Staff & Board of Directors
JENNIFER BELL, M.S. LRT/CTRS
Jennifer Bell holds a M.S. degree in Recreational Therapy Administration from East Carolina University as well as a B.S. degree in Recreation Therapy from UNCW. Jennifer is certified as a N.C. Recreational Therapist and is nationally certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She joined the ACCESS team in 2014, and is committed to changing the lives of those living with disabilities. Jennifer was recognized as a WILMA's Woman to Watch Nominee in Nonprofits in 2015.
Kayla Jakubczak holds a B.A. degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Kayla is nationally certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has much experience working with children and adults living with disability.
Kayla has been volunteering with The Miracle League of Wilmington since Opening Day in 2013. She is thrilled to join the team and says "ACCESS feels like home to me."
Chief Inspiration Officer
Dan Johnson, Ph.D
Dr. Dan Johnson, Founder of ACCESS, received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Since graduation, Dan has additionally developed the concepts of Accessible Recreation Day, and Accessible Golf of Wilmington. He is also on the board of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.
Dan worked for three years as the Corporate Director of Activity Therapy for Rivendell of America and currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as an Associate Professor of Therapeutic Recreation.
Dan was recently awarded the Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2016 Healthcare Hero in Community Outreach.
David Morrison serves as Nonprofit Advisor In-Residence for UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program at UNCW. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Professional Writing with a Minor in Criminology from University of North Carolina Wilmington in December 2013. David also serves as Chair for the Cape Fear Disability Commission (CFDC). His mission as Vice-Chair of ACCESS is to bring his knowledge of baseball and smiles to the countless individuals that now have the opportunity to “Play Ball.” You can find him each week at the BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Field serving as a Coach for the Cubs.
L.S. “Bo” Dean, Jr
L.S. “Bo” Dean, former Executive Director of ACCESS of Wilmington serves as Board Secretary. Bo serves New Hanover County in the Human Resources Department and brings much fundraising and board development experience to ACCESS. On Saturdays, you can find Bo at the BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Field announcing all Miracle League baseball games with his golden microphone.
Bo Dean has received many community accolades including Cape Fear Association of Fundraising Professional's Volunteer Fundraiser of The Year in 2010, and Encore Magazine's Volunteer of The Year in 2014!
Craig Kelly serves New Hanover County in the Sheriff’s Department. He holds an Masters in Public Administration and bring much nonprofit experience to ACCESS. When he is not at The Miracle Field, you can find Craig playing with his young family.
When he is not pitching at the BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Field, you can find Chad Porter traveling around the United States serving as a Motivational Speaker and Leadership Trainer. Chad brings much community and programming experience to ACCESS and serves as the M.C. for the Annual Miracle Makers Luncheon.
Chad was honored as the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's (UNCW) Alumni of The Year in 2017!
Amy Queen, one of the founding members of ACCESS of Wilmington serves INC Research here in Wilmington, NC. She brings much business and community experience to ACCESS of Wilmington. When Amy is not singing in the choir at First Baptist Church and leading the Azalea Festival Princess Pageant, you can find Amy cheering on the Hoggard Men’s Basketball Team with her family.
Michael Franklin, former Treasurer is one of the founding members of ACCESS of Wilmington. He currently serves at the Lear Corporation in Wilmington, NC, is working towards his Masters in Business Administration at UNCW, and brings much accounting and business experience to ACCESS.
Tammy Pruden, former Secretary is one of the founding members of ACCESS of Wilmington. Tammy has served New Hanover County as a Special Education Teacher for 20 years, and brings much disability awareness, inclusion, and programming experience to ACCESS of Wilmington. When she is not teaching, coaching Hoggard Swimming, or serving at Winter Park Baptist Church, you can find Tammy behind home plate at all Miracle League baseball games.
Tammy Pruden was awarded the UNCW Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement in 2016.
Adam Keen serves at MegaCorp here in Wilmington, and brings much fundraising and development experience to ACCESS of Wilmington. When Adam is not growing a mustache to support local children’s charities, you can find spending time with his young family.
Stephanie Mayew serves at PRA Health Sciences and brings much fundraising and development experience to ACCESS of Wilmington. On the weekends, you can find Stephanie long-distance running for charity.
Amanda Taylor serves at Park Sterling Bank and brings much finance and business experience to ACCESS of Wilmington. Amanda serves on ACCESS of Wilmington’s Fundraising Events committee and can be found spending time with her young family.
In 2009, Tara began her communications career in Los Angeles at Fifteen Minutes, founded by PR veteran Howard Bragman. As a publicist in the brands division, she worked on national media campaigns for a variety of brand personalities and lifestyle clients including Iron Chef Cat Cora, Gaea, Cuties Clementines, W Hollywood Residence, the NutriBullet, and New York Times bestseller Stephen Mansfield. Upon returning to North Carolina in 2013, Tara joined the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Serving as the media relations specialist in the Office of University Relations, she focused on media outreach, promotion, and social media, while also supporting crisis communication. In 2015, the opportunity arose for her to work alongside BRAX’s CEO and Vice President to develop and launch a new company as Bloom’s Brand Director.