Ed Bergeron, Interim President
Growing up on a farm in southern New Hampshire, Ed’s interest in weather began as a child, when his father was the local National Weather Service (NWS) cooperative observer. His interest intensified during pilot training in the 1970s, and inspired him to serve as the backup weather observer for local weather icon Briggs Bunker for many years. Today, Ed is the NOAA, NWS cooperative observer for North Conway, NH, and he reports his observations to the NWS in Gray, ME each morning.
Ed received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1970 and an MBA from Plymouth State University in 1988. He is the retired president of H.E. Bergeron Engineers, Inc., a consulting civil, structural and land surveying firm, which he started in 1974.
A member of the Mount Washington Observatory Facilities Committee, Ed also serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Mountain Club and is chairman of their Hut Committee. He is a member of the Nature Conservancy Green Hills Committee, and also instructs photography workshops for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
Ed is an active cyclist, fly-fisherman and outdoor photographer, and has hiked and climbed all over the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. He resides in North Conway, NH with his wife, Kathy. They have two daughters and four granddaughters.
Abby Blackburn, Director of Advancement & Membership
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Abby moved from the desert to the wilds of New Hampshire at the age of eight. She immediately fell in love with the mountains, forests, wildlife, and skiing.
An internship in Glacier National Park, Montana while a senior at the University of New Hampshire cemented her love of the outdoors. Returning east to graduate, she served for several years as Sunday River Resort's competition and events manager, then as an independent contractor managing Maine Handicapped Skiing's popular ski-a-thon event. The opportunity to manage donor and member relations for Mount Washington Observatory was a natural fit.
Abby plans to spend her life surrounded by the mountains. When not working, you can find her skiing, snowboarding, painting, or just spending time outside watching the wildlife.
Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Education
Brian began his observatory career as a winter
intern on the summit in early 2012 after attending the University of New
Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation
Studies. Following intervening seasons as a Backcountry Hut Naturalist and
Education Assistant for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Brian returned to the Observatory
as a full-time Observer and Educational Specialist on the summit where he
performed daily weather observations and led weather station tours, distance
learning programs and media interviews.
After nearly three winters on the summit, Brian
headed south to work as the Chief Weather Observer at Blue Hill Observatory and
Science Center just south of Boston while going to graduate school at night. In
early 2016 Brian graduated from Boston University with a Master’s of Education
with a focus in Science Education, and moved back to the Mount Washington
Valley to serve as Mount Washington Observatory’s Director of Education.
When Brian’s not administering and teaching
educational programs and summit adventures, you can find him hiking,
mountaineering, trail running, skiing or staring at the clouds. He currently
resides in North Conway along with his partner, Stephanie, and their retired
sled dog, Pearl.
Krissy Fraser, Director of Marketing & Events
A Massachusetts native, Krissy started her career as a Communications Project Manager at Fidelity Investments, Crosby Group. Eight years later, in 2006, she took a leap of faith and left the corporate world to relocate to the Mount Washington Valley.
Krissy has enjoyed working for ski resorts in positions ranging from sales and marketing, to public relations, and even ski instruction. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Krissy brings a wealth of experience and a well-rounded approach to her role as Director of Marketing & Events.
Krissy loves living in the valley, and spends all of her free time outdoors, skiing, biking, hiking, and gardening.
Eric Kelsey, Director of Research
Raised in picturesque New Hampshire, Eric has always loved observing the constantly changing weather. As a young adult, he took his passion for extreme weather to tornado alley, where he chased severe thunderstorms and worked as a broadcast forecaster while earning his degree in atmospheric science at the University of Missouri—Columbia. After earning his master's degree in atmospheric science at the University at Albany, Eric merged his interest in weather, environmental stewardship and New England's unique climate by studying climate signals recorded in ice cores for his PhD at the University of New Hampshire.
Eric joined the Observatory staff in 2012 as a jointly-appointed Director of Research and Plymouth State University Research Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Science. He is excited to be working in the White Mountains, a place he has skied, hiked, bird watched, and camped his entire life.
Eric resides in Ashland, NH with his wife, Julie, and their daughters, Sophie, Madelyn and Tessa.
