Staff and Board Members

Founder 

Alex Davenport |Executive Director 

Alex Davenport’s passion for skiing is only matched by his passion for teaching others to enjoy the sport. In his nine years of ski instruction, his professional development includes PSIA Certifications of Level III Adaptive, Level II Alpine, Level I Snowboard, and Children’s Specialist. He also holds his USASA Coaching Level 100 Certification. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Disability Studies and Spanish. Alex has been an integral part of creating therapeutic adaptive experiences in Arizona. Before discovering his love of ski instruction, Alex received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant (E-5) from the United States Marine Corps.

Board Members

Ronald H. Mattson |President of the Board

Ron Mattson is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with degrees in Business Administration and Personnel Management. Mattson has spent 37 years in the insurance business with the last 16 as owner of Asset Development Group, LLC, a brokerage firm specializing in the formation and management of producer-owned re-insurance companies. In addition, Ron is a PSIA certified ski instructor at Arizona Snowbowl and is very familiar with the adaptive programs available around the country although he does not provide adaptive instruction.  He and his wife Shauna are the parents of a son, Erik, who has Down syndrome and who participates regularly in various special needs programs such a Special Olympics.

Jaime Gonzalez,  AZSB Ski and Ride School Director | Vice President of the Board

Jaime Gonzalez has been in the ski industry for over 20 years, and as Director of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resorts Ski and Snowboarding School, helped to develop the Adaptive Ski and Ride school. Gonzalez has extensive experience teaching skiing and riding for people with and without disabilities. He is knowledgeable in all adaptive discipline instruction including Monoski, Biski, 3Track, 4Track, Slider and Ski Bikes, and provides instruction for individuals with physical, cognitive, and visual impairments. Gonzalez also has helped to develop policies and procedures to ensure safe, effective adaptive alpine skiing, snowboarding, and ski biking experiences. Gonzalez has a long association with the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) that will enable us to continue to facilitate our training program to create proficient adaptive ski instructors. His connection with the Ski and Ride School, relationship with other mountain departments and knowledge of general mountain operations benefits NAASA’s operations as well.

Emily Markel, Tax Accountant | Treasurer of the Board

Emily Markel has a degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and is a tax accountant with John Kolody Jr. CPA, in Flagstaff, AZ, where she is experienced in corporate, small business, and nonprofit tax filing. Markel oversees the non-profit’s finances. She will be responsible for oversight of an Adaptive Sports Grant, if awarded, providing a second level of approval for grant expenditures and overseeing financial compliance. Markel has been a part-time Snowbowl employee for over 18 years, working most currently as an adaptive instructor for adaptive students with visual impairments, cognitive impairments and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Shauna Mattson | Secretary of the Board

Mrs. Mattson is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Business Administration and in Spanish. Her many years of work experience have involved positions in customer service, sales, and management. These required Shauna to use problem solving skills to find the best solutions for customers. She owns a business as a professional home organizer. Shauna is extremely organized and detail oriented. Since 1999 Shauna has worked on many committees for her children’s schools. They involve interaction with school administrators, parents, teachers and students. She was one of the founding board members of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council of Scottsdale and served as Secretary and Treasurer for seven years. She also has served on the board of a multi-owner houseboat as the Secretary/Treasurer. As the parent of a son with Down syndrome, Shauna has seen first-hand how Special Olympics and adaptive sports programs can benefit people with disabilities. These programs have built self-esteem, good sportsmanship, team work, and improved his athletic abilities. Her son Erik has made many friends through these programs and looks forward to them.

Josh Bangle | Board Member 

Josh Bangle is a long-time member of the Flagstaff community, having graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Communication and then pursuing a career in the local non-profit industry. Josh was the marketing and communications manager for Northland Hospice, before moving over to Lowell Observatory to fill the role as the Communication Director. Currently, Josh is the owner and operator of Ski Haus Flagstaff, a local ski and snowboard, retail, rental, and repair shop. Josh has been in the ski industry for more than ten years and holds a Level II ski certification through PSIA and has a certification for early childhood ski development. Josh has a passion for all things winter sports and enjoys sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities.

Zach Williams | Board Member

Zach Williams was born without his tibia bones and had bilateral knee disarticulation amputations shortly after his first birthday. He has been an active prosthetic user since the age of 2, participating in many sports including wrestling, surfing, backpacking, and softball to name a few. Zach has performed nationally and internationally with the “Barrier Breakers” travel team, an abled/disabled integrated gymnastics troupe. International travel to over 35 countries on 5 continents has given him the opportunity to experience and challenge perceptions of ability from many different perspectives. After a successful career in international student and scholar advising at the University of Southern California, Zach earned his M.S. degree from CSU Dominguez Hills and is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, making custom prosthetic limbs and braces. He deeply enjoys working with other people who face physical challenges adapt and thrive within their particular situation. This winter Zach was introduced to the sport of monoskiing through the adaptive ski program at Arizona Snowbowl. He has fallen in love with the sport and how his experience as an amputee has been an advantage rather than something to overcome. He looks forward to helping others have as much fun and freedom on the slopes as he is.