Staff & Board of Directors

Thomas Shovlin - Executive Director

Thomas joined the ASPNC team in January 2019. Sports and outdoor recreation have always been a big part of Thomas’ life and he is passionate about making these experiences possible and accessible for people of all abilities. Further, he wants to use these experiences to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas earned a degree in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. He was also a member of the varsity wrestling team at Penn and earned All-Ivy Honors as well as a top-20 Division I national ranking. Following college, Thomas worked for a large healthcare company and was fortunate enough to work with several professional sports teams in Philadelphia, including the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. He then worked for an association management company and managed several regional and national non-profit organizations. Thomas also has volunteered as a wrestling coach, as a mentor for Beat the Streets Wrestling, as an instructor for adaptive sports programs, and as event staff for Special Olympics in Pennsylvania. Thomas is excited to bring his enthusiasm and energy to ASPNC and is determined to make a positive impact in the lives of those he gets to work with.

Thomas is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to the North Country with his wife, Sara, where they love living in Littleton with their puppy, Penny (Irish Setter – Poodle mix). They also recently welcomed a baby daughter, Briar Olivia, in December 2019!

Photo of Thomas before a kayaking session

Nate Hanson - Program Manager

Nate joined the ASPNC team as a volunteer in October of 2013. Through his volunteerism, he found that he was extremely passionate about helping people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors and participate in recreational activities. Nate is excited to be joining the ASPNC team full-time as the Program Manager. He looks forward to helping deliver ASPNC’s great mission and growing the program.

Nate graduated from Lakes Region Community College with degrees in Fire Science, Fire Investigation, and Fire Protection System. Nate worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the past 10 years prior to joining ASPNC full-time. He will use his expertise to ensure ASPNC participants of all abilities are able to participate in various sports, recreation, and wellness activities in a safe and enriching environment. Nate also worked for the University of Utah as a Certified Tetraski Instructor managing the two east coast skis this past winter. He is CARSS Level 1 certified, a certified CPR and first aid instructor, level 1 bowling coach, and looks forward to continuing to advance his education in adaptive sports.

Nate is an avid skier, climber, kayaker, and loves being active and outdoors. He lives with his wife Nichole (who is also a volunteer with ASPNC), daughter Zoey, son Colby and dog Max in Littleton, NH. He looks forward to getting the entire family involved with ASPNC!

Bill Connor - Administrative Assistant

MiKayla Briere - Alpine Coordinator

MiKayla joined the ASPNC team as a volunteer in 2016 and became our Alpine Coordinator in November 2019. MiKayla has been passionate about adaptive sports since learning to mono ski in 2007. While skiing may be her favorite sport, MiKayla comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of adaptive sports. MiKayla has both instructional, recreational, and competitive experience in a handful of adaptive sports. 

Board of Directors

Shane MacElhiney (Bethlehem, NH) - Director, President
Roy Whitaker (Lincoln, NH) - Director, Vice President
Joanne Huff (Plymouth, NH) - Director, Secretary
Gail Clark (Sugar Hill, NH) - Director, Treasurer
Carrie Aubut (Farmington, NH) - Director
Colin Paget (Ipswich, MA) - Director
James Shuchman (Littleton, NH) - Director
Lauren van Heerden (Sugar Hill, NH) - Director
Thomas Shovlin (Littleton, NH) - Executive Director, ex officio