A native to the Pacific Northwest, being outside is pivotal to Alex’s ethos. Outdoor pursuits in rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking have played a key role in his life. While skiing in Eastern Washington, Alex suffered incomplete spinal cord injury. He was able to recover the majority of his functionality but he continued to struggle knowing that many other people with spinal cord injuries never regain the ability to ski or walk again. This compelled him to seek opportunities to participate in the outdoor adaptive community. Alex started volunteering for Outdoors for All, an organization that serves youth and adults with disabilities. He started as an adaptive instructor, teaching athletes how to sit-ski. His passion for adaptive sports grew and he sought opportunities to dedicate himself to the adaptive sports world full time. Alex now works as the manager of individual and military programming at Outdoors for All. Alex continues to seek every opportunity to expand his adaptive toolkit. He is a Certified Adaptive Recreational Sports Specialist, and a Professional Ski Instructor of America, Adaptive certified.
In addition to his role at Outdoors for All, Alex works with technology companies and government organizations to create and innovate new ideas for individuals in adaptive sports. Alex has redirected his traditional scientific training to support new technology adaptations and clinical research to advance the conversation. Alex wholeheartedly believes a single track downhill trail or a ski run can have a profound positive impact on an individual.