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OUR MISSION & VISION

MISSION

Our mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities.

VISION

Our vision is to provide life changing experiences for its clients.

OUR HISTORY

STARS mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational sports. STARS was formed in 2007 by a group of parents, ski instructors, and management from Steamboat Ski Corporation to help provide improved winter recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2010 STARS was contracted by Steamboat Ski Corporation to be the exclusive operator all winter adaptive lessons and programs for the Steamboat Ski area. Since then STARS has grown to offer year-round programming on and off the mountain.

We believe that adaptive recreation can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.  STARS programs help individuals to discover the outdoors and teach skills to overcome health challenges as well as develop confidence, self-esteem and independence. We use skiing, cycling, therapeutic horseback riding, kayaking and other activities to empower people with disabilities.

Through these activities we help to reduce depression and isolation, while helping to increase physical activity, self-sufficiency and hope in our clients. We believe that through our programs that we help to strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens.

MEET THE TEAM

Executive Director

Development Director

Operations Manager

Program Director

Assistant Program Director

Program Coordinator

Client Donor Relations

Marketing Manager

Therapy Riding Center Manager

HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF STARS?

There are always available opportunities to get involved with Steamboat STARS. From internships to mentoring to volunteering for events, come find your place where you can join in on enriching and empowering lives! Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.

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2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

T.K. WRIGHT – PRESIDENT

Retired President and CEO – Nations Bank
Adjunct Small Business Instructor – South College
Resides in Routt County

BRAD IVERSEN – SECRETARY

Retired Partner, Chief Marketing Officer of Edward Jones. Previously CMO of H&R Block. Resides in Routt County.

GAIL JENSEN – TREASURER

Owner & Board Member – Great Plains Communication
Resides in Routt County

JOEL BERMAN

Former Assistant Executive Director of STARS
Founded and Ran Adaptive Adventures for 17 years
Former 2 Term Board member of Disabled Sports USA

KATIE BROWN

Vice President of Sales and Marketing – Steamboat Ski Corp.
Resides in Routt County

RICK LA CHAPELLE

Retired VP Product & Business Development – Mata Phore​ Pharmaceuticals
Resides in Chicago and Routt County

SKIP CURRY

Financial Advisor – Edward Jones
Resides in Kingwood, TX and Routt County

BOB DAPPER

Director of Development at Alpine Mountain Ranch
Retired Director of Mountain Operations – Christy Sports LLC
Former Board of Director for Humble Ranch Riding and Therapy Center
47 year resident of the valley

KEITH DRONEN

Owner and Financial Advisor – Dronen Financial Services, LLC
Resides in Chicago and Routt County

STEVE TOBER

Retired Attorney, Previous Managing Director and head of the Corporate and Business Services Group of Think Equity Partners, LLC.
Currently CEO of Career Step
Parent of a child with a disability
Resides in Denver and Routt County

The STARS Board is now meeting every other month

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

2017-18 Annual Report
2016-17 Annual Report
2015-16 Annual Report

NEWS & MEDIA

NEWS ABOUT STARS
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
STARS MEDIA KIT