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11260 Donner Pass Road, C1 #103

 Truckee CA  96161

Tax ID: 68-0025877

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Our Mission

The Northstar Team Foundation is proud to support the Ski & Snowboard Program.

  We provide dedicated hill space for athletes, financial support for Northstar coaches to pursue development opportunities, and scholarships for athletes on the Northstar Competitive Teams.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Board Chair

Thomas Powell

Thomas J. Powell is a leading financier with extensive experience in investment banking and private equity.  His career began in 1988 in Silicon Valley at Wells Fargo Bank, and was named as the youngest Vice President in the Company’s then 140-year history.


Most recently, he founded and successfully grew a diversified private investment company, Resolute Capital Partners. RCP is an alternative asset investment firm specializing in deploying and managing capital across various spectrums from commercial real estate, to energy, to venture start-ups. With his combined education and experience, Tom has been able to lead several companies through cyclical market growths and contractions for maximum profitability.


Tom is passionate about free enterprise and international trade, and has served as an international guest lecturer and an instructor at Harvard University in the Office of Executive Education. He has been active with Boys and Girls Clubs of America for over 40 years, first as a youth, then as a local board member, a National Trustee, and an Executive Committee leader.


Tom works as a professional ski instructor for Vail Resorts, and is an outdoor enthusiast and avid cyclist.


Vice Chair

Dr. John Oram

Dr. Oram holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Dr. Oram spent his research years studying the complex physical and chemical processes governing the fate of contaminants in the coastal environment. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and technical reports, has given presentations before local and international audiences, and is an invited member of several technical review and scientific steering committees.


Dr. Oram’s research was instrumental in forming government regulations regarding water quality and assessing human health impacts of agricultural pesticides.


In 2009, Dr. Oram co-founded CW Analytical Laboratories to establish standardized testing and certification protocols to ensure the safety and quality of medical Cannabis. CW Analytical Laboratories is now recognized as the most trusted analytical laboratory in California. Dr. Oram founded and operates multiple successful businesses that employs 24 full-time employees combined.


Simon Haskell


A  visionary leader with 20+ years of experience dedicated to growing and enhancing brands through deep consumer understanding and passion for product. A track record of driving strong financial results and brand equity.

A previous member of the Nike DTC Global leadership and Levis DTC Global leadership. Known as a driver of transformational change.

Extensive experience in the action sports market, product merchandising, marketing and design. Presently consulting to a select group of innovative brands and individuals  (KNDCTR LLC)


Currently living in Truckee with his wife, Krista, and two kids, Mason, 14, and Amelie, 11, both snowboarders on Northstar teams. Simon is a passionate snowboarder, surfer and mountain biker.


Veronica Socolean

Veronica Socolean is the Founder and CFO for Rinnovo Group, Inc. Rinnovo Group is NWBOC woman certified, construction management company specializing in commercial medical construction, high-end residential custom homes, and construction litigation consulting. Veronica Socolean is responsible for managing more than $25 million in assets/projects throughout Northern California.


Before joining the Northstar Teams Foundation, Veronica worked with Pilgrim Society NW, a non-profit organization that establishes and grows schools for children throughout Namibia, Africa. Part of her responsibilities were to provide financial and logistic support to the volunteers in Kalubi Village, Namibia, who selflessly donate their time to provide opportunities to the local children.

The school grew to provide education, room, and board for 85 children around Kalubi Village.


Veronica and her family love the outdoors and believe in balancing a successful career with a healthy lifestyle based on a clean diet, rest, regular family time, and traveling. One of her greatest outdoor achievements was the climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ukuru Peak, Tanzania. She is also a mom to a nine-year-old alpine skier/competitive swimmer, who loves to spend his free time on the slopes, or in the swimming pool.