Board Members

Board Members

Talia Atkins

Executive Director

Talia Atkins was born in Jackson, WY. She began snowboarding as a teenager and progressed quickly with the JHSC Freeride Team. She could be found hucking front flips off the Smith Limo in a yellow one-piece referred to as the “Wicked Banana.” After breaking her back in an accident, she was back on a board the following year, with a camera in her hands. Her passion for photography kicked off a six year journey around the world, all starting with a press pass to photograph the New Zealand Burton Open at 16 years old.

Despite her philanthropic and nomadic 20’s, she returned to her hometown in 2014, to coach for the JHSC Freeride Team. Talia worked with youth of all ages, teaching English, music, art, yoga, gymnastics, big-air, snowboarding and leading therapeutic wilderness trips for teens. She aims to alleviate the mental health crisis in Teton County, and spread more awareness about the positive benefits of neighborhood cohesion and connection. 

Connor Andrus

Programs Director

Connor has snowboarded nearly his whole life and has cherished all the opportunities, accomplishments, connection with nature and the community surrounding the “sport”.  However, he’s come to realize just how hard it can be for others to be introduced to this rad activity. He believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience riding down mountains in the winter. He’s stoked to work for an organization that helps increase access for the youth!

Adam Dowell

Founder & Board Chair

Adam Dowell was born and raised in Jackson Wyoming. Growing up he played all sports but loved the independence of skating and snowboarding and that’s where he felt his passion. After about 15 years pursuing it as a profession he decided to step away and focus his efforts on his family, work, and starting Carving The Future. Today he’s married with two young boys he hopes to raise as little rippers! You can read more about Adam and starting CTF on the website “ABOUT” section.

Jack Watsabaugh

Jack Watsabaugh was lucky enough to be born exactly where he was meant to be, Jackson Hole. Jack comes from a long line of mountain men and skiers and is the first and only snowboarder in his family. After many years of splitting time between the mountain and the hockey rink, Jack found that his true passion was snowboarding. There is nothing Jack loves more than spending time in the mountains and being inspired by his friends, students, and mentors.

Katie Beech

Treasurer

Katie has been in Jackson a little over 12 years. She firmly believes it takes a village to raise and empower our youth. The snowboarding and skateboarding village has done so much for her and her family, she loves doing her part in giving back.

Kendall Smithmen

Kendall is originally from Austin, Texas. She moved to Jackson in 2000. She loves going for hikes, spending time on the river and taking in the endless views. She has 4 amazing kids that have all found joy, self confidence and purpose in snowboarding and skateboarding. Not all kids are built for team sports and her kids found their passion and freedom in board sports. There are a lot of kids out there that can find that too if they just get the opportunity. She loves Jackson’s community that has helped nurture and foster her kids abilities. She believes CTF is the key to improving the futures of so many kids in our region, and is honored to be a part of it!