Lisa McVicker, Board Member

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What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


I am the Treasurer for another non-profit youth sports organization.  I have extensive background in legal, accounting and tax.  I have also proven to be quite passionate about fundraising, which I think so far has been my biggest asset to the organization.  I am the mother of 3 daughters and the youngest of 12 children (10 girls and 2 boys), so obviously girls and women’s sports or any female cause strikes a cord with me​


What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA?


By far, it has to be writing the $500 scholarship checks to our recipients and the grants we are able to provide to other organizations who support girls and women in sports!


What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of?


Each year our scholarship and grant fund increases so we are able to give more and more.  I am proud of the way our board comes together with ideas and “outside the box” thinking to come up with new and clever ways to raise funds for our scholarship program and operating needs. 


What are your goals for the future of CWSFA? Any challenges you foresee in getting there?


CWSFA needs more awareness - more people need to know about us and what we do!  One of my personal goals is to see how we can better promote our organization, which in turn will create more of an interest in sports for girls and women.


When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting? What else are you passionate about?


I have a husband, 3 active daughters and 2 new puppies!  When I’m not busy with CWSFA, I am the treasurer for the Fort Collins Girls Softball Club.  I organize and participate in numerous fundraising activities throughout the year.  From April through July, my weekends are spent watching softball games, then high school games from August through October. 


When I can, I try to get down to Oklahoma to watch my oldest daughter play college ball at Langston University.  I don’t have much time for my own sports anymore, but I played softball for a number of years, as well as indoor soccer.

Dani Rios, Treasurer


Patty Harsch, Vice-President

What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


During my professional career, I was responsible for opening several very successful consulting offices across the country and developing our horse ranch into one of the top Dressage Breeding/Performance Ranches for the Pure Spanish Horse. Since moving to this area, I have also been a President/Chairman of several non-profit organizations.


What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA?


Working with a phenomenally dedicated group of individuals to develop the scholarship and public awareness programs for CWSFA.


What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of?


The support CWSFA has been able to give to over 100 females and numerous other nonprofit groups providing opportunities for females to participate in sports. Creating a strong working relationship with the University of Northern Colorado to support females participating in sports in the Greeley area.


What are your goals for the future of CWSFA? Any challenges you foresee in getting there?


I would hope that CWSFA can significantly expand our support for those females from low income families (there are over 18,000 in Larimer & Weld Counties) to be able to participate in sports.  I would also like to see CWSFA be able to work with the local school districts to expand the participation of females in all sporting activities.


When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting?


My wife & I have been long time supporters of the CSU Women’s Basketball Program and CSU Football.  We had two daughters that participated in sports growing up and helped us develop a strong love of female sports.  


What else are you passionate about?


We are also passionate about our family as well as our love of the Pure Spanish Horse.

Marsha Smeltzer, Secretary

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?

What led you to become a board member?


I've been involved with CWSFA since 2010. I had watched the organization from afar and liked the mission but, I was working at CSU Athletics when I was first approached, and it was a conflict of interest for me under NCAA policies. 

​When I left Athletics in 2007, I no longer had the conflict of interest, in addition to having more time to commit to the organization.  I was looking to get involved in a nonprofit and, as a former student athlete, coach and athletic administrator; I felt that I could contribute to CWSFA and their mission.

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Board Spotlights

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?  

This is my 1st Year on the board. 

What led you to become a board member?  

I was a girls softball player and coach and wanted to be involved with an organization that encouraged, promoted and helped girls achieve their goals and dreams in their athletic endeavors.

recreational sports, raising 2 kids that were highly involved in recreational, club, high school and collegiate athletics, my 21 year (so far) career at Triple Crown Sports, and my passion for volunteering for all types of clubs/committees that revolve around youth participating in athletics. Relationships I’ve built and experiences I’ve gained all lend to a good match for my responsibilities as a Board Member with the CWSFA.


What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA?


The most rewarding part about my involvement with the CWSFA is handing scholarship/grant money to girls/women that will use it to further their passion/experience in athletics.  I know participation in athletics has a direct correlation with increased self-confidence, organization and leadership, which I think are 3 qualities that assist all people with a more satisfying, even successful, life.


