After Kirk Bauer, JD lost his leg from a grenade explosion in Vietnam in 1969, he experienced the thrill of snow skiing as part of his rehabilitation through Disabled Sports USA, which was just beginning as an organization. Now 44 years later, after 13 years as a volunteer and participant and 31 years as executive director, Kirk has led the organization to become one of the largest programs in the nation; serving individuals with disabilities, through over 100 community DSUSA chapters in 39 states. Kirk was twice awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in battle and holds a Doctorate of Law degree from Boston University. For a complete bio, click here.
Cheryl joined Disabled Sports USA in 2001. As Insurance and Risk Director she administers the DSUSA Group Insurance Program’s Commercial General/Excess Liability, Directors & Officers and Employment Practices Liability insurance policies as well as the individualized chapter Business Auto (Non-Owned Hired Auto), Inland Marine Insurance and Property Insurance policies. She also oversees the DSUSA chapter formation process through which organizations providing adaptive and inclusive sports, recreation and education opportunities can become chapter members of DSUSA. Cheryl enjoys music, super heroes, short stories and spending time with family and friends.
Kyleen has worked with Disabled Sports USA since 2005, transitioning from intern to Senior Programs Coordinator. After taking a couple years off to work with the local parks system, Kyleen returned to DSUSA in 2015 as a Program Manager, and now handles the Diana Golden Race Development Program, E-Team, the National Race Festival at The Hartford Ski Spectacular, and grants administration. Kyleen has a B.A. in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a Masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sports Management from The George Washington University. Outside the office, Kyleen can be found hiking with her dog Ralph, baking delicious treats, and attempting to garden.
Michelle George joined the Disabled Sports USA team in 2014 as the Executive Administrator. She is responsible for assisting the Executive Director, CFO/CEO and the Board of Directors as well as providing office administration assistance. Prior to joining the team, Michelle spent 14 years working in clinical research at a pharmaceutical company that specialized in drug development and clinical trials for rare diseases. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, playing volleyball, softball, running, hiking and skiing.
Orlando Gill has been with the organization since 2006, first serving as a volunteer, then a Program Assistant Coordinator, and currently as a Field Representative. Orlando acts as the face of the organization, going to various hospitals speaking to wounded soldiers about DSUSA’s mission. He is a peer mentor for many of the soldiers as he knows first-hand what they are experiencing, considering he too was wounded in Iraq; he is an above-the-knee amputee. He is currently a NAUI/ SSI adaptive scuba instructor. Orlando, whose favorite sports are snowboarding and SCUBA, describes his favorite part of the job as “actually getting the patients out participating in sports.”
Huayra has been with DSUSA since 2006, first as an intern, a program coordinator and then the Executive Assistant to Kirk Bauer for 7 years. She is now a program manager responsible DSUSA’s Empower YOUth Sports, Boston Strong Adaptive Sports, the annual Ski Spectacular, and internship program. She also manages the Athletics for All task force, comprised of national and regional disability sports organizations that are working together to promote and facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in high school sports. Huayra is a proud graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), where she obtained her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences with a specialization in Athletic Training and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, dancing, watching sports and traveling.
Bre joined the DSUSA team in August of 2013 as an intern and never looked back. A 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, Bre found her love of providing opportunities for people with disabilities through working as a camp counselor and managing the collegiate wheelchair basketball team. Bre is an avid Cubs fan from the Southside of Chicago and spends her free time at baseball games, trying to catch an Illini game, or participating in recreational volleyball and softball leagues.
Julia has been working with Disabled Sports USA since 2003. During her tenure she has been instrumental in getting individuals with disabilities, including youth and wounded warriors involved in adaptive sports. Julia oversees all of DSUSA’s programs, including Warfighter Sports, Adapt2Achieve, Empower YOUth Sports and The Hartford Ski Spectacular. Prior to joining DSUSA, she worked in United Kingdom in inclusive sports programming, exercise testing and international doping control. She is a certified gymnastics coach, SCUBA diver and has many years’ experience in the development and expansion of sports programs for people with disabilities. Julia received a B.S. (HONS) in Sports Administration and Management from Nottingham Trent University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.
Daniel joined the DSUSA team in July of 2016 and manages the Adapt2Achieve training program. Prior to joining DSUSA, Daniel worked at a sports consulting firm as well as the Dallas Stars Alumni Association, which inspired him to transition into adaptive sports and sports philanthropy. Daniel has a B.A. in History from Westmont College and Master’s degrees in International History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also earned a Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate from the George Washington University School of Business. Daniel grew up in the Boston area and enjoys reading, watching movies and travelling in his spare time.
Ryan started as an intern with DSUSA in September of 2014. Upon completion of his internship, he returned to Springfield College and graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Sport Management. In September of 2015 he returned to DSUSA and hasn’t looked back. He splits his time between the Programs and Insurance/Risk Reduction teams. Ryan is a firm believer in the positive effects that sports can have on someone’s spirit, mind, and body. Ryan is from upstate New York and is an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys spending his time hiking, being on or by the water, sitting by a fire and playing pick-up basketball. He is also working towards obtaining his Adaptive Level 1 snowboarding certification.
Dave Simonson began with DSUSA in 2010 and focuses on development, sponsor relations and social media. He has worked in both the nonprofit and private sectors, and also served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force. Dave’s favorite sports are running, cycling and swimming and he posts regularly on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
Bill joined Disabled Sports USA in 2010 and splits his time between financial management and overseeing operations. He brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management to the team. Bill grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania and is married to Becky; they live in Germantown, MD with their children Elizabeth and Billy. Bill holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit studies from Johns Hopkins University. Bill loves hiking and enjoys watching Penn State football. He is currently trying to keep up with his son in Karate.
Karalyn splits her time between managing the Warfighter Sports program, helping more than 10,000 of the most severely wounded rebuild their lives through sports, and overseeing Disabled Sports USA's various communications outlets including the newsletter and Challenge magazine. She joined the Disabled Sports USA team in 2010 as an intern while completing her Masters in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University. An Iowa native and University of Iowa undergrad, she can be found most of the year cheering for the Hawkeyes or planning her next travel adventure.
Disabled Sports USA Officers
Disabled Sports USA Board Members
|Steven Goodwin||Vice President|
|Todd Sajauskas||Treasurer and Secretary||William “Will” B. Reynolds III||Summer Athlete Representative|
|Ralph Green||Winter Athlete Representative|
|John “Jack” Daly||Member at Large|
|Bill Gates||Member at Large|
|Lee Hicks||Member at Large|
|John Urias||Member at Large|
|Katrina Shaklee||Regional Representative|