Mike Carmon, Weather Observer & Education Specialist
Mike spent most of his life in the urban jungle of Central New Jersey, but lived outside Chicago, Illinois for two years, where severe weather and tornadoes are prevalent. It was during this time that he cultivated a fascination with weather, heading outside in blizzards, thunderstorms, and even land-falling tropical storms to experience the extreme conditions firsthand.
Mike's passion for the weather led him to the meteorology program at Rutgers University. He graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Meteorology, and joined the Observatory staff as an intern that fall. In 2009 he was offered a full time position as a Weather Observer and Meteorologist, and honed his forecasting skills during the night shift for four years before becoming a shift leader in 2013.
In 2014 Mike added Education Specialist to his title, sharing the science of Mount Washington with students of all ages through distance learning programs, weather station tours, and media interviews.
Michael Dorfman, Weather Observer & IT Specialist
Mike graduated from Bates College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. He wrote his thesis on collector droplet formation in clouds and is excited to be expanding his programming and meteorological knowledge at the Observatory.
An avid hiker, skier, and climber, Mike has worked as a guide in Maine and Wyoming. He also enjoys traveling, and has toured around New Zealand and Western Europe.
Living in Newton, Massachusetts and attending school in Maine, Mike has always been just a short car ride away from the mountains. He is excited to be working in such an isolated and extreme environment, gaining knowledge and experience at the Observatory.
Adam Gill, Weather Observer & Meteorologist
Growing up on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, CO. Adam's interest in the weather began with the dynamic weather experienced living in mountainous regions. From major snowstorms with 3 feet of snow during the winter with frequent hail storms with hail up to the size of baseballs during the summer, fascination with weather grew. Enjoying being outside as a kid, Adam joined the Boy Scouts and completed his Eagle Scout as well as playing baseball during the summer months. Hiking in the mountains has always been a fun weekend activity as well as skiing once most trails were snow covered.
Upon completion of high school, Adam attended the University of North Dakota and completed his B.S. in Atmospheric Science in May of 2015. Deciding to take a year off and gain some job experience, Adam would like to persue a Masters or PhD in Atmospheric Science focusing on winter weather and mountain meteorology in the coming years.
After watching weather documentaries as a kid and seeing what the conditions were like at the summit of Mount Washington, Adam's fascination with Mount Washington began. This fall, Adam was offered the opportunity to join the team for the fall season and learn about forecasting and the research that is conducted on the summit.
Ryan Knapp, Weather Observer & Meteorologist
Originally from the Lake Tahoe region of California, Ryan was born into the alpine lifestyle. He came to the Observatory as a winter intern in 2005, and started as a Weather Observer in 2006.
Ryan’s interest in weather started as a child, when he would watch the morning weather report before going skiing. In high school, he enjoyed giving weather reports to fellow students and ski clubbers, and decided to pursue a career in meteorology. He graduated from San Jose State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Meteorology, and spent the first three years of his career as a weather observer for San Jose International Airport.
Ryan came to Mount Washington for the unique weather, and to explore and study the worst weather in the world. When he’s not watching the weather, he enjoys backpacking, ski boarding, aggressive inline skating, traveling, video games, and movies.
Caleb Meute, Weather Observer & Meteorologist
Caleb graduated from Millersville University in Southeastern
Pennsylvania in 2012 with his B.S. in Meteorology and two years later was hired
as an intern for the Observatory. After his summer internship expired, he loved
it so much that he panicked and decided to stay for another season. Upon the
expiration of the fall internship, he accepted a position as Weather Observer
and Education Specialist. Experiencing winter here on the summit made him
realize how much he truly enjoyed working in this climate and it was an
experience that would obviously stick.
Unfortunately, an injury placed him on the 6-month DL and he
returned to his hometown in Chester County, Pennsylvania. For 7 months, he
worked as an Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Chester County Department
of Emergency Services. This was a job that he also truly enjoyed and it taught
him of the important role that weather plays in Emergency Management. While
this was a great experience, he could not stay away from the Observatory and
returned in April to serve as the Night Weather Observer and Staff
Much like most Meteorologists, Caleb has been passionate for
weather since he was a child. He was particularly interested in severe
thunderstorms and winter storms, so working on the summit of Mount Washington
was something he always aspired to do. He is extremely grateful to have been
hired back by the Observatory and is truly looking forward to what the future
holds working here.
