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.

Our faculty, coaches and staff are arguably some of the finest in the country. We're committed to retaining and attracting the highest caliber people since we know that a ski academy is only as good as its people.



Raised in the Sierra's, Brandy returns to Truckee after her successful pursuit of a degree in Athletic Training in Arizona. Prior to that, Brandy coached at the U14 and U16 levels with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail helping SSCV win USSA Alpine Club of the Year in 2014 and 2015. She started her career working with and coaching athletes right here on Donner Summit as a coach at SBSTA. 

Her role of High Performance Coordinator will help us maximize our partnership with USSA as a designated USSA High Performance Center. She will be essential as we bolster our athletic program across all of our performance modules including: athlete performance, strength and conditioning, nutrition, mental training and medical. She will work as a point of contact between USSA and the staff who lead each of those modules at SBSTA. 

As a former ski racer herself, Brandy raced at the Nor-Am level and travelled extensively in Europe with Fritz Vallant and Wolfgang Frandl, both well-known for their coaching exploits in Austria as World Cup coaches with the OSV. As both an athlete and a coach, Brandy brings unique experience to her multiple roles, but it's her ability to combine a fierce pursuit of excellence with a fun and easy-going nature that makes her a perfect fit for our community. Send Brandy an email at bbarna@sbacademy.org

A four-year alpine team member at Northern Michigan, Andrew graduated with a degree in Sport Science in 2012. He also served as president of the ski team and attended USCSA Nationals in both 2011 and 2012. Immediately after graduation, Andrew began work at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, first as a human performance intern in 2012, as a U16 coach from 2012-17 and as a U19 Men’s Coach last season. 

The experience Andrew brings to the table as a former collegiate athlete and as ski coach at one of the top ski clubs in the world would have been enough to know that he is ready to lead a group of U16 young men. However, combined with overwhelming endorsements from Scott Houser, Brandy Barna and SSCV COO John Hale, it’s clear that his impact on our program will be significant and immediate.


Nick comes to us from China Peak, where he was most recently Director of Marketing for the resort after a very long and successful career in ski racing. Nick grew up skiing right here in Tahoe chasing his dream to ski at the World Cup level. He attended the University of Utah where he was a two time All-American and a team captain from 2010-2012. After his time at the U, Nick pursued his World Cup dreams with increased focus and intensity skiing with two private teams in Colorado culminating in a start at the Soelden World Cup opener in 2015. 

Nick continues to be a fitness enthusiast and is an avid mountain biker looking forward to settling back in Tahoe. His passion and unique experience both in and out of the sport make him a great leader for the group of young men at SBA chasing their own ski racing dreams. 


Craig started skiing for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team when he was six.  He skied for Sugar Bowl till the age of 13 when he moved to Canada for high school. After returning to Tahoe to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, he returned to Sugar Bowl to start his coaching career.  He has moved from mighty mites through the age groups where he has found a home as the U14 Head Coach.  As well as his coaching duties, Craig is heavily involved with Residential Life as the Head Residential Life Staff.  He spends his summers ski coaching and rowing a raft on the Rogue River in Oregon. Send Craig an email at ccombs@sbacademy.org.

Sarah joined the Sugar Bowl Academy community from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Utah Ski Team. She earned a B.S. in Kinesiology with the Athletic Training option from California State University, Fresno in 2007 and an M.S. in Sport Psychology from the University of Utah in 2009. She has been nationally certified as an athletic trainer since 2007. Sarah enjoys working with children and adults of all ages to prevent, treat and rehabilitate sports related injuries. Send Sarah an email at sgley@sbacademy.org.


Eric Harlow, former USSA Eastern Region Development Director, joins the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) in a new role as the Director of Alpine Programs. Harlow joins SBSTA with an extensive background in alpine ski racing having worked for several programs around the country. Harlow grew up in New Hampshire playing baseball, golfing, and skiing before focusing full-time on ski racing at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Recently married, he and his wife Catherine are looking forward to getting acquainted with the Lake Tahoe area. Send Eric an email at eharlow@sbacademy.org.

