Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow

Our Team.

    Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow is an independently run 501(c)(3). We are an active chapter of Disabled Sports USA.  We are led by a diverse Board of Directors, and directed daily by a small dedicated staff who could not exist without the generous donation of hundreds of thousands of hours from volunteer instructors and assistants.

Staff

Pam Greene

Pam Greene

Executive Director

Pam has a diverse background. She owned a successful catering business in the Berkshires for 11 years and organized many events and fundraisers.  She has actively volunteered for her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy, for 12 years with responsibilities for fundraising, reunion planning, and public speaking.  As an Alpine Examiner since 1997, Pam is a leader in the ski industry and in the Professional Ski Instructors of America-East (PSIA-e).  Pam has also been a staff trainer for the Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard school from 1998 – 2006 and from 2016-2019. Pam holds certifications as a Registered 200 hr Yoga Instructor, International Mountain Bike Association Level 1 Ride Guide, American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor and Adaptive Kayak Endorsement.  She has been a Special Olympics Ski Coach & Trainer since 2008 and a Blaze Sports Certified Disability Sports Specialist Level 2 since 2014.  Pam lives in Wilmington, VT with her husband, Rob Lawrence, former ASMS Board Member, and their two Golden Retrievers. 

Tera Adams

Tera Adams

Program Director

 Tera Adams joins ASMS with a background in adaptive and therapeutic recreation since 2005.  She earned her BS and MS degrees from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the latter degree with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy.  She worked for the National Ability Center in Park City, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, All Seasons Adventures in Park City and Vail Family Resorts, Park City-Canyons. Tera enjoys mountain biking, rafting, and snowboarding. Tera is PSIA certified in Alpine Level I, Adaptive Level II, and Child Specialist Level II and is AASI certified Snowboard Level II and Adaptive Snowboard Level II. She is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.  

Yuri Czmola

Yuri Czmola

Assitant Director

Yuri Czmola joins ASMS having pursued teaching and coaching in the snowsports industry since 2007. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from St Peter’s University and has worked as a staff trainer at Hunter Mountain, as the Snowboard School Manager at Bromley Mountain, and at Mount Snow as an Adult Lessons Supervisor, Staff Trainer, and Training Center Competition Coach. He has recently split his time between his responsibilities at Mount Snow and working with students at the Bart J. Ruggiere, Adaptive Sports Center at Bromley. Yuri is certified AASI Level III, Child Specialist Level II and Freestyle Level I and his Adaptive Snowboarding Level II. He is also United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Level 100, a certification for coaches.  

Board of Directors

Larry Geller-- Chair Of The Board

Larry Geller has been an adaptive sports volunteer since 1990 at Mount Snow. Larry holds PSIA Adaptive certification and is a supervisor in the Mount Snow Adaptive Sports program. He was a member of the AbilityPLUS board of directors for 9 years. Larry’s passion for Adaptive Sports was fostered by being the parent of a person with a disability. Watching his son grow and overcome the obstacles that face many people with disabilities amplified his passion to work towards breaking down those barriers for all people with disabilities. Larry’s wife Nancy is a retired educator, and a Supervisor at the BART Adaptive Center at Bromley Mountain. Larry and Nancy have two sons and two grandsons. Josh, is a Principal Software Engineer at EBSCO in Ipswich, MA.  Jake, is from Tempe, Arizona and is the founding coordinator of the National Center for Disability & Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Tempe, and is the Head Coach of the ASU Sailing Club. A native of Bronx, NY, and graduate of American International College, Larry relocated to New England in the 1970’s. He is currently retired after 45 years as a Manufacturer’s Representative. He formed and ran Ocean State Sales, LLC, a manufacturer’s representative company headquartered in Narragansett RI. Larry’s favorite activities include skiing, soccer, kayaking, and scuba. He resides with his wife Nancy in Narragansett, RI in the off-season and in Stratton VT, in-season. 

Carl Amaral-- Treasurer

 

Carl Amaral has been skiing at Mount Snow for over 30 years. He became involved with the adaptive ski program 3 years ago after retiring as a senior banking professional. He has recently by appointed Treasure for Mount Snow Adaptive Sports. As a retired banking professional, he will use his business background to counsel Mount Snow Adaptive Sports. Carl started his banking career with Fleet National Bank, Providence, RI and retired as senior vice president with the Washington Trust Company after 25 years. His professional experience includes over 30 years of a retail/commercial banking and a diverse lending experience to consumers and small businesses. Specialties included: retail banking, budget planning, credit, hiring, networking with centers of influence, performance analysis, policy analysis, pricing, risk management, sales, seminars, and strategic planning. Carl is a graduated of Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. He and his wife Jane’s primary residence is in West Kingston, RI with a second home in West Wardsboro, Vt. His other avocations are woodworking and music. 