Tom Padham, Weather Observer & Education Specialist
Tom started his Observatory career as a summer intern in 2011, and returned in 2013 to learn more about this unique and fascinating place. His internship provided real-world knowledge and experience to help him complete his senior year at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology in 2012.
Like many meteorologists, Tom discovered his passion for weather at an early age. Growing up in northwestern New Jersey, he was fascinated by the ever-changing weather—especially the extremes, like the blizzard of '96 and Hurricane Sandy.
An avid hiker, Tom is working to become a state high-pointer. He is thrilled to be returning to Mount Washington, and plans to make the most of the opportunity by expanding his knowledge of the weather and the mountain, while sharing that knowledge and passion with visitors.
Marty, Observatory Mascot
Marty is Mount Washington’s only permanent resident, holding court as the most recent in a long line of famous feline mascots.
Before coming to the Observatory, Marty lost his home to a fire and was taken in by the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire North (formerly Conway Area Humane Society). In January of 2008, Marty won more than 8,000 votes in the first ever Observatory Mascot Primary and was donated to the Observatory by the Humane Society. He was quickly regarded as a good fit for the mountain because of his adventurous attitude and presumed Maine Coon Cat pedigree.
Marty enjoys romping around with the summit crew and exploring his massive home, the Mt. Washington State Park Sherman Adams Visitor Center. Off the clock, he enjoys stalking the water cooler, chasing bouncy balls, napping in odd positions, and being brushed.
Marty Basch, Windswept Editor
Marty joined the Observatory family with the fall 2007 edition of Windswept, Mount Washington Observatory’s quarterly member magazine.
When not editing Windswept, Marty writes about the outdoors, travel, and sports. He has a weekly syndicated outdoor adventure column and his work appears in local, regional, and national publications. Marty has written a few books and won several writing awards including a prestigious Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Gold Award and several North American Snowsports Journalists Association Harold Hirsch Awards. He has also worked in television and radio.
An avid cyclist, Marty has ridden from Maine to Alaska, Canada to Mexico, and in Arctic Scandinavia. He once competed in the bike race up Mount Washington, stopped to eat lunch and didn't finish last. Marty also skis, snowboards, hikes, and paddles. Marty has climbed the White Mountain Four Thousand Footers and is the author of "50 Best Hikes in New England" (Countryman Press).
Marty is a Boston University graduate and Explorers Club member. He lives on a Mount Washington Valley dirt road with his wife, Jan.
Samantha Brady, Interim Manager of Retail Operations
Samantha, originally a native of Boston, MA started her career with the Mount Washington Observatory in 2012 on the summit as retail museum attendant. After her first year being part of the summit staff decided she wanted to move up here and become a full time employee of the Observatory. She spent 4 years fulfilling the role as retail museum attendant for both the Extreme Mount Washington Museum as well as the Weather Discovery Center. She currently has taken on the role as Interim Manager of Retail Operations.
She is an avid hiker, skier, mountaineer, and outdoor enthusiast. When she’s not busy doing her own thing outside she volunteers her time for the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team. She also had worked with Backpacker Magazine for a 5 month period. During that time she would give presentations at outdoor retailers trying to educate and inspire others to get outside more and what the proper equipment would be to do so. After visiting all of the lower 48 states on that trip, Mount Washington Valley is where she calls home.
Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator
Will comes to the Observatory from Antioch University New England graduate school, where he studied conservation biology. With an undergraduate degree in biology and extensive training in environmental education, he is thankful for the opportunity to share his love of science education with area students as the Observatory's outreach coordinator.
Will's hobbies include walking, bird watching, and cooking strange meals. The midcoast Maine native is excited to experience Mount Washington's myriad meteorological phenomena, especially altocumulus lenticularis, temperature inversions, and rime ice.
Dr. Peter Crane, Curator
Peter oversees the Observatory's Gladys Brooks Memorial Library, which features books, maps, prints, photos, and other material relating to the Observatory, Mount Washington, and the White Mountains.
Peter has lived in the White Mountains for more than thirty years, and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club in resource management, public information, and educational roles. He began his Observatory career in 1988 as a weather observer, museum manager, and Summit Shift Leader. After three years of summit duty, he served for several years as Director of Programs before transitioning to his current position.
Peter did his undergraduate work at Harvard College, and earned his doctoral degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid year-round hiker, he is also a volunteer trail maintainer for the Appalachian Mountain Club, a member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR), and serves on the board of the New Hampshire Outdoor Council.
