Board Members

Vaughn Bigelow, Sr.

Vaughn currently serves as General Manager of Manufacturing for a small niche business servicing both the automotive and aerospace industries, Specialty Products. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Social Relations in 1997.  He was a recruited Division I swimmer who played water polo on the club team.  After college, Vaughn went into the construction industry working on large commercial and heavy civil construction projects nationwide.  In late 2001, he moved back to his home state of Colorado to join a small manufacturing company where he was awarded multiple US patents prior to landing in his current position.

Vaughn is also an active board and committee member of multiple corporate and partnership organizations, offering particular insight in his field of expertise.

Vaughn resides in Broomfield, CO with his wife, Meghan, and two sons Cooper and Asa. Vaughn and Meghan have created Big Waves Foundation Inc. in memory of their oldest son Vaughn Jr. who was lost in June of 2018 to a violent gun crime.

Ashley Wilkinson

Ashley is the triathlon coach at Lifetime Fitness in Westminster. She enjoys coaching the athletes as well as competing in races herself. Ashley has completed 2 full-Ironman triathlons and 9 half-Ironman triathlons. She was an athlete through college; so continuing to stay active after graduation was a necessity for her. Her favorite thing about sports and coaching is pushing physical and mental boundaries to achieve goals that grow us as people. Ashley believes that sports help everyone, and especially kids, learn important life skills. She played multiple sports throughout her youth, and learned lasting lessons regarding how to handle winning with grace
and humility as well as losing with dignity knowing she did her best. She learned about how to work with a team, how to take instruction (and criticism) from coaches, and self-talk to work through the demons of self-doubt.

Ashley Wilkinson resides in Westminster, Colorado, with her husband Scott and two children, Maddie and Will. She is originally from Iowa and moved to Colorado in 2003 after graduating from Simpson College with her BA in Physical Education and Wellness.

Ashley is extremely proud and honored to be working for the Big Waves Foundation to help young athletes achieve their goals and dreams through the scholarship program as well as other philanthropic avenues that the Foundation explores.

Joseph Perrotto, III

Joseph is a Principal of Burden Incorporated and its Chief Financial Officer. He is also a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker. Joseph graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 1995. He received his MBA from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business Administration in 2000. Over the past 24 years, Joseph has worked in finance in a variety of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1,000 service related companies. In the 10 years prior to joining Burden Incorporated, he managed, led, and fiscally turned around organizations within the healthcare industry in Massachusetts and Florida through his positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. Joseph is a member of the Board of Directors of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority.  

Joseph resides in Broomfield, CO with his wife Emily, son William and daughter Elena.  Both of his children are active participants in the Rocky Mountain Neptune’s Water Polo Club in the North Denver metro area.  The Big Waves Foundation will allow Water Polo to thrive in Colorado beyond junior high level. 

Joseph’s interests include participating in and training for Ironman and Half Ironman races, flying a variety of different aircraft, sailing/boating and skiing.

Joseph Youngblood, III

Joe is an attorney as well as an industrial and operations engineer. He graduated Lehigh University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1996 and Widener University School of Law with a J.D., Cum Laude in 2000. Joe exclusively practiced law until 2015, representing both large and small businesses, including manufacturers, technology providers, insurance carriers and brokers, web developers, magazines, graphic designers, entertainment venues, restaurants, night clubs, record labels, nationally recognized celebrities and sports figures, visual artists, writers, municipalities and educational institutions. In 2010, Joe was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the fields of Intellectual Property, Business/Corporate and Entertainment and Sports Law. He was also selected as the 2010 Outstanding Young Attorney of the Year by the Honorable Benjamin A. Rimm Award Committee and the Atlantic County Bar Association.

Joe has an entrepreneurial spirit and moved away from the exclusive private practice of law in 2015 when several other opportunities arose. While he still devotes some time to the private practice of law, he currently spends most of his time owning and operating several La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in central New Jersey and managing commercial real estate.

Joe resides in Margate City, New Jersey and is strongly involved in his local community. He regularly volunteers his time as a competitive swimming coach and assists local colleges, fire departments and municipalities with various legal matters on a pro bono basis.

Joe enjoys spending time with Lisa, his wife of 16 years, as well as his daughters Julia and Allie, and his dog Teddie. Joe loves surfing, skiing, snowboarding, golfing and travelling, and is truly honored to serve as a Board Member of the Big Waves Foundation.

Sean Whalen, DDS

Dr. Sean was born and raised in Eastern Iowa. He and his wife fell in love with Colorado after being married in Glenwood Springs and now consider Colorado their home. Dr. Sean attended the University of Iowa for dental school and his advanced training in pediatric dentistry. He has been part of Children’s Dentistry for over a decade.

Dr. Sean is active in the Colorado Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; he is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry. Although Dr. Sean now considers Denver his permanent home, he will always be an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. 

Dr. Sean and his wife, Brandy, live in Denver and enjoy an active lifestyle. Dr. Sean and his wife have three boys: Ewan, Holden and Emmett.