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Trustees

photo Alexandra T. Breed – Alexandra and her husband, Douglas Hill, live in Gilford, NH. They have two grown children, both of whom are educators and coaches.

Alexandra received her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, graduating Cum Laude in 1970 with a degree in American History. She then went on to Boston University Law School and received her JD in 1974 and LL.M. in Tax in 1999.

Alexandra is a Director of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, PA, the largest law firm in NH, where she concentrates in estate planning, trust and estate administration, conservation easements and real estate trusts for family properties.

Alexandra has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations for many years, including The Nature Conservancy-NH, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and Appalachian Mountain Club. Recently she has served as Chairman of the Development Committee and Governance Committee of the Mount Washington Observatory, and currently serves on the Development Committee and as Secretary of the Observatory.

photo Erica Broman – Erica and her husband Christopher Millette divide their time between Longmeadow, MA and beautiful Lake Sunapee, NH. Erica heads up the marketing, advancement, grant writing and institutional research efforts at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA where she has helped grow their foundation four-fold during her tenure. The college is located in the poorest community in Massachusetts.

Erica received her BA from Miami University and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She took part in Harvard University's summer program for educational leadership and is currently at work on her Ed. D from Northeastern University. She is involved in a number of regional boards in Massachusetts and serves as on-air pledge talent for the local public broadcasting station.

Erica and Chris have four children between them.

photo Paul T. Fitzgerald – Paul and Cheryl Ann Fitzgerald live in Laconia, N.H. They have two grown sons, Shawn and Travis. Paul received his B.A. from St. Michael's College in 1972 and earned a law degree four years later in 1976. He is currently a director of the law firm of Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols in Laconia. In addition to his law practice, Paul has been active in a number of community organizations and has served as both the Mayor of Laconia and Chairman of the Laconia Police Commission. Paul first became involved with the Observatory as an extension of being an avid hiker when he walked into the summit facility out of curiosity after climbing the mountain back in 1980. After serving on the Summit Operations Committee for several years he was elected a trustee in 1985 and has been active on the Executive Committee and long-range planning committees. Paul is a past president of the Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Observatory's Governance Committee.

photo Laurie Gabriel – Laurie retired as one of three managing partners at the Boston-based Wellington Management Company in June 2008. In addition to serving as a managing partner from 1999 to 2008, Laurie was Director of Global Research from 2003 – 2008 and Chair of the firm's Compensation Committee from 2002 –. 2008. Wellington manages over $500 billion in client assets for approximately 1,500 institutions located in over 40 countries, and is also recognized as a leading hedge fund manager. Laurie joined Wellington Management in 1976 upon graduation from Tufts University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude.

In retirement, Laurie is spending time on travel and outdoor activities, as well as sharing her business experience by working with several non-profit organizations. Laurie currently serves as a trustee at Tufts University, where she also chairs the Investment Committee. She is also on the board of The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. She actively supports several environmental organizations and non-profit groups focusing on aiding women in creating independent lives.

A resident of Jackson, NH, Laurie enjoys hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and many other sports and outdoor activities. She is frequently joined by her two dogs, Lily and Maggie, and occasionally by her two adult sons in these activities.

photo Kenneth A. Jones – Recently retired, Ken was the managing partner of Wilson/Reilly Associates, a technical sales firm in Nashua, N.H., following a long career in industrial management. He lives in Amherst, N.H., with his wife Suzanne. They have two grown children, as well as several grandchildren, who visit them often at Lake Winnisquam.

Active in many outdoor activities, Ken has always been keenly interested in weather. His introduction to the Observatory in the early 80s kindled a love of Mount Washington and its unique climate. He serves on other non-profit boards as well. Ken has been a member of the Mount Washington Observatory's Science Committee since 1995, and is a past president of the Board of Trustees. He holds an engineering degree from Penn State and an MBA from Syracuse University.

photo Robert C. Kirsch – Rob Kirsch received a diploma from Phillips Academy, Andover, received his B.S. from Middlebury College, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1979 and a J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1983. He is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston, where he leads the firm's environmental practice. His professional accomplishments have been recognized nationally: he was named a Massachusetts Lawyer of the year in 2008; he is a Board Member of the Environmental Law Institute; and a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Rob learned of the Observatory through hiking and climbing in the White Mountains with his father and brother, beginning in the 1960s. In January 1978 he served as a student intern at the Observatory, and he worked as an observer when not attending college or law school between 1978 and 1981. He has been a trustee since 1985. He is a past president of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Observatory's Executive and Governance Committees.

