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.
Amy Grunewald Mattison
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.
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.
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.
Alpine Ski & Snowboard School
Alpine Race Team
Amy Grunewald Mattison
Nordic Ski Team
Steve Swenson (head coach)
NCAA Division II skier, USSS certified coach and student of all things Nordic. BNST coach since 2010.
Carol Barford. 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.