Christopher Neumann, MS
Interim Executive Director
Chris is a native of New York and moved to the Washington, D.C., metro area in 2004. He earned his BS in health science and an MS in health policy and management, both with concentrations in community health education, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before serving as Senior Program Manager, Chris worked at Stony Brook and George Mason universities. Some of his higher education experience includes teaching courses in HIV risk reduction, substance abuse education, and student leadership.
When Chris isn't working with the wonderful staff and members of AAPAR, he enjoys cycling; in fact he rides his bike to work almost every day. Chris also plays basketball, his favorite sport, at his gym and with the neighborhood college students who remind him regularly that he is not getting any younger! As a little known fact, Chris was a competitive skateboarder in his elementary and middle school days. Back then, skateboarding was not as popular as it is now, so Chris competed against—and usually beat—competitors who were much older.
Chris lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife, Colleen, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders.
Sam Iverson was born in Azerbaijan and moved to the United States in 1990. She graduated from Shepherd University, a small liberal arts college in the panhandle of West Virginia, with a degree in recreation and leisure studies and a minor in exercise science. She worked for her university as a student athletic trainer and has been surrounded by athletes her whole life.
Taking after her aunt in Germany, Sam grew up playing volleyball. Now, with the guidance of her husband, she has turned to motorcycle road racing. Sam has made huge gains in a sport that is dominated by men.
An avid lover of the outdoors, Sam hikes, backpacks, whitewater rafts, and rock climbs. When not busy racing or rafting class IV rapids, she loves to travel. She has lived and visited many beautiful countries and hopes to visit more.
Libby Alkire, MA
Libby has a strong background in special events management and consultation as well as experience working in project and office management for nonprofits. Bringing strong organizational and customer service skills to AAPAR, she provides program and administrative support for the association and supports daily office functions, including database management and communications. Libby worked for the Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play before joining AAPAR. She has a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina and a BA in communication from California Polytechnic State University.