Matt Wetherbee - Founder/President
On June 7, 2016, three days before his 29th birthday, Matt suffered a significant spinal cord injury while playing basketball. He then spent two months at Massachusetts General Hospital and three months at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He currently attends Journey Forward, a nonprofit facility in Canton, MA that specializes in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, Matt attended James Madison University where he completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Sports Management. While working in the sports marketing field before his accident, Matt worked tirelessly for the benefit of numerous charitable organizations, and worked as a client relations and marketing manager for many corporate clients.
Prior to starting the predecessor firm Wadland & Associates in 1993, Joseph J. Wadland was with Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. Mr. Wadland has represented Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous New England based companies and businesses in litigation including in the fields of general business, insurance, insurance coverage, products liability, health care, medical malpractice, closely-held corporation disputes and land use. Mr. Wadland's practice encompasses state and federal courts. He has represented clients in all six New England states as well as California, Florida, New Jersey and New York. Mr. Wadland also has appeared before various state and local licensing authorities.
Mr. Wadland attended evening law school at Suffolk University and graduated in 1986 (magna cum laude). Mr. Wadland’s other degrees include an M.Ed. in Public Health from Boston University (1977) and a B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1976). Prior to 1986, Mr. Wadland worked for the U.S. Department of Interior in a variety of positions for ten years, his last position being the Regional Chief of Public Safety, Environmental Compliance and the Federal Torts Claims Act for the North Atlantic Region of the United States.
Prior to being named Vice President of Goodwin Group PR, Jenna DaSilva has 10+ years of Public Relations experience, spending 6 of those years working alongside Matt at a Boston-based Sports Marketing company. Jenna assisted in organizing the first annual Beestrong Bash, and most recently, coordinated all PR efforts surrounding Matt and Kaitlyn's unofficial Boston Marathon run.
Currently a Neuro-Exercise Specialist at Journey Forward, Mike brings 10 plus years of of spinal cord injury recovery experience to the table. Graduating from Ball State University (03) with a degree in exercise science and Providence College (06) with a MBA in finance and marketing, he has combined his skill set to find the perfect blend of training and business. Outside of Journey Forward Mike is also a professional musician. Mike has served as Community Grants Manager for Eastern Bank’s Charitable Foundation and also serves in an advisory role with the 33 Foundation.