Board of Directors

Dave Knutson

Dave Knutson

President

Paonia, CO
(970) 527-3969
orionrisingllc@gmail.com

 

Dave joined the GMNC board in summer of 2008, after working with the board on a member survey and strategic plan. He partnered with Shannon Raborn and Denis Reich to raise funds for our first Warming Hut. With a dedicated crew of Hut volunteers, he organizes Hut construction and takedown each year at Skyway, plus manages scheduling of overnights in the Hut. Dave also serves as a coach for the Gliders Program and hopes to see a Glider in the 2022 Olympics. A trail runner and recovering snowboarder, he invented the sport of “flyjoring” combining skate skiing and fly fishing. He and his wife Jill have been in love and skiing together since 1977 – with 20 years in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon area prior to moving to Paonia.

Clint Roberts

Clint Roberts

Vice President

Grand Junction, CO

Clint is a native of the upper Colorado River Valley from Fraser, CO in Grand County. He grew up skiing, raced through high school and college, and spent time with the U.S. Nordic Ski Team development squad. He coached at the high school and collegiate level and has been a certified professional ski instructor since the mid-1970s. He got involved with the Grand Mesa Nordic Council after moving to Grand Junction in 2012. He joined the board in 2013, and is an instructor for the Adult Program’s classes and clinics. Clint owns his own business, and in he free time, enjoys river and lake -sea kayaking, road and mountain biking, hiking in the high country, gardening, woodworking, and gourmet food preparation. Clint looks forward to seeing the GMNC programs grow and expand and more people enjoy cross-country skiing.

Callie West

Callie West

Treasurer

Paonia, CO
vbtcallie@aol.com

 

Callie joined the GMNC board in August 2011, and currently serves as Treasurer. She has skied for over 50 years throughout the Rocky Mountains, New England, Quebec, and Europe. She’s a veteran of both the 54 km Birkebeiner ski race in Norway, and the 7-day, 440 km “Border to Border” ski tour in Finland. Callie heads up GMNC’s ski school for adults, which offers specialized ski clinics and private ski lessons throughout the season. She lives, works, and plays in Paonia, CO with her husband John and two standard dachshunds.


Jodi Peterson

Jodi Peterson

Secretary

Paonia, CO
jodipeterson7@gmail.com

 

Jodi joined the GMNC board in 2012, and now serves as its secretary. She’s been Nordic skiing since she was in college (multiple decades ago) and recently took up skate skiing. Her day job is managing editor of High Country News, a nonprofit newsmagazine covering natural resources, environment and culture in the Western states. A 9-year resident of Paonia, she grew up on the Front Range. When there’s no snow, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and extreme knitting.

Christie Aschwanden

Christie Aschwanden

Director and Past President

Cedaredge, CO
christie@nasw.org

 

Christie joined the board in 2006 and served as President from 2007 to 2011. A former elite racer, she has skied and raced all over North America and Europe, but loves skiing on the Grand Mesa more than anywhere else. She lives in Cedaredge where she raises chickens and works as a freelance science writer. When she’s not skiing, she enjoys bicycling, trail running and hunting. Her husband Dave is the head ski coach at Colorado Mesa University.

Nathan Moreng

Nathan Moreng

Director (Finance Committee, Hut Crew)

Grand Junction, CO
nmoreng@bresnan.net

 

Nathan joined the Board in December 2013. He has worked on the Hut Crew with “Dave Knutson and friends” since it was first acquired by GMNC. Living in Grand Junction since 1989, Nathan and wife Robin introduced their three kids to cross country skiing at Skyway when it was groomed only by snowmobile. Now days, he enjoys classic skiing at Skyway/ County Line, backcountry at Lake of the Woods and West Bench, and downhill at Powderhorn. During non-skiing months, he hikes and backpacks in Colorado and southeastern Utah.


Lew Kirkegaard

Lew Kirkegaard

Director (Biathalon)

Grand Junction, CO

Lew was lured away from Telemark downhill skiing about 5 years ago, and he and his wife have become devoted skate skiers every since. He particularly enjoys Biathlon, racing, and skiing with their three Border Collies. Lew joined the Board to help establish a biathlon program and range. He has been a Physician on the Western Slope since 2001, and now lives in Grand Junction.

Tom Ela

Tom Ela

Director (Citizens’ Races)

Grand Junction, CO
(970) 434-9753
nachtambule@aol.com
Tom was one of GMNC’s founding board members and he’s been on the board since March, 1990. He also serves as GMNC’s race director, putting on the GMNC race series and providing racers with his famous soup. He loves Nordic skiing because it allows him to get great exercise with fresh air and wild scenery. He loves the GMNC for the focus on grass roots, volunteers, and community service.

Greg Peterson

Director (Gliders’ Coach, Hut Crew)

Paonia, CO

Greg Peterson grew up in upstate New York. His first cross-country skiing experience was a one-week vacation in Dalarna, Sweden in 1974 and he’s been hooked ever since. Greg now lives in Paonia, and joined the board to promote the GMNC as the great gift it is to our community.


Winslow Robertson

Director (Operations)

Palisade, CO
(970) 464-0675
winslowrobertson@yahoo.com

Winslow has lived in Palisade since 1986, when he was lured there from his life as a ski bum and groomer in Montana to run the nordic ski program for Powderhorn (and work for the BLM). He has served as a board member of the GMNC on and off from the beginning, and has worked as a liaison with the USFS to establish many of the ski trails. “I believe we have the best skiing in the State, and look forward to additional trails, warming huts, and improved parking areas…, in my lifetime, I hope.”

Christina Stark

Christina Stark

Director (Youth Programs)

Grand Junction, CO
christinaarstark@gmail.com
Christina was introduced to cross country skiing as a child on a few backcountry ski adventures with her family. Her passion for skiing began as a sophomore in high school after she joined her school’s ski team. After high school she continued to ski race for four years as a Division I collegiate racer. She began coaching primarily youth during her first year in college. Most of her coaching experience is from working as a youth ski coach for the Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, California where she coached for 10 years. She loves coaching and exploring skiing and the outdoors with the kids, new skiers, and friends. Christina is now assisting as the Volunteer Coordinator for the GMNC Board and coaches for the Grand Mesa Gliders ski program. She enjoys most quiet outdoor activities, especially cross country skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking. Her favorite winter activity is skiing under a big bright full moon on a clear night, with fresh snow still draped in the trees and large sparkling snow flakes lighting the path.