Meet the DASA Team
These are the individuals who work hard to provide you and your family the best adaptive sport and fitness experiences possible! Read the bios below to become more familiar with our staff and the specific roles they play in our organization. We encourage you to contact them with any questions you might have about our programming.
Kelly has a degree in Physical Therapy from Maryville University. She has one daughter, Alex, and one son, Kyle. Kelly founded DASA in May of 1997 after dreaming of starting an organization that would provide athletic and fitness opportunities to children with physical and visual disabilities. Since then, Kelly has watched her dream become a reality through helping others find and achieve theirs.
As a Physical Therapist, she understood the need to stay fit. Being involved in sports is a great way to build strength and self-confidence. As a mother, she understands the instinct to help your children be the best they can be at all they do in life. It is important to Kelly that all DASA athletes realize their greatest potential and that they act on it. It is important that they become advocates for themselves in a world that might not initially accept them for their differences. They should have the emotional and spiritual strength as well as the physical strength to achieve their goals as an athlete and a person.
Please contact Kelly for any Sponsorship and DASA Programming information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenny has been working for DASA since 2000 and has a degree in Special Education from Southwest Missouri State. She and her husband have three children. Jenny is currently the head coach for the Level 6 gymnastic team at GymQuarters Gymnastics. In addition to serving DASA through business operations, Jenny is also the Event Chair for the annual Sportacular Evening Dinner Auction.
Please contact Jenny for any business and payment-related information for DASA programming and fundraisers at email@example.com.
Meghan Morgan, MSW
Born into an extremely active (and slightly competitive!) family, Meghan first learned to swim, then walk, then ski! As she grew older, Meghan competed in soccer, swimming, volleyball, softball, rowed crew, and skied recreationally. Currently, she stays active (and sane) by training for triathlons.
Meghan moved to St. Louis in July of 2005 to obtain her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Disability Studies, focusing her research and practicum experiences on adapted recreation and recreational therapy for people with disabilities. In her “free time,” Meghan is the manager for DASA’S Spartans Wheelchair Rugby team and is actively involved with the training of local Paralympian and USA Wheelchair Track team member and spouse, Kerri Morgan. Meghan is thrilled to be a part of the DASA family and for the opportunity to share her passion for recreation and sports.
Please contact Meghan for more information regarding DASA Competitive Programs and registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Thomas, CTRS
Jessica graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Recreational therapy, and shortly after became a Certified Recreational Therapist. Due to her time living in the Dominican Republic and growing up in Arizona, Jessica is a fluent Spanish speaker. Before turning to adaptive sports, Jessica played stand-up sports from the age of 5 through half of her college years, and still plays recreationally. In Arizona, before working for DASA, Jessica worked for another adaptive sports company for 2.5 years programming, coaching, and providing recreational therapy to those in Phoenix.
Please contact Jessica for more information regarding DASA Competitive Programs at email@example.com.
Jared Zieger, MS, CTRS
Jared completed his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He then went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Northwest Missouri State University while working with pediatrics at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital and interning with veterans at Jefferson Barracks VA. Jared is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Jared has a passion for recreation and sports in both his personal and professional life believing that people of all ability levels should have the opportunity to participate in competitive and leisure activities. Jared’s own recreation interest include rock climbing, running, weight lifting, soccer, kayaking, hiking, and spikeball!
Please contact Jared for more information regarding DASA Recreation Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willie Ocampo, MS, EP-C, EIM2, CIFT, CPT, AIT
LEAD ADAPTIVE TRAINING EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST
Willie completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Lindenwood University. Soon after, he continued his education at Logan University graduating with a Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Willie has an extensive background in clinical rehabilitation having worked in a Cardiology center for 2.5 years and developing clinical exercise programs for specific populations including; Parkinson’s, arthritis, cancer and other chronic diseases. Additionally, he has knowledge and experience in exercise prescription and strength & conditioning having worked as a personal trainer. Finding his passion in adaptive sports and fitness, Willie joined the DASA team in January 2018. Willie is certified through The American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer and holds a Level 2 Exercise is Medicine Credential. He is also certified through the Adaptive Training Academy as an Adaptive & Inclusive Trainer.
Please contact Willie for more information about the Adaptive Training Programs at email@example.com.
Kimi Kemp, MS, EP-C, CIFT
Kimi graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Masters in Human Performance, emphasizing in disabilities and chronic diseases. She has the knowledge of exercise physiology and the biomechanics behind movement, exercise, and fitness. Kimi specializes in fitness and exercise for people of all ages and abilities. She is certified through The American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist, Certified and Certification Inclusive Fitness Trainer.
Please contact Kimi for more information about the Adaptive Training Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Bayer, BS
Amanda graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, along with two Minor Degrees; one in Nutrition and the other in Health and Wellness. She is in the process of obtaining her Masters Degree in Health Sciences, with a focus in Fitness and Wellness. Amanda’s interest in exercise and nutrition was inspired by a personal weight loss journey that began at the age of 18. Over the course of two years, Amanda lost 80 pounds through her own dedication to developing a firm knowledge base in exercise science. She joined the DASA team in 2020, implementing her skills as an adaptive trainer, while also providing athletes the proper tools to pursue their own health and fitness goals.
Please contact Amanda for more information about the Adaptive Training Programs at email@example.com.
Ashley Brandt, BS
Ashley graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. She achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA during her time at Lindenwood, exhibiting her knowledge for science in the exercise realm. She’s known that exercise was her passion since her high school track days- and coupled with her passion for exercise, is her love for science. Ashley is currently in the application process for Occupational Therapy schooling with the goal of attaining a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. She is certified as an Exercise Physiologist, Certified through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Please contact Ashley for more information about the Adaptive Training Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lily Merz, EP-C, CIFT, OTS
COMO PROGRAM COORDINATOR & ADAPTIVE TRAINER
Lily graduated from Truman State University in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Exercise science with emphasis in disability studies and psychology. She is certified through The American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist and an Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. She is currently at University of Missouri- Columbia for her Masters of Occupational Therapy. While in Columbia she manages DASA’s adaptive sports teams. Her family grew up with a big garden and really valued filling your body with fresh foods and your soul with good company. She loves the mind and body connection, and believes that exercise, mindfulness, and nutrients can help you be the best version of yourself.
Please contact Lily for more information about the Sports Programs & Training in COLUMBIA, MO at email@example.com.
Kim Lorenz, OT
CAMP WECANDU CO-DIRECTOR/VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER
Kim has a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Health Science and completed her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Washington University. In addition to her work as an OT, Kim is a professional photographer. Kim has been working with DASA since the summer of 2004 and currently serves as the Co-Director of Camp WeCanDu.
Please contact Kim for more information about Camp WeCanDu at firstname.lastname@example.org.