Staff and Board of Directors

At Adaptive Sports Association, our dedicated staff and Board of Directors allows us to provide outstanding adaptive sports programs.

Ann Marie Meighan – Executive Director


Ann Marie came to ASA as an intern in the fall of 2006 after working at a summer camp for people with disabilities. She has worked at ASA as a volunteer, an intern, a staff instructor and as the program director. She is a commercial raft guide in both Colorado and Utah, a swift water rescue technician, has her wilderness first responder certification and is a Leave No Trace Trainer. When she is not at work she can be found making snow angels, playing in the mountains, chasing her dogs or tubing the river.
Klancy Nixon – Program Director


Klancy started as a winter volunteer in 2015 and joined the ASA staff full-time the following spring. She is a commercial raft guide in Colorado and Utah, and has Wilderness First Responder, White Water Rescue Technician, and PSIA Alpine Level 1 certifications. She loves to ski, snowboard, hike, fish, play in the river, watch birds, laugh, and use her dog as a pillow.
Beth Gleason- Assistant Program Director


Beth came from Denver, where she ran an Adventure Education program at a high school, guided backpacking trips, and coached rock climbing and mountain biking. After a brief year in Michigan as an arborist and tree climber, it was time to return to the mountains! She joined the ASA team in July 2017 as the assistant program director. Beth is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, has her professional teaching license, Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Level 1, and AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor certifications. When not at work, she can be found on her mountain bike or motorcycle, skiing, climbing trees, playing her guitar, crafting, or cooking.
Kaila Berrey Becton - Program Assistant


Berrey, an Adventure Education Major from Northwest Arkansas, came to Adaptive Sports the summer of 2017 as an intern and joined the staff team the following winter. When she is not working with Adaptive Sports she can be found paddling with her raft racing team the San Juan Sirens, riding her bike, or soaking in sun where ever she can find it. Berrey is Swiftwater Rescue Certified, Wilderness First Responder Certified, and is a Certified Instructor on the Lower Animas.
KailaKaila Busk - Office Manager


Recognizing the importance of accessing the outdoors and its impact on quality of life is what brought Kaila to ASA in August of 2016. Kaila graduated with a degree in environmental sustainability and outdoor adventure leadership. Kaila spends most of her time practicing simplistic living and exploring her passion for adventuring and protecting the outdoors.
Judy Abercrombie – Bookkeeper


Judy took on the bookkeeping at ASA in December 2007. She does bookkeeping for many small clients and individuals, as well as several other non-profits in town. While not a skier, she volunteers for our DSSC event, handling all the financials and helping with registration. When not working, Judy enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.
Karen Esser – Events Coordinator


Karen joined ASA to get passes for skiing like everyone else–that was 14 years ago. Her skiing ended years ago with a torn ACL. Now she volunteers just because she loves seeing all types of people out enjoying the natural beauty that we see all around us. She has helped on the Dave Spencer Ski Classic for most of the years that it has been around. In 2008, she was asked to be the Event Coordinator. As it seemed like a good fit, she was hooked! She does a great job talking to the businesses and people around town to gather support for our events. She says ASA is loved in Durango! Karen also manages the Edgemont Picnic Grounds and offers her services as a Personal Chef.

Board of Directors

President: Paula Mills

Vice President: Jack Irby

Secretary: Marc Goldfarb

Treasurer: Henry Dudley

Winter Volunteer Representative: Carol Johnson

Summer Volunteer Representative: Kathleen Chandler

Purgatory Representative: Val Schwiderski

David Hardy

Dick Griffith