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WHIM Team Staff

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Carol Conforti-Adams

WHIM Manager

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Laura Clark

SHEI-WHIM Communication Specialist


Michelle Maslanka

WHIM Coordinator

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.

Laura joined SHEI in 2011 as a young individual living with spinal cord injury. At the time, she had exhausted her physical rehabilitation options and was looking for a new path in life. In utilizing SHEI's mentoring services, Laura gained job skills in grant writing, program development and leadership, recruitment and promotion, professional correspondence, and web design. She helped develop the Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) program, contributing to its success over the years. She now holds a position as SHEI's communication specialist and leads Nature's Way lessons at the facility. Laura is also pursuing a degree in applied psychology with a concentration in counseling from the UNH College of Professional Studies. Her work with SHEI has empowered her, as an individual living with disability, to learn, grow, and thrive. The social and vocational support Laura has received from SHEI since 2011 has assisted her with finding confidence to contribute, exploring personal purpose, and building bonds with peers.

After a life-changing spinal cord injury, Carol Conforti-Adams was determined to continue contributing to the community, enriching people’s lives. Leveraging Carol’s professional
experience in health, education, and human services, So, she created nonprofit organization status in 2006 called Sunset Hill Educational Institute (SHEI). 

SHEI began offering transitional life and career skills to youth, and in 2012, added the Wheelchair Health in Motion (WHIM) program for people with disabilities. SHEI works in the
Kearsarge and Sunapee Regions and collaborates with others on building resiliency and wellness skills to residents in this region. In 2022, SHEI expanded to provide mental wellness opportunities through the Nature’s Way program.

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