BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cindi Busenhart -  Founder and Chair 
Vic Yanez -  Vice Chair
Jocelyn Massey -  Secretary
Chris Colip 
Angie Gruys
Carroll Harrington
Karen Hunt
Tim O'Neil 
Nico Ponza
David Rodriguez
Karina Strangio

HONORARY BOARD

Jason Adams
Steve Caballero
Andrew Colehower
Beth Colehower
Corey Duffel
Justin Gold
Rob Roskopp
Derek Sherinian 

JUNIOR BOARD

Julian Glina - Junior Chair
Taj Yanez - Junior Vice Chair
Amelia Busenhart
Brigg Busenhart
Maya Colehower
Kiana Radliff
Rikki Radliff 
Blaze Strangio
Izzy Thomas
Nate Vince
Zach Wagner

BIO'S  

Honarary Board  

STEVE CABALLERO 

Known simply as “Cab,” Steve Caballero is one of the finest representatives of NorCal skate talent. Light and quick and innovative, Cab began skating at the age of 12 in 1976 and began competing at 14. At a national skate contest in Escondido in 1979, Cab finished fifth. Stacy Peralta saw the potential and offered Cab a sponsorship and he joined the Bones Brigade – one of the most innovative skate teams ever, including Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Tommy Guerrero. Stacy’s choice turned out to be a good investment for Powell Peralta, Caballero and skateboarding, as Cab turned pro in 1980 and rocked the decade by innovating the fakie 360 ollie – aka Caballerial or Full Cab – and the frontside boardslide. At the World Championships in Munster, Germany in 1987, Caballero cemented his legend by winning both the street and vert titles and that same year boosted an 11-foot air on a half pipe – a record that stood for 10 years, until Danny Way topped it. In 1989, Vans and Caballero teamed up to produce the first skate shoe – the Vans Caballero. Three years later they released the Vans Half Cab, considered by many to be the world’s greatest skate shoe. In 1999, Cab also set a record for longest board slide on a 44-step handrail. That year, Thrasher Magazine named Caballero “Skater of the Century.” Also a dedicated musician, Cab has played guitar with The Faction, Odd Man Out, Shovelhead and Soda. Cab skates regularly and is also an enthusiast of motocross and hot rods. 

   

COREY DUFFEL

Born in 84 and raised in the California Bay Area.  Corey got his first skateboard for his tenth birthday and it has taken him on an epic journey up until now. The adventures he has had would make one think its a fictional story. When he's not out in the streets skateboarding, he's out in the woods having  a good time with his Rescue German Shepherds, Wrecks and Crash. Or you'll find him at the local record store digging through bins. "I love Skateboarding and I love music."

  

ROB ROSKOPP

As a former Professional Skateboarder in the 80′s, Rob was fortunate to travel the world and he never looked back. In the early 90′s Rob went back to his early roots when he was a kid, riding bicycles. He is the founder and CEO of Santa Cruz Bicycles, a leader across multiple continents and regarded as the most well designed Bicycle Company in the world. He enjoys traveling with his family, taking them on adventures all over the world. Married to his wife Lepa, they have 3 children, Mara, Harrison and Sara. He enjoys being outdoors, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, ice skating and of course mountain biking. As Rob so often says, “It’s all about the journey.” Rob is also the co-founder of the True Cause Foundation and has instrumental roles in athlete development and business relations.

  

DEREK SHERINIAN
Few keyboardists can boast a résumé as diverse, accomplished and fun as the credits Derek Sherinian has assembled in the last 40 years. A keyboard player from Santa Cruz who claims Elton John as his “original idol,” Sherinian is a musical chameleon, whose talent has allowed him an interesting life: Seeing the world as a sideman for Alice Cooper, Kiss and Billy Idol, as well as jamming and working with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Allan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Al Di Meola, Steve Lukather, Zakk Wyldeand Slash.
In addition, Sherinian was a member of Dream Theater from 1994 to 1999, having played on three of the prog-metal titans releases. More recently, Sherinian was a member of Black Country Communion, which co-featured bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa and drummer Jason Bonham, releasing three albums with that formidable band. Most recently, he’s played with another monster batch of musicians in yet another stellar band called Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian. An all-instrumental supergroup, PSMS issued a fantastic, chops-intensive album entitled Live In Tokyo, which was released in 2013 on CD and DVD/Blu-ray. 
Derek's new project is critically acclaimed Heart Of Storm. It's a one of a kind masterpiece which combines Russian ballet and live rock music. 
It would be difficult to find a keyboardist in the hard rock realm as prolific and sought after as Sherinian.  

