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AquAbility Board of Directors 2018




Karen founded AquAbility in 2010.  Karen is blessed to be working in her passion helping people with disabilities find health, independence and enjoyment in the healing environment of water.  It is her hope that AquAbility will continue to flourish and grow in order to help many more people.  In addition to swimming, Karen loves to paddle board, is an ice hockey goalie, reader, and loves to cook.

Karen’s certifications:

45 years experience swim instruction/coaching, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI) Certified, ATRI Strength and Core Specialty Certification, ATRI Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities course provider, AAHPERD Adapted Aquatics Instructor, ASCA Certified Level 2 Swim Coach, ASCA Certified Level 3 Disability Swim Coach, Member World Swimming Coaches Association, Ace Certified Personal Trainer, Ace Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist, Master’s Swim National Champion and All-American and Collegiate Division 1 All-American Swimmer, Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Kinesiology.





Aurelie joined the Aquability Board in 2011 as Treasurer. Aurelie comes from France where she graduated with a hotel management degree. She moved to the Wood River Valley in 2001 to work and never left. She continued her education in the United States and obtained her Masters Degree in Accounting. She recently joined Becker Chambers & Co, a Hailey based public accounting firm, as a CPA after working 10 years in commercial and private banking. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves the active outdoors lifestyle Sun Valley offers. She has focused her volunteer time to organizations helping disadvantaged youth in our local community and beyond. Aquability has offered a wonderful opportunity to fulfill this personal goal. Aurelie also serves on the Wood River YMCA Board since 2015. She is thrilled to have been part of Aquability’s growth over the years and been able to put her business background to good use by helping non-profit organizations make a difference for those in need.






 Greg joined the Board in November 2015.  Greg has been previously affiliated with multiple non-profits within our community, as well as having worked for various for-profit corporations. In the past, Greg worked at the Treasure Valley YMCA (Health and Fitness Director), at Warm Springs Counseling Center (staff counselor), and for El-Ada Community Action Agency (Housing Programs Manager). Greg has previously volunteered at the St Luke’s MISTY Program, the Idaho Medium Security Prison, and the Idaho Homeless Coalition. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice, and continues to serve on several non-profit committees within the Boise area. Greg has a son who participates in AquAbility.








Breanna Vanstrom has over 15 years of experience in marketing, association management, and real estate. Through roles at corporations and ad agencies, she’s worked with companies such as Rubbermaid, NASCAR, Disney On Ice, Food Lion, Buffalo Wild Wings, and MOM Brands. She’s been a REALTOR® and served as the Director of Communications for REALTOR® Associations in West Palm Beach, FL, and St. Paul, MN, and since 2015 has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Boise Regional REALTORS®. Breanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Breanna joined the AquAbility Board in 2017.






Gundars (Gundy) Kaupins is Professor of Management at Boise State University. He received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from the University of Iowa. With his human resource management students he helped write about 600 employee handbooks for nonprofits, for profits, and public sector organization. He has served as a president, vice president, store manager, racewalk judge, webmaster, and marketing/strategic planning committee member for various nonprofits such as the Treasure Valley Fitness Walkers and Ewalu. When he was department chair of the Boise State management department he and his colleagues developed the Nonprofit Management minor. Gundy joined the AquAbility Board in 2017. He is also a current board member of both The Idaho Nonprofit Center.





Honorary Board Members








Kevin Everett 2016-2017

Deb Erickson  2011-2014

Don Oliphant  2010-2013

Eric Newman   2010-2013



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