James Preston, RN | Kings Park, NY

James Preston, RN | Kings Park, NY

Co-Founder | Stony Brook Children's Hospital: Registered Nurse (Pediatric ICU)

Born and raised at sea level, James grew to be a passionate action sports enthusiast surfing the waters of the Atlantic in the summer and sliding the slopes of Vermont in the winter. A University of Vermont Alumni, he spent six years of his early twenties getting hyped on Red Bull working for their marketing team in Vermont and later in New York. Deciding it was time for a change, James landed himself in Lake Tahoe where he connected with Roy Tuscany, fellow High Fives Foundation co-founder. While his time in Tahoe may be viewed as short in comparison to others, his positive energy and love for skiing translated into the creation of what is now High Fives Foundation. James has returned to become a registered nurse, recently gaining acceptance to Stony Brook University's Children's Hospital - Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In the meantime, he is successfully holding down weekend warrior status on the slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire, chasing pow wherever he can slay it.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2009-Present

 
Nik David Sullivan | Truckee, CA

Nik David Sullivan | Truckee, CA

Video Production | Doxa Studios: Owner, Executive Director

Nik David was born outside of Stockholm, Sweden and grew up ski racing in Stowe, Vermont. His first experiments with video came in high school, when he discovered that making short films was not only a great outlet for his creativity, but a way to charm his teachers into letting him pass his classes. After high school, he started the special event videography business, Doxa Studios with a friend from Stowe, VT and still shoots weddings and events for Doxa on both coasts. Nik eventually moved to Santa Cruz for college and fell in love with California. After visiting his brother in Lake Tahoe over the holidays, Nik realized that there could really be no better place for a creative skier and videographer to find his inspiration than in the Sierras. In 2010 Nik co-produced Unofficial Networks' Shane McConkey tribute documentary G.N.A.R., and he is excited to further support the ski community he loves through collaborating with High Fives.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2009-Present

Michelle Parker | Tahoe City, CA

Michelle Parker | Tahoe City, CA

Athlete Relations |Professional Skier

Michelle Parker was born in Truckee, CA and lived in Squaw Valley her whole life. Growing up with skiing as her day care, it was inevitable that this would become a big part of her life. She started out in the Mighty Mites program and raced when she was older. At the age of fifteen Michelle switched her ambitions to freeskiing and entered into her first big competition, the US Open. From then-on out she has been focusing on competing, traveling, and skiing as much as possible. Michelle has had recently found success as a coach and role model for South American Snow Tours during the summer months while filming ski segments during the winter with such major companies as MSP Films.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2009-Present

Katrina Veerman | Stowe, VT

Katrina Veerman | Stowe, VT

East Coast Expansion | Katellapper Consulting: Managing Member

Katrina was born in New York City and after living in San Francisco for 11 years, moved Back East to Stowe in 2011. Skiing has always been a big part of her life – escaping to the mountains from the time she was a kid. While she was forced to spend a few years away from snow as a collegiate rower and coach, she snuck off to ski as often as she could. She is an avid fresh air enthusiast and competitive ski bum racer. After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, she reconnected with her biological father who had suffered a life altering C1 spinal chord injury over 30 years ago skiing in Aspen, CO. He is an inspiration and has never let his injury slow him down. Says Katrina, 'I knew when I met Roy that I wanted to work together to empower other athletes like (my father) Les – especially on the East Coast. It is an honor to work with the High Fives team.' Katrina was introduced to the High Fives Foundation through the her cousin at Volkl Skis. She and Roy bonded over their passion for charging forward no matter what the odds

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2013-Present

Mike Rogge | Tahoe City, CA

Mike Rogge | Tahoe City, CA

Winter Sports Industry Relations | Writer, Editor, Consultant

Mike is a writer, editor and consultant whose primary focus is on skiing and mountain culture. A professional journalist since 2007, he has been a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, brand consultant, Internet content creator, marketing and sales director at Meathead Films and Ski The East, and a staff editor at Powder Magazine for three years. Born and raised in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, where he earned a degree in English Literature and Writing from the State University of New York at Potsdam, Mike believes in telling stories about mountains and the people in them. In 2009, Mike created, produced, and hosted the popular radio program, “The Ski Show,” which featured guests from around the snow-covered globe. From 2010 to 2013, Mike was a staff editor at Powder Magazine, where he developed a reputation for going places no one else wanted to go, like dry slope skiing in the United Kingdom or covering the dimly lit world of street skiing. He established a social media voice for The Skier’s Magazine, one that would lead the magazine to a Western Publishing Award. Assignments have taken him to Japan, British Columbia, Italy, Chile, Switzerland, Scotland, Prague, and all of western North America. Most of his writing is shaped by the people living in the mountains and found in the cracks of eclectic lifestyle and culture. Mike is currently a skiing consultant for Vice Magazine, Senior Contributor at Powder and regular contributor to ESPN. He is based out of Tahoe City, California, a 1999 Subaru Forester, and couches across the West.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2014-Present

