OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Trinity Wells – Chair
Trinity Wells - Board Chair
Trinity Wells – Board Chair
Trinity has made a career of leveraging financial analysis to facilitate strategic discussions for clients in the technology, government and nonprofit sectors. She began her career in investment banking (George K. Baum & Company, 2006 – 2013), structuring over $1 billion in capital project financings for education and nonprofit institutions. Now she works as an independent financial consultant (TJL Consulting LLC, 2013 – present) helping clients strategically navigate and manage growth, acquisition or change.
An avid outdoorswoman, she can be found setting first skin tracks, backpacking with her baby daughter on her chest, or climbing with friends. In 2011, Trinity took a year-long sabbatical in the form of a (virtually unprecedented) adventure where she and two friends thru-hiked up the spine of South America. In recognition of her trip and contribution of scientific data collected along the way, Trinity was awarded the Spirit of Adventure Award in 2016 by her alma mater, Colorado College, which “recognizes an alumnus/a who exemplifies the unique CC experience through a life of intellectual, social, or physical adventure.”
Prior to joining the Paradox Sports board in 2015, Trinity served on the boards of two wilderness-focused nonprofits – cityWILD (Denver, CO), which provides at-risk youth with wilderness service learning opportunities, and Pacific Biodiversity Institute (Winthrop, WA), which focuses on land preservation in South America.
She resides in her mountain playground, Nederland, CO, with her husband Jake, young daughter Atlantis, and black and fuzzy adventure pup, Pali.
DJ Skelton grew up in Elk Point, SD. He briefly attended the University of South Dakota before embarking upon an unorthodox path of serving our Nation over the past two decades. His energy, leadership, sense of adventure and inspiration has gained him National and Global recognition.
DJ enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 as an interrogator and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). In 1999 he was nominated to attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, and commissioned in 2003 as a 2LT. After graduating from Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne school, DJ was severely wounded in November, 2004, while leading a rifle infantry platoon in Charlie Company, 1-5 IN BN, 1st BDE of the 25th ID in close combat in Fallujah, Iraq.
Since his recovery at Walter Reed, DJ dedicated himself to advancing the causes of wounded vets, authoring Our Hero Handbook, a comprehensive guide to assist wounded service members and their families in their recovery and rehabilitation. DJ also served as a military advisor to Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England on veterans’ affairs and care for wounded service members. DJ returned to Monterey, CA in 2008 to command Echo Company of the 229th MI BN at DLIFLC. He was also the Associate Dean for the Middle East School. He returned to the Pentagon in 2010 to serve as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Mike Mullen, advising on veteran transition issues, wounded warrior policy and improving services to military families. DJ also served as a Non-Resident Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, leading the “silent wounds” project on post-traumatic growth for the center.
After six years of continual surgeries, rehab and recovery, DJ returned to the Infantry, completed the Infantry Captains Career Course at Ft. Benning, GA, was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (CR) in Vilseck, Germany, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as the Commander of Comanche Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd CR in Panjway, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, DJ was selected to serve as a China Foreign Area Officer (FAO). He completed Command and General Staff College and spent a year in Beijing, China conducting in-region training as a FAO.
DJ is fluent in Chinese, is one of the youngest graduates of Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellowship program, and is the Co-Founder of Paradox Sports, a non-profit organization that provides inspiration, opportunities, and adaptive equipment to the community, empowering their pursuit of a life of excellence.
DJ currently serves on active duty and is attending the Naval Postgraduate School pursuing a Master’s in International Relations. He lives in Monterey, CA with his wife Tucker and son Dakota.
Craig R. Smith is Chairman of the Board of Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 Company and a leading healthcare logistics company dedicated to Connecting the World of Medical Products to the Point of CareTM by providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers of healthcare products. With logistics platforms strategically located in the United States and Europe, Owens & Minor today serves markets where three quarters of global healthcare spending occurs.