Linda & Hank Dresch, Volunteer Coordinators
Linda is the daughter of Mount Washington Observatory co-founder Robert S. Monahan, and enjoys continuing her father’s legacy as volunteer coordinator with her husband, Hank.
Married for more than 40 years, Linda and Hank have one daughter and two very active grandsons. During Hank's 30-year U.S. Coast Guard career they lived in several locations including Alaska and England. Linda’s diverse career has spanned positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, and the Editorial Staff of the Wall Street Journal. Linda and Hank both also had "retirement jobs" in Portland, Maine, where they continue to volunteer at Merrill Auditorium. They have been very active volunteers wherever they have lived.
Linda and Hank now reside in Jackson, New Hampshire, where they keep very busy with year-round activities in the great outdoors.
Pete Gagne, Information Technology Manager
Pete started his career as a microwave radio equipment technician for the Air National Guard, traveling the world to install and repair equipment. With a degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine, he worked as a consultant in the optical disk field and then as a field engineer for Netflix before joining the Observatory staff in 2010.
Pete and his partner, Kathy, are avid hikers and winter sports enthusiasts. The Maine natives moved to Jackson, New Hampshire in 2009 to be closer to their favorite outdoor playground, and one year later Peter completed his goal of hiking all 48 four thousand footers.
Pete describes his role at the Observatory, which offers an ever-changing mix of field and office work, as "a dream come true."
Slim Kimberley-Bryant, Summit Operations Advisor
Slim grew up in the Mt. Washington Valley, graduated from Kennett High School, and attended UNH's Thompson School for forestry. His childhood was a time when you walked to school with the White Mountains as your backdrop, listened to Joe Dodge's weather report on the radio, and watched Channel 8's Marty Engstrom report on the weather from the top of the 'rock pile'. Slim remembers his high school days when Chuck Roast made backpacks and gaiters for his classmates and Tuckerman's was his winter friend. The Valley has always been a special place.
Slim owned and operated Importech Automotive for 30 years and Motion Dynamics for 15, when cars were fun to work on and customers liked to drive fast on the race track. After selling both, it was time for him to find fun jobs: grooming Cranmore at night, snowcat mechanic by day. In 2008, he decided to take on Mt. Washington, first as a summer stage driver for the Auto Road, then as a winter snowcat operator for the state. Two years later, in 2010, the Mount Washington Observatory wooed him away to become their Summit Transportation Coordinator. It's been an adventure.
When he is not driving up and down the eight mile long road, transporting staff, educational trips and other invited guests, Slim loves mountain biking, skiing, racing cars, traveling, and enjoying time with his family. Slim and his wife, Alexa, live in South Conway, with the family's 12 year old golden retriever, Jack. Their two sons, Sam and Max, live in Lake Tahoe, California pursuing life to its fullest.
John Mitchell, Facilities Coordinator
John graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in photography and came to the White Mountains to expand his portfolio. He quickly fell in love with the area, and stayed to build a career pursuing his two passions: photography and woodworking.
Through the years, John honed his expertise in general carpentry, historic restorations, sign making, furniture building, and architectural woodworking. He joined the Observatory staff in 2000, and puts his skills to use building exhibits at the Weather Discovery Center museum, keeping the administrative offices running, and helping maintain the summit weather station.
John continues his photography at work and at home, and enjoys shooting from the cockpit of his kayak. He resides in Conway with his wife, Gaie, and their daughter, Kaela.
Roger Pushor, IT Specialist
Born and raised in the Portland, Maine area, Roger worked in the financial sector for more than thirty years. Starting his career as a software developer, he then spent twenty years as a systems engineer, field engineer, business systems analyst, and most recently, a project manager.
Roger joined Mount Washington Observatory in the summer of 2011, and is continuing to advance his I.T. skills as an on-mountain information technology specialist. Always seeking a new and challenging adventure, Roger enjoys helping the Observatory manage its complex technological infrastructure while assisting his fellow weather observers.
Roger built his own passive solar home in the mid 80s, and resides in Falmouth, Maine with his family.
Meredith Campbell, Summit Intern
Meredith graduated from Daniel Webster College in 2016 with
a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Hoping
to study Earth and Space Science in graduate school, Meredith came to the Mount
Washington Observatory eager to expand her atmospheric knowledge. Her end goal
is to take what she learns and possibly apply it to understanding the
atmospheres on other planets.
