APP Board of Directors

The 2017-2018 APP Board of Directors represents over 270 years of patrolling and over 30 years of Board Experience with APP, NSP, and other Boards.  This experience involves every aspect of patrolling including Area Management, Patrol Director, Backcountry Guides, NSP's Patroller of the Year, National NSP Certified Supervisor, Division Certified Supervisor, Avalanche Control Professionals including Blaster Licenses, training and use of Rescue Dogs, Paramedic, EMT, & OEC Medical Certification, etc.  If there is a patroller activity, someone on the Board has done it.

In addition, your Board has used their management and outdoor experience to contribute to their community and country.  This includes Life Flight, various Mountaineering activities, all areas of Avalanche education, High Altitude Training of Special Forces, Civic organizations, Fire Rescue, etc.  The education of your Board is not as important as actual accomplishments above, but includes various Bachelor Degrees, Masters in Engineering and Business.

We on the Board thank you for trusting us with the leadership of this great organization
we look forward to implementing
another stellar lineup of events and clinics in this  season. Drop us an email if you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions for the upcoming year.  Many thanks to all who participated in this year's elections, candidates and voters alike!

The Board of Directors is elected by the APP Certified Members at large, with electronic voting open during the General Membership meeting at the Annual Spring clinic and continuing on-line until the end of May.  Each Board Member serves a two-year term, with four members elected on the even years and five elected on the odd years.  After the Board is elected, the Board then selects a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The 2017-2018 Elected APP Board consists of the following Directors:

Role   Name  Bio 
 President:  Rich Bailey

Joined FWPSPA in 1973/Certified in 1973 (#103)

Elected to Board of Directors 1975 (on board since plus or minus 4 years) (FWPSPA AND APP)

Head Judge in every category (FWPSPA AND APP)

Vice President 1983-87 (FWPSPA)

President 1987 -1990 (FWPSPA)

President 2014 to present (APP)

Board of Directors NSPS FWD (Professional Representative) 1987 To Present

Worked as Pro Ski Patrol at China Peak, Mt. Hood Meadows, Snow 

Summit, Sugar Bowl, Sierra Summit, Patrol Exchange at Deer Valley and 


Patrol Director at Sugar Bowl and Sierra Summit

Currently Mountain Manager at China Peak

BS in Forestry/Recreation Management

Worked for Forest Service in Wilderness, Timber Sales Administration, 

Recreation/Naturalist,Silviculture and Ranger Law Enforcement

Owner of  small business in Safety Consulting/Blasting/Timber 


Have two grown Children

Outside interests include:Skiing, Windsurfing, Surfing, and APP !

 Vice President:  Michael Nolen

I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve our current membership and beyond as a Board Member for the Association of Professional Patrollers (APP). I have served on the Board since the spring of 2007. The position I have filled most during my tenure has been as the Criteria Coordinator. In addition to the Criteria Coordinator position I have served more recently in the leadership of the Board as the Vice President.

I believe our organization can evolve to be a National Ski Areas Association equivalent for Ski Patrolling in the west and beyond. The idea of the APP being known as the “best practices” organization for Ski Patrolling is a lofty goal but well within our reach and potential. I been privileged to have been part of a movement to offer training in all nine areas we offer certification in. I am an advocate for our membership through the Board to keep pursing Risk Management Forums, Continuing Education for Medical, Blasting Seminars, Skiing and Snowboarding Clinics, Women’s Forums and the most recent Tech Rescue Seminar. To help this training along we need to keep pursuing adding more sponsors which will help us with affiliations within the ski industry while giving value added opportunities to our membership.

I have been honored to serve our membership as a long time Board Member. I will continue to be a promoter of teamwork for Board operations. In addition I will continue to express that our responsibilities on the Board are not self-serving but membership and ski industry serving. 

