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The 1st weekend of August is our Summer Board meeting that takes place for 2 days in Truckee, California.  We have monthly 1 hour phone calls, and our Spring Board meeting is the Thursday before the Spring Convention every season.
Positions on the Board – There are 12 official seats (You Can find the working job descriptions here)
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President
Vice President
National Rep
Alpine Discipline Chair
Snowboard Discipline Chair
Other Positions
Children’s Chair
Policy and Procedures Chair
Publicity and Advisory Chair
Education Chair
Convention Chair
Ed Foundation Chair
Member School Management Chair
Sub-Chair Members
Adaptive and Senior Chairs

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PSIA-W Education Foundation – where is the money going?

Katherine Hayes Rodriguez.

Hello Members, As your new President of the PSIA-W Education Foundation, I am excited to build on this amazing legacy of helping instructors. Twenty- three years ago, I had the privilege to work with Greg Felsch and Blaine Lomen to form and incorporate the Foundation. I am very excited about the potential of the Foundation to make a positive impact on the PSIA-AASI membership and our community.

Originally, as a PSIA-West Board of Directors, we were looking at ways to fund some new on-snow educational products (such as Children’s events) and printed materials (such as the Master Plan) without having to raise event or membership fees. Over the years, the Foundation has been able to successfully nurture these kinds of programs until they are able to financially stand on their own. Examples include Women’s Summit, the Fall Professional Development Day, and lately, training and projects that help our education staff deliver the best possible on-snow experiences to our members. We also support the membership through individual scholarships for education, accreditation, and multi-day immersion events.

Our current Education Foundation Board is committed to energizing the Foundation.

Our plan is two-fold:

Through a solid core of investments create a sustainable amount of money to take us into the future. Our cumulative fund balances are currently hovering near $200,000. We have benefited from individual donations, as well as a rise in the stock market.

Conscientiously fund worthwhile projects each season. Our target is to ‘give back’ to the membership roughly 10% of our accumulated reserves each season. The math is simple. The more money we have the more we can responsibly distribute back to the members of the PSIA-W

On tap for this year:

• Sponsor the Oct. 14 Professional Development Day

• Provide individual Scholarships for deserving members

• Assist with funding for staff uniforms

• Create a fund to help volunteer Adaptive Instructors re-coop costs of certification

• Spruce up our ‘brand’ with a Foundation pamphlet and signage

We would appreciate your consideration of making a charitable donation to Education Foundation. A donation will directly support your fellow PSIA-W members in their pursuit of professionalism and excellence.

Please join me in thanking my fellow Ed Foundation Board members who give selflessly to our organization:

Blaine Lomen, Vice-President
Artie Castro, Treasurer
Dave Sutherland, Secretary
Nick Treat, Director at Large

This July 30th marked the 20th anniversary of the tragedy in Thredbo, Australia. In the dark of night 2 buildings collapsed under a mud and snow slide, killing 18 people. Two of those wonderful people were my very great friends Mike and Mariam Sodergren. This particular year because the anniversary year ends with a zero we purposely have Mike and Mim in our thoughts even more often. I hope you do too.
– Barclay Moore

This article appeared in print in our Fall Edge Newsletter in September 2017.

Education Foundation News

The PSIA-W Education Foundation supports many educational events in the Western Division each season by providing financial assistance to members, member schools, and staff trainers.

“The benefit of the Scholarship to me was that it enabled me to maintain my Level 1 Certification.” -Cari Kelley, PSIA Level 1

This important financial support helps members participate in educational events, helps member schools provide unique training opportunities for their staff, and sends staff and volunteers to national conferences and workshops. Your awareness of, and support for, the PSIA-W Education Foundation is vital to the strength of the western division’s teachers and the health of the snow-sports industry.

“Education advancement is the future and heart of what we do.” – Scotty Haines, Mammoth Ski and Snowboard School support events such as:

The PSIA Education Foundation supports events such as:

  • Professional Development Day
  • National Standards Conference
  • Member Schools Management Meetings
  • Education Staff Training
  • Resort Trainer, Mammoth Mountain

There are many ways you can help support ski and snowboard education in our division. Ask how you can get involved.

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Western Education Foundation

The mission of the Education Foundation is to provide education opportunities for PSIA/AASI-Western instructors looking to enhance their personal growth and further their careers in snowsports instruction.

 

Examples of some of The Education Foundations projects:

  • Direct support of PSIA/AASI-W events such as the Professional Development Day to make education less expensive and more available to our members.
  • Supported consistent and unified National standards for certification by funding National Standards training
  • Supported the educational and professional development of individual members through scholarships

History of the Foundation:

The PSIA-W Education Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and accepted as a 501 (c)(3) by the IRS in 1995. The early organizing committee included Greg Felsch, Blaine Lomen and Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez. The initial goals of the Foundation were to raise money to cover the cost of producing publications, such as the Division newsletter and exam manuals and to offset costs of events for our members for events such as Convention or Fall Rally. One of the early accomplishments of the Foundation was production and distribution of the Master Plan document in the mid-1990s. The Foundation continues to support the mission of PSIA by supporting development of individual members through scholarships and funding education projects.

