Board of Directors

President: Joe Walsh, MS, MEd

Joe WalshAdaptive Sports New England is led by Joe Walsh, a native of Braintree, MA, and a graduate of Dartmouth College and UMass Amherst. He is a two-time Paralympian in cross country skiing, and former Managing Director of Paralympics for the United States Olympic Committee. Joe served on Team USA’s delegation staff at six Paralympic Games and as Chef de Mission at two Parapan American Games. He coached youth cross country skiing for 13 seasons, served on the founding staff of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth, and was the first Paralympic athlete representative elected to the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council and Board of Directors. In addition to leading Adaptive Sports NE, Joe currently serves as Vice President of the International Blind Sports Federation.



Vice President: Ted Fay, PhD

Ted FayAs professor of Sport Management at the State University of New York – Cortland, Ted Fay has a comprehensive vita of academic and operational credentials in the field of adaptive sports.  Having earned his PhD at UMass Amherst, Fay previously held appointments at Northeastern University and Daniel Webster College. He served as Executive Director of the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (MA), as an International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing Technical Delegate, and as Program Director of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.




Treasurer: Mary Faherty, CPA

After receiving an accounting degree from the University of Vermont, Mary Faherty has worked for a wide array of companies in the Boston area. Her extensive experience includes being an accounting manager, assistant controller, senior accountant, and accounting and audit supervisor.  Mary was most recently worked as a small business auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. Mary has a daughter who participates in sled hockey, wheelchair racing, swimming, alpine skiing and most any other sport that comes her way.


Director: Phil Catanzano, MEd, JD

Phil Catanzano received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, and his M.Ed. from Boston College Lynch School of Education and J.D. from Boston College Law School. In addition to teaching courses at Boston College Law School and Boston College Lynch School of Education, he is currently a senior counsel for Holland & Knight, where he advises his higher education clients on a broad array of issues. Prior to Holland & Knight, he was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for eight years, where he investigated cases in intercollegiate athletics, and sexual violence, accessibility and harassment on campus.


Director: David Crandell, MD

David CrandellDr. David Crandell is the Inpatient Medical Director of the Amputee Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). He founded and led the U.S. Amputee Hockey Association and currently serves as a Member of the USA Hockey Disabled Section.





Director: Christopher Babcock

Chris Babcock is Vice President at BNY/Mellon where he has worked in the asset management group for fifteen years. Before joining BNY/Mellon, Chris graduated from Northeastern University and spent his early career with Fidelity Investments and Dreyfus. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Braille Press, is a Member of the Corporation at Perkins School for the Blind, and is a Director of the Children’s Glaucoma Foundation. Chris has a daughter who competes in Paralympic swimming, and has added tremendous value to Adaptive Sports New England since joining the board of directors in November of 2014.


Director: Muji Karim

A native of Burlington, Vermont and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Muji led his high school and college football teams both on and off the field. A father and finance professional, Muji is witness to the power of sport as rehabilitation after losing parts of both legs and one hand in a 2011 car crash. Muji has put his athletic talent, determination, and psychological skills to the test training to make the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team that will represent the USA at the November 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doja, Qatar and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His perspective on the Adaptive Sports New England board, having been recently injured and currently active in pursuit of sporting excellence, is vital to keeping Adaptive Sports New England on target as we refine our focus and pursue our goals.


Director: Mary McCagg

Mary McCaggMary McCagg rowed in the USA Women’s Eight at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.  Mary was elected twice to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council (1997 and 2004), serving as Vice-Chair from 2001-2004 and on the transformative governance reform task force in 2003. She was an athlete representative on the USOC Board of Directors from 2001-2015, also chairing the Ethics Committee. McCagg is the National Sales Manager, Licensing Manager and Manager of Key Partnerships for Candlewick Press where she has been on staff since 1999. A 1989 cum laude graduate of Harvard College and eight semester varsity member of Radcliffe Crew, Mary has served in a variety of community and national roles in the sport of rowing, which includes founding the Yo Row! 1990s urban rowing program at Boston’s Community Rowing Inc. Mary lives with her husband and two daughters in Cambridge.




Director: Heidi Stanish, MS, PhD

With a B.P.E. from Acadia University, M.S. from Dalhouse University, and Ph.D. from Oregon State University, Heidi Stanish is currently an associate professor at UMass Boston in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences. As an adaptive physical activity specialist, Dr. Stanish is passionate about promoting physical activity among children and adults with disabilities, and teaches a course in adaptive physical activity.



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Boston, MA  02111