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Carol Nickell PhotoCarol Nickell, Executive Director, director@igniteadaptivesports.org
I have been a skier and soccer player for over 40 years, and, during the past 15 years my passions also include horseback riding. I have a grown son who, along with his wife, just moved to Colorado. A lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my life experiences. Professionally, I bring with me over 20 years’ experience of nonprofit management. I have had the privilege of working with many nonprofit professionals and volunteers to create programs that helped our community thrive. Those who know me would say I am passionate, adventurous and compassionate; if that is true it is because of the people who have touched my life, personally, professionally and with my volunteer work. I am both honored and excited to be a part of the Ignite Adaptive Sports team!

finn murphyFinn Murphy, Program Director programdirector@igniteadaptivesports.org
Finn started at Ignite when he moved to Colorado from Nantucket Island in 2009 after various careers in the textile industry, local government, and interstate trucking. He was appointed Executive Director in December, 2012, and that position allowed him to enjoy his three favorite activities: skiing, teaching skiing, and ordering people around. Finn made a successful transition from Executive Director to Program Director in 2015. When not riding the lifts, Finn can be found in the backcountry skiing for free on summer ice. You’ll also see him regularly on Mt. Sanitas or hunkered down at his laptop trying to finish his magnum opus on the social history of relocation in America.

photo not availableJacque Carbone, Scheduler, scheduler@igniteadaptivesports.org
Back in 1984 Jacque made the mistake of riding a lift with Barry Shepard and has volunteered in the program ever since. She has worked as a Junior, instructor, admin, clinic leader, supervisor and currently as co-scheduler. “I love the supervising, instructing and leading clinics, but as scheduler I think that I get to make sure a dream comes true.” A Colorado Native, she grew up with parents that actively wanted to share the outdoors with people that had disabilities. At an early age she pushed wheelchairs, made rope leads and cleared trails with her parents so that others could enjoy the state she loves. Her two boys and parents have volunteered at Ignite and she hopes someday her grandchildren will join her on the slopes. Currently trying to find her sanity in a double masters program in nursing, she can be found escaping on her motorcycle, ice skating, going to music fests or working as a curendara for her community.

john humbrechtJohn Humbrecht, Snowsports Director, snowsports@igniteadaptivesports.org
John has been a river guide, Outward Bound guide, Rocky Mountain Rescue member, NCAR geek, entrepreneur, and ski bum. In his current incarnation, he is our director of training. John was born and raised in Upstate New York and discovered Colorado when working for Outward Bound. John’s real love is backcountry skiing so one day he decided that commuting to ski while living in Boulder was backwards so he moved to Rollinsville and lived for skiing and commuted to work. John discovered Ignite through a community service program and was taken under the wing of longtime volunteer John Anderson and has never looked back. John holds the coveted PSIA Level III Adaptive Certification and is known as the ‘Big Cheese’ at Ignite because he trains, certifies, and when necessary, disciplines, our instructors. He’s tough, he’s fair, and he won’t budge on the three aspects of Ignite instruction: safety, fun, learning.

Caron Newman - Bi/Mono LeaderCaron Newman, Bi/Mono Ski Team Leader
Caron began working with the community of persons with disabilities in the 80’s after her son experienced a head injury from a horse. She joined the Ignite Adaptive Sports organization in 1995 and has held every position within the organization throughout her tenure – including the Program Director appearing on the NBC Today Show. Caron’s two sons have also volunteered in the program and in fact her oldest son became the youngest PSIA/AASI certified Colorado Adaptive Snowboard instructor at the age of 16. Caron’s passion and experience spans all disciplines but as a PSIA Level 2 Adaptive Instructor she spends most of her effort training the Bi/Mono instructors and students at Ignite Adaptive Sports. She also supports the Veterans attending the VAMC Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass and has an incredible ability to enable Bi/Mono skiers to recognize their potential on the mountain. Caron’s passion in the program grew exponentially year after year working very closely with the Past Director and Examiner extraordinare Jim Hahn. Caron holds a Masters in Education and a Masters in Computer Science and supports her skiing habit traveling the world working for Oracle Corporation. When she’s not skiing or working you can find her scuba diving, going to music festivals, supporting the Masonic community or participating in fundraisers riding her HD motorcycle.

