Board of Directors

The TCCSEA Board of Directors was formed in 1999 when several local residents, business owners, coaches and athletes entered a concession agreement with the Tahoe City Public Utility District to operate Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. Along with strong management, dedicated staff and a multitude of volunteers, the Board of Directors works year-round to offer the most welcoming, challenging and perfectly groomed trails in the nation.

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Jim Robins

After moving to Tahoe in 1975, Jim made his first Nordic turns touring Blackwood Canyon and then at Tahoe Nordic, which was the Highland’s Nordic Center at the time. He has served on the board since 1999 as a founding member and is currently Board President.

  • Executive Committee
  • Schilling Lodge Project Committee
  • Contract Compliance Committee
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Gerald Rockwell
Vice President

A Tahoe resident and Nordic skier since 1977, Gerald joined the board in 2016. He has spent 11 years on the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team Board and 16 years as Field Office Chief for the US Geological Survey, where he worked for 38 years.

  • Schilling Lodge Committee
  • Facilities Committee
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Debbie Hogan

Debbie has spent every summer in Tahoe since 1960 and became a permanent resident in 1980. She worked in the downhill ski business for 25 years at Squaw and Northstar and is now the Co-owner and Business Manager for Integrated Environmental. Debbie joined the board in 2016 and is currently our Board Secretary.

  • Finance Committee
  • Marketing & Development Committee
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Mike Wells

Over the years, Mike Wells has served as Treasurer for various nonprofits, including Creekside PTO, Girls on the Run-Sierras, and Far West Nordic Ski Education Association. He has prepared the exempt organization returns for TCCSEA and the tax returns for Tahoe XC for approximately 12 years. Mike enjoys cross-country skiing and wants to help encourage kids who grow up in this area to take up the sport.

  • Finance Committee
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Ben Grasseschi
Executive Director

Ben learned to ski in the potato fields of Idaho, Nordic raced throughout college, pursued a post-college ski racing career, and in 2005 began coaching full time. He has coached nationally and internationally from youth World Cup all the way to Master skiers. As Executive Director, he oversees operations, grooming, programs, events and even teaches weekly clinics.

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Roger Chaney

Roger moved with his family to Squaw Valley in 1976 and has lived in Reno since 1998. When he was 11 years old, his mom rented equipment from the Blue Star Hotel in Truckee and took him skiing at Lake Van Norden in the Donner Summit Valley. He has been skiing ever since. Roger joined the board in 2016.

  • Junior Committee
  • Marketing & Development Committee
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Doug McNair

In 1979, Doug moved to Tahoe and groomed for Squaw Valley Nordic, then for Skip Reedy at Tahoe Nordic Center (now Tahoe XC). He is employed by Tahoe XC to maintain all trails, machinery and a high quality of grooming and is a founding member of TCCSEA.

  • Facilities Committee
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Renee Koijane

Renee Koijane brings more than 20 years of marketing and branding experience to Tahoe XC, having done consulting for global high tech companies and consumer brand giants as well as start ups and locally owned businesses. Renee is a practicing and selling oil painter who, when not in her studio, can be found biking, hiking or skate skiing.

  • Marketing & Development Committee
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Rick Ganong

Rick Ganong moved to Tahoe on February 12, 1979 with his wife and 15 month daughter. As a UCLA trained internist he was excited to join Truckee Tahoe Medical Group. That February day there was no snow on the ground. The next day there was four feet! Three more kids and a few dogs later, he’s never looked back. His passion for Tahoe remains strong and he joined the board in 2018 to help Tahoe XC to the best of his capacity.

  • Schilling Lodge Project Committee
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Genevieve Evans

Genevieve moved to North Lake Tahoe after college in the winter of 95-96. After a 4-year hiatus in Oakland, she returned to Tahoe in 2003 and discovered Nordic skiing. She has been a Tahoe XC passholder ever since, a Strider Gliders Coach for 5 years and joined our board in 2018.

  • Junior Committee
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Tom McElroy

Tom grew up skiing in Minnesota and trained at the Squaw Valley Olympic Training Center in 1978 as a member of the U.S. Biathlon team. He has been teaching and coaching cross-country skiing and biathlon in Tahoe since 1995, served as a board member of the Auburn Ski Club for 5 years, and joined the board in 2018.

  • Schilling Lodge Project Committee
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Sue Rae Irelan

Sue Rae started backcountry skiing in college in Bozeman, Montana, was confirmed a tele skier when she moved to Tahoe in 1986, and took up skate skiing when her children joined Strider Gliders and their middle school Nordic team. She joined the board in 2018 as a way to celebrate the strong community she finds at Tahoe XC.

  • Schilling Lodge Project Committee

If you are interested in joining the TCCSEA Board of Directors, please contact us.