The Leadership Team
We are inspired every day 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 an amputation of one leg, finding 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 the power in empowerment means.
President & CEO
Julie is an experienced leader with over 17 years in Executive Management roles in both the non-profit and corporate sector. She held leadership positions in the adaptive industry for over 12 years. Julie is considered a seasoned fundraising executive with expertise in individual donors, corporate sponsorships, grant writing and capital campaigns. Julie’s most important role is Mom to her two boys, one of which is a NSCD athlete on the competition team.
Malinda joined the NSCD in 2019. She has over 25 years of experience with nonprofit leadership in accounting, finance, operations, programs and fundraising. Malinda brings comprehensive executive level non-profit leadership and management.
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 brings together our brand, events and programs in Winter Park and the Front Range under a common marketing theme. Diane also leads the operations team for the NSCD.
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 USA.
NSCD Board of Trustees
|Rich Karlis, Chair
|Small Business Owner
|Fred Peyerl, Vice Chair
|Andrew Wilson, Treasurer
|Sarah M. Mercer, Secretary
|Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC
|Winter Park Resort
|Allstate Financial Services, LLC
|Ascent Wealth Partners, LLC
|Sindrich & Associates
|Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
|Lisa Contillo Robb
|Alterra Mountain Corporation
|Charles (Chuck) Stout
|D.B. Root & Company
|Trammel Crow Residential
NSCD Emeritus Board of Trustees
NSCD Young Professionals
|Rian Morrisey, Young Professionals Chair
|Sindrich & Associates
|Mammut North America
|Beacon Hill Technologies
|Springs Wealth Group
|Forum Investment Group
|Beacon Hill Corporate Recruiting
|Optiv Cyber Security