We Want You To Run for the Board

Do you have qualities and experience that would make you a valuable member of the PSIA-AASI Western Division Board of Directors?  Do you have ideas on how PSIA-AASI can better serve its members? Do you have the skills needed to implement those ideas?  If you think the answer to these questions is “yes,” we’d love to talk to you about running for the Board.

Complete and submit the application below before January 15th to run for the Board.

The Board meets twice a year.  Our annual Spring Board meeting is the Thursday before the Spring Convention.  Our two-day Summer Board meeting is in Truckee the first weekend of August.  In addition to the two meetings, we have monthly one-hour phone calls.

Four seats are up for election each year for a three-year term.  There are twelve elected seats on the Board.   

Further information on the director position and its responsibilities can be found here.

The information you provide in the application will be published on our Website, Spring Edge Newsletter and the Election Platform

PSIA/AASI Western Division Board Position Application

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    The 2019 Board Of Directors Results

    Thank you everyone who voted in our Board of Directors election. Your opinion matters, and the election results are in! Please welcome our new and returning members of the board!

    New to the Board


    Jaime Marso-Tanner

    PSIA Level 2, June Mountain Ski School Director

    I’d like to be one of those individuals that not only works to maintain the high standards and quality performance that has always been associated with PSIA-AASI but I’d also like to work to improve the organization from within.  From my association with PSIA-AASI I have learned that no matter how skilled you are, there is always room for improvement; this philosophy also holds true for organizations.

    Who I am

    I am a wife and mother. I run the June Mountain Ski and Snowboard School. I’m very proud to have recently received my Level 3 Alpine Ski. I taught geology and oceanography for 9 years. I am a member of Mammoth Lakes CERT.  I’m a certified EMT and volunteer my services.

    Volunteering is part of who I am. I’m happiest when I can share my knowledge, skills, and passion for skiing with others. It’s a personal goal of mine to bring the joy of skiing to others while also instilling respect and love for the environment.

    What I can do for PSIA-AASI:  

    I’ve worked on the linkage membership committee board for 2 years. I’m interested in educational collaboration on the national level and consistency between all divisions. I want to present some fresh ideas and ways to help PSIA-AASI grow and evolve into an even more impressive organization. Once I am involved, I commit myself fully.

    And most importantly, I know how to listen.



    Greg Lyons

    PSIA Level 3, Children’s Specialist 2, Cross Country Level 2, Telemark Level 2, Current PSIA-AASI Western Division Board of Directors – President

    As a full-time instructor for 31 years at Heavenly, I strive to create a safe, enjoyable lesson that includes making sure the guest feels valued, confident, internally motivated, passionate for their snowsport and wanting to return for future lessons.  As I work to improve at this, I have been honored to earn “the Most Requested Instructor at Heavenly” three times.

    I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Oregon State University

    It has been an honor to be President of PSIA-AASI-W for the last three years. I believe my years of experience, working with the board, its committees, the PSIA-AASI-W staff, and the membership make me uniquely qualified to continue to serve on your PSIA-AASI-W Board of Directors.

    I’d like to continue our efforts to provide educational opportunities that our membership wants to participate in: on snow clinics, in-door clinics, online training, and other programs—all with the goal of allowing you, our members, to succeed as professional instructors.

    I believe PSIA/AASI-W needs to develop long term strategies and policies that provide an exceptional experience to our members today as well as the framework for an exceptional experience for our members and organization in the future.

    I will advocate for PSIA/AASI-W to provide exceptional training to its present and future leaders.  Our Board of Directors, office staff, Member School Directors, Education Staff, and Resort Trainers need to be provided exceptional training.  


    Lea Logal

    AASI Level 3, Freestyle Level 2, Children’s Specialist 2, PSIA Level 1, AASI Ed Staff, Bear Mountain Resort Training Manager, Current PSIA-AASI Board of Directors – Publicity Chair

    Hello Western Division Membership. I have spent three years serving on the Western Division Board of Directors as the Publicity Chair. In that time I have worked for the membership to help provide the best experience in both educational and certification events possible. I would love to continue my service with the Board and continue to help grow the Western Division.

    Having been a proud member of the Western Division since I started in this industry in 2004; I have worked hard to become an examiner and part of the AASI Western Division Snowboard leadership. It is important for me to see this division continue to innovate and inspire in the snowsports industry.

    Currently, I am working for Big Bear Mountain Resort as the Ski and Ride School Training Manager. It has been incredible to move down to Southern California and be able to positively impact and influence a whole new base of dedicated and passionate snowsports professionals.

    Growing the value of membership in the west through our premier events, promoting interaction and connection between our members, while listening and taking action on our member’s constructive feedback will keep the Western Division leading the way.


    Blaine Lomen

    PSIA Level 3, AASI Level 2, Children’s Specialist 1, Alpine Ed Staff Team Emeritus, Current Western Division Board of Directors – Ed Foundation Chair

    I have been an instructor, trainer, supervisor, assistant director and most recently a director of a ski and snowboard school, giving me a broad range of knowledge and experience in our industry. Within our division, I have been an examiner and on the Board in many different positions bringing past experience and understanding of our culture and membership.

    As a Board member for the last three years, I have been the representative to our Education Foundation Board also where I’m the Vice President. If you have followed the Foundation, you have witnessed the growth and great strides in communicating with the membership.

    I am also on the Finance Committees of both Boards. Though pouring over the finances of the organizations is neither fun or “sexy” it is important to keep tabs on where we are month to month and how your money is being spent/allocated.

    I understand the big picture as well as the finer details of our path and mission. I think the strengths of both the Education Foundation and PSIA-W Boards is the fact that we are very focused on how we can serve the membership better and more efficiently and I am dedicated to seeing that continue.