Brett grew up outside of Seattle in a town now named Sammamish. He spent his weekends as a child skiing at Alpental in Washington state. Brett comes to us most recently from Sun Valley, Idaho where he has been coaching athletes of all ages for the past 10 seasons. He has spent the last three years working closely with the Western Region as a NorAm and RTG camp/project coach. Whenever Brett’s not coaching you can find him exploring bike trails across the Western US. Send Brett an email at bjacobson@sbacademy.org.

This may sound like hyperbole, but after over 20 years in ski racing, I can assure you that it isn’t. If you asked experienced coaches across the country to make lists of the best coaches in the US, most of those lists would include Brad Saxe. His experience coaching at the club level, all the way up to the World Cup and everywhere in between is marked with plenty of success along the way. He has been responsible for moving athletes from the USST Europa Cup team to the World Cup team, from both the Western Region Team and the club to the USST.

Of additional value to a program like ours is Brad’s ability to mentor our younger staff while also acting as a sounding board from even our most experienced. He will make a significant impact on our program at every level. By teaming Nick and Brad together, we have formed a staff that will challenge and support the U19 men’s group as they move through the year.


Growing up in the midwest you learn to embrace harsh winters. Most in Minnesota find an ice rink, I found Buck Hill Ski Area. The desire to go fast soon turned into a career in ski racing. From 2009-2013 I raced as a member of the United States Ski Team. Through my career I became fascinated by human physiology and human development through physical training. I quickly made a career for myself in fitness industry. In the process of becoming a fitness professional I still had a competitive desire and soon made a name for myself competing in CrossFit. I love what I do, I practice what I preach.

Athlete: Top 100 World Rank Alpine Ski Racing from 2012-2013/ US Ski Team Member 2010-2013 & CrossFit Games Athlete 2016.

Corrective Exercise Specialist: Specialist for Finish Line Wellness, identifying faulty movement mechanics in the human physiology and correcting them through proper neurologic muscular activation exercise programmed uniquely for each patient.

Personal Trainer: Focus on athletic development for youth, high school, collegiate, and semi professional athletes. In addition program development and group fitness coaching through CrossFit.

Coach: Ski racing- Using my past experience to generate stronger, more skilled, and mentally prepared individuals.

Send Matt an email at mstrand@sbacademy.org.


Gladys is originally from Duluth, MN and started her skiing career at Spirit Mountain before heading out to Colorado and joining the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in high school. She then went to the University of New Mexico and was a part of the Lobo NCAA ski team, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. After college Gladys moved back to Colorado before heading out west to Sugar Bowl! She spends her summers skiing in Whistler and surfing in Mexico. Gladys enjoys running, loves lifetime movies, but above all lives for boating on the lake. Her most favorite moments in life are when SBA athletes are charging hard and ripping turns and the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Gladys hopes to instill the love and passion of skiing that she has within the SBA athletes and is excited to be a part of such an incredible community. Send Gladys an email at gweidt@sbst.org.


Sarah is a native of Cody, Wyoming, where she grew up hiking, riding horses and alpine skiing in the rugged Absoroka Mountains. She was a standout track athlete in high school and continued to shine at Bates College, where she set five school records on her way to three NCAA All-American performances. After Bates, she turned her attention to nordic skiing and rapidly worked her way to multiple top 10 finishes at USSA Cross-Country National Championships. Her ski career took her across North America and Europe before she focused on art work and mindfulness while living in northern Maine.