What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of?


Our biggest accomplishments have been the ability to come together as a Board (all different walks of life and all different ages) with a common Mission Statement that we all focus on and believe in, and offer our community monies, educational experiences, exposure to sports opportunities and exposure of their organizations as it all relates to females in athletics.  


What are your goals for the future of CWSFA? Any challenges you foresee in getting there?


My biggest hope and also goal for the CWSFA is to bring more community members into our membership and on to our Board so that we can continue to expand our opportunities for girls and women in sport.  It will be a challenge because we are currently an all-volunteer Board made up of just 6 hardworking people that give time as they can, but that time is limited due to family and jobs.


When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting? What else are you passionate about?


I’m a big fan of family and/or friends that have kids playing sports and am passionate about supporting them through watching them participate in their sports (which could be ANY sport).  I’m especially passionate about the game of slow pitch softball and currently play and assist with running a highly competitive traveling women’s team.  I also have an interest (not a passion yet) for running ½ marathons in places of our country that I’ve never visited before….notice I said “interest”….because I don’t love to run, but I do love to travel and visit new places that our wonderful country has to offer.  I dabble in golf and bowling.  I’m a workout fiend and love my gym, which is FXB (Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping) here in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I am MOST passionate about my family, and very passionate also about my job at Triple Crown Sports.  

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?

What led you to become a board member?


​I am grateful that 5 years ago, my boss here at Triple Crown Sports (Dave King) gave a recommendation to the CWSFA Board that they consider me for membership and a possible Board position. Both opportunities worked out for me.


What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


I’ve been an active member of the Northern Colorado community in the athletics realm for 30 years through my own participation in

Joe Skelton, President

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?

What led you to become a board member?


I was part of the group that developed the concept of an organization devoted to supporting female in sports.  This group developed the Articles of Incorporation & By-laws. I was a founding member/ Board member of the CWSFA.

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What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


I have been an Admin assistant for the Athletic Department at Poudre High School for 13 years, I was a softball Coach for 15 years at Poudre High School and with the Fort Collins Buckaroos, I played softball for Colorado State University from 1993-1997 and was a team captain, I played prior to college at Poudre High School and with The FC Buckaroos, I was also a basketball player and competed in Track and Field in High School. I am a huge advocate for girls achieving their goals and dreams on and off the field or court. I have devoted a great deal of time and effort into many young athletes to help them believe in themselves and what they can do. I especially enjoy helping them realize that college is certainly a goal they can achieve and give them tools and direction on how to go about the process.

What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA?


The best part for me was attending my first banquet. It was amazing to see all the achievements of these ladies and what they plan to pursue in their future.

What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of?


None yet! I hope to grow the High School Softball Tournament in the fall to be the Premier tournament for Colorado High School Softball Teams.

What are your goals for the future of CWSFA? Any challenges you foresee in getting there?


My goals are to help in raising more funds for our athletes as well as getting the word out about our program and all that it has to offer. Challenges are only a mountain to climb and I have good hiking boots!

When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting?


I play coed softball. I also have 3 boys who play football, baseball and basketball so I am at numerous athletic events on any give day! I also like supporting my athletes at Poudre High School by attending at least one event for each team in each season.

What else are you passionate about? 


Besides my family! I am passionate about Downs Syndrome education and research as well as Special Olympics. My 3 year old son has Downs Syndrome and I hope to be an advocate for him in his endeavors as a future athlete.

What is your name and Board position?  


Lisa McVicker, Board Member

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?  


Since 2016

What led you to become a board member? 


My daughter Brooks, received Opportunity Gifts several times, and when I learned about CWSFA and what they do, it was a perfect fit for my interests and passion!

What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


I have been involved in in sports, as an athlete, coach and/or parent, for my entire life! In addition, my parents, siblings, and husband are/have all been coaches. My background as a coach and teacher, working with students and athletes has been invaluable

What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA? 


Seeing the impact of the gifts and programs that CWSFA provides. It's great to see girls and women of all ages pursuing their passion!!

What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of? 


I have loved being part of the Fall High School Softball Tournament. We are hoping to keep growing it and improving it every year!! 

