Julie joined the DREAM team in January 2017 in a program facing role and moved into the Executive Director position 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 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, Avy 1
Madeline moved from the Mt. Hood area of Oregon to join the DREAM Adaptive Team in September 2020. She has been working in the outdoor industry as a professional ski patroller/Assistant Patrol Director and ski racing coach on Mt. Hood for the last three years. Prior to this, she was working for the U.S. Forest Service as a seasonal recreation staff member in various locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Athletic Training.
Madeline was born in Saratoga, Wyoming, and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado as a second grader where she learned to alpine ski; then she and her family moved to the Mt Hood area. Madeline has grown up alpine skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking; her family spent any time they could outside exploring rivers, mountains, and the local areas they lived in.
Certifications: Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Athletic Trainer, AIARE 1
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.