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 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.
A true New Englander! Andrea was born and raised in Maine and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Public Health and Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps in Peru where she was the highest volunteer in the world — above 13,000 feet! After traveling around South and Central America, Andrea wanted to see if the west really was the best. She moved to Whitefish, Montana at the end of summer 2016 after a friend told her he lived 35 miles from Glacier National Park. Since then it’s been a dream come true. She enjoys ‘getting after it!’ Whether it’s skiing, running, biking, scuba diving or her favorite, bagging peaks, Andrea does it all. In 20016/17 she worked for Whitefish Mountain Resort in the base lodge, where she discovered the DREAM team. She immediately knew that she wanted to be a part of the organization. Andrea feels incredibly lucky to spend everyday outdoors working with the local school groups and athletes in the valley.
Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Swift-water Rescue, Level 1 American Avalanche Association, PSIA Level 1 Alpine Instructor
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!