Board of Directors

The KCA Board is focused on steering the management of the KCA based on valued input from the membership.


Bruce Gianola – President                       

Bruce is a long-time Kirkwood resident, first coming to Kirkwood in 1993 and making Kirkwood his primary full-time residence from 2003 through 2015.  He is the former Executive Director of the KCA (2005-2015), an author (First Tracks, 5 Adventure Stories) and has a financial services career spanning 18+ years where he held senior level management positions with P&L, focused on business management, product startup and development, business partner relationship management, analytical and credit modeling and risk management consulting.  He excels in implementation/execution and has a demonstrated history of getting things done.  Bruce has a BS, MS and Ph.D. in experimental and social/industrial psychology with an emphasis in tests and measurements and analytical evaluation.

He has:

  • Volunteered time to the Resort (1995-1998) as a member of the Vision Committee to help evaluate how residents and visitors to the Kirkwood Valley use the area and crafted surveys to evaluate what the Kirkwood Community wishes to see developed as future amenities.
  • Drafted and executed a 10-year strategic vision for Kirkwood Community Association. This included expanding membership, undertaking member needs assessments, establishing policies/procedures, expanding amenity offerings, launching the KCA website, improving financial reporting & transparency including annual reviews and reserve studies, and, improving Davis-Stirling compliance and governance.
  • Oversight of the construction and expansion of the KCA community recreational facility, a 3600+ square foot addition. This included underground utility relocation, architectural review, vendor selection, construction oversight and problem resolution. Drove the process from architectural design through contractor interviews and selection through project construction including final approval and issuance of certificate of occupancy.
  • Responsible for KCA amenity operations, staffing, access policies, facility maintenance, Member communications and KCA/Community event planning and execution.
  • Served as Chairman of KCA Design Review Board. Review/approval/verification of KCA property development, commercial and residential.

My interest is to bring my historical perspective to bear on the issues facing the KCA today.  The conversion from a Developer lead board to a KCA Member board carries with it many challenges. Having a historical perspective on what has transpired in the past can provide some clarity to the decisions that will be made in the future.   I will reach out to KCA and non-KCA community members to garner their input on what is important.  Our community needs to stand together; the residents, the KCA, the Resort, and the KMPUD in order to provide the best possible Kirkwood experience.  Contact Bruce by email at

Art Taylor – Vice President

Home Owner – “The Meadows” since 1990 and served on the Board of Directors for 10 plus years (President for most of those years). In my opinion, The Meadows is the best managed HOA in the Kirkwood Valley. We have successfully completed major structural and maintenance projects without raising dues or assessments. Under strong leadership, The Meadows HOA remained strong during the recent financial down turn (foreclosures, reduced HOA income and aging building challenges). The Meadows has a true sense of family and community. Owners enjoy potlucks, 4th of July celebrations, holiday parties and daily après ski get togethers.

Professional Experience – 38 years of experience Managing in the public sector; 25 years at the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority as a facilities manager, maintenance superintendent, deputy director of maintenance and maintenance supervisor; 10 years as the fleet manager at the Santa Clara Valley Water District; 5 years as the President of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Managers Association; very experienced managing large facilities construction projects, operational and capital budgeting, master planning and capital planning.

Personal – I have been married for 34 years to my lovely wife Shelley. We have been blessed with two sons, Brandon and Brett who grew up skiing at Kirkwood. Many wonderful holidays and birthdays were celebrated at Kirkwood. I am an avid skier, mountain and road bicyclist, backpacker and hiker.

Why I am on the KCA Board of Directors – I love Kirkwood and want it to be the best that it can be. The pool and club can be so much more! We need to think outside of the “Kirkwood box”. I understand the “K” factor and the many challenges. Although we are so fortunate to have the Vail ownership group, I want Kirkwood to be more than just a “Corporate town”. It needs to be a balance where homeowner’s priorities are truly a priority of KCA. There must be accountability and value to the homeowners for every dollar KCA spends. KCA needs to do much more to bring owners together as a community.

