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Christopher Stec Chief Operating Officer, American Canoe Association Summit Series Session: Inclusive Paddlesports—How to Adapt Your Program for Individuals of All Abilities From south Louisiana to western North Carolina to Virginia, Chris has been involved in paddle sports in a variety of ways. Before becoming the ACA’s COO, Chris worked as an outdoor instructor for the YMCA, a raft guide for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a program director at a summer camp, and in the ACA’s Safety Education & Instruction Department. Chris has served on various committees for the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the PFD Manufacturers Association. He is a former Board Member of the Professional Paddlesports Association and a current Board Member of the National Safe Boating Council. He was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. In addition to publishing his writing in several magazines, Dr. Geneviève Marchand Assistant Professor of Recreation Administration, Humboldt State University Summit Series session: Outdoor Programs: Your Message Positioned in Evidence-Based Knowledge Dr. Geneviève Marchand has been teaching at the college level since 2004 and is currently Assistant Professor of Recreation Administration at Humboldt State University. She has chaired AORE’s Research and Publications Committee for the last three years, raising awareness about the importance of research in the AORE strategic plan’s success. Her professional research has focused on wilderness therapy instructors and the environmental attitude of college students. “Aha” career moment: Six weeks into college at the age of 18, I dropped out of my fine arts degree to take a job at a Mexican hotel, where I would be in charge of recreation programs. When that flopped a week later, I came back home, with no ideas about what to do with my life. My 22 including poetry, Chris has contributed to three books. An Eagle Scout, he was one of the writers of the revised Boy Scouts of America Canoeing and Whitewater Merit Badge Pamphlets. Chris lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with his wonderful wife and two children. When not in the office, he can be found spending time on the water with his family, whether it’s kayak fishing, whitewater canoeing on a section of the local Rappahannock River, or surfing stand-up paddleboards in the ocean. “Aha” career moment: Initially, I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist, but after teaching canoeing at summer camp for several summers, I realized I could find fulfillment by providing others with outdoor-related opportunities and experiences. Meaningful outdoor experience: I have enjoyed teaching my wife to stand-up paddleboard and my kids to fish. Recent high point: At the ACA Instructor Trainer Conference in Charleston, S.C., we had a female representative from the Iranian Canoeing Federation attend to spread a message of paddling for peace, friendship, and reaching our dreams. Favorite place on Earth: wherever my wife and kids are Favorite indoor place: my back porch (partially enclosed!) Special skill: writing poetry father gently suggested