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 the outdoors 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operations Director, 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.
Marketing + Development Coordinator, Kellie Standish
Originally from the Seattle section of the PNW, 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 working 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 skiing, biking, hiking and climbing. Access to the outdoors and the life that Bend provides for so many has been life changing for Kellie, and she hopes to use her work in OAS to ensure that everyone has access to not just outdoor experiences, but an outdoor oriented lifestyle.
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 in 2014 to earn his Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership through Oregon State University. Thanks to a fellow student (Thanks Matt E.!) he heard about OAS and began volunteering 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 he can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, or generally anywhere in nature.
Trainer + Technical Supervisor, 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.
Winter Program Coordinator, Mel Canna
Mel began her involvement with OAS as a volunteer in 2016. She enjoys sliding down snow in all forms and had previously worked as a snowboard instructor for 6 years in New York State and Utah. When she is not at the mountain she can be found reading, running, climbing, and planning international adventures! When winter turns to fall, Mel spends her time leading climbing, mountaineering, and rafting courses throughout central Oregon. I love OAS because I love the feeling of being able to do something that you once thought wasn’t possible. Being at the mountain to see people break those boundaries gets me stoked!
Hoodoo Coordinator + 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.
Hoodoo Coordinator + 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.
Instructor, Adam McWilliams
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, Dayna Vogt
Dayna joins the OAS instructor staff from the volunteer pool this year. She is a snowboarder, skier, and doer of many outdoor sports. She loves spending time outdoors for a number of reasons, but especially for the quality time with friends and the challenge of doing new things. She spends her summers working for Outward Bound and migrates to California in the spring and fall to teach environmental education trips for school groups. Dayna loves being a part of the OAS community and is stoked to be able to bring other individuals into it!
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, 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. During other times of the year you might find Jeremy working for Outward Bound in central Oregon, or exploring the great outdoors by foot, bike, raft and canoe. Jeremy’s favorite parts of winter are overdosing on holiday music, bluebird ski days, and feeling the days gradually lengthen as winter progresses.
Instructor, Jirka Hanis
Jirka grew up skiing and playing pond hockey in a small town in the Czech Republic. After traveling the world with his brother, they both landed in the United States in 2000. He soon began pursuing the American dream as an ice cream man in Philadelphia. Once he perfected his english skills he decided to take on a new challenge as a helicopter pilot. Most of his career as a pilot was spent flying in the Alaskan mountain ranges. After relocating to Bend in 2016, Jirka found OAS and instantly connected with the positive energy that comes from the support staff and participants.
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, Russ Hatch
Russ joined OAS from the volunteer pool this year. His professional background in in education, as a national board certified teacher of 12 years. Russ has also worked as a river raft guide, running coach, ski and snowboard coach, mountain bike coach, graphic designer, photographer, and search and rescue volunteer. Russ is recently back in school, working to earn his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Russ first hit the slopes with his dad at the age of 4, learning to alpine ski in the Southern Rockies. In his early 20s, Russ learned to telemark ski and began spending more and more time exploring the winter backcountry. He is stoked to be a part of a community that brings the opportunity to access the outdoors to everyone, and fulfills that mission both on and off the slopes. When Russ isn’t working or doing grad school, he is playing with his puppy Danner in the snow or on the rivers.
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, 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, Mark Jarvis
Mark has been an instructor with OAS since 2010 and 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, 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.