Craig was named Chairman of the Board in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, from April 2013 until August 2013, when he relinquished the president’s title. He was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2005, after serving as President & Chief Operating Officer since 1999. Craig was also named to the Owens & Minor board of directors in 2005.
Craig has been active in the healthcare industry and in the community as a volunteer. He served as a governor‘s appointee on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority from July 2010 to June 2013. He also served on the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of CrossOver Ministry of Richmond, which provides healthcare services to those in need. In addition, Craig served as the Chairman of the successful 2009 Central Virginia United Way Campaign. Currently, Craig serves on the University of Southern California’s Board of Leaders and on the Board of Alumni and Friends for Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Southern California, and completed the executive program at the Colgate Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Smith and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons.
Price Floyd is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and grew up spending as much time as he could outdoors – with the Boy Scouts, hiking and skiing in New Mexico and Colorado (the mountains weren’t quite big enough in Texas) and is now trapped in Washington, DC.
Price has extensive communications experience at the most senior levels of government and the private sector. He was most recently a senior public relations expert with Blue Engine Message and Media where he worked with Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and advocacy campaigns. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Vice President of Communications, responsible for Internal Communications and Global Digital Strategy, for BAE Systems.
Immediately prior to joining BAE Systems, Price was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (PDASD) from April 2009 until August 2010. In this role he served as staff advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for public information, internal information and community relations. Floyd led the worldwide public affairs community of approximately 2,400 military and civilian personnel. In this capacity, he transformed the Defense community into a digital leader in communications, launching all of the Defense Department’s social media platforms and creating an engaged and proactive public affairs workforce.
From 2007 through 2009 Floyd led the communications efforts for the Center for a New American Security. He promoted their policy initiatives and helped to transform it, from founding, into one of the pre-eminent national security organizations in the United States.
At the U.S. Department of State Price Floyd held several positions between 1990 and 2007. His final position was Director of Media Affairs, in which capacity he led the day-to-day relations with the media and developed and implemented media strategies to promote the foreign policy agenda of the Department. This included everything from the war in Iraq and elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the responses to natural disasters, such as the tsunami in Indonesia and the earthquake in Pakistan.
Price is married to Elizabeth Waters, a psychotherapist and attempts to keep up with her and their three teenage children. He does a couple of triathlons a year and wishes he could do Crossfit 24/7.
Rebecca grew up in Vermont and fell in love with the outdoors at an early age, running, biking, hiking, camping, and skiing in the woods and ski area by her house. Rebecca headed west to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder while starting a cleaning business to help fund tuition.
Thriving on giving back, Rebecca has always been involved in various volunteering endeavors whether it’s helping to build playgrounds for local schools, taking people up their first Colorado 14er or helping individuals fundraise money for Team In Training and train to run their first marathon.
After college, Rebecca backpacked and biked through Europe, trekked in Patagonia and climbed Kilimanjaro before starting her professional career in sales and marketing. Her love for endurance sports (competing in Ironman triathlons and ultra running) and talking to people quickly led her to working for technology companies in Boulder, CO and currently she is a Regional Manager for ChronoTrack, specializing in registration and timing technology for endurance events.
Maury Birdwell, ESQ.
Maury Birdwell, ESQ.
Maury Birdwell, ESQ.
Maury is an Oklahoma native who quickly discovered the outdoors at a young age as an escape and mechanism for self development. The local Wichita Mountains wilderness area served as his venue for hiking and backpacking and soon matured into a life long fixation with climbing. He guided rock climbing outings in college and has summited peaks from Canada to Patagonia, Switzerland, and more. He loves sharing his passion with others and seeing the transformative power that a mother nature fueled pursuit can have in someone’s life.
After a ‘brief three year exile’ on the east coast to earn his law degree from Georgetown University, Maury made his home in Boulder, Colorado, where he runs a law practice focused on business, entrepreneurship, and non-profit development. He thrives on advising businesses and organizations and guiding their growth with reasoned thought, advice, and sometimes a touch of devil’s advocacy. In 2012 he co-founded and continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Honnold Foundation, which supports projects from the perspective of “improving lives through sustainability.”
