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.

MEET OUR TEAM

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

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(CO-FOUNDER )

JULIA
SPRUANCE

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

EILEEN
TURPIN

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

STEVEN
DASMAN

PROGRAM
MANAGER

NANCY
NATOWITZ

BUSINESS
MANAGER

MIRIAM
TALAMINI

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

JIM
BRADLEY

EQUIPMENT MANAGER & TRIP LEADER

BRENDA
KENNEDY DAVIES

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

MICHELLE
HOFFMEISTER

PROGRAM REGISTRAR & TRIP LEADER

TBA

PROGRAM COORDINATOR 

WILL
HAAS

ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER

BONNIE
DENIS

ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER

DAVID
SU

ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER

We 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Keyes (Chair)
Head of PCH Boston
PCH Digital

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

Tom Rollins, CFA (Treasurer)
Fidelity Investments

Charley Gould (Clerk)
Attorney

Kevin Clark
Sales Director, Coupa Software

Deborah ‘Dubs’ Dickey
Health Professional

Dr. Claudia Guiterrez
Former Principal Boston Public Schools

Liza Mills
Mom and Advocate

Janet Wade
Director, Boston Ability Center

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Juan Martin Botero
Software Engineer, Adventurer, Mentor

Cherise Bransfield
Mom & Advocate

Amy Choi
Chief Growth Officer, T3 Advisors

Richard Helstein
Former Vice President of Marketing, Kraft Foods

Benjamin Marcus
Assistant Professor of Business Administration,  Stonehill College

Anna McKeown
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Town of Concord, MA

Matthew Morizio
Private Client Advisor, Beck Bode

Sarah Perry
President, SP Non-Profit Consulting

Carl Robinson
Wells Fargo Bank
Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President

Jessica Solomon, MD
Developmental Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Colorado

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

Jean Whitney
Philanthropic Advising

THANK YOU TO OUR TOP SUPPORTERS

We're so grateful for you!

FOUNDATIONS

Liberty Mutual logo
Adobe Foundation logo
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Foundation for Metrowest youth in philanthropy logo
M&T Bank logo
Needham Bank logo
Island Foundation logo
The Gibney Foundation logo
James B Boskey Memorial Foundation logo

CORPORATIONS

Central Rock Gym logo
Charles River Associates logo
Bowhead logo
Wheelworks Bike Shop logo
Cotting School logo
Boston Ability Center logo
Christ Community Church logo
Cogen Immune Medicine logo
Charles River Canoe and Kayak logo
Halloran and Associates logo
harbourvest logo
middlesex savings bank logo
national grid logo
NECI logo
Parker logo
peter fuller rentals logo
Revel Racing logo
Walltopia climbing walls logo
Petrini logo
Rodman for Kids logo
Town Fair Tire logo

AFFILIATIONS