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.
Kim joined the NSCD in April 2017. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management and leadership. Kim also took PSIA clinics to improve her personal and teaching skills that included mono and bi-skis as well as 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.
Operations and Communications Director
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. 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.
Kate joined the NSCD in October of 2013. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 30 years. Before coming to the NSCD, Kate worked in a residential treatment program with adolescents, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and a Paralympic Sport Club. Kate is charged with programs based in the Winter Park/Fraser area.
Melinda joined the NSCD in 2019. She has over 25 years of experience with nonprofit leadership in accounting, finance, operations, programs and fundraising. Melinda brings comprehensive executive level non-profit leadership and management.
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. Her most recent project was a $6.5 million dollar building campaign for a Colorado nonprofit which was completed in December 2019. Julie’s most important role is Mom to her two boys, one of which is a NSCD athlete on the competition team. She is thrilled to continue the NSCD’s legacy of providing adaptive experiences to individuals with a disability.
NSCD Board of Trustees
Rick Karlis, Chair | Independent Consultant
Fred Peyerl, Vice Chair | Boston Strategic Partners
Andrew Wilson, Treasurer | Stantec
Sarah M. Mercer, Secretary | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC
Liz Agostin | Winter Park Resort
Todd Antoniuk | Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Stockton Baker | Cushman Wakefield
Molly Cuffe | VF Corporation
Sandy Dukat | Adaptive Spirit
Jim Johnson | Wells Fargo Advisors
Kristi Lamar | Deloitte Consulting
Dennis Leonard | Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Rian Morrissey | Sindrich & Associates
Dana Polonsky | Craig Hospital
Lisa Contillo Robb | Connessione Consulting
Karen Sanford | Alterra Mountain Corporation
Charles (Chuck) Stout | D.B. Root & Company
Chris Walters | IMA, Inc.
Justin Webster | Denver Broncos
Jarvie Worcester| Trammel Crow Residential
NSCD Emeritus Board of Trustees
NSCD Future Leaders
Rian Morrisey, Future Leaders Chair | Sindrich & Associates
Brad Baugh | Analyst
Alex Fullerton | IMA, INC.
Stephanie Grover | T-Mobile
Nick Nasharr | Denver Industrial Colliers
Rachel Potter | Optiv Cyber Security
Evan Segal | Deloitte Consulting
Katie Steinharter | Alterra Mountain Company
James Thielens | Northstar Transitions
Constantine Dean Vaganos | Golden Efficiency Group
John Whitney | Deloitte LLP
Kelsey Zimmerman | Crusoe