Laura has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and an MS in Adaptive Sport/ Recreation Management and Policy. Her research was on Dignity of Risk among participants in an adaptive bike-riding program.
Laura’s passion for adaptive sports began after her brother sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Together they have embarked on adventures in adaptive biking, rock climbing, sled skating, dogsledding, canoeing, weightlifting, horseback riding, hiking and skiing.
Laura was among the founding members of the Nova Scotia Brain Injury Association in Nova Scotia, Canada. As the organization grew, Laura filled roles in fundraising, marketing, public awareness, and family support services. Laura has worked in non-profit management as Director of a community-based rehabilitation program for people living with brain injury and, more recently, with YES Malawi, a grant-funded educational exchange between collaborators at the University of New Hampshire and Malawi, Africa.
Emma was a volunteer ski instructor with Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation for 10 years. For the past several years, Emma has also volunteered with the New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival (NEVI) at Sugarloaf, guiding all ski levels.
Emma has worked in Outdoor Education for most of her career. She has paddled the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, led a group of teenagers on a 5 week expedition on the George River in Labrador and Northern Quebec and has even built wooden kayaks with youth.