605 SOUTH COLLEGE AVENUE, SUITE 101, FORT COLLINS, CO 80524

No Barriers
Team

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Nicole Banman

Finance Director

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Kelly Ligget

Executive Director

JESSICA-RAHN

Jessica Rahn

Senior Accountant

John Toth

John Toth

Program Director

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Emily Aron

Program Director

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Monica McCallum

Program Manager

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Jessica Bryant

Program Coordinator

Moriah Leuthauser

Mo Leuthauser

Program Manager

Erik Weihenmayer

Co-Founder

After losing his vision at the age of 14, Erik has dedicated his life to inspiring others to embrace a No Barriers Mindset to live purposeful and meaningful lives.  He has climbed the 7 Summits, the tallest mountain on every continent, and solo-kayaked the iconic whitewater of the Grand Canyon, among countless other adventure firsts 

A former middle school teacher and wresting coach, Erik is, the author of Touch the Top of the WorldThe Adversity Advantage and No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the prestigious National Courage Award and the 2002 ESPN ESPY award.

Erik is an internationally recognized speaker whose message helps companies, organizations and individuals around the world discover what it takes to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for seemingly impossible goals. Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures, he has explored and defined what it means to live a No Barriers Life, describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters.  

“A No Barriers Life is not all about hanging off the edge of a scary mountain, nor is it only applicable to someone who may be blind or can’t walk. No Barriers is for everyone.”

Nicole Banman

Finance Director

Nicole has a long career of managing finances for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Kansas Public Radio, the Audio-Reader Network, and Sporting Kaw Valley, all based in Lawrence, KS; and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, based in Seattle, WA. She is a Kansas native, but now resides in Estes Park, Colorado.  Nicole holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Kansas. Serving as the Finance Director for No Barriers is the perfect opportunity for her to combine her love of sharing outdoor experiences with others with her expertise in finance and operations leadership.                                                                                          She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting as well as baking and cooking for her family. Her and her family practice martial arts together and enjoy playing and watching all types of sports.

Kelly Ligget

Executive Director

Kelly Liggett comes to No Barriers from Colorado State University, where she served as the Managing Director of Strategic Planning and the Managing Director of Strategic Engagement. She has over 25 years of experience working with non-profit, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She brings expertise in engagement strategy, storytelling, development operations and leading teams, as well as a love for the impact that experiential learning can have on an individual’s life. 
 
A resident of Fort Collins Colorado, Kelly enjoys spending time outside with her family, whether on the river, on the slopes or in the woods. Kelly is a learner at heart, and has enjoyed past lives as a camp counselor, a recreation technician, wildland firefighter, and a ski instructor. She also enjoys vegetarian cooking, baking, travel and, when time permits, painting. Kelly is thrilled to be part of the No Barriers team!

Jessica Rahn

Accountant

Jess is a graduate of Colorado State University’s Impact MBA Program where she studied social entrepreneurship. Before moving to Fort Collins for grad school, she lived in Northwest Illinois and worked in the nonprofit and youth development sectors for five years in counselor, programming, and administrative positions. 

Jess is ecstatic to be Accounting & Data Coordinator at No Barriers as she feels this role combines her passions of social and financial sustainability. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time outdoors, cross stitching, and making all kinds of desserts.

John Toth

Program Director

Growing up, John spent many days in the rural farmlands and hills of Pennsylvania hunting and fishing with his father, an Army veteran. When he went to college, his father lost his job and John was looking for a way to pay for school. ROTC offered him a scholarship and the rest is history. What followed was more than 21 years as a United States Army Infantry Officer. John served tours in South Korea and Egypt, and was deployed to combat in Iraq.

Following his transition, John worked for several non-profits committed to helping veterans after service. He joined No Barriers in 2014 as the Director of the Warriors Program. A devoted husband and proud father of two boys, he resides in Boulder, Colorado with his family where they share his passion for fishing, being outdoors, and traveling the world.

Emily Aron

Program Director

Emily studied Sports Management at Florida Gulf Coast University and has spent seven years in outdoor facility and event management prior to joining the No Barriers team.

Following a cross-country cycling trip that brought her from Florida to California, Emily became motivated to engage with individuals to embrace the outdoors as a means to build community and unlock potential. She is an EMT, an avid gravel biker, and can be found fly fishing with her golden retriever around Fort Collins, Colorado.

MONICA MCCALLUM

Program Manager

 

Monica McCallum grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. She developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors from an early age and after completing her degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, she embarked on a journey around the country and the world! She has worked with Americorps NCCC, YMCA’s, World Ocean School, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Peace Corps and continues to feel drawn to the outdoors and team based programming.

Throughout her adventures, she gained invaluable experience and honed her skills in leadership, community engagement, and program development. Now, she is thrilled to bring her wealth of knowledge and passion for the outdoors back home and to the No Barriers team. On the weekends you can find Monica having a sour beer, spending time with her partner, reading, and going on adventures with her dog Mazie.

jessica bryant

Program Coordinator

Jessica Bryant grew up spending her time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and has always turned to nature for solace and grounding. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran where she worked on helicopters as an Aviation Electronics Technician. After her time in the service, Jessica went on to get her masters in nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian who loves to help people fuel properly for their outdoor adventures. Jessica has been actively involved with various non-profits, facilitating outdoor experiences for veterans and helping them find healing through nature, a journey she herself deeply resonates with. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Warriors Program. In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding, trail running, rock climbing, jiu jitsu and reading. 

MORIAH (MO) LEUTHAUSER

Program Manager

 

Moriah (Mo) Leuthauser grew up in a small town in Western Colorado. There she spent time outside with her family- skiing, backpacking, climbing and camping. She was introduced to adaptive recreation through an internship with a nonprofit organization that offered recumbent cycling tours from Telluride to Moab for disabled veterans. She was inspired to get involved with adaptive recreation after seeing the joy and healing that she had witnessed it bringing.  She attended Grand Canyon University, where she worked as a guide in the outdoor recreation program and received her Wilderness First Responder certification. Then, she worked at the National Ability Center as an adaptive ski instructor and as an adaptive raft guide for multi day rafting trips. During this time, she earned her PSIA Adaptive Level 1 cert and her Swift Water Rescue Level 4 cert. She now works for No Barriers as the Warriors Program Coordinator, but most enjoys opportunities to be in the field. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, board games and gardening. She hopes for a future where outdoor recreation is more accessible for all people and she plans to devote her career to this cause.