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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
Kathryn Larrick
Certified Instructor

Kat is from the beautiful state of Washington and moved to Boise seeking higher education. She is currently a junior pursuing a degree in Health Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy at Boise State University. Kat started swimming competitively when she was 5 years old and has been obsessed with the water ever since. She started working in aquatics when she was 15 years old as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as well as teaching lifeguarding and CPR classes. She first saw AquAbility when she was working as a lifeguard at the Boise State Rec Center. Kat fell in love with the program and has been working with AquAbility since early 2018. Kat holds the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disability Instructor certification.

Jody Erickson
Program Administrator
Olivia Langs
Certified Instructor

Olivia worked as a lifeguard at Boise State Recreation Aquatic Center and for three years 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 taught American Red Cross swim lessons since 2012 and feels very comfortable in aquatic environments. In addition to teaching swim lessons, she continues to teach Water Aerobics, Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid classes. 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 and is AquAbility’s Program Director.

Kim Russel
Certified Instructor
Kim started volunteering with AquAbility in October 2015 and has been on staff since March 2016. Kim loves the water and has been involved in aquatics—lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons, swimming competitively in college and coaching Special Olympics. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a major in Special Ed and a minor in Adapted PE from Central Michigan University. Kim currently works at Meridian High School in the Special Ed Dept. and volunteers with Boise Parks and Recreation’s Adventure program for people with disabilities. She finds joy in seeing her students gain self confidence in the water and celebrates every little victory. Kim holds the AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities Certification.
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.
Matthew Dahlgran

Matt Dahlgran – As a recreation major in college, Matt always told people he went to college to learn how to play.  It always seemed to be an appropriate answer given the content of his classes.  Now, seeing the incredible work of AquAbility, he sees “play” with a purpose each day.  As a non-profit professional for 15 years, Matt has always appreciated the impact non-profits have on individuals, both staff and participant. Now, with AquAbility, Matt has a chance to see the story numbers can tell about the program and the growth of the participants. Matt and his family have been in Boise for 3 years and enjoy the culture, climate, and people.