Advisory Board


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.



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.



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.


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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.



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.



Trina Saxe | Hood River, OR

Industry Expert | Slingshot Sports

Trina grew up in New England and has been an avid skier, biker and outdoor enthusiast for as long as she can remember. It’s in her blood: ask her stories about sharing space with her parents and brother in the family VW bus as a kid camping in the San Juans! She attended Middlebury College in Vermont where she was a member of the Alpine Ski Team. After graduating in 2000 she moved to Boulder, Colorado and landed her first job in the ski industry working for SKI Magazine, Skiing and Warren Miller Entertainment. She found her niche. She has been involved in the industry overseeing events, marketing and sponsorships ever since. Trina joined the High Fives Foundation Board of Directors in 2013 drawn to their approach to fundraising and commitment to helping athletes who have suffered from life-altering injuries. In 2014, Trina and her family moved to Hood River, Oregon. She continues to bring her experience and passion for all things out-of-doors, to her new Advisory Board role.


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Scott Loveless | Copper, CO

Ski Patrol | Copper Mountain

Scott has been helping out for the High Fives Foundation for years, but he’s been a rad skier all his life. He’s done an amazing job garnering supper for the Foundation in the Rocky Mountains by spearheading events like hosting four annual Wing Classic chicken wing eating contests, and by being a major participant in Colorado golf tournaments and ski-a-thons.


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Damon Redd | Boulder, CO

Owner | Kind Design

Damon grew up in Southern Vermont with Steve Wallace, and their friendship has blossomed for years. He was originally introduced to Roy Tuscany at an event in Colorado in 2013. Tuscany and Redd forged a relationship that has increased the strength and growth of the High Fives Foundation. Redd’s keen style for design and branding is vital brand awareness for High Fives and their athletes.


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Beth Pappas | Minturn, CO

Sports Event Sponsorship Manager | Vail Rec District

Beth loves her job, which is good because she is heavily relied on year round by active Vail enthusiasts.. She is the woman who heads up the valley’s popular Riverfront Club at the Westin Vail/Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Series and the La Sportiva Trail Running Race Series – both events draw hundreds participants. She has brought her logistical expertise to helping execute major High Fives Events in Colorado while sharing the mission with those who love the mountains.


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Derek Pappas | Minturn, CO

Ski Rep | Line Skis

Derek is a rad Vail skier who earns more faceshots than most. Frankly, he really knows mountain sports all around. He’s been interviewed for skiing the Minturn Mile dozens of times. His knowledge and networking has done nothing but grow the reach of the High Fives Foundation. Oh, and he’s married to Beth Papps, which is awesome.


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Austin Stewart | Waitsfield, VT

Sales Rep | Rossignol Skis

Austin has helped the High Fives Foundation since it was created. He’s the king of work smart, not hard, and without him, High Fives events across the country might not have gone so smoothly. Also, he has a pretty rad segment from the Sugarbush terrain park in the B.A.S.I.C.S. film “#KnowYourPark.”


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Greg Wright | Lake Tahoe, CA

Director of Marketing | Tahoe Expedition Academy

Greg comes to us from the world of youth marketing. He is considered to be a content marketing powerhouse. In Greg’s seven years at Freeskier and Snowboard Magazines he produced thousands of hours of video and published hundreds of magazines capturing the attention of millions of young adults around the world. Greg is connected to everybody who’s anybody in action sports including all of the top journalists, photographers and video producers. He lead Freeskier Magazine to become a defining brand in youth skiing culture through a technology forward approach to publishing content. Throughout his career, Greg has worked with companies ranging from GoPro and Red Bull to Vail Resorts and Ritz Carlton.