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Splore's experienced and knowledgeable staff and volunteers run all Splore activities; they are trained in outdoor skills and disability awareness and safety. Splore's staff members have a wealth of knowledge in working with the diverse needs of special populations. All Splore river guides are licensed through the State of Utah (Division of Parks and Recreation), and rock climbing and skiing instructors are certified by Splore personnel.
Staff
John Librett, PhD., M.P.H -
Executive Director

Dr. Librett's work focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and disability by bridging public health and preventive medicine with outdoor recreation. On these issues, Dr. Librett has worked with the White House, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; U.S. Department of the Interior; World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Librett has also worked with governments and corporations in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S. As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board; Saint Joseph's Hospital Cancer Survivors' Network; and Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board. He is past chair of the Federal Interagency Council on Recreation and Public Health; Founder and Chair of the Centers for Disease Control, Recreation and Sport Workgroup; and past chair of the Cooper Institute Conference Series on Collaborative Frameworks Between Parks, Recreation, and Public Health. Dr. Librett is currently an adjunct faculty with the University of Utah, College of Health; a member of the American College of Sports Medicine; and Chair of the Utah Cancer Action Network's Evaluation Committee. Combining his vocation and avocation, you can often find John camping, cycling, hiking, skiing, and traveling with his wife Allison and their two children, Sophie and Nick.
jlibrett@splore.org
Tim Stempel, MSW -
Program Director

Tim was raised in sunny Phoenix, AZ. Upon finishing high school, he sought a change from the desert heat and moved to Portland, OR to attend Lewis & Clark College. He finished there with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and moved to Washington State to teach for an environmental education program. He has guided many wilderness adventure trips that have included rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, backpacking, river rafting, and sea kayaking in Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and Costa Rica. Tim moved to Utah in 2004 to enjoy the world-class snow of the Wasatch Mountains. In 2006, he returned to school at the University of Utah for a Master's degree in Social Work. Tim is excited to be at Splore because of his passionate belief in the transformative power of wilderness experiences. In his off-time, you might find him skiing in the backcountry, riding one of his bicycles, listening to live music, or cooking on a cast iron skillet.
tims@splore.org
Janine Donald -
Program Coordinator

After growing up in rainy Seattle and going to school in slightly less rainy Portland, Janine jumped at the chance to move to Utah. She quickly fell in love with red rock country, copious sunshine and working outside with people. After an internship at Canyonlands National Park, she moved to Salt Lake to do wilderness therapy with teenagers and started volunteering for Splore. She was thrilled to join the Splore team in November 2007 and is having a fabulous year playing outside.
janined@splore.org
Cara Frank -
Program Guide

Cara hails from Washington and even though it rains there practically everyday, she still claims that her heart will always belong to the great Northwest. However, she admits that she will thoroughly enjoy playing in Utah’s white winter wonderland, especially up in the mountains snow-boarding. Cara is a student from Western Washington University who is close to finishing up her coursework towards a B.A. in Recreation. While studying, she rowed with the women’s intercollegiate crew team who went on to win Nationals in 2006. As an individual who was born deaf she is a strong advocate for inclusion. When Cara heard about Splore, she applied as a program intern in the summer of 2007. Her internship was such a great experience that she had to come back. Cara is thrilled to rejoin the Splore team through the AmeriCorps*VISTA program and looks forward to helping to create an adaptive rowing program.
caraf@splore.org
Megan Moser -
Program Guide

Megan grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. As soon as she discovered the West however, she knew she would end up out here. She went to school for Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoor Education at Longwood University. In order to finish her degree, she did an internship with Camp Kostopulos. Loving Salt Lake and Camp K, she stayed in the area for a few months skiing and working. As the snow melted, Megan moved to Northern California to work at a residential counseling facility for teens. Missing Salt Lake City, she moved back to enjoy the Skiing and Climbing opportunities! Two of her passions are people and the outdoors, so she is very excited to be at Splore!

Patrick Tokarski -
Development Coordinator
Pat will rarely use his hand to tell people where he is from, but he will say that he hails from southeastern Michigan and has lived there all his life. Graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics, he admits that a move across the country was a giant, but extremely necessary step. While in college, he found his passion for helping those with special needs by joining an organization known as the University of Michigan Dance Marathon. Through this organization he found a special needs bike program and worked there for 2 years, thereby increasing his knowledge and realizing the kinds of people he wants to surround himself with. He is jazzed to be joining the Splore team through the AmeriCorps*VISTA program as the Development Coordinator. Pat is equally jazzed to be in Utah for the first time, and he hopes that his Michigan skiing experience will be enough to get him down the mighty slopes of the rockies.
patrickt@splore.org
Rebecca Pincock, CTRS -
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Rebecca was born and raised in Idaho, coming to Utah for what she thought would be a short-term stay to attend BYU. She graduated with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and, after a few months interning in the east, returned to Idaho. Splore brought her back to Utah when she accepted a position as an intern for the summer of 2003. At the conclusion of the internship, she landed a job that kept her in the area and kept her summers available, so she has stayed involved with Splore ever since, either through AmeriCorps, volunteering, or contract positions. As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Rebecca believes in the power of recreation and believes in the mission of Splore. She is excited to be a part of this wonderful organization.
 