Her coaching experience includes stints as the nordic assistant coach at Bowdoin College, the founding coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle Ski Team, and U14 Coach at the Jackson Hole Ski Club. Sarah is a registered yoga and yoga nidra instructor and specializes in mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

When she's not at SBA, she's probably at the lakeside or on Donner Summit with her daughter Aesklyn and husband Will Sweetser. Send Sarah an email at sdominick@sbacademy.org


Will is a native of Auburn, Maine, and most recently spent 15 years at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou, Maine as the Community Development Director, Head Cross-Country Coach and Director of Competition. Prior to that he served as the head coach for the Gap Year Program at Mountain Lakes Nordic. He has also coached at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Bates College, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the Auburn Middle School. He has worked as trip leader for the NENSA Junior National Team on three occasions, served as wax technician for both the US Ski Team and the US Biathlon Team, and personally coached five athletes to Olympic Winter Games teams. 

Will graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in English and Creative Writing and is a past Maine State Arts Fellow in Fiction. He spends most of his time off campus with his daughter Aesklyn, his wife Sarah Dominick, and their two springer spaniels, Castor and Pollux. He hopes to find enough time each week to write again. Send Will an email at wsweetser@sbacademy.org.

Entering his third year with SBA, Geordie doesn’t need much of an introduction. In 2016-17, Geordie worked as a winter-term, full-time coach with the U16 group and this past season, he coached with the U19 Men. Along the way, Geordie has spent time with some of our best and has also proven to be able to successfully adjust his approach to both the level and the gender of the athlete. He’s been to multiple NPS Projects and to U16 Nationals as a coach with the Western Region, where he’s built strong relationships with the USSA staff. Gladys and I are excited to see how Geordie’s experience and engaging personality will impact the U16 women’s group which returns 3 athletes who qualified for 2018 U16 Nationals.

Sean Carey grew up skiing at Bogus Basin in Idaho. He moved to Tahoe to pursue competitive freestyle skiing. He coached for Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy early in his career before moving to Squaw to coach for Squaw Free. We are excited to have Sean Carey back with SBSTA directing our Freeride programs! Send Sean an email at scarey@sbacademy.org.

Tav rejoins us after a hiatus of a couple of years. His energy and enthusiasm are boundless, and his knowledge of the region is broadening our training venues already. Tav has coached at the elementary, middle school, junior and NCAA levels. As an athlete, Tav competed at the NCAA (UNR) and national level for several years. He remains an avid masters' racer.  He holds a graduate degree in Physical Therapy and did his post-grad work with Exos--one of the world's foremost athlete performance companies. Tav is focusing on providing the best possible framework for our athletes' physiological development.

Lenka competed for the Czech Republic as a junior, attending both the FIS World University Games and the FIS World Junior Championships, before coming to America to ski for the Colorado University Buffs. While at CU, she earned a silver medal at the NCAA Championships. Lenka has coached at Boulder Junior Nordic, the Auburn Ski Club, and Auburn Ski Club Biathlon. She is now in her 10th year of coaching, and is excited to join the Sugar Bowl Academy staff. Lenka will focus on technical and tactical development for our athletes.

Randy comes to us after more than a decade on the FIS World Cup as the Director of Ski Service for the U.S. Ski Team. He has waxed dozens of pairs of medal winning skis for Kikkan Randall, Noah Hoffman, Liz Stephens and others. He attended the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi with the U.S. squad and most recently served as Head of Ski Service for the Australian National Nordic Team at the 2018 PyeongChang games. Randy will attend part of our early season FIS trip, US Nationals and the Super JNQ with the team. He is focused on helping our squad create an effective and competitive understanding of ski service and ski care.



Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nate grew up skiing, and exploring the outdoors of the Northeast. At Union College, he received a BS in physics, and minor in astrophysics. For the past two years, he has taught physics at The Churchill School in New York. Nate has spent most of his summers in the woods of New Hampshire, at the Y’s Camp Takodah, where he has served as an instructor for outdoor education programs, worked with leaders in training, and helped develop the new North Camp program. He is excited to be working at SBA, where he can share his love of science of skiing with like-minded people. Send Nate an email at ncalabro@sbacademy.org.


