Located at Lake Tahoe, California, Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers. It's a world-class ski academy for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride athletes.

We're dedicated to the dedicated.

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 Organization's mission and vision, drawing its expertise from many areas. Members are passionate skiers from the fields of education, law, finance, business and the service professions.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to ensure that the Organization's mission is appropriately carried out through the Academy and Ski Team programs.

The Board tracks and monitors the Organization's progress toward fulfilling its mission, plans for its future, and ensures that the Organization 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 Academy or Ski Team.

If you're interested in participating on the Board of Trustees, contact Stacey Herhusky and download the application

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Jim is the co-founder and managing principal of Ellis Partners, a commercial real estate development and investment firm. Jim was an active member for 10 years with the Guardsmen, a men's philanthropic club in San Francisco that through member volunteer time and resources, raises money to send under-privileged inner city youth to summer camp. He is also involved in supporting the Emeryville Art Exhibition, City of Hope and the Urban Land Institute Foundation as a ULI Governor.

Jim was born and raised in Piedmont, California. After living in San Francisco for 10 years, he moved back to this city in 1999. In that same year, he married his wife Melissa. They have two children, Morgan (15) and Braydon (13). Jim and Missy are deeply involved in the Piedmont community and actively support many charitable causes as well as their local public schools. Jim’s interests/hobbies include alpine and nordic skiing, biking, hiking and fishing. He also has great interest in modern architecture, photographic art, western U.S. history, modern and classic cars, sports car racing and antique boats.


Jeff Hamilton graduated from St Mary’s College and promptly put his English degree to good use on the world speed skiing tour. For ten years, he competed, winning the Bronze Medal in the 1992 Albertville Olympics, setting a World Record in 1995 as the first person to ski 150mph, and winning the title of World Champion in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He still rents the infamous record of World Fastest Crash at 151 mph.  Jeff has since traded his 240 cm skis for Nordic skis to tour trails with his daughters, both of whom attend Sugar Bowl Academy. Jeff is the Managing Broker of Sierra Sotheby’s International Real Estate. For fun he skis, cycles, travels with his wife and girls, and serves on the SBSTA Board, Aburn Ski Club Board and the Lands Committee for the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

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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 25 years. Mark and Stacey are the parents of two boys who both share their passion for ski racing. Their oldest son, Brandon, is a 2016 graduate of the Academy on the nordic team currently racing for the University of Alaska. Their youngest son, Ryan is a U16 alpine racer and is a freshman at the Academy. Stacey also served as a director for the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association for seven years, serving as President in 2016 and served on Auburn Ski Club’s organizational committee for USSA Junior Nationals 2015. 

Born and raised on the east coast, Chris and his wife Amy moved west in the 90’s and have been seeking adventure since. All forms of skiing, cycling, and hiking occupy the family, and both King kids have been on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team since they were each in kindergarten – now his daughter is a junior at SBA. After 20 years in the Bay Area, the King family moved to Donner Summit full time, seizing the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community year-round. Professionally, Chris is a recovering marketing executive and currently advises start-ups – he still enjoys the process of helping tech companies and products grow from nothing to something. Chris also serves on the board of the Sierra Avalanche Center – another outlet for his dual passions of mountain winters and education.


Riley was a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy for 14 years - he started as a five-year-old mighty mite, enrolled at the Academy for high school, and spent a post-graduate year racing for SBSTA before college. From there, skiing took him to Vermont, where he earned a BS in Economics from Middlebury College while qualifying for three NCAA Championships and serving as Middlebury's two-time Alpine Ski Team Captain.

 During his college summers, Riley worked, traveled, and found a new passion in surfing, all of which prompted his move to San Diego after graduating. He now works as an investment analyst at JMI Equity, a software-focused private equity firm. Most mornings, he can be found catching waves in La Jolla or taking laps on Disney Express. Riley is proud to call Sugar Bowl his home and delighted to remain involved in SBSTA long-term

Daron was born and raised in the San Francisco 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 attended the Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy in Vermont. Named to the U.S. Ski Team at age 19, Daron went on to an accomplished career as the most successful U.S. male Downhill and Super-G skier in history with 12 World Cup wins, a World Championship Super-G gold, Downhill silver and Giant Slalom bronze medal, 28 World Cup podiums, 4 Olympic Teams and Hahnenkamm Downhill and Super-G wins in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

After retiring from ski racing in 2006, Daron went on to compete in Ski Cross and won 2008 X-Games gold. He represented the USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics, debuting this new Olympic ski discipline. From 2000 until now, Daron has been the Sugar Bowl Resort Ambassador, spreading the word of the resort and Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy.

Daron finds time to enjoy life with his wife, Michelle, and two kids, Miley and Dreyson, who started on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team 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, he’s riding his dirtbike, mountain bike, SUP, surfing, hiking, camping, playing with the family huskies and enjoying beer and food at the Belt Room.

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Cheryl Schrady grew up in Hawaii where competitive gymnastics occupied most of her waking hours.  She continued her gymnastics career on an athletic scholarship at Stanford University.  From Stanford, Cheryl attended the University of Southern California earning a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration.  Back in the Bay Area, Cheryl focused on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and securities law advising start-up and mature corporations (both for-profit and non-profit) as well as financial entities and funds.  After fine tuning her legal skills, Cheryl was recruited to support the legal functions in several hi-tech companies.  The Schrady family moved to Truckee, California in 2011 and has been a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team family ever since. 


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

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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 19 and 15 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.

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Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of sports and and family. He received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado.  A former alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is a 2nd degree black belt, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete. Dr. Taylor is the author of 14 books and the lead editor of three textbooks, has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 1000 workshops and presentations throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.


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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.

Brad Weaver, Ed.D, is Head of School at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, CA. Brad holds a doctorate of educational administration from Boston College, a master of arts in curriculum and instruction in the natural sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor of arts in English and music performance from Wake Forest University. He studied classical guitar at the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music and holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership and cultural studies from the University of Houston. Brad has participated in numerous school accreditation and program evaluations, working with the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Association of Independent Schools in New England, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Houston Independent School District. Brad has published numerous children’s nonfiction books, along with coauthor and spouse Jeanne Wallace-Weaver, written professional guides and articles, and presented at educators’ conferences. Brad enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and hiking and spending time in the outdoors with his wife Jeanne and their two children, Benjamin and Isabella, who attend Sonoma Academy and SCDS, respectively. Brad and Jeanne have lived and traveled extensively overseas.

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