Janet Bergman Becomes Executive Director

Janet with Kismet students in 2007

The board of directors voted unanimously to make long time Kismet team member Janet Bergman the organization’s executive director. As part of this leadership transition, founder Mike Jewell will serve alongside Janet as Kismet’s President and Program Director.

Janet has been working in the background of Kismet for many years already, helping implement administrative policies and procedures, develop a personnel structure and to conduct outreach and fund raising. She is also an avid climber who understands from personal experience the value of a climbing education.

“We feel this creative leadership structure will make the most of both Janet’s and Mike’s strongest skill sets and help Kismet to reach new heights in accomplishing its educational mission,” said Sarah Garlick, Board Chair.

Janet and Mike will join the board for a strategic planning retreat early this summer to paint a picture of Kismet’s long-term vision, and to identify strategies for accomplishing our immediate and long-range goals. Please stay tuned for the results of that session.