Take some time to meet the hard working and dedicated volunteers that help make The Travis Roy Foundation what it is today.
Photographer / Video Producer
Dan Busler found his way to The Travis Roy Foundation though his children’s love of ice hockey. In particular, his son’s interest in Travis and the inspiration Travis was for him through his book "Eleven Seconds”. As fate would have it, Dan was photographing a corporate event where Travis was speaking in 2011 and so he invited his son to come to meet Travis. As Dan puts it “Hearing Travis speak that day about his injury, his work to help others and then seeing my son speak with Travis had a huge impact on both my son and me. I knew that I wanted to be involved in any way that I could.”
Dan Mensinger has been working with the Travis Roy Foundation for many years to help build and maintain its presence online. Dan enjoys both web design and development and understands the importance that a well-built site can have in spreading awareness for an organization such as the TRF. He is happy to work alongside such a great team that can have a huge impact on individuals and their families. When not developing websites, Dan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and watching movies. He is a proud husband and father of two human children and two cats.
Positive Tracks Coordinator
As a native Vermonter, my family was first introduced to the magic of Pat and Beth O’Connor’s backyard in 2007 through WIFFLE ball tournaments for our foundation in memory of my brother, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2001 at the age of 13. When we closed our foundation in 2012 I was quickly introduced to the Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE ball tournament at Little Fenway. Through my extreme love for sports and non–profit work, I naturally began attending “the best weekend of the year”. I also read Eleven Seconds in 2014 and through the tears and the inspiration was immediately hooked to Travis’ story. I've played hockey since I was 6 and absolutely love the sport. I spend my winters playing pond hockey with my boyfriend and our buddies. This is a passion which connects me even more to Travis, so I knew I had to get more involved. I emailed Marge with my résumé, which includes a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Vermont, as well as many other non-profit positions over the years. Marge went straight to Pat O’Connor to recommend me for the Positive Tracks Position, and I met with Pat a few days later and happily accepted the offer. I feel more than honored to be given the opportunity to be a part of the TRF.
Editor and Media Relations Manager
Elyse’s interest in writing and communications began when she was in second grade, and her later-developed interest in hockey and healthcare helped her discover the Travis Roy Foundation. She has been editing and writing content including grantee success stories, social media posts, newsletter articles and press releases since the spring of 2012. She admires the bravery, dedication and heart that Travis possesses to tell his story every day.
Elyse graduated with a degree in Journalism from UMass Amherst and works for a healthcare organization in Boston. In her spare time she enjoys boxing, reading and spending time outside.
Jeff's involvement with the Travis Roy Foundation began in 2001, when he volunteered to work the scoreboard at the first annual TRF WIFFLE ball tournament in Vermont, run by Pat O'Connor, a colleague at IBM. Jeff has been a part of the annual tournament ever since. Now that he is retired after 35 years as an electric engineer, Jeff has taken on the role of database manager for the Foundation, which is a perfect match for his skills. He is also enjoying his retirement by spending time with his grandchildren, reading, designing, building and flying high-power model rockets.
Fundraising Community Coordinator
Kate first learned of the Travis Roy Foundation as a paralegal assisting the attorney who worked on its establishment. After attending law school and working in the DC area, she returned to Massachusetts in 2009 and rediscovered the Foundation and its great work. She has volunteered to work on the Annual Spring Fling and chose to dedicate more time to the Foundation after being inspired by Travis and the work he does through the Foundation. Kate is excited to act as a liaison between the community and the Foundation.
Kate is kept busy by her two boys, Avery, age 9 and Reilly, age 7. She enjoys reading, running and meeting new people. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Lynn Edwards joined the TRF foundation last year after retiring from teaching sixth graders for 20 years. She has known Travis since his accident as he is a close cousin to Lynn's son-in-law, Trey Stowell.
Lynn often told her students about Travis and his accident. She had two copies of 11 Seconds on her classroom shelf and the books were frequently read. As a social studies teacher, Travis's name came up every year while doing lessons on character and resiliency.
Lynn was motivated to offer any assistance she could to help the foundation. Her connection to the Roy family made her aware of the daily challenges they were facing. She embraces the communication she has as grantees quickly respond to her requests to help spread the word of the importance of the foundation. Lynn is thrilled to finally have some time to be part of such an exceptional family foundation.
Lynn's interests are reading, tennis, golf, skiing, yoga, photography, and being an active "Mimi" to her four grandsons.
Online Community Coordinator
Marie's son, Jack, became a quadriplegic in 2002 at the age of 13. Shortly after, they met Travis when they were both part of a pilot physical therapy program. It was then that she learned of the Travis Roy Foundation. Since 2003, the Shadduck family has participated in the annual TRF Wiffle Ball Tournament. After years of enjoying the "magical" tournament weekend, Marie decided to get involved with TRF as the fundraising coordinator. Her main responsibilities include setting up the foundation's fundraising website for online donations for TRF events, such as the summer's Wiffle Ball Tournament or the fall's Bill's 5K Road Race.
In addition to her volunteer work, Marie is a full-time pediatric nurse and keeps busy by taking care of her three kids: Caroline, 14, Craig, 21, and Jack, 25. In her free time, Marie enjoys cooking, baking, biking, exercising, reading and music.
Running Coordinator TeamTRF
Meagan's interest in the Travis Roy Foundation started when she was a student at Tabor Academy, Travis' alma mater. After hearing him speak at both Tabor and Boston College, she was inspired by his story and took action to become more involved in the foundation. Meagan ran the 2015 Boston Marathon on Team TRF and she is currently training for the 2016 Boston Marathon. As Running Coordinator, she works with runners to find local races, helps with fundraising to meet goals, and motivates them through training.
Since graduating from BC, Meagan works as a project manager at DigitasLBi, an advertising agency in Boston. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends in her spare time.
Rachel first learned about Travis Roy from her mom, who heard Travis speak and was profoundly impacted. Her younger brother suffered from a spinal cord injury at age seven which left him paralyzed from the waist down so she and her entire family identified all to well with Travis's dream of walking again. While living in New York, Rachel helped to build support and awareness for TRF among young professionals in Manhattan.
After attending the University of Virginia, and working in both D.C. and New York, Rachel is happy to be back in Boston, near her hometown of Lexington, MA. Rachel is a graduate student at Boston University, where she is studying to receive her M.A. in art history, as well as a Graduate Research Intern in the Art of Europe department at MFA Boston. She is so proud to be involved with TRF in as many ways as she can, running with the team, working with the Spring Fling committee, and interviewing grantees. She also enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.
Sam Wright is the Merchandise Coordinator for the Travis Roy Foundation. She has been a part of the Foundation and its fundraising efforts since 2007 after being introduced to Travis and partaking in the whole Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball experience through her boyfriend, and Travis’ cousin, Patrick Collins. Since then she has brought the Travis Roy Foundation back to the forefront at Boston University through manning tables at freshman orientation events and at Boston University hockey games selling Foundation merchandise, including some of her own hand-made bracelets.
She is a recent graduate of the Boston University graduate school and currently resides in Portsmouth, NH where she works as an environmental consultant. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors and be creative!