|Aaron Carlson||Executive Director|
|Heather McGonegle||Marketing and Events Manager|
|Board of Directors|
|Ethan Greene||Director of the CAIC (ex officio member)|
Aaron grew up skiing the 299 vertical foot hills in Minnesota. Since then, Aaron has discovered his passion for the backcountry while living and skiing in Utah, Colorado and New Zealand. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Utah, which has allowed him to work in and experience many different parts of the world. In 2008, Aaron brought his passion to the CAIC Benefit Bash. As the co-organizer, he was able to design, organize, and run the largest fundraiser in CAIC history. Together, Aaron and Joe were able to raise over $26,000 for the CAIC and make an impact on the backcountry community. With this momentum, Aaron has been an asset to the development of the Friends of CAIC. When he is not working you can find him on his mountain bike or skiing pow.
Five years ago, Heather threw her belongings into a car and made the move from Iowa to Colorado. Colorado became home, not just a vacation spot, for all things skiing, rock climbing and running. Heather has a master’s degree in Recreation, Sports and Tourism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, coupled with an extensive background in non-profits and the recreation industry. Mostly recently, Heather has worked closely with Access Fund, Boulder Climbing Community and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District in outreach and events, creating innovative ways to educate and excite the recreation community. Heather is excited to take Friends of CAIC to the next level and invest in its future and the future of avalanche forecasting and education in Colorado. When not working, she can be found on the slopes, rock faces and trails around Breckenridge.
Board of Directors
Knox got his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1970, and then worked with the U.S. Forest Service Avalanche Research Project in Fort Collins as a snow scientist and avalanche forecaster. In 1983, he helped found the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and was its Director until retiring in 2005. In 36 years in the avalanche business, Knox was a researcher, forecaster, teacher, program director, and author, writing a couple of books and a bunch of papers and articles. He is a past president of the American Avalanche Association. Now in semi-retirement, he works with the CAIC Director as needed to keep the CAIC healthy and progressive.
Bruce Edgerly is co-founder and vice president of Backcountry Access, Inc., a leading manufacturer of avalanche rescue equipment, including the Tracker DTS avalanche transceiver. Bruce has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration from CU-Boulder. He is a former contributing editor to Powder and Couloir magazines and has published numerous papers for the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) and International Commission on Alpine Rescue (ICAR); those can be viewed at http://www.backcountryaccess.org/research. “Edge” is a dedicated backcountry skier and tours most of the time in the Summit zone, although he travels for “business” quite frequently in the Tetons, Wasatch, B.C., and Europe. He has level 3 avalanche training in the U.S., professional level 1 training in Canada, and is a qualified AIARE level 1 avalanche instructor.
Growing up in Tucson, Alan completed his degree in Forest Management from Northern
Arizona University. After spending five years working at Keystone, he moved up the
road to Arapahoe Basin in 1988. There, he has held the positions of Ski Patrol Director,
Director of Mountain Operations, and since 2005, Chief Operating Officer. Alan serves
on boards for the National Ski Areas Association, Colorado Ski Country USA, The
Summit Foundation, The National Avalanche Foundation and The Friends of the
Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Alan enjoys playing in the mountains and
canyons with his wife, Kay, and now adult kids, Justin and Whitney. Favorite winter fun
– Skiing The Spine and hiking the East Wall. Favorite summer fun – spending a week or
more floating a river in a deep canyon without cell phone coverage.