Women’s Leadership Clinic – Shani Davis

I appreciate & thankyou Team River Runner South Alabama, Team River Runner Colorado and Team River Runner Utah....what an amazing adventure. The Guides and navigators were very professional, safe and well worth the trip…God is Good! …thankyou Adaptive Sports Association…I learned how to keep my cool and let that PTSD take over as a survival skill.  I learned to work past the pain in my body and allow the physical activities, get my mind, off of me.  I normally don’t communicate with others well however, I became chatty Cathy.  It’s nice to go on a retreat with other Women Veterans for a while gives me a break from all the Men Veterans.  I give this trip out of 5 stars a 5!
USAF Veteran
Shani R. Davis

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports