BOARD of DIRECTORS
Andy Weiss is the founder and Executive Director of Launch. His passion for skateboarding led him to open his own skateboard retail store in Fort Collins at the age of 20 years old. After helping to grow and support the local skateboard scene as owner of The Market Skateshop for fifteen years, Andy took his commitment to the northern Colorado skateboard community one step further by envisioning a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to better themselves and their community through skateboarding.
John Baise has been skateboarding for over 35 years and maintained involvement in the Colorado skate community for over 20 years. In 1999, John was hired by the City of Fort Collins to help the city design, fundraise and build its first concrete skatepark in Edora Park. John has been employed with Odell Brewing Company for the past 16 years. Currently, he manages the packaging department and supports the business’s vision for the future with the Odell leadership team. John is committed to the creativity and diversity that is skateboarding. A father of three, John daydreams about building a backyard bowl and prefers short walks on the beach to find shade.
Chris Jones is a visual artist and skateboarder native to Fort Collins, CO. He received a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014. His passion for art and skateboarding started at an early age and continues to grow with his commitment to the Fort Collins skate community. In addition to working with LAUNCH as a volunteer, designer, and exhibit curator, he also serves on the board for the Fort Collins Mural Project, works as the Exhibits Technician at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and is a very engaged fixture in the local visual arts community. Chris' ambition to connect with a broader community through creative means has largely contributed to his position as a LAUNCH board member, and his lifelong enthusiasm as a visual artist and skateboarder continues to inspire his involvement with the Fort Collins community.
Sam Cranshaw is a Fort Collins native who started skateboarding in 1996 and has been involved in progressing Launch’s mission since 2011. He did his undergraduate work at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA with a concentration in Sculpture and Photography. Sam is a proponent for public art and is currently a committee member with the Fort Collins Mural Project.
Meagan Griesel started skateboarding when she lived in San Francisco in the 1990s. Early on she learned you could go anywhere and find a community within the skateboarding family. She currently lives in Loveland, Colorado, is a local Realtor, does leathercraft and has an adult daughter who also skates. Meagan strongly believes in the inclusivity & non-intimidating atmosphere woven into Launch’s mission, programs, and indoor skatepark.