Billy moved to the valley in May of 2013 from New England/New York. One of the first things he did was get involved with Dream Adaptive Recreation. Billy has a son who is autistic and became familiar with programs similar to Dream that help individuals with disabilities enjoy life to the fullest. Billy is involved with the DREAM summer and winter programs and states it is one of the best decisions he has made. He loves being able to work with the participants and see the joy and smiles on their faces when they are done for the day. When Billy finishes a day of volunteering, he’s not sure if he was the teacher or the one being taught. In his spare time Billy also volunteers with the Creston Fire Department and is excellent at saving cats that are stuck in trees and putting out illegal bonfires!
Clayton Fox is a Montana native that left the state after college and was blessed to be able to come home and raise a family. Clayton and his wife Heather have two daughters Kasey and Madison. Kasey is a student at MSU and Madison is a high school student in Whitefish. They moved to Whitefish 2 years ago from Bozeman to enjoy everything the Flathead valley has to offer. Clayton found DREAM through an event in Whitefish and immediately knew he wanted to be a part of the organization. Clayton’s father in law was a Quadriplegic who would not let his disability impact his independence. It is Clayton’s goal to help DREAM fulfill it’s mission of enhancing the quality of life all individuals with disabilities. Clayton recently joined the board this summer and is looking forward to helping DREAM Adaptive achieve it’s goals along with the other board members.
Kelly is a Butte native , who returned to Montana and moved to the Flathead Valley one year ago after completing Grad School in LA, and starting her career in Portland, OR. Kelly is a Physical Therapist who takes great joy in seeing individuals participate in any and all activities with their families and peers. Becoming a Board Member for DREAM has been the perfect opportunity for Kelly to get involved in a new community, and be further inspired by individuals who are living with various impairments. Kelly loves to be outdoors, and looks forward to being a part of creating adaptive opportunities for individuals living in, or traveling to “The Last Best Place”!
Tom moved to the Flathead Valley after retiring from a 35 year career in 2010. Prior to retirement, Tom and his family have lived in several states including a 22 year stay in Alaska. Tom is an avid skier and became involved with DREAM in 2011 as a way of giving back to a sport the he loves. He has expanded his volunteering efforts by participating in the DREAM summer program and some of the fund raising events.
Raised in Helena and the Flathead Valley, Mary spent over 35 years living in many other states including California, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico and Nevada, but she always called Montana home. Mary loves spending time with her family, husband Dan and two children, Kayla & Sasha. Mary also loves the outdoors, snow skiing and time on Flathead Lake. Mary’s son is a DREAM participant and Special Olympics competitor. In order to give back to the group, Mary joined the board in 2013 and continues to volunteer along with her family whenever possible.
Tara Oster graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism in 2012 and began reporting for the local CBS affiliate, KAJ. She first learned about DREAM while on a work assignment and decided to become involved as a volunteer. Tara joined the board in 2014 in hopes of continuing and advancing the impressive work already performed by the organization. Tara now works as a dispatcher for Flathead County 911 and spends as much free time as possible in the mountains. She’s looking forward to many more years of involvement with DREAM Adaptive!
Chuck is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and has been working in the Flathead Valley for three years. He is a history teacher but is currently working as a special education para professional. Chuck became involved with DREAM during the winter of 2014/2015 when his students took part in our winter ski program. He learned very quick that being a volunteer was part of his job description. Although he is supposed to the the one teaching and helping Chuck says he is the one being taught. He believes you can never have a bad day when your students are happy.
David is Montana native and has lived in Kalispell since 1998. David and his wife, Erika, have a son and a daughter, both of whom attend Kalispell Middle School. David got involved with DREAM because his son is a participant, and David saw the positive impact DREAM had on his son and the other participants. David works as the Judge of the Montana Workers’ Compensation Court. In his spare time, David enjoys golf, fly fishing, running, and skiing.
DREAM is always interested in hearing from individuals that would like to serve on the board of this dynamic organization. If you would like to learn more, please contact us. The Board of Directors meet the second Monday of each month.
Activities will include: Water skiing, sit water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding,
DREAM Adaptive Recreation received funding from the US Department of Veterans Affairs
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