Brittany Bruhn

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator
Brittany Bruhn

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator

Gwen Dougherty

Advancement Manager
Gwen Dougherty

Advancement Manager

Gwen grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, but has always called Stowe, Vermont home. Her earliest memories are of the Stowe daycare center and being pulled around Sunny Spruce on a sled by the daycare staff while her parents explored the rest of what Mansfield had to offer. She was an inaugural member of the alpine ski team at Pingree School, but her focus at that time was lacrosse. In college that focus shifted to rowing, and then ultimately sailing. Gwen was a career sailor, working as a captain and experiential educator for a sail training program based in the British Virgin Islands. It was a connection made in the British Virgin Islands that brought her back to Vermont, and the ski industry specifically, and soon she was working for Stratton Mountain School as an administrator, a teacher, and a coach.

Gwen brings a plethora of knowledge about winter sports academies and the needs of student-athletes in this formative developmental stage. She is passionate about education in all its forms and finds fulfillment in working for organizations that support young people in the pursuit of their dreams. Gwen is excited to be joining SSCV in a capacity that draws on both her educational and administrative backgrounds as she will be able to work with many different stakeholders at the Club and utilize skills honed in both realms.

Gwen is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and is pursuing her Master’s of Education in Experiential Learning and Development from Plymouth State University.

Seth Farmer

Academic Coach
Seth Farmer

Academic Coach

Seth brings a life-long love of skiing and more than 20 years of public education experience to the Vail snowsports community.

Born and raised in the Mount Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire, Seth earned a journalism degree from Syracuse University in 1996, and then spent five years in Jackson Hole as a full-time PSIA ski instructor and outdoor educator. He returned home to New Hampshire to complete his M.Ed. in secondary social studies from Franklin Pierce University, and spent two decades in public education, mostly as a social studies teacher, in a rural high school of about 400 students. His passion for history inspired many students, and he also taught government/civics, economics, psychology, and geography. As a teacher, Seth spent countless hours helping students with essay writing, supporting arguments with evidence, and honing writing skills to pass their AP exams.

This Academic Coach position is a perfect melding of all of his interests, and Seth is excited to share his enthusiasm for learning, skiing, and life with VSSA student athletes.

Taylor Farquharson

Academic Coach
Taylor Farquharson

Academic Coach

Born in Toronto, Canada, Taylor spent most of her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. During her junior year of high school, she had the privilege of serving as a page for the House of Representatives. Following this, Taylor chose to spend her senior year as an exchange student in Southern Norway. These formative experiences instilled in Taylor the importance of diverse learning opportunities and settings.

While completing her bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech, Taylor discovered a passion for teaching through her job as a swim instructor. After graduating in 2014 she moved to Colorado where she pursued a master’s in education from Adams State University. For the past seven years she has worked in Colorado public schools. First as a language arts teacher and later as a special educator. Throughout this time, Taylor has continued to find joy as a part-time swim instructor.

Excited to join SSCV, Taylor brings with her years of experience helping students achieve their goals both in and out of the classroom. Her background as a special educator provides the unique skill set required when coordinating with classroom teachers to support students with organization, academic skill, and grade level content. Taylor is driven by a desire to help students grow into happy, healthy, and successful adults.

Edward Lerner

Academic Coach
Edward Lerner

Academic Coach

Edward joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in 2022. As an Academic Coach, he works with Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students on high level STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math), and success strategies for continuing their education throughout their lives.

Edward, with over a decade of experience in education, brings a diverse set of experiences to his work at SSCV and VSSA. His background in outdoor education and ski race coaching helps him to understand his students' passion for the outdoors and physical challenges. Experience teaching in a formal classroom, including AP level sciences, allows Edward to work with students and teachers on high level concepts. Edward also operates a small business, SNO Education, that offers private stargazing and other educational consulting in the High Rockies of Colorado.

David Levitsky

Academic Coach
David Levitsky

Academic Coach

Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, David honed his skiing on the "big" hills of suburban Detroit. When the snow stopped falling, he spent his summers as a lifeguard/swim instructor at youth camps in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Education his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe. After a few incredible seasons in Tahoe, David began a corporate career in operations and logistics management which led him to San Diego, CA and then on to Austin, TX. He found his way back to the mountains in 2012 and has been here ever since!

After spending the last few years in hospitality managing properties in Vail and Keystone, he rediscovered that he wanted to pursue a career that utilized his background in education, specifically for an opportunity to work with developing athletes.
David looks forward to using his broad skill set and experiences to assist VSSA students in achieving success in and out of the classroom!