 
Jonny Klemchuk | Clifton Park, NY

Jonny Klemchuk | Clifton Park, NY

Minister of Stoke | Ski Enthusiast

Jonny was born in Providence, RI, and his father made the mistake of taking him to his first mountain at the ripe age of three. Growing up, he would relish trips, during the school year, to return with a goggle tan and the required sick note. Since then, he has competed at a few stops on both the Subaru Freeride and Freeskiing World Tours. After that, Jonny took to traveling the known skiing world in search of great snow and even better friends. Since hearing Roy's story, Jonny has taken the mission of the High Fives Foundation to heart because a life-altering injury can happen to anyone at any time. Coupled with what the BASICS series aims to teach, Jonny is excited to educate the next group of skiers and riders and help them make better choices in the mountains.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2015-Present

 
Thais Mollet, PT, DPT | Truckee, CA

Thais Mollet, PT, DPT | Truckee, CA

Physical Therapy Consultant | SpineNevada: Physical Therapist

Thais completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University in 2004. She has taken numerous opportunities to expand upon her education, including studying manual treatment of the spine in Australia and attending frequent seminars and conferences here in the United States. Thais has enjoyed a range of experiences from working with professional athletes at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, to helping critically injured patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Renown Medical Center. She takes pride in empowering her patients to reach their maximum level of function and live life to the fullest. She is passionate about working with athletes and is looking forward to collaborating with High Fives Foundation in order to help the athletes achieve their goals.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2014-Present

 
Sal Mascareñas | Idaho Falls, ID

Sal Mascareñas | Idaho Falls, ID

National Ski Patrol | NSP National Safety Team

Sal grew up in Soda Springs, Idaho and started skiing when he was in high school. While obtaining his Civil Engineering degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah he joined the Beaver Mountain Ski Patrol in 1982 and has been patrolling ever since. The 2015-16 season will mark Sal's 33rd year as a patroller, with the last 26 years spent on the Grand Targhee Ski Patrol (GTSP) at Grand Targhee, Wyo. At Grand Targhee, Sal is a member of the Avalanche Hazard Reduction Team, is the Ski and Toboggan (S&T) advisor, a candidate/patroller trainer, an S&T trainer, and is member of the GTSP summer mountain bike patrol. He is also a National Ski Patrol (NSP) Intermountain Division (IMD) S&T Instructor/Trainer and was previously the IMD S&T Supervisor. He has worked as a Toboggan instructor at several NSP national training conferences, and has received numerous awards from NSP for First Aid, service, commitment, and NSP National Number 8160. Sal has been on the NSP National Safety Team since 2011 promoting the NSP’s safety initiatives (“Know the Code”, “Lids on Kids”, “Sit Back, Hold On”, and others) as well as working with Grand Targhee Resort in educating public on the risks associated with their Open Boundary Policy and use of the side-country terrain in the Tetons.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2015-Present

 
Jason Badgley | Denver, CO

Jason Badgley | Denver, CO

Industry Professional | CEO, Phunkshun Wear

Jason Badgley found his love for mountain sports at a young age at Titus Mountain in Upstate New York. Throughout his youth, every free moment was spent at the mountain, learning how to ski and board, and trying to build jumps that ski patrollers couldn’t find and knock down. During high school he worked as both as an instructor and in the rental shop, and that’s when the dream to work in the Winter Sports Industry hit him. From 2003 to 2013, Jason attended Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and majored in Ski and Snowboard Business. Upon graduation he made a point to work in virtually every aspect of the ski and snowboard industry to learn the inner workings and better understand the big picture of business. From being a Sales Rep to retail management, production staff to warehouse supervisor, athlete marketing manager to graphic designer, Jason Badgley found his fit as CEO of the rapidly growing facemask and sports accessories company, Phunkshun Wear, LLC. Over the past few years Jason has made it his priority to bring awareness of the High Fives Foundation to Colorado, holding multiple fundraising events in different capacities.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2015-Present