Board of Directors
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.
Tom has a wide and varied background from sailing to big mountain expeditions in Nepal. Tom retired a few years ago from his engineering background in research and development. During his career he was able to live and work in Spain and Grenoble France, taking advantage of the local climbing and skiing. Tom started rock climbing in the early ‘80s in California, then moved to Boston for his career. While in Boston, he jointly led the AMC Mountaineering Committee Rock Program for four years and continues to instruct in the AMC Ice Program. In addition, he enjoys biking with his wife, Tina, and friends, hiking in the White Mountains, and trail running obscure local trails.
As a member of the board, Tom strives to serve the Kismet Rock Foundation bringing his skills, heart and passion to benefit the children who are reason for Kismet.
Donna lives in North Conway, NH and has been involved with Kismet since the very beginning, 20 years! 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 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. 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 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.”
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.
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 and is an ex-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 New Hampshire.
Past Board Members
Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to:
Brian Fowler, Past Chairperson
Sarah Garlick, Past Chairperson
Brian Post, Past Chairperson
Janet Wilkinson, Past Chairperson
Ted Wroblewski, Past Chairperson