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2023-24 DSC Officers

2023-2024 Dallas Ski Club Officers & Directors:

Vince Hrenak

Fortunate to have had many different careers which I have thoroughly enjoyed and had fun. Retired from the Air Force where I was able to pilot many different airplanes and be head of Contracting and also Program Manager for different large and small aerospace programs. This culminated with retiring as the head of the entire Air Force F-16 fighter program worldwide.

Afterwards, I joined industry where at a number of large aerospace corporations I was able to head their manufacturing operations or supply chains to build airplanes or many technically advanced military and civilian aerospace systems. Due to such diverse careers, have lived too many places to mention. Moved to Mckinney, Texas 2003 from Hilton Head Island, after retiring from General Dynamics Gulfstream Aerospace as the VP of Supply Chain, to accept a corporate position that allowed me to become a real Texan and retire here.

Have become a Texas A&M Aggie Dad due to my 22 year old daughter graduating from there this next May. Also, one son is an engineer at Reston, Virginia and another works for American Airlines at Phoenix, Arizona. During retirement, I enjoy many adventures, including working with charities, driving classic cars and Porsches, fitness, bicycling and of course skiing.

That brings me to why I joined the DSC (Dallas Ski Club) 4 years ago. Overall, I enjoy engaging with a diversity of people. Never too old to discover new ideas. A neighbor and friend suggested I join DSC where not only I would be able to start skiing again, but in addition, meet interesting people. DSC has met all my expectations and then some. Hopefully I can help other skiers and those who do not ski discover DSC and gain the satisfaction I have had.
President Elect
Marlene Heineman

Marlene grew up in the Texas panhandle before moving to Kansas where she attended high school and college. After college, she taught high school Business in Claflin, KS before moving to Wichita, KS where she began a long career in casualty insurance underwriting. She transferred to the Dallas office of USF&G which brought her back to Texas! In 1999, she began a new 20 year career with American Airlines as a Flight Attendant.

Marlene joined the Dallas Ski Club in 1992 and has been fortunate to go on several ski trips every year . . . plus many international trips with DSC! She has served on the DSC Board several times over the years – Membership, Happy Hour, Activities, President in 2006/07 & 2019/20 – as well as serving as our Race Director and Club Archivist. She retired in 2020 from her job with American, so she now has lots of free time for DSC activities & trips! She has a grown son, Tommy, and daughter-in-law, Shawna, who live in the area, so Marlene gets to spend a lot of time with her grandson, Landon, who's 4, as well as her 14-year-old granddaughter, Addison, who’s become quite the ski bunny!

Marlene encourages everyone to get involved with the Club – volunteer to help at the Check In table at Happy Hours & parties! That’s a great way to get to know other members and she also encourages you to consider serving on the DSC Board in the future!
Carol Brown

Carol Brown's Bio coming RSN
Lori Seibold

Lori Seibold's Bio coming RSN
 VP Membership
Joyce Bartel

Born in Akron, Ohio. I have lived in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City and have been in Texas for 44 years. I started skiing when I was 18 years old. I didn’t ski much until I moved to Denver in 1970. Then I would drive up to the mountains and take lessons.

I joined the Dallas Ski Club in 2000 and have been active in the Club ever since. When I went on my first DSC trip to Steamboat, our group had an opportunity to take the Billy Kidd Ski School for 3 mornings during our trip. That’s when I really got better, and skiing became a lifetime sport.

I have been on the board at least 7 different years. I have been a trip leader or assistant 13 times (domestic and international). I was TSC Winter Expedition Leader to Aosta, Italy several years ago. I have raced for the Club 12 different years and gave racing up in 2016. It has been so much fun being a member in such a great club.
V.P. Activities
Dyann Skelton
 V.P. Publications
Kim Downs

Biography coming RSN
V.P. Marketing
David Downs

David is a fourth generation Californian, until 1997 when he was transferred to Dallas in a regional sales management capacity in the printing industry. David graduated from California State Chico where he was fortunate to meet his current bride, Kimberley. They have two girls and recently a new grandchild in 2020. David learned to ski in Lake Tahoe which has always been one of his favorite places to ski and explore in the summer. Retiring in 2020, he enjoys tennis, pickleball and bike riding. Kim and David joined the Dallas Ski Club in 2017 and have enjoyed meeting friends and visiting new places. David has been the ski race director and has also run the Dallas Ski Club tennis tournament.
VP Trips
Catherine Walther

I was born in a small town in Carmel, New York. I was 1 of 6 siblings and learned to ski when I was 10 years old. In 1976, I joined the Army and served 3 years in various locations including Germany. While in Germany, every other weekend I was off to various locations in the Alps. After the Army, I utilized the GI Bill to attend Mount Saint Mary’s College and Jacksonville State University earning a double Major in Accounting and Finance. I passed the CPA exam on the first pass and received my license in the State of Georgia. I worked in a Public Accounting firm for 6 years until moving to Texas in 1988. I have two sons that live here in the North Dallas area and Sanger. I have an 18-month year old granddaughter by the name of Freya Catherine Walther.

