Board of Directors
Michael Travis, President
Michael Travis, D.D.S., was born and raised in southern Missouri. He began taking extended bicycle trips in the late 70s and it was during one of those trips, while camped on the beach in Greece, that he decided to move to Boulder to prolong his childhood (and establish his career). Influenced by his experiences with his close college buddy who became a quadriplegic due to an accident and faced a new life of what he couldn’t do, in 1982, Michael began working with Ignite to learn about what a person with a disability COULD do. He hasn’t missed a season since, has served on the Board of Directors since the mid 80s, and has held the position of President during most of that time. In 1988 Michael started Alpine Dentistry, Inc., where he later met a cute young patient named Stacey. They married in 1996 and have two sons, Ryan and Cade. Michael has worked with dentistry for the handicapped for over 20 years and takes on many pro bono cases throughout the year with Dental Aid and the community at large. Over the years he has combined his passion for travel and delivering dental services in third world countries by distributing supplies and training local medics in Mexico, Central America, French Polynesia, Africa, Cuba and Thailand.
Stan Slater, Co-Vice President
Stan Slater is the Lillis Professor of Business Administration at Colorado State University. Stan not only shares the vice-presidency with Paula Galloway, they share a life having been married since 1982. Stan has been a participant in the Ignite Program since 2003 and uses a bi-ski. Prior to becoming disabled by multiple sclerosis, Stan was an avid kayaker, mountain biker, fly fisherman, and downhill and telemark skier. Stan has been involved with disability advocacy groups for over 15 years having served on the Boards of Directors of the MS Society of Colorado Springs and the Greater Washington Chapter of the National MS Society, and the Advisory Board to the Northern Colorado Office of the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. He also has volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA, and Wilderness on Wheels.
Paula Galloway, Co-Vice President
Paula is a web and database design consultant currently developing a water quality database for the National Park Service. She is the other half of the Slater-Galloway team. Paula has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri. She has also volunteered with CASA, Ensight, and KRFC radio. Paula is passionate about skiing, has volunteered with Ignite since 2003, and is a member of PSIA. When not skiing, her hobbies include fishing, gardening, photography, and painting.
David Levin, Treasurer
David Levin is an Investor and avid balloon pilot. Originally from New Jersey, David moved to Colorado in 1976 in pursuit of his love of skiing, hiking and aviation. He owned and operated The Balloon Ranch, a full service resort located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and specializing in Hot Air Ballooning. He sold the Ranch in 1982 and moved to Boulder. David has degrees in Business Administration and Law from Boston University. He has been a commercial balloon pilot and balloon competitor since 1977. He is an active member of the Balloon Federation of America and has won National and World Championships in Gas and Hot Air Ballooning. Having retired from balloon competition, David is now the Event Director for the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship and the World Championship in Austria this year. David lives in Boulder with his wife Roberta and their, Matthew and Rebecca. David joined Ignite in 1998 through his friendship with Michael Travis, and has been an Ignite Board Member since 2004. He is a member of PSIA and certified in alpine, telemark and adaptive instruction. He is also on the Boards of the Boulder Jewish Community Center and the Balloon Federation Competition Division. His other interests include paragliding, hiking, golf, sailing and scuba diving.
Lorna Kowal, Secretary
Lorna was born 1/14/31 in New Glascow, Nova Scotia, Canada, and became a naturalized citizen in 1947. She has lived in Glens Falls, NY, York, PA, Mamaroneck, NY, Detroit, MI, Glouscester Township, NJ, and Colorado since 1987, when she joined Ignite. Lorna taught elementary school in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. She has three children, two girls and one boy. Lorna now lives on a horse farm north of Longmont.
Susan learned to ski after her family moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 1975. She has taught skiing for over 30 years, first at Hidden Valley Ski Area in Rocky Mountain National Park, and with Ignite Adaptive Sports for more than 20 years. With Ignite she has served as an instructor, clinic leader, supervisor, Program Director and is currently on the Board of Directors. She is a PSIA Level II Alpine Certified Instructor. Susan is an Emergency Services Dispatcher for the town of Estes Park. She and her husband Pierre have been married for 26 years, and have a 15 year old son, Alec. In addition to skiing, she enjoys traveling, four-wheeling and camping, and is an avid photographer.
Rick was introduced to Ignite four years ago through his son, Fritz. Fritz has autism and loves to ski, motivated by the cheer of “go, go, go” from one of Ignite’s better known instructors. When he has the chance, Rick is an avid skier, 10th Mountain hut-goer, bicyclist, hiker and rock climber. To support these hobbies as well as a lovely family, Rick practices law in downtown Boulder. Born in Northern Minnesota, Rick left the frozen tundra many years ago for the balmy West. Rick’s enthusiasm for outdoor sports as well as experience with his son’s additional needs gives him a unique perspective in directing Ignite.
Jenna Shaw is an Accounting Assistant at Boulder Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union. She was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan, which is a small town located on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Jenna graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a BA in Psychology. After graduation, she moved to Colorado to experience all Rocky Mountains have to offer. Jenna began teaching alpine ski lessons with Ignite Adaptive Sports during the 2010 season. She currently lives in Boulder.
Jason joined Ignite Adaptive Sports as a volunteer instructor in 1988 and has remained actively involved including serving on the Board of Directors. He is Managing Broker of Surety Realty Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado. He is a Realtor and serves as Chairman of North Metro Denver Realtor Association Commercial Marketing Group. He has over thirty five years experience in Real Estate and development and over thirty four years as the parent of a multiply disabled child. Jason has been married to Lucy for 38 years and has three daughters and a granddaughter. His off-snow hobbies include horses, choral and barbershop quartet singing, fly fishing and 4×4 trail driving.
Phil Nugent is the managing director of NCG Strategic Marketing, a marketing consultancy focused on helping small law firms and other entrepreneurial businesses develop and execute strategic marketing and business development plans. Phil has a J.D. from the College of William & Mary and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Phil and his wife moved from Virginia to Colorado nearly 20 years ago. Initially thinking that they might stay just a few years, they were quickly won over by the people and lifestyle of their adopted state. Along with their daughter, they take seriously their obligation to enjoy the outdoors as frequently as possible. Phil began working as a volunteer with Ignite Adaptive Sports in the 2010 season and was immediately impressed how much of a difference the organization makes in the lives of its students. Phil joined Ignite’s Board of Directors in the fall of 2011.
Cole Jacobs is an Accounting Specialist/Executive Assistant at Stew Jackson Enterprises, Inc. in Denver. She was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. Cole graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2006 with a BS in Finance. After a year in Atlanta working in finance, she moved to Crested Butte, Colorado to live the ski life. She later moved to Chicago, but then back to the front range of Colorado to settle. From the age of 12, Cole has been volunteering for adaptive sports including swimming, Special Olympic Soccer and Special Olympic Basketball. She was excited to continue in the field, and began administration work and teaching alpine ski lessons with Ignite Adaptive Sports in 2011. She current lives in Denver with her husband.