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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 participants.

ABOUT US

STARS’ mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities. 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 of 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 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 many other activities to empower people with disabilities.

These activities help to reduce depression and isolation by increasing physical activity, self-sufficiency, and hope in our participants. We believe that through our programs, we strengthen families and communities while encouraging individuals to become productive and responsible citizens.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Executive Director

Program Director

Development Director

Operations Director

Program Manager

Groups and Camps Manager

Office Coordinator

Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Equine Program Coordinator

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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2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JEFF MESSINGER – PRESIDENT

Retired Sales Director – Pfizer Inc.
Resides in Routt County

GAIL JENSEN – PRESIDENT EMERITUS

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

SCOTT ABELL – TREASURER

Vice President, Bedrock Investments Group
Retired Managing Director, Capital Markets
Cushman and Wakefield
Resides in Routt County and Rancho Santa Fe, California

CHARLENE ROSENBLATT – SECRETARY

Real Estate Agent – Coldwell Banker
Resides in Boulder and Routt County

JILL BOYD

Physical Therapist – PT2GO, previously with Northwest Colorado Health, Yampa Valley Medical Center and Craig Memorial Hospital
Resides in Routt County

SUNNY OWENS

Dentist – Sunshine Dentistry
Parent of a child with a disability
Resides in Routt County

KAY RAWLINGS

Community Volunteer/Advocate for Inclusion
Parent of a young adult with special needs
Resides in Seattle and Routt County

TRISH SULLIVAN

Vice President of Human Resources of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Resides in Routt County

STEVE TOBER

Former M & A Attorney, Previous Managing Director of Investment Banking Corporate and Business Services
Currently CEO of Perspectus, Inc. 
Parent of a child with a disability
Resides in Denver and Routt County

The STARS Board are now meeting quarterly.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

2020-21 Annual Report
2019-20 Annual Report
2018-19 Annual Report
2017-18 Annual Report
2016-17 Annual Report
2015-16 Annual Report

NEWS & MEDIA

NEWS ABOUT STARS
STARS MEDIA KIT
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
STARS Videos