Nancy Christensen
MNSHAPE Executive Director

25673 Muskrat Lake Drive
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Rich Burke
Statewide DAPE Specialist

MN Low Incidence Projects

Region representative information can be found here

Other Members of the MN DAPE Leadership Committee include:

Mike Doyle

PE/DAPE Teacher

Cloquet Middle/High School

Cloquet, MN 

About the Committee

The Minnesota Developmental Adapted Physical Education Leadership Committee was established shortly after the landmark legislation for the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, otherwise referred to as P.L. 94-142. Total committee membership consists of 10 –15 professionals. The entire committee meets three times during the school year (September, January, April).

The Minnesota DAPE Leadership Committee is a volunteer group of education professionals with a mission to serve individuals concerned with quality physical education for students with disabilities.

The State Leadership Committee is comprised of representatives from Minnesota Dept. of Education; Higher Education; selected At-Large Members and DAPE Teachers who represent educational regions throughout the state.  The committee serves as an extension of and a support network for the DAPE Council of Minnesota Society of Health and Physical Educators (MNSHAPE).

The MNDAPE Leadership Committee provides a vehicle for advocacy, resource development, professional development and planning and implementation strategies for DAPE policy and programs at the state and local levels.  The Committee works cooperatively with the MN Dept. of Ed. and MNSHAPE.

Program Planning and Implementation, Resources and Advocacy, Pre-service and In-service development are the three major areas of focus.


The committee’s mission is to serve individuals concerned with quality physical education for students with disabilities.


We are representatives for quality Developmental Adapted Physical Education.

Sue Tarr, PhD
DAPE Program Coordinator
MSU - Mankato
177 HCN
Mankato, MN 56001