Will Borden - Founder & President
Will founded the Bionic Project, Inc. in 2018. As an avid runner and below-the-knee amputee, he was driven to create events that would welcome athletes of all abilities, starting with the Bionic5k in Harvard Square and expanding to include the Bionic Mile in San Francisco. Will is the Director of Academic Technology at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has taught for 20 years. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, selected for his innovative use of technology in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Will has collaborated with the Biomechatronics Lab at MIT, volunteering to test their robotic ankle and other innovations in mobility over the past 15 years. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A.T. from Tufts University.
Dana Ross Rogers - Executive Director
Dana comes to the Bionic Project after a 20 year career in education, where she taught on both coasts in independent and public charter schools. She excels at building inclusive classroom environments, mentoring new teachers and creating original lesson plans that capture the imaginations of students of all ages. Her passion for supporting adaptive athletes, both in the classroom and in motion, started in her 20s when she worked as an Adaptive Ski Instructor in Telluride, CO. Dana earned her B.A. from Brown University, and her M.Ed from Harvard University.
Nico Calabria - Lead Educator
Captain of the US Amputee Soccer Team at the 2014, 2018, and 2022 Amputee Soccer World Cups, all-time leading goal scorer for Team USA, board member and Director of Development for the American Amputee Soccer Association, Nico is a passionate advocate for disability justice and adaptive sports. As a licensed secondary social studies teacher with five years experience teaching in middle and high schools, he is also a passionate educator. Outside of the classroom, he shares his expertise with students as a high school soccer and wrestling coach. Nico earned his B.A. from Colorado College, his M.Ed from Lesley University, and holds a Master level certification from the National Alliance for Environmental Education.
Jovan Booker - Educator
Jovan Booker is a native of Long Island, New York. He received his B.S. from Stony Brook University and his M.S. from Hofstra University and is a former Health and Physical Education for grades K-12. Jovan is Captain of the New York Metro Amputee Soccer Club and is also a national team player for US Amputee Soccer Team. He has scored multiple goals over 30+ international caps, and is a leader in advocating for disability sport access, equity, and inclusion on and off the pitch.
Board of Directors
Allison Webster - Chair
Allison is the Head of School at Dedham Country Day School (DCD), and has served in independent school administrative and faculty roles for nearly 30 years. Prior to embarking on a career in education, Allison practiced law in Massachusetts.
Lisa Borden - Secretary
Lisa is a brand strategist with 25+ years of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to craft effective communications. She is currently an Associate Professor of Advertising at Boston University’s College of Communication.
Matt Wessler - Treasurer
Matt is a lawyer and advocate and a principal at Gupta Wessler LLP where he focuses on public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate and complex litigation. He handles high-stakes cases at all levels of both state and federal court and regularly appears before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also actively represents and counsels non-profit organizations.
Christine has over 20 years of experience in financial services, enterprise software sales, fundraising and government service. She served as the Assistant Director of Boards and Commissions during Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and held senior fundraising positions for The Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.