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Board of Trustees

Glenn Davis, Former Chair & Current Trustee

Glenn Davis, Former Chair & Current Trustee

Mr. Davis has worked for Alpine Bank since 1988 he is a long time valley resident. A huge advocate for the community Glenn is involved with many different organizations. He is a Trustee of Colorado Mountain College, has been President for the United Way of Eagle River Valley, is a Vail Junior Hockey Associate and is a chairman of the Vail Valley Partnership. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 1998.

Jane Donovan, Board of Trustees Member

Jane Donovan, Board of Trustees Member

Jane W. Donovan grew up in Shaker Heights, OH and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  In 1994, she moved to Vail with her husband Matt (a Vail native).  Jane and Matt owned Vail Honeywagon Enterprises, Inc., which they sold in 2016. They have 3 children: Maddie, Bridget, and Trevor.  Bridget and Trevor attend Vail Mountain School and competitively Nordic ski for SSCV. After her years at VMS and SSCV, Maddie will be skiing for Dartmouth starting in the 2017-2018 season. Jane enjoys staying active through a variety of sports, travel and reading.

Kirk Dwyer, Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer, Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Executive Director in June of 2016. Previously Kirk served as Headmaster at Burke Mountain Academy from 2000. While at BMA Kirk also was president of Burke Mountain Ski Area from 2000-2005, BMA Head J3, U16 and Women’s FIS coach, chairman of the Eastern Alpine Competition Committee, vice-president of VARA, chair of the Eastern Region Development and Youth Committees, chair of the National Development Committee and was on the Union Bank advisory board. Prior to Burke, he worked at the Green Mountain Valley School for 25 years where he served as Assistant Headmaster, Head Women’s Coach, Head Men’s Coach, and Head Alpine Coach as well as an English and Humanities teacher. Kirk was USSA Domestic Coach of the Year in 1989 and is a level 500 certified coach. Kirk and his wife, Robin, have a son Chase who is currently a sophomore in college.

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Sylvan Ellefson, Director of Nordic Future Stars & Board of Trustees Member

Sylvan Ellefson, Director of Nordic Future Stars & Board of Trustees Member

Sylvan Ellefson was born and raised in Vail, CO. While going through the Alpine Pipeline at SSCV, Sylvan found an unknown love and passion for nordic skiing. Sylvan was an athlete during nordic’s inaugural season with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in 2004-2005 under the command of Dan Weiland and Karl Hochtl. Sylvan continued his career into college notching many podiums and becoming an All-American under head coach Becky Woods. Sylvan became the first Bates skier to win an Eastern Carnival Race and also received Bates Athlete-of-the-Year Award 2 times. After college, Sylvan helped start an elite nordic racing program under the wing of SSCV and under continued command of Dan Weiland. During his 4 years of professional racing Sylvan was on the SuperTour Podium 19x. He was also started in 25 World Cups and was the National Champion in the 30k Skate leading up to the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He now focuses his love of teaching and coaching towards the 40 kids that participate in Nordic Future Stars every year.

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Mike Imhof, Board of Trustees Member

Mike Imhof, Board of Trustees Member

Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Mike Imhof joined the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 and had been serving as Senior Vice President overseeing operations, corporate sales and development, before being appointed President and CEO in November, 2015.  Imhof came to Vail in 1997 when he joined Vail Resorts as a national sales manager. During his time at Vail Resorts, Imhof had responsibility for Strategic Alliance, Licensing & Trademarks and the front range pass sales and front range ticketing programs.  Imhof now lives in Wolcott with his wife, Ellen, and two boys Michael and Miles.

Mike Imperi, Board of Trustees Member

Mike Imperi, Board of Trustees Member

Mike Imperi is distinguished by his lifelong passion for education combined with exemplary work in the arenas of international education, adventure travel and community service. He has taught grades seven through twelve in three states and two foreign countries and has served as the headmaster of two independent schools including Vail Mountain school, his current position. He has also summited Mount Kilimanjaro twice.

For 25 years, from Singapore to Boulder to Las Vegas, he’s taught U.S. history, psychology, world culture, and government. In 2002 was a semifinalist for Disney USA Teacher of the Year. By then, he’d headed the history department of the Singapore American School, worked as the business manager of the largest high school in Florida, and built and managed a Montessori school in Boulder. Beyond the classroom, Mike has led hundreds of students and adults on international expeditions on five continents, including three-week camel safaris in India, Himalayan treks, and barge trips up Thai rivers.

In July of 2013, Mike became Head of Vail Mountain School. Since then, he and his team have implemented several initiatives to enrich the experience of the school’s community including a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse classroom to be built during the summer of 2014. He prides himself on a leadership style characterized by a comfortable blend of honesty, transparency, and humor, mixed with a strong professional, decisive will. He also sits on the board of Roundup River Ranch and is a member of a consortium of local school leaders created by Eagle County Schools Superintendent, Jason Glass.

Mike and his wife, Kathimarie, raised their three daughters overseas and, as a family, participated in numerous community service projects in Asia and Africa.

