Board of Directors

Karen Hall

Karen Hall

President

Karen has been involved with AAC since 2008 where she began as a volunteer, and now serves as the camp director. She has a long history of working with children and directing summer camp programs. She is passionate about working with children and hopes to continue being involved with AAC for years to come. Karen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and is currently working and residing in the DC, VA, MD metropolitan area.

 
Chris Royce

Chris Royce

Vice President

Chris was first introduced to the Adventure Amputee Camp in 2006 while working for the Nantahala Outdoor Center as a river guide. Chris spent his first 8 years with camp guiding the group on both the river and high ropes course. In 2014, with his love for camp, Chris joined the AAC as a camp counselor and then in 2016 became a Head Counselor for the summer camp. Chris joined the AAC Board of Directors in 2016. He and his family currently live in Bryson City, NC where he owns a bicycle shop and continues to guide mountain bike and river trips. Chris is excited to help the AAC continue to grow in the coming years.

 
Katie Shuford

Katie Shuford

Secretary

Katie has been associated with AAC since 2006, when she attended as a camper at the age of 17, less than a year after becoming an above-the-elbow amputee in a boating accident. Katie's positive experience at her first camp proved to be a defining moment in her recovery and contributed to her success as she adapted to life as an amputee. Katie became a volunteer counselor, and in 2014 joined the AAC Board. Katie graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in communication and currently works as a public relations (PR) professional. Katie is quite excited to contribute to the continued success of AAC.

 
Colleen Coulter

Colleen P. Coulter

Treasurer

Colleen is a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist through the APTA practicing in the field of pediatrics for 34 years. She is the team leader for the Limb Deficiency Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Colleen has taught and lectured on topics relating to development and limb deficiencies in children including two chapters in the Atlas of Prosthetics and Limb Deficiencies. Her doctoral dissertation is in the field of pediatric prosthetics.

 
Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Special Projects Chair

Joe Thompson first volunteered for the AAC water ski lake day at Fontana in 2001. It was his wife's birthday, and the kids just melted their hearts. He has volunteered for lake day every year since, and started cooking barbecue 6 or 7 years ago for a picnic after everyone comes off the lake. Joe worked for 24 years for Kroger's and retired in 2002 when he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. He has also volunteered since 2001 with Eskimo Escapades, which is one of the sponsors of AAC. Joe was thrilled to join the AAC board in 2014.

 
Tess Burford

Tess Burford

Social Media Chair

Tess is a congenital transhumeral amputee who started out as a camper at AAC when she was 10 years old. She had the opportunity to become a counselor and camp committee member in 2011, and she was honored to join the AAC board in 2016. Tess received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Rehabilitation Services and Disability Studies in 2012. It didn’t take her long to realize she wanted to pursue a career in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and in March 2015 she completed her Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University. In August 2015, she had the opportunity to volunteer at Crimal, a clinic in Queretaro, Mexico, completing prosthetic mission work. Tess became a Certified Prosthetist in January 2017. She currently lives in Birmingham, AL and works at Fourroux Prosthetics. AAC changed Tess’ life as a camper and it continues to do so as a volunteer, she is eager to give back to an organization that has made such an impact on her life.

 
Yancy Baer

Yancy Baer

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Terry Hobbs

Terry Hobbs, Sr.

Fundraising Chair

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David Shreve

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