Development Director - currently open
Board of Trustees
Executive Board
Chairperson
Carl Champagne, CEO, Data Systems International
Carl is a hands-on private investor primarily in small, closely held private companies needing leadership to achieve the next level of success. He is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Data-Systems Interna- tional in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also has experience with large corporations such as GTE/Verizon and Digital Equipment/ Compaq, now Hewlett Packard.
For the last 25 years, he has guided seven high technology and manufacturing companies through critical phases of turnaround and fast track growth. To each of these endeavors he has provided the market vision, technological and business expertise, and vital leadership to the company's growth and profitability. Carl joined Splore in the fall of 2002 with the vision and goal of leading Splore to financial stability and national/international presence.
Carl has a BS / MS in Computer Science, with advanced studies from the Sloan School at MIT. He is a private pilot and his personal interests encompass golf, wing shooting, collecting antiques and investment grade firearms. He resides in Bountiful with his wife of 40 years, Elaine.
Vice-Chairperson
Stephen Coltrin, Officer, Irwin Union Bank
Stephen Coltrin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and is actively involved in the community. In the past, he has been an executive member of the Salt Lake City Boy Scouts Council, on the executive board for the United Way, as well as volunteering in various capacities for Junior Achievement and the Salt Lake and Murray Area Chambers of Commerce. He has been in the financial services and banking industry for more than 28 years, most recently as Senior Deposit Relationship Manager at Irwin Bank. Prior to joining Irwin Bank, Steve held a variety of leadership positions, including Branch Manager, Business Development Manager and most recently Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank.

Steve Addicott, Vice President,
Caveon Inc.

Steve is a senior technology sales and marketing professional. With 17 years of industry experience, his career has focused on developing and expanding companies in the business services, technology, and enterprise software arenas. A hands-on leader, he is marked by his very strong communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. He has played instrumental roles in sales and sales management; business development; marketing; and customer service operations with diverse organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune100 companies. Throughout his career, Steve’s efforts stem from his interest in playing a key, strategic role in defining how a business evolves and succeeds.
Matt Bambrough, Art Director, Utah Valley State College
Matt was injured in a car accident in 1995 shortly after graduating from High School. He was diagnosed a C6/7 quadriplegic and was told he would never be able to live an active, independent lifestyle ever again. Being in a wheelchair has not slowed him down at all. Since being paralyzed he has served a full-time LDS mission, graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, married his high school sweetheart, completed multiple marathons and numerous 10k's, he works full-time as the Art Director at Utah Valley University, and has received multiple all-tournament awards in wheelchair rugby (Murderball), in which he is the co-captain of the Utah wheelchair rugby team. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, his 5-year-old son, Dexter, and 1-year-old son, Ryland. He enjoys downhill skiing, four-wheeling, public speaking, hand cycling and snowmobiling. He also is involved in different entrepreneurial opportunities.
Hobson R.A. Calhoun, M.F.S., M.A.T., President
Mr. Calhoun has over 20 years of experience in administration and fundraising. This experience includes being a founding Board member of two nonprofits (Western Shore Conservancy for the Protection of Natural Areas, Prince George’s County, Maryland; and the New England Environmental Education Association) and 15 years of experience administering three other nonprofits - Associate Director of the Rhode Island Audubon Society; Executive Director of The Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor, Maine; and, Executive Director of The Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States).
Mr. Calhoun’s education includes a B.A. from Yale University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and Environmental Sciences from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Currently Mr. Calhoun runs his own business doing real estate and mortgages in northern Utah and enjoys yoga, kayaking, skiing, cycling, and hiking.
Paul Carbone, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah
Paul Carbone joined Splore as a board member in 2007. He practices pediatric medicine at the University of Utah. Paul earned his undergraduate degree in biology from San Jose State University and an MD from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. Paul is the author of numerous scholarly articles and recipient of multiple research awards and scholastic honors. His commitment to disability issues is demonstrated by his participation on the Splore board and membership with Senator Hatch’s Committee on Disability Issues, Utah Department of Health Children with Special Needs, and the Utah Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs.
Hugh Cochrane, CEO,
Villay Asset Management, LTD.
- a
London based investment advisory firm specializing in global equity investment as well as venture capital. Mr. Cochrane began his investment career in 1997 focusing on initial public offerings, and later diversified into a portfolio of private venture capital investments targeting new and innovative technologies. He was one of the first investors in Pursuit Dynamics (Aim symbol: PDX), a revolutionary platform engineering technology with applications ranging from advanced fire suppression systems to a novel bio-ethanol production technology. Mr. Cochrane is also a major shareholder and board member of Plasticell, Ltd., a UK based stem cell technology and regenerative drug-discovery company. Prior to entering the field of equity investing, Mr. Cochrane spent a decade in the US apparel industry, where he held several positions including retail executive for Saks Fifth Avenue. Mr. Cochrane is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia. Hugh is an enthusiastic sportsman and outdoorsman with a lifelong passion for skiing, mountaineering, fly-fishing, wing shooting, and golfing. He is currently living in London with his wife, Alexandra, and son, Brandon.
Henry Deutsch - Director of Sourcing and Quality Control
Henry currently works for Ogio International, Salt Lake City, Utah as Director of International Sourcing, Customs and Quality Control. Over the past 20 years Henry has worked as a who’s who in the outdoor and recreation industry including The North Face, Marmot, Frank Shorter Running Gear, Hard Corp Sports and Wilson Sporting goods, Lands End, Eddie Bauer and Herman Sporting goods, Ellesse, Hotfingers, NFL. In this capacity Henry has launched complete lines including headwear, scarves, gloves, shirts, socks, jackets, top’s, underwear, fleece and gore-Tex. Henry has developed and managed budgets in the hundreds of millions, developed and managed all worldwide production, development, and logistics in China, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Costa Rica, El Salvador & Mexico to name a few.