The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Organization in good standing, Federal ID # 77-0381837. The Foundation is supervised by the Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Your Education Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez, President
  • Blaine Lomen, Vice-President
  • Dave Sutherland, Secretary
  • Artie Castro, Treasurer
  • Nick Treat, Director

Contact Us

Interested in applying for a scholarship? Visit our Scholarship Application page.

History Of The Foundation

HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION

The Education Foundation was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to PSIA/AASI-W  instructors looking to enhance their personal growth and further their careers in snow sports instruction.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide education opportunities for professional ski and snowboard instructors.Examples of some of our projects:

    • Supported consistent and unified National standards for certification by funding National Standards training
    • Funded “New Member Welcome Days” to help introduce potential new members to the Association
    • Supported the educational and professional development of individual members through scholarships
    • Supported creative educational materials within Western Division, such as translating new member materials into Spanish
    • Direct support of PSIA/AASI-W events to make education less expensive and more available to our members

History of the Foundation

The PSIA-W Education Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and accepted as a 501 (c)(3) by the IRS in 1995. The early organizing committee included Greg Felsch, Blaine Lomen and Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez. The initial goals of the Foundation were to raise money to cover the cost of producing publications, such as the Division newsletter and exam manuals and to offset costs of events for our members for events such as Convention or Fall Rally. One of the early accomplishments of the Foundation was production and distribution of the Master Plan document in the mid-1990s. The Foundation continues to support the mission of PSIA by supporting development of individual members through scholarships and funding education projects.

Mike and Miriam Sodergren

Mike and Miriam Sodergren

The Sodergren Fund

In 1997, Mike and Miriam (Mim) Sodergren were killed in a landslide in Thredbo, Australia. Mike and Mim were beloved and respected as instructors, educators and motivators. They served the Division as examiners/clinicians for PSIA-W, regional demonstration team member (Mike), Junior Education Team member (Mim), and co-founders of ski school programs such as the Women’s program at Alpine Meadows (Mim) and the North American Ski Training Center (Mike). After the 1997 tragedy, some members of the Association, including Chris Fellows, Barclay Moore, and many others ?? helped to set up a Fund to honor the memory of the Sodergrens’. The Sodergren Fund assists full-time instructors who have invested themselves fully in the profession of ski instruction and demonstrate a willingness to ‘give back’ their time, energy and enthusiasm

The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Organization in good standing, Federal ID # 77-0381837. The Foundation is supervised by the Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Contact information for your Education Foundation Board of Directors:

Jenn Taylor, President

Blain Lomen, Commitee Chair Secretary

Artie Castro, Treasurer

Kathryn Hayes-Rodriguez, Director

Bryan Schilling, Director

How Scholarships are funded:

Scholarships are funded primarily through donations of our members, participation in the Fall Golf Tournament and the Silent Auction Fundraiser at our Spring Convention.

Interested in creating a new scholarship? Please contact the PSIA/AASI-W office.

Women’s Summit – Special Funds Account: If you are looking for information on how to donate to the Women’s Summit – Special Funds Account, please contact Heidi Ettlinger at 530.318.8661 or heidiettlinger@aol.com,

Interested in applying for a scholarship? Visit our Scholarship Application page.

General information about the Foundation, you can email: info@psia-w.org

Scholarship Application

The Sodergren Scholarship is designed to give ‘career’ instructors an opportunity to attend a Multi-day clinic, such as National Academy, or the PSIA/AASI Spring Convention, or other full immersion clinic opportunities that will enhance personal and professional growth. The ideal is to reward dedicated instructors with a potentially ‘life changing’ event. The Foundation Board has allocated @ $ 2500 toward Sodergren Scholarships.

To apply:  Scholarship Application online form.

Please read  and complete the Scholarship Application, and follow criteria carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.The deadline for applying for any of the below listed scholarships is 5 pm December 1. Please read and follow criteria carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If funds are available, a follow-up round of applications will be accepted by the following Feb. 1.

SPECIAL NOTE -Jan, 2016. All available funds for this season have been given out. Our next round of Sodergren Scholarships will be December 2016. You are able to apply for a Scholarship at that time for an event you completed this season.

Criteria: that is potentially life-changing. Scholarships will be evaluated based on

          • Your Commitment to the industry.
          • Consistent contribution to your snowsports school
          • How the scholarship will help you fulfill your personal goals, and help the Foundation in carrying out it’s vision.

Sodergren Scholarship recipients are generally full-time instructors who have invested themselves fully in the profession of ski instruction. They display the qualities that Mike and Mim held in high regard. their passion for the the sport, but most importantly, they gave their time and available resources to anyone who was willing to come along with a sense of humor.

 Use it or lose itSuccessful applicants must use their scholarship during the season it was awarded. If you are unable to use your scholarship due to illness, injury or other unavoidable issues, you can re-apply the following season.