of coffee in hand.

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Abbie Rice

Development Director

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.

Instructors

Tyndall Bounous

Tyndall Bounous

PSIA Alpine Level 1, AVY 1, WFR

I was born and raised in Utah skiing up Little Cottonwood Canyon and exploring Southern Utah. I have a BA in Psychology with an emphasis on positive psychology and utilizing physical activities in the outdoors to increase physical and emotional well-being. In my free time, I love to climb, backcountry ski, backpack, make ceramics, and play guitar.

Breanna Bozzuto

Breanna Bozzuto

Bre grew up in Maine and studied Exercise Physiology at the University of New Hampshire. After graduating college in 2017 she moved to Utah and quickly fell in love with the Wasatch. She grew up as a runner, plays ultimate frisbee competitively and is a lover of all things outdoors. Since moving to Utah hiking, trail running, biking, and skiing have become her passion. Bre is excited to share her passions and love for the outdoors with others!

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Adalee Buchanan

PSIA Alpine Level 1

Born and raised in beautiful Utah. Adalee attended Utah State University and graduated with a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral therapy. The majority of her summers have been spent working in Alaska. She enjoys spending time biking, skiing, traveling, and doing anything outdoors. She has loved getting involved in adaptive sports and being a part of WAS.

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Ed Chauner

PSIA-I Clinic Leader/Examiner, PSIA Alpine & Telemark Level 3, Snowboard Level 1

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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Adam Glos

RN, AAI Level 2, PSIA Adaptive Level 3, PSIA Child Specialist Level 1

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Adam’s passion for skiing and the outdoors led him to Jackson, WY where he began teaching and guiding for Teton Adaptive Sports at Jackson Hole. Since relocating to the Wasatch, Adam works as a Registered Nurse and is excited to continue serving the adaptive community. When it isn’t snowing, Adam enjoys biking, climbing, rafting, and dinosaurs.

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Maddy Grainger

PSIA Alpine Level 1

Born in Portland and growing up in Colorado, Maddy has been an athlete and outdoor person her whole life. Along with skiing, biking, hiking, and camping, Maddy 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. Maddy has taken up telemark skiing and backcountry touring. She previously played soccer for the Real Salt Lake Women’s team, currently works at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in behavioral therapy, and skis as much as possible.

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Ed Heinrich

PSIA Alpine Level 1, AASI Snowboard Level 1

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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Tom Hofmann

PSIA Nordic Level 1

Tom has over 15 years of outdoor recreation program experience, directing adventure and wilderness trips, guiding, and outdoor recreation instruction. From mountain climbs, white water, boundary water trips, to Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing, he’s a lifelong coach, leader of teams as well as a coaches’ coach. With an extensive background and the ability to meet the needs of diverse groups both young and old, Tom is excited to be part of the WAS team. An avid sailor, biker, and hiker, Tom enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors all over the world with his wife and two sons.

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Amanda King

Amanda has been involved in adaptive sports since the age of 7, and music since the age of 6. She lives her life now doing the 2 things she loves, music and sports. She played collegiate wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois for 3 years, served a church service mission, then moved to Utah to finish her degree in music education. She loves to fuse her love of teaching, music, and the adaptive community together.

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Danielle Kuykendall

PSIA Adaptive Level I, PSIA Alpine Level 1

Danielle grew up in Georgia and swam for Florida Atlantic University where she obtained a BA in Art History.  She moved to Utah in 2013 after finishing graduate school at Emory University and quickly found a love for the mountains.  Learning to ski in 2015, she joined WAS as a volunteer in 2016 to share her passion for skiing with others.  Along with instructing for WAS, Danielle is a Registered Nurse at the University of Utah.  Danielle spends her free time skiing, mountain biking, in the pottery studio, and hiking with her dog.

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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

PSIA Alpine Level 1, Adaptive Level 1

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.

Christine McCormick

Christine McCormick

PSIA Alpine Level 1, AIARE 1

Christine grew up in small-town Northern Wisconsin and has been skiing her entire life. In high school, she honed her technique through ski racing. She moved to Utah for college in 2012 and studied Psychology, Outdoor Recreation, and Art at Utah State University. She fell in love with big mountain and backcountry skiing, discovered rock climbing and has been able to further her passion for hiking, backpacking, and camping. Since graduating, Christine has enjoyed the seasonal lifestyle by exploring our beautiful world in the summer and finding her way back to the Wasatch every winter. She is excited to be part of the WAS organization.

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Steve Mersereau

PSIA Alpine & Adaptive Level 2

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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Cassidy Murphy

AASI Level 1

Cassidy grew up in a small town in Connecticut, lifeguarding during the summer and playing ice hockey during the
winter. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science, Go Cuse! She started
working as a PT Aide in outpatient ortho. However, nature was calling and soon thereafter sent her across the country to live in the desert of Moab. Since then, she has taken up climbing and hiking! She is excited to join WAS and share her love of sports and positive thinking with others this coming winter!

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Allison Peterson

Allison grew up in New Jersey and attended Johnson & Wales University in Denver, CO where she obtained an AS in Culinary Arts and a BS in Clinical Dietetics. She learned to ski at the age of two and is a third generation instructor. Allison worked as a ski instructor in addition to volunteering as an adaptive instructor for two years in Colorado. As well, she works as a chef for the US Ski Team and accompanied them to South Korea for the 2018 Olympics. Allison loves to spend her free time outside hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, and of course eating. She has been skiing Snowbird annually for 15 years and is excited to have finally moved to Utah!

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Amanda Pierson

PSIA Alpine Level 2, Adaptive Level 1, Children Specialist Level 1

Amanda is originally from New Hampshire where she received a degree in Physical Education and Coaching.  Amanda has worked at a variety of summer camps, leading hikes in the White Mountains to boogie boarding in the Ocean.  Amanda has been an alpine instructor for 10 years which is why she made the move to Snowbird.  Amanda enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with other people.

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Dave Schoeneck

PSIA Alpine Level 1

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.

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Bob Simon

PSIA Alpine Level 1

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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Emma Warren

Emma (Emily) is from Oklahoma and moved to Salt Lake City from Texas in 2017 with her husband and daughter. Emma is a physical therapist and licensed as a Professional Yoga Therapist, integrating medical therapeutic yoga in the healthcare and community settings. Her passion is working with people with neurological diagnoses, and integrating yoga into her physical therapy practice. She loves spending time outdoors running, hiking, cycling, and skiing with her husband and daughter.

Bryson Webb

Bryson Webb

PSIA Alpine Level 1, Adaptive Level 1, Children Specialist Level 1

Bryson is from Sacramento, CA and moved to UT to become a firefighter/paramedic. Bryson spends as much of his free time as he can introducing other people to outdoor activities. Among his favorites are backcountry skiing/snowboarding and slacklining/highlining.

Contact

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

Phone: (801) 834-0476

info@wasatchadaptivesports.org

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