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, 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
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.
Volunteer Services Director
Tricia joined the NSCD in 2002. In May of 2015 she accepted the role of Volunteer Services Director. She enjoys bringing her passion for non-profit work together with the contributions of over 1,000 volunteers who bring life and longevity to the NSCD programs and fundraising events.
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.
Competition Center Director
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.
Tera joined NSCD in July 2017. With more than 20 years of fundraising experience, Tera brings a wealth of knowledge in the non-profit arena and has developed strategic plans for innovative funding opportunities. She has planned special events ranging from small private parties to galas with more than 1,200 guests as well as premier level golf and sporting events. She is accustomed to working with corporate leaders and foundations to build long-term relationships, which translates into successful fundraising.
Mike has been working with children and adults with disabilities for the over 17 years in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Behavioral Therapist. Prior to private practice, Mike spent 4 years as a special education teacher for intellectually and developmentally challenged children. He is the founder of an Outward Bound based camp for at risk youth and the founder of an after school/summer program for children with special needs. Mike was appointed by the governor to the Statewide Independent Living Commission (SILC) to help advocate for people with disabilities. Mike has expertise in working with multiple populations including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and autism. He has a Master’s of Science in Counseling and has published articles about people with disabilities in relation to the outdoors and therapeutic recreation.
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.
NSCD Board of Trustees
Mark Kay, Chair | Deloitte Services LLP
Barbara A. Grandjean, Vice Chair | Husch Blackwell LLP
Tim Ficker, Secretary/Treasurer | Alcova Resources LLC
Jim Bernsten | Mile High United Way
Mike Dino | Squire Patton Boggs
Jill DiPasquale | Epicurean Catering
Todd Antoniuk | Allstate
Stockton Baker | Cushman & Wakefield
Greg Baldwin | Golden Thread Companies
Marcia Benshoof | Full Tilt Strategies Inc.
Tami Door | Downtown Denver Partnership
Jason Dunn | Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck LLP
Kelley Fox | K Fox Interiors
Mac Freeman | Denver Broncos
Nick Haggard | iHeart Media
Dennis Leonard | Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Jim MacKinnon | Saunders Construction
Fred Peyerl | Boston Strategic Partners
Dana Polonsky | Craig Hospital
Scott Remington | Grant Thornton
Karen Sanford | Alterra Mountain
Mary Sexton | Wells Fargo
Chris Walters | IMA, Inc.
Andrew Wilson | Stantec
Ellen Winkler | Industry, Drumbeat