Genny is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she indulged her passion for literature and earned her BA in English. From there she moved west, first to acquire a MA in secondary education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then to pursue her career in the Vail Valley. She enjoyed 12 years of teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies for Eagle County Schools before relocating with her family to the Tahoe region. Most recently, she served as a middle school Humanities teacher and crew leader at the Tahoe Expedition Academy here in Truckee. Between parenting her two children and continuing her own education, she devotes her time to telemark skiing, road and mountain biking, and reading as much as is humanly possible. Send Genny an email at gcoffey@sbacademy.org.


Alexis Cooper currently teaches our 6th and 7th grade winter term student-athletes. Alexis graduated from Chico State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, and continued on with an intensive teacher training program to receive her credential. She received her certification for Differentiation and Gifted and Talented Education from California State Fullerton. She has been teaching various grade levels from kindergarten through 8th grade since 1990. Alexis has two children who have grown up skiing at Sugar Bowl and now attend the Academy. When Alexis is not teaching, you may find her out on the ski hill, on her horse or surfing. Send Alexis an email at acooper@sbacademy.org.


I grew up in Massachusetts in a small city north of Boston called Woburn. Seeking the best athletic experience--being in New England that meant hockey--and the best academic experience available, I went to the Belmont Hill School, an independent school that produces Olympians and thought leaders. By the end of my time at Belmont Hill, my hockey career was ending, but I was excited about the idea of playing lacrosse at Division III powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan University. An injury ended my collegiate career before it began, and I staunched the wound by redoubling my efforts in the classroom. I was learning to appreciate the twists and turns that make life rich and rewarding.

I was eager to return to New England for graduate school and attended Boston University. There, I met the love of my life while playing summer evening intramural softball for the English department in a league hosted by the BU athletic department. While studying on Commonwealth Ave, I also reignited my competitive fires on the BU cycling team. I raced on the road in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference and as a category 3 USCF racer while pursuing my PhD, teaching survey courses in the English department at BU, earning writing and teaching fellowships in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies, and working at Upward Bound and The Steppingstone Foundation, organizations that help underrepresented populations in the city of Boston access higher ed. I knew a return to the independent school world was inevitable and left BU for a full time teaching position after completing my oral exams thinking that I would finish the PhD on nights, weekends, and summer breaks. Life has taken me elsewhere.

I married Emily Dolan in Rochester, NY the July before we both began teaching English at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. While coaching sometimes as many as 3 varsity sports and running a dorm of 50 freshman and sophomore boys, I rose through the ranks at Canterbury to the level of department chair and served on various committees including a strategic planning committee on faculty life, a 21st century skills committee, and a committee I founded and led on global education. Our time at Canterbury was busy and fulfilling. In 2012, we were awarded the Duffy Family Travel grant which funded a trip to Athens, Delphi, the Peloponnese, and Crete and gave us the opportunity to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in Nafplio a world away from the chairlift at Killington where I proposed to her! We made lifelong friends and left in 2015 with two children who were born in New Milford, Buzz (9) and Jane (7), a rescue dog, and two rescue cats.

I have enjoyed three lovely years at Miss Porter’s School, which have opened up new and unexpected paths to leadership culminating in the exciting opportunity I am embarking on this summer as I join the SBA community. In my time at Porter’s, I developed a nationally recognized faculty growth program, which I presented on at the 2016 National Association of Independent Schools annual conference and have led innovative initiatives in experiential learning in the work I have done directing the senior January term team. This winter, I placed

seniors in internships in New York and Washington, D.C. including places like the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at NYU, Tiger Foundation, the National Organization for Women, the Veteran’s Administration, and the White House to name a few. In 2016, Emily and I were recognized with the Craven’s Family Travel grant, which funded summer travel to Stockholm, Prague, Budapest, and Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia. At Porter’s, I have made countless memories and, to be sure, have derived the most satisfaction from my work with the students. In 2017, Emily and I were honored to receive the yearbook dedication in just our second year on the faculty. I have little doubt that when I look back on my career, I will view this as one of my most rewarding achievements.