Mary Boy- Secretary

Mary Boy has been an adaptive sports volunteer since 2010 at Mount Snow. Mary holds PSIA Adaptive Level 1 and Alpine Level 1 certifications and is an instructor in the Mount Snow Adaptive Sports program. She was a member of the AbilityPLUS board of directors for 1 ½ years prior to becoming a member of the Mount Snow Adaptive Sports board of directors. Mary’s involvement with adaptive sports arose out her desire to seek a volunteer opportunity that blended her love of skiing with chance to learn and contribute to an organization that provides the chance for others to experience the joy and benefits of skiing and other sports. Mary, a product of a military family, grew up in Southeastern NH, attended Chatham Hall in Virginia, the University of New Hampshire (Animal Science and Microbiology) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing veterinary school, Mary did an internship in large animal surgery at Cornell and a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After a number of years in equine practice, Mary joined the pharmaceutical industry where she has worked for over 25 years, the majority with Pfizer Inc. Mary started her career with Pfizer conducting companion animal clinical trials and for the past 17 years, she has worked in various aspects of human clinical trials. Mary lives in Mystic, CT with 2 cats, a greyhound, and her significant other of 17 years. In addition to skiing, Mary loves walking (since her knees no longer want to run), biking, boating, reading and dabbling in gardening. 

Jon Cipes

Jon is the owner of Creative Fuel a brand planning and market research company. He provides insights that help clients understand their customers, their brand and their market place so that they can use that understanding to their advantage in the marketplace. His clients are advertising agencies and marketers. He has experience in a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative study designs that gain actionable insights and understanding.

A former hockey player, Jon has been teaching people to ski for 23 years. For the past 6 years he has been part of the Ski and Snowboard School at Mt. Snow. Before that he taught at several other areas and worked with the Stride Program at Ski Sundown in Connecticut. He is PSIA certified Level II in Alpine and Level I in Nordic. He is also a Children’s Specialist II. 

David Newman

Retired professional of 38 years, responsible for developing and managing financial service businesses. A qualified Chartered Accountant by background, with extensive experience in sales, marketing, business operations and processes. Over 10 years’ experience as a volunteer adaptive ski instructor at Mount Snow.

Paul Rotkiewicz
David Lieberman

My name is David Lieberman. I am currently on the board of Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow (Formerly AbilityPlus). I started skiing at Mount Snow in the adaptive program when I was 5 years old. I have become an intermediate-advanced skier. In 2014, I began volunteering at the program and I currently do every winter. Skiing has become a passion of mine and volunteering at the program makes me feel great. When I work hard I try to pass this passion on to the students I work with. Being on the board would give me the opportunity to help the program grow. I know what it is like to be a student in the program and I know what it is like to be a volunteer so I have a lot of experience. I hope we continue to grow and raise more and more money during our annual fundraiser every February, the Winterfest Fundraiser. Also, I enjoy doing Kids of Courage in which we help students who are severely ill. Originally from Old Bethpage, NY. I was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder in January of 2002. I graduated from The College Experience Program at The College of Saint Rose  in partnership with Living Resources in May of 2018. In the fall of 2018, I  became the 1st alumni in the program to become a staff member of the program and I continue to work there today. In my spare time, I enjoy anything outdoors from skiing  to hiking and golf and mountain biking.  

Betsy Schuler

etsy Schuler is a member of the Class of 2020 at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, CT. She was inspired to become an adaptive sports volunteer after participating in a year-long peer mentoring program in the 5th grade where she was paired with a student with Cerebral Palsy. The two would meet weekly to play board games, take walks around their school and spend time together during recess. The next winter, Betsy became a volunteer with AbilityPlus at Mount Snow. Her passion continued to grow each year spending more and more time each subsequent winter with the organization. She loves working with new and returning students each year and looks forward to the annual Ski-a-thon fundraiser every February. Last winter she joined the AbilityPlus Special Olympics team as a junior coach and enjoyed her additional commitment to the Mount Snow adaptive community. Betsy resides in Milford, CT with her parents (Christine & John) and younger brother (Christopher). She has been an active member of the Amity Regional Aquatic Club since the 4th grade and is a member of the Lauralton Hall swim team. She is also a member of the Student Council, Spanish Club and Mock Trial club at her school. Betsy has volunteered the past 3 summers at Camp Happiness – a camp for children with disabilities in her hometown. She immensely enjoys working with the youngest campers each summer and making a difference in their lives. Outside of skiing and swimming, she is fond of spending time with family and friends at her family’s home in West Dover, VT. Hiking and lake activities are among her favorite activities in Vermont and New England. She is thrilled to be a board member for Mount Snow Adaptive Sports and is eager to help the organization continue to grow and promote awareness of its mission. 

Dick Ward

I volunteered for the past two seasons at the adaptive sports program of Mr. Snow after my wife told me about her student’s involvement as an avid skiier from a local school. It was a perfect fit for me, having volunteered for the Boy Scouts for 50 years, church youth activities, and my interest in skiing. My professional life focused on managing an architectural-engineering firm on Long Island, NY. Our firm was known for its sports and recreation work throughout the Northeast. I retired in 2011. 

Founding Board

· Deborah Colby

· Bob Speck

· Ingrid Walendy, April 1941 -September 2017

· Linda Walsh 

· Dick Ward 

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Volunteer

We have over 200 volunteers and they are the heart of the organization. They come from all walks of life. Some are students, others are educators. Some are physical therapists, occupational therapists or counselors. Others are carpenters or machine operators. Some are parents, others are retired. Some are skiers. Some are snowboarders. And others find ways to help indoors. But all put students first, and all have a blast while they volunteer. 

Many younger people with disabilities often miss out on the social benefits of group experiences. Our peer volunteer program seeks to create age appropriate relationships between youth with disabilities and their peers without disabilities.