Brad Alvarez, President

Brad Alvarez grew up on the slopes of Alpine Meadows, where he was also a member of the ski team and the ski team coaching staff and also volunteered as a ski instructor for the Achieve Tahoe (formerly known as Disabled Sports Far West Group).  During all four years of college, Brad was a member of the Harvard Ski Team. Prior to attending law school, Brad worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse and is now a corporate associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins. He advises public and private companies, private equity firms, and venture capital firms in their strategic transactions.

Brad joined the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (PTCF’s predecessor non-profit organization) in 2016 and led the athlete scholarship program before becoming President of the Board in 2020.  His involvement on the Board is driven by his desire to stay connected with the Palisades Tahoe community and to foster a love of snow sports in today’s young athletes.  His favorite run at Palisades Tahoe is Estelle Bowl.

Jim Giacobazzi, Treasurer

Learning to ski at Wolverton Ski Area in Sequoia National Park, Jim possibly holds the Board’s record for the most rope tow laps. As President of Deposition Sciences Inc, Jim brings over 20 years of executive management experience to the Palisades Tahoe Community Foundation board, including expertise in business development, product/technology development, P&L management, revenue and market share growth, operational infrastructure, and customer acquisition/retention.

Jim’s most memorable Palisades Tahoe experiences were skiing in the US nationals at Squaw in 1980 then watching his son follow in his footsteps and race on Exhibition 29 years later.  For Jim, being on the Board of the PTCF is an opportunity to give back to skiing because it was such a positive influence in his own life.  PTCF’s focus on helping with affordability provides opportunity to northern California athletes that might otherwise not be able to engage in such a life changing sport.

Marc Axelbaum

Marc hails from the East Coast, where he learned to ski the rugged terrain of the mid-Atlantic in all its 1000-foot vertical drop glory.  Marc is now a partner at Pillsbury, where he leads the firm’s Northern California Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense practice and co-leads the Litigation – Trusts, Estates and High Net Worth team.

An Olympic Valley Far West and Devo team parent, Marc’s favorite Palisades Tahoe memory is skiing with his entire family on the Fourth of July. When in Tahoe, he can be found skiing the Palisades or Silverado Gate 8, when its open. Marc joined the Palisades Tahoe Community Foundation board in 2020 to help athletes develop skills and fulfill their dreams without money getting in the way.

Kitty Butler

Kitty is relatively new to Palisades Tahoe, but not to the mountains. The Butler family ski racing journey has taken Kitty from a small “hill” in Ontario, Canada to a three-year stint in Banff, with a six year stop in New England before settling in at Palisades Tahoe. During that time, Kitty has worked as a producer, host, and reporter for sports networks in Toronto. Since moving to the US, Kitty has focused on volunteer work and event planning.

A race team mom, Kitty joined the PTCF board in 2021 to continue her family’s tradition of giving back to a sport and community that has given her family so much. She brings a wealth of fundraising, event planning, and governance best practice to PTCF.

Dee Byrne

Dee is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Palisades Tahoe. Dee has worked in the ski industry for over 30 years and has held numerous positions across prominent mountains and brands. Dee joined SVAM in 2011 as the Managing Director of Snowsports Schools and Ski Teams and was promoted to Vice President of Skier Services in 2017. As Vice President, Dee was responsible for overseeing the Guest Experience, Ski and Snowboard Teams, Ski and Snowboard Schools, Competition Services, Ticketing/Contact Center, non-ski activities and Mountain Hosts. In addition to her role at the resort, Dee serves on multiple Boards of Directors and is an advisor to PSIA on National and Divisional level. In April 2020, she received PSIA/AASI’s National “Distinguished Service Award”.

Dee doesn’t have a favorite run – there are too many – but she can often be seen lapping Summit Chair and Headwall or hanging out on one of the Team PT training venues.  She loves to interact with the kids and coaches on the hill where the memories are made.  Dee is an ardent supporter of ski racing having grown up in a family of skiers.  She credits skiing together as the reason she remains so close to her siblings to this day.  Kids who grow up skiing/riding in a structured environment are provided a unique opportunity to develop character and skills that will enable them through life.  This inspires Dee to support and promote PTCF.

Marcy Dolan

Originally from New England, Marcy has lived in Truckee and skied at Palisades Tahoe for over 30 years. She brings an array of experience to the board as a parent of three children who have all competed on the PT ski team, as a coach, and as a former Alpine Ski racer. Marcy works as a respiratory therapist and asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case manager.

A Big Mountain parent, Marcy loves to ski KT22. She joined the PTCF board in 2017 as a way to give back to the community and to help maintain balance between what Truckee and Palisades Tahoe has been to her and what’s on the horizon.

Bill Hudson

Bill’s passion for skiing runs deep and is rooted in Palisades Tahoe, where he learned to ski. Bill followed in his mother’s footsteps as an Olympic skier and carried on his family legacy as a member of the United States Ski Team, participant in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, and a competitor at the X-Games, where he won a silver medal in skiercross. Prior to becoming the Ski Team Program Director at Palisades Tahoe, Bill was the executive director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy for 13 years.

Recognizing PTCF helps make our amazing sport accessible to athletes from a much greater range of socio-economic backgrounds and strengthens our community, Bill joined the Palisades Tahoe Community Foundation as a board advisor in [year].  When Bill isn’t working hard behind the scenes to ensure the ski program runs smoothly, he can be found skiing 75 chute or continuing the family tradition of skiing with his wife and three children each Christmas Day.

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah became a full-time ski and snowboard instructor after graduating from high school in Pennsylvania. While teaching, he discovered the enjoyment of helping people overcome the fear of sliding down the mountain to experience sheer joy. Currently, Jeremiah is a user experience designer at a mid-size software company and also the founder and lead product designer of Orange Peel Design Group.  With over 20 years’ experience as a web and user interface designer, Jeremiah brings a wealth of creative ideas to the Palisades Tahoe Community Foundation Board.

A dedicated ski team parent, Jeremiah now lives in Utah, where his son is a freeride skier who competes nationally and trains in Park City year-round. Previously an Alpine Meadows Big Mountain parent, Jeremiah continues to actively participate in our community today as a way of giving back to the mountain program which allowed his son to fall in love with the sport of skiing and what the mountains have to offer.

Meagan Nichols

An East Coast transplant, Meagan learned to ski on the icy faces of Vermont and New Hampshire.  For the last 14 years, Meagan was a Partner and the Global Head of the Real Assets Investment Group at Cambridge Associates.  In addition to serving on the PTCF board, she sits on the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Board of Directors.

Meagan taught her two sons to ski at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.  As the mom of Big Mountain and Mighty Mites skiers at Palisades Tahoe, Meagan joined the PTCF board in 2020 as a way to share her family’s passion for skiing with others and to make the sport more financially accessible. Her favorite Palisades Tahoe tradition is skiing with her extended family on New Years Eve, particularly if there is powder on Granite Chief.