Meet Dylan, the founder and President of Wheelchair Adventures. Born and raised in South Dakota, Dylan's life took a significant turn when a car accident/suicide attempt at the age of 18 resulted in a C2/C3 spinal cord injury, leaving him as a quadriplegic.
For years following his injury, Dylan believed he would never be able to enjoy activities he once loved, such as being an avid outdoorsman. However, his perspective changed when he discovered adaptive equipment that allowed him to participate in hunting and fishing, opening up a new world of outdoor enjoyment while living in a wheelchair. Dylan has successfully engaged in deer, turkey, and antelope hunting using an adaptive gun mount and track wheelchair. He has also experienced the thrill of Walleye fishing with an electric reel.
Dylan's passion lies in finding or creating adaptive equipment and experiences for individuals with disabilities to enjoy outdoor sports. He named his organization Wheelchair Adventures, as he believes that every day in a wheelchair is an adventure. Dylan understands the ups and downs of life and emphasizes the importance of taking it one day at a time. His favorite motto is "adapt and overcome."
In addition to his work with Wheelchair Adventures, Dylan works part-time at Nybergs Ace and resides in Sioux Falls, SD with his service dog, Linda.
Meet our vice-President Stephanie Myers. Stephanie is a physical therapist at Avera Therapy in Sioux Falls, SD, has demonstrated exceptional dedication in her role. She actively contributes to the development of programming for individuals with accessibility needs, going above and beyond her responsibilities.
Stephanie has played a key role in organizing support groups, providing patients with a platform to connect, share experiences, and find emotional support in a safe and understanding environment. Additionally, she has been instrumental in developing group exercise classes tailored to patients with diverse abilities. These classes not only improve physical well-being but also foster a sense of community and camaraderie among participants.
Stephanie's commitment to improving the lives of individuals with accessibility needs extends beyond her professional responsibilities. She is a compassionate advocate who continuously strives to make a positive impact by creating and implementing programs that promote inclusivity, support, and empowerment. Her genuine passion for helping those in need is evident in her unwavering dedication.
Stephanie Myers' kind-hearted nature and genuine commitment to improving the lives of others make her an invaluable asset to the Wheelchair Adventures team, and the community she serves.
Meet our secretary/treasurer, Jill Barron, who brings 26 years of pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) experience to our team. With a strong focus on assistive technology and seating and mobility, Jill has specialized certifications in these areas and has dedicated her career to enhancing the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities. Over the years, Jill has been an integral member of the LifeScape team, serving in various roles including Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider, educational OT, inpatient rehab OT, and medically complex OT. She is now sharing her OT expertise within the Sioux Falls School District. Her commitment to providing mobility extends beyond her work, as she has participated in mission trips with Hope Haven International to Romania, Guatemala, and the Philippines. In addition to her mission work, Jill serves as an advisory board member for Hope Haven International Ministries solidifying her dedication to making a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. She also had the opportunity to support the equipment needs of veterans for a while during her career, ensuring they had access to the resources necessary for them to live full and independent lives. We are proud to have Jill on our team, as her experience, passion, and dedication constantly drive us to improve the lives of those we serve.