Application to join the Board of Directors
Dave grew up on skis in the Central Wasatch Mtns. A true water sports fan he rides the water all year on lakes, rivers and ski trails. Sharing his passions is a way of life he pursued as a ski instructor, hang gliding instructor, river guide in Cataract Canyon, secondary science teacher and currently as the teacher/facilitator of the Swanson's North Fork Environmental Learning Center located in Liberty, Utah. Daily he is on the trails sharing nature with kids from Weber County. When the snow flies students put on skis and snowshoes and travel over the snow on their discoveries of animal tracks and winter wonder.
His love for winter and sliding on the snow is only surpassed by his interest in his 3 children and lovely wife. They all live in Eden and enjoy the local offerings of wonderful people and beautiful surroundings. Dave's father in law was a dairy farmer and Dave considers himself a snow farmer, taking what nature provides and cultivating product useful to all who will partake.
Enjoy the trails and come back often.
More to come...
Secretary - Trish PainterI moved to Liberty with my partner, Ken Back in August 2011 from St Paul Minnesota. I grew up in Michigan and lived in Northern California for 20 years before moving back to Minnesota. My last 10 years in California, I lived in the Sierras, in Bear Valley where I taught XC skiing at Bear Valley XC (on an as-needed basis...)
I have been skiing for a very long time...started downhill skiing when I was 4 growing up in Michigan... remember standing at the bottom of the ski hill asking people to push me up between their legs on the rope tow, since I couldn't ride it by myself. Started XC skiing in Upper Michigan in 1976, when I lived in a farmhouse that we had to ski into... started skate skiing when I moved to California and took a skate ski lesson from Bill Koch. My first experience using skins and going into the backcountry was on a trip in to Tuolemne Meadows in Yosemite...was totally hooked immediately. After moving to Minnesota, and missing the mountains, we came out to ski Snow Basin 3 years ago in March, and when we were XC skiing on the very north end of NF Park, we decided this would be a great place to live....and here we are!
I have my PhD in exercise physiology and am research faculty at the University of Utah in the Dept of physical therapy. I do research with patients with kidney disease (treated with dialysis and transplant).
I love running trails, and am out on the North Fork trails daily with my dog Sydney. When not running trails, I'm mt. biking. I'm a singer-songwriter and my partner Ken and I play guitars and perform whenever possible (mostly for fund-raiser events).
I have served on the board of the National Kidney Foundation in California, the board of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters (where wrote a grant that was funded to sponsor special events throughout the year...organized the 1996 California Transplant Games, was chair of the "team California" for the 1990, 1992, 1998, 2000 Transplant games that was made up of 50-75 organ transplant recipients who participated in the U.S Transplant Games.
We signed up to be part of the grooming team and helped with grooming last winter, and skied almost every day ... I am feeling pretty darned blessed to be here, and love the volunteer efforts that make Ogden Nordic work...it is pretty amazing!
As an Ogden Nordic board member, I have now changed my focus to developing a masters ski program over the next few years. The mastery of nordic skiing is a lifelong process and we hope to offer clinics and programs to help people meet this goal, whether it be increasing the enjoyment of glissading or tearing it up at the regional races. This club team supports recreational and racers alike as all of us "age" up. As part of the team mission, we will also give back to the sport through fundraising and promotion of the sport on both the regional and national level.
Special Events - Team Z: Luke and Laurie Zeleznick
Luke & Laurie Zeleznick (also known as Team Z) were both born and raised in Utah. Luke is a native to the Ogden Valley and has always loved the thrill and excitement of nordic and alpine skiing. Laurie has recently fallen in love with the great sport of Nordic skiing.
Together, they have two beautiful “Girlzz”, Journey who is 4 years old , and Haven who is 1 year old. Luke and Laurie have volunteered for the past 3 years doing the Sunday morning shift at the Nordic Center. They both excited to be part of the Ogden Nordic Venue and all it has to offer!
You will always be able to spot Luke and Laurie out on the trails pulling the “girlzz” in the sled.
I think that North Fork Park has some of the best trails I have ever skied on. My wife Julie and I enjoy skiing the trails and are introducing our 3 children to the sport. Ogden Nordic has a small skier base due to location, so it takes the dedicated effort of volunteers to make it a successful operation.
I feel an obligation to help keep this a world-class venue. I’d like to help the board fine-tune their yearly goals/focus areas so that we can have a sustainable volunteer base that keeps the ‘fun’ factor high for everyone and doesn’t result in people feeling burned out after a period of time.
As the son of a National Park Service Ranger, I grew up doing all forms of skiing and mountain sports in Colorado and California, and raced classic cross country with my brother and friends as the inaugaral members of the Yosemite Junior Nordic Team way back in the late ’70s and early ‘80s. After nearly 30 years in the US Air Force, finishing as the Commander of the Hill AFB Clinic, in 2012 my wife, son and I decided to retire from active military duty and we settled in Huntsville to enjoy the best snow on earth (and no klister!). I’ve been a member of Ogden Nordic since the Air Force moved us to Utah and enjoy the hard work of its many volunteers while skiing here 3-5 days per week in season. Passionate about nordic skiing, I enjoy exposing new skiers to our sport, especially the next generation of young skiers. I’ve taken up citizen racing again, most recently having done the abbreviated 50-K Tour of Anchorage in 2014. When not at North Fork you can usually find me doing tele turns at Snowbasin or PowMow.
Over the years I’ve led teams of 2-3,200 employees, drafted multiple corporate strategies and plans, oversaw budgets of up to $10 billion/year and successfully planned and ran marketing and communication strategies. Currently my wife and I co-own Hickman Group, LLC (broad-spectrum consulting, outdoor recreation, and physical therapy services) and I work part-time in Huntsville for Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Passionate about giving back to my community, I also serve of the Board of Directors of the Ogden Nature Center and Snowbasin Adaptive Sports and Education Foundation, and previously served on the Davis Hospital and Medical Center Board of Directors and Utah Military Families Foundation.
During the off season, my wife, son, and I thoroughly enjoy life here in Ogden Valley, explore Utah and the surrounding states, backpack, horseback ride, fly fish, play and watch soccer, irrigate the pasture, and at times work for a living.
Teaching is something I really enjoy and is one of the ways to give something back to a sport that we really love. I am looking forward to serving on the Ogden Nordic Board in many ways to grow our organization and develop our really great resource at the park.
We moved to Liberty from St Paul, MN in 2010. I have skied since middle school, learned to downhill at a small area in SE Washington, and trips to Big Mt, Sun Valley, Alta, and areas in the Cascades. I picked up cross-country skiing at college (Univ WA, Seattle), but did not take it very seriously until 2006 or so. I learned to skate ski, honing my skills at local areas in St Paul. Our move to Liberty was very exciting for us, as we could now XC ski every day in North Fork, and downhill areas were within easy striking distance of the house. We have helped on the grooming team at O'Nordic for several years, so taking a more active role in this valuable organization is very exciting to me.
Ashly’s love of the outdoor world has driven her to explore different activities. She grew up skiing in the Wasatch, was a professional river guide in So. Utah, paddled on a competitive dragon boat team and rowed crew on the Willamette River while living in Portland and continues to be an active athlete.
One of Ashly’s favorite things to do is get out on the trails with her kids, Fisher (9) and Rocko (5) and friends. She hopes that other families will bring their kids and realize that Nordic skiing can be a great way for families to get out in the mountains together.
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