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Board Members


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
Vice President
Grand Junction, CO

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. After a 12 year career in France where she designed and operated luxury bicycling vacations throughout western Europe and Morocco, Callie returned to her beloved Rocky Mountain region in 2001 to become an outdoor guide and Nordic ski instructor in northern Colorado. Callie teaches adult ski lessons and leads the womens’ ski clinic series for the GMNC. She also volunteers locally with the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for a Healthy Community, and as a Senior Partner with Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray. In March 2014, Callie will ski across Finland from Russia to Sweden, an epic ski tour that has long been on her bucket list. In Paonia she lives, works and plays with her husband John and two standard dachshunds.

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
Director and Past President
Cedaredge, CO
christie@nasw.org

Christie joined the board in 2006. A former elite racer, she has skied and raced all over North America and Europe, but she loves skiing on the Grand Mesa more than anywhere else. Christie helps her husband Dave and GMNC board member Christina Stark coach the Mesa State Nordic Ski Team.

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.

Lew Kirkegaard
Director (Biathalon)

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 and has an interest in the Anasazi culture (Ancestral Puebloan). Nathan and Robin enjoy traveling to the occasional exotic destination. He looks forward to contributing to the GMNC Board.

Greg Peterson
Director (Gliders’ Coach, Hut Crew)
Paonia, CO

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
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.