ADAPTIVE SPORTS PARTNERS OF THE NORTH COUNTRY NAMES KELLY WALSH AS ITS NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is excited to announce the hiring of Kelly Walsh as its next Executive Director. Kelly will become the organization’s third leader in its nearly 13 years of enriching the quality of life for people with disabilities in the north country through year-round sports, recreation, and wellness programs.
“We are excited that Kelly will be joining ASPNC. Kelly’s passion, experience, wisdom, and vision will help us move from strength to strength. We are grateful that Thomas and Kelly will have a chance to work together over the summer so as to ensure a smooth transition and a successful Sunrise Ascent, our biggest fundraiser. Together with our vibrant community of volunteers and capable staff, we are confident that Kelly will continue to advance the ASPNC mission,” says ASPNC Board President Shane MacElhiney
Kelly earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University. She has a deep background in adaptive sports as well as significant experience leading and growing high-quality recreational programs.
“ASPNC is an amazing organization, and I am so excited to be joining this wonderful community. I have been fortunate to collaborate with ASPNC in my previous position and know that I am joining a hard-working, dedicated, mission-driven team. I am ready to continue the great work of Sandy and Thomas–and so many others in the community–to help ASPNC continue to grow and enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities in meaningful and significant ways.”
Kelly comes to ASPNC with over 10 years of experience in the field of Adaptive Sports. Prior to joining ASPNC, she worked as Program Coordinator for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, growing and establishing many adaptive sports programs in Vermont. Most recently, she served as Athletic Director for Kingdom East School District and Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Littleton, focusing on creating inclusive programming and building access to outdoor recreation for everyone. Kelly holds various certifications including being a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Adaptive Recreation and Sport Specialist, a Level 1 Adaptive SUP Instructor, and a PSIA Level 1 Adaptive Ski Instructor. She has also been chosen to present on adaptive sports at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference.
Kelly currently lives in Lyndonville with her partner, Seth, their two kids, and three dogs. She is an avid skier, ultrarunner, Ironman finisher, and lover of the outdoors.