TJ Johnson, Board of Trustees Member

TJ Johnson, Board of Trustees Member

TJ Johnson’s first job in the Vail Valley was as a Sports Illustrated photographer’s assistant during the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships. He had a round trip ticket back to NY for when the event was over, but ended up never leaving. After the Championships were concluded, Johnson started working for Vail Associates (now Vail Resorts) and continues to work for them today. After a lengthy career in Mountain Ops with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol, Johnson currently works in the VRI Information Systems department and manages a team of database computer programmers. His passion for the ski industry and for his family drives him to be very involved in this community where he has served on the Board of Directors for Eagle County Schools and is a current Vail Valley Soccer Club coach. He is married to Carol and has three children, Anabel (18), Tess (15) and Tommy (13).  Tess is a full-time SSCV Freestyle Moguls athlete, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy student and member of the USSA Freestyle Moguls C Team.

Steve Kalapos, Board of Trustees Member

Steve and his family moved to the Vail Valley five years ago from Beverly Hills, MI and he has two Snowboarders at Vail Ski and Snowboard Club.  In 2000, Steve founded Secure Eco Shred- a mobile document shredding company that expanded quickly to Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH., and Hartford, CT.  In 2007, he sold Secure Eco Shred.  Today he is a private Real Estate Investor and spends 80 to 100 days a year snowboarding.  Prior to moving to Vail, Steve served on the Board of Trustees for the Partner’s of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in Detroit Michigan. 

Steve’s other interests include Lake Michigan, spending time with his family and traveling.

John Keane, Board of Trustees Chairman

John Keane, Board of Trustees Chairman

John Keane, father of four alpine ski racers at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, founded King Hill Capital in 2007 to invest in early stage companies that develop renewable energy or energy efficiency technologies.  Prior to founding King Hill Capital, John had been an executive in the software industry for nearly 20 years.  Most recently, he was founder and CEO of ArcStream Solutions, a wireless systems integration firm.  Prior to founding ArcStream, he held various leadership positions at Keane, Inc., supporting the company’s revenue growth from $60 million to $1.1 billion.  John began his career in corporate finance at J.P. Morgan.

John currently serves on the board of Lightning Hybrids, Purpose Energy, Ravenbrick, Stellaris and Sundolier.  He is a board observer for Greentech Media.  He previously served on the board of Cleantech America (acquired by Meridian Energy), Design2Launch (acquired by Kodak), Keane (acquired by Caritor), and Solar Sentry, and as a board observer at Albeo Technologies (acquired by GE Lighting).

John graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Jeff Kirwood, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman & Treasurer

Jeff Kirwood, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman & Treasurer

Mr. Kirwood grew up in New England and attended the Green Mountain Valley School. He was a top junior ski racer and went on to Dartmouth College where he was Dartmouth Ski Team Captain in 1991. After Dartmouth, Jeff moved to Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Brenda, to work in the cable industry for HBO and TCI.

In 1998, the couple and firstborn, Clay, moved in order for Jeff to attend Harvard Business School followed by a short 2-year stint in Silicon Valley. The Kirwoods returned to Colorado, and Jeff worked for Liberty Media in Denver for 4 years. Jeff is the Founder and Executive Director of Aspen Grove Capital, LLC a family office investment management firm based in Avon, Colorado. Jeff and Brenda currently live in Vail with their 3 children, Clay, Kate and Nick, all of whom are SSCV athletes.

Jeff has served as a Board of Trustees Member at GMVS as well as SkiTAM. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golf, charitable cause and personal investing. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 2008.

Dan Leever, Board of Trustees Member

Dan Leever, Board of Trustees Member

Dan Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015. Mr. Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer of MacDermid, Incorporated from 1990 to 2013 and MacDermid Group, Inc. From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Leever served as Chairman of MacDermid. From 1989 to 1990, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MacDermid. Mr. Leever joined MacDermid originally in 1972, where he worked in sales for 2 years before leaving and rejoining Macdermid Inc., in 1982 as a financial analyst. Mr. Leever serves as Chairman of MacDermid Group, Inc. He served as Vice Chairman of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015 and served as its Director since October 31, 2013 until December 2015. He served as an Executive Director of MacDermid Incorporated since 1989. Mr. Leever attended Undergraduate school at Kansas State University and the Graduate school at the University of New Haven School.

Andy Littman, Club Counsel

Andy Littman, Club Counsel

Andy has 30 plus years of successful legal experience, including representing SSCV for more than a decade. He has won victories at the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals levels and has established a number of new legal precedents under Colorado law. His family has been actively involved with SSCV for almost two decades, including his daughter, Julia, skiing for the US Ski Team. Andy and his wife, Tina Nielsen, are longtime members of the Streeter Group, a 30 plus year group dedicated to supporting SSCV’s athletes. Andy has also tirelessly promoted involvement of underprivileged and minority members of the Eagle County community in Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, including currently serving on the Club’s Scholarship Committee and heading up SSCV’s diversity initiative. Andy and his firm continue to provide ongoing pro bono legal services to SSCV, serving the Club in a multitude of areas. Finally, the Littman/Nielsen family have been members of the Vail community for more than 30 years. On any given day, you’ll almost always find at least one of them out on the mountain.

