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.
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Jeff Franta joined DASA in May 2022 as the Director of Operations. In this role he facilitates internal and external operations to support DASA’s mission of empowering athletes through adaptive sports and fitness.
Jeff brings 10-plus years of operations management experience to DASA, most recently with the Gateway Region YMCA. Prior to his time with the Y, Jeff worked in intercollegiate athletics at WashU, Mizzou, and UMSL respectively over the course of 8 years.
Throughout his career, Jeff has administered operations focusing on community engagement, event management, development, staffing, volunteers, facilities, marketing, communications, apparel, and equipment in diverse organizations whose primary purpose has been serving children, families, and student-athletes.
A native of Columbia, MO, he is a 2013 graduate of Missouri-St. Louis, earning a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in business management, marketing, and communications. Jeff received his master’s degree in education from Missouri in 2019.
Please reach out to Jeff at email@example.com for any operational needs.
Meghan Morgan, MSW
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
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 Wheelchair Rugby team and is actively involved with the training of local Paralympian and USA Wheelchair Track team member and spouse, Kerri Morgan.
Meghan joined DASA in 2013, and 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 any information regarding DASA programming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Jenny started her career with DASA in 2000. In her role, she leads our business office supporting programming, special events, and office management. She also manages all of DASA’s volunteer needs relating to our over 500 events annually, all of which require volunteer support.
Throughout Jenny’s two-decade plus tenure with the organization, she has managed special events, development, and supported all aspects of DASA programming. She has a degree in Special Education from Missouri State University (previously Southwest Missouri State).
Outside of DASA, Jenny is the head coach for the Level 6 gymnastic team at GymQuarters Gymnastics. She and her husband have three children.
Please contact Jenny for any business needs or volunteer opportunities at email@example.com.
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT
Ramona joined DASA in December 2022 as Recreation Manager and was elevated to Director of Outreach & Engagement in January 2024.
A native of Northern Minne-snow-ta, Ramona comes to DASA bringing a unique and diverse set of skills with her. She has an A.A. in Multimedia Design and a BS in Business Management, Communication and Buying from UW-Wisconsin with over 15 years in business management.
A lifelong learner and collegiate level athlete, she has focused more on her personal goals of impacting others in health and wellness. Initially serving as a personal trainer, HIIT and Mobility small group coach and group exercise instructor, Ramona found herself at the YWCA of Minneapolis, MN. From there she was able to combine her management work history with her love of fitness as a Health and Wellbeing Director within the Y of the North Minnesota and Wisconsin YMCA Association.
More recently Ramona has worked with the Gateway Region YMCA as a Branch Business Manager. While there, she guided volunteers, committees and event planning and set-up. On the business side, HR, staff and volunteer orientations, documentation, finance, campaigning, marketing and communications and overall development of that branch location.
In Ramona’s spare time you can find her experiencing St. Louis with her young child, getting outside or taking a Body Pump class at the gym. Her favorite hobby is singing. She is a published musician, however, her most recent undertaking is singing children’s songs on the regular!
As a lifelong learner, Ramona is very excited to use her knowledge and experience in service to DASA’s mission. For any information about DASA outreach and engagement please contact Ramona 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 Ability 360, another adaptive sports company for 2.5 years programming, coaching, and providing recreational therapy to those in Phoenix. Jessica joined DASA in December 2021.
Please contact Jessica at email@example.com for more information regarding Adaptive Weight Training, Archery, Para Shooting, Power Soccer, Swimming, and Track & Field for both recreation and competitive programs.
Aidan Milne joined DASA in August 2023 as our Program Coordinator and was elevated to Program Manager in January 2024. He has been a dedicated DASA volunteer, program lead, and most recently completing a Summer internship to earn his undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy from Lindenwood University.
A native of Motueka, New Zealand, Aidan moved to St. Louis in March of 2019 and gained a passion for adapted sports after volunteering for DASA.
Outside of DASA, you’ll find Aidan playing rugby in Forest Park for his beloved St. Louis Bombers, or spending time with his wonderful wife, Sammi, and their dog, Taika.
Contact Aidan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Boccia, Golf, Rock Climbing, Sled Hockey, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, and Wheelchair Rugby, Yoga, recreation and competitive programs as well as MS Bright Spots, and Bikes and Boats.
COMO PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Please contact Eric for more information about the DASA Marketing 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.