Board of Directors

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Janet B. Wilkinson

Co-Chairperson

Janet B. Wilkinson's history of involvement with Kismet goes back to 2003, with previous work roles ranging from administrator to interim director, and volunteering as a climbing instructor most summers. Her current work is as co-director of marketing at Salt Pump Climbing Company, a seasonal climbing guide at Cathedral Mountain Guides and providing development consulting for local nonprofits and businesses. Janet's other current volunteer focus is on improving our local food system. During free time you'll find her out climbing and doing other mountain sports, and puttering in the gardens, fields and forest surrounding home with her husband, daughter and dog.

Dana Etra

Co-Chairperson

Bio coming soon!

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Adam Lane-Olsen

Treasurer

A Northern Michigan native, Adam resides with his wife Alison and two children Monroe and Elin in Fryeburg, ME. Adam works with renowned boot maker Peter Limmer, formerly managed a local bank branch, and sits on the Board of Directors of North Country Cares as treasurer. Adam also teaches courses in Religion and Philosophy for Hutchinson Community College. He received his BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and MA from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. As a skier, rock climber, and outdoor enthusiast, Adam takes advantage of much of what the Mount Washington Valley has to offer. Adam is also an avid woodworker and enjoys spending time in his workshop.

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Lindsey Garland

Board Member and Kismet Graduate

Lindsey became a student at Kismet Rock Foundation in 2007, and hasn't been able to stay away since. She graduated from the program in 2010, interned in 2013 and was an in-house staff member from 2014 until 2017. She has seen the program grow over the years, and hopes to help it impact the lives of it's students for many years to come. Though she is currently residing in Richmond, Vermont, Lindsey was born and grew up in the Mount Washington Valley, where her love for the outdoors was first ignited. She graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2017 with a Bachelor's in both Studio Art and Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts. During her senior year she was the Climbing Program Coordinator for the Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center. She is currently the Marketing Display Coordinator at the Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT. In her spare time she enjoys climbing, skiing, photography and spending time with her dogs, Macha and Opal.

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Pete Masterson

Board Member

I have been a supporter and fan of Kismet since volunteering with Mike Jewell to help guide the kids when the program was in its infancy. As a result I was able to watch as Mike challenged himself and the program to become what it is today – an amazing opportunity for underprivileged children to glimpse into a world that many of us take for granted. This world of self empowerment. I could not be more proud to be a part of this foundation as I have seen the profound effect it has on the students that go through it. As a professional I work in the world of entertainment and am a cinematographer by craft and a co-founder of a production company with my sister. We are currently developing content to produce through the next 10 years. As a high school student I volunteered with several non-profit groups that worked to help the homeless in New York City. I always reveled in the fact that I could see the immediate effect my work had on the people we were trying to help. Kismet works in the same capacity, and does so because it is not solely about teaching kids how to climb. It is precisely this characteristic of Kismet’s philosophy that makes it so successful, I think. I am honored and proud to be a member of the solid team that is Kismet.

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Ari Moulton

Board Member and Kismet Graduate

Ari Moulton has been involved with Kismet since she began as a student in the program in 2009. She uses her experience as a former student to voice unique perspectives in her role as a Board Member, and she loves volunteering with the students during the program season. Ari also sits on the Board of North Country Cares, and she delights in connecting both nonprofits by bringing current Kismet students to the Revolving Closet (one of the projects of North Country Cares) to shop for free clothes and school supplies. Ari currently lives in North Conway, NH with her son, Ellis, and her dog, Mally. She enjoys all of the activities the valley has to offer, and spends her free time adventuring with Ellis, climbing, and partaking in a variety of other outdoor activities. 

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Gashim Nyapir

Board Member and Kismet Graduate

Bio coming soon!

James Torpey

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Past Board Members

Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to:

Steve Bamsey
Danielle Connolly+
Eileen Conway
Susan Crowley
Cheryl Cullion
Anna Demarco
Steward Dunlop
Sasha Eisele
Laurie Farrell
Betsy Fowler
Brian Fowler, Past Chairperson
Sarah Garlick, Past Chairperson
Danielle Gelinas
Chris Graham
Michelle Jenkins
Richard Katzman
Janina Lamb
Ken Lydecker
Donna McCluskey
Rand McNally+
Brian Post, Past Chairperson
Cheryl Rocheleau
Claudine Safar
Jessica Soroka
Maureen Soraghan
Jack Tracy
Holly Weber
Clint Willis
Brian Irwin
Patricia Irwin
Matt Stearns
Will White
Ted Wroblewski, Past Chairperson

 

+In Memoriam