Mark is the Founder/Executive Director of Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization. As one of the pioneer leaders in the adaptive sports, and adaptive outdoor recreation industries, Mark has been implementing unique adaptive programs and specialty therapeutic services for 35 years. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia.
Mark is the Founder – OPERATION FREEDOM OUTDOORS – a service of Therapeutic Adventures committed to providing greater access to adaptive outdoor recreation for our Disabled Military Heroes ~ Veterans and their families. He is Co-Founder – Adaptive Outdoor Safety Council (AOSC) – promotes: safety, education and leadership, as well as stewardship and protection of the outdoor environments where adaptive activities are offered and enjoyed.
A self-described “authorpreneur,” Mark states, “it was always my intent to produce Meet Me At The Mountain (MMATM) in multiple formats — inviting everyone to enjoy the important inspirational messages conveyed this story. And now, I am pleased to report that we have accomplished our dream!” MMATM is the only children’s book produced in six types of communications medium.
Illustrated Print | Sign Language | Braille/traditional format | Print/Braille Version | Music/The Story is sung by the Troublesome Creek String Band
Recording for Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) – National Library – (members only)
Mark has authored three other books, Reflections on Spiritual Fishing, AOSC-Code of Ethics for Adaptive Outdoor Leaders, and AOSC-Practice Guidelines for Providers of Adaptive Outdoor Recreation Services. He has also published articles in professional journals. Moreover, he has also provided hundreds of professional presentations for universities, businesses, non-profit and civic organizations. Moreover, he has served as a consultant for medical and rehabilitation centers, therapeutic education programs both nationally and internationally.
Mark is a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, where he was recognized for his lifetime commitment to volunteerism and community service. Mark received the National Ski Patrol – Silver Merit Star – runner up Outstanding National Instructor Award. Mark received the Trout Unlimited – Virginia Chairman’s Award 2008. He has been married for 30+ years to the love of his life, Teresa Andrews, RPT. Mark and Teresa have collaborated together on many programs, projects and events. They have two wonderful sons, Caleb (28) and Zachary (25), each who have made a positive impact on the services provided by Therapeutic Adventures. Share Mark's Info
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Charlotte is the Executive Director of the Orange Downtown Alliance where she provides leadership to support the mission of the Orange Downtown Alliance (ODA). The Orange Downtown Alliance exists to encourage community involvement and economic growth, develop strong partnerships, host local events and promote the town of Orange to help create a strong model of sustainable growth and a prosperous community in which to live, work, and visit.
Prior to taking her current position in Orange, Charlotte served as the Director, Communications & Digital Engagement – Southern Governors Association (SGA). In that role she supported SGA through the development of communications and marketing strategies, tactics and messages, and worked with the communications offices of SGA’s member governors to provide timely and topical information to the media about the organization’s initiatives and programs. In addition, she assisted in the development and execution of special programs in the areas of economic development and education.
Throughout her career in both public and private sectors, Charlotte has developed and managed award-winning strategic marketing and communications programs for a variety of organizations. Early on, she served as the Media Relations Director for the Virginia Division of Tourism and later as a marketing consultant for Philip Morris USA.
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina with a cognate in Business Administration and Marketing. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Share Charlotte's Info
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Sara was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised there with her three older siblings. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education, she currently serves as Executive Director of the Hanover Arts & Activities Center in Ashland, Virginia. Hanover Arts & Activities Center is a non-profit community center focusing on Arts, Education and Community and located in a historical building in Ashland’s town center. Sara is married to Chris, a TA community volunteer and mother to Lorelei, a fifth grader and racer on the Massanutten Ski and Snowboard Team. Sara’s involvement in TA is personal as her family was deeply touched by the experience of her nephew who had a perfect day on the slopes of Massanutten with Mark Andrews in what was one of the highlights of his life. Sara looks forward to working with TA in its next chapter and to spreading the opportunity and joys that adaptive sports brings to its athletes.
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Greg Leffler is a native Oklahoman and has been a resident of the Charlottesville Community since 1995. Greg is a small business owner and active in his church. Greg is married to his lovely wife Leah who is from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Greg has a daughter Amber who is an Organ Recovery Coordinator in Oklahoma City Share Greg's Info
and a son Creed who lives in Norfolk. Creed is a quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy and has been attending TA programs since 1996 when he was 4 years old. Creed is active in supporting various not for profit organizations. Greg is passionate about helping Therapeutic Adventures and the extraordinary people TA supports through its many programs.
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Bryce is a Senior Associate with VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, VA. Born and raised in Franklin, Virginia, Bryce’s passion for people and volunteering began at an early age, through the Leaders Club at the James L. Camp, Jr. YMCA, where he volunteered 900+ hours during his teen years (coaching, officiating, swim instructor, lifeguard, childcare, and general community service). The Leaders Club introduced him to Blue Ridge Leaders School, in Black Mountain, NC, where he developed leadership, teaching, and interpersonal skills, with hundreds of teens from the Southeast. In 1998, Bryce served as one of eight Honor Leaders chosen from 500+ teens. The following year he was invited to join the staff of BRLS, where he has volunteered his time for the one-week school in twelve of the past 20 summers. During that time, Bryce also served on the Senior Leadership Team for four years, tasked with planning, curriculum development, and leading the youth conference.
Bryce’s connection to TA began in college, when he sought out volunteer opportunities at Madison House and was intrigued by the Adaptive Ski Program, an opportunity to combine two passions – volunteering and skiing. While he fell in love with the program from the first training weekend on the mountain with Mark and the program directors, his passion and commitment to the program was solidified with his first opportunities to interact with and assist the program participants. Bryce volunteered with the program, almost weekly, for the four years of college, and continued his involvement for four more years while working in Charlottesville.
Bryce holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. He has split his 16-year professional career between Charlottesville and Philadelphia. Bryce is now a Senior Associate with VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, a firm specializing in educational and community-centered design. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Thomas and Andersen. Share Bryce's Info
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