Board of Directors
Janet B. Wilkinson
Janet has been involved with Kismet since 2003, with previous work roles ranging from administrator to interim director, and volunteering as a climbing instructor. She currently works as co-director of marketing at Salt Pump Climbing Company, a seasonal climbing guide at Cathedral Mountain Guides, and provides development consulting for local nonprofits and businesses. Janet’s other volunteer work focuses 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, children, and dog.
Dana Etra is a climber, skier, and outdoor enthusiast. She is a partner in a national consultancy, out of the firm's Boston office, advising boards of directors on governance and executive compensation. Beyond her professional affiliations, she volunteers and serves on boards of nonprofits focused on civil rights, social justice, and equality. Dana is a life-long New England native; she currently resides in the Boston area but spends as much of her free time as possible in the mountains of New Hampshire.
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, 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. 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.
Lindsey became a student at Kismet in 2007, and hasn't been able to stay away since. She worked as a staff member for three years, and joined the Board in 2017. She hopes to be able to help Kismet impact the lives of its 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 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.
Pete has been a supporter and fan of Kismet since volunteering as a guide with Mike Jewell when the program was in its infancy. He has watched as Mike challenged himself and the program to become the amazing organization it is today. Pete works in the world of entertainment and am a cinematographer by craft and a co-founder of a production company with his sister. He has volunteered with several non-profit groups that worked to help the homeless in New York City. Pete can be described as a great climber and person. “I am honored and proud to be a member of the solid team that is Kismet.”
Jim brings an extensive knowledge of business and finance to the Kismet Board. He has two decades of power industry expertise, and he
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Ari has been involved with Kismet since she became a student in 2009. She was elected onto the Board in 2015, and- as a former student and former foster child- brings unique perspectives and knowledge to her role. Ari also sits on the Board of North Country Cares, and delights in taking the Kismet students to the Revolving Closet (a part of NCC) to shop for free clothes and school supplies. She also enjoys volunteering with the students during program season. Ari lives in North Conway, NH and works at Memorial Hospital. She spends her free time adventuring with her son Ellis, climbing, and enjoying other outdoor activities.
Gashim is a graduate of Kismet, and he was also our youngest staff member. He joined the Board in 2017, and his experience with the students has been invaluable. Gashim’s ability to connect with the students stems from his ability to see them for who they are. He treats them as his equals, and is an example of why Kismet works. Never lacking energy, Gashim enjoys all of the responsibilities of an in-house "parent," and even manages to volunteer a large portion of his “free time” at the cliff. Gashim lives in Portland, and enjoys climbing, and traveling.
Past Board Members
Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to:
Brian Fowler, Past Chairperson
Sarah Garlick, Past Chairperson
Brian Post, Past Chairperson
Ted Wroblewski, Past Chairperson