Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

We believe that adaptive recreation can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. STARS programs help individuals to discover the outdoors and teach skills to overcome health challenges as well as develop confidence, self-esteem and independence.

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Lisa Evans, Office Manager
Start Date: 2016

Lisa is originally from Michigan, and moved out west in 2009. She has a degree in Photography and Outdoor Education. She has worked in the field at summer camps, as well as respite care and in-home care for clients in Michigan. Lisa had the opportunity to join STARS in August 2016 and is grateful she did. She is currently our Operations Manager. Lisa handles a variety of administrative work in the office and is responsible for the day to day running of the office.

Mike Boone, Program Director
Start Date: 2018

As Program Director, Mike is responsible for the successful operation and delivery of all recreation programs offered at STARS. Though he is born and raised from Colorado, Mike came to STARS by way of Iowa where he served at the Director and founder of Adaptive Sports Iowa. Mike has been working within the recreation, sports, and adaptive sports industries for nearly 18 years prior to joining STARS. He holds a BA is Sports Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and a Masters of Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
I love STARS because: "Recreation and sports can have a profound and positive impact on quality of life. Within the realm of disability, however, it can be transformative. I come from a household with a blind father and I have vivid memories playing soccer with him in our back yard with a beeping ball"

Ron Soutworth, Program Manager
Start Date: 2010

"I began my career in adaptive recreation in 1996 at the NSCD in Winter Park, Co. I made the move to Steamboat in 2010 to join the team at STARS. I can honestly say that there is nothing else in the world that I would rather do. There are ups and downs, but at the end of the day we made a difference in someone's life. STARS isn't my job, it's my passion.

Julie Taulman, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2010

Julie Taulman is the Executive Director of STARS and has been with the organization since its inception. Julie is responsible for ensuring that STARS continues to have the qualified staff, volunteers, and funds to help us meet our mission of empowering and enriching lives through adaptive recreational sports. Julie is a former daily newspaper publisher and marketing director in her former life.

"I love working at STARS because I love the opportunity to help others feel the power of adaptive sports and how it can heal not just the participant but the entire family. I am living proof of that. I experienced the healing power of adaptive sports one year to the day when my son became a paraplegic due to cancer. We honored that day by having him learn to ski in a bi-ski when he was 3 at Steamboat. The moment I watched him making turns with his outriggers and me skiing behind him, I knew that we would make it and that there were now opportunities to be able to find new activities that we could still participate together as a family."


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