USVHA Board Members
The United States Volt Hockey Association board consists of volunteers who are involved with the association in different aspects of the sport. Coaches, players, disability non-profit leaders, university researchers, and more all serve on the board in order to provide a well-rounded view of how we can move forward as the country's central organizational body for volt hockey.
Laura is a Software Engineer that encountered volt hockey through a Diversability club event while a student at Northeastern University. Initially a dedicated volunteer, Laura has now transitioned to coaching the Boston Whiplash team. Laura is committed to supporting the development and growth of players and promoting inclusivity. A passionate "people person", her ultimate goal is to empower current and future volt hockey players both athletically and personally, helping them find community and reach their fullest potential.
Kim is an experienced sales professional who has dedicated 30 years of her career to selling medical equipment for her family's company, Rehabilitation Equipment Associates. Over the years, she has built a strong reputation in the industry and has developed a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by healthcare providers and their patients. In her free time, Kim volunteers for volt hockey and power soccer which highlights her compassion and dedication to making a positive difference in her community for individuals with disabilities.
Desi Forte is the Youth Program Manager at Easterseals MA, helping to grow youth programs centered around empowering youth with disabilities through leadership as well as mentoring. Desi is also an active member of the disability community. Through both her work and advocacy she is passionate about furthering disability rights and equality. She is an active volt hockey player with the Boston Self Help Center. With limited recreation opportunities for adults with physical disabilities, she got involved with the association in hopes of expanding the sport.
Dr. Hayward is a tenured associate professor member in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University. For the past 18 years, Dr. Hayward has taken over 250 doctor of physical therapy students on international service trips to Ecuador, China, and Mexico to provide physical therapy to children with disabilities. She has been heavily involved in researching and developing adaptive sports programs and has won several international and local service awards for her work within the local and global communities.
Dylan first became involved with adaptive sports as a service-learning student at the Boston Self Help Center (BSHC) through Northeastern University. Through the BSHC, he had the opportunity to organize multiple adaptive sports community demonstrations, including the first showcase of volt hockey, and travel with one of their teams to the United States Power Soccer National Championships. These experiences with adaptive sports guided him in organizing the first volt hockey team in the United States, the Boston Whiplash, which he takes pride in coaching all the way to the World Cup.
There are 3 things we all have in common regardless of ability - we want to BELONG, to be HEARD and to be LOVED. After her daughter was born with a physical disability, Helena started Space2Thrive Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2014, creating opportunities to connect and grow beyond limitations. It was love at first sight when she attended a volt hockey practice with her daughter for the first time in May, 2022. Right away, she recognized how volt hockey creates a community to BELONG, to be HEARD, and to be LOVED.
Avery is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University, where she first got involved with volt hockey through research at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. In addition to working with volt hockey, she is a dedicated pre-medical student and an EMT, volunteering at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in her free time. As a member of the deaf community, she has always been immersed in the disability community and strives to increase accessibility and awareness for all.
Marley is a recent graduate from Northeastern University, where she co-founded Diversability, a club dedicated to promoting disability advocacy, education, and collaboration among the Northeastern community. It was through this club that she discovered volt hockey when she was invited to attend a demonstration of various adaptive sports held by the Boston Self Help Center. She was hooked immediately, and has been a member of the Boston Whiplash team ever since.
Jim is a disability rights advocate who is currently employed as the Director of Accessibility and Disability Resources at Wellesley College where he works tirelessly to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff have access to the resources and support they need to thrive. He is actively involved in the Boston disability community, serving on the boards of the Boston Self Help Center and Boston Center for Independent Living. Jim enjoys adaptive sports like power soccer and volt hockey in his free time, which help him stay active and connected to others in the community.