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The Northstar Team Foundation is Committed to Support the Ski & Snowboard Program To Be The Best In The Region 

Our mission is to: 

  • Build a strong community of parents, coaches and business partners
  • To aide in creating a positive learning environment 
  • To support the Northstar Team Athletes to reach their potential as competitors and people



Important Foundation Dates


February 8, 2014 - GOING FOR GOLD! 

Annual Northstar Team Foundation Gala, 7pm to 10pm at Martis Camp Lookout Lodge     More information HERE! 


Northstar Foundation Supports Full Time Athletes in Offering 20 Grants for 2013/14 Season

Committed to having one of the best teams in the region, the Foundation recognizes that having additional opportunities to train is an essential element in an athlete's ability to grow and progress. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes that attracting and retaining high-quality coaches starts at the top with strong full-time coaching. We are offering 20 grants to build our full-time team which, in turn, supports our entire coaching staff.

The grants are designed to increase participation in the Plus Programs and partially offset the cost of the Plus Program for 20 lucky participants. Grants are offered to the first 20 applicants. 

Plus Program = extended training days for atheletes competing in their sport.


To apply for the 2014/15 season, send us an email at (Subject: "Opt-In") to receive our newsletters with important dates, events and Grant deadlines for the 2014/15 season.



The Northstar Team Foundation has our own Gear Swap!   View here to upload or seek new and used ski and snowboard gear.  


Get Involved


We are always looking for able bodies with good spirits to help out. There are a variety of ways to get involved and support your team, from working a BBQ, to soliciting auction donations, to organizing coach appreciation or team social gatherings. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, please email: with the subject "volunteer".


Don't miss out on all the great stuff we've got going on at the Foundation. If you are not a member of the Northstar Team Foundation Directory, you are out of the loop. Email with "OPT-IN" as the subject and be sure to include your name, address, and the kids you have on the team.

Board of Directors


Melissa Huml / Board President

Melissa is a Principal at Abundance Wealth Management, LLC, a Bay Area advisory firm providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services. Prior to founding Abundance in 2010, Melissa career spans over 15 years in the field of finance, with 7 years working abroad in London, Munich and Prague.   More information on Melissa HERE! 


Jana Klein / Board Secretary

Jana was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska, so winter sports and the great outdoors are truly 'in her blood.' As a youth Jana was an avid alpine skier. She was also a competitive tennis player, and went on to play varsity tennis at Cornell University for four years.    More information on Jana HERE!  


Jordan Bender / Board Member

Jordan is a managing director in the Private Wealth Management (PWM) Group. He serves on the PWM Leadership Council and the Investment Experience Committee. Prior to his current role, Jordan served as co-head of Global Recruiting for the Investment Management Division and was regional manager for PWM in the Los Angeles office.    More information on Jordan HERE! 


Gary Chu / Board Member

Gary Chu, M.D., is a physician practicing hospital medicine at South Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. He attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, and obtained his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Chu completed his residency training at Oakland's Highland Hospital, where he was chosen to serve as Chief Resident in 2001.   More information on Gary HERE! 


Eden Romick / Board Member

Eden Romick spent 15 years in film and television marketing and publicity before retiring in 2005 from her post as a Vice President for Paramount Classics. There she was responsible for overseeing the publicity and promotions campaigns for the autonomous division of Paramount Pictures, which specialized in independent and foreign language feature films.   More information on Eden HERE! 


Susan Safipour / Board Member

A native of New York City, Susan graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder journalism school. She worked as a reporter and editor with newspapers for 15 years, before becoming Diablo magazine’s editor in chief in 2000. Susan now oversees a host of publications, including Napa Sonoma magazine and Diablo Arts.    More information on Susan HERE! 


Susan Straw / Board Member

Susan has worked for Northstar Resort for many years in numerous different departments. For the past ten years she has been working for the Race Crew helping to run races and other mountain events. Susan currently serves as the Head Coach for the Pioneer program.    More information on Susan HERE! 


Don Yuhas / Board Member

Don currently serves as the Adult Programs General Manager for Northstar California. He is responsible for private lesson programs, adult group lessons, including Burton Academy, X-country and Race Team operations. Don was promoted to Director of the Northstar Ski and Snowboard School in 2007.      More information on Don HERE! 


Cassidy Kohlmoos / Administrative Director

Cassidy is the U10/U12 Alpine Comp coach at Northstar. Originally from Tahoe, she skied in programs at Squaw and Northstar before moving to Bend, OR, where she raced at Mt. Bachelor. Cassidy has worked for seven seasons in the snowsports industry as a coach and instructor. She has held coaching positions in both the US and Australia, working for a variety of programs as both a ski and snowboard coach. Her professional qualifications include PSIA Alpine Level 1, AASI Snowboard Level 2, and USAA Alpine Level 100. This season marks her fourth at Northstar.            More information on Cassidy HERE! 



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