Board of Directors
I moved to Leavenworth in 1996 straight out of dental school with my wife Megan-who was born and raised in Leavenworth. Our two girls grew up going up the rope tows and skiing the kilometers the LWSC has to offer. Over the years I have been heavily involved with the LWSC, whether it’s been coaching youth skiing, being a ski instructor at the hatchery, volunteering to run the rope tows at the ski hill, or helping out with various ski races. The LWSC is deeply embedded into the fabric of this community and it’s an honor to be a part of it. In my free time I love to ski on various boards, trail run or mtn/road bike.
My first skiing memories take place as a toddler on the bunny hill at the Leavenworth Ski Hill. Participating in “The Hatmaker” three-way race (now Bakke Cup) was always a winter highlight growing up. As a Junior I found a passion for Nordic ski racing that extended into adulthood. My wife and three children all learned to ski here in Leavenworth. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is a community treasure that benefits locals and visitors with affordable and convenient access to the great lifelong sport of skiing. The LWSC has a rich history and continues to evolve and I believe LWSC’s longevity and success to be rooted in the passionate dedication of its volunteer members. I consider it an honor to serve and participate in this local institution.
Born in Leavenworth and a beneficiary of my parents' early involvement in the LWSC (father board member 1973 to 1984), I grew up on the tow and in the tracks. Racing as a child, and in high school for the Nordic team, 96-98 with Torin Koos, I had the fortune to compete and savor the beauty of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. Now, after returning to Leavenworth, as an architect, husband, father, and community member, I have a different skill set ready to help in an arena that was such an important element in my younger years. I have an embedded and indebted duty towards the advocacy of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club that I endeavor to pass on to generations to come.
I moved to Leavenworth in 2002 with my wife Shannon. We have two boys that spend most of thier winters on skis and it has been a great pleasure to witness how our Ski Hill and trails sytem builds community and raises our youth. Since moving to town I have been an employee, coach, volunteer, and board member with the LWSC.
I was born and raised in Leavenworth, attended college for Business Management, spent 6 years as a Helitack firefighter and Helicopter Manager, and moved back to Leavenworth to work with the family business approx 2 years ago. I've grown up around the LWSC, using it's trail systems and jumping at a young age under the coaching of Kjell Bakke. I'm an advocate of all things outdoors and spend as many days off as possible in the winter chasing snow.
Originally from Bellingham, I grew up skiing whenever I could. I graduated from the University of Oregon, where I studied city planning and public policy. I spent the next five years skiing powder and working in Alta, Utah and bike touring through the US/Europe in the summer. Seeking a new challenge, I went back to school and am now a Fourth Grade teacher in Wenatchee. I feel very fortunate to make Leavenworth my home. I spend my free time being active outside including biking, hiking, and of course, backcountry, alpine and nordic skiing!
I'm a mom, wife, and skier who moved to Leavenworth almost six years ago after meeting my now-husband, visiting him here several times and falling in love with the place and the community here (and of course Jim, too). We have a two year old daughter and another kid on the way and we love being outside as much as possible--solo, together, and with the whole family--biking, running, hiking, and skiing.
Mary Jo Sanborn
Born and raised in a Chicago suburb, I started alpine skiing at age nine and Nordic skiing in my twenties. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have been working in Natural Resources for over 20 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends skiing, biking and hiking!
Barb Kelly Ringel
I grew up in Minnesota, started alpine skiing at age 10 and nordic ski racing with the Stillwater High School Team my senior year. I always say you never know where a sport may take you and I have been racing ever since, coaching, and passing my love of skiing onto my kids and others. My son and daughter both skied with the alpine and nordic teams, with Kieran skiing 3x at Junior Nationals and Aidan a one type Bakke Cup winner. I love many outdoor and endurance activities. I work as a fisheries biologist, and with my office right on the Icicle River Trails I get out often.
I am a husband, a father of two teenage boys, a tech entrepreneur / business owner and an outdoorsman. My wife and I chose to build in Leavenworth because of the year-round opportunities to be outside. I'm a mountain biker, road cyclist, classic and downhill skier. Hiking is something I do with people who don't do other sports. Tubing is something I do to relax and cool off in the summer heat. I can often be found in local tasting rooms, breweries and restaurants and have developed several friendships over the past few years. My wife and I feel strongly about supporting the local community. For example, we overheard some locals talking about not being able to find housing. Although we were making more money offering short term rental of our studio apartment, we decided to offer below market rent for locals. I look forward to exploring the requirements of the board members and am hopeful it will be a good fit.
Kjell Bakke as been added as an Emerites (Honorary) Board Member. Kjell is a constant supporter of the LWSC and kids programs. He has witnessed the North American Distance Records set at the Leavenworth Ski Hill and is a descendant of the men that constructed Bakke Hill in the 1920’s.