Continuing Momentum: Challenge Mountain Board & Staff Engage in Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning:
Participant-focused & Community-minded

FOR RELEASE: February 2023

The Challenge Mountain staff and Board of Directors kicked off 2023 by continuing their momentum in proactively planning for the future of Challenge Mountain. This forward-thinking group is collaborating to develop a participant-focused and community-minded Strategic Plan that will guide the organization in the years ahead.

Engaging in the strategic planning process is an ongoing commitment of the Challenge Mountain board and staff. The process challenges the organization to revisit its mission, values, vision and goals for the future, while enabling Challenge Mountain to remain adaptable to change and responsive to evolving participant needs. The final Strategic Plan will guide the organization over the next three years and position Challenge Mountain to achieve established goals and measurable objectives in continued partnership with people living with disabilities, their family members and caregivers.

“We are fortunate to have such a dedicated board, all willing to devote their time for betterment of Challenge Mountain,” shares Executive Director Elizabeth Looze. “Our last strategic plan was like a comprehensive roadmap, and look at how we’ve grown as a result.”

As the new Challenge Mountain Board of Director’s President, “I am thrilled to be part of this dynamic group,” shares Karen Mann. “We are on a trajectory to truly Make Great Things Happen Together for many years to come.”

The final Strategic Plan is projected to be completed in June 2023 following additional work sessions and collaboration.

PICTURED: Challenge Mountain Board of Directors gathering for group photography by local photographer Kim Mettler before a January 9th Strategic Planning work session at the City of Boyne City building.

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Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.