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.
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.
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.”
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.
Olivia Joseph, CTRS, Program Coordinator
Winter: Sugarbush Resort
Summer: Adaptive Mountain Biking statewide; all programs in Waterbury/Montpelier and Mad River Valley areas
Olivia is the program coordinator at Sugarbush Resort in the winter and throughout the Mad River Valley and Waterbury/Montpelier areas in the summer. She earned her degree from State University of New York at Cortland in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Environmental and Outdoor Education. Throughout her college experience she volunteered at the J.M. Murray Center day-habilitation center for adults with cognitive disabilities, and headed the SUNY Cortland Recreation Association as President. She taught outdoor living skills, environmental appreciation, and led backcountry canoe trips at the Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education in the Adirondacks. She recently interned at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo. and holds a certificate in Therapeutic Recreation.
Shannon Currie, Projects & Services Assistant
Shannon started at Vermont Adaptive at Pico Mountain during the fall of 2015 as an intern. In spring of 2016, she graduated from Green Mountain College with a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education. After spending a summer volunteering with Vermont Adaptive, she joined the staff in the fall. She supports our donor relations and communications, event and outreach initiatives, project planning, and programming when needed. She is an outdoor enthusiast, and is always interested in trying new or different activities, but her favorite is between snowboarding and running. Some certifications she has earned include a Wilderness First Responder, PADI: Open Water Diving, and PADI: Deep Water Diving. Shannon has spent past summers climbing at Mt. Rainier, as well as paddle board instructing on the Delaware River.