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 Easton
President & CEO
303-293-5319

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.


Diane Eustace
Operations and Communications 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. Diane also leads the operations team for the NSCD.

 


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 USA.

 

 


Malinda Anderson
Director of Finance
303-293-5318

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 Taulman
Business Development Director
303-633-5801

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 | Community Volunteer

Molly Cuffe | W.L. Gore

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

Adrienne Rivera | Raytheon Technologies

Lisa Contillo Robb | Connessione Consulting

Karen Sanford | Alterra Mountain Corporation

Charles (Chuck) Stout | D.B. Root & Company

Paul Tarell | Gaia, INC.

Chris Walters | IMA, Inc.

Justin Webster | Denver Broncos

Jarvie Worcester| Trammel Crow Residential



NSCD Emeritus Board of Trustees

John Beake

John Beeble

Peter Boyles

Pat Cortez

Tom Cox

Gary DeFrange

Larry DiPasquale

Joe Ellis

Don Marshall

Steve Shapiro

Dean Singleton



NSCD Young Professionals

Rian Morrisey, Young Professionals Chair | Sindrich & Associates

Brad Baugh | Stout

Ben Eagleton | Mammut North America

Nicki Eustace | Beacon Hill Technologies

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