Executive Director Pat Addabbo giving his dog Griffin a high five on a mountain summit

Executive Director, Pat Addabbo

Pat came to OAS from Crested Butte, CO after spending five years helping run programs at the Adaptive Sports Center.  Pat has a background in outdoor adventure education and has a degree in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.  Pat believes the key to a happy and fulfilling life is spending time in nature and outdoor and thus is often found outside on a bike, skis, or trail, usually with his corgi Griffin and partner Hannah alongside.  You can contact Pat directly at pat@oregonadaptivesports.org.

 

 

Administration Coordinator, Cara Frank on the river in her rafting attire with a big grin on her face

Administration Coordinator, Cara Frank

Cara hails from Colorado but grew up in the great Northwest. Cara was born profoundly deaf, with her so-called disability; she quickly developed a passion for serving others with similar backgrounds.  After a summer camp experience, she discovered adaptive recreation, leading her to get her degree in Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies from Western Washington University.  After some traveling, Cara decided to set some roots in Bend in 2011 and joined the OAS team as a instructor.  In 2015 she took on the responsibility of providing administrative support to the team.  You can contact Cara directly at cara@oregonadaptivesports.org.

 

Program Coordinator, Kadee Mardula in ski attire hiking uphill on a blue bird day

Program Coordinator at Mt. Bachelor & Instructor, Kadee Mardula

Growing up on the ski hills of Park City, Utah, Kadee has always had a passion for mountains and snow. She started volunteering with OAS in December of 2014 after completing her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. Kadee immediately fell in love with the OAS community and environment. The mountains are always calling her and she can usually be found ski mountaineering, backcountry skiing, adventure racing, running, biking, rock climbing, doing yoga and acroyoga. Kadee’s goal is to support others find joy, mental and physical strength and a sense of purpose through the activities she loves.

 

 

Instructor, Lisa Schulte in a field grinning with wild elephants in the background

Program Coordinator at Hoodoo & Instructor, Lisa Schulte

Lisa grew up in Evergreen, Colorado.  Her mom had her on skis at the age of two.  It was love at first slide!  This is Lisa’s first year with OAS.  She loves the variety of specialties and people that adaptive skiing provides.  Lisa describes herself as a water person.  She cannot get enough of it both in the liquid and frozen form!  Honestly, her furry best friend feels the same.

 

 

Nancy Stevens, Outreach Coordinator going for a hike down a trail

Outreach Coordinator, Nancy Stevens

A life long athlete, Nancy Stevens has a long list of accomplishments in the outdoors.  From competing in the 1998 Nagano Paralympics in cross-country skiing to being the first blind woman to summit the Grand Teton, Nancy lives a life on the go and is constantly inspiring others to move in the mountains as well.  Nancy currently coordinates our summer and winter programs for individuals with visual impairments as well as connects OAS to new participants, volunteers, and organizations through her constant outreach in the community.

 

 

Instructor Matt Porter, up close shot of him smiling with his hat on

Equipment Coordinator & Instructor, Matt Porter

After serving nearly 11 years in the U.S. Air Force, Matt decided to pursue a different career path. He moved to Bend, OR in 2013 to earn a degree in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership through Oregon State University. Not long after arriving in Central Oregon, he began volunteering for Oregon Adaptive Sports as much as possible. Matt loves the adaptive sports community, OAS’s mission, and getting to share amazing outdoor experiences with our athletes. When not working or attending classes he can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, kayaking, or riding motorcycles.

 

 

Instructor, Kendall Cook (on left) with sit ski athlete Ravi Drugan (on the right)

Instructor, Kendall Cook (on left)

Kendall is a founding member of OAS and has over 20 years of adaptive teaching experience. He has been on the board of directors since 2003 and has also served as program director, instructor and volunteer. The impact of OAS on participants and their families, as well as, the incredible dedication of OAS volunteers is what he is most inspired by. He lives in Tumalo with his beautiful wife Deena and amazing daughter Adeline and enjoys skiing, golfing and mountaineering on occasion.

 

 

Instructor, Melodie Buell unclose shot of her in her infamous OAS beanie, sunglasses and blue OAS jacket

Instructor, Melodie Buell

Originally from Mt. Ashland, Melodie has spent the last 16 years working in resorts locally and around the world as a coach and instructor.  She joined OAS in 2008 and finds herself on a variety of lessons, but has an affection for those with ample creativity.  When not on the mountain, she is either riding her bike or working as a brand experience consultant locally and beyond.  

 

 

Instructor, Mark Jarvis unclose shot of him smiling with his grizzly beard

Instructor, Mark Jarvis

Mark has been an instructor with OAS since 2010, and despite his gruff exterior he is a favorite among participants and volunteers.  When not instructing for OAS, Mark operates an excavation business and manages his family’s ranch in eastern Oregon.  Mark enjoys working with athletes who use sit-skis, and he brings a grand-fatherly kindness to the winter program.

 

 

Instructor, Matt Eitel on the slopes with a sit skier on top of the summit

Instructor, Matthew Eitel

Matt was born in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child Matt grew up skiing, mountain biking and skateboarding. Conventional and extreme sports played a big part in his life. Matt moved to Bend in 2000 and in 2011, Matt went back to school for outdoor leadership at OSU Cascades and that’s where he heard about Oregon Adaptive Sports.  He began volunteering for OAS and was instantly hooked. Matt loves snowboarding and skiing. 

