Board of Directors
John M. Kruger, Director – Board Chair
President and CEO of GCX Corporation. Mr. Kruger has been with GCX since 1981 starting as an entry level machinist and serving a variety of roles and leadership positions before assuming the responsibility of President in 1998. John currently serves on the Board of Regents for Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, the Advisory Board for the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California, and is very active with San Francisco YMCA and other Catholic Youth and Athletic Organizations. His educational background includes a B.S. in Business and Economics, with a minor in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California.
Mike Rayfield – Vice Chair
Retired Business Executive. Mr. Rayfield was in the semiconductor industry for 35 years. He held sales and marketing positions initially and the last 20 years held Senior Operating positions at Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, Micron Technologies, and AMD. He has been active in Achieve Tahoe for more than 10 years as the father of a student, PSIA instructor, and recently a Board member. Mike graduated from University of Vermont after studying Electrical Engineering and Pre-med. Mike, his wife Gina, and their two children reside full time in Truckee..
Christopher Legallet – Treasurer
Investor. Mr. Legallet is a partner at Newport Asia LLC, an independently owned investment management firm headquartered in San Francisco. Chris has a B.A. in economics from UCLA, ’83 and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, ’88, where he serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Global Management. Chris is a life-long skier and has been involved with Achieve Tahoe for over twenty years, since his daughter Genna first learned to ski at the center. He is also a past president of the Board of Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit that offers life-changing experiences through equine-assisted activities for children with disabilities.
Kristin Baird, Director – Secretary
Marketing Consultant. Ms. Baird has 20 years of marketing experience. Prior to being a marketing consultant she developed strategy and execution for integrated marketing programs, events, and community marketing at Mozilla (Firefox). Before Mozilla she spent over 10 year at Ofoto/Kodak Gallery. Kristin was a critical member of the marketing team driving all of the acquisition marketing efforts, email, and marketing communications. Her son skis regularly with Achieve Tahoe, which has enabled the family to do something together that they all love.
Robert J. Byrne – Director
Retired Business Executive. Mr. Byrne enjoyed a 27 year career with Anheuser-Busch in a variety of brewery operations and information technology roles, including as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Bob also served as Senior VP and CIO for St. Louis based Spartech Corporation and has managed a business optimization consulting practice. His undergraduate degree is in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and he has an MBA from Pepperdine University. Bob is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and has served Achieve Tahoe as a snow sports instructor and summer program volunteer since 2016.
Wilma J. Gray, Director – Past Chair
Lawyer and Partner with McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Ambacher. Ms. Gray has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury, wilderness recreation law, sports injuries, scaffold construction injuries, and mold injuries. Wilma has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and is a graduate of New College of California School of Law in San Francisco. Born in Canada, she grew up living with winter sports. Today, personal activities include traveling, outdoor recreation, hiking, canoeing, rowing, skiing, cycling, and golf. She is also a volunteer snowsports instructor.
Jessica Hickingbotham – Director
Philanthropist and Tahoe Enthusiast. Ms. Hickingbotham has helped many non-profits, such as the League to Save Lake Tahoe, achieve success. Her personal experience as the mother of a son with a disability uniquely qualifies her to provide insightful guidance to Achieve Tahoe. Jessica is a graduate of UC Davis. Her family has been enjoying and supporting Lake Tahoe for many generations.
Phelps Kip, M.D. – Director
Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sierra Regional Spine Institute. Dr. Kip serves as Team Physician at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in Murray, Utah. Fellowships include the Department of Orthopaedics at Baylor University, Houston, TX; Aspen Orthopaedic Associates in Aspen, CO; and Joint Implant Surgeons in Columbus, OH. His professional Memberships/Societies include: American Medical Association; Washoe County Medical Society; and Nevada State Medical Society. He is a published author.
Greg Scileppi – Director
President of International Staffing Operations at Robert Half International. Mr. Scileppi has been with RHI, the world’s largest specialized (professional sectors) recruitment firm since 1988. Greg is an outdoor enthusiast and has a passion for flying (taildraggers to jets). He is Past Board Chair of Notre Dame Girls High School of San Jose, CA. His educational background includes a B.A. in Business Administration.
Hannah Sullivan – Director
Co-founder of Emerald Bay Wealth Management. Ms. Sullivan brings deep experience in financial analysis, portfolio management, private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Hass School of Business at the University California at Berkeley. Hannah is a CFA® or Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder as well as CFP™ or Certified Financial Planner™ certificant. She holds the Series 65 FINRA license. She has taught skiing to people with disabilities at Achieve Tahoe for 10 winters, and is certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America in various disciplines.
Elizabeth Twaddell – Director
Attorney. Ms. Twaddell has been an active participant and supporter of Achieve Tahoe for many years. She is a certified Aging-in-Place specialist with awards in universal design. Elizabeth is currently working towards her MFT/LPCC degree in counseling psychology. Both of her daughters have volunteered with Achieve Tahoe.
Doug Pringle, Chairman Emeritus
Doug is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (BS Engineering) and CSU Sacramento (MBA and MPA). He is a disabled Vietnam Veteran who has been a leader in the adaptive sports movement since 1970. Doug lost a leg in Vietnam and learned to ski on one leg in 1968. He won three national slalom championships and was one of the first amputees certified as a ski instructor by the Professional Ski Instructors of America in 1972. He was inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame in 1997 for contributions in the development of adapted skiing nationwide. We are proud to consider him our founder.
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