 Treasurer:  Shannon Maguire

My name is Shannon Maguire, and I have been a full-time ski patroller at Sierra At Tahoe since 2007.  Over the past 3 years, I have had the opportunity to participate in Association of Professional Patrollers clinics and trainings, and achieved an APP full certification this past season.  Throughout this process, I have learned a tremendous amount, and have also gained a deep respect for what the APP provides through education and camaraderie.  I received a scholarship at the 2014 spring clinic, which I used towards attending the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Avalanche Dog School this past season with my Avalanche Dog, Hunter.   One of the most valuable experiences APP clinic participation has presented me is the opportunity to meet with other female patrollers and discuss shared challenges in this field.  Discussions this year show a desire for creating an on-hill women’s mini-clinic to be tied to spring clinics.   I would like to work on creating on-hill women’s mini-clinics and increasing female participation in the APP 
 Board Member:  Eric Diem

35 years pro Ski Patroller at Mammoth/June Ski Patrol
29 years pro Ski Patrol Director at June Mountain Ski Area-present
11 years APP member-presently board member
16 years National Ski Patrol member
NSP/OEC technician
2003-2004 Season NSP Pro Patroller of the Year Award
29 years California Avalanche Blasters License
AERIE Level 1 Avalanche certification
1989 National Avalanche School
CARDA (California Avalanche Rescue Dog Alliance) member
NSDA (National Search Dog Alliance)-7 years certified avalanche dog handler (Ruby my black lab)

 Board Member:  David Moore

It is with great humility that I am privileged to serve as the APP’s Secretary and a Board Member. This is a time filled with opportunity in the snow sports industry, and I feel incredibly lucky to help guide this great organization as it shapes the future of professional ski patrolling. I began patrolling 30 years ago and was fortunate enough to be trained by one of the legends of APP, Tom Battenberg. The lessons I learned from him seemed at the time like they were all about skiing and medicine and crazy midnight hikes in storms. Only later in life did I realize that very little of what he taught me only applied on the mountain. Outside of patrolling I became a risk manager, which is essentially the same job, with less blood and better pay! I advise movie studios, concert venues and even ski hills how to keep bad things from happening, and when they do how to deal with it. It's basically the same stuff I learned how to do 30 years ago… I have been actively involved in the management of resorts. I teach rescue medicine. I have certifications in fire rescue, explosives, weapons, hazmat and of course risk management. I can fly a plane, drive a race car and sail a boat 1000 miles with little more than a jug of water and some crackers, but none of that is why I am on the board. I am here to grow this organization. We have more potential for expansion than any project I've ever been involved with. That same knowledge that was passed to me needs to be given to the next generation. It needs to be organized, shaped and disseminated and that is what I'm here to do. If we are not actively cultivating the next generation and expanding our sphere of influence, we are not properly serving our membership, and I am grateful to to have been given the opportunity to help achieve that goal.

 Board Member:  Bob Heflin

29 seasons Pro Patrol experience. Medical Dept Lead for Taos Ski Valley Patrol, patrolled in Chile for a number of years and still do some training and consulting for ski area there. 25+(?) year member of APP, on BOD for over a decade. Committed to ensuring our goals as an educational organization by providing opportunities for scholarship to attend ISSW or NAS, and by providing APP sponsored educational opportunities in the form of RM seminars and Blasting seminars. Looking forward to working with the board to help advance the APP as a resource for patrollers  
Board Member:  Mike Ferrari

This is my 27th year at Mt. Rose. I started out as a ski instructor trying not to teach. After 7 years on the ski school, I transitioned to the Patrol. I became the Assistant Director my second year and then the Director a couple seasons later. This winter marks my 20th on the patrol and my 16th as the director. I have had the privilege at Mt. Rose to plan and open The Chute terrain in 2004/5. I am on the board of directors of the American Avalanche Association serving as the Secretary since 2010. I have had the opportunity to speak at two ISSW's and to be on the organizing committee of the 2010 ISSW held at Squaw Valley serving as the Posters Chair. I feel the APP offers a unique opportunity for patrollers by bringing people together from different areas and offering competency evaluation beyond an individuals home resort. I would like the opportunity to serve on the board to help grow the organization.

Board Member: Scott Cordner

I have been a patroller since 1994, serving both as a volunteer and as a paid professional, from part-time weekender to full-time assistant paid director. I have been an APP certified patroller for 10 years. This is an exciting time for the APP, and I am energized to be a part of it. I want to see smart, managed growth of the organization. To have the APP develop and flourish, we need to show the value of the organization to both its members (paid and volunteer) and resort management. We can show this value by working with insurance companies and resort management to establish the APP as the ski patrol training and certification standard. This will allow the APP’s members to gain knowledge, valuable skills, and certifications for all members as well as promotions and pay increases for paid professional patrollers. 
Board Member, Web Site and Facebook Management, Elections Committee David Galson

While working for several years to support the board of the APP as a technology facilitator, I have been working full-time as a paid Patroller at Sugar Bowl Ski resort in California. I patrolled first as a volunteer with the NSP and currently I am full-time paid staff. For one season I was the acting Patrol director at the largest Nordic ski resort in the country - Royal Gorge. I am a fully certified patroller and have attended the spring clinics for the last four years.

