Sharon Schilling, President
Sharon is a proud representative of one of the first classes of women to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1984. She went on to serve 22 years in the Coast Guard before retiring in 2006 as a Commander. In addition she holds an MBA in Business Administration, Management & Operations from George Mason University that she utilized in carrying on in a leadership role as a manager at Battelle Memorial Institute in Arlington, Virginia. At Battelle she managed an $8-10 million budget and as many as 80 employees located in various locations across the United States. Battelle, founded in 1929, is a $6.2 billion private non-profit applied science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Schilling and her husband Kirk (retired USCG Commander) plan to build a home in Madison, N.H. where they had purchased land after spending many summers with family on Duncan Lake in Ossipee.
Linda Cryan, Director of Finance
A native of Cambridge, Mass., Linda received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She has years of experience in accounting, business management and human resources. Linda helped grow three technology companies from early startup stage to IPO/Buyout stage which provided a wealth of experience in starting, growing and scaling businesses.
Linda was a part-time resident of the Mount Washington Valley for 16 years. Always wishing to live where they love to be most, she and her family decided to make the move to full-time residents four years ago, with only one regret: “we should have done this sooner!”
Linda serves as Secretary for the Mountain Garden Club and is an avid potter. She also enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening and kayaking with her family. Linda lives and plays on a small farm in South Conway with her husband, John, and her children, Kelly and Jack. The homestead currently also includes a dog, 4 cats, 3 piglets, 9 goats, and 27 chickens.
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.
Keith Garrett, Director of IT
Keith brings over 20 years of experience in IT hardware, software and business networks. He has experience in working with municipalities, non-profits and individuals.
Prior to his work with the Observatory Keith was the owner of Wolfeboro Computer Solutions in the Wolfeboro and Lakes Region area. His services spanned all aspects of IT including repair and maintenance of a wide range of systems.
Keith is the Co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company in Tamworth. He also enjoys exploring and identifying rare floral species as well as astrophotography.
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 lives in Jackson, N.H. with her partner Fred and his two boys Alex and Ethan where she spends 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.
Taylor Regan, Weather Observer
In 2012-2013 Taylor had the opportunity to work with the
Observatory for her undergraduate capstone project, analyzing the response of
the Pitot-static anemometer system. This
experience launched the desire to return to the summit, and, after graduating
from UMass Lowell in 2016 with a M.S. in mechanical engineering, she returned
to the summit for the fall intern position.
A Massachusetts native, she has enjoyed hiking in the White
Mountains in all seasons, and is looking forward to gaining as much knowledge
about the weather and its unique presence on the mountain.
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, Retail Manager
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."
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.
Stephanie Turnbull, Membership & Database Coordinator
Stephanie has been on a steady move north since receiving her Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Massachusetts, she headed back to Boston after school to work for Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum and the State Library of Massachusetts. After a few years, she knew she was done with city life and when the opportunity arrived to move to the Mount Washington Valley, she took it.
While Stephanie started working at the Observatory in the Summer of 2016 as a contract worker, it only took a few months before she was hooked and joined the valley staff full time. Between her background in organizing and curating information and her experience in various customer service roles, Membership and Database Coordinator seemed like a perfect fit. She currently resides in North Conway along with her partner, Brian, and their retired sled dog, Pearl.
Mary Anne Sledzinski, Finance/Administrative Assistant
Mary Anne grew up in the Great North Woods of northern New Hampshire and has made her home in the Mount Washington Valley since 1988 where she lives with her husband John and a rescue dog named Shadow.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has a passion for problem solving and helping people. She frequently volunteers for local nonprofits and serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors of Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.
Mary Anne is excited to be the Finance/Admin Assistant and Summit Volunteer Coordinator for the Observatory and enjoys assisting her coworkers and volunteers by providing support to accomplish the mission and goals of this historic and important scientific research institution.
In her free time, Mary Anne enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and taking in the scenic beauty of the mountains. “Be kind, stay positive and do good deeds.”
Ben Brownell, Summit Intern
Ben grew up in the Mount Washington Valley area so he is already somewhat familiar with the extreme weather found on the mountain. He completed his bachelor’s degree from UNH in 2014 and is currently finishing up his master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Ben has also been a member of the Center Ossipee Fire Department since 2007 serving as a firefighter in between his time spent at college. Most of his free time is spent in the outdoors; hiking, skiing, climbing and out on his road bike. Having spent time skiing in Tuckerman’s Ravine and traversing across the Presidential Range, Ben has experience being out on the mountain in different seasons.
Although not trained as a meteorologist in college, he is very excited to learn about meteorology and forecasting and to continue broadening his experience base.