Vice Chair: Andrea Colasardo
Secretary: Karilyn Myers
Treasurer: Penny Bordokas
Member: Stacey Adler
Member: Chris Alessi
Member: Kathy Copeland
Member: Carolyn Escoto
Member: Patrick Gramuglia
Member: Tom Mahr
Member: Shields Richardson
Member: Tom Schroeder
Member: E.L. Smoogen
Member: Rick Taylor
Originally from Vermont, Brent Truax moved to Mammoth in 2010 with his wife and young daughter to become General Manager of the Westin Monache Resort.
Brent is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Recreation Management and has an extensive background managing resort properties with an emphasis on health and wellness, including The Peaks in Telluride, CO; Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles, NY; Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ; and the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, NH.
An avid cyclist, Brent recently completed the Sierra Cycling Challenge and is also an active alpine and Nordic skier, hiker, and hunter. Brent is passionate about all our area has to offer and also serves as President of the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
Andrea Colasardo, a New Zealand native, has been a 30 year plus resident of Mammoth. Traveling overland through Europe, she met her husband Tony in Switzerland and followed the ski industry to Mammoth. They are co-owners of Footloose Sports and very active in the community.
With an original background in banking and coordinating a staff of up to 65 in the winter, Andrea brings an emphasis in business finance, business administration and human resources to the Board.
She is proud to have raised two college graduates through the Mammoth school system while being very involved in PTO and all of the various team sports. You are mostly likely to find her now volunteering at all of the running, biking and triathlon events around town throughout the summer months. When she retires- she hopes to be a full time volunteer giving back to the community she loves.
Andrea enjoys being outdoors and taking advantage of all Mammoth has to offer but especially loves paddleboarding, biking, hiking, spending time with her family.
Karilyn Myers is a Physical Therapist and manages the Rehabilitation department at Mammoth Hospital. She received her Master’s degree in P.T. from Stanford University and has lived and practiced physical therapy in Mammoth for 27 years.
Her job as a physical therapist is helping people to restore movement and function so DSES’s mission is right in line with her work and professional beliefs. “Many of DSES’s local students receive therapy services at our hospital and we see DSES as an extension of the rehabilitation process in restoration of activity, recreation and sport. The positive effect this has on quality of life is evident in the new attitude and the smiles that outdoor recreation can bring.”
Karilyn enjoys giving back to the community and is interested in program development.
Penny Bordokas manages the finance and accounting activities at JMG Capital, LLC and Pacific Assets Management, LLC. Previously, she was a Performance Analyst for various money managers, Operations Manager at Dean Witter Reynolds and worked as an Intermarket Trading Coordinator at the Pacific Stock Exchange. Penny’s son was on the Mammoth snowboard team throughout his teen years and this was how she discovered Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. Penny’s passions have always been education and community. She served as an elected school board trustee along with many years of involvement with Manhattan Beach Education Foundation including chairing the Manhattan Beach Wine Auction. She served the city of Manhattan Beach in various appointed positions, most recently on the planning commission. As a Sandpiper, a South Bay philanthropic organization, Penny has involved herself in many community projects helping the underserved by sitting on the executive, scholarship and endowment boards. She currently leads the Mayor’s Youth Council program in Manhattan Beach. Currently splitting her time between Rancho Palos Verdes and Mammoth Lakes, Penny is excited to be a part of DSES and plans to eventually retire in Mammoth. Penny is excited to bring her skill set to the DSES board of directors.
Dr. Stacey Adler, Mono County Superintendent of Schools, moved to Mammoth Lakes from San Diego in 2002 to become the principal of Mammoth Elementary School. An educator for over twenty years, Stacey had taught in all grade levels, including university. During graduate school in Illinois, Stacey was involved with the North Shore Special Recreation Association, working to build recreational and social skills in teenagers and young adults with special needs. This work sparked her passion for working with the special needs population. Stacey is an ex-officio Board member for the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and a member of Lions’ Club. She is an avid runner and hiker. Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their three children.
Chris Alessi, was introduced to DSES through a neighbor (Kathy Copeland) and became involved as an Advisory Council member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair.
Chris is an entrepreneur with extensive knowledge and diverse experience in several fields of practice. She’s passionate about business, health, and fitness and has studied and implemented what she has learned for more than 25+ years. As a DSES Board Member, Chris will be involved in marketing, networking opportunities, and partnerships for the organization while maintaining focus on fundraising for the NWWC.
With her vast business experience as an executive, philanthropist, and health enthusiast, Chris is excited to share her expertise as a DSES Board member and she looks forward to being part of the Mammoth Lakes health and wellness scene. Chris and her husband love everything about Mammoth and are happy to be involved in the community and giving back.
Kathy Copeland moved to Mammoth from Vermont in 1971 and worked for Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort for 29 years starting as a bus girl and ending up as the manager of the Children’s Ski School.
In 1976 she volunteered at the first Winter Special Olympics held at Mammoth and has stayed involved every year since then. In 2003 Kathy founded Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra and her passion for this organization has lead it to become a leader in the adaptive sports industry.
She proudly opened the Second Chance Thrift Shop in 2009 to support DSES, to provide training opportunities in a workplace for local kids and adults with special needs…and to greenly recycle tons of goods!!
Her enthusiasm is contagious…stop by the DSES office and say hi and see Kathy and her team at work!
Local business owner, Shields Richardson is a native of Southern California and has lived in Mammoth since 1999. He and his wife, Kathy, own the Side Door restaurant and Mammoth Village Properties both located in The Village at Mammoth.
Richardson has been Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Development, a Registered Investment Advisor, and the Founder and Principal of Shields Outdoor, MallMedia Network and Digital Outdoor. Richardson began his career at Price Waterhouse & Co. after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Finance and Accounting.
He is a Board member of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, Geothermal Institute of Mammoth (GIO), and Mammoth Lakes Art Center.
Kathy and Shields have three adult daughters and two granddaughters. Shields enjoys being outdoors and spends any spare time horseback riding, paddle boarding, snow skiing, golfing and racing in the La Carerra Panamericana.
E.L. Smoogen retired from General Electric Flight Test as Manager of Engineering in 1999 and moved to Mammoth the next year. EL and his wife Pat both find volunteerism very rewarding.
EL is a multifaceted volunteer for DSES, teaching lessons and working on many equipment adaptations and improvements. He is a valuable fundraiser and contributor. He is very involved in the program and was Volunteer of the Year in 2004-05.
Besides volunteering for DSES and being a volunteer firefighter for the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, he enjoys being a runner, hiker and biker.
Rick Taylor is the traveling member of the Board. His primary residence is in the Los Angeles area and he built his second home in Mammoth in 2000. Rick moved to California from Canada in 1982 and first came to Mammoth in 1983. Mammoth is a very special place to Rick because he met his wife, Shelley, here in 1990 and they have three children.
Rick owns a commercial electrical contracting business in Los Angeles that specializes in fire alarm system installation. Although this keeps him very busy down south he has his own airplane and makes the one hour hop to Mammoth as often as he can. “There is no place on this earth I’d rather be than Mammoth, winter or summer. Volunteering with the DSES Board just gives me one more excuse to get up here, even if its just for a Board Meeting.” He loves to ski and has found summers are now too short for all the activities Mammoth offers “après ski”.
“Mammoth is a very special place to me for many reasons. I am proud that I can give something back to the community. When you see the smiles these volunteers put on people’s faces it will just tug at your heart strings.”