Being a New Hampshire native, Meredith has a strong
connection to the White Mountains and has hiked all of the high peaks. When not
in the mountains she loves spending time swimming in the Lakes Region with her
family or writing music about robots on her ukulele. Combining her fascination with extreme weather
and her love for sharing science with the public, she looks forward to working
on the summit this summer.
Chris Hohman, Summit Intern
Hohman is a Connecticut native that currently studies at Plymouth State
University. Going into his sophomore year, he is currently working on his B.S.
in Atmospheric Science. Ever since he
was a young child, Chris has always been fascinated by the weather and the
great outdoors. It was through his scouting career, and completion of his Eagle
Scout that this curiosity crystallized into a passion he wished to pursue into
college and ultimately as a career.
always loved the White Mountain area. Climbing Mt Washington with his scout
troop and even touring the observatory gave him a wonderful taste and love of
the area. When he discovered there were college opportunities nearby that focused
on meteorology, he knew it would be a perfect fit. Through this internship,
Chris seeks to further his knowledge of mountain weather and ultimately seek to
gain a Masters or PhD pertaining to that field of meteorology.
not on top of Washington, he’s often on the summits of other mountains hiking
around the AT. When he’s back at home he enjoys playing guitar or freelance
forecasting for different areas around the country.
Tim Greene, Summit Intern
graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a B.S. in Meteorology and plans on
returning to Blacksburg in the fall to begin working on his M.S. As a lifelong fan of extreme weather, he is
thrilled to spend the summer atop Mount Washington.Tim looks forward to using his internship at
the Observatory to help him acclimate to the research he will be conducting for
the next several years, all while getting to experience the amazing weather
that has made Mount Washington famous.Growing up on Sebago Lake just over the border in Maine, where on a
clear day the Mountain is clearly visible, he is no stranger to the area and
the meteorological conditions inherent to it.
Virginia Tech, Tim got firsthand experience dealing with remote high elevation
weather stations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which brings this
internship full circle for him. Though
uncertain of what the future holds, Tim knows he will return to New England to
work with the weather.
Emily Schuitema, Summit Intern
Emily is a rising senior at the University of Michigan’s
College of Engineering, studying Climate and Space Science with a concentration
in Meteorology. As a West Michigan native, she grew up observing a wide variety
of weather, from tornado warnings to severe lake-effect snow storms. She has
been set on studying meteorology ever since.
Emily came to Mount Washington Observatory hoping to expand
her knowledge on weather and climate by watching some of the most interesting weather
events unfold firsthand. Sharing her love and knowledge of the Earth’s
atmosphere with other people is something Emily really enjoys, so she is
excited to spend her summer interacting with visitors at the Observatory. She
spends her spare time going for long runs and baking, so she is looking forward
running up the Mount Washington Auto Road and trying out some high-altitude
baking over the summer.
Andrea LaRocca, Summit Intern
Andrea is a Florida native, born and raised, growing up in
Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. She attended Florida State University where
she graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. Andrea will be
attending Plymouth State University this coming fall where she will pursue a
Master’s degree in Applied Meteorology with hopes of becoming a weather
forecaster in the New England region.
Growing up in Florida, winter weather is a non-existent
threat and has sparked her passion for both mountain meteorology and
cold-weather events. This affinity for high-altitude climates and extreme
winter weather has brought her to Mount Washington where she hopes to gain
valuable experience forecasting in a highly-variable environment.
Claudia Pukropski, Summit Intern
Claudia Pukropski is a New Jersey native currently pursing a
B.S. in Meteorology at Rutgers University. Her interest in weather was sparked
at a young age which actually began as a fear of strong thunderstorms and
tornadoes, that over time later evolved into a passion. Her love for weather
has given her many opportunities such as attending the annual American
Meteorological Conference in Phoenix and New Orleans, traveling across the
Midwest to storm chase, and now to the Mount Washington Observatory; the
highest peak in the Northeast!
She hopes to learn as much as possible during her time on
the summit to hopefully gain a better understanding and perspective of
Meteorology as a whole. During her downtime, she enjoys reading, taking
pictures, and plans to take up hiking while in the New Hampshire area.