photo Maureen Kelliher – Maureen Kelliher is no stranger to the Mount Washington Observatory. She is a five-year member and has participated in numerous events. She is responsible for the investment team of Citizens Bank's investment department in New Hampshire and has over 27 years of investment industry experience and 18 years in investment portfolio management. Previously, Kelliher was Chief Investment Officer for a state-chartered trust company in NH as well as money desk manager for a regional bank. She occasionally conducts economic seminars and writes investment articles for the Boston Business Journal.

photo Drew Landry – Drew is currently a tax principal with John G. Burk and Company, CPAs, P.C., where his primary duties include tax compliance and representation for closely-held businesses and estates. In addition, he renders forensic accounting services for a wide variety of clients. He has assisted state and federal authorities in the prosecution of complex financial crimes. Previously, Drew was employed as a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service from 1974 to 1984. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., and is an associate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bar Association. Drew is admitted to the bar of the United States Tax Court. Drew currently serves as a trustee for the Mayhew Program for Boys and treasurer for the Rivermead Retirement Community, The Connecticut Valley Estate Planning Council and The Keene Academy Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital and the Cheshire Medical Center. Drew resides in Keene, NH with his wife Carol and has two grown children.

photo Gail Langer – Gail lives in Stoneham, Maine on a mountaintop in clear view of Mount Washington. She recently became the Senior Director of Business Development for St. Teresa Medical Inc. after spending over 20 years with Pfizer and Dupont Pharmaceuticals working in R&D, sales, marketing, manufacturing, quality and business development. She graduated from Merrimack College in 1972 with a B.S. in Chemistry and received an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Southern Connecticut University. Always a lover of the outdoors, Gail's interests include sea kayaking, skiing, swimming, snorkeling, bicycling and especially hiking. She has hiked in Peru, Alaska, Western Canada, Nepal and Switzerland, but especially loves the White Mountains. In her spare time, Gail volunteers as an EMT for the Stoneham Rescue Service. She has served on the Observatory board since 2005.

photo Sarah Long – Meteorologist Sarah Long has worked at both mountaintop and sea level. After four years as Mount Washington Observatory's chief meteorologist and summit manager, she headed down the mountain to begin her career in broadcasting. From 2002 to 2012, Sarah worked as a morning meteorologist for WGME13 News Channel 13 in Portland, Maine. She has since traded in the 2AM wake up call for running her own business. She and her husband, Tom, a high school science teacher, opened Long's Board Shop in South Portland, Maine in 2012, where they sell skateboards, snowboards, and everything to go with them.

Sarah earned her degree in meteorology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has served as a board member of the American Meteorological Society's Board on Women and Minorities, and as a mentor for DataStreme, where she trained weather education resource teachers. She was elected a trustee in 2005 and serves on the Education and Development Committees.

photo Peter Middleton – Peter has worked in commercial construction since graduating from UNH in 1981 and is currently the president of Martini Northern General Contractors and Construction Managers in Portsmouth, NH. He is an avid skier and spent over 20 years supporting youth ski racing as a coach and board member of the Attitash Alpine Education Foundation. During summer breaks from college, Peter worked on various construction projects in the Mount Washington Valley area and spent two summers helping with the construction of the Sherman Adams Building at Mount Washington State Park in 1979 and 1980. In addition to sitting on the Observatory's Facilities Committee, Peter also serves on the board of Plan NH as treasurer and as President of Friends of UNH Skiing. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife Meg and their two children, Abby and Ben.

photo Douglas Nelson – Doug has worked in financial services in the New Hampshire Seacoast for nearly 30 years and serves as a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Portsmouth, NH. In addition to managing investments for affluent families, Doug provides Art Advisory services regionally. He lives in Rye Beach with his wife Karin and two daughters Lizzie & Ali. Doug was educated at Carnegie Mellon and the University of New Hampshire. The Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University counts Doug among their Founding Board Members, and he Chairs the Collections Committee. He has been a Trustee and Chairman of the Restoration Committee of The Music Hall. Doug is a past President of the Board of Directors of Crossroads House. New Hampshire is represented by Doug on the Board of the Boston Foundation. Doug has been a member of Senator Judd Gregg's Leadership Council for the Arts. As a collector of period paintings of New Hampshire's White Mountains & the Isles of Shoals, Doug has been a lecturer, editor, and art historian on the subject. Doug enjoys skiing, hiking and travel.

