|John SwansonAdvisory Board||
John is a local emergency physician, teacher, father of two budding skiers, and ski enthusiast. He brings a background in fundraising to SAC, and dreams of one day building a SAC endowment.
|Cameron BordnerAdvisory Board||
Cameron grew up in Durango, Colorado and has been a skier and outdoor enthusiast his entire life. After graduating college, he did post-graduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and during that time began ski patrolling at Eldora Mountain Resort. As a ski patroller, Cameron’s interest in backcountry skiing and avalanche awareness, as well as ski resort safety and risk management, grew. He attended various avalanche courses and started the avalanche dog program at Eldora, while also becoming the Director of Safety there. While living in the Boulder area, Cameron competed on the Rocky Mountain Telemark Series and did extensive ski film and photo work. Eventually, Cameron left ski patrolling to accept a position as a ski area risk consultant with Acordia Resort Services, a nationally recognized ski resort insurer. It was that job that brought him to beautiful Truckee, California. Cameron later took the Director of Risk Management position at Heavenly Mountain Resort, in South Lake Tahoe, California.
After immersing himself in ski resort risk management and liability for virtually his entire career, he decided he wanted to do more to help and defend the ski industry. As such, he applied and was accepted to the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his law degree. Cameron continues to live in Truckee and practices ski resort and recreation defense in Incline Village, Nevada with the law firm Lauria Tokunaga Gates & Linn, LLP.
In addition to being an advisor to the Sierra Avalanche Center, Cameron is on the board of directors for the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association and volunteers with the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School at Alpine Meadows. In his spare time, Cameron loves to telemark and nordic ski, mountain bike, cycle, practice yoga and surf.
|Larry HeywoodAdvisory Board||
Larry Heywood's contributions to SAC include providing direction and oversight to the Board’s activities, technical guidance and direction to SAC’s Avalanche Forecasters, developing and implementing fundraising and marketing efforts, acting as a liaison with the local ski area community and working with SAC’s partner the United States Forest Service. Mr. Heywood has a long professional career in the ski industry and has extensive experience in avalanche hazard evaluation, control and education. He currently is an independent snow and ski safety consultant. When not tracking down the “white beast” he can usually be found fly fishing somewhere in the western states.
|Debby BrobackAdvisory Board|
|Justin BroglioAdvisory Board||
Justin works as the Public Information Officer at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV. He has been involved with the SAC since 2005 and helped develop the online lift ticketing fundraising model used to sell, distribute and promote the SAC Ski & Ride Day Fundraiser lift tickets. His work on the board also includes procurement of several operational funding grants, vital community partner and sponsor relationships and a long-term relationship with the SAC's snowmobile partner company - Thin Air Motor Sports.
As an avid backcountry skier, snowmobiler and winter recreation enthusiast he has a strong passion for avalanche awareness to all user groups and unlimited, free access to the SAC advisory.
Justin is also an annual contributor to Powder Magazine; director on the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board; public relations consultant for Alpengroup.org; and freelance journalist and social media consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Ecology/Conservation Biology and a Minors in Journalism and Public Relations.
|Jennifer LeesAdvisory Board||
Jennifer Lees served on the Board of Directors of Sierra Avalanche Center for three years from it’s inception in 2004 to 2007, including one year (2005-2006) as Secretary. She is now works on the Advisory Board.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. After college she spent two years mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains. In 1998 she settled in Tahoe City, California, and began her career in architecture with Cox & Kromydas Architects in Truckee, California. She won the 2007 top Award of Honor from the Northern Nevada American Institute of Architects for her work in Truckee, CA.
In 2004 and 2005 she received her Certificate of Completion of Level I and Level II avalanche education from Alpine Skills International in Truckee, California. She has also been featured as a telemark ski equipment tester for Couloir Magazine’s Gear Guide in 2006. Her personal goal is to make her friends and backcountry community aware of the dangers of traveling in avalanche terrain and to ensure the free service, of the Sierra Avalanche Center forecast, is always available to mitigate that danger.