Dolan Beckel – Member at Large

Home Owner – Prior to Kirkwood, my family owned a forest service cabin at 47 Milestone Tract off of Highway 50 near Sierra at Tahoe where I fell in love with the Sierras away from the bustle of Lake Tahoe.  I purchased property in the Palisades in 2006 and finished construction of my home in 2014.  I have served on the Palisades Home Owners Association (HOA) since 2006.  Prior to that I was Vice President of the City Club HOA in Chicago.


Professional Experience – I spent 25 years with Accenture working with telecommunications and government clients to define their strategies and implement process and technology solutions.  Following Accenture, I was co-owner of a 300 person IT consulting company in Chicago.  I am current the Director of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy for the City of San Jose where I lead our smart city initiatives.  I also currently serve as Chair of the San Jose Smart City Advisory Board.


Personal – I am happily single and split my time between San Jose and Kirkwood.  I love jogging, hiking, working out at the gym, skiing, and traveling.


Why I am on the KCA Board of Directors – I want to see Kirkwood thrive through balanced growth.  Ultimately, we need a single governance structure instead of the fractured utility, HOA, developer, and mountain operator we have today.  My role on the KCA board will help further that vision while making the KCA Club an attractive and accountable amenity for existing and prospective new members.  I believe my experience leading HOAs and working with the leaders and citizens of San Jose will bring significant value to the KCA members and other stakeholders in Kirkwood.


Tom Fortune – Secretary

The 2018-2019 ski season marks Tom’s 40th year in the ski business. It all began at Stevens Pass at the age of 15, where his first job was tuning skis. He worked at Stevens Pass for 20 years, and his last role was Director of Operations where he ran the ski area on a day to day basis. Tom was promoted to General Manager of Schweitzer Mountain Resort located in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1998 when the owners of Stevens Pass bought that resort. He worked at Schweitzer for 10 years and in addition to running the ski area, he was also the VP/Designated Broker for the real estate division. From Idaho, Tom became Director of Recreation for Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 2008 where he oversaw Jackson’s “Town Hill” as well as the city ice arena and conference center. Tom Joined Vail Resorts in 2010 as Director of Base Operations at Heavenly. In 2016 he was promoted to Senior Director of Mountain Operations at Kirkwood and then in October of this year, Tom became Vice President and General Manager at Kirkwood

Tom and his wife Jennifer live in South Lake Tahoe with their Australian Shepherd Lola, and he has 3 grown boys who all work in the ski industry in Washington State.

Caroline J. Scott – Treasurer                                                


Caroline Scott has been skiing and hiking in the Kirkwood area for forty years and has owned condominiums in The Meadows since 1988 and Palisades lots since 2001. She has served on The Palisades HOA board since 2001, most of that time as President, and also served on The Meadows HOA board for many years. She has volunteered on the KMPUD Operations/Capital Committee for over five years and the KMPUD Festival Committee for several years. She volunteered substantial time working on the KCA Club project and on various valley beautification projects. She lived in Kirkwood for several years while managing The Meadows common area remodel and during that time, also worked as a safety and code consultant for Sun Meadows One and Two and Snowcrest.

She now lives on and manages the vineyard in Paso Robles which she has owned for 25 years and has proudly poured the wines from this vineyard at many Kirkwood events. During that time, she also owned and operated an environmental and safety compliance consulting business, specializing in high tech facilities. She provided construction management for some of these projects while also owning and managing a winery and wine tasting room. She served at Stanford University on the Stanford Band Alumni Board for six years and still participates in all band reunions. Prior to owning her own small businesses, she worked as a research scientist for ten years at Hewlett Packard Labs, living in Menlo Park. She received BS and MS degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. She has owned and managed numerous residential rental properties since 1970.

She grew up in LA and still spends holiday and vacation time there and traveling with her 90 year old mom. Her other interests include reading, gardening, playing flute and piccolo and swimming, preferably with tropical marine life.