Katherine (Kathy) Durrans, Associate Broker, Prudential Utah Real Estate Katherine specializes in residential and investment properties with a particular interest in historic preservation and renovations. She has over 14 years experience in the Salt Lake and surrounding area markets. She has an affinity for helping clients find the property that best fits their needs. She has also worked in the Airline Industry for over a decade in various capacities in Salt Lake Boston and Atlanta and traveled extensively in Central and South America. She attended Utah State University and the University of Utah where she graduated with a BFA. She has had several art shows in the area including a one person show at the Loge Gallery at Kingsbury Hall. Katherine joined the Splore board in 2000 after several years of involvement with the organization and the incredible staff and volunteers. She loves art in all forms especially nature, music, the southern Utah desert, traveling, adventure, and spending time with family and friends.
Hugh Ferguson, Private Contractor
Hugh grew up in Massachusetts, and came west for one year after getting his BA at Bowdoin College. He has lived in Colorado and Utah for the past 22 years. He worked in Breckenridge, CO skiing and working in the construction industry. For 10 years, he spent his summers as a guide for Holiday River Expeditions and first bumped into Splore on the river in the '80s. He now owns his own construction company in Salt Lake City, and is a step-dad to two teen-aged boys and the daddy to Lily, who is 2.
Sarah Grant, Occupational Therapist
Sarah has been an Occupational Therapist since 1995 and has combined that knowledge with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the great outdoors. She has guided various outdoor adventures for people with disabilities via Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Wilderness Inquiry and Splore. Not only was she the Programs Director for Splore for two winter and three summer seasons, but in 2006 she rode her bicycle across the country, raising (at that time) the greatest sum of money for one Splore fundraiser in the history of the organization. She currently works for DDI Vantage, an early intervention program in Salt Lake City that provides developmental services to children age birth to three years of age. Sarah spends her free time playing in the outdoors, volunteering in Salt Lake City for a variety of organizations or taking her volunteer work abroad to needy communities around the globe.

