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Staff

Management

Brian Fowler, President
Brian K. Fowler

Brian has a degree in Geology and is a retired consulting engineering geologist. He is currently involved in research on the late-glacial geology of northern New England and southeastern Quebec and has published more than twenty professional papers, including the only scientific treatise on the collapse of the Old Man of The Mountain. He and Betsy are active mountaineers and members of the American Alpine Club, and Brian is a co-founder of the Mountain Rescue Service.

Brian was introduced to the Observatory during seven summers working for the AMC Hut System, especially the two he spent as "croo" and then hutmaster at Lakes of The Clouds. He joined as a member in 1964, a trustee in 1972, and served as board president from 1981 to 1996. He has made significant financial contributions to summit improvement projects, and his leadership and tireless efforts helped provide the foundation upon which the Observatory is thriving today.

Ed Bergeron, Vice President of Special Projects
Ed Bergeron

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
Abby Blackburn

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.

Mike Carmon, Co-Director of Summit Operations
Mike Carmon

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.

Michelle Cruz, Director of Education
Michelle Cruz

Hailing from New York City, Michelle first began working with the Observatory in 2002 as an Americorps member. In 2004 she returned to join the staff as Outreach Educator, eventually moving into her current position as Director of Education. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Observatory staff and continues to look forward to expanding its educational endeavors. Michelle has a B.S. in Communications and is a graduate of Lesley University with a Master's in Education.

Michelle lives in Conway, New Hampshire with her husband, Dave, and their son, Alex.

Krissy Fraser, Director of Marketing & Events
Krissy Fraser

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 Events & Marketing Manager.

Krissy loves living in the valley, and spends all of her free time outdoors, skiing, biking, hiking, and gardening.

Bill Grenfell, Director of Museum Operations
Bill Grenfell

Bill joined the Observatory team as the Retail Coordinator in 2006, building a robust retail program online and at the organization’s two museums. In 2009 he stepped into the role of Director of Museum Operations, overseeing the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, New Hampshire and Extreme Mount Washington museum on the summit of Mount Washington.

After several years of working with the wonderful Observatory staff, experiencing the captivating beauty of Mount Washington, and learning about the organization’s rich history, he feels as lucky today to be a part of it all as he did on his first day.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Bill has been living and working in the Mount Washington Valley since 1999. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and sitting on his back porch watching the wildlife pass by.

Eric Kelsey, Director of Research
Eric Kelsey

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 and Madelyn.

Kaitlyn O'Brien, Co-Director of Summit Operations
Kaitlyn O'Brien

Originally from northwestern New Jersey, Kaitlyn first remembers being interested in the weather at age 12 when she would go outside to watch a summer thunderstorm roll through. Her curiosity grew from there and her adventurous nature led her to attend the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology.

Upon graduation, Kaitlyn’s first exposure to life atop the summit of Mount Washington was in 2013 when she served as a summer intern. Shortly after the internship, Kaitlyn moved back to Oklahoma to gain invaluable experience in the private sector working as a Support Meteorologist for Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.

Kaitlyn enjoys traveling, outdoor activities including hiking and camping, and spending time with friends and family. She is thrilled to be back on the summit working as a Weather Observer, Education Specialist and most recently, Co-Director of Summit Operations.

Weather Observers

Michael Dorfman, Weather Observer & IT Specialist
Michael Dorfman

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.

Ryan Knapp, Weather Observer & Meteorologist
Ryan Knapp

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.

Michael Kyle, Weather Observer & IT Specialist
Michael Kyle

Michael, known as "Kyle" on the summit, was born and raised in southern New Jersey. Spending much of his youth snowboarding, hiking, boating and going to the beach, Kyle developed a passion for the environment and particularly, the weather. This led him to Kean University, where he earned a B.S. in Meteorology in the fall of 2012.

During his time at college Kyle learned about Mount Washington Observatory and the extreme weather they observed. He applied for an internship after graduation, and was hired as the winter 2013 intern. He joined the staff full time as a weather observer the following winter, and is thrilled to be back on Mount Washington, advancing his skills and knowledge of meteorology and the White Mountains region.

Tom Padham, Weather Observer & Meteorologist
Tom Padham

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

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.

Staff

Marty Basch, Windswept Editor
Marty Basch

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. He gives humorous storytelling programs about his cycling adventures and maintains onetankaway.com.

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, Weather Discovery Center Museum Attendant
Samantha Brady

Samantha has been with the MWOBS for almost 3 years now off and on. Before coming to work as a summit museum attendant she lived in Boston, MA. 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 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.

