Staff and Board of Directors

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

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Ann Marie Beresford

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.

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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.

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Berrey Becton

Program Coordinator

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 PSIA Adaptive Alpine Level 1 VI/COG certified, Swiftwater Rescue Certified, Wilderness First Responder Certified, and is a Certified Instructor on the Lower Animas.

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Noel Wagner

Program Coordinator

Noel started working for ASA in the fall of 2021. His background is in Recreation Outdoor Education and has worked across much of Colorado and Utah either teaching Skiing, Backpacking, Rafting, or Climbing. Noel is Certified as a Wilderness First Responder, PSIA Alpine Level 1 Instructor, PSIA Adaptive Alpine Level 1 VI/COG, and PSIA Children’s Specialist. When he is not in the office, you can find Noel backcountry skiing in the San Juans or fly fishing along the Animas.

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Taylor Irwin

Events and Development Coordinator

Taylor joined the Adaptive Sports staff in the summer of 2019. She moved to Durango from Pittsburgh, PA where she was born and raised with her non-profit fundraising and marketing experience. When she isn’t working on events or at the ASA office, she enjoys stand-up comedy, hiking, reading, and paddle boarding.

Board of Directors


Kristin Smith

Vice President

Eric Beyler


Michael Morton


Lori Hendrick

Volunteer Representative

Sachiko Umbhau


Chris Farquar


Chris Clements

Purgatory Representative

Britton Layman

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