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photo Ed Bergeron, President – Ed Bergeron and his wife Kathy reside in North Conway. They have two daughters and four granddaughters. Ed is the president of H.E. Bergeron Engineers, Inc., a consulting civil, structural and land surveying firm, which he started in 1974. Ed received his bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1970 and an MBA from Plymouth State University in 1988. Growing up as a farm boy in Southern New Hampshire, Ed first hiked, climbed and skied in the White Mountains while a member of the UNH Outing Club in the 1960s. His outdoor activities include hiking and climbing all over the US, Europe and New Zealand, as well as bicycling, fly-fishing and outdoor photography. His volunteer involvement in the outdoors includes being a member of the AMC Board of Directors, chairman of the Hut Committee, a member of the Facilities Committee, and a member of the Nature Conservancy Green Hills Committee, as well as teaching photography workshops for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Ed has had an interest in weather since his youth on the farm, where his dad was the local NWS cooperative observer. It intensified as part of his pilot training in the 1970s and continued as a backup observer for local weather icon Briggs Bunker. Currently, Ed is the NOAA, National Weather Service cooperative observer for North Conway and reports his observations each morning to the NWS in Gray, ME.

photo Brad L. J. Griswold, Vice President – Brad currently resides in Lancaster NH with his wife Valerie and their two children enjoying an unobstructed view of the Presidentials and the Observatory. The family's introduction to the Observatory was during the first Seek the Peak event, which has led to their continued involvement over the years. After attending Messiah College and then attending the College of Financial Planning, in 1994 Brad founded Concannon Wealth Management whose primary office is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he continues today as the managing partner. In this role, Brad focuses on developing and implementing a cohesive strategy by which their client's assets are managed and their long-term financial goals addressed. Currently Brad serves on a number of boards both locally and nationally.

photo Jack B. Middleton, Immediate Past President and Secretary – Jack lives in Freedom, N.H. and has three grown children. He received his A.B. from Lafayette College in 1950 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1956. Jack has been active in numerous civic, professional and bar association activities in New Hampshire for many years. He is president of the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association. Jack worked at the Observatory during 1952-53. He has been a trustee since 1957. Jack serves on the Observatory's Executive Committee, is a part chair of the Governance Committee, and for more than five decades served as the Observatory's secretary.

photo Leslie Schomaker, Treasurer – Leslie Schomaker lives in Jackson, N.H. A graduate of Wellesley College in 1966, she received her M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1983. She has experience in computers, programming and accounting. In the early days of PCs, Leslie started a consulting business in Maine that helped computerize the accounting functions of for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations. This often involved custom programming to get the client's data into a format that could be imported into accounting software. She has been self-employed in many different areas: as a publisher of hiking cards for New Hampshire and Vermont, owner of restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME and owner of a company that resold natural gas to a West Virginia utility. She enjoys being outside in the Mount Washington Valley: skiing, hiking, playing tennis, biking or golfing. Leslie was named a trustee of the Observatory in 2003, and now serves as treasurer.

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