Mount Snow Adaptive Sports dba Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow- Board of Directors


Mount Snow Adaptive Sports dba Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow- Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors governs Mount Snow Adaptive Sports. These directors are dedicated individuals whose expertise lends to the organization’s vitality. 

Board Members and Officers

· Larry Geller, Chair

· Carl Amaral, Treasurer

· Mary Boy, Secretary

· Mike Arnold

· Robert Lawrence

· David Lieberman

· Paul Rotkiewicz

· Betsy Schuler

· Dick Ward

· Jon Cipes

· David Newman

Founding Board

· Deborah Colby

· Bob Speck

· Ingrid Walendy, April 1941 -September 2017

· Linda Walsh 

· Dick Ward 

Larry Geller- Chair

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 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 Senior Software Architect, for Imprivata in Lexington, MA who lives in Ipswich, MA and Jake, of Tempe, Arizona. Jake is 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. 

Mike Arnold

Mike grew up and went to school in Longmeadow MA where he currently resides with sons Jack (14) and Nick (12). In 1993 Mike graduated from Springfield College where he studied Allied Health Sciences. During his time there, he was an active participant and eventual Head Men’s leader of the New Student Orientation program that works with the new incoming college students adapt to college life . He was a part of the Springfield College Men’s lacrosse program, playing goalie for 4 years, and was a member of the 1994 national championship team. Currently, he is involved with the youth lacrosse programs in Longmeadow, as well as the Pioneer Kings Youth lacrosse organization. Mike’s skiing life started young with weekend trips around the northeast mountains with friends and family. After a short hiatus from the sport due to collegiate lacrosse commitments, his family returned to skiing in 2006 when they found the Ability Plus adaptive ski program. Jack, his oldest son, was given the opportunity to ski with a bi-ski that year and this gave Mike the opportunity to learn and eventually ski with the bi-ski as a lead instructor. Since then Mike and his family return each year to Mount Snow to continue to ski and teach others how run a team with a bi-skier. Over the past few years Mike was a participant of the Ability Plus Special Olympics bi-ski team. Professionally, Mike currently works within the medical sales field and supports regional Hospitals for Intuitive Surgical manufacturers of the daVinci Robotic Surgery Platform. His career him working with hospitals for the clinical growth, use and education of robotic surgery as well as the regional marketing of their programs. The skills that he has learned throughout his career has given him a great transition to help structure the direction of the MSAS program. Building programs and driving awareness to the availability of our offerings is in Mike’s opinion the same process as Hospitals educating the public on new technology and modalities that they now have. Mike is looking forward to my participation on the Board of Directors and the future growth of our program. 

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.

Rob Lawrence

Robert S.M. Lawrence: Graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History in 1981. Also earned Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1986. Began legal career as an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco before later joining Battle, Fowler, Jaffin & Kheel in New York City. Joined Prudential Financial Inc. (“Prudential”) in 1992 as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Prudential Home Mortgage Securities Inc. and Prudential Capital Group, before being appointed Chief Structured Finance Counsel for Prudential. Retired from Prudential in January of 2017 after 25 years service. Member of the Board of Trustees of Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, having first been appointed in 2001. Currently serve as chair of the Middlesex board Pension Fiduciary Committee and member of the Finance & Budget Committee and Risk Management Committee, as well as the board’s Executive Committee. Reside in Chester, NY with my wife Pam Greene and maintain a second home in Wilmington, Vermont. 

David Lieberman

My name is David Lieberman. I am a member of the board of directors of the new Mount Snow Adaptive Sports program (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 Long Island, NY. I was diagnosed with ASD in 2002. I am currently in my 2nd and last year at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. I plan on living in Albany, NY after graduating in May. 

Betsy Schuler

Betsy 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. 

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