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.
PhD., M.P.H -
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.
||Tim Stempel, MSW -
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.
|Janine Donald -
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.
|Cara Frank -
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.
Megan Moser -
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 -
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
Stephen Coltrin, Officer, Irwin Union
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
Steve Addicott, Vice
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.
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
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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sadler, Financial Analyst, Utah State Department
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.
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
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.
Dodson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Westminster
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coonan, Program Director, Valley Mental Health
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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