photo Gail Paine – Gail is a retired Program Coordinator for the University System of New Hampshire College for Lifelong Learning, now Granite State College, having worked in the North Country of New Hampshire from 1980 until 2004. She is a University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Gail formerly served on the NH State Board of Education from 1995 - 2005, was a member and Chairman of the New Hampshire Juvenile Parole Board from 1995-2006; Member of the New Hampshire Distance Learning Commission 1994-2003 ; Former board member of the Northern NH Charitable Foundation, Mt. Washington Valley School-Career, Bartlett School Board, NH Farm Museum Board, Memorial Hospital (past president) 1774-1996, YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins board, 1984-1995. Presently she serves as a board member on the Goldberg Foundation, Walker Foundation, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation, and Tillotson Foundation, Visiting Nurses of Northern Carroll County, Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council from 1991 - present; Mt. Musictop Music Advisory Committee; and Secretary of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. Gail represents New Hampshire on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board in Arlington, Virginia and serve on both the Administrative Committee and as chairman of the CEO Evaluation Committee for that organization. She is currently a Credentialed Cooperative Director and taking courses towards the Credentialed Leadership Director degree for the National Rural Electric Association directors. Gail is active in the Town of Bartlett, serving as the Chairman of The Lower Bartlett Water Commission ZBA, and Chairman of the Supervisors of the Bartlett Voter Checklist Her hobbies are fly fishing, ornithology, golf, hiking, skiing and traveling.

photo Marsha Rich – Marsha Rich lives in Chichester, NH, with her children Claudia and Alex. She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1980 and a Masters of Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1985. She taught middle school earth science and served as the science department chair at the Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire. Currently, Marsha serves as a resource agent for the American Meteorological Society's educational outreach program, facilitating teacher enhancement courses and offering professional development workshops on meteorology and weather for K-12 teachers. She also teaches meteorology courses on-line and in the classroom for Granite State College and the New Hampshire Technical Institute. Marsha also regularly leads Observatory EduTrips. Marsha loves to ski, hike, bike, garden and travel with her family. She is also a retired sea captain, having skippered charter sailboats in the Virgin Islands in the 1980s. Marsha has been an Observatory trustee since 1995, and currently serves as chair of the Observatory's Education Committee.

photo Phil Ryan – Phil Ryan and his wife Judy, a retired elementary school teacher, live in Bedford, NH and for more than 20 years have enjoyed their Bretton Woods, NH vacation home on the western side of the Presidential Range. He is a civil engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ryan's operating experience includes co-founder of The Bigelow Company, an owner-manager-focused mergers & acquisitions advisory firm, where as partner he led client engagements for more than 20 years. He served as President & CEO of Elliot Health System, and later as President of Optima Health; these organizations provided a full array of healthcare services in southern NH. He retired in December 2011 after serving more than eight years as CEO of privately-owned Merchants Automotive Group, one of the leading companies providing fleet vehicle leasing and fleet management services throughout the United States. Phil has extensive leadership experience serving as a Board member / Trustee of many private, public and not-for-profit companies including Gar-Doc, Inc., The Cookson Company, PSNH, Elkin Coffee, Amoskeag Bank, The Derryfield School, and Granite United Way. He was elected Moderator Town of Bow, NH and for the past 11 years Phil has served as a Trustee at WPI where he currently chairs the Academic Planning Committee. In 2005 he received the Herbert F. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service to WPI. Phil and his family enjoy the beauty and variety of activities of the White Mountains including golf, downhill and cross-country skiing and hiking.

photo Bruce Soper – Bruce began his career as an English and Physical Education teacher in 1967 after graduating from Plymouth State College. After several years in education he became involved in the New Hampshire ski equipment industry for seven years. The remainder of his career was devoted to facilities and asset management in school systems, shopping malls and housing in New Hampshire and Maine. As General Manager of the Bangor (Maine) Mall he earned his designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM).

