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Bradstreet, Kwasnik, Stampone Named to Mount Washington Observatory Board of Trustees

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Mount Washington Observatory named three new members to its Board of Trustees at its recent 2010 Annual Meeting. The meeting was held on June 12, 2010 at the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire and was attended by Mount Washington Observatory members and supporters from across the region.

Joining the 25-member Board of Trustees are Mary Stampone of Dover, New Hampshire; Brad Bradstreet of Bridgton, Maine; and Joseph Kwasnik of Jackson, New Hampshire.

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. 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. As the New Hampshire State Climatologist, Stampone provides the public with information on weather and climate though research, education and outreach activities. She is the point of contact for the two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Reference Network stations located in southern New Hampshire, co-coordinator of the New Hampshire Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network and National Weather Service cooperative observer for Durham, New Hampshire.

Brad Bradstreet is currently associated with Krainin Real Estate focused on real estate sales in the Sebago Lake Region of Maine. For over 30 years he worked for IBM, living in multiple states and holding several management positions. More recently, Bradstreet was responsible for application development for online banking and call center systems for a major bank in North Carolina. In addition to serving on the Observatory's Board of Trustees, he is the Secretary of Camps Newfound and Owatonna in Harrison, Maine.

Joseph Kwasnik holds a B.A. in Geology and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts, respectively. He spent 30 years as an environmental professional with National Grid as Vice President of Environment and Head of Climate Change with the company. Kwasnik is active in his community through membership in the Kiwanis Club, Director of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and President of the Franconia Soaring Association.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. Operating within 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, the Observatory has been monitoring Mount Washington’s extreme conditions from its legendary mountaintop weather station since 1932, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach.

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