WHIM Team Staff
WHIM Team Staff Transition
The WHIM Team has had a recent transition. Chris Lopez, our beloved WHIM Peer Team Leader, will be moving on to other life projects. Michelle Maslanka, who has been with WHIM as the Laconia site peer leader, will be taking her place as the new WHIM Peer Team Leader.
We thank Chris for her work over the years and wish her well! And welcome Michelle to the team!
Please check out their messages to the WHIM community below...
I live in Laconia with my husband, Brian, and 12 year old daughter, Rebecca. I have been involved with WHIM since 2016 after a C5 spinal cord injury from a car accident in July 2014. I have been the peer leader for WHIM Laconia since 2018 and enjoy interacting with my peers and encouraging them to live a more active life. I am passionate about health and fitness. I attend weekly 3 hour physical therapy sessions at Project Walk in Stratham, NH to help maintain flexibility and build strength so that I can live the most independent life possible. In addition, I homeschool my daughter and am proud to be raising a caring and compassionate person who treats people of all abilities with kindness and understanding. I'm looking forward to taking a more active role in WHIM and meeting new people who want to stay active and be their best self.
I first became aware of Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) shortly after I was paralyzed in 2011. I knew that they provided free or very inexpensive activities. I have enjoyed their holiday parties and sports activities from the beginning. When Carol invited me to be a part of the leadership team I was excited to join and hoped that I could bring my own ideas to the group. In the last few years I've been a part of planning activities, done some social media to share these activities, and tried my best to promote our group. I have also remained an active participant and led a weekly exercise class in Manchester.
It is with sadness that I announce that I will be stepping down from any leadership role with WHIM, but hope that the group continues to grow and flourish! I have loved my time working with Carol and Laura and am confident they will find another qualified person to help and keep up the good work! I am thankful to have been a part of this and plan to attend future events and hopefully start back up with our weekly exercise classes.
Thank you, Chris!