Maureen Muller – Business Manager
Bebe Byrd – Office Assistant / Logistics
Jill Pidcock – Director of Development & Community Relations
Jill is a parent of a son with autism, an ordained minister, and an autism advocate. She serves on the Colorado Autism Commission, and serves on the board of directors for The ARC of Colorado. Jill brings a wealth of insight into the autism and larger communities, enabling ESC to find the resources needed for sustainability and growth.
Matt McIntire – Director of Programs
Born and raised a ski racer from Vermont, Matt was drawn to the west in his early 20’s in search of bigger mountains. He relocated to Crested Butte, Colorado where he worked special events and began coaching ski racing. Eventually moving to Flagstaff, Arizona to receive a B.S. in Outdoor Education at Northern Arizona University and working with special needs as respite care throughout college. He also continued his work in the ski industry as a ski instructor and eventually a head coach of the Flagstaff Ski Team. In the summer season he was a guide that lead backpacking and day hikes into the Grand Canyon. Trading cold for warm he moved to Hawaii where he continued guiding clients on a variety of tours from kayak to mountain biking. Eventually turning his focus to guiding youth and teens with Autism in the outdoor arena. Working for an ABA therapy provider he became a BCABA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) and has been a clinical supervisor for the last 3 years both in homes and in the community. He has always been drawn to the therapeutic elements of being outside and is now joining ESC to turn his focus more on the benefits of outdoor-based therapy while utilizing ABA strategies.
Carly Knauf – Adult Program Manager
Trading lakes for mountains, Carly is a Michigander turned Coloradan. Lured by the mission and vision of Extreme Sports Camp, Carly spent her first summer in Aspen in 2012 and fell in love with environment, people, and, of course, the amazing campers! Duty called at the end of the summer and Carly returned to Michigan State University (Go Green!) to finish graduate school. She couldn't shake the mile-high state of mind and returned to Colorado after receiving an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. Rehabilitation Counseling allowed Carly to focus her lifelong enthusiasm for helping others in a program with an emphasis on helping adults with various disabilities achieve their personal, social and career goals through a holistic hands-on counseling approach. Carly has experience as an aide for children and adults with autism dating back to elementary school, and she successfully translated that passion to collegiate positions by serving on the executive board for Best Buddies and co-founding D.A.R.N. (Disability Advocacy Rehabilitation Network). Carly's vast experience isn't confined to the United States: she has traveled to Ireland and Haiti to help children and adults with disabilities and expand her scope of disability counseling to international practices. Carly is beyond excited to apply her education and experience and is gearing up for another unforgettable summer as part of the ESC family-this time as a Colorado resident!
Diane Osaki, OT – Consultant to Extreme Sports Camp
Deeply involved in the shaping and development of our programs, Diane has played an integral role in our success. Year to year, she has helped to continually improve our program quality which makes the experience and benefits for the kids who attend the Extreme Sports Camp the best they can be. Diane is personally involved in our training each season and provides valuable on-site direction and guidance for our entire staff. She attends periodically during the summer and winter programs to provide guidance and training throughout our programs.
Diane Osaki is the Early Start Denver Model Director of Firefly Autism. She was the founder and executive director of the center – originally known as the Aspen Center for Autism – in 2003, and served on the board from 2007 to 2010. She is a pediatric occupational therapist and has been working with people with developmental disabilities for nearly 20 years, specializing in treatment for children with autism and their families. Prior to opening what was then the Aspen Center for Autism, Diane was with JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Health Services. Diane is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Autism Society of America, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Autism Society of America. Diane provides educational and behavior consultation to families and schools in Colorado and around the world. Her intervention focuses on building positive relationships and the science of instruction to improve learning in all areas of development.
Sallie Bernard – Board President
Sallie is a co-founder of ESC and the Board President. Sallie has over 20 years in the autism field. Her biographical information is on the Board of Director's section.
Deb Sullivan Gravelle – Executive Director
Deb comes to us with more than 20 years of outdoor recreation and sports program experience. A Boulder native, skiing is her first sport, but over the past 25 years she’s competed in sailing, which included a few years racing on the US SAILING team. With a great passion for the outdoors and recreation, she feels it’s important to share her passion to be outside and active – her primary goal is to make sure everyone has an activity to take them outside for wellness and for LIFE. Deb holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and taught middle school PE for 10 years. She also has her master’s degree in Sports Administration and has spent the last 10 years running and directing sailing and skiing programs both in the US and abroad. During her time with US SAILING, she certified and trained sailing instructors and coaches and is a member of the National Faculty, where she spends time developing and editing training manuals. Deb is excited to be in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley and working with Extreme Sports Camp.