Board of Directors

David Levin, President
David Levin is an Investor and avid balloon pilot. Originally from New Jersey, David moved to Colorado in 1976 in pursuit of his love of skiing, hiking, and aviation. He owned and operated The Balloon Ranch, a full service resort located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and specializing in Hot Air Ballooning. He sold the Ranch in 1982 and moved to Boulder. David has degrees in Business Administration and Law from Boston University. He has been a commercial balloon pilot and balloon competitor since 1977. He is an active member of the Balloon Federation of America and has won National and World Championships in Gas and Hot Air Ballooning. Having retired from balloon competition in 2001, David has served as the Event Director for the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships from 2003 to 2011 and the World Championships in Austria and Battle Creek, Michigan. David lives in Boulder with his wife Roberta and their twins, Matthew and Rebecca. David joined Ignite in 1998 through his friendship with Michael Travis, and has been an Ignite Board Member since 2004. He is a member of PSIA and is certified in alpine, telemark, and adaptive instruction. He is also on the Board of the Boulder Jewish Community Center. His other interests include paragliding, hiking, golf, sailing, and scuba diving.

Board Member Art HeimbachArt Heimbach, Vice President
Art Heimbach, Ph.D., grew up in Rochester, NY, and learned to ski on “real” ice! He came out to Colorado for undergraduate studies (i.e., skiing) at CU and has never moved east of here since. Art’s professional background has focused on understanding and statistically modeling consumer behavior, with extensions of this into brand management and integrated brand/organizational culture. He has provided market research and strategic consulting services to a wide variety of companies and industries, with his favorites being several leading ski resorts and manufacturers. He has also taught alpine skiing part-time for 10 years at Winter Park. Besides relating to the skiing aspects of Ignite, Art suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in 1988 that has dramatically shaped his life. He personally knows the great restorative and therapeutic value that skiing can provide, and is very excited to be able to support those connections for others now that he’s involved with Ignite. Art has a wonderful and patient wife of 10 years, Gail, and two amazing kids Alex(andra) and Shawn. His other interests include all things MINI (Mini Cooper), aerobic Frisbee, mountain biking, hiking, inline skating, international travel, and learning in all sorts of directions.
Michael RoseberryMichael Roseberry, Treasurer

Mike is a native Texan who moved to Colorado for law school in 2000, and has remained in or around Boulder since then. Professionally, his career has focused helping organizations comply with civil rights laws, initially as an investigator for the Colorado Civil Rights Division, then as an equal employment opportunity investigator for the University of Colorado Boulder. Mike presently serves as the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, where he provides guidance and expertise to the campus community on laws around disability and access. Mike began skiing regularly after moving to Colorado, and joined Ignite as an alpine instructor in 2012. Upon discovering how rewarding volunteering for Ignite Adaptive Sports can be, Mike joined the board in 2015. Aside from skiing, Mike can be found riding his bike around or playing with his dog Molly.

Julie NasterJulie Naster
Julie is a Colorado native and has been a passionate skier since she was 9 years old. She got involved with adaptive sports in 1980 along with her then husband who was an amputee (leg) and adaptive instructor. She has been passionate ever since about the opportunity snow sports provide for all of us to expand beyond our perceived limits and to have fun. In more recent years (since 2009), she has volunteered as an instructor with Ignite and joined the board in 2015. Julie is a leadership consultant, coach, and facilitator as well as an aspiring ceramic artist. She lives with her husband, Rob, in the mountains west of Boulder and has two adult children who are also passionate skiers.


Tom_KissingerThomas V. Kissinger

Tom has been a volunteer ski instructor with Ignite since 2009. He has been skiing and snowboarding for longer than he cares to admit and is a PSIA certified instructor. He is married with two teenage daughters. For Tom, Ignite is a family affair. His wife and older daughter are both Ignite instructors and his younger daughter is vision impaired. Tom focuses on working with handicapped skiers in the winter and diabetic bikers during the summer. He volunteers for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) as a USA Cycling certified coach. In addition to his volunteer activities, Tom is the President and CEO of BSI, llc. BSI is the foremost manufacturer of custom equipment used in the food service industry. Before taking over the reins at BSI, Tom held various management positions in the pharmaceutical, financial services and automotive industries. His expertise in business is in turnaround, change management and growth strategies. He earned his BA degree at Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Tom lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, daughters and their dog.

JohnLoporto-220John LoPorto
John LoPorto is a technology and energy entrepreneur and investor. He is currently the CEO of SunTech Drive a manufacturer of off-grid solar water pumping and telecommunications power systems, primarily serving developing markets. He originally learned to ski on the ice of New England before moving to Colorado full time in 2001 and never wants to go back. In addition to his work with Ignite, John is also the Director of Elves and CEO of Talk to Santa, a seasonal fundraising vehicle for Toys for Tots. He is also on the board of the Boulder chapter of Trout Unlimited and previously served on the board of the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA). John lives in Superior with his wife Donna, their dog and 2 cats. They have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. When not skiing, John’s hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, sailing, woodworking, cooking and getting together with the grandkids.

david-beermanDavid Beerman
David moved to Colorado with wife Linda in 2010 to enjoy four seasons outdoors after a long career in the defense industry. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MS in Systems Engineering from the California State University (Fullerton), and is still a Buckeye at heart. David started at Ignite as volunteer instructor for snowboard and alpine students in 2013, and has helped to recruit new instructors. He has also volunteered at Winter Park and Breckenridge. He developed the protocol for using a 3-ski cambering vehicle with adaptive students, and has authored a teaching progression for instructors. He has led clinics to train instructors from around the U.S., Canada and Europe for the Adaptive Congress at Mount Hood, the Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, and at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park. When David is not snowboarding, he enjoys playing baseball, golf, basketball, and racquetball, and is an avid travel photographer.

Paula Galloway, Emeritus
Paula is a web and database design consultant currently developing a water quality database for the National Park Service. Paula has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri. Paula first became involved with Ignite through her husband, Stan Slater, who is an Ignite student and former Ignite board member. She has also volunteered with CASA, Ensight, and KRFC radio. Paula is passionate about skiing, has volunteered with Ignite since 2003, and is a member of PSIA. When not skiing, her hobbies include fishing, gardening, photography, and painting.

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