Most recently Bruce served on the Board of the Colonial Theater in Keene as chairman of that board's facilities committee. He has also been a volunteer firefighter and was the Emergency Services Coordinator for the New Hampshire Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Bruce has had a life-long fascination with weather. He now has a weather station on the Weather Underground network, is a rain/snow data collector for the nationwide CoCoRaHs network out of Fort Collins, Colorado and sends data to the National Weather Service through the CWOP program.

Now retired, he and his wife Marilyn live in Newbury, New Hampshire.

photo Mary Stampone – Mary Stampone is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire and has been the New Hampshire State Climatologist since August 2008.

Originally from Michigan, Mary received a B.A. degree in Geological Sciences from Albion College and received a M.S. degree in Geography and a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware. After a year teaching in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Shippensburg University in central Pennsylvania, she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Geography at the University of New Hampshire. As a UNH faculty member, she teaches courses on weather, climate, natural hazards and land surface processes and her research interests include climate system science with a focus on climate modeling and cryospheric processes. She also serves as the New Hampshire State Climatologist, providing the public with information on weather and climate though research, education and outreach activities. She is the point of contact for the two NOAA Climate Reference Network (CRN) stations located in southern New Hampshire, co-coordinator of the NH Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network and NWS cooperative observer for Durham, NH.

Mary and her husband Dan live in Dover, NH and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with their two dogs.

photo Brian C. Underwood – Brian C. Underwood, CRE is the principal of a real estate counseling and appraisal firm that performs assignments throughout the northeastern United States. The firm specializes in complex property types and provides real estate counseling services to developers, attorneys, and lending institutions. He has been admitted as an expert witness in Superior and Federal Courts.

Mr. Underwood has been awarded the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate and is one of only four CREs in New Hampshire. Membership in the organization is awarded by invitation only through peer, employer and client review. In 2008, Governor Lynch appointed Brian to the New Hampshire Real Estate Appraiser Board, where he currently serves as Chairman.

Brian became involved with the Observatory as a summit volunteer during the winter of 1993. His interest came from his fascination of weather as a pilot. Since then he has assisted the Observatory in a number of ways and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1994. Brian was instrumental in the success of the Observatory's volunteer program which resulted in significant benefits to the Observatory over the years. He has served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Vice President, and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Brian currently serves as Chairman of the Technology Committee. He is a resident of Rye, New Hampshire.

photo Howie Wemyss – Howie Wemyss (pronounced "weemz") was born in Cambridge, Mass. and raised in Biddeford, Maine where he graduated from Biddeford High School. After several years at Colorado State University, he spent two years in the Army, mostly in Germany, before returning to New England and settling in the Mt. Washington Valley in 1971. Howie was employed by the Mt. Washington Auto Road in the late 70s as a stage driver while working on the ski patrol at Wildcat Mountain in the winter. He later worked for the Merrimack Valley YMCA at their Bear Island facilities on Lake Winnipesaukee. In 1987 he took over as general manager of the Auto Road upon the retirement of Doug Philbrook and in 1995 began managing the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center as well. He and his wife Sue spend the summer in Green's Grant, and move north for the winter to Randolph, N.H. Howie has a daughter Cory, who is a licensed Massage Therapist in the Conway area. Howie and Sue enjoy cross country skiing, trail running and mountain biking. Howie was elected a trustee in 2005.

photo Albert W. Wheeler – Al retired from the National Weather Service in 2010, after a 33 year career. He served as the Meteorologist in Charge of the Portland/Gray Forecast Office for 20 years, where he led the National Weather Service modernization efforts in Maine and New Hampshire. During his tenure at Portland/Gray he worked closely with the Observatory to ensure that weather observations from the summit were collected and distributed to a wide variety of customers.

Prior to his assignment at Portland/Gray, Al served as the Deputy Meteorologist in Charge of the Cleveland, OH Forecast Office, and as a lead forecaster at the Philadelphia, PA and Bismarck, ND forecast offices. Before joining the National Weather Service, Al worked as a forecaster for a private meteorological practice serving offshore oil clients in New Orleans, LA. Al received his Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York, Oswego, in 1975.

Al and Patricia Wheeler live in Cumberland Center, ME, and spend their summers at David Pond in Fayette, ME. They have three grown children; their son Ryan, and twin daughters, Emily and Claire.

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