Staff

These are the folks that work hard to provide you and your family the best adaptive sport and fitness experiences possible! Read the bios below to become more familiar with our staff and the specific roles they play in our organization. We encourage you to contact them with any questions you might have about our programming.

Kelly Behlmann

 

Kelly Behlmann
Executive Director, Founder
Email: kellyb@dasasports.org

Kelly has a degree in Physical Therapy from Maryville University. She has one daughter, Alex, and has recently adopted her son Kyle. Kelly founded DASA in May of 1997 after dreaming of starting an organization that would provide athletic and fitness opportunities to children with physical and visual disabilites. Since then, Kelly has watched her dream become a reality through helping others find and achieve theirs.

As a Physical Therapist, she understood the need to stay fit. Being involved in sports is a great way to build strength and self -confidence. As a mother she understands the instinct to help your children be the best they can be at all they do in life. It is important to Kelly that all the DASA athletes realize their greatest potential and that they act on it. It is important that they become advocates for themselves in a world that might not initially accept them for their differences. They should have the emotional and spiritual strength as well as the physical strength to achieve their goals as an athlete and a person.

Please contact Kelly for any Sponsorship and DASA Programming information.

Jenny Parker

 

Jenny Parker
Business Manager
Email: jennyp@dasasports.org

Jenny has been working for DASA since 2000, and has a degree in Special Education from Southwest Missouri State. She is currently the head coach for the Level 6 gymnastic team at GymQuarters Gymnastics. Jenny and her husband have three children. In addition to serving DASA through business operations, Jenny is also the Event Chair for the annual Sportacular Evening Dinner Auction.

Please contact Jenny for any business and payment related information for DASA programming and fundraisers.

Meghan Gottlieb

 

Meghan Gottlieb
Program Director
Email: meghang@dasasports.org

Born into an extremely active (and slightly competitive!) family, Meghan first learned to swim, then walk, then ski! As she grew older, Meghan competed in soccer, swimming, volleyball, softball, rowed crew, and skied recreationally. Currently, she stays active (and sane) by training for her new-found passion…triathlons.

Meghan moved to St. Louis in July of 2005 in order to obtain her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Disability Studies, focusing her research and practicum experiences on adapted recreation and recreational therapy for people with disabilities. Upon obtaining her degree, Meghan conducted research at Washington University in St. Louis in the Program of Occupational Therapy and the Orthopedic Department. At the Program of Occupational Therapy, the focus of her research was on community access and participation of people with disabilities. In her “free time,” Meghan is the co-manager for the St. Louis Wheelchair Rugby Rams team and is actively involved with the training of local Paralympian and USA Wheelchair Track team member, Kerri Morgan. Meghan is thrilled to be a part of the DASA family and for the opportunity to share her passion for recreation and sports.

Please contact Meghan for more information regarding DASA Programs and registration.

Joe Naughton

 

Joe Naughton
Program & Development Manager
Email: joen@dasasports.org

Joe began his career with DASA as an intern in the Fall of 2013. Since then, he has taken on a larger role in program management and development. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration from Baker University where he was honored as an NAIA Scholar Athlete – competing for the wildcats as a tight end on the football team, and a 6-time All-Conference thrower for the university’s track team.

Please contact Joe for more information about Veteran Programs, Special Events, Adaptive Snow Skiing, and Media Relations.

Kimi Peterson

 

 

Kimi Peterson
Fitness Manager
Email: kimifitness@dasasports.org

Kimi graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She is currently in the process of receiving her masters in Human Performance, emphasizing in disabilities and chronic diseases. She has the knowledge of exercise physiology, and the biomechanics behind movement, exercise, and fitness. Kimi specializes in fitness and exercise for people with different abilities.

Please contact Kimi for more information about the FUNctional Fitness Programs.

Kim Lorenz

 

Kim Lorenz
Camp WeCanDu Co-Director, Volunteer Photographer
Email: campers@dasasports.org

Kim has a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Health Science and completed her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Washington University.  In addition to her work as an OT, Kim is a professional photographer.  Kim has been working with DASA since the summer of 2004 and currently serves as the Co-Director of Camp WeCanDu.

Please contact Kim for more information about Camp WeCanDu.

Jonathan Anderson

 

Jonathan Anderson
Volunteer I.T. Coordinator, Former DASA Athlete
Email: dasawebsite@yahoo.com

Jonathan has been involved with DASA since 1999 as both an athlete and volunteer. He has participated in just about every sport DASA has offered and has qualified for six National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC). In addition to his athletic abilities, Jonathan boasts the Eagle Scout Award and has a passion for computers. Jonathan currently assists DASA with the management of computer and information technologies.

 

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