Board of Directors
Dana 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.
Donna lives in North Conway, NH and has been involved with Kismet since the very beginning! As a life-long outdoors person, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn to climb later in life and has since traveled to places near and far to both rock and ice climb. She now feels privileged to share her experiences and love of climbing with the students of Kismet.
Some of her previous work experiences include Headstart family liaison, accounting manager of a 25 person department, municipal auditor, house builder, and more recently accounting and teaching at the Charlestown Nursery School in Boston. Her daughter and son also live in New Hampshire so she gets plenty of time to play outdoors with her children and three grandsons.
Lindsey became a student at Kismet in 2007 and hasn't been able to stay away since. She worked as a staff member for five summers and joined the board in 2016. She has seen the program grow significantly over the years and hopes to help Kismet continue to impact the lives of its students for years to come.
Though she is currently residing in Vermont, Lindsey was born and grew up in the Mount Washington Valley, where her love for the outdoors was first ignited. While in college she worked as an instructor at her school's Adventure Sports Center and coordinated their rock and ice climbing programs. She is currently a freelance photographer and the Marketing Graphics and Window 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, is a cinematographer by craft, and a co-founder of a production company with his sister. He has volunteered with several nonprofit 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.”
Ara has been a dedicated climber since 2008 and currently is the head coach at Salt Pump Climbing Company in Scarborough, ME. After years of pursuing a theater career in New York City, Ara turned his attention towards climbing gym management and youth programming. Since then he has coached at and managed gyms in New York, Connecticut, and now Maine.
Ara is excited to bring his knowledge of technical rock climbing, group leadership, and youth mentorship to Kismet. Above all, he is excited to connect with and learn from the Kismet family. When not in the gym, Ara is likely climbing, hiking, cooking, or spending time with his wife and young daughter.
Gashim is a graduate of Kismet and an in-house 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.
Jim brings a combination of managerial and board experience in both the profit and nonprofit sectors to the Kismet community. Jim has worked in the energy sector for decades, most recently as a Policy and Strategy Director for Sunpower Corp, a leading solar manufacturer and developer. He founded Madison Energy Consultants, was President of GPU Solar and served on the Board of Ballard Fuel Cell Generation Co. in Canada and Diamond Energy in Australia.
Jim has been a teacher and professor at schools in New Jersey and Colorado. He is a former rock climber and avid outdoorsman. He also serves on the Board of Trailblazers, an organization that provides camping and after school experiences to children living in economically challenged neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. Jim splits his time between Brooklyn and Madison, NH.
Lisa previously worked for Kismet as an Administrative Assistant and later became our Executive Director. She is very excited to be involved with the Kismet program again, now as a member of our Board of Directors.
She is currently a Senior Sales Manager for the Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash and is the owner and operator of Blooming Vineyards Floral Design Studio. Prior to moving to the Mount Washington Valley, Lisa worked as a print production manager for Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA and Smithfield, RI. Lisa lives in Conway, New Hampshire with her husband, they have a son who is currently playing junior hockey in Massachusetts.
Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to:
Steve Bamsey • Tom Boydston • 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 • Adam Lane-Olson • Ken Lydecker • Rand McNally† • Ari Moulton • Brian Post, Past Chairperson • Cheryl Rocheleau • Claudine Safar • Jessica Soroka • Maureen Soraghan • Jack Tracy • Holly Weber • Clint Willis • Brian Irwin • Patricia Irwin • Matt Stearns • Janet Wilkinson, Past Chairperson • Will White • Ted Wroblewski, Past Chairperson
† In Memoriam