Just recently she had taken a 5 month long job with Backpacker Magazine before returning back to the Observatory at the Weather Discovery Center. She was touring the country and giving presentations at outdoor retailers trying to educate and inspire others to get outside more, and how to do it safely and with the proper gear. After visiting all of the lower 48 states on that trip, Mount Washington Valley is where she calls home.

Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator
Will Broussard

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
Dr. Peter Crane

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 & Hank Dresch

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 Gagne

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."

AJ Grimes, Summit Museum Attendant
AJ Grimes

A Massachusetts native, AJ has always been drawn to the natural world around him. He studied percussion at Boston's Berklee College of Music, but his passion for nature ultimately led him to pursue a degree in environmental studies at the University of Central Florida. AJ joined the Observatory staff as a summit museum attendant in the spring of 2012, and returned to the summit for the summer 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Off the mountain, AJ is the drummer in a band called Norseth. He enjoys spending time with friends and baking delicious food. He dreams of one day opening a bakery of his own.

John Mitchell, Facilities Coordinator
John Mitchell

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
Roger Pushor

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.

Tim Taber, Digital Content Coordinator
Tim Taber

Tim grew up in Goffstown, NH and is a graduate of Vassar College with majors in astronomy and physics. He came to the Observatory after four years at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH where he managed the exhibits and performed most of the marketing duties. Being passionate about all things science he is excited for the opportunity to communicate with Observatory fans from all across the digital landscape.

In his free time, Tim enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and photography. He is excited to experience all the Mount Washington Valley has to offer.

Interns

Ian Bailey, Summit Intern
Ian Bailey

A native of Northeast Ohio, Ian's interest in meteorology began at the age of 6 following a perilous encounter with a lightning strike outside his bedroom window. Since that moment, his passion for severe weather and other weather phenomena has grown tremendously. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed many years hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Rockies in Philmont, New Mexico, as well as canoeing and kayaking the French Lakes in northern Canada. Following high school, Ian took his love for weather to The Ohio State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences in 2012.

In the past year, Ian returned to Ohio State to further his education. He is currently working towards a Master's Degree in severe weather analysis and forecasting, as well as secondary degrees in Journalism and Spanish. He has spent his time working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Ohio State recreation center, but is ready to turn his focus solely to forecasting.

After falling in love with the White Mountains last fall, Ian joined the team as an intern. He is excited to learn more about the severe weather Mount Washington has to offer and assist with forecasts and observations. In addition, he loves working with visitors and can't wait to give guided tours of the station.

Nate Flinchbaugh, Summit Intern
Nate Flinchbaugh

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Nate first became interested in meteorology at a young age. Spending lots of time outside, whether it be hiking the ridges of Central PA or at the coastline in the summer, his interest in the weather grew with the years. After graduating high school, Nate took his interest in Mother Nature to the next step, enrolling in the meteorology program at Penn State University.

Over the past summer, Nate spent much of his time outdoors as a counselor at a summer camp in Pennsylvania, dedicated to fostering an interest in nature to others, and teaching basic weather principles and safety to area youth.

Considering Nate is relatively new to the White Mountains, he is very excited to learn more about this historic location of erratic weather, become a part of it, and share his new experiences with others who may be new to Mount Washington as well.

Thailynn Munroe, Summit Intern
Thailynn Munroe

Growing up in a military family, Thailynn had the opportunity to live and travel all over the world—from SoCal to Japan to Thailand to the mid-Atlantic. She has always been an avid animal lover and nature enthusiast. All through her childhood she was fascinated by thunderstorms, as well as any other type of severe weather. It was only natural that when she learned about Mount Washington she was immediately drawn to the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” Currently, she attends Cornell University where she studies Atmospheric Science and will be graduating next spring.

At school, Thailynn is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, as well as the Cornell Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, where she participates in philanthropic and other community outreach activities. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hiking around the Ithaca gorges.

Elena Weinberg, Summit Intern
Elena Weinberg

Elena grew up just outside Burlington, VT and was fascinated by meteorology from a very young age. While studying physics at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, her interest in severe weather was fueled by the anticipation of hurricanes as well as frequent severe thunderstorms in the lightning capital of the U.S. While interning in Boulder, CO at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), she discovered her passion for hiking (in particular, hiking above tree line). She spent every weekend hiking in the Rockies and gained an appreciation for the importance of observing clouds and understanding weather patterns to hike safely above tree line.

Having just completed her Master’s in computer engineering at University of Virginia, Elena is thrilled to be living and working above tree line in the White Mountains close to her family in southern New Hampshire. Elena is excited to learn and work hard here in the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.”

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