Roy Tuscany | Truckee, CA
Co-Founder | Executive Director
Originally from Vermont and after graduating from University of Vermont with a degree in Mechanical Engineering he headed out west to pursue the dream of being a professional free-skier. In 2006, Roy suffered a life-altering injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down and was the catalyst to the creation of High Fives. Roy turned the financial and community support of his own recovery into a 'pay-it-forward' adventure with the creation of High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. He lives in Truckee, CA with his wife, Michelle and enjoys all things that keep him active.
STAFF MEMBER: 2009-Present
Steve Wallace | Truckee, CA
Athlete and Healing Center Coordinator
In 2008, Steve suffered a spinal cord injury while skiing in the Granite Chief area at Squaw Valley. After spending a year in different hospitals around the country, Steve returned to Northern California and was introduced to Roy Tuscany. Shortly after the two met in person Roy asked Steve how High Fives could help him, and Steve expressed to Roy his desire to get back out skiing again. In 2010 High Fives helped Steve achieve his goal, and made him the first grant recipient when they bought him all the equipment and lessons needed to get him skiing again in a safe manner. After seeing and experiencing what High Fives Foundation did for him, Steve was honored to pay it forward by helping Roy and Adam with athletes and events for the next year. When a position became available, Steve was offered the role of CR Johnson Healing Center Coordinator and graciously accepted.
STAFF MEMBER: 2010-Present
Becca Lefanowicz | Tahoe City, CA
Social Media Manager
Becca is the first High Fives employee born and bred on the west coast, but she's left her footprints and first tracks all over the globe. She is a celebrated big mountain skier, having once held the title of North Face Young Gun award at the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships before attending Western Washington University. Becca offers her linguistic and artistic savvy to the Foundation as Social Media Manager.
STAFF MEMBER: 2014-Present
Luka Starmer | Carnelian Bay, CA
Outreach and Grant Coordinator
A native of Cortland, NY, Luka has always had a passion for the snow. After graduating from Ithaca College in NY, Luka worked as a freelance writer before moving to Sonoma to taste the wine industry. Luka skied with High Fives Athletes as an instructor at Disabled Sports USA Far West before entering his position at the High Fives Foundation.
STAFF MEMBER: 2013-Present
Gina Miele | Incline Village, NV
Gina began as a valued intern of the High Fives Foundation in the summer of 2014 before finishing her Senior year at the University of Vermont. At school, she was president of the UVM Freeskiing Team and an exceptional student able to juggle days at the mountain with a full course load. Now she's back making a huge impact with the Foundation as the Event Coordinator, working on FUNdraising projects across the country.
STAFF MEMBER: 2015-Present