Board of Directors


Janet B. Wilkinson


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.


Brian Fowler


Brian and his wife Betsy (a retired teacher & current Kismet Board Member) live in Madison, NH. Brian has a degree in Geology, is a semi-retired consulting engineering geologist, and the author of more than 20 professional papers including the only scientific treatise on the geology and collapse of the Old Man of The Mountain. He is currently involved in research on the late-glacial geology of northern New England and southeastern Quebec and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the UNH-Granite State College. He is a former President (1981-1996) and current Life Trustee of the Mount Washington Observatory. He and Betsy are active mountaineers and have been members of the American Alpine Club since 1978. Brian is a co-founder of the Mountain Rescue Service.


Adam Lane-Olsen


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.


Betsy Fowler


A retired special education teacher and a longtime AMC and Mt. Washington Observatory member, Betsy Fowler led guided hikes out of Pinkham and ran the AMC Mountain Leadership Workshop with her husband Brian in the 1970’s. She is currently a New Hampshire Chapter trip leader and ski trail adopter. She has led many AMC Adventure Travel trips all over the world. Along with hiking and skiing, she has a passion for observing and photographing wildflowers, especially alpine flowers.


Sue Crowley

Board Member

Sue Crowley resides in the town of Chatham, NH with her husband Bob and 2 Border Terriers, Sheila and Leia. She joined the Kismet board in 2014 and has already volunteered at the cliff and hosted cookouts at her home.


Donna McCluskey

Board Member

Donna is an accountant and graduate of Northeastern University (BS in Business Management). She has 20 years of experience in business, accounting, and being a volunteer treasurer.


Maureen Soraghan

Board Member

Sharing a love of the Mt. Washington Valley with her family, Maureen Soraghan moved here from Massachusetts 13 years ago. As a local school administrator, Maureen’s focus was on the education of disabled students. After practicing law with a Concord-based firm, Maureen embarked on a solo practice which assists those with limited resources in obtaining legal representation. Maureen is also a certified Guardian ad Litem and shares with Kismet Rock Foundation the vision that teamwork and decision-making in a natural environment will make successful leaders of the participants. Maureen enjoys tennis, skiing, kayaking, and watching others scale mountains.


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 affect 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 affect 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.


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. 

James Torpey

Board Member

Bio coming soon!


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 a Clothing Merchandiser at the Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT. In her spare time she enjoys climbing, skiing, photography and spending time with her golden retriever, Macha.

Dana Etra

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Cheryl Cullion

Board Member

Bio coming soon!


Gashim Nyapir

Board Member and Kismet Graduate

Bio coming soon!

Past Board Members

Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to:

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

+In Memoriam