Robert C. Kirsch,  Chairman
Robert C. Kirsch

Rob Kirsch serves as the vice chair of the Observatory’s board of trustees. Rob worked as a weather observer between 1978 and the fall of 1981. He joined the Observatory board of trustees in 1985. In 2018, Rob retired as a partner from WilmerHale LLP, where he chaired the firm’s national environmental practice. Between 1983 and 2018 Rob focused his practice on environmental and human rights issues.

Rob’s environmental work concentrated on enforcement and litigation matters across a broad spectrum of federal and state statutes and regulatory programs. His clients spanned the energy, defense, life sciences-pharma, waste management, consumer products, and real estate development industries, among others. To demarcate his departure from full time legal practice, following the completion of a final hearing in May 2018, Rob climbed Mount Rainier with his two sons.

Between 2004 and 2015, Rob led a WilmerHale pro bono team representing six men interned at the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay — receiving a favorable decision before the US Supreme Court, a favorable decision in the first Guantanamo habeas corpus trial, and the only ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in favor of a Guantanamo prisoner out of the more than 20 such decisions to date.

Rob serves as the Vice Chair of the board of the Environmental Law institute, is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire.

Rob holds a B.S. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from the Cornell Law School.

Bruce C. Soper, Vice Chair
Bruce Soper

Bruce began his career as an English and Physical Education teacher in 1967 after graduation 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, Maine and South Carolina. As General Manager of the Bangor (Maine) Mall he earned his designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) through the International Council of Shopping Centers.

 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 weather stations on the Weather Underground network, Weathercloud, and MesoWest; 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 New London, New Hampshire.

Paul T. Fitzgerald, Secretary
Paul T. Fitzgerald

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, NH.

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.

Paul lives in Laconia, NH, with this wife, Cheryl Ann Fitzgerald. They have two grown sons.

Beth Newhouse, Treasurer
Beth Newhouse

Beth is a retired Managing Director from Cambridge Associates LLC, where she was the Director of the Quantitative Research Group for over 12 years, responsible for creating the firm’s models, analytical tools and related materials used in the investment advisory practice.For the preceding eight years, Beth was an investment consultant for Cambridge Associates, working with college endowments, private foundations and health-care institutions.Before joining Cambridge Associates, she was the Director of Sponsor Services for BARRA Inc., where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s business unit consulting to pension fund, endowment, and foundation clients. Beth received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Calvin College.

Beth is an avid hiker and became acquainted with the Observatory on her first ascent of Mount Washington after moving to New England in the early 1990s. She has been active in a number of civic and professional organizations for many years, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Gary MacDonald, Immediate Past Chair
Gary McDonald

Gary recently retired after a 40-year career in education. During that time he was involved in many aspects of school life – serving most recently as Superintendent of Schools in Fryeburg, Maine. He has served on many state and regional educational committees, and continues to be involved in a variety of educational work.

Gary, and his wife Karen, moved to the Mount Washington Valley over 40 years ago, planning on staying for a few years to ski and hike, and never left. They're now introducing their grandchildren to the unique, and special places in the area. Gary has served on a variety of committees that have supported local needs.

Along with hiking, Gary enjoys tennis, kayaking, spending time on Cape Cod, as well as sailing on the Maine coast. Having lived in the shadow of Mount Washington for all these years, and with an interest in weather and forecasting, he has always marveled at the work, as well as the history of MWOBS.



Alexandra T. Breed
Alexandra T. Breed

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 in New Hampshire, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. She has served as Chairman of the Mount Washington Observatory Development Committee and Governance Committee, and currently serves on the Development Committee, Search Committee and Executive Committee.

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

Howie Wemyss
Howie Wemyss

Howie was born in Cambridge, MA and raised in Biddeford, ME, 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 as a stage driver in the late 70s, 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 was elected to the Mount Washington Observatory Board of Trustees in 2005.

Howie and his wife, Sue, spend their summers in Green's Grant, NH, and move north to Randolph, NH for the winter. 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.

Ty Gagne
Ty Gagne

Ty Gagne, Chief Executive Officer of Primex3, has held executive positions in the municipal, non-profit, and healthcare sectors, and was a two-term school board member. Ty holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science from Granite State College. He is a member of the Leadership NH Class of 2013. Ty completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and holds the Associate in Risk Pool Management (ARPM) and the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) designations. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and the author of the book The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites and Where You’ll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova. Two of his essays, “Emotional Rescue,” and “Weakness in Numbers: How a Hiking Companion can be Dangerous” were published in Appalachia journal. Ty is located in Hampton, N.H.

Albert W. Wheeler
Albert W. Wheeler

Al received his B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York, Oswego, in 1975, and retired from the National Weather Service in 2010 after a thirty-three year career. He served as the Meteorologist in Charge of the Portland/Gray Forecast Office for twenty years, where he led the National Weather Service modernization efforts in Maine and New Hampshire. He also 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, he worked as a forecaster for a private meteorological practice serving offshore oil clients in New Orleans, LA.

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

Brian C. Underwood
Brian C. Underwood

Brian 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 primarily to property owners and law firms. He has been admitted as an expert witness in Superior and Federal Courts. He has been awarded the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate and is one of only four CREs in New Hampshire. Mr. Underwood also served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Real Estate Appraiser Board.

Brian became interested in the weather as a pilot, and decided to serve as a summit volunteer for the Observatory in the winter of 1993. 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, and has served as board treasurer, vice president, and is currently chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a resident of Rye, NH.