Kaia Moritz, Board of Trustees Secretary

Kaia Moritz, Board of Trustees Secretary

Kaia is an alumna of SSCV and married to alum, Misha. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, where she skied for the Big Green Ski Team before returning to Colorado. She worked for several years as a financial analyst at Founders Asset Management in Denver, before receiving an M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business in 1999. She worked at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant and then at Borgen Invesment Group as an analyst.

Kaia and Misha have four daughters, two of whom are enthusiastic members of SSCV.  In the community, she is a trustee at Vail Mountain School and sits on the board of The Borgen Family Foundation.

Eric Resnick, Board of Trustees Member

Eric Resnick, Board of Trustees Member

Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (http://www.kslcapital.com), a $7 billion private equity fund with extensive experience in the ownership and active management of hotel, resort and leisure properties. He is actively involved in managing the fund’s business including fundraising, acquisitions, and asset management.

Prior to KSL Capital Partners, he co-founded and was chief financial officer of KSL Resorts, a resort management company that managed Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort and Club, La Costa Resort and Spa, and the Hotel del Coronado. Prior to forming KSL Resorts, he was Chief Financial Officer of a predecessor company, KSL Recreation, an investment and operating company partnered with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), joining the company in 2001. From 1996 to January 2001 he was a senior executive with Vail Resorts, where he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, and Treasurer. Prior to Vail, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSSA) and is Vice President of the Board of the USSSA Foundation. He is also a board member of the Vail Valley Foundation and Vail Mountain School. He is a former board member of the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and former founding board member of Rocketship, a nonprofit charter school operator. Eric is also a member of the board of directors of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., and is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the University Council of Cornell University. Mr. Resnick holds a B.A. with distinction in mathematics and economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University.

Mr. Resnick is married with three children and resides in Vail and Denver, Colorado.

Tye Stockton, Board of Trustees Member

Tye Stockton, Board of Trustees Member

In 1991, Tye Stockton, a former equity options trader on Wall Street for Bear Stearns, decided to trade his financial career for a new life in Vail; a place he had grown to love during his many trips to the Rocky Mountains. With his new “local” status, Tye quickly embraced the Colorado lifestyle and, in his free time, became an avid telemark skier, fly fisherman, mountain biker/hiker.

As the son of a general contractor in his native, Tallahassee, Florida, Tye soon found himself naturally driven toward the world of real estate. For over ten years, he managed commercial properties in the Vail Valley, including the Vail Professional Building and Cascade Crossings Center, In 2006, Tye brokered the sale of both buildings to the Vail Resorts Development Company, who now has the site slated for the proposed Ever Vail project. Among the sea of local realtors, Tye stands out not only as a dedicated professional, but as someone who engages with people and makes the business of real estate enjoyable, informative and effortless for his clients. With nearly $1 billion in real estate sales between 2005-2015, and recognition as the #1 producing broker in Vail for six (6) straight years, Tye has proven himself as a true market leader and local real estate professional. Tye has been a consistent guest panelist for Sotheby’s International Realty at its Global Network events, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s on the topic of luxury real estate. He currently represents the Vail Resorts Development Company as the lead listing agent for the new Ritz Carlton Residences-Vail, and has the additional privilege of representing approximately $175 million of privately-owned, luxury, real estate properties in the Vail Valley.

He met his wife, Brielle, in Vail in 1997 and they were married on Jekyll Island, GA, in 2001. They have two boys, Zachary and Ryan. Ryan is currently a SSCV Freestyle Mogul athlete.

Lindsey Vonn, Board of Trustees Member

Lindsey Vonn, Board of Trustees Member

Known as the most successful female ski racer in American history - and quickly gaining on “all time” status - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured a U.S. record 59 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.

Vonn commuted to Vail for a couple of years before the Kildow family moved to Vail in the late Nineties. En route to the World Cup, she excelled at every level – Junior Olympics, Trofeo Topolino, Whistler Cup (kids 11-14), Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup.

Todd Wallis, Board of Trustees Member

Todd Wallis, Board of Trustees Member

Todd and his family moved from the Silicon Valley to Vail in 2012.  Before moving to Vail, Todd was a Senior Vice President of worldwide sales at a Denver-based software company and previously held management positions at Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T.  In 2014, he co-founded the Vail Centre, a nonprofit learning organization focused on higher education for mid-career professionals. 

Todd holds multiple degrees including a Master’s in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.  He was also a 10-year adjunct professor (GGU) and is a private pilot.

Todd strives to be out on the Vail Valley trails running, skiing, hiking or mountain biking.  He and his wife Cynthia can also be found cheering on their VSSA/SSCV son who competes in park & pipe or supporting their young daughter who is an aspiring dancer.