About Us

Sunset Hill Educational Institute (SHEI), a small 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2006 by Carol Conforti-Adams in the rural town of South Sutton, New Hampshire. After a life-changing spinal cord injury that left her with a diagnosis of quadriplegia, Carol felt strongly that she could still contribute to the community and enrich other people’s lives. With an impressive background in health and education experience, she focused the mission of the SHEI organization to service at-risk youth and individuals living with disability; something she was experiencing first-hand, and handling with grace and determination.


The early years of SHEI focused heavily on assisting at-risk youth in Carol’s community. SHEI provided these young adults with the tools to build a more stable foundation for themselves through:

  • academic assistance with the goal of receiving a high school diploma;

  • job and life skills training;

  • career counseling;

  • employment services;

  • and advocacy services.

In 2011, SHEI’s focus shifted more heavily towards individuals living with disability with the inception of the Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) program, a free peer-driven program that provides individuals living with disability or low mobility the tools for increasing their quality of life through:

  • upper-body exercise;

  • positive peer support;

  • leadership opportunities;

  • career development;

  • job skill-building;

  • advocacy awareness;

  • and adaptive recreational opportunities.


Due to the success of this program, SHEI launched a new WHIM initiative, called WHIM at Home, just before the pandemic. WHIM at Home brings WHIM activities to individuals with transportation barriers directly to their home using remote conferencing technologies like Zoom and also supplies computer resources as needed. WHIM at Home has proven to be a timely offering in light of the current pandemic.

Sunset Hill Educational Institute, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in admission or administration of educational programs and services.

Sunset Hill Educational Institute

Board of Directors



Susan Scalera, President

Patricia Vaicaitis, Treasurer

Liesl Hasenfuss, Secretary

Dorothy Jeffrey, Director

Chris Adams, Director

Kathy Everest, Director

Carol Conforti-Adams

Executive Director

Sunset Hill Educational Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


All donations are tax deductible.


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