Chad Hymas, Professional Speaker, Chad Hymas Communications
Chad Hymas started Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., a professional speaking company designed to motivate business and corporations to "use their wings and reach seemingly impossible heights". Chad has raced in marathons and in the summer of 2003, set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas, a span of 513 miles. Chad joined the Board in May 2004.
Greg Miller, Area Vice President Sales, Western Region, Picis Greg joined in September 2007 to assist Splore in generating its next phase of growth. Greg is a successful sales, marketing, and consulting executive with 22 years of experience in enterprise software sales, marketing and business process transformation consulting in both start-up and Fortune 100 company environments. Greg is exceptionally adept at leading dynamic, high-growth environments, uniquely capable of developing deep relationships with client personnel from the Board Room to the Mail Room and helps companies creatively develop "big ideas" and transform them into actionable plans that deliver accelerated results. Greg has exceptional presentation and communication skills and is fluent in Business Process Transformation techniques and organizational process redesign. Greg’s interests include family, skiing, cycling, the environment and making a difference in the world in which we live.
Steve Newton, Private Engineering Consultant
Steve and his wife Marie began volunteering for Splore in 2003, and Steve joined the Board in 2006. Steve has a Bachelors and a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and has been managing engineering and construction projects for 30 years. Steve and Marie continue as active volunteers, because of the great satisfaction they get in sharing outdoor experiences with people with disabilities or special needs
Tricia Petzold, MD
Tricia joined Splore as a board member in 2003. She is a family practice physician with the University of Utah outreach clinics, and works at the Snowbird medical clinic during the winter.
Tricia earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Theology. Her residency in family medicine at the University of Utah brought her to Salt Lake City. Prior to medical school at Dartmouth, Tricia taught at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. She also taught adaptive skiing at the Telluride Ski School and was a ski patroller at Eldora Mountain in Colorado. Her interests include sailing, telemark and cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, and watching her one-year-old daughter grow up.
Shane Sadler, Financial Analyst, Utah State Department of Insurance
Shane is currently a Financial Analyst with the State of Utah in the Department of Insurance and is currently finishing his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. He will finish in September 2007. Shane has many connections to the disability world. First and foremost, his second son, Harrison, has autism. This led to many years as an advocate and board member of the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC). Shane also was employed for over three years as the contract analyst for the UDDC. Shane, a recent addition to the Splore Board, was surprised when asked to serve, but is also very excited because of the good experience he has had with Splore.
Claire Schupbach, Clinical Analyst, Healthcare Insight
Claire is a R.N. with a lengthy background in Clinical Research, including Business Development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northern Arizona University where she was on academic scholarship.
Originally from Colorado, she has lived in Utah for the past ten years.
The professional desire to enhance the health of the community in addition to a life-long interest in outdoor activities, nutrition, & fitness drew her to commit to Splore's mission.
Advisory Board
Kimberly Dodson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Westminster College
Dr. Kimberly Dodson is a past assistant professor in the Gore School of Business at Westminster College and Director of Graduate Technology Management Programs. Kim joined Westminster in 2002 and left to consultant in 2006. She brought experience in the areas of strategic management and implementation, integrated marketing strategy, and organizational development and culture change. Kim has additional experience in sales management, public relations, marketing communications, professional training, new product development and both qualitative and quantitative market research. Kim holds a doctoral degree from the University of Utah.
Lisa Gerner, CFO, GMAC Automotive Group
Lisa Gerner received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Finance and Account from California State University East Bay. She has been in the financial services and banking industry for 25 years, most recently as CFO of GMAC Bank. She previously held various senior management positions with Citigroup.
Donna Liebrecht, Community Advocate
Donna raised two children, while working and achieving a bachelor's degree. She has been a program director for children from incestuous families and an advocate for those who have been sexually abused. When Donna was encouraged (physically forced) to go on disability because of multiple sclerosis, she began volunteering. Donna was trained as a chaplain and volunteered at St. Mark's Hospital for several years. She is involved with the MS Society in a variety of ways. Naturally, Splore became a passion for Donna after a river trip. Her changes in physical ability and life experiences have taught her that there is always a possible solution.
Mary Ness, Prenatal Advisor
Mary has been involved with Splore for several years and is amazed by the magic that occurs. Mary has been a massage therapist for nine years and has a background working as a program coordinator for non-profit organizations. She is a mother of two fabulous girls and has a wonderfully supportive husband who allows Mary to take off time for Splore adventures. Mary was an active Board member from January 2004 to October 2007.
Erik Rolstad - Development Director, KUED
Erik joined Splore in April 2001 as Executive Director, and during his 6 years in this position, he achieved great success in transitioning Splore into a more focused and financially stable organization. In May 2007, he accepted his current position with KUED while also becoming a Splore board member. Erik was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and earned his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He has a Master's Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. During the 14 years before Splore, Erik worked with programs in experiential education, public schools, social work and wilderness adventure. He is an avid climber, boater and backcountry traveler. Erik enjoys sculpting and woodworking. He and his wife, Jill, are the parents of three boys - Riley, Zack and Kristopher.
Honorary Board
Clare Coonan, Program Director, Valley Mental Health
Russ Minas, Attorney at Law
 
SPLORE is a Utah based non-profit organization that specializes in providing life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to children and adults with disabilities and special needs. SPLORE ran its first accessible rafting program during the summer of 1977 and for more than 30 years, has served over 30,000 individuals with disabilities as well as their family members, friends & care providers.

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