Seth came to Sugar Bowl after years of developing his love for mentorship and teaching. He attended UC Santa Cruz to earn his Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Math Education. During his time there he also attended Feather River College to develop skills in outdoor leadership. After graduation, he took a year off to be a ski bum and cook in Alta, UT and gained a love of skiing. Then he became a teacher and coach at New River Academy, a high school that travels around the world with a focus on cultural immersion and whitewater kayaking. With years of mentoring and leadership in the classroom, on rivers, in other countries, Seth arrived to Sugar Bowl Academy with a set of skills tailor made for the community here on Donner Summit. He still loves kayaking, skiing, math, and mentorship and puts this passion into everyday at SBA. Send Seth an email at sdow@sbacademy.org.


Andy holds a BS in Biology from SUNY Buffalo and an MS in Zoology from Washington State University where he studied evolutionary dynamics in salamander populations. Arriving to SBA in 2006, Andy teaches Biology, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and Digital Photography. He asks students to “think like a scientist” by developing their confidence and independence. His focus in the classroom is to develop big picture scientific thinking through questioning, experimentation and inquiry. In addition to classroom teaching, Andy chairs the science department, is a member of the Residential Life staff, a co-chair of the XeD committee and SBA’s resident photographer. Andy also serves as the Board President of Headwaters Science Institute: a non-profit devoted to providing excellent science instruction to students and teachers. Andy lives in Truckee with his wife Kristen, daughter Izzy, and their three dogs. He loves backpacking, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking, high alpine lakes and is a passionate outdoor photographer. Andy's photography can be viewed at http://andygiordano.photoshelter.com. Send Andy an email at agiordano@sbacademy.org.


As a Truckee-native, Jenny has an innate love for the outdoors, whether it be rock climbing, skiing, long-distance running or backpacking with her husband and three young children. She and her family have traveled all over the world and lived in Europe for the last number of years. With a B.A. in math and a Ph.D. in physics, she has always gravitated toward math and science disciplines. She has performed experiments at national and international labs and undertaken a wide range of real-world research including in the exploration for extrasolar planets, biological neural-network modeling, laser-plasma physics, and in the treatment of cancer patients in radiation oncology. Jenny has also been a competitive nordic skier and coach. She competed in the western collegiate circuit, NCAA Nationals, several US Nationals and was an undefeated CA state champion. Her history of academic and athletic pursuits have led to a passion in creating pathways for competitive athletes to pursue academically challenging careers in math and science as well as fostering the creativity needed to appreciate the beauty and importance of science. Jenny feels fortunate to be able to share her unique experiences and excite dedicated student-athletes. Send Jenny an email at jrassuchine@sbacademy.org.

Josie grew up in Menlo Park, California where she attended a French-American school for 10 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. At Whitman, she participated in student government and was a Division III athlete and captain of the swim team. Upon graduation, Josie was named to Whitman's Order of Waiilatpu, an honor recognizing students for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the community. During the last two years, Josie managed the Whitman swim team's social media accounts and was a Social Media Intern for Swimming World Magazine, where she covered the Olympic Trials for swimming. In her free time, Josie likes to swim, volunteer, ice skate, and nordic ski. Send Josie an email at jfurbershaw@sbacademy.org.


Sam holds a BA in both Spanish and International Studies from Colby College. He has an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Sam has been instructing Spanish since 2009. His most recent teaching experience was at Squaw Valley Academy where he also coached the soccer team, started the Outdoor Club and managed the iPad technology program. Before that, Sam attended graduate school while working for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Latin America Project, advocating for environmental protections in Chile, Peru, and Mexico. Sam started his educational career at Gould Academy, in Bethel, Maine, where he taught Spanish for four years. Sam loves skiing, hiking, and exploring the Tahoe area with his wife and dog. Send Sam an email at shoyle@sbacademy.org.

