AND LEADERSHIP EDUCATION
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Board of Directors
Lindsay Ball, B.A.:
Lindsay has been involved in sports and competitive athletics for a majority of her life. She started skiing at the age of six. From there her love for sports grew. She attended the Sports Education Camps in Maine for many years throughout elementary and middle school. In middle school she began running track which led her to run cross country and track in high school. Lindsay started competitive skiing in high school and continued through college. She earned a spot on the United States National Paralympic Team in 2012. This led her to qualifying for the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Along the way she earned three National Championship titles as well as a Bronze medal in her first ever World Cup race. She accomplished much of this while working on a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology , which she completed in 2013. Lindsay continues to ski and run for fun and has recently become involved in MOBALE to help other blind or visually impaired individuals become active and strive for athletic success.
Aisha Hixon, M.Ed.:
Aisha entered the blindness profession in 2012 and earned her certification as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist in 2013. In addition, she has presented a number of workshops at professional blindness conferences during this time. Aisha also has a bachelor degree in recreation therapy and has extensive experience in competitive athletics. Ms. Hixon has been involved in the Maine Sports Education Camps since 2012, where she provides instruction in running and standing long jump, ten pin bowling, and beep baseball, to name a few. Aisha currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of MOBALE, as well as the Co-director of the summer camp.
James Howard, CRC
James is very passionate for sport, particularly Soccer as this is the sport he’s played since the age of 8. James continues to play competitive soccer and 10 years ago gained his E license coaching qualification. James has coached travel, JV, rec soccer, and was provided the opportunity to run a blind soccer clinic this summer at MOBALE. James love’s watching all levels of soccer from top world professional soccer leagues, to local rec soccer. Soccer is the beautiful game!”
James first realized his calling to support people with disabilities while working as a nursing aide in a summer employment opportunity, while studying Business Law BA Hons at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
“Working in a nursing home I was honestly shocked at the lack of empathy and compassion from some staff. The quality of care was not what I was expecting. At that moment, I realized that individuals disadvantaged and marginalized needed strong advocacy and support.”
Originally from the UK, James migrated to Maine in 2001. After moving to Maine James worked for a profit and non-profit organization. The dream job as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) came along in 2006 with the State of Maine – and has worked as a VRC ever since.
“I love my job because I meet such fantastic people that have gone, or going through significant adversity with vision loss. I‘m afforded the opportunity to support individuals gain greater levels of independence, particularly achieving successful employment outcomes.”
James started working with individuals who are blind and visually impaired (BVI) in June 2015. James takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation counseling. “I look at the whole picture of the individual. I look at the social situation, financial, housing issues, transportation barriers, and level of blind rehab skill needs”.
“Some individuals with vison loss may not have had positive employment opportunities. I help coordinate blind rehab skill service delivery to support the individual with employment and independent living needs”
“The benefits of employment whether its 2 hours a week, or 40 hours a week is significant for an individual and improves their self-worth, self-esteem, and empowers greater levels of independence.”
Jordan Kim, M.A.:
Jordan earned a Master’s Degree in special education with a concentration in orientation and mobility in 2017 and has worked in the blindness field ever since. Jordan played competitive soccer, basketball, and tennis for his high school while continuing to play soccer in college. He currently plays for an adult league soccer team and attends his local CrossFit gym to stay active and healthy. Jordan has seen firsthand how participating in athletics can help young people make life-long connections, gain confidence, learn leadership skills, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jordan hopes to help MOBALE continue to grow and provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to grow.
Michelle Mason, M.A.:
Michelle earned a Masters degree in Blind Rehabilitation, and has been in the blindness profession for over 20 years. During this time she has worked with children, adults, and adult veterans as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, a Teacher of Visually Impaired Children, and Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. She has created a recreational program, a low vision program, and an aerobic program for persons with visual impairments. Ms. Mason has volunteered at the Maine Sports Education Camp for the previous 8 years as assistant director for most of that time. Michelle currently serves as
Director of the Summer Sports Education Camp,
John McMahon, Ph.D.:
Dr. McMahon has been in the blindness profession for more than 30 years. During this time he has been a national figure in promoting full inclusion of blind people into school, work, and community. Dr. McMahon is a former competitive athlete, wrestling in both high school and college, and was a national champion wrestler in the United States Association for Blind Athletes National Championships in 1989. Dr. McMahon has conducted research on the impact of Sports Education Camps on participant’s physical performance, Self-Perception, and level of Physical Activity. In addition, Dr. McMahon has staffed Sports Education Camps in various parts of the country for more than 20 years.
Michael has a great deal of experience in business management in both
for-profit and non-profit corporations. He spends much of his spare time
as a community volunteer and advocating for children and adults with visual
impairments. Michael is the founder of Shared Vision Quest, an organization
designed to assist those with visual impairments in fulfilling their “bucket list”
dreams. Michael is visually impaired and in 2017 succeeded in the fulfillment
of one of his own dreams. As a lifelong cycling enthusiast he cycled across the
United States, starting in Washington State and returning back to Maine.
He wishes to show others who are blind or visually impaired that with motivation, confidence and some creative problem-solving, most anything is possible.
Michael lives by the philosophy that life is about choices. Choose
to live a life beyond mere existence, choose to be extraordinary.
Kimberly Stumph, M.S., M.Ed.:
Kim earned a masters degree in Science - Low Vision Rehabilitation from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University). She subsequently earned a masters degree in Education with a concentration in Orientation and Mobility and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. She has been in the blindness profession for 36 years. Along the way she received professional certifications in Low Vision Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, and through ophthalmology as an Ophthalmic Assistant, Technician and Technologist. Kim has a long history of competitive sports experience going back to her childhood. Competed at both the high school and college levels in lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, power volleyball and crosscountry. She has also held positions as a lifeguard, swimming instructor and aquatherapy instructor. She has been a volunteer instructor at the Maine Sports Education Camp for the past 6 years, serving as the on-site director of the Winter camp, and as an instructor of swimming, shot put and discus throwing at the summer camp. Kim currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of MOBALE.