The Kismet Team

Mike Jewell and 2008 Kismet Graduates

Michael Jewell

Founder and Program Advisor

Mike is also a full-time technical climbing guide (37 years). He is a graduate of the University of Maine (BS in Wildlife Management) and attended Naropa University, a Buddhist university for the study of the arts. Michael is a professional pianist performing classic, jazz, rock, and fusion. He has worked clubs and restaurants in New Hampshire, Arizona, and California. He has climbed/guided throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Michael is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Read In Defense of Education by Mike Jewell

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Chad Laflamme

Executive Director and Climbing Instructor

Chad previously worked for Kismet as house staff and is a graduate of Plymouth State University (BS Adventure Education; MEd Curriculum and Instruction). He has worked in Outdoor Education for 12 years leading wilderness trips, ski instructing, teaching environmental education, guiding rock climbing, and managing adventure education programs. Chad lives in North Conway and spends his free time climbing, skiing, and continuing his education.

Sharon-Smarzynski

Sharon Smarzynski

Office Manager

Sharon has been with Kismet since January 2014. She spent some of her youth in the Mount Washington Valley and was able to return to the area with her husband and children after living in New Jersey for many years. She is a graduate of Burlington County Community College (AS Accounting) and Glassboro State College, now Rowan University (BA History). She enjoys working out at the local CrossFit affiliate, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Summer Program Staff

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James Stone

In-House Staff and Kismet Graduate
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Jeannique Celestin

In-House Staff and Kismet Graduate
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Gashim Nyapir

In-House Staff and Kismet Graduate
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Alexa Siegel

Climbing Instructor