Judd fell in love with the outdoors after he participated in a NOLS backcountry skiing course as a teenager. Shortly thereafter he graduated high school, packed his car and started a 10 year career guiding wilderness trips for organizations such as Outward Bound and Wilderness Inquiry. During this time he found climbing and developed a deep appreciation and love for the confidence, joy and grit that it fosters.
During this period he met his wife. The desire to be home more led him to pursue a career in finance and accounting. Judd started his finance career doing a private equity roll up of retail stores, working both on deal due diligence and post-acquisition integration. From there he joined Richtr Financial Studio – a CO & CA CPA firm providing complete accounting solutions to tech, life science and aerospace companies. Judd is now a Partner at Richtr serving as a fractional CFO to help companies with capital formation strategies and effectively scale thereafter.
Judd holds a Bachelors of Science in Business and a Masters in Accounting from Colorado State University. He lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife and two kids and still climbs, runs and skis as much as possible.
Jake Gaventa hails from the hills of East Tennessee where he was introduced to rock climbing in high school by an inspired teacher. This love has lent itself to many years of vagabond adventures to the mountains of Europe, Asia, Alaska, and (almost!) every range in the lower 48. But more importantly his pursuits have yielded countless smiles, shared laughter, sunrises, sun burns, strong bonds and memories made with humanity. Jake feels strongly that mountains and the vertical world should be accessible and shared by all.
Sharing his passion for the outdoors has been thread through adult life. Jake has a BA in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies from Prescott College. He has worked for Outward Bound, adjunct faculty at Prescott College, ski patroller, and a guide in the mountains. Currently he is a full time guide and Custom Program Manager with Colorado Mountain School. He shares his life with a wonderful wife and a loud little girl with a curious interest in knots near Nederland, Colorado.
An experienced fundraising professional and educator with a passion for making the world a more equitable and inclusive place, Julie has more than two decades of demonstrated success in the areas of philanthropy, relationship building, strategic thinking, and whole-person education. Julie was recently appointed Development Director at the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), a Denver nonprofit with extensive experience in challenging discrimination of people with disabilities. Prior to CREEC, Julie worked for 18 years in various teaching and administrative positions at an outdoor-focused, independent boarding school in the White Mountains of NH, most recently directing the largest fundraising campaign in that school’s history.
Julie’s prior board service includes the Bethlehem Elementary School Board, Compas de Nicaragua, The Frost Place, and Bretzfelder Park Committee. Additionally, Julie enjoys time with her husband and their two adult children. She loves the outdoors, spending as much time as possible hiking, running, biking, or wandering aimlessly in the woods, fields, and streams. Julie also enjoys curling up with a good book, a cup of tea, and her two cats.
Graduating from Smith College, MA with a B.A. in Biology, Julie and later earned her M.S. in Science Education from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dave Elmore - Executive Director
Dave Elmore – Executive Director
As Executive Director, Dave works collaboratively with the board of directors and staff to achieve the overall strategic and operational goals of the organization.
Dave was introduced to Paradox Sports as a volunteer on a local climbing program. Inspired by the mission and community, Dave joined the board of directors. After four years of serving as board chair, Dave joins the Paradox Sports team with decades of non-profit leadership experience.
Dave began his career with Outward Bound, ultimately working for fourteen years as an educator, staff trainer and program leader. Dave has served as Patagonia Program Director, Environmental Resource Director, Director of Programs and Safety and is a co-founder of Mountain Professionals, where he has served as lead guide for international expeditions around the globe. Most recently Dave served as an experiential education school leader and volunteer for local non-profits.
As a true believer in the transformative power of being outside, you can find Dave climbing, biking, hiking or skiing on as many days as possible!
