Erin Fernandez, Executive Director
Erin joined Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports as Executive Director in 2001. Prior to that she worked in the ski industry as a ski instructor, coach and program coordinator. Erin has been actively involved with the Professional Ski Instructors of America since 1987 and holds her Level III Alpine Ski Instructors Certification. Erin grew up in NJ and has been living in Vermont since 1991; she and her husband, Phil, spend their free time with their daughter, Ebe, enjoying the outdoors with friends and family and volunteering for community programs. Erin loves to share her passion for the outdoors and takes pride in the growth of Vermont Adaptive. She is always inspired by the people who volunteer and the top notch staff that helps the organization reach its mission. She graduated from Vermont College with a degree in Human Services and holds her Certification in Non-Profit Management from Marlboro Graduate School.
Maggie Burke, Managing Director
Development & Donor Relations
Maggie started with Vermont Adaptive as an intern at Pico during the winter of 2006-2007. She was the Program Coordinator at Sugarbush from 2007-2011 and then spent four years working at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado before returning to Vermont Adaptive in 2015. Maggie graduated from Green Mountain College with a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Recreation and has her master’s degree from Prescott College in Adventure Education with an emphasis in adaptive sports. Maggie is a Level II PSIA adaptive ski instructor, Wilderness EMT, Leave No Trace trainer, and has attended the American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddling Workshop. In her free time, Maggie enjoys volunteering as an EMT, and traveling internationally. Maggie’s favorite adaptive sports experiences have been volunteering at the Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010 and interning with the National Ability Center’s Developing Potential and Transforming Perceptions program in Thailand in 2015.
Tom Alcorn, Senior Program Coordinator
Winter: Pico Mountain
Summer: Central & Southern Vermont; Springfield Area; Stoughton Pond, Chittenden Reservoir
Tom began at Vermont Adaptive as a volunteer at Pico Mountain in 2010 and became the Stoughton Pond program coordinator in 2011. He holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid Response and PSIA Level 1 Adaptive Mono ski/Bi ski. Before coming to Vermont Adaptive, Tom worked in the human services industry for more than five years. He enjoys his free time with his family, and is a well-traveled music enthusiast and gourmet foodie. He has canoed since he was six, been an avid skier for more than 30 years and has hiked Glacier, Yellowstone and Redwood National Parks.
Kelly Walsh, Program Coordinator
Winter: Bolton Valley
Summer: Burlington Waterfront and points north; Chittenden County
Prior to joining Vermont Adaptive in 2015, Kelly Walsh was a special educator for three years in Texas, while working summers for AccesSportAmerica. She holds a degree in sports management from Rutgers University and has volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising three guide dogs for this program. In her free time Walsh enjoys going for a run, paddling on a lake, training her guide dogs, and skiing. Walsh is responsible for winter programming at Bolton Valley Resort and summer programming at the Burlington Waterfront and Chittenden areas.
Felicia Fowler, CTRS, Program Coordinator
Winter: Sugarbush Resort
Summer: Mad River Valley, Waterbury/Montpelier Area, Blueberry Lake
Prior to joining Vermont Adaptive in November 2018, Felicia Fowler coached the Men’s & Women’s Rowing team at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) while also working for a youth program at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She holds a Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from UNH as well as a Bachelor’s in Recreation Management & Policy. Prior to completing her master’s degree, she interned with the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado. Her areas of expertise include adaptive sports & recreation, youth programming, camp programming and event planning.
Kip Dalury, Business Manager
Kip has been employed at Vermont Adaptive since 1999. He has been living in Vermont for more than 20 years with his wife Karen and daughter Suki. Kip has been practicing law since 1990 and has held a variety of positions with businesses, banks and with the State of Vermont. Kip is also an experienced ski instructor. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts and degree in law from Vermont Law School.
Kim Jackson, Director of Communications & Marketing
PR, Communications, Marketing, Storytelling
Kim worked for Vermont Adaptive for five years as a marketing and PR consultant before joining the staff in 2013. She owned KJPR, and represented companies in the outdoor and ski industries as well as in general tourism and marketing. Her work spans from writing hard and feature news stories as a reporter for the Boston Globe and The Gloucester Daily Times, to being the PR director and communications manager for a large corporation in Boston and for Killington Resort among others. She also served as the production manager for a graphic design firm. She has placed stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and Boston Herald, and Sports Illustrated plus in hundreds of local, regional and national publications as well as social media outlets. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and enjoys skiing and outdoor activities with her husband and daughter.
