Barbara is the newest addition to the Maine Adaptive Staff. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Barbara began her professional career in non-profit management with several organizations in the Boston area. After practicing law for over a decade with the Portland, Maine, firm of Murray, Plumb & Murray, Barbara immersed herself in skiing. A Level III PSIA Alpine instructor, Barbara began her life as a ski bum teaching at Lost Valley in Maine and ran the Meister program at Sunday River for three seasons. For the last few seasons, she has been a weekend race coach for GACP’s youngest athletes. Barbara is happiest when she’s doing anything that connects her and others to outside activity — from gardening, to hiking, to road and mountain biking — and loves working and volunteering with people who have a passion for their organization’s mission. Her goal is to work collaboratively with Maine Adaptive’s participants, volunteers, board, and staff to expand the organization’s reach, programming, and financial base of support.
Marketing & Development Director
Deb is a connector with a passion for travel, sports and volunteering. She joined the team in October 2013. Deb brings with her a strong combination of non-profit, event management and business consulting experiences. At Maine Adaptive, she focuses on strengthening the growing funding base, our year-round partner engagement programs and our overall brand management and marketing materials. Deb is a graduate of Hamilton College and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.
Judy has been at Maine Adaptive since 1997, when she relocated to the Bethel area. 1999 was her first year as Volunteer Coordinator, and by 2005, she took over the responsibilities of Program Director. She develops new programming, coordinates all volunteers and manages our day-to-day programs.
Anita comes to Maine Adaptive after serving as Deputy Clerk for the Town of Newry for ten years. Prior to moving to Newry full time, Anita was Assistant to the Director for the Capitol Campaign and Membership Director for the Casco Bay YMCA. Having been a volunteer with Maine Adaptive, helping for many years with the Ski-A-Thon and being a previous Sunday River Ambassador, Anita shares the passion and drive to make Maine Adaptive the most successful and well known organization it can be.
An avid telemarker, Lizz came to Maine Adaptive in 2009 from the outdoor recreation field, working at Outward Bound and as a whitewater rafting guide. At Maine Adaptive, Lizz is responsible for all back office administration and supporting the program side of operations.
A volunteer with Maine Adaptive since 2006, Kelsey joined the staff in October 2013 as Program Coordinator. She hopes to bring her love of paddling and working with veterans throughout the state of Maine into the Maine Adaptive community. At Maine Adaptive she coordinates scheduling of the participants, oversees daily programs, and organizes the Maine Adaptive Alpine Race program.
Brandon first joined Maine Adaptive in the 2015 winter, as a practicum student from the University of Maine at Farmington and then as an intern during the summer. A wide array of experiences and love for the outdoors, allows Brandon to challenge himself as well as others. Brandon is responsible for the Nordic Programs as well as overseeing all participant registration and is based out of the Sunday River office.
Sugarloaf Program Coordinator
Toby started working with Maine Adaptive in 2006, after volunteering for many years. Toby is responsible for coordinating the participants and volunteers at our weekend downhill and snowboarding program at Sugarloaf.
Kent brings a variety of mechanical skills he gained from his work as Reliability Engineer MeadWestvaco, Assistant Superintendant at the Sunday River Golf Course and Parks Director of Rumford. Kent helps repair and maintain all types of adaptive ski and snowboard equipment and fits participants to the appropriate equipment.
After working at Sunday River for 15 years Gootsch started with Maine Adaptive in 1988. He remembers seeing Sunday River in the 1950’s when it was just a couple dirt tracks and a dream. Gootsch’s years of experience with Maine Adaptive are a great resource for fitting participants with equipment as well as repairing and maintaining all the adaptive skiing and snowboarding equipment.
Sugarloaf Equipment Technician
Tom started volunteering as a ski instructor in 2008. Tom experience instructing all types of skiers is a great resource for the program, both in fitting the students and maintaining and adapting the equipment. He continues to instruct as well.