AquAbility Team

Karen A. Morrison
Executive Director/Founder

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.

Pam Ebertz
Certified Instructor
Pam first met Karen Morrison when she was coaching the masters swim team at Zenergy Health Club in Ketchum. When AquAbility began in 2010 she was part of a group of volunteers from the Wood River Valley that would drive to Gooding, Idaho once a week and work with the students at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind. Pam found it so rewarding to see how free the kids were in the water and how they improved in so many different areas and gained aquatic skills. Pam now works part time with the AquAbility program at Zenergy in Ketchum. She also works at the YMCA with the Blaine County MAKE A SPLASH program, teaching swimming and safety skills to second graders.

Missy Russel
Site leader - Ketchum Program

Missy Russell is an Elementary Education and Early Childhood trained teacher with her Water Safety Instructor certification. She has also trained in deep and shallow water Hydrofit. She enjoys water sports such as white water rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, hydrofit classes and swimming. She has taken a special interest in working in Special Education classes as a substitute teacher in the Wood River area for the past four years. She is currently working as an assistant teacher in a pre-k classroom, guest teaching at the local school district, and is an instructor at AquAbility. She is particularly interested and trained in helping students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and feels that time, patience, and understanding go a long way. Missy looks forward with enthusiasm to helping participants hone their swimming skills to achieve water safety, fitness and enjoyment. Missy began working with the AquAbility in Ketchum at Zenergy in November 2017. Missy has her AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certificate.

Olivia Langs
Program Director

Olivia worked as a lifeguard at Boise State Recreation Aquatic Center for three years and while there she watched the AquAbility program improve the lives of their participants. As a Kinesiology student at Boise State University, she needed to choose a Service Learning program and knew immediately with whom to sign up. Olivia has been an instructor of American Red Cross swim lessons since 2012 and feels very comfortable in aquatic environments. In addition to holding her Water Safety Instructor certification, she obtained her Lifeguard Instructor, CPR and First Aid Instructor, and the Wilderness Medicine First Responder certification (NOLS). She has been with AquAbility since January of 2016, and is grateful for the opportunity to change lives of all ages working with AquAbility therapeutic adaptive programs. Olivia holds the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certification.

Jody Erickson
Program Administrator
Lanette Guillory
Certified Volunteer Instructor
AquAblity is a great fit for Lanette because she loves the water and children. Lanette began volunteering in 2012 in the Boise AquAbility Program and is now on staff and substitutes. Lanette and her husband Doug were introduced to AquAblity by longtime participant Jet Turner after Doug was disabled. Lanette loved the program right away and looks forward to many more years with AquAbility. Lanette has the WSI certification and the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certification. Lanette also has a BS in Business Administration and 33 years of work experience at Hewlett-Packard. She feels hugely fortunate to have had parents that enjoyed water sports and the great outdoors, and has continued that tradition with her family. In retirement in addition to playing in the water she enjoys bike riding the US Rails to Trails with her husband.
Jenna Moriarty
Certified Instructor
Jenna has over 20 years experience teaching a variety of adaptive aquatics programs to people of all ages and abilities. She is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has worked in the field in and out of the water in clinical and community settings. She began working for AquAbility in Fall of 2014 shortly after moving here from Colorado. When she isn’t in the water she is recreating with her husband and two children. They enjoy mountain biking, skiing, paddle boarding and traveling. Jenna is excited to be a part of AquAbility and to share her excitement for swimming with others. Jenna has the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certification.

Kjersten Grinde
Certified Instructor

Kjersten is from Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College, then did her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of MN. She started competitively swimming at the age of 8 and swam through college. She has always enjoyed working with youth and helped coach an adaptive swim team in MN prior to moving to Idaho. Kjersten particularly enjoys seeing people make progress in desired skill areas or become more independent and curious in their environment.
Kjersten joined AquAbility to better be able to work with individuals in an aquatic setting to improve their comfort, function, and safety in the water. Additionally, AquAbility has awesome tools, strategies, and mind-sets about aquatic therapy that is both in sync with the field of physical therapy, yet very novel to create a custom experience to meet the needs of each individual. Kjersten earned the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certificate.
Finally, Kjersten believes costumes are always welcome, singing and repeat after me songs are genius, and having fun is always the goal.

James Bieber
Certified Instructor
James Bieber attends Boise State University and is pursuing a kinesiology degree with a certification in sport coaching. He expects to graduate in the Fall of 2019. James found out about AquAbility through volunteering as part of his adapted physical education course. He was immediately drawn into what they were doing and what they stood for. James had such a great time volunteering that when his class was over he asked if AquAbility could find a place for him on their staff. James was elated to get a yes, and AquAbility has become a job that he looks forward to going to every week. He is a certified AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities instructor.

Marilyn McCallister
Certified Volunteer Instructor
Marilyn began volunteering in the fall of 2016, earned the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certification in 2017 and is now a substitute instructor. Marilyn retired from her second career in 2015 and wears various volunteer hats in the Boise community. While Marilyn has been a life long swimmer and lover of water, learning to help people with disabilities in an aquatic environment pushed her out of her comfort zone, which is how we all continue grow as people. She holds a MS in Exercise and Sports Studies and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Becki Walters
Certified Instructor
Laurie Fletcher
Site Leader- Cascade Location

Laurie was a competitive swimmer for fifteen years, now she swims as a way to work out. Laurie is the head coach in Cascade as well as teaches swim lessons.  Karen approached her to become an AquAbility instructor as well.

Travis Lundin
Certified Instructor
Travis discovered AquAbility through a class and has been with the program since. He has two associate degrees and is working on a Physical Education degree at Boise State. Travis grew up playing many sports and has helped coach several teams since high school. He came to Boise more than a decade ago after both of his brothers chose to attend college here. With a background in sports, coaching and physical education he knows how motivate people to do their best in the pool.
Natalie Chandler
Certified Instructor

Natalie first taught swimming lessons as a teenager and immediately fell in love with it. She was able to teach several students with disabilities and took those experiences with her as she continued teaching swim lessons during college. As a part of her degree in Recreational Management, Natalie created a swim program fro students with disabilities. She has consistently taught swim lessons to students of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill levels since that time. Natalie started with AquAbility in summer 2019 and absolutely loves being in the water with the participants.
When not in the pool, Natalie can be found chasing her four growing boys, mountain biking, substitute teaching at the elementary school, or creating music with people she loves.

Taylor Stukey
Certified Instructor

Taylor is a student at Boise State working towards a major in Business and minor in non-profit. She has been coaching swimming for the past 6 years and swam competitively for the past 13 years. She has always had a love for being in water and enjoys sharing her passion with others. Taylor was involved with Special Olympics all through high school and grew up around individuals with disabilities as both her parents are special education teachers.  When she was swimming at the pool one day and saw AquAbility, she knew she wanted to be apart. She loves watching the swimmers gain independence, learn new skills, and the smiles on their faces when they’re in the water. Combining her love for being in the water, coaching, and working with individuals with disabilities, she has enjoyed all aspects of AquAbility.

Sloan Hall
Certified Instructor
Shelley Davis
Certified Instructor & Board Member
Olivia Terranova
Certified Instructor