SkateMD Board of Directors: Heather Wright, Andrea Bibelheimer, Melanie Tillotson, and Erik Nielsen
SkateMD is a Northern California based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Melanie Tillotson (the "M") and Andrea "Drea" Bibelheimer (the "D"). Inspired by each other's personal passions and contributions to at-risk and special needs children, Melanie and Drea joined forces as "partners in kind" with a mission to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional, or family challenges.
The SkateMD program was created in 2014 as our heartfelt response to a viral video of a hate crime against a teenage boy with Autism. As members of skateboarding families and strong advocates of kindness, Melanie and Drea set out to empower children with exercise, positive interactions, and fun while increasing tolerance, compassion, and support within the community.
Partnering with board members Heather Wright and Erik Nielsen who share the same enthusiasm, we are able to provide one-on-one skateboard clinics in an accepting environment for children ages 5-17 to experiment with skateboarding, to fine-tune existing skateboarding skills, or to just have fun. Our program pays special attention to the individual needs of our participants. Participant coordination is facilitated by our valued board member, Erik, who is also our volunteer licensed physical therapist; additional volunteer therapists are available at our clinics to support the volunteers and children.