What are your goals for the future of CWSFA?


Any challenges you foresee in getting there? My goal is to keep growing the organization and spreading our message. I would love to see us continue to grow in size and our ability to impact our community!!

When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting? 


I have four teenage kids, and they are all athletes, and my husband coaches high school football. You can often find me cheering them on in football, wrestling, hockey and softball. When they are not competing, we love to be out playing tennis, basketball, or almost any sport!

What else are you passionate about? 


Family is the most important thing to me! I also am passionate about teaching and working with students. It's great when you feel like you can make a difference in someone's life!!

Michele Niesent, Committee Chairperson of the High School Softball Tournament

How long have you been involved with CWSFA?

What led you to become a board member?


In early 2012 my friend and vice president of CWSFA Patty Harsch asked me to consider joining the board.  Dwight Miles, one of the founding members of CWSFA was retiring and the board would then be in need of a Treasurer.  I joined CWSFA in October 2012 and became the Treasurer shortly thereafter.   
Prior to joining the board, my kids had all applied for scholarships through CWSFA, so I was already aware of this great organization.
What background or experience do you have that has proven most valuable in your current role with the board?


I spent three years as the supervisor for Sport Clubs and Intramurals in Campus Recreation at Colorado State. In this position I worked with student organizations and students as they participated in sport clubs and intramurals.


Prior to that, I spent 25 years in the Colorado State University Athletic Department, all of that time involved in Academic Support for Student-Athletes. The last 15 years in Athletics were also spent as the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Senior Woman Administrator. I was highly involved in all of our gender equity planning, event management, sports supervision and student-athlete affairs.  


I was also fortunate to be a student-athlete in high school and as a result of Title IX, continued playing basketball and volleyball in college. I often draw on this breadth of experience with CWSFA whether it is in a Board meeting, Scholarship Committee meeting or working with our social media. 


What has been the most rewarding part of your involvement with CWSFA?


As the Board Secretary, I certainly enjoy documenting our growth and decision-making, and have had the opportunity to be front row center for some exciting projects related to girls and women in sport. But when I got involved as the Scholarship Chair, I had the chance to hear the many stories of girls and women applying for our scholarships. Each scholarship season, the opportunity to read their stories renews my faith in, and belief that, sports participation is a change agent in the lives of girls and women.  


It’s also so rewarding to be with a group of people on this Board that have the same belief in the importance of sport for girls and women!


What have been your biggest accomplishments with CWSFA/what are you most proud of?


In the short time I have been on the Board, I have seen us grow and expand our vision so we not only offer scholarships but we provide grants, educational sessions and fundraising opportunities. I have seen the people on this Board learn from each other and contribute a great deal to our growth.  I’m also proud that we have been able to create an online scholarship process to better serve our applicants.


What are your goals for the future of CWSFA? Any challenges you foresee in getting there?


I would like to recruit and see more community members get involved in our organization. As a parent of a former high school and collegiate athlete, I know there are people in this community who have had experience with their daughters, as well as friends and family who have played sports. We need their passion and involvement to keep moving forward.  


One of our biggest challenges is getting the word out about CWSFA, in order to generate involvement and support. Last summer, the accounting firm Ernst & Young released the results of a survey taken by over 800 executives at American companies with an annual revenue of over $250 million. They found that 96 percent of women in a C-suite position had played team sports growing up -- 55 percent at a university level. Furthermore, 72 percent of women surveyed agreed that women with a sports background worked more effectively in teams than those without. It would be wonderful to see some of these women help us “pay it forward.”​


When you’re not busy with CWSFA business, what sports are you playing or supporting? What else are you passionate about?


If you were to ask my family, they would say I seem to like every sport. I am often teased as I look through the online television guide, that I stop and get information on every sports event I see.


Personally I now enjoy biking, hiking, snow shoeing and fishing, to name just a few activities in which I participate. Over the years I have seen many of my former student-athletes join the athletic world as coaches, staff or administrators. For me, it's so rewarding to watch them grow and develop into the next generation of leaders and to know that sports participation set them on this path. They make my day when they call for advice or just to say thanks for being a part of their lives.

Colorado Women's Sports Fund Association