   

Board of Directors

CINDI BUSENHART     

Past Co-owner of SESSIONS Clothing and Outerwear, which became one of the global pillars of the action sports apparel industry. Cindi began building SESSIONS when it was a retail store and clothing line that bridged skateboarding, snowboarding, music, and entertainment. Over three decades, Cindi learned the apparel business while working in the trenches, traveling the world from Shanghai to New York while raising two children. In April of 2012 Cindi was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of "100 new names of women in high level positions after change in their industries and their communities" In November of 2012 Cindi and her son Brigg were featured on the cover of Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's Giving Guide as the recipient of one of three impact awards for philanthropy. Cindi is the founder and chair of the Tim Brauch Foundation

      

VIC YANEZ  

Vic Yanez is a husband and father three boys who has participated in many adventures by land and sea: climbing, surfing, skateboarding and skiing. He's employed as a nurse collaborating with Santa Cruz County Mental Health and Public Health, serving the homeless population. His summer is filled with working medical for Woodward West and contributing as a Vice Chair in the Annual Tim Brauch Foundation Skateboarding Contest Fundraiser. Vic believes that we all have a responsibility to gray out the lines which we think seperate us, and promote an enviornment for kids to thrive. Vic is the Vice Chair of the Tim Brauch Foundation.

   

JOCELYN MASSEY 

Jocelyn Massey's family has been in Santa Cruz for six generations, going back to 1851. She is proud of her local heritage and has lived up to it by getting involved in sports, and serving as the Board Secretary for the Tim Brauch Foundation since 2012. A graduate of Cypress Charter High School, Jocelyn is now attending Cabrillo College with the goal of completing the Radiologic Technology Program. 

   

CHRISTOPHER COLIP

Christopher James Colip has been a junior board member since the summer of 2014 and moved into a board position in 2015. As a board member he has been an active participant, in charge of keeping the energy and flow of the meeting positive and productive along with being an event coordinator. His hobbies include lyricism, and trying new things. Chris is now attending Williamette University in Salem, Oregon. 

  

ANGIE GRUYS

Angie Gruys joined the Tim Brauch Foundation Board of Directors in 2014. She grew up in Santa Cruz attending Soquel High School, Cabrillo College, and San Jose University. Falling in love with the outdoors at a young age, she enjoys the beach, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping and hiking. Sharing those moments with her two teenage stepsons is an additional treat. Through her employment at the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County she has the saisfaction of working to protect the wonderful natural recources in our area. With over 20 years of experience in program management, communications and grant writing in the non-profit sectorm she hopes to bring her expertise to the Foundation to help further its mission of helping youth build confidence, self esteem, discipline and other valuable life skills through participation in outdoor sports. 

 

CARROLL HARRINGTON

Carroll Harrington moved to Capitola from Palo Alto in April 2013. Her business, Harrington Design, specialized in graphic design, social media and community development. She was the recipient of the 2009 Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Tall Tree Professional/Business Person and the 1993 Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Award. Besides being a Chamber Leaders Circle member, she initiated and chaired the Palo Alto Goes Green Committee. She also served on the Palo Alto Community Fund Board and the Palo Alto Adult School Advisory Committee. Carroll is especially interested in climate change ramifications.   

 

KAREN HUNT

Karen is a professional assistant, and has worked with and been affiliated with Sessions and the Tim Brauch Foundation since 2003. She has been an active board member since 2013. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Karen has enjoyed many years of surfing, sailing, and fishing. 

  

TIM O'NEIL

Tim O’Neil joined the Tim Brauch Foundation in October 2015 after volunteering to support the 17th Annual Street Contest. A former trained chef currently working in legal services, Tim has loved skateboarding since he was just a kid cruising down the street on a neighbor’s plastic banana board. Having had the opportunity to live overseas in Europe and Asia, one thing he noticed was that despite the existing cultural differences from country to country, skateboarders have always spoken the same language. Tim is thrilled to share the stoke and promote the positive benefits of skateboarding with new generations of kids through his involvement with the Tim Brauch Foundation. 

  

NICO PONZA 

Nico Ponza has been a part of the Tim Brauch Foundation for three years. Skateboarding has always been a positive influence his life. He started skateboarding when he was about six and the sport quickly turned into a passion. He enjoy the creativity and hard work that skateboarding requires and believes the sport can do great things in a child’s life. As well as a skateboarder, he is full time student at Stanford University. Skateboarding has helped me build confidence both inside and outside the classroom, and also believes that children should experience this same confidence and satisfaction that he has experienced through the sport. Although he never had the opportunity to meet Tim, he knows that he loved skateboarding and was respected by those who knew him. Nico is honored to have the chance to help with both skate contests and scholarships in his name.

 

KARINA STRANGIO

A resident of San Jose, California, Karina shared a beautiful life with Tim until his sudden passing in 1999. Karina has been a board member since 2014. The Tim Brauch Foundation holds a special place in her heart and she hopes to keep the memory and spirit of Tim Brauch alive. 

