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2013 Paratriathlon Webinar Series

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Paratriathlon Webinar Series Contributor Bios

Contributors: Amanda Duke, Mike Lenhart, Brad Smith, Mark Sortino,
Peter Harsch, Keri Schindler, Aaron ScheidiesJulie O'Neill 

      Amanda Duke

Bio: Amanda Duke has been working with the USA Paratriathlon movement since 2010 and was recently named the Paratriathlon Program Manager who will oversee our High Performance pipeline leading up to Rio 2016 and future Paralympic Games. Amanda is a current USAT Level 2 race director and a USAT Level 1 coach. Prior to moving into the High Performance team to work on the Paratriathlon initiative full-time, she was the National Events manager where she oversaw the planning and execution of USAT’s owned-National Championships as well as the age group Team USA program. Amanda currently lives in Colorado Springs and works full-time with USA Triathlon.


Mike Lenhart

Bio: In December 2006, Mike Lenhart founded The Getting2Tri Foundation (G2T) with the goal of integrating individuals with physical disabilities into their local communities. G2T uses the sports’ disciplines of swimming, cycling, running, racing wheelchair, and hand-cycle as the vehicles for accomplishing this mission.

Mike is a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY) and earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2001. He spent seven years on active duty as an Infantry officer in the US Army highlighted by a company command in the historic 82nd Airborne Division. Mike held several management and sales positions for prominent companies over a period of nearly 12 years since leaving the military. Mike’s current “day-job” is as an IT Business Consultant for Turner Broadcasting Company in Atlanta. Mike is also the current national chairman of the USA Paratriathlon Committee.

In his role as president of Getting2Tri, Mike leads the foundation’s vision of extending the organization’s reach to a world-wide audience through its annual national paratriathlete training camp, online resources, and the connecting of disabled individuals with skilled resources in their local communities. Mike leads the foundation’s continued efforts to empower individuals with disabilities to make smart decisions about their own health and wellness.

        Brad Smith

Bio: For 10 years, Brad competed in running races, cycling races, and triathlons until he suffered a spinal cord injury on June 1st, 2010. Now Brad continues to live a physically active lifestyle by competing in paratriathlon. Brad and his wife Carrie have started the Atlanta Triathlon Club – Paratriathlon Program to help encourage others with physical disabilities to be active. Brad Smith has a BS in exercise physiology from Ohio University and a MEd in physical education from Ohio State University. He has worked as an exercise specialist/personal trainer and a physical education teacher, and is currently working on a MEd in school counseling at Georgia State University. Brad is also a member of the USAT Southeastern Council and helps the region focus on Paratriathlon development activities.



Mark Sortino

Bio: Mark Sortino is a USA Triathlon Level II coach and has been head coach of all five of the highly successful CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camps, two USA Triathlon High Performance Paratriathlon Camps and head coach of Team USA Paratriathlon at the 2012 ITU Worlds in Aukland, NZ. Mark is a 14 time Ironman, 3 time Kona finisher and is the Director of Programs Operations at Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego, CA. He is also the co-founder and owner of Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) - a triathlon company providing a diverse spectrum of services design for beginner to elite level triathletes through individual coaching, camps, clinics and event production.


Peter Harsch

Bio: Certified Prosthetist Peter D. Harsch graduated from Arizona State University in May 1996, with a Bachelor Science degree. He attended Cal State University Dominguez Hills Prosthetic Certificate program and graduated in May 1997. After receiving his Certificate, Peter moved to Phoenix, AZ and took a residency position with NovaCare-Hanger.  In June 1999 he completed his residency and became an ABC Certified Prosthetist. He continued to work as a clinician in Phoenix, AZ until January 2000. At that time Peter transferred to Denver, CO and lived in Boulder, Colorado to pursue his goal of competing in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships, which he finished October 2005.  Since then he has competed and finished 13 Ironman triathlons around the world including 4 Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii.  In October of 2001 Peter joined Ossur North America and later became the Sr. Clinical Manger.   From October of 2006 until October of 2012, Peter was the Director of Prosthetics for the Naval Medical Center C-5 unit in San Diego (Comprehensive and Complex Combat Care Center). Also in 2006 Peter competed in the CBS reality series “Amazing Race 10” where he traveled and raced around the world with eleven other teams.  Peter has also been the team Prosthetist for the United States Paralympic track and field team since the 2002 and was the National Team Director for the 2009 USAT ParaTriathlon team.   Peter is now the President and CEO of his own Prosthetic rehabilitation company named Peter Harsch Prosthetics in San Diego.

