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The NSCD Leadership Team

EMPOWER: to give somebody a greater sense of confidence or self-esteem.

We are inspired everyday by our participants who have physical, cognitive and behavioral disabilities. Simply coming to work provides us all with a daily perspective on life and what is possible. People with disabilities who participate in therapeutic recreation and sports realize the depth of their abilities while improving overall health and well-being. They improve endurance, coordination and competitive skills, as well as build self-esteem and confidence. They become empowered.

We have witnessed so many inspiring moments:
Middle school students with autism who struggle with social skills, communication and repetitive behaviors, Nordic skiing independently in the NSCD’s program – motivated by a skill where they have fun and experience freedom.

A man, whose injury resulted in amputation of one leg, find the will to live by snowboarding with the NSCD. He said, “I was sitting in my La-Z-Boy chair with my leg propped up, and the next big event in my life was to die, which I thought about a lot.” He credits the grace and inspiration of an NSCD instructor and fellow amputee for empowering him to live.

Against all odds, our participants convey the potential for exceeding life’s boundaries and reaching new heights. It is crystal clear what feel the power in empowerment means.

Kim Easton
President & CEO
(303) 293.5319,

Kim joined the NSCD in April 2017. She has an extensive background in non-profit management and leadership. Kim also took PSIA clinics to improve her personal and teaching skills that included mono and bi-skis as well vision impaired, hearing impaired, and teaching youth with mental and cognitive disabilities. She was recently awarded a highly sought after seat with the Livingston Fellowships Program which provides advanced learning and professional development opportunities to promising nonprofit leaders.

Diane Eustace
Marketing Director
(303) 633.5802,

Diane joined the NSCD in January 2012. She has 20 years of marketing experience in branding, PR, and social media with a variety of Colorado companies. Diane continues to bring together our brand, events and programs in Winter Park and the Front Range under a common marketing theme.

Beth Fox
Outreach and Education Director
(970) 726.1646,

Throughout her career at the NSCD, Beth has created education and training programs for many ski schools and specialized activities in snow sports and other outdoor recreation activities throughout the world for people with disabilities. She was inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame in December 2005.

Erica Mays
Human Resources Director
(303) 293.5711,

Erica moved to the Fraser Valley over 20 years ago, the day after graduation from The University of Florida. Her love for adventure and mountain sports was balanced by amazing employment opportunities in the Human Resources field. Erica worked for almost a decade at Winter Park Resort and the last several years at the NSCD. She and her family relocated to the Denver area, where they continue their passion for the outdoors and, of course the NSCD, in a more moderate climate.

Erik Petersen
Competition Center Director
(970) 726.1548,

Erik has trained more than 300 athletes in his time at the NSCD. He has more than 30 years’ experience in competitive ski racing and is a seven time All American in Alpine Skiing. Currently, Erik is an International Paralympic Committee member as Head of Competition for North America and a member of Adaptive Sports Committee USSA.

Josh Thurmond
Metro Program Director
(720) 588.0238

Josh joined the NSCD team in March 2014.  He has over 15 years of guiding and instruction
experience as well as a Masters focused on Nonprofit Management.  He is a certified kayak instructor, raft trip leader and former EMT. He is focused on delivering world-class outdoor experiences to everyone on the Front Range.

NSCD Board of Trustees

Marcia Benshoof, Chair | Full Tilt Strategies
Mark Kay, Vice Chair |  Deloitte Services LLP
Tim Ficker, Secretary/Treasurer |  Alcova Resources LLC
Todd Antoniuk | Allstate
Stockton Baker | Cushman & Wakefield
Greg Baldwin | Golden Thread Companies
Ed Barton | Aureus Consulting LLC
Jim Bernsten | CoBank
Marc Beshany | Wells Fargo Advisors
Mike Dino | Squire Patton Boggs
Jill DiPasquale | Epicurean Catering
Tami Door | Downtown Denver Partnership
Jason Dunn | Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck LLP
Mike Fordyce | Craig Hospital
Kelley Fox | K. Fox Interiors
Todd Fredrickson | Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Mac Freeman | Denver Broncos
Barbara A. Grandjean | Husch Blackwell LLP
Rebecca Griggs | DaVita
Nick Haggard | iHeart Media
Dennis Leonard | Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Jim MacKinnon | Saunders Construction
Mike Matthews | Wells Fargo
Fred Peyerl | Boston Strategic Partners
Scott Remington | Grant Thornton
Karen Sanford | Intrawest
Chris Walters | IMA, Inc.
Rob Will | JoAnn Fabrics
Ellen Winkler | Industry, Drumbeat