While Colin hails originally from the Boston area, he has lived most recently in Idaho, western North Carolina, and Maine. He graduated with a B.A. in history from Colby College, where he led outdoor trips for the outing club and the orientation program and studied abroad in Spain. After college, he worked for an outdoor leadership program called Adventure Treks, where he led 25 to 30-day expeditions in Alaska, Washington, Colorado, and western North Carolina that were focused on backpacking and mountaineering. For the past two-and-a-half years, he has been teaching high school history and Spanish courses for the Alzar school in the mountains of Idaho. Beyond regular academic classes, the Alzar School focused on whitewater kayaking expeditions and cultural exchange in Idaho and Chilean Patagonia. Colin is excited to teach within the history department and join the residential life team. He enjoys whitewater kayaking, skiing, trail running, and getting lost in foreign countries. Colin looks forward to relocating to the Tahoe area and joining the Sugar Bowl community for the next academic year.


Karen grew up in upstate NY and attended college in Rochester where she earned her BA in Psychology as a Division 3 athlete. Seeking more sun, she moved south to attend North Carolina State University where she earned her Masters degree in School Counseling and became an avid Wolfpack and ACC fan. She has been a school counselor in a large public school, a co-director of college counseling in a highly academic private school and is thrilled to have landed at SBA where she can focus on college counseling for competitive skiers. This is her 17th year in education, she has spoken at national conferences and is an application reader for the University of California college system. Karen also leads the search for prospective students as the Director of Admissions. When not spreading college knowledge or looking for the ideal student for SBA, she can be found paddle boarding, hiking, running with Ranger her Aussie, and waiting for the next El Nino to hit the slopes. Send Karen an email at krowe@sbacademy.org.


Ambrose has been teaching English at Sugar Bowl Academy since 2006 and coaching with the Nordic team since its inception in 2009. His current classes include AP English Language and Composition (for seniors), World Literature (for seniors), and Foundational Literature (for freshmen). On the athletic side, he has coached for the Far West Nordic division at the past three Junior Nationals competitions, as well as at the Soldier Hollow Super JNQ series, and for SBA at the Western Club Championships in Sun Valley and at Sugar Bowl. Ambrose and his wife have two children, Griffin and Marian, and live on Donner Summit in a home that they spent three years and countless hours to complete. He holds a B.S. in Biology and English (2001) from Davidson College. In addition to Nordic skiing, he enjoys trail running, backpacking, and whitewater kayaking. He has also been editor-in-chief of the American Whitewater Journal since 2002. Send Ambrose an email at atuscano@sbacademy.org.

Hannah grew up in Woodstock, Vermont.  Her first memories are of skiing the slopes of Killington with her three siblings and ski-instructor-mom. Hannah has lived in Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies. Hannah has been fortunate to spend her career teaching at three independent schools in New England; The Chestnut Hill School, Friends Academy and Beaver Country Day School. She has spent summers leading young adults on Putney Student Travel trips, combining her love for Spanish, teaching, adventure and travel. When not teaching, Hannah spends her time petting dogs and exploring the outdoors.



Ryan originally hails from Middlebury, Vermont, and grew up in the ski world. He is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Denver Graduate School of Education. Ryan was an Honorable Mention All-American while he was at Colby. In the past 18 years, Ryan has worked at four different independent day and boarding schools on both the east coast and in the west. Over the course of his educational tenure, Ryan has served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, college counselor, admissions officer, Upper School Director, and Head of School. Skiing and living in mountain communities have been present throughout Ryan's life. Telemark skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking, and camping are some of Ryan's favorite hobbies. Ryan and his family (son and daughter) are thrilled to call Truckee their home.  Send Ryan an email at raldrich@sbacademy.org.


