Grand Traverse Ski Club

Board of Directors

Andy Humphrey

Andy learned to ski on Poma lifts at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, a small local ski area in mid-Vermont.  He ski raced USSA starting as a “Hopeful” at age 7 for the Middlebury Ski Club, and then in high school he raced USSA Alpine Snowboarding as captain of the Holderness School Snowboard Team and raced at the U.S. National Championships in 1997.  The abundance of new ski technology has brought him back to skiing and ski racing and you’ll find him ski racing Thursday nights at Crystal Mtn.

Andy is involved with many enterprises including,, Baseline Systems, 231 Commerce, and others. As an entrepreneur he enjoys the creative side of business and has a passion for customer service.  Andy and his wife Megan are graduates of Montana State University and have three current ski racers, Drew (12yrs), Phoebe (10yrs), and Hadley (6yrs). Megan is currently the GTSC Sunday Race Coordinator.  When not skiing, Andy enjoys mountain biking, sailing, and tennis.


David Shapiro

David was Born and raised in Flint, MI. After completing his education at Michigan State University where he attended both undergraduate and medical school, he completed a medical residency in Emergency Medicine. David and his wife have been happy to call Traverse City home since 2008. Their children both learned to ski at Hickory Hills and are looking forward to another great year of learning, racing, and finding new bumps to launch off of.

David learned to ski in medical school when a fellow student “accidentally” led him down a black diamond on his first day skiing, despite that he still skis today. He particularly enjoys skiing as a way to participate in a lifelong sport that the whole family can do together. When not skiing David loves to cook, read, and learn new things. David has been a GTSC board of directors member and treasurer since 2014.


Missy Russell

Heidi Schramski
Middle School Program Director

Heidi was born and raised on a cherry farm in Leelanau County. Heidi and her three sisters grew up skiing at Hickory Hills, as did her Dad. Her parents actually met at Hick when they were in college, Heidi’s Dad was her Mom’s ski instructor! Heidi went to Michigan Tech to get her Engineering degree, where she met her husband Jim, who is also a Traverse City native. They have four children: Hannah age 13, Ben age 8, Clark age 6, and Liza age 3, who also spend their winters at Hick. The oldest three have all participated in clinics, and Hannah and Ben have both been racing for years with the GTSC. Little Liza loves Hick as much as the older ones and you can often find her skiing on her favorite runs: Bunny, Jack’s Trail, and Suicide.

Heidi and Jim feel very fortunate to have called Traverse City their home for the last 16 years and to be able to raise their children in this beautiful community. After returning to school, Heidi is working part time as a nurse at the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center. She has been the Middle School Program Director and on the GTSC board since 2013.


Joan Griner
Membership & Registration


After receiving her medical degree from Wayne State University, Dr. Griner completed her internship at Northwestern University and dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital. She returned to her hometown in 1996 to practice medicine, and is the founder of Associates in Dermatology of Traverse City. She enjoys all aspects of dermatologic care, including office surgery and medical dermatology. Away from the office, Dr. Griner enjoys outdoor activities, including biking and skiing. She is a member of the First Congregational Church choir, and hopes to continue to improve her culinary skills.


Jack Rowell
Equipment & Hill Operations


Jack grew up in Northern Michigan and began skiing at the age 3. He started ski racing at 10 years old in the CUSSA program and never stopped skiing. He attended Bay Race Academy Camps and finished his racing career on the Kalkaska High School Ski Team. He attended Ferris State University and studied Business Administration. Jack is currently employed with Wade Trim and keeps busy with several volunteer efforts around the community including baseball coaching and Hickory Hills Advisory Board. Jack, his wife Jessica, and their two children, Jace and Brynn take advantage of all Northern Michigan has to offer. They enjoy boating, camping, biking, hiking, and pretty much any activity in between. Jace and Brynn share the same love of skiing that Jack does and spend their winters racing with the Grand Traverse Ski Club. Jack is the Sunday Race Setup Coordinator and you can find him on the hill most days during the week and weekends in the winter enjoying his favorite activity.


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Grand Traverse Ski Club

GTSC is a volunteer run non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for kids aged 4-14 at an economical price. Developing good skiers and ski racers with a focus on fun and sportsmanship.

Hickory Hills Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City, Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950 -51 on 12 City owned acres. Traverse City now owns approximately 125 acres.

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