You can contact Dave directly at email@example.com
Shelley Brook - Operations Manager
Shelley Brook – Operations Manager
Originally from British Columbia, Shelley Brook grew up in Kansas City. After multiple trips each year to Colorado, she returned to her mountain roots permanently post graduation from the University of Kansas, where she earned a B.S. in Business Management and Spanish.
Shelley was Assistant Manager in the sales office for Breckenridge Ski and Ride School for four years before embarking on a year-long journey hiking the length of South America with two friends. Upon returning she has guided Wilderness Therapy for Alaska Crossings in Southeast AK, worked as a substance abuse counselor, and served as both an Ambassador and Colorado Regional Coordinator for SheJumps, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing women’s participation in outdoor activities. Shelley strongly identifies with the Paradox mission and is excited to combine her business mind with her passion for getting others active outdoors – because she knows how it can change lives. As Operations Manager for a small organization, Shelley runs the day-to-day operations of Paradox Sports including marketing, bookkeeping, financial reporting, human resources, and more.
In addition to spreadsheets and InDesign, Shelley loves sewing, skiing & snowboarding, mountain biking, woodworking and traveling.
Dom Pascariello – National Program Manager
Dom Pascariello - National Program Manager
Dom Pascariello – National Program Manager
Dom was first introduced to climbing while working at a YMCA during high school. Running programming on the high ropes course, and basalt crags of aptly named Camp Sloper, he became hooked on the adventure of climbing. His experience on rock, and within the industry developed as he sought a business degree at University and worked at the local climbing gym, City Climb in New Haven. From there, Dom has worked the past 4 years managing and assisting in the development of climbing facilities in Boston, Providence, and Denver areas.
A Paradox Adaptive Climbing Initiative course in 2015 opened a new realm of opportunity to share his passion for climbing. Since then, he has been working with climbers and facilitators to better the industry’s standards in regards to Adaptive Climbing. In 2018 Dom joined the Paradox team as the Front Range Climbing Club Coordinator and Program Lead for Adaptive Climbing Initiative courses. Dom is certified as a CWI provider through the Climbing Wall association, and an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. When Dom is not climbing or traveling, he is trail running with his dog Louie who you may see around the office, or your next local program.
You can reach Dom about ACI Courses or Paradox Sports Trips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Lindstrom – Development Manager
Becky Lindstrom - Development Manager
Becky Lindstrom – Development Manager
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Becky moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend University of Colorado – Boulder. While in college, she met her future husband and upon graduation moved to Philadelphia where she worked as a preschool teacher and then a house manager for six years. The pull of Boulder proved to be too strong and in 2016, she moved back and got involved with Paradox Sports playing a key role in the first annual Base Camp Breakfast in 2016.
Together with her husband, Becky has a daughter, Rose, a golden retriever, Charlie, and two cats, Eliko and Rasputin. In her spare time she enjoys running, listening to true crime podcasts, and photography.
Amy Bannon –
Amy Bannon - Local Program Manager
Amy Bannon – Local Program Manager
Born and raised on the east coast, Amy found her love for the outdoors in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and on the coastal shores of Rhode Island. It was not long afterwards that she discovered the value and impact of adaptive outdoor recreation during her time as a volunteer for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
Fueled by her new-found passion for making outdoor sports accessible and inclusive to all, Amy moved to Arizona where she went on to complete her B.A in Outdoor Program Administration at Prescott College. While completing her degree, she worked with the Northern Arizona Adaptive Sports Association (NAASA) where she earned her PSIA Adaptive Level II certification and developed a growing volunteer program to expand opportunities for adaptive recreation in Northern Arizona.
When not on the slopes, Amy chases her love of rock climbing in all corners of the country and around the world. She holds certifications as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Apprentice Rock Guide and Wilderness First Responder. Amy is eager to share her love of climbing through the lens Paradox’s important mission – to revolutionize lives through adaptive climbing opportunities that defy convention.
You can reach Amy via email at Amy@paradoxsports.org