    Getting Involved In Your Organization

    By Lea Logal

    How can you have a voice and contribute to the success of the Western Division?

    Running for the Board of Directors

    Our Board of Directors is comprised of PSIA-AASI Western Division Members working for each and every member of this organization.  Running and serving on the board can give you a voice in present and future direction of the Western Division. Strong candidates who truly have the best interests of the membership at heart ensures that the people elected will make decisions that will benefit all members and the organization as a whole.  

    Not ready to make the 3-year commitment as a Board Member?  There are also committees that work directly with the Board and Board Members on projects throughout the year.  We are always looking for people ready and willing to get involved for our membership!

    To apply for a spot on the Board of Directors, contact our administrative director, Kristi, at kjereb@psia-w.org

    Writing An Article for our website or The Edge

    The content for our Western Division Newsletter and our online web posts is currently by and large contributed by our Board of Directors and perhaps an Educational Staff member here and there.  There are no restrictions on who can contribute to that publication. If you have a unique experience to share, and idea for a column that the readership might enjoy, or an article that can help your fellow instructors with their day-to-day success, the door is always open for you to contribute that content to our digital and print publications.  Having a larger number of member voices contributing to our divisional bi-yearly publication creates a stronger community, culture, and educational platform for all of us. Email your articles to info@psia-w.org and we will take a look at them!


    Volunteering at Events

    We are a non-profit organization that runs on the hard work and dedication of our staff, membership and volunteers.  Often at some of our bigger events we can use an extra set of hands to greet participants, make sure meeting areas are marked, communicate with membership, and help with a variety of other tasks that we may just need an extra set of willing hands to complete.  


    Donations to Ed Foundation

    Our Education Foundation mission “is to provide education opportunities for PSIA/AASI-W instructors looking to enhance their personal growth and further their careers in snow sports instruction.”  The Education Foundation is actually a separate, fundraising body who supports the educational goals of PSIA-AASI Western Division Membership. Donations made to the Ed Foundation fund scholarships for Western Division Members, supplement Western Division educational events, and help create better educational offerings for all of our  membership. Find out more and donate here


    Come to Our Events (even if you don’t need continuing ed credit)

    The best way to support your organization is to further your own educational and certification goals.  We want to help you grow personally and professionally. The Western Division has some of the best clinicians and trainers in the industry all with your needs and goals at heart.  Joining us with your own progression and clear goals in mind at any of our educational and certification events is a win/win for both you and your organization!


    PSIA-W welcomes our new board members

    Thank you everyone for running for or voting in our members of our Board of Directors election. There are 3 who were re-elected, and one new member, Terry Peters. You can find out more about each member here.


    Artie Castro

    My name is Artie Castro, and I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors for the past 5 years first serving as the Member School Chair and now as the Snowboard Vice President. I have also had the opportunity to serve on the Education Foundation Board during this time as well.  I am asking for your vote so that I can continue to serve you the members who play an integral part to the success of PSIA/AASI Western Division. I have had the opportunity to be a member of this fine organization for 28 years and have seen how PSIA/AASI helps our members with so many opportunities within the Snowsports Education Community and would like to continue this tradition. As an Alpine Level 3, Children’s Specialist Level 2, Freestyle Specialist Level 2, Snowboard Level 3, and a member of the AASI Western Division Ed Staff, I have benefited greatly by my affiliation with PSIA/AASI and want to continue to help others do the same as a Board Member of this amazing organization. Thank you for your consideration and thank you for the opportunity that you have given me to serve you these past 5 years.

    Email Artie @ artiecastro@gmail.com


    Rachel Bauer 

    People are my passion. I love working with and facilitating people in new and old projects, streamlining our efforts and collaborating ideas and decisions. I feel I would be an asset to the Board of Directors and our membership because

    I keep my promises to others. This is easy to do when we (as a Board) focus on small, incremental goals. So far in my ex-perience with working with this group and our membership, there have been many opportunities to feel the satisfaction of a job well done. This focused intent has proven to be beneficial to my success and maintains my high level of reliability.

    I hope to continue to work with the Board and the Western Division membership so to cultivate maximum productivity within myself

    Leigh Pierini

    I have been fortunate enough to be a member of this Board since this Spring, 2017.  I currently hold the Member School Chair position. With this role, I am also the Western representative on the National Snowsports Director’s Task Force.

    In the short time, I have served on the Board, we have made great strides in delivering- ing on the Director’s wish list. It would be an honor to continue to serve the membership and the Directors by having a chair on this Board of Directors.

    And a warm welcome to new Board member Terry Peters.

    Terry Peters

    Hello, my name is Terry Peters. I work full time at Northstar California as a trainer and as an instructor.

    I have been on Ed Staff since 2003, and I wish to be a voice for our members and instructors. For those of you who don’t know me, I am known as the Energizer Bunny. I have been putting a lot of thought into what I can do to make our division and industry more successful, appealing, and beneficial to our current membership and future membership. I would like to take this energy and passion I have and see the PSIA grow so that there are accessible and definable benefits to the membership beyond certification. Life in Resort Towns can be hard; I want to find other ways to make having a life in these amazing areas easier.

    Since I am a line instructor, I listen to and most definitely empathize with the challenges and needs of the instructors I work with. I want to bring your voice to the board.

    I have tried to be as successful as possible with my experiences in the ski industry. Starting in Canada I worked to get my CSIA Level 3, my Freestyle Cert and my Level 2 Race Coach. Adding my to my development I obtained my PSIA Alpine Level 3, Freestyle Level 3, Children’s Specialist Level 2 and Snowboard Level 1. Still looking for ways to develop my knowledge I worked in Australia for 10 years. Working in different countries has allowed me to become open-minded and see many different points of views and needs.

    Their roles will begin April 26th at noon.