Turning POINT Staff

Turning POINT staff members provide the organization with an unusual depth of expertise and experience as well as a true passion for our mission: to develop self-esteem and confidence in the physically-challenged population through participation in adapted outdoor adventures.  Each person brings a unique perspective including outdoor skills, business development, nonprofit management, rehabilitation knowledge, and financial and resource development. This team has the strength and talent to assure the continued success of Turning POINT as a national non-profit organization

Michael 'Shorty' Powers


Shorty is the founder and President of Turning POINT. Since 1979, Turning POINT has provided innovative activities and adventures to people with physical challenges. In the meantime, the company has grown from a small group of sportsmen and women into an organization with multiple activities and chapters across the United States. Shorty was the recipient of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner’s Award for 1998. He was selected to represent disability interests on the National Board of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. In 2004, Shorty was inducted into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame; he is the only person with a physical challenge to receive this honor! You can email Shorty at Shorty@TurningPointNation.org

Jason Swanson

National Program Director

Jason is the National Program Director and also serves as the Director of the North Texas Chapter of Turning POINT. He organizes and attends the monthly activities for both the National and North Texas chapters. These activities include, but are not limited to, fishing, trap shoot, boating, hunting and camping.You contact Jason at jswanson@TurningPointNation.org

Kenneth Mumford

National Outreach Director

Ken is the National Outreach Director. He helps by implementing a "peer mentoring" concept as a component of Turning POINT recreational programs. Ken has found it equally, if not more important, to build relationships through sharing the real-life experiences of being disabled. Ken's email is kmumford@TurningPointNation.org

Nance Powers

Administrative Assistant

Nance serves as the Turning POINT administrative assistant. She is an expert in planning and logistics of events and activities, and helps keep the rest of us on task. In reality, her duties are too vast to name; but if you need any information, she is the person to call. You can contact Nance by email at npowers@TurningPointNation.org

Wes Harley

Director of Chapter Development

Wes formed the West Texas Chapter in Lubbock. He has an advanced degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Education plus many years of experience as supervisor of several recreational therapy programs. Wes utilizes these extensive qualifications to help provide practical advice and guidance to the Turning POINT Chapter Directors.

Dave Kiley - Para-Olympic Gold Medalist

Consultant to Turning POINT

Dave serves as a consultant to Turning POINT. Kiley has over 25 years of experience as director of adaptive recreation at several major rehabilitation centers. He brings that expertise to the aid of others who are providing Turning POINT activities or developing chapters in their area. He also is director of the Carolina Chapter. You can email Dave at dk@TurningPointNation.org

"Our mission is to develop self-esteem and confidence in the physically challenged population through participation in adapted outdoor activities"