Carol Nickell, Executive Director

Meet Carol. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Executive Director.

What is your role here?

I work to support the board and volunteers who really run Ignite.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I herd cats and snowflakes.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for twenty years, three here at Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by my family, friends, animals, and the Rocky Mountains.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to ride horses, play with my Grandson, hike, and read.

Why do you work or volunteer at Ignite?

I am here because of the passion of the volunteers and the smiles of our students.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I used to race sailboats as a crew member and worked in the cockpit on a Farr 40.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier and a Snowshoer.

Finn Murphy, Accessibility Officer

Meet Finn. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Accessibility Officer.

What is your role here?

I am responsible for the overall operations of an Adaptive Ski School.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I tell everyone else what to do.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for forty years, ten of which with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by working with the most wonderful people in the world.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I ski, hike, and read.  Preferably at the same time.

Why do you work or volunteer for Ignite?

I volunteer to see people develop skills they didn’t know they had.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I used to be the Police Commissioner on Nantucket Island.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier.

John Humbrecht, Snowsports Director

Meet John. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Snowsports Director.

What is your role here?

I teach lessons and supervise.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I really teach more lessons.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for over 20 years, 20 with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by simply getting out of bed.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to ski, hike, and camp.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

Because it’s fun.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I am very serious.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier.

Amy Bannon, Program Manager

Meet Amy. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Program Manager.

What is your role here?

I oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of an adaptive ski and ride school.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I get to have the best day ever, every single day, and call it work!

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for ten years, and this is my first year with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by the amazing people and places that surround me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to ski, climb, and hike – most of which I do with my dog, Elmer.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

I work for Ignite because the joy, passion, and impact this program provides is unmatched.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I used to play in a competitive dart league.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, CX Skier, and Snowshoer.

John Peterson, Bi/Mono Ski Team Leader

Meet John. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am a Bi/Mono Ski Team Leader.

What is your role here?

I organize and teach the BiSki clinics.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I convince volunteers that they would be great at helping loading BiSkis on the lifts.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for various organizations for eight years, and eight with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

Trying to end every day with a smile on my face.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I travel, ski, and climb mountains.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

If I can positively affect someone’s life, even in a small way, I feel happy and Ignite is a great place to do that.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I actually enjoy living in a tent on a glacier for weeks at a time.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier.

Jeff Doktor, Nordic Team Leader

Meet Jeff. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Nordic Team Leader.

What is your role here?

I organize the Nordic Training Clinics.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I try to help others overcome the fear of balancing and sliding on skinny skis.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for thirty three years, twenty nine here at Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by a smile, or a thank you from helping someone else.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy playing the piano and the djembe drum.

Why do you work or volunteer for Ignite?

It is rewarding to see the students grow, develop their skills, gain confidence, and become more independent people.  Plus, it is great to be out playing in the snow.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I first learned to ski back East at the YMCA on a rope mat, because there wasn’t enough snow.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, and Snowshoer.

Stacey Lunn, Equipment Manager

Meet Stacey. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Equipment Manager, Alpine & Bii/Mono Instructor

What is your role here?

I do equipment, teach a lesson, do equipment, teach a lesson, do more equipment. Somewhere in there I eat, usually while in motion!

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I get everyone else to help me fix the equipment.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for 25 years, 16 with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

Waking up to our beautiful mountains (hopefully with snow!).

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I ski, hike, garden, camp, cook, and quilt.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

I volunteer to share my love of sliding on snow with our participants.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

There are too many to list.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier.

Becci Seuberling

Becci Seuberling, Finance Director

Jennifer DeLaurent

Jennifer DeLaurent, Client Services, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Eileen Lambert

Eileen Lambert, Marketing Director

Meet Eileen. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Director of Marketing

What is your role here?

I manage the marketing and communications at Ignite.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I talk to a lot of inspiring people and try to help others feel the joy that our students and volunteers feel on a daily basis.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I volunteered with Ignite for 4 years as an instructor, and now have been the Director of Marketing for 3 years.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

People – and the lengths they will go to reach their dreams.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I play Ultimate Frisbee, practice yoga, hike with my dogs, and ski. And I am the Founder/Executive Director of the Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank. So spare time is relative.

Why do you work or volunteer at Ignite?

Adaptive sports adds a new perspective to skiing. The people involved at Ignite are unmatched in their drive and joy. Why not be at Ignite!?

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

Well… I only drink hot water (not cold water) even in the summer. I love the sauna, even in the summer. But at night I like my house temp at 62 degrees.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer. But, I would XC ski every day if I could. There is no better exercise or Zen.

Orri Jonsson, Marketing Manager

Meet Orri. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Marketing Manager.

What is your role here?

I help Ignite be seen.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I fail at putting the right people on the volunteer poster.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for six years, five with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by making people’s lives better in a small way.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to ski, hike, and enjoy nature in every way possible.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

It allows me to share one of my greatest joys with people who give me more than I give them through their smiles.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I’ve been to two world championships in underwater hockey. Check it out!

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier, CX Skier, and Snowshoer.

Bill Goldstein, Special Events Coordinator

Meet Bill. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Special Events Coordinator.

What is your role here?

I have done the Ignite Tonight Gala Chair, organized the Volunteer Appreciation Events, including the End-of-Season Party, and Sponsorship Procurement.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I am the Party Planner.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have over thirty years of experience volunteering as Chapter President University of Colorado Alumni Association – Boulder and NYC Chapters, and I have been with Ignite for four years so far.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by helping others.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to plan events!

Why do you work or volunteer for Ignite?

Because I started as a student, and it changed my life.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I like show tunes.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier.

Annette Kissinger,
2018/19 Season Lead for Junior Volunteers

Meet Annette. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Lead for Junior Volunteers.

What is your role here?

I am the Mama Bear for the Junior Volunteers.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I advocate for the Juniors and try to ensure they have a rewarding experience.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I volunteered with Achilles Running Group for five years, Blue Sky Bridge for eight years, and this will be my eleventh season here with Ignite Adaptive Sports.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by nature, and the human spirit.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to garden, travel, study languages, cook, bike, hike, run, do yoga, and read.

Why do you work or volunteer for Ignite?

I enjoy the comradery of my fellow volunteers.  I also love the joy of seeing the Juniors develop and blossom, and the smiles of our students and families.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I need to feed others.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, and a Snowshoer.

Dale Eva, Snowboard Team Leader

Meet Dale. 

What’s your title here at Ignite?

I am the Snowboard Team Leader.

What is your role here?

I help train and certify the Snowboard Instructors.

Yes, but what is it you really do here?

I try to convince the instructors they don’t need all the answers about snowboarding to be effective, just be safe and have fun.

How many years have you been volunteering in general, and how many with Ignite?

I have been volunteering for over 20 years in a variety of activities, six years here with Ignite.

What inspires you in your everyday life?

I am inspired by striving to make a difference.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy cycling, motorcycles, and kayaking.

Why do you volunteer at Ignite?

I volunteer so I can use my skills from over 20 years of teaching snowboarding, in order to add some enjoyment to the lives of others.

Can you please share something quirky about yourself?

I’m too much of a computer nerd to truly fit in the snowboarding world, and too much of a snowboarder to fit in with the computer world.

Are you a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, Cross Country Skier, or Snowshoer?

I am a Snowboarder, Downhill Skier, and CX Skier.

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