Teresa joined SBSTA during the memorable winter of 2016/2017. She currently supports our organization as the Accounting Assistant in the business office. Her education is in Business at California State University, Sacramento and Accounting at Sierra College. She considers herself a lifelong student and is currently working towards her degrees at CSU. Her professional experience includes the Resort at Squaw Creek and bookkeeping for several local businesses. Her passion is working for a nonprofit (she has worked for Project MANA) and continues to work with the Truckee Downtown Merchant Association through Truckee Thursdays. Teresa and her husband look forward to watching their son, Dominic, continue to be a part of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team! Send Teresa an email at tbourdeau@sbst.org.



Lisa joins Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy after taking time off to stay home with her children, two of which are on the ski team. Lisa graduated from Radford University with a degree in Business and worked in the banking industry for many years. She moved out west in the late 1990's with the goal to introduce her children to the love of skiing. One of her favorite aspects of working for the organization is seeing the love of skiing instilled in the kids every day. Send Lisa an email at lomar@sbst.org.


Starting her twelfth year at Sugar Bowl Academy as the Dean of Student-Athlete Life, Kristen has worn many hats at SBA including math and science teacher, chef, and residential staff member. Kristen grew up in California and Washington State before receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University. She strives to guide and facilitate a balanced experience for student-athletes though co-curricular programing and a support structure designed around the unique environment of SBA.  Kristen lives in Truckee and enjoys spending time outside and cooking with her husband Andy, their daughter Izzy, and their three dogs. Send Kristen an email at kgiordano@sbacademy.org.


John Horsch is a native of Chicago, where he developed a passion for competitive sailing. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the captain of the Sailing Team. After college, he pursued an Olympic campaign in the Soling class, and was named to the US Sailing Team in 1998. John's work experience includes positions with several education technology companies and a position with Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. John's extensive volunteer experience includes positions on the boards of Aim High, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, and SBSTA. Send John an email at jhorsch@sbacademy.org


Ursula returned full circle to the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy in 2015. Her career path started with five years in the hospitality industry at the Four Season Hotels in Newport Beach and New York City.  She returned to school at the University of Nevada, Reno for a Journalism degree with an emphasis on advertising and marketing. She previously worked for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team from 2003-2007 assisting with strategic planning and managing the business office.  She continued to hone her skills as Director of Administration for an estate management company in the North Tahoe area, and oversaw the accounting, human resources and customer service channels.  

After eight years she crossed paths with the Sugar Bowl Academy administrative team and rejoined the SBSTA community in her current role. Watching the little 2007 Mighty Mites graduate as Seniors was the highlight of her first year back.  She is grateful to bring her expertise back to the team and watch the next generation of skiers at SBSTA!

Ursula and her family have lived in Truckee, CA since 1996.  She moved here to snowboard and stayed to raise a family in this amazing community.  Always trying to find a way to get into the Bikram yoga studio, she is also an avid movie-goer and stays busy with various community organizations including Board of Directors of the Friends of the Truckee Library. Send Ursula an email at uriina@sbacademy.org.


Talina Sky originally hails from Boulder, Colorado. After high school, she managed a resort kitchen and art gallery in Costa Rica. She moved to Alaska in 2007; first to Juneau, then Anchorage. Talina has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the field for the past 10 years. She is currently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies, with a focus in Administration. She loves snowboarding, trail running, Latin dance, and cooking. They spent most of 2016 in San Diego before finally moving “home” to North Lake Tahoe. Send Talina an email at tsky@sbacademy.org.


A long time resident of Donner Summit, Scott has tremendous experience in the restaurant, catering and private chef industries. He has worked for local haunts including Ice Lakes Lodge, Dragonfly and Red Truck. A proponent of using fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal foods, Scott creates healthy and tasty meals for students, athletes, faculty and staff. After earning his BA from the University of California, Davis, Scott moved to San Francisco, traveled the world and now resides in Soda Springs, CA, enjoying all of the outdoor activities the Sierras have to offer. Send Scott an email at swhite@sbacademy.org.