RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, December 10, 2021) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to announce a reorganization that will align a team of dedicated staff members with a strategic planning process focused on health and wellness. The most significant restructure in Sportable’s 16-year history includes the addition of two new positions and a realignment of senior leadership.
Laura Bennett has joined the Executive Team as the Chief Operating Officer and Caitlyn Berry as the Health and Wellness Outcomes Manager, both newly created positions. A renewed emphasis on strategic marketing and communications initiatives has led to a shift for Shelley Sowers who is now the Marketing and Events Director. Additionally, Forrest Lodge has been promoted to Program and Sport Development Manager to manage community relationships and deliver sports programming offered to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
“We are thrilled with the direction our organization is taking,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “We have made a substantial investment in staff resources as we launch a new strategic planning process, which is a vital first step toward several important initiatives. The new hires, coupled with changes in leadership, will position Sportable for long-term success and growth while continuing to deliver the quality programs our athletes, volunteers, and community rely on.”
About the new team members:
Bennett, the former Director of Programs at the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, brings over two decades of leadership in nonprofit administration including operations, program, and project management. A native of Elmira, NY and resident of Goochland County, she will strengthen and innovate operations while coordinating activities across all departments. She will work closely with Leemon, Sowers, Cindy Schmitt, Development Director, and program staff to drive the processes that will achieve new goals and vision for the organization.
Berry, an Occupational Therapist and longtime Sportable volunteer, will lead the organization’s new health and wellness program funded through a Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) research grant. She will work in tandem with the leadership team and will be supported by Program Coordinator and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Chelsea Onstad, as well as part-time program support staff.
Josh Sloan will continue to bring an advocacy and awareness focus to the community as Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator. Amy Smith will remain as Development and Communications Manager.