Board of Trustees
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy Board of Trustees oversees both Sugar Bowl Academy and the Sugar Bowl Ski Team. The Board of Trustees reflects the Foundation's mission and vision, drawing its expertise from many areas. Members are passionate skiers from the fields of education, law, finance, and the service professions.
The role of the Board of Trustees is to ensure that the Foundation's mission is appropriately carried out through the Academy and Ski Team programs. The Board tracks and monitors the Foundation's progress toward fulfilling its mission, plans for its future, and ensures that the Foundation has financial and leadership resources to achieve its strategic vision. Board members do not serve to represent particular constituencies, nor does the Board have any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the School.
2016-2017 SBSTA Board of Trustees
Greg is President and CEO of Sugar Bowl Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country and the Village at Sugar Bowl. He was previously COO of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain Ski Areas. Greg is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds a degree in engineering. He spent 7 years on active duty in the space program operating and procuring satellites and launch systems. Greg transitioned to civilian life by obtaining an MBA from the University of California, Irvine with an emphasis in technology and computer science. After working for several years as a technology consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, he joined Mammoth in 2001 and was appointed to the executive team in 2002. Greg is a native Southern Californian and has spent his entire life playing on the granite peaks of the Sierra. He and his wife Petra are avid backcountry enthusiasts who are working diligently to pass their passion for the outdoors onto their two children Stella and Dominic.
Brendan is currently a Partner at Lazard Freres & Co. in San Francisco where he lives with his family. Brendan received his MBA from NYU and his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut. Brendan and his wife Katelyn have two children on the ski team, Emma and Julian. The Dyson's are an active downhill and cross country skier family, including Brendan who participates in the Sugar Bowl Masters race program. Brendan is the Treasurer of the SBSTF and chair of the SBSTA Finance Committee.
Jim is the co-founder and managing principal of Ellis Partners, a commercial real estate development and investment firm. Ellis Partners is a privately-owned firm founded in 1993 in San Francisco. Working with a small group of long-standing private and institutional partners, the firm has successfully acquired and developed assets valued at over $2.5 billion. Drawing upon the decades of experience of its principals and the skill sets of the Ellis Partners team, the company has been able to identify value-adding opportunities for development and re-development/repositioning in diverse property types including high-rise office, suburban office, urban infill retail, shopping centers, industrial, manufacturing and R&D/flex and mixed-use product types. The company has also acquired distressed debt and can provide creative financing solutions including preferred equity and mezzanine debt financing. Since its inception, Ellis Partners has consistently delivered innovative and high-quality projects for tenants and local communities while delivering sustained top-tier performance and returns for its investor partners.
Jim is passionate about the mission of his firm and its role and reputation in the real estate industry. He was exposed to the business at an early age and under the mentorship of his father, partner and co-founder Harold A. Ellis Jr. Jim has gained a reputation for strong leadership, successful negotiation skills and a high standard of conduct. Prior to starting Ellis Partners LLC in March of 1993, Jim was a Director of Acquisitions at The Koll Company, a commercial real estate investment and development firm.
Stacey Herhusky is a partner with Incline Law Group, LLP., practicing law in both California and Nevada. Stacey is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Whittier School of Law. She is passionate about education as well as junior development in both alpine and nordic skiing. Her husband, Mark, grew up racing in Squaw Valley and was a member of the U.S. Speed Skiing Team. Stacey has lived in the Tahoe area for over 20 years. Mark and Stacey are the parents of two boys who both share their passion for ski racing. Their oldest son, Brandon, is a current student at the Academy on the nordic team. Their youngest son, Ryan is a U12 Far West racer currently racing for Mark’s “alma mater”, Squaw Valley. Stacey also serves as a director of the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association and is on Auburn Ski Club’s organization committee for USSA Junior Nationals 2015.
John Horsch is an education technology professional with 20 years of experience working in K-12. He co-founded Be Amazing Learning, a firm that provided remote tutoring in foundational cognitive skills to students across the country. Prior to that, he was the Director of Customer Operations for Scientific Learning, an Oakland-based educational software company,, and consulted with technology companies on operations and logistics. He has a BA in English from UC Berkeley, and is an avid sailor, having competed in the 1996 Olympic Sailing Team Trials
Jim Kelly is living the dream of having a family of skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. His sons are racers in U12 and U14, both entering their seventh year as ski team participants. Jim is the co-founder of the San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Clinic where he practices orthopedic surgery as a shoulder and elbow specialist. Jim studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester and Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He then served the US Navy as a Flight Surgeon, caring for US Marines in F-18 squadrons on the West Coast and in the Western Pacific. After service with the Navy, he completed surgical training, and then moved to San Francisco where he now resides with his wife Karen and sons, James and Jiro
Kate grew up outside of Boston and ski raced in New Hampshire before attending Stratton Mountain School in Vermont. Following graduation in 1991, Kate spent 7 years with the U.S. Ski Team before going on to the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a degree in communication. She was a member of two National Championship teams and was a two time All-American. Since graduating from CU, Boulder, Kate has worked in corporate partnership marketing and development. She now lives with her husband Yaz and three kids in San Anselmo and they all race on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team.
Perry Norris is Executive Director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. The Land Trust has protected over 35,000 acres in the region including the Royal Gorge property it owns and leases to Sugar Bowl to run the Nordic skiing. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Perry was chief operating officer at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. His other previous posts include deputy director at the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and headmaster at Cedar Smoke School. The Sierra Business Council awarded Perry its Vision 20/20 Award "for his achievement in building one of the most effective land trusts in California." A graduate of Bennington College, Perry is married to Seana Doherty and has two children, Louis and Lacey. Louis is a sophomore at Sugar Bowl Academy. Perry enjoys backcountry skiing, mountaineering and cooking.