      Keri Schindler

Bio: Keri Schindler is the founder and executive director of dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, the nation’s first USAT Sanctioned Paratriathlon Club. She has been working in the field of disabled sports for over 15 years. Keri serves on the USAT Paratriathlon Committee as well as the USAT Mideast Council. 
    Aaron Scheidies

Bio: Aaron Scheidies is a 31-year-old that has overcome more in his short life than many conquer in a lifespan. Born with a hereditary eye condition that slowly deteriorates his central vision, Aaron now has 20% of the vision of a fully sighted person.

After battling through hard times in his early teens, Aaron found the sport of triathlon and turned his life around. Beginning with sprint triathlon and continuing up the triathlon pyramid, Aaron is now an eight-time World Champion and seven-time National Champion, having traveled around the globe competing in over 200 triathlons.

Aaron accomplished a long-standing goal, breaking the two hour barrier in an Olympic distance triathlon in 2008 and two times since with a time of 1:57:24, giving him the World’s best time for a person with a disability at that distance. In recognition of Aaron’s great accomplishments, Aaron was a finalist for the most prestigious award in sports, an ESPY for 2010 Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Just as he is a multi-dimensional athlete, he also excels in other aspects of life. At Michigan State University, Aaron had a perfect 4.0 GPA, was the president of the MSU Triathlon Club, volunteered over 100 hours helping other students with disabilities and was inducted into the Athlete with Disabilities Hall of Fame. He graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from MSU, and in July 2008 completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, going on to work as a therapist for RehabCare.

Aaron has committed to helping provide opportunities to others that are blind or visually impaired, granting them the same opportunity he has had to compete. Aaron serves as a spokesperson for the C Different Foundation which has the mission to educate, inspire and change society’s perspective on the blind community. The C Different Foundation pairs blind/visually impaired individuals with sighted guides to participate in an active lifestyle. In addition to his work with the C Different Foundation, Aaron has created a manual on “How to guide a blind athlete through a triathlon,” as well as conducting one on one guide training. He has spoken at schools and rehab facilities with the mission on “opportunity” for those that live every day without sight.

    Julie O'Neill

Bio: Julie O’Neill currently serves as the Team Leader of Sport Performance for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In this position, O’Neill directs the day-to-day operations for the “internal Paralympic NGB” Sport Performance Team at the USOC and oversees the high performance planning process and sport development projects for the 5 internally managed Paralympic Sports – Athletics, Cycling, Swimming and Alpine & Nordic Skiing. She began her USOC career in 2003, when she joined U.S. Paralympics as an Associate Director and Head Coach of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team.

Through the 2008 Paralympic Games, O’Neill directed all high performance planning and coaching support for U.S. Paralympics Swimming including implementing the Paralympic Swimming Resident Program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. In this position, O’Neill also developed the national certification processes for Paralympic swimming officials and coaches.

Under her leadership, the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team achieved unparalleled success as the team finished first in the medal standings for the first time, winning 17 gold medals at the Beijing Paralympic Games. With 44 total medals, nine more than they took home from Athens (2004), the team proved their ability on an elite international stage. The U.S. swimmers set a total of 16 world records, 23 Paralympic records, 48 Pan American records and 99 American records.

O’Neill has been involved with coaching Paralympic swimming on an international level for over a decade, first serving as an assistant at the 1998 IBSA World Championships in Madrid. She also served as an assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team and made the jump to head coach for the U.S. at the 2002 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina (the first female Head Coach appointment for any US team to a major international championship).

In 2006, O’Neill led the U.S. team that won the overall medal count at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa. It was the first time the U.S. had won the medal count at an IPC World Championships or Paralympic Games in the sport of swimming. The U.S. performance led to O’Neill being selected as the 2006 U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Coach of the Year.

Prior to her work with the USOC, O’Neill spent the previous eight years as a swim coach and administrator for various USA Swimming clubs including Rocket Aquatics (Syracuse, N.Y.), Kansas City Blazers, Liverpool Jets (Liverpool, N.Y.) and West Coast Aquatics (San Jose, Calif.). She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Ohio State University with a Masters of Arts degree in Slavic and East European Studies.