The Kismet Team
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Founder and Program Advisor

Michael Jewell

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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Executive Director

Chad Laflamme

Chad previously worked for Kismet as house staff and is a graduate of Plymouth State University (BS in Adventure Education). He has worked in Outdoor Education for 10 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.

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Administrative Assistant

Sharon Smarzynski

Sharon spent several years of her youth in the Mount Washington Valley and is thrilled to be back in the area with her husband and three children. She loves spending time with her family enjoying the many outdoor activities the White Mountains have to offer. She is an active member of the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron along with her son. Sharon has an AS degree in Accounting and is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a BA degree in History.