Graeme earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and an MBA at UC Berkeley. He is now a Partner of Compass Point Capital and a deal maker for Woodbridge International, both of which are mergers and acquisitions firms focused on small to medium size business acquisitions. Before joining the Sugar Bowl Board of Trustees he served on the board for Friends of the River. All of the Plants are avid skiers. Graeme can often be found in the Disney line at 8:45am on a powder day. His wife Debra grew up ski racing at Yosemite National Park and then Squaw Valley. His daughter Meredith raced for Sugar Bowl for ten years and then for UC Davis. His son Riley joined the Sugar Bowl team as a five year old and graduated in 2013 from the Sugar Bowl Academy. He will race on the Middlebury College NCAA ski team starting in 2014.
Born and raised in the bay area until the age of 12 when his family moved to Tahoe to be closer to the sport they loved. Looking to make the most of his talent in ski racing, Daron went to a ski academy in Vermont, the Green Mountain Valley School. Named to the USST at age 19 he went on to accomplish a career in ski racing as the most successful US male DH and SG skier in history with 12 World Cup wins, a World Championship SG gold, DH silver and GS bronze medal, 28 World Cup podiums, 4 Olympic Teams and Hahnenkamm DH & SG wins in Kitzbuhel, Austria. After retiring from ski racing in 2006, he went onto compete in ski cross and won 2008 X-Games gold. From there he represented the USA at the Olympics debuting a new Olympic ski discipline, Ski Cross. From 2000 till now Daron has been the Sugar Bowl Resort Ambassador spreading the word of the resort and Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy. The reason he joined Sugar Bowl was for the laid back genuine ski experience, training opportunities while racing, the amazing in bounds terrain, back country access just beyond the resort boundary line and to share his experience with a developing SBSTA. 15 years on the US Ski Team, US Ski Hall of Fame class of 2010,ski and snowboard event promoter for the Rahlves Banzai Tour and Tahoe Junior Freeride Series, big mountain film athlete in numerous Warren Miller, MSP, TGR films, professional ski athlete endorsing brands and developing new products, mentor to USST World Cup athletes and ski youth, corporate appearances, narrated ski documentary film on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, Austria STREIF One Hell of a Ride He finds time to enjoy life with his wife Michelle and two kids Miley and Dreyson who started on the SBST at 4 years old. His favorite off piste run is the Silver Belt Gully and for a groomer Rahlves Run of course. When not skiing or working on winter business hes riding his dirtbike, mountain bike, SUP, surfing, hiking, camping, and playing with the family huskies and enjoying beer and food at the Belt Room.
Steve is a start-up executive with a track record of driving all aspects of operational excellence and scalability in Silicon Valley. He joined IronPort Systems Inc., the world's leading e-mail and web security products and services provider, as Vice President of Operations in 2001. Prior to to IronPort, he served as COO at MicroTech Systems for 11 years. Steve holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts. In his time on the Sugar Bowl SKi Team & Academy Board, Steve has served as an interim Chief Operating Officer, the Annual Fund chair, and he now serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.
Christine Schadlich, Treasurer
Chris Schadlich has been a Sugar Bowl Ski Team parent since 2000, when her daughter started in the program as a mighty-mite and her son went to Sugar Bears. Her daughter Daisy spent 3.5 years at SBA and graduated in 2014, and her son Peter is currently a junior at SBA, so her experience and involvement with SBSTA has been extensive. Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, and she currently serves as the Treasurer. The Schadlich’s home base is Healdsburg, a rural town on the Russian River in Sonoma County. Chris's professional life has been focused on institutional real estate for the past 30 years, primarily based in San Francisco.
Matt Service started his career as a management consultant and now works with early stage technology companies. Matt is currently COO & CFO of Tapjoy, a mobile marketing and technology company based in San Francisco and has a BA in Business Economics from UCLA. During the winter, Matt and his family spent as much time as possible on the slopes at Sugar Bowl and his two daughters ski and race on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team
Steve Shray, Chair
As an athletic late bloomer, Steve has become a passionate and committed Telemark, Nordic and backcountry skier. In the off season he cycles, swims and runs so he can keep up with his wife, Wendy on snow. Steve was shamed into Telemark skiing by Wendy who has been skiing since she was 4. Their children Julia and Aaron now 18 and 14 joined Ski team at ages 5 and 4 respectively. Both are Academy kids. The family is all in at SBSTA. In his time on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy Board, Steve has served as an interim Chief Operating Officer, the Annual Fund chair, Chair of the Audit and Outreach Committees and now as Board Chair. Steve holds and MBA from Harvard and a BS in Engineering from University of Massachusetts. Steve has held various Senior Operations positions in tech firms in Silicon Valley over his 35 year professional career
Brent Talbott is a Sugar Bowl Academy alumni, and a recent graduate from Bates College. At Bates College, Brent continued his ski racing career, becoming the captain of the Varsity Alpine Ski Team. While not skiing or studying, Brent worked as the Business Manager of the Bates Student Newspaper, and as Student Body President. Upon graduation, Brent was named to the Bates College Key, a select group of seniors elected to the Key by virtue of their leadership in academic and extra-curricular work. Brent is currently working as a Financial Adviser in Boston, Massachusetts.
Susan Tunnell is a former business & technology lawyer who hails from Montreal, Quebec. She was an associate attorney at large firms in Boston and San Francisco, and subsequently worked in business development at startup technology companies. Her most recent position was as a Career Counselor at UC Hastings College of the Law, developing job opportunities for graduating students in commercial and nonprofit settings. Sue currently serves as a trustee on the boards of Summer Search San Francisco and Legal Services for Children, and has three girls who have all participated on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team.