Board of Directors
Names L-R: Back row: Spencer Schumacher, Joe House, Scott Ulrey, Kelsey Berg, Middle row: Ellen Barbouche, Rick Hardy, Jill Stevenson, Arianne Neigh, Front row: Andrea Dlugos, Amy Grunewald Mattison, Ken Mutusek. Not pictured: Tom Griesheimer.
Rick Hardy, President
My family joined Blackhawk in 2008 when my oldest child starting taking alpine lessons. Both of my children have participated in alpine lessons, Nordic Kids and mountain biking lessons. I started volunteering at Blackhawk by splitting wood, teaching alpine lessons and helping out during the first mountain biking lessons. I currently make snow and I groom the hills once a week. I joined the board in 2017 and the next year became the club treasurer. Since joining Blackhawk, I have taken up cross country skiing and I now spend a lot of my time in the summer taking advantage of our great mountain biking trails.
Kelsey Berg, Vice President
I grew up skiing and realized I loved teaching and coaching kids to ski and race. My family joined the club somewhere around 2015. I help with the alpine ski and board school and youth mountain biking program. When I’m not teaching, you will often find me at the club with my kids doing something active.
Amy Grunewald Mattison, Past President
My family joined Blackhawk in 2013 after I signed up for the Birkie and needed to find artificial snow. I arrived at a closed east gate early one morning and tromped through the woods before I found a set of classic tracks winding through the pines. When I came to Leonard's way and looked out over the valley, I knew this would be a special place for our growing family. Our twin sons joined Nordic Kids the same year and now ski on the high school team. Our youngest son is heading in the same direction but he also enjoys mountain biking and ski exploration. I bought a mountain bike last summer to try to keep up with him (not likely) and am making time to ride our amazing trails, though it's hard to decide with all the trails and hills to run! My professional background is in teaching and ministry. In 2017 I became the Nordic Kids Program Director and I love working with our youngest skiers in lessons. I joined the board in 2018 and am currently serving as President, a role I am honored to be in after the many generous leaders who have come before me.
Andrea Dlugos, Secretary
Andrea Dlugos has been a Blackhawk member for 3 years where you'll often find her shredding the MTB trails. In the winter she enjoys fat biking and nordic skiing. She has been one of the Bike Ambassadors this year and joined the Board this Spring. Her husband Mike is also a very active volunteer at Blackhawk who does lots of work on the trails and even grooming the alpine hills in the winter. Their son Byrne races downhill and enduro for Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. Andrea's day job is co-manager of Wisconsin Investment Partners, Wisconsin's largest angel investor network where she helps startup companies get funding. She also shares her love of cycling by working part-time at Trek Madison West.
I've been an avid skier since I was a child and my family joined Blackhawk in 2013. Both my children learned to ski there and spent some time on race team. Through the Explorers program, my son became interested in ski jumping and has been competing throughout the Central Division for the last four years. I have been significantly involved with the program as a parent volunteer and am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board. I also enjoy mountain biking at Blackhawk and around Dane County, and am trying to show my children the joys of skate skiing. When not at Blackhawk or driving to ski jumps around the Midwest, I am a pediatric anesthesiologist at American Family Children's Hospital.
Ellen Barbouche has been a member at Blackhawk for about 12 years, with son Xavier ski jumping for 8 years and continuing with daughter Bea on BART for the last 8 years. She joined the board in 2017 and is happy to mountain bike, downhill ski or hike as much as possible, with the goal of learning to cross country ski and ultimately to telemark ski, enjoying most of the disciplines Blackhawk offers. In her spare time, she continues as a Hospital Medicine physician at UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, supporting her daughter Lucie in figure skating and husband Michael in his company or whatever comes next.
We have been members of Blackhawk since 1988 and needless to say there have been numerous changes in the club since then. Particularly, in the number of programs that the club now offers. In 1991, I joined the ski patrol as a way to volunteer at the club. I became ski patrol director in 1992 and held that position until June of 2022. I have been very active recruiting and training ski patrol candidates and patrollers over that period of time. I am gratified by how the patrol has grown and how skilled that group is. This is my second stint on the Blackhawk board, and I enjoy working with this hard-working group of dedicated volunteers
Paul Kulas, Treasurer
Alpine Ski & Snowboard School
Blackhawk Alpine Race Team (BART)
Amy Grunewald Mattison
Blackhawk Nordic Ski Team
Steve Swenson (head coach)
NCAA Division II skier, USSS certified coach and student of all things Nordic. BNST coach since 2010.
Mom of 2 BNST alums and recovering triathlete. Coach, shepherd or manager with BNST since 2011.
Nathan Haggerty. UW-Hoofers alum. Lifetime nordic and (Gasp!) downhill skiier. First-year BNST coach.
Alysa Hinde. UW-Hoofers alum. Making it fun (or at least trying to!) for BNST skiers since 2019.
Chris Lawn. He coaches, he grooms, he founded Nordic Kids! Growing Nordic at Blackhawk for over 15 years.
Helen Matsoff. UW-Hoofers alum and classic specialist. Bringing that Minnesota-Nordic vibe for a second year!
Aaron Ostrander. UW-Hoofers & Hayward Ski team alum. Lifetime skier and classic specialist. First-year BNST coach; Helen lured him in!
Danny Sonnentag. UW-Hoofers and Peak Nordic alum. Keeping BNST skiers honest since 2016.
Mountain Bike Program Committee