Board Election Candidate Statements

With our upcoming election members running the contested member representative positions on the board have been given a chance to share candidate statements here.

Karen Graul

I have a special place in my heart for Dodge Ridge. It’s where I could afford to bring my kids to ski and where I’ve made many good friends over the past years. I’m honored to be part of DRNSP and grateful to all the people that helped me get to be a patroller.

My natural inclination is to be a problem solver, short on words, but long on action. That’s what made me choose engineering as a career. Now that I’m retired, I have more time and energy to devote to the things I consider important.

It takes a big effort by a lot of people to keep Dodge Ridge Ski Area and Dodge Ridge NSP functioning smoothly. I would like to contribute my skills and efforts to the mix to help our patrol and our mountain continue to be successful.

Leon Goldgeisser

I would like to submit my candidacy for the consideration for the member representative position.

I am interested to play an active role in our patrol governance, maintaining and improving communications between our patrollers and the board, and especially interested in contributing in developing a training process for patrollers and candidates. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Lisa Katzman

My primary goal is to facilitate communication between membership and the DRNSP Board and ensure that information is being relayed completely and accurately. I will also be a cheerleader for more participation in training opportunities that benefit our patrol: OEC and OET Instructor Development, Senior Ski/Toboggan Enhancement and SEM events, Women’s Clinics, and Recruitment for new Patrol Candidates. Let’s always remember to support each other as dedicated volunteers and acknowledge the important public safety work we do together. 

Dave Lavelle

I would appreciate the honor to continue representing the membership and to help the board ensure continued training and growth opportunities for the whole patrol.  My goals are also to assist in projects including new facilities for the patrol, new technological resources and recruiting while making sure member interests in these projects are taken into account.  It is important to me to help see the patrol continue to grow and improve and I want to contribute where I can and help give a voice to other members in that process.

Richard Portillo

For the past two years I have had the distinct pleasure to serve as a Member Representative for this patrol.  I am asking for your vote so that I can serve another term and continue to represent the interests of the members of this organization.  

I have been a member of The Dodge Ridge Ski Patrol for some 22 years. I feel that I bring to any discussion of change a sense of core values I believe best represents this Patrol. While change is necessary ( as COVID-19 has amply demonstrated ) it must be tempered with the knowledge of what has worked in the past.  Patroller’s safety is first, second do our best to help the resort guests and third do are best to help the resort. That’s a good place to start.

As a member of the board I helped shape the outcomes of many issues, always trying to take the view of what would be best for the basic Patroller working the hill.

This is one example of my efforts. I requested that a master checklist be put on the DRNSP website. This will list of all the required courses and obligations that each member needs to qualify to patrol for the upcoming season. This will make it easy for everybody to keep track of what they have and have not yet done. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Richard Portillo

Carolyn Simon

I would like to serve as a Member Representative because I can bring a fresh perspective and an impartial point of view to the Board.  My goals are to help teach the OEC class and Refresher in the Fall since I recently earned my OEC Instructorship.  I’m working towards becoming a Senior patroller by taking the SEM test next season and continuing to participate in ski and toboggan clinics.  I have been a regular at the Women’s Clinics.  I wish that our Patrol would have more activities on and off the hill to reenergize the bonds that brought us to the Patrol in the first place.  I’m proud to be part of the Dodge Ridge NSP.  Thanks for considering me for Member Representative.  I would be honored to serve on the Board!   

Julien Vaughan

Entering my 18th season on NSP and 15th season on the Paid staff I can’t believe how time flies!  My experience as a dual member gives me a unique perspective to bring to the Board.  I’m a cheerleader for team work and strive to make our members feel valued and appreciated, focusing on retention and growth.  You may remember the days when the red and the black were two separate patrols, and from the day I put on the black vest, I’ve worked hard to change the perception of two patrols and help bridge that divide – and I think we all now enjoy a unified patrol!  

Over the past few years as our numbers have waned, I successfully lobbied the Board to reduce the number of days of service our 20 year members are required to serve from 12 to 6.  This past season, when talk of increasing bumps was becoming pervasive, I successfully lobbied management try cancelling the AM 7 Bump to free up 25% of our bump needs.  I will continue to look to the future of our patrol and lobby for changes that make sense in the long term, that don’t increase the time commitment we all must make to stay active in the patrol, and to promote my mantra – “Less talking, more skiing.”