    

Junior Board

JULIAN GLINA

Julian is a high school student at Pacific Collegiate School and has been a member of the junior board and part of the foundation since 2012. He serves as the junior chair and his responsibility is to contact the applicants to the Woodward West Camp to let them know that they have received a scholarship and inform them of details of their time at the camp. Julian also helps with the logistics of the Tim Brauch Memorial contest to make sure everything runs smoothly. Julian enjoys skateboarding, surfing and skiing in his free time and plays soccer and lacrosse. 

   

AMELIA BUSENHART

Amelia Dean Busenhart is a high school student at Mount Madonna School and has been an active volunteer with the Tim Brauch Foundation since elementary school. She jointed the junior board in 2014 and her duties include documenting the current pursuits of the board along with helping in the coordination and execution of events. Her hobbies include dancing, and self-expression through writing, spending time surfing and living life to the fullest. 

  

BRIGG BUSENHART

Death spiker, raconteur, collector of exotic Ferraris--some of these things are true about Brigg Ferreira Busenhart-a high school student at Mount Madonna School. With the Tim Brauch Foundation, Brigg has been an active volunteer since elementary school and joined the junior board in the seventh grade. Brigg has been a volunteer in the fundraising aspect along with doing everything from judge running to overseeing the raffle at the annual contest. A talented volleyball player, Brigg is a member of the Mount Madonna High varsity team, which regularly gives beatings to volleyball teams from much larger schools in the Bay Area. Brigg's hobbies include ping pong, surfing, skateboarding, volleyball, and the all-around enjoyment of life. 

  

MAYA COLEHOWER 

A junior board member since 2013 and a student at Soquel High, Maya Colehower is a talented athlete/artist by land and sea. In the same day she will be practicing her plies in the ballet studie, then using those same delicate feet to train on her standup paddleboard for races--she always finished top in her class at the annual Jay Moriarity Paddleboard Race.

 

Kiana Radliff

Kiana Radliff is a student at Aptos High school. She has volunteered since 2014 and joined the board in the beginning of summer 2015. Having been born and raised on the coast of Santa Cruz, Kiana has grown up participating in almost everything having to do with the ocean, including surfing. She loves to surf and go ocean adventures. Aside from her love of the ocean, she volunteers in the community either helping with disaster services or throwing blood drives at her school all through the American Red Cross. She also enjoys playing volleyball, running, and adventuring in her free time. Kiana has had various roles when volunteering at the contests and working on the board. She loves that everyone's hard work and fundraising sends kids to Woodward, keeping the spirit of Tim alive.

 

Rikki Radliff  

Rikki Radliff is a student at Aptos High school and has volunteered for the foundation since 2014 became a member of the Junior Board in 2015. Aside from being an auspicious student, Rikki likes to involve herself in extracurricular activities that give back to the community. She loves that being a part of the foundation contributes to the enrichment of youth lives within her community.

 

BLAZE STRANGIO

A Junior Board Member since 2014, Blaze Strangio was born and raised in Tim's hometown of San Jose. Blaze enjoys snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, and wakeboarding. When he's not on a board you can find him on the soccer fiels with the SJ Earthquakes PDA teams. Blaze hopes to keep Tim's memory going for future generations.

   

IZZY THOMAS

Izzy Sophia Thomas joined the Tim Brauch family in the summer of 2014 as a junior board member. Izzy's main responsibility is managing the database. She helps with the annual drive and has been volunteering at the contests since seventh grade. Her hobbies include volleyball and hanging out at the beach with friends. 

 

NATE VINCE 

Nate Vince is a high school student at Mount Madonna School. He joined the Board after being suggested by Chris Collip to replace his spot on the junior board right after the school year ended in 2015. He helps out with whatever he can ranging from donations to overseeing the raffle. He lived in Vienna Austria for two years and wishes to take the skills learned there and apply them to help benefit the Tim Brauch foundation. His hobbies include video games, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends at the beach.  

 

ZACH WAGNER 

Zachary Wagner joined the junior board in 2015. He is currently a student of Mount Madonna School. Although he has had no prior skateboarding experience, he loves being a part of the foundation and working at the contests and other events and giving back to the community. He has a deep love for astrophysics and wishes to be on the Mars mission in 2030. He has even done the zero gravity flights in preparation for it. He also has been playing the piano for 14 years, some of his favorite pieces include the rags by Scott Joplin and the Vince Guaraldi Jazz collections. Aside from piano pieces his favorite artist is Eminem. One of his hobbies besides piano is scuba diving, and he mostly dives in Hawaii to see the beautiful coral and wildlife.

 

TAJ YANEZ

Skaters and jocks are usually in different cliquese that sometimes don't click--but that's not true for Taj Yanez. A high school student at San Lorenzo High, Taj has big dreams that go from the gridiorn to the vert ramp to the ocean. Taj plays wide reciver and cornerback for San Lorenzo High but he is also a one-man X Games: Surfing, skateboarding, BMX. Two qualities that define Taj are his determination and his unwillingness to give up on something he puts him mind to. One of Taj's biggest dreams is to become a legens in the skateboarding community.