The mission of Waypoint Adventure is to challenge youth and adults with disabilities to discover their purpose, talents and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.

Waypoint Adventure is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2010 that uses quality experiential and adventure-based programs to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities and their communities.

These programs are not just about having fun on a boat ride, climbing high on a rock or sliding down a zip line – They are about positive individual and group development. They’re about building social and character skills, forming teams and transforming people’s views of themselves and their abilities. Waypoint believes that all people, regardless of ability, will have opportunities for adventure, and through them realize their personal value, strengths and abilities. The challenge faced and support discovered in these experiences challenge people to become stronger individuals and community members.

OUR PASSIONATE EXPLORATION LEADERS

Our team is made up of professionals in the fields of disability, special education, adventure education, adventure trip leading, and wilderness medicine. Our programs are for people of all ages and abilities. We specifically have extensive experience working with people on the autism spectrum, those who have anxiety disorders, who are deaf or blind, have Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities ranging from moderate to severe, and Aspergers Syndrome. We have worked with participants who have Cerebral Palsy or other physical disabilities ranging from moderate to severe, Limb differences, para or quadriplegia, Epilepsy, Spina Bifida, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, learning or speech disabilities, and social-emotional challenges. We are constantly learning more about trauma, chronic illnesses, schizophrenia, Williams Syndrome, OCD, and so much more. We love learning and believe that every person we encounter is treated with the utmost respect and given the authority to show us who they are as a full person. This is not an exhaustive list that represents all our experience. Ask us if you don’t see what describes you!

DAN
MINNICH

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JULIA
SPRUANCE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

EILEEN
TURPIN

HEAD OF CURRICULUM DESIGN

STEVEN
DASMAN

PROGRAM & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

NANCY
NATOWITZ

BUSINESS MANAGER

MIRIAM
TALAMINI

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

JIM
BRADLEY

EQUIPMENT MANAGER

WILL
HAAS

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST

BONNIE
DENIS

ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER

DAVID
SU

ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER

Waypoint staff have advanced training in outdoor leadership and Special Education through the following institutions: University of New Hampshire – Outdoor Education, Gordon College – Recreation, Sport and Wellness, Boston College – Human Development, Severe Special Needs, American Mountain Guide Association, SOLO Wilderness Medical School, National Outdoor Leadership School, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the American Canoe Association. They build daily on their extensive experience and are dedicated to their craft of designing life-changing adventure programs.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Alderson (Chair)
Online Learning Product Marketing, MathWorks

Chris Keyes (Vice Chair)
Head of PCH Boston
PCH Digital

Tom Rollins, CFA (Treasurer)
Fidelity Investments

Ellen Cohn, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA (Clerk)
Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy
BU, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services

 

Janet Wade
Director, Boston Ability Center

Charley Gould
Attorney

Deborah ‘Dubs’ Dickey
Health Professional

 

OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

Juan Martin Botero
Software Engineer, Adventurer, Mentor

Amy Choi
Chief Growth Officer, T3 Advisors

Cherise Bransfield
Mom & Advocate

Richard Helstein
Former Vice President of Marketing, Kraft Foods

Martin West, PhD
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Anna McKeown
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Town of Concord, MA

 

Matt Morizio
Private Client Advisor, Beck Bode

Sarah Perry
President, SP Non-Profit Consulting

Jessica Sanders, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Carl Robinson
Wells Fargo Bank
Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President

Jean Whitney
Philanthropic Advising