All of our staff volunteer their time and energy.
They give thousands of hours of personal time to support the program and to inspire, motivate and encourage the athletes to strive for personal excellence in all they do. This group of positive role models has been handpicked for their strong ethics, passion for sport and unrelenting pursuit of personal success for each of ParaSport Spokane’s athletes.
Teresa Skinner – Executive Director
With over 20 years of coaching and administration experience in working with athletes with Physical Disabilities, Teresa brings an unparalleled level of passion and expertise, and an expansive network to match.
ParaSport Spokane was Teresa’s brainchild when a distinct need for a sport program arose in Spokane in 2013. She has been a driving force behind many community outreach, awareness and education initiatives, and the rapid growth of this program is attributed to the network Teresa has and the energy she puts into doing what is needed to engage more athletes in the community. Also a National Team Coach for the US Paralympic Track and Field Team, Teresa’s reach is felt nationwide as she coordinates and implements a number of development clinics that awaken people with disabilities to their potential as athletes in Paralympic Sport. As a licensed Occupational Therapist, Teresa is contracted throughout the region to provide services.
David Greig (MHK)– Development Director
David brings a background in Sport Development and Sport Management to ParaSport Spokane. After a five-year career as a full-time professional in Paralympic Sport, David moved to Spokane in 2014. He is a certified track and field coach and Chartered Professional Coach, and he has a diploma in coaching. Having served in coaching, administration and meet-organization roles at all levels of the Paralympic Sport System, David is motivated by athletes pursuing their performance dreams and helping new athletes experience sport for the first time. He also has a passion for coaching and educating coaches. David helps in a number of planning, fundraising and logistical aspects of the program and provides support to all teams and programs. He is a sales rep for a company that provides information and services about a number of different mobility and life enhancing products.
Tayler Elizondo (MS, USATF) – Volunteer Training Lead
Tomie Zuchetto (MSW, CDSS) – Head Coach
Tomie has been coaching wheelchair sports for 14 years in the Spokane area. This includes basketball for the junior team, the adult D-III team and the adult women’s team. As a certified disability sports specialist Level II, Tomie became involved with wheelchair sports as a recreational therapist at a local children’s hospital. In this position, she discovered what a catalyst sports can be to encourage independence and promote positive self-regard. She has traveled with junior and adult teams nationally and internationally, and she served as staff member on the US team that competed at the World Championships in Lyon, France, in 2013. Tomie recently returned to graduate school and obtained a MSW, and she continues to be involved with adaptive sports because of the strong belief that adaptive sports do change lives. Tomie also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for ParaSport Spokane.
Justin Ulbright (MS, CSCS, CDSS) – Assistant Coach
See Strength and Conditioning for more information on Justin.
Christine Ulbright (PT, DPT, CDSS) – Futures Lead Coach
Christine has been involved with adaptive sports for the last five years as a volunteer and assistant coach. She coaches the future athletes in basketball and assists with other sports as needed. Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University in 2009 and her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2012. She is currently working as a pediatric physical therapist for Cheney School District. Christine strives to foster independence and believes in seeing the potential of each individual athlete. Her husband Justin also coaches for ParaSport Spokane programs. Justin and Christine are enjoying the recent birth of their first child who will be among the youngest volunteers for ParaSport Spokane.
Tayler Elizondo (MS, USATF) – Assistant Coach
Track and Field
Teresa Skinner (USATF Certified, OTR/L) – Head Coach, Lead Wheelchair Racing Coach
David Greig (MHK, ChPC) – Lead Throws & Ambulatory Coach
Tomie Zuchetto (MSW, CDSS) – Assistant Coach
Tayler Elizondo (MS, USATF) – Assistant Coach
Strength and Conditioning
Justin Ulbright (MS, CSCS, CDSS) – Coach
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Justin blends his knowledge of exercise and nutrition with a passion for helping as our strength and conditioning coach. He strives to develop confident and capable athletes by providing them with the tools to be physically fit and ready for competition. Justin uses strength and conditioning as a catalyst for life by instilling the values of hard work, mental toughness and perseverance in our athletes. These values not only build strong athletes but also build character. When not training our athletes, he is busy assisting with our wheelchair basketball and road-racing programs. Justin is married to Christine, who also coaches for ParaSport, and is a proud new father of Grace, our youngest volunteer. He is also a professor in the Health Sciences Department at Whitworth University.
Tayler Elizondo (MS, USATF) – Coach
Leann Anzalone (PTA, CDSS) – Assistant Coach, Wheelchair Basketball (until 2015)
Sonja Barrera (PT) -Assistant Coach, Wheelchair Basketball (until 2014)
Sonja graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Physical Therapy and has been practicing in our community for the past 21 years. Sonja is married with two children who are actively involved in soccer, basketball and gymnastics. Faith, family, friends and, of course, sports have been a centralizing force in their lives. Building character, strength and aspiration through sports is the motivating factor to align this therapist with ParaSport Spokane. She serves as our an assistant coach for wheelchair basketball.