Foster Andersenis a quadriplegic survivor of a spinal cord injury who put himself through college in New York as a manufacturing engineer. After joining a new "sit ski" program for wheelchair users, he embraced the idea of providing extreme adventures and life-rebuilding opportunities for people with disabilities. From 1987 to 1990, Foster worked with the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, then in 1990 moved to Santa Cruz, and there formed Shared Adventures to serve the disabled population of the Central Coast and Bay Area.
Eileen Ecklundis a freelance writer and editor who loves to ramble the streets and trails of the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and dog, camera in hand. She also loves exploring further afield, camping and hiking in the many landscapes of the western United States, and traveling abroad whenever she can. She was an associate editor and writer for California Coast & Ocean magazine, and helped produce and distribute A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast.
Bonnie Lewkowiczhas worked in the field of accessible recreation and travel for more than 30 years. After a spinal cord injury, her personal experience with the lack of recreational opportunities for wheelchair riders motivated her to pursue a career in recreation therapy. She is founder and director of Access Northern California (www.accessnca.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing adventure opportunities for people with physical disabilities; this website is one of its projects. She wrote A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast, published by the California Coastal Conservancy. Her travel articles have appeared in Emerging Horizons, Bay Nature, the Sierra Club newsletter, and other publications. As someone who likes to push boundaries, she is also a cofounder of AXIS Dance Company, an acclaimed and innovative professional dance company of dancers with and without disabilities.
Kristen Maneckeis an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who hails from Kansas City but has lived in San Diego since 2002. She enjoys visiting the beach, and mountains, taking her dog to parks, and riding her scooter around town , as well as scuba diving, yoga, tennis, live music, and travel. She strives for balance in all aspects of life.
Carlos Nuñezexperienced a C6-7 spinal cord injury on a trampoline 25 years ago while working his way through college as a gymnastics coach. He has lived and camped along the north coast of Humboldt and Del Norte counties for more than 30 years and is a self-appointed accessibility ambassador in his community. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a semi-retired marriage and family therapist. Among his favorite pastimes are traveling, camping, wood carving, playing harmonica, exploring, communing with nature, and philosophizing about life.
Ann Sieckis a semi-retired classroom teacher and longtime wheelchair user who lives in Berkeley. She enjoys singing, especially the music of Bach and earlier composers, as well as gardening, birdwatching, and camping. She maintains the website San Francisco Bay Area Wheelchair Trails (wheelchairtrails.net) a guide to accessible- –or mostly accessible-–Bay Area trails. She is never happier than when she and her husband are boldly going where no wheelchair has gone before.
Eric St. Amant
Martha Wegnerhas more than seven years of experience facilitating outdoor recreation trips for people of all abilities, focusing on individual growth, community integration, and environmental education. She earned a B.A. in sociology with a minor in outdoor education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to working as an activities coordinator for the nonprofit organization Shared Adventures, she serves on the board of directors for the Every Child Outdoors Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. Throughout her life she has volunteered for a variety of organizations dedicated to empowering low-income and underserved populations.
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