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 ProductionDoxa 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 RelationsProfessional 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 ExpansionKatellapper 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, their mutual love of great shots of espresso and the ability to see the positive in any situation.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2013-Present

Mike Rogge | Tahoe City, CA

Mike Rogge | Tahoe City, CA

Winter Sports Industry RelationsWriter | 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

 
Shauna Bocksch | Frisco, CO

Shauna Bocksch | Frisco, CO

National Ski Patrol LiaisonNational Ski Patrol Safety Team: Member

Born in Midland, Texas, Shauna was happy when her parents relocated to Breckenridge, Colorado when she was in grade school. She quickly lost her Texas accent and at a young age started ski racing. She raced in College at the University of Colorado and was named All American for results in a NCAA Giant Slalom. Skiing has been a huge part of her life and she has turned this passion into a career with the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol. For the last nine seasons, she has focused on mountain safety and prevention and awareness on the slopes. The last three seasons Copper Mountain has won top awards from the National Ski Areas Association, and this past season won the “Best Overall Safety Program.” As a National Ski Patrol Safety Team member Shauna looks forward to her new position on the High Fives Foundation Advisory Board. “I’m impressed with the High Fives Foundation’s professionalism and positive momentum. Giving athletes tools to help them discover and reach their goals empowers and builds confidence,” Remarks Shauna, “I am excited to share my knowledge, experience, energy and passion to help the High Fives Foundation continue to focus on injury prevention and community collaboration to grow their outreach and funding for athletes.” Currently, Shauna lives in Frisco, Colorado with her husband and two young daughters. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her free time traveling with her family, cross country skiing, mountain biking, water sports and getting creative in the kitchen.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2014-Present

 
Thais Mollet, PT, DPT | Truckee, CA

Thais Mollet, PT, DPT | Truckee, CA

Physical Therapy ConsultantSpineNevada: 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

 
Jill Stockton | Reno, NV

Jill Stockton | Reno, NV

Media RelationsUNR Reynold's School of Journalism: Public Relations Professional

Jill’s first time on the snow was in January of 2006 at Squaw Valley. She’s a native New Orleanian who’d recently located to Reno, Nev. from Tampa Fla. She’d never seen snow, much less tried to slide around on it! Her first time on the snow was a success; her second time…not so much. On her second day on the mountain the “Cajun Kamikaze,” suffered a tibia/fibula spiral fracture to her left leg. She was having so much fun on the mountain when she crashed she decided to work hard to recover from the injury and come back stronger and more determined than ever. By day Jill works as a public relations professional. She’s the communications specialist for the Reynolds’s School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She’s also served as a senior account executive for The Ferraro Group, a leading Nevada public relations and public affairs firm, and communications manager for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. She’s a member of the Holland Project Reno advisory board, and is a Past-President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In her free time Jill enjoys experiencing live music, cheering on the New Orleans Saints, spending time outdoors, swimming across Donner Lake, playing with her son, Ryan, and making her husband Howie laugh.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: 2014-Present