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.

Maria Hekker – Secretary

Maria Louisa Hekker, her husband (Jeff Tice) and daughters (Chiara and Lucia Tice) have held season passes at Kirkwood for almost 15 years. She has been a homeowner at Timber Ridge since 2009 and served three years on the initial Board of Directors for the Timber Ridge HOA and is serving her fourth year (of another two terms) on the Timber Ridge HOA Board.

Maria and her family have been members of the Kirkwood Community Association since they bought their condo at Timber Ridge in 2009. They enjoy having access to the gym, the pool and the hot tubs at the KCA and the cross country ski trails in the Meadow and meeting all of their fellow Kirkwood homeowners at various KCA events.

Maria has over thirty years of business, management, operations and legal experience with public, private and non-profit entities. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU NC Foundation). She also serves on the Development Committee, the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee for the ACLU NC Foundation. She has previously served on the Board of the ACLU NC Foundation’s affiliate, as chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee. Maria has served on several other non-profit boards over the past three decades. Maria was the Chief Operating Officer for a privately held, international consulting firm for two years. Maria also served as the General Counsel of a Berkeley-based financial services and technology company for almost a decade. Before that, Maria worked in the San Francisco and Milan offices of a multi-national law firm, where she specialized in international corporate and securities matters. Maria holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Italian from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Maria welcomes the opportunity to add her legal and compliance experience to the many other talents already represented on the KCA Board.

Matt Jones – Member at Large

Matt JonesMatt Jones started with Vail Resorts in 1998 and has held several roles in Human Resources. As the Corporate HR Director, he helped lead the relocation of the corporate headquarters from Vail to Broomfield, Colorado, in 2006. From the corporate office back to the mountains, Jones took on the role of HR Director at Vail Mountain in 2007, a role he held for 10 years. Most recently, Jones served as Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing the Colorado Resorts and employee housing initiatives. He’s also been a member of various boards including the Epic Promise Foundation and Vail Resorts’ Emergency Grants Committee.

“For over 20 years, Matt has been a key part of our Colorado leadership team,” said Pete Sonntag, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North America West and Australia Regions. “His keen understanding of mountain operations and his true passion for the people who live, work and play in the mountains, will keep Kirkwood’s adventurous spirit alive and well.”

Jones and his wife have two sons. They pride themselves on being an adventure family that enjoys skiing, biking, paddle boarding and rafting together.

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.