Board of Directors

Kim Gustafson, Executive Director

  • Mr. Gustafson graduated from the University of Colorado, then developed a diverse business background, a successful entrepreneur in multiple start-ups and served as the Managing Director of European & Asian Operations for a U.S. public company with subsidiaries in the U.K., France and Germany.  He was based in London for close to 17 years, obtained British citizenship, providing him dual nationality status.  After returning from Europe, Gustafson relocated to Vail, Colorado in 2002. An avid skier; Vail Ski School, Adult Alpine Ski Instructor; Volunteer, The Talon Crew, FIS World Ski Championships 2015. He founded RMCSR to lend his life experiences to a non-profit to make a difference in recreational and sports safety through science and research. As Executive Director, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the RMCSR.

Steven Gardner, MD, MPH

  • Dr. Gardner is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the former medical director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics. He is a volunteer physician at Camp Jabberwocky in Martha's Vineyard and has served as a MGH Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine with Project Hope in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and as Chief Medical Officer of Project Hope’s Team Bravo in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. He is a past winner of the Harvard Medical School Humanism in Medicine Award. He has been described by Dr. Carl Cooley of Dartmouth Medical School as "a doctor and an artist who sees with his heart.” Former Vail Adaptive Ski Instructor and avid skier, Dr. Gardner oversees all clinical involvements with the RMCSR. 

Michael Decker, PhD

  • Dr. Decker is a biomechanical consultant and research scientist in the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Denver. His primary research interest is sports medicine and studies injury risk, training and rehabilitation with wearable technology. Dr. Decker worked in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the world famous Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado and was an instructor in the Integrated Physiology Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings, published nearly 200 peer reviewed articles including book chapters, scientific manuscripts and abstracts; and received awards for research, academic and teaching excellence. Dr. Decker oversees all scientific research and funding efforts for the RMCSR. 

Our Team

Scientific Advisors

Casey Meyers, Ph.D., Center of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Denver

John Seifert, Ph.D., Human Performance Laboratory, Montana State University

Kevin Shelburne, Ph.D., Center of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Denver

Craig Simons, Ph.D.*, Center of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Denver

Michael Torry, Ph.D., Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Illinois State University 

Medical Advisors

Henry Ellis, M.D., Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 

Rachel Frank, M.D., CU Sports Medicine, CU School of Medicine

Eric McCarty, M.D., CU Sports Medicine, CU School of Medicine

Forrest Pecha, M.S., A.T.C., St. Luke's Sports Medicine

William Sterett, M.D., Vail Summit Orthopaedics

John Tokish, M.D., Mayo Clinic

Michelle Wolcott, M.D., CU Sports Medicine, CU School of Medicine

Research Interns - 2018

Danny Blake, Graduate Student, California State - Fullerton

Ryan "Chuck" Colson, Pacific University

Carlie Harrison, University of Denver

Sean Higinbotham, Graduate Student, Illinois State University

Justin Hollenbeck, M.S.

Ryan Wexler, Illinois State University

Research Partners

Boston Children's Hospital

Mayo Clinic

Montana State University

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

University of California, San Francisco

University of Denver

Vail Summit Orthopedics

Professional Advisors

Dave Byrd, Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs, National Ski Areas Association

John Cole, M.S., Director of Human Performance, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

Dana Forbes, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Division of the PSIA

Hoot Jory, Research Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Consortium for Sports Research

Ron Kipp, Ph.D., Ski Team Coaches Education and Development Manager, Squaw Valley

Andy Leroy, Head Alpine Coach, University of Denver

Alex Mitchell, Data Consultant

Mike Porter, Ski Industry Consultant

Dave Schuiling, Director of Education, Professional Ski Instructors of America

John McMurtry, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Ski Racing


Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club


Landow Performance

Pioneer Performance

Vail Mountain School

Vail Ski & Snowboard School

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