Our Mission

We promote health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation.


All Out Adventures (AOA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and was founded in 2001 by 2 graduates of the Greenfield Community College Outdoor Leadership Program (Elizabeth Dunaway Smith and Kristy Michalek), Tom McCarthy who is the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program, and Philippe Galaski who is a disability advocate and retired physical therapist.  Philippe Galaski continues to serve on the board of directors.

Since our founding in 2001, we have paddled, hiked, skied, skated, camped, and more with thousands of people throughout Massachusetts. Our programs are open to people of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. Most of our programs are either no cost to participants or are a very nominal fee. As we break down the barriers to participation in outdoor recreation, we strive to ensure that cost is not a barrier.


All Out Adventures currently has three major contracts or grants that provide for about 65% of our operating costs:

  • Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program: Through this contract, we provide low or no cost activities to people with disabilities and their family and friends in state parks and forests throughout Massachusetts.
  • Statewide Head Injury Program: Through this contract, we provide 3 - 4 recreational programs throughout Massachusetts for people with brain injuries and their family and friends.
  • Veterans Adaptive Sports Grant:  Through this partnership with the federal Veterans Administration and the VA Central Western Healthcare System in Leeds, MA, we offer kayaking and cycling programs to Veterans and disabled Members of the Armed Forces.

The rest of our operating costs come from donations, private program fees, grants, and the profits from recumbent trike sales. Over 80% of every dollar raised directly supports our programming.

Meet the Staff

Executive Director Karen Foster


Karen Foster

Karen joined the team at All Out Adventures as a Program Leader in 2004 and has been the Executive Director since 2007.  She worked previously as 9th grade history teacher, as a middle school-based program administrator, as a coastal kayaking and road cycling instructor for the REI Outdoor School, and as an educational program evaluator.  She attended a National Outdoor Leadership School backpacking trip leader course at Mt. Rainier National Park, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, as a level 2 Stand Up Paddle Board instructor and as a level 2 kayak instructor with an adaptive endorsement.  She holds a B.A. in history from The College of Wooster and an M.S. in Educational Administration from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Sue Tracy, Program Director


Susan Tracy

Sue is the Program Director for All Out Adventures. In addition to developing and coordinating AOA’s programs, Sue has led hundreds of adaptive recreation programs including paddling, cycling, camping and winter programs since joining AOA in the spring of 2006. Sue holds a degree in Communications/ Media from Fitchburg State College and is a graduate of the North Quabbin Woods guide-training program. Sue is an ACA certified basic coastal kayak instructor with an adaptive endorsement.  Prior to joining All Out Adventures, she worked as a graphic designer.

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Patti Dougherty

Patti joined All Out Adventures as a Program Leader in the spring of 2017.  She is an ACA certified kayak and SUP instructor and an avid skiier, trail runner, snowshoer, and paddler.  In addition AOA, Patti owns and operates Indigo Fitness, providing personal training for everyone.  Patti is a Certified Personal Trainer with the following certifications and affiliations:  NASM Personal Trainer, Exercise for Parkinson's Training, Parkinson's Cycling Coach, NFHS Certified Coach, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, AHS CPR, AED, and First AID, Boston university Medical School Parkinson's Fitness Consultant, YMCA Personal Trainer.

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Helen Kahn

After 12 years of running a cafe in Florence, MA, Helen followed her heart to the great outdoors.  She volunteered with AOA in the fall of 2017 and became a program leader in the spring of 2018. She has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, including as President of Northampton Soccer Club. Helen is an ACA certified kayak instructor and enjoys sharing her love of outdoor recreation with participants in the AOA programs.

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Jackie Brown

Jackie started with AOA in 2017 as a Program Leader.  She earned her bicycle mechanic certification through United Bicycle Institute and is an ACA certified kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board instructor. She pulls experience to AOA from previous roles as a backpacking leader, bike mechanic, and facilitator. Her favorite moments at AOA include sharing laughs on the water with new and old friends and turning wrenches on trikes.

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Adrienne Phelps

Adrienne joined All Out Adventures volunteering in 2016 with the ice skating programs after playing ice hockey for 16 years. Upon graduating from the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield Community College she worked for an Outdoor Learning Center and a Via Farrata working with a variety of different students including burn victims. Adrienne returned to work for All Out Adventures in 2017 for the winters and works with North Carolina Outward Bound in the summer. Adrienne is a Wilderness First Responder, has certifications in canoeing, and rock climbing.

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Anna Boysen

Anna has been leading winter programs for All Out Adventures since the winter of 2014.  Having grown up in Norway, she brings her passion and experience with cross country skiing to programs.  She holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and is a 2010 graduate of Greenfield Community College's Outdoor Leadership program.  She has led day trips and expeditions for the Wilderness School in Connecticut as well as for Adventure In Adventure Out, based in Amherst, MA.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

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Hazel joined All Out Adventures in the fall of 2010 by way of Dakin Animal Shelter in Springfield.  Hailing from Virginia, she enjoys scouting trail conditions for programs, posing for Facebook posts to help increase awareness and participation of our programs and fundraising, and most of all making sure all those who come to our office feel welcomed and loved with an exuberant greeting.

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Originally from Elkins, WV, Clover joined the team at All Out Adventures in 2010. She is responsible for alerting us when people come to the office and when FedEx and UPS trucks stop by as well as keeping the floor tidy by chewing up dropped zip ties from the trike shop.  She loves to greet office visitors, eat the biscuits the UPS driver drops off, and visit with our Program Leaders when they come to the office at the beginning and end of each day.



Maggie Poppins

Maggie Poppins joined the AOA team in September, 2020.  Born in Mississippi, she traveled north at the tender age of 7 weeks to her forever home in Massachusetts.  She loves scouting trails alongside her big sister Clover, re-arranging the area rugs in the office, posing for social media posts, and exuberantly greeting all who stop by.


Philippe Galaski

Retired Physical Therapist


Liz Martin

Speech and Language Pathologist, Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital


Paul Bacon

Retired Property Developer for Mass Mutual


Ben Levy

Small Business Owner


Stephanie Zelazo

Marketing Director, Linda Manor Assisted LIving and Memory Care


Nicole Slabinski

Physical Therapist, Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital


Brion Robert

Mortgage Loan Officer, Greenfield Savings Bank


Michael Loughran

Commercial Lending, Greenfield Savings Bank

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Contact Us

All Out Adventures Inc

297 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060


(413) 584-2052


info @ alloutadventures.org