Julie joined the DREAM Adaptive team as the program coordinator in January 2017 and moved into the Executive Director role in June 2018. She grew up near balmy Buffalo, New York as a four-season fresh air kid. She was a two-sport and All-American athlete in college, earning a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Sports Administration. Julie made her way west to Colorado and worked for the US Olympic Committee for over five years, coordinating camps and events at the Colorado Olympic Training Center and also for US Paralympics. Highlights of her tenure included supporting the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Her free time was spent exploring the Rockies where she honed her snowboarding and mountain biking skills and fell in love with mountain life. Before moving with her husband and pup to Whitefish in December of 2016, they lived the salt life for 4 years in southern California. Throughout her traveled career path, Julie has always made it a priority to volunteer and work with adaptive sports programs in her local area.
Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, PSIA Alpine Level I, PSIA Adaptive Level I
Another New Englander on the Dream team, Naomi Morrison joined us in November of 2018. She was pulled toward the west at a young age after she experienced hiking in the Rocky Mountains, playing in pristine running water and having a snowball fight in July. She and her husband finally made the permanent move to Montana in the early 2000’s where she used her journalism degree to work for the Big Sky Weekly, and then later at the Daily Inter Lake, North Valley Hospital and Glacier Conservancy. A daughter of a successful small business entrepreneur, Naomi was self-educated while working as an international-trade and domestic-energy/recycling business executive prior to moving to Montana.
Her diverse background also includes Leadership Flathead alumni, Maine raft guide, certified Kundalini yoga instructor, co-founder of the Columbia Falls Community Garden, and owner of Constellation Media. In her free time, you can catch Naomi, husband and two children boating on the river, carving tracks in the snow, camping under the stars, gardening with the picturesque views of Columbia Mountain, and enjoying the comedy show of dozens of chickens and ducks.
Kate joined the Dream Team in 2019. She grew up in Vermont, by Lake Champlain a mile from the Canadian border. She left Vermont to go to the University of Alaska in Anchorage. After a short stay, she bought a van and took an adventure back to Vermont. With no experience, she was interviewed and accepted for a live-in caretaker position for an individual with quadriplegia.
At 18, like many other teens, Kate thought she knew everything. After seeing her client’s potential for movement, she began encouraging him to move more. At the beginning of her stay, he used an electric chair only. As a team, they accomplished the goal of using his own strength in the manual chair to eventually go around his block. It was a great lesson as to what the mind and body can accomplish with dedication and fun!
Kate’s restless spirit took her to other states, on many travels, where she met incredible people and had new experiences. In 2001 she found her new home in Montana and at the age of 35, learned how to snowboard.
Kate is a wife, a mom of three sons, and in her free time enjoys writing and singing songs. Her varied work experience includes other caretaker positions, customer service, and a variety of roles with non-profits. She was introduced to DREAM through her neighbors who are committed volunteers.
Lucas has been shredding a skateboard or snowboard since he was born! In 2000 he organized the first adaptive snowboard freestyle camps and national competition in the world with USASA. He was a Paralympic hopeful in 2014 for the Sochi Winter Games before an injury sidelined him. He now runs a successful business in Whitefish and coordinates the Dream Backcountry Powder Camp – one of only a few cat assisted backcountry programs for adaptive athletes in the world!