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

Dolan Beckel – Vice President

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.

Gary S. Derck – Chief Financial Officer

Professional Background:
Gary and his Mountainsprings LLC company is involved in various aspects of resort real estate development, sales and operations at some of the top mountain resort communities in the Intermountain West. These include the Kirkwood Mountain Resort community near South Lake Tahoe, CA; Purgatory Resort in Durango, CO; Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, NM; and Powder Mountain in Eden, UT. Gary’s specialty is overseeing the strategic positioning/repositioning of mountain resort communities and their associated real estate offerings including planning/entitlement, community development, second/vacation home product development, acquisition/disposition and strategic operating initiatives. Gary has also been involved in the strategic development/redevelopment of Taos Ski Valley, in Taos, NM and Caneel Bay, in St. Johns, USVI. He served for 8 years as the CEO of Kirkwood Mountain Resort and then 16 years as the CEO of Purgatory Resort/Durango Mountain Resort. Gary has secured approvals and led the operations and development of over 5000 new resort residential units and over 500,000 sf of commercial space in one of the largest and most comprehensive resort community portfolios in the ski industry. He has pioneered innovative solutions in resort/second home product, club & master association amenity structures, environmental programs, entitlements & approvals, system-built construction, financing, operational models and organizational structures. Previously, Gary served as CEO/General Manager of Loeb Enterprises, LLC, a master-planned community developer based in Reno, Nevada, which developed Coyote Springs (a 42,000-acre, mixed-use golf community near Las Vegas) and Wingfield Springs (a 1600-acre golf community in Reno). He was also the Director of Development at EDAW (now AECOM), one of the largest and most experienced development consulting firms in the United States based in San Francisco, CA.

Professional Interests and Expertise:
Club & Master Association Operations, Resort/Hospitality Operations, Resort/Community Development, Sales and Operations, Single Family, Condominium, Fractional/PRC Residential Development, Resort/Community Planning/Design and Entitlement, System-Built Construction, Strategic Planning & Positioning

Education / Accomplishments:
Gary has a BA from Cornell and an MBA from the University of Miami. Gary’s career is unique in that he evolved from a resort designer, to a resort developer, to a resort operator … and has developed/operated ski, golf and beach-oriented resorts in a wide variety of markets. He has pioneered a unique synergistic business model that allows operations and development to leverage the benefits (and mitigate the risks) of one another. Gary recently served as the Council Counselor for the Urban Land Institute’s national Resort Development Council, and as Chair of the Durango/La Plata County Airport Commission, as well as numerous local homeowners and civic association boards. Gary has been involved with numerous charitable and non-profit organizations in a variety of capacities over his career.

Contact Gary by email at

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.