Foundation Board of Directors


Roger Ashton


Roger Ashton is the President of the Sierra at Tahoe Education Foundation. He is from the Bay Area, but the American River Canyon is where he lives on the weekends. Roger graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984. He has skied all of his life, and Sierra has been his home mountain that entire time. He was a ski patroller for 10 years and worked at Sierra for much of that time. Roger has been involved with the Freeride Ski program at Sierra since 2012 with his son. His immediate and extended family has an additional seven members on various Sierra teams. Roger brings over 30 years of construction business and business ownership experience to his position on the Board. "I am very thankful for the teams and coaching that Sierra at Tahoe offers to our youth, who are both local and from out of the area. As president of the Sierra at Tahoe Education Foundation, my goal is to promote and support this program to the highest degree."

Silke Rover


What seems like yesterday, I moved from Germany to Tahoe to work for a non-profit for one year. Unlike most people that move to Tahoe for its beauty and outdoor opportunities, I came for the job and only then realized what a special place Tahoe is! And 18 years later, I am still here! I learned how to ski at Sierra-at-Tahoe and later my husband and I taught our 3 children to ski in the same place. We live in South Lake Tahoe and when there is no traffic it only takes us 15 minutes to Sierra. Last year, our son Finn started skiing on Sierra's competition team. In order to be able to go up on the mountain and see his competitions, I left my part-time job at Heavenly and started working at Sierra this year (Wild Mountain Daycare). My other jobs are teaching preschool in Nevada, supporting my daughter's gymnastics competition team at Inversion Gym, and assisting our son with homeschooling. I am proud to have been elected to serve as secretary on the Sierra at Tahoe Education Education Foundation.

Sue Perpall


I'm a longtime Foundation parent and board member. My kids Maddie and Alec Bowman are alumni! I've skied at Sierra since I was two and I consider it my second home and family. I have a disobedient yellow lab named Charlie and a cat named Dynamite, after Alec's favorite run. A Tahoe resident, I also enjoy mountain biking, fly fishing and water skiing. This year, I'm proud to say, is my 29th year as a registered nurse. I'm also a powder pig....

Ryan Bryan


I am a long-time local and have been in South Lake Tahoe since I was 22 years old. I met my wife of 15 years here, I am raising two awesome kids here and I run a business here. This is my home and I care deeply about it. I remember coming to South Shore as a kid and knew there was something special about Tahoe. Both of boys are on the teams at Sierra and I want to help in any way I can. My goal as a board member is to help the winter athletes achieve their goals. I want to support our athletes and add value to all of the teams. Communication between the athletes, coaches, parents and board members on the foundation is very important to me. Sierra at Tahoe has a history of success with competition teams and the members of the board want to continue that legacy as best we can.

Carl Murray


I was born in Placer County and currently live on the west slope with my wife and 3 boys/young men. I’ve spent my winters on the many mountains around the Tahoe basin. Our family came to Sierra 12 years ago, and we never left. The boys were raised in the Sierra Alpine Race Programs. In addition to my day job, I run the Golden Sierra High School Snow Sports Race Team. It’s pretty obvious that I am passionate about skiing!

Trina Johnston


Born and raised in Auburn, Tahoe was always my second home. I have lived various places in the Sierra Nevadas, and currently call Pollock Pines home. I am a full time RN at Marshall Hospital in Placerville. My Youngest daughter, Keira, is on the Alpine Race team and, being homeschooled, gets to come to Sierra almost daily to ski and train. Sierra has been our home mountain for the last 11 years, and very close to our hearts, as my husband, Zak, is the Assistant Ski Patrol director, and our beloved dog, Khuno, is Sierra’s Senior Avalanche Rescue Dog. I look forward to contributing, and supporting the wonderful programs Sierra has to offer our youth, and hope to make a positive impact going forward. I am proud to be a part of the Board.

Board Meeting - 2/18/17

Board Meeting - 1/18/17

Board Meeting - 12/31/16