Jeff - Nordic Team LeaderJeff Doktor, Nordic Team Leader
Jeff grew up in NJ, went to school in OH and moved to Colorado in 1987 after taking a class here. With the mountains so close, they were a destination to explore on foot and on skis. He spent the next few years balancing his interest in working as a Software Engineer and leading groups in the summer with Wilderness Ventures. Jeff joined the Ignite program in 1989. “I have enjoyed seeing the students grow, develop their skills, gain confidence and become more independent people. I get as much out of the program as my students.  It makes me happy to see how much our students enjoy getting out to play in the snow.” Jeff helps with the alpine program when needed, but he spends most of his time teaching on the Nordic trails.

Stacey lunnStacey Lunn, Equipment Manager, equipment@igniteadaptivesports.org
Stacey was born in Rolla, Missouri and grew up in Alfred, NY, a college town about the size of Nederland. She moved to Colorado after a vacation here in the early 92 and stayed, like so many of us. Stacey has three children, all boys, and all are taller than she is. The oldest and youngest live in Colorado and the middle attended a Maritime school in NYC and lives there. Many of you know her son Barrey who works at Eldora – the best ski bum ever! Stacey joined Ignite in 2003 and outside of her skiing interests enjoys gardening at 9000’ (now there’s a challenge) hiking, camping, and cooking. Stacey has PSIA certifications in Adaptive Level II and Alpine Level I. She volunteers for Ignite in order to share her passion for skiing and the outdoors, have fun, learn new techniques, expand her knowledge, meet new people, and most importantly, give back to those who need it.

becci seuberlingBecci Seuberling, Finance Director, finance@igniteadaptivesports.org
Becci has been a volunteer with Ignite since the 1998-1999 season, and has been around the program since before that as the parent of a student. As a volunteer she has served in many capacities over the years including instructor, supervisor, trainer, and most recently taking on the role of Administrative Lead. A native of Northern California, she learned to ski from her Uncle who was in the 10th Mountain Division during WWII, and picked it back up as an adult after moving to Colorado. Having grown up with an Aunt who had a disability she is a firm believer in this program and the services it provides. Her Aunt spent many a day in the lodge at the local ski resort visiting while her husband and sons were on the slopes. Becci moved to Colorado in 1991 with her husband and two children. When not skiing she has been known to participate in activities such as walking/hiking, camping, biking, and dog training.

Nick Goins, Client Services Lead, admin@igniteadaptivesports.org
Nick was born in Louisville, KY and did his growing up in Chicago, IL. He and his wife moved to Colorado to get away from the grey of that part of the country and get some sunshine. After almost 3 years time in Denver, they decided to moved ahead with their ultimate plan of mountain living. Nick has a wide and varied experience in multiple industries such as IT, food and beverage service, construction, market research and entertainment with strong emphasis on customer relations and management. He has a firm belief in helping others realizing their potential and realistically reaching their goals. Skills and beliefs he keeps in constant use by realizing his own goal of building Makeshift Film Group, an independent production company and producing it’s first feature film: “Thunder Lord”!

eileen-profileEileen Lambert, Marketing Director, marketing@igniteadaptivesports.org
Eileen first volunteered with Ignite for four years 1998-2002, before moving to Denver. During the next decade, Eileen worked in Marketing for several nonprofits, and eventually started a new nonprofit, the Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank. A baby and a desire to live closer to nature brought Eileen and her family back to Boulder, and soon, back to Ignite, this time in the role of Marketing Director.

Orri Jonsson canyoneeringOrri Jonsson, Marketing Manager, orri@igniteadaptivesports.org
Orri started volunteering with Ignite during the 2014-2015 season and immediately saw how Ignite Adaptive Sports can ignite the spirits of volunteers and students alike. Orri’s love of skiing was a large factor in the decision to move fro Iceland to Colorado for graduate school at Colorado State University in 2002. He stayed in Colorado as the great expanse of the Colorado mountains gave him the peace of mind and excitement that life needs. The opportunity share the mountains with people with limited access to them is a great addition to his life. Right out of graduate school Orri helped skiers stay safe at Breckenridge Ski Resort as a member of the ski patrol. He currently does sales, marketing, technical support and product development for a small Boulder company specializing in scientific equipment for photovoltaics research. In his free time you can often find Orri enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado climbing, hiking, skiing or cycling. Orri is a competitive underwater hockey player and has represented USA internationally as a member of the elite national team.

Annette Kissinger, 2016/17 Season Lead for Junior Volunteers, annette_k@pipeline.com

David Prinster, 2016/17 Season Lead for Junior Volunteers, prinster.david@gmail.com

Michelle Willix, Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer@IgniteAdaptiveSports.org

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