 

 

Instructor, John Morgan, professional unclose shot in a white button up shirt

Instructor, John Morgan

John has been teaching Adaptive for 16 years and Alpine for a total of 43 years. He is the father of two sons with Cerebral Palsy which led him to shifting his focus to make sure they can enjoy skiing as much as him. While teaching skiing is his real life, being a consultant and teacher in community, organizational, and leadership development occupies the rest. He lives in Keizer and is at Hoodoo for his home ski area.

 

 

Instructor, Keith Nicolson posing for the camera with his two young daughters, all dressed as tourists with a pool and european architecture columns in the background

Instructor, Keith Nicolson

Born and raised in England, Keith has been an avid skier since the age of 10 when he learned to ski in the Alps of Austria.  He joined the City of Eugene Alpine Adventures Adaptive Ski Program in 2001 as a volunteer/instructor, and he became PSIA certified in alpine and adaptive skiing in 2010. In 2013 Alpine Adventures merged with OAS, and Keith became an OAS instructor. He loves to share his passion for skiing with people from all walks of life, and he has found working with individuals with disabilities to be particularly rewarding.  In his spare time Keith loves to travel with his family and ski as much as possible.

 

 

Instructor, Kellie Standish in OAS attire on the slopes hugging a with participant to the left using a snow slider (metal frame with skis mounted on it like a walker)

Instructor, Kellie Standish

A native Seattleite, Kellie grew up skiing the Washington Cascades and Mount Bachelor. She began as a volunteer while in college, and instantly fell in love with OAS, commuting from Salem quite literally every winter weekend. After graduating from Willamette University with a degree in political science and Spanish and a summer stint in Costa Rica, she realized that her love for OAS was special enough to make Bend home. When she isn’t volunteering or working, she spends her free time reading, biking, hiking, running, playing soccer and attempting to rock climb.  

 

 

Instructor, Devin Harrigan with an OAS shirt and two hats on his head.

Instructor, Devin Harrigan

Devin is a native Oregonian and has been with OAS since 2011.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.  Devin is a skier and snowboarder, and off the snow he enjoys all of Bend’s outdoor activities.  Devin instantly fell in love with OAS and constantly finds inspiration from the amazing strength of OAS participants and volunteers.

 

 

Instructor, Michael Ahmuty smiling in his OAS jacket with helmet and goggles and the sun rays shining.

Instructor, Michael Ahmuty

Michael started his career in the outdoor industry guiding rivers in Haines, Alaska.  His first introduction to Adaptive Sports was in 1999 while volunteering for the Crested Butte winter program.  He moved to Bend with his wife and 2 daughters in 2013.  Michael not only works in the winter as an instructor, but has contributed to our summer programs as a river guide. 

 

 

Instructor, Leah Persichilli pictured with her family of four all in hugs. Leah is on the right, her son is sitting in the lower middle, daughter is above with husband on the left

Instructor, Leah Persichilli 

As East coast transplant, Leah has lived most of her adult life in northern Arizona, South Lake Tahoe and Central Oregon. Her diverse outdoor background ranges from professional ski patrol, horse-pack & backpack guide/cook in southern Utah, geology assistant on the Colorado River Grand Canyon, and surf camp in southern California to name a few!   However, her most adventurous job so far is raising two kids!  Leah loves skiing, running and all of the “usual” Bend activities as well as growing food, cooking, canning, keeping chickens and bees, and all manner of urban farming.  A passion for outdoor adventure and a strong belief in the inclusion of people of ALL abilities brings her to the OAS team.

 

 

Instructor, Ben Sparrow pictured with his red OAS hat smiling.

Instructor, Ben Sparrow

Ben has been skiing for 44 years and is celebrating his 17 season with OAS.  Woodworking and skiing are Ben’s two passions in life.  Ben is very honored to share his passion for skiing with OAS and its participants. In the off season Ben enjoy kayaking, mountain biking and being in the great outdoors!

 

 

Instructor Jeremy Fox in action tethering a sit skier down the slopes.

Instructor, Jeremy Fox

Jeremy began his involvement with OAS as a volunteer during the winter of ’08-’09.  He has worked as an instructor and Assistant Program Director, and was the Winter Program Director from 2011-2016.  Jeremy is excited to return to OAS this winter as an instructor.  During other times of the year you might find Jeremy guiding school groups on backpacking and canoe trips in California, or exploring the great outdoors by foot, bike, canoe and raft.  Jeremy’s favorite parts of winter are overdosing on holiday music, bluebird ski days, and feeling the days gradually lengthen as winter progresses.

 

 

Instructor Mark Thompson on the right in his plaid shirt and spiffy mustache, not to be confused with his furry dog on the left.

Instructor, Mark Thompson

Mark started skiing at age 14 in New Hampshire. In high school, he was on the ski patrol in the evening after his school day at Mt. Tom in Massachusetts. After cruising the Atlantic on a sailboat for 7 years, he and his wife, Bunny, moved to Sisters in 2001. He started working at Hoodoo in 2001 as a lift operator and became involved in Alpine Adventures during a Lift Evac Drill that year. He’s been hooked on OAS ever since.