After moving to Texas, I began working for JCPenney and retired in 2017 after 28 years in various positions. I was President of JCP Receivable, a $4.2 billion Receivables Trust fund. My other positions were not just in Accounting and Finance traditional roles. During my 28 years, I was involved in major systems upgrades some of which included conversion of Financial Balance sheet and Income Statement from JCPenney home grown systems to Hyperion software. Integrating both the new Peoplesoft general ledger into our Consolidation System. Ran both systems simultaneously to incorporate prior year’s numbers into our new system. Also, developed many ad hoc reports for our financial department. Years later, I moved to the Budget and Forecast department, responsible for not only the JCPenney monthly and annual Budgets and Forecasts but heavily involved in several conversions. Worked with IT to test and implement Peoplesoft conversion to Oracle, including POS bridge to new systems. Last conversion was the stores forecast, integrating the JCP Home grown POS system with the Oracle Stores forecast.

I learned about the DSC from a fellow Porsche member, Vince Hrenak. Four months later, in June 2019, I joined the club. My first trip was to Chamonix, Italy in January 2020 and I have been hooked ever since. I have skied in 2020 through 2023, 4 years even during Covid. I also have participated in the yearly races at Aspen each year. I was trip leader for Mammoth in 2022 and Jackson Hole in 2023, as well as assistant for Aspen in 2023.
V.P. Happy Hours
Rick Darlow

I was introduced to skiing at a young age, water skiing that is, as I was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami was a great place to be a kid in the 50s and 60s, where sailing became my passion. My dad bought me a small racing boat and that led to crewing on many famous racing sailboats in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, Antigua Race Week and even the Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay. After getting married, my former wife and I lived on a sailboat for 4 years, spending weekends in the Keys rafted up with friends, diving for lobster, and an annual sail through the Bahamas.

It wasn’t until my 30s when I first put on a pair of snow skis after moving to Boulder, Colorado. After 8 years in Colorado, I moved to Silicon Valley to work in the semiconductor business, running a couple of semiconductor equipment companies. The engineering degree I received from the University of Florida stood me well in deciphering the complexities of the industry. The industry also provided me the opportunity to travel the globe, which was a great way to see the world on someone else’s nickel. Snow skiing was only 3 hours away on Lake Tahoe’s many great slopes. I finally ended up in Dallas after being recruited to run a division of L3 Communications and the rest is history.
I joined the Dallas Ski Club in 2020 and enjoy volunteering for the organization. Most days you can find me riding my bicycle or doing drives with my Porsche Club buddies. Am now trying to learn the sport of fly fishing, with the operative word in trying….
Past President
Lynn Erickson

My life began in Minneapolis as a Teutonic – Viking with the nickname “Cyclone”. Apparently I whirled around quite a bit doing the hula hoop, cheerleading, pom-pom girl, ice-skating and playing softball. There are two contests I’ve never lost: hula hoop and “Sultan of the Swat” softball hitting! I loved school and was in student council, class officer, journalism and wrote a column called “Fashion Forecast” which led me to Teen Board. At the University of Minnesota I studied Liberal Arts Family Studies and Interior Design and was a princess in the winter celebration and also in the Miss Dayton Aquatennial contest.

When it was time to get a real job my friends told me I should be a stewardess! I had no idea what that was and I had never been on an airplane! I got three offers and pursued my favorite airline, Braniff International, where I had the time of my life flying all over the world for seven years! I flew PAC MAC bringing our troops out of Bien Hoa Vietnam. Remember the book “Coffee Tea or Me”? That is how my married life began! I had two wonderful sons who each have a beautiful wife and three kids! While I was being a mom I continued my education getting a BA in Psychology from UTD. Then an MA in Counseling Psychology from TWU. I was a therapist specializing in the treatment of abuse and published a game called “Survivors Therapy Game”. I love tennis and traveling!

I have loved being a trip leader with DSC and previously served on the Board and been Volunteer of the year hosting many DSC events. I look forward to serving on the Board these next years.