MEET OUR 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Douglas Whitney

President 

Doug Whitney is a retired lawyer who joined the Padraig's Place board in March of 2012. Doug has been a committed leader in Padraig's Place by serving on the board, teaching adaptive skiing on the snow and supporting the organization through efforts of development, fundraising and advocacy.  His daughter Megan is also an on-hill volunteer with the program and will continue to serve the organization until she leaves for college in 2016.  Due to a chronic ankle injury, Doug has not been able to teach on the snow the past two years, but is present at every participant event providing assistance by pushing the broom and doing whatever is asked of him.

Brian Foley

Executive Director &                Co-Founder

Brian Foley, a founding member of Padraig's Place Adaptive Winter Sports Program, brings 20+ years experience in sales and marketing in the area of competitive ski racing.  Master Boot fitter at Hoigaard's, Brian is also an active volunteer with the National Ski Patrol and a Level 1 PSIA.  Brian has been Co-Chair of the Padraig's Place Annual Ski Race for nine years. Taking on a lead role with Padraig's Place Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program, he recently participated in adaptive ski training with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and has advocated on behalf of local students with disabilities who wish to participate in high school sports along with their able bodied classmates.

Eileen Foley

Eileen Foley

Our Mission

To enrich the lives of special needs children and their families, by presenting available resources to them; thereby, allowing the family to focus on family rather than a disability.

How Padraig's Place Began

Padraig is a young man from the Twin Cities whose family loves to ski.  A   number of people believed that because of Padraig’s disabilities that he would not tolerate ski equipment or enjoy skiing.  His family believed he could and this year Padraig begins his 9th season of skiing.  For us “this is a family activity”  

“We couldn't imagine not sharing the sport we love with both of our children, despite the challenges that we might face.”  Our success in getting Padraig on the snow was in large part due to the support and encouragement that we received from the  Buck Hill Ski School.  We are thrilled to now be able to share this great winter activity with other families through the collaborative efforts of Padraig’s Place, a non-profit organization, and Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Brian and Eileen Foley - Founders of Padraig's Place

Padraig is a young man from the Twin Cities whose family loves to ski.  A   number of people believed that because of Padraig’s disabilities that he would not tolerate ski equipment or enjoy skiing.  His family believed he could and this year Padraig begins his 9th season of skiing.  For us “this is a family activity”  

“We couldn't imagine not sharing the sport we love with both of our children, despite the challenges that we might face.”  Our success in getting Padraig on the snow was in large part due to the support and encouragement that we received from the  Buck Hill Ski School.  We are thrilled to now be able to share this great winter activity with other families through the collaborative efforts of Padraig’s Place, a non-profit organization, and Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Brian and Eileen Foley - Founders of Padraig's Place

Padraig is a young man from the Twin Cities whose family loves to ski.  A   number of people believed that because of Padraig’s disabilities that he would not tolerate ski equipment or enjoy skiing.  His family believed he could and this year Padraig begins his 9th season of skiing.  For us “this is a family activity”  

“We couldn't imagine not sharing the sport we love with both of our children, despite the challenges that we might face.”  Our success in getting Padraig on the snow was in large part due to the support and encouragement that we received from the  Buck Hill Ski School.  We are thrilled to now be able to share this great winter activity with other families through the collaborative efforts of Padraig’s Place, a non-profit organization, and Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Brian and Eileen Foley - Founders of Padraig's Place

Jason Bornholdt

Vice President

Jason joined Padraig's Place in November 2013 at the invitation of a fellow volunteer.  Having participated with a local Archery club in both leadership and fundraising, he brings more than a dozen years of volunteer and mentoring experience.  Jason also helps to coordinate volunteer participation and with facility preparation in advance of Instructor and Student arrivals.

Matt Comerford

Treasurer

Matt joined Padraig's Place in November 2013 at the invitation of a work colleague, and fellow volunteer.  Having participated with the Boy Scouts of America in both leadership and fundraising, he brings more than a dozen years of volunteer and mentoring experience.  Matt also helps to coordinate volunteer participation and with facility preparation in advance of Instructor and Student arrivals.  "I am consistently amazed by the hidden strength and ability of these student participants.  The joy that we get to share with each of them, and often their parents, is rewarding beyond words."

Matt joined Padraig's Place in November 2013 at the invitation of a work colleague, and fellow volunteer.  Having participated with the Boy Scouts of America in both leadership and fundraising, he brings more than a dozen years of volunteer and mentoring experience.  Matt also helps to coordinate volunteer participation and with facility preparation in advance of Instructor and Student arrivals.  "I am consistently amazed by the hidden strength and ability of these student participants.  The joy that we get to share with each of them, and often their parents, is rewarding beyond words

Dee Oujiri

Dee Oujiri bio

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