Jeff Alexander, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Strategic Parterships, Sponsors, Events
Jeff has been a volunteer at Vermont Adaptive since 2012 before joining the staff in the Fall of 2017. He has worked in the NFL, MLB and Major Indoor Soccer League, as well as various minor league affiliates. Jeff has an Environmental Science degree yet owned a Marketing and Events firm in Philadelphia. He moved to Vermont for a stint managing events for Okemo Mountain Resort and recently spent the past six years as the Events and Sponsorships Manager at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to snowboard, downhill and cross country mountain bike, hike and paddleboard with his wife and daughter.
Norm Staunton, Director of Technical Operations & Advancement
Technical Operations, Advancement, Burlington Capital Campaign
Before becoming a full-time staff member, Norm was a coach, volunteer and trainer for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports since 2008 and was a contractor for the organization’s capital campaign beginning in 2014. Previously, Norm spent 20 years in a variety of non-profit and adventure industry executive positions around Vermont and the world. He attended the Masters Program in Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire where he focused his research on adventure with people with disabilities. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Vermont, where he focused on sustainability and nonprofit management. In his spare time, Norm is an avid skier, sailor, surfer, paddler, fisherman, and outdoor instructor. He makes his home in South Burlington where he lives with his partner, Jenn Rand (also a Vermont Adaptive volunteer) and their two Labs, Rudder and Tugboat, and spends as much time on the lakes, waterways, coast, and in the mountains as he can. Originally from Rhode Island, he now considers Vermont home and Southport, Maine, to be his home away from home. Norm is a member of the PSIA/AASI Eastern Division Adaptive Development Team and holds instructor certifications in skiing, telemark, paddling, surfing, and sailing. Norm’s responsibilities at Vermont Adaptive will be split between training and risk management for our programs and coordinating our Burlington Permanent Homes Campaign.
Mac Janney, Development Coordinator
Mac has been a client and involved with Vermont Adaptive since 2000. He joined the staff in 2004 and works on fundraising, grant application and sponsorships. Mac is originally from Rutland, Vermont and currently resides there. He has been involved in adaptive sports and recreation for many years and is an avid sailor and skier and enjoys paddling and biking. Mac attended University of New Haven and graduated with B.A. in Music and Sound Recording in 1998. Mac is a keyboard player and plays in a local band. “I started out as a participant with Vermont Adaptive and now as a staff member I am inspired by the exposure to outdoor activity that the organization provides me. And I love the social aspect that it provides with other adaptive athletes.”
Ret. SSG. Misha Pemble-Belkin, Specialist - Veteran's Programs
Misha Pemble-Belkin served nine years as an Army Paratrooper from 2006 through 2015. He successfully completed two combat tours to the Kunar Provence of Afghanistan with a total of 27 months spent in country. On his second tour he was injured and required a medical retirement from the service in 2015. Misha Pemble-Belkin became a participant of Vermont Adaptive Veteran Venture Program during the Winter of 2015-2016. He then interned with Vermont Adaptive during the winter and summer of 2017, and then began a VA Work Study that fall. Misha graduated with a degree in S.T.E.M. Studies from the Community College of Vermont in 2017 and is working on a Recreational Therapy degree from Florida International University.
Hunter Hedenberg, Specialist - Content Creator/Social Media
Hunter first interned with Vermont Adaptive in the Spring of 2017 while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communication from the University of Vermont and now helps to tell the stories of Vermont Adaptive through writing, photography and videography. Hunter has worked in the non-profit and outdoor recreation industries as a graphic designer, photographer and social media specialist. She has created content for local arts businesses as well as international non-profits. She specializes in environmental protection and outdoor recreation within these fields. Hunter is also the head coach of a competitive youth climbing team in Northern Vermont. When not working, Hunter, her dog Willow, and her partner Rob often take road trips out West and down South to camp and climb. When they stay local, you can catch Hunter and Willow out climbing, skiing or trail running.
Daphne Zencey, Specialist - Development Support
Daphne worked in arts administration for a variety of organizations including The Vermont Woodworking School in Cambridge, Vermont, the US Army’s Museum Enterprise outside of Washington, DC and Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington, Vermont. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Art History and has been working on a certificate in Arts and Non-Profit management from UMASS Amherst. In addition she’s a Mayo Clinic trained Health and Wellness Coach. Before her arts career, Daphne was enlisted in the US Coast Guard leading her crews on Search and Rescue missions, as well as enforcing Federal Laws as a Boarding Team Officer. Since leaving the military, Daphne’s been looking for ways to once again help others and decided to volunteer with Vermont Adaptive. In her free time she enjoys skiing, fly fishing, yoga, and hiking.