While on the Board I hope to to improve our social media bandwidth with continued current updates to our web site and Facebook page along with monthly E blast letters to the full membership. The goal of this outreach is to grow our membership and improve communication between Association members.

 I feel that the future of the organization depends on two things - The first- significantly growing our membership. The second thing is to create a value proposition for large resort patrol directors and insurance carriers to recognize the advantages to their organization for  patrollers to participate in the APP program.  

Our organization needs both strong executive visionaries, and it also needs productive, organized facilitators and managers.  The nature of the organization and the limited face-to face meeting opportunities demands that we become proficient with remote access collaboration techniques and tools and become self-motivated, productive and accountable using just phone meetings and cloud-based collaborative documents.

In addition, the following individuals have been appointed by the Board as Committee chairs:
 Appointed position  Name  Bio
Sponsorships and Fund Raising Dave Alley  
Avalanch education coordinator, Instagram Management CJ Svela

I have had the opportunity to go around to many of the mid-winter clinics over the last 4 years and meet a lot of you face to face, ski with you, and hopefully help influence your patrol training.

Through the last 4 years, we have undergone many big steps towards providing education, hosting many more clinics, and expanding our membership. With your help, I will help further the APP’s educational goals and meet the needs of our members.

Pro patroller for 15 years. Been involved with app for 14 years. ALS backcountry rescue. Flight paramedic. Professional backcountry avalanche forecaster and specialist-consultant.

Elections Committee , SWAG Committee, Ski Judge  Bo Yule

Pacific Northwest Committee Chairperson  Dave Alley

I reside in the spectacular town of Coeur d'Alene/Hayden Lake in North Idaho. My home mountain is Schweitzer Mt. Resort and the Selkirk Mountain Range, but also spend time in California at Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

Growing up and working in the ski industry has been my life and life style. I have nearly 40 years doing something I truly love. I don't need to tell you everything that I've done or can do, but can say I've been fortunate to have become a 'jack of all trades' in ski area operations.

I've been a member of the APP which was formally the FWPSPA since 1980. I've seen many changes in ski patrol operations and industry standards thru the years and have seen many great ski patrollers come and go.

The APP has given me a high level of training standards that I've used and shared with fellow patrollers. It has also given me a avenue to meet other patrollers from other areas and exchange ideas and learn from them.

I'm proud to be part of the APP organization and look forward to a few more years. Hope to see and meet new patrollers coming into the APP and of course the seasoned veteran patrollers at one of the clinics this coming season. My bond-ship and friendships with many of the APP members will last a lifetime.

Ski hard, be safe...

 Legal Issues Committee Chairperson Ed Gassman

I know many of you but as background I have been a patroller over 40 years, a member of APP for 26 years, certified for 25 years and a member of the APP Board for 6 years in the 90’s. I stepped down due to time constraints of family and job. I have been a paid and volunteer patroller in Utah, Washington, New Hampshire, Tennessee, California, and now Colorado. I serve on the Board of FIPS (Federation Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski) composed of the major ski associations around the world. I am proud APP is now one of 22 distinguished members of FIPS.

Four years ago I was asked to head up High Altitude Winter Environment Training of Special Forces. SEALS are trained in San Diego and Green Berets in North Carolina but we now have Bad Guys hiding in the 10-14,000 foot mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan so there was a real need. The team I put together was composed mostly of certified patrollers. I am happy to report the curriculum and penchant for excellence of the Certified program has been extremely successful and well received by our elite young heroes. Hopefully it will save lives and reduce terrorist threats, hence taking us back to our roots when the first ski patrollers created the 10th Mountain Division.

 Rope Rescue Committee Member  Robert Walters

Robert Walters serves on the Technical Rescue Committee and holds degrees in Education, Fire Service Administration and Fire Science. He presently, is an instructor for the Technical Rope Team and Ski Response Team at Jackson County Search and Rescue. In addition, he responds with a Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and practices paramedicine with a community ambulance service. He has worked on technical rescue teams at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Crater Lake National Parks.

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