Executive Board

Alexandria Donaldson, Executive Director

Alexandria Donaldson, Executive DirectorAlexandria Donaldson is an occupational therapy master’s student at Dominican University of California. She holds a degree in health science with a minor in psychology from San Jose state university. For the last 4 years, she’s worked with individuals with a variety of disabilities in helping them find recreation and sports activities that best suit their desires and needs. Consecutively, she volunteered with local businesses to gain knowledge and guidance on many therapeutic practices. When not submerged in her work, she enjoys traveling to new places, binge watching Netflix series, and fulfilling my goal of completing every hike in the Bay Area.

Kathe Hickey, Chair Person

Kathe HickeyKathe Hickey is a Physical Therapist, and a National and International Paralympic Classifier for Track and Field and a Classification Reviewer for Wheelchair Basketball. Being active in FWWAA gives her an opportunity to give back to the community using her skills as a Physical Therapist. She believes that sports are especially important for disabled youth because it provides them with all the benefits that their able bodied counterparts get to experience – and there are limited opportunities for participation in traditional after school programs.
Contact Kathe at kathe.hickey@fwwaa.org.

Jillian deBar, Vice Chair – Sport and Program Development

Jillian deBar, Vice Chair - Sport and Program DevelopmentJillian deBar is a graduate of California State University Monterey Bay. She holds a Bachelors in Liberal Studies, a minor in Human Movement, and an Associates degree in Adapted Fitness Therapy. She is the newest elected board member, and has been volunteering her time with Far West’s junior athletes since 2011. Jill is passionate about Therapeutic Recreation and the experiences and programs that Far West is able to offer athletes who have physical disabilities.
Contact Jillian at jillian.debar@fwwaa.org.

Anna Ryan, Secretary/Treasurer

Anna Ryan, Secretary/Treasurer Anna Ryan is a college student, an adapted athlete, an owner trained service dog handler, and a member of the Spina Bifida Association’s adult council. She has been involved with Far West since 1995, having been part of Wheels On Fire, social media, and Junior Sports Camp. She is extremely dedicated to Far West’s vision for adapted athletes in the Bay Area, and has credited Far West as the inspiration for her future career in Recreational Therapy.
Contact Anna at anna.ryan@fwwaa.org.

Lori Riggio, Board Advisor

Lori Riggio, Board AdvisorDr. Lori Riggio is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience in the mental health field. She has specialties in the areas of substance abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, childhood and adult trauma, and developmental disabilities. Her work with children, teens, and adults has led her to partner with many non-profit agencies throughout California and to view collaboration as a cornerstone to innovation and achievement. As a parent of a child with physical disabilities herself, she has seen firsthand the wonderful opportunities and benefits FWWAA provides and is able to bring that unique perspective to the Boardroom. She has a passion for helping people recognize their unique capabilities and strongly believes in the mission and vision of FWWAA.

Danny Saracino, Community Outreach

Danny is a Fire Engineer with the San Jose Fire Department. After completing his Bachelors Degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, Danny returned to his native Bay Area to pursue a career in public safety. Danny officially joined Far West in 2016 after volunteering for several years through his fire department at Far West’s junior sports camp. In his role as Community Outreach, he hopes to broaden Far West’s footprint in the Bay Area and cultivate support for our many talented and inspirational athletes.

Advisory Board Members

  • Dominique Pacolba, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
  • Lauri Yarwasky, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
  • Christy Matta, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
  • Nancy Megginson, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, Cal State University, San Jose
  • Adam Elix, Adaptive PE Specialists, East Side Union High School District
  • Bill Schaefer, Adaptive PE Specialists, East Side Union High School District
  • Jessica Elix, Event Director, Valor Games Far West