Officers and Directors

LOF Adaptive Skiers is a volunteer staffed organization 

Joel Zeisler, Executive Director & Founder

Sandy Hook, CT

Joel Zeisler manages and oversees all water sports activities. Joel is a former national waterski champion, former coach of the U.S. Disabled Waterski Team, and has been teaching waterskiing for more than three decades. He has trained and assisted nearly a dozen other organizations across the country in launching their own adaptive waterski programs. Joel has helped to make LOF Adaptive Skiers a leader in the field of adaptive waterskiing in the U.S. LOF continues to be the only organization in the Northeast providing adaptive waterskiing clinics on an ongoing basis from beginner to advanced levels.

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Kathryn Wolf, Recording Secretary

Sandy Hook, CT

Kathryn has been a corporate buyer for 25 years and is currently employed by Sonics & Materials Inc., where she enjoys purchasing in the high tech field of ultrasonics in Newtown.  After volunteering for a Wounded Warrior Event with her Girl Scout troop, Kathryn and her family were so impressed with LOF that they “are hooked” and have been avid volunteers ever since.  In addition to LOF, Kathryn has spent time volunteering with a diverse group of nonprofits, including Relay for Life, Girl Scouts of America, Newtown Junior Women’s Club, NUMC, and most recently the CMAK Foundation.  She is certified in both CPR AED and First Aid through the American Heart Association. Kathryn enjoys water skiing and boating with her family

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Grant Beeney, Director

Southbury, CT

Grant had a 30 year career in the computer software business. His last position was sales director for Intuit, Inc. Grant retired in 2009 and began volunteering his time at LOF. Currently Grant does LOF’s bookkeeping and other volunteering. He is married to Katherine Saint and lives in Southbury, CT. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Grant is a Vietnam veteran who served in the USMC (1968-1970).

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Chad Goodhue, Director

Sandy Hook, CT

Chad is owner of New England Restoration LLC, a water/fire damage restoration, reconstruction and consulting business established in 1986. Chad attended Parks Aeronautical flight school in St. Louis, where he started his flight training and played rugby for a local club. In the summer, Chad enjoys barefoot water skiing on Lake Zoar with his Malibu Response ski boat, golf, assisting with LOF Adaptive water skiing program as a side skier / boat driver, as well going to zip line parks around New England. In the winter he enjoys downhill racing around New England (even qualifying for the nationals in 2014 for men’s downhill) and playing hockey on two teams in Danbury CT.  He also enjoys assisting with the LOF winter ski program at Mt. Southington. He is currently studying to become a certified disabled snow and water ski instructor. Chad enjoys traveling, scuba diving in the Caribbean, skiing in Colorado, has participated in Triathlons around New England and living life to the fullest.

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Peter Anderau, Director

Sandy Hook, CT

Peter is President of Germann + Frei North America, U.S. sales office for Germann And Frei AG, Switzerland (manufacturer of machines for the can making industry). Peter enjoys waterskiing, snow skiing, back country skiing, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, windsurfing (certified instructor), sailing, adventure racing and anything to enjoy the outdoors. In addition to LOF, he has spent time volunteering with Boy Scouts, Group Workcamps, Trinity Episcopal church, Dorothy Day Hospitality House (provides meals and shelter to people) and other nonprofit organizations. Peter is a resident of Sandy Hook for over 20 years with his wife Cindy and two sons, Tom and Steven.

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David Wiener, Director

Sandy Hook, CT

David Wiener is a finance and administration manager for a real estate developer.  He moved to Newtown in 2003 when his youngest child was in preschool and his oldest was just entering high school.  He and his wife have been active volunteers in their children’s sports programs and local civic organizations. In 2016 he suffered a serious injury that took his right leg and left him paralyzed from the waist down.  He has since become active in adaptive sports and causes supporting the handicapped, special needs and veteran communities such as LOF Adaptive Skiers.

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Lynn Simoneau, Treasurer

Newtown, CT

David Troy, Director

Sandy Hook, CT

Dave joined the LOF board in September 2020.  An avid water-skier, wakeboarder and boater, as well as a downhill skier, the opportunity to combine his passions with LOF to help others have the opportunity to experience these activities is why he got got involved.  A marketing professional for over 36 years, Dave currently works for Emerson’s Branson Welding & Assembly business in Brookfield, and has worked for other companies including Fujifilm, Pilot Pen, and others.  Dave has been active in the Newtown community since moving to Sandy Hook from Bethel in 2008.  He serves on the board of the Newtown Soccer Club and coached his son and daughter’s teams for 10 years.  He has been a leader in Scouting and also coached NYBA.   Dave’s entire family actively volunteers with LOF.  Dave’s wife Allene is a pediatric PA at Auerbach Pediatrics in Newtown and has twins Kayleigh and Conner who currently attend Newtown High School.

Elizabeth Kloczko, Director

Farmington, CT

Elizabeth is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University in the Occupational Therapy Department, and currently sits on the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association where she serves as a liaison for the Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation Special Interest Section.  Elizabeth was introduced to LOF in the summer of 2013, and has volunteered in many positions (skier, office, grant writer).  As a hospital based Occupational Therapist for 12 years, she has introduced some of her patients to LOF.  Elizabeth has been involved in Camp No Limits at Quinnipiac, a camp for children with limb loss. One of her proud accomplishments is being a published author for Disabled Sports USA, now Move United, for a research study she completed with students as part of a capstone project, focusing on the benefits that adaptive sports, specifically LOF, provides both physically and psychosocially for participants.

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Tim Thomas, Director

New Jersey

Tim has been a Wall Street professional for 34 years, the last 15 with JPMorgan as Executive Director of Compliance.  Tim is celebrating his 10th year of volunteering with LOF, along with his son, who is also a familiar face at LOF clinics.  Tim’s introduction to LOF is quite unique, as he happened by chance, to come across LOF Adaptive Skiers while searching for used ski equipment.  Wanting to know more about adaptive skiing, he checked out LOF’s website, realized it was only 80 minutes away from his home, and as they say -- the rest is history!  In addition to volunteering with LOF, Tim spent 8 years on his local Board of Education, as well as serving on his communities Board of Recreation for Pop Warner Football, Little League, and Cheerleading.   He is Chairperson for his town’s Athletic Hall of Fame, where every other year past athletes and coaches are inducted at a banquet at a local restaurant.  Tim also organizes a yearly charitable memorial golf tournament close to his heart, which raises money for an annual scholarship. 

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Scott Poarch, Director

Sandy Hook, CT

Brian Briggs, Director

Sherman, CT