Ed Bergeron
Edward Bergeron

Ed’s interest in weather began as a child growing up on a farm in southern New Hampshire where his father was the local NWS Coop Observer. His interest intensified during pilot training in the 1970s, and inspired him to serve as a backup observer for local weather icon Briggs Bunker for many years. Ed became the local NWS Coop Observer about 2002 when Briggs decided to winter in Florida. At the time he also took over Brigg’s role on the WMWV Morning Weather Show which provides the “rating of the day” to residents of the Mount Washington Valley. In October 2015 Ed turned the role of Coop Observer back to the Mount Washington Observatory through the establishment of NCON3 the new weather station at the WDC in North Conway.

Ed served as interim executive director, vice president and president of the Obs from January 2015 to September 2016. Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees and has returned to the Board following his time on staff. Ed also served on the Board of the Appalachian Mountain Club and is a member of the Nature Conservancy and Tin Mountain Conservation Center. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Plymouth State University. Ed is the retired president of H.E.B. Engineers, Inc. a consulting engineering firm which he started in 1974.
Ed is an avid cyclist, gardener, fly-fisherman and outdoor photographer, and has climbed and hiked all over the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. He resides in North Conway with his wife Kathy. They have two daughters and four granddaughters.
Erica Broman
Erica Broman

Erica currently serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Westfield State University and Executive Director of the Westfield State Foundation. Previously, she oversaw the marketing, resource development, institutional research and advancement efforts at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA where she has helped grow their foundation four-fold during her tenure.

Erica received her BA from Miami University, her MBA from the University of Massachusetts and her doctorate in higher education management from Northeastern University.. She has also taken part in Harvard University's summer program for educational leadership.. She is involved in a number of regional boards in Massachusetts and serves as an on-air pledge talent for the local public broadcasting station.

Erica and her husband, Christopher Millette, divide their time between Longmeadow, MA and beautiful Lake Sunapee, NH. They have four children between them.

Jack Middleton
Jack B. Middleton

Jack worked at the Observatory from 1952 to 1953, and has been a trustee since 1957. He serves on the Executive and Governance Committees and held the position of secretary for more than five decades.

Jack received his A.B. from Lafayette College in 1950 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1956. He is president of the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, and has been active in numerous civic, professional, and bar association activities for many years.

Jack lives in Freedom, NH and has three grown children.

John F. Gorman
John Gorman

Growing up in the Berkshires, with the Appalachian Trail literally traversing his back yard, John seemed destined to be a hiker. As a member of the AMC, his love of four season backpacking led him to the White Mountains and the Presidential Range. In 1979 and 1980 he worked on the summit of Mount Washington as a union carpenter during the construction of the Sherman Adams Building. So began his association with the Obs.

During the 1980s, John assisted Obs staff in an attempt to mitigate the water leaking into the summit building. A member of the Observatory's Facilities Committee since 2012, he recently spearheaded the renovations of the Obs summit bunk rooms. He is a former board member of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and a current board member of the Friends of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center.

John attended Northeastern University where he studied civil engineering and political science, disciplines that led to a career that included both politics and construction. As a Boston based political operative he has worked on campaigns all over the country, including stints as an advance man for the Clinton White House, the Kennedys, John Kerry and the DNC. Since 1978 his construction industry career has evolved from carpenter to contractor to project manager to permitting consultant. His company, Permit Strategies, specializes in resolving building permit and zoning issues in the City of Boston.

John and his wife Katie live in Boston. His four grown sons and his grandchildren are all avid hikers and big fans of the Observatory.

Karen Umberger
Karen Umberger

Karen Umberger retired as a Colonel from the US Air Force after having served 28 years. Her assignments took her throughout the United States as well as overseas in Germany, Korea and Panama. She served for 6 months in the United Arab Emirates during Desert Storm. Upon retiring she and her husband settled in Kearsarge where she has been active in the local community serving on the Conway Budget Committee and as a Conway Selectman. She served 10 years as a State Representative from Carroll County District 2. During her time in office, she was an active member of the Mt Washington Commission.

Ken Rancourt
Ken Rancourt

Ken is a native of Connecticut but spent most of his early years ‘summering’ in Conway, being shuttled between relatives in the area. He received his BS in Meteorology from Iowa State University and went on for a MS at the Meteorology Department at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where many of his ancestors came from. After a brief stint in the construction industry he started at the Observatory in 1979 where he spent his more than 30 year career. Starting at the Observatory as an Observer/Tractor Operator he eventually managed many research and testing programs on the summit and finished his tenure as Director of Summit Operations.He was fortunate to represent the Observatory at a number of World Meteorological Organization meetings in Geneva, Switzerland; Trappes, France; and Casablanca, Morocco.He believes in giving back to the community by volunteering.Ken was an early board member of Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, and currently sits on the boards of the White Mountain Interpretive Association as Treasurer, and the Conway Historical Society as President.He is also active on the Observatory’s Science Committee and has mentored a number of Summer Interns.He also serves internationally as the United States Secretary of the Eastern Snow Conference. Ken lives in an off-the-grid home In Conway with his wife Jane.

Peter Middleton
Peter Middleton

Peter graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1981 and has worked in commercial construction ever since. He is currently the president of Martini Northern General Contractors and Construction Managers in Portsmouth, NH.

During summer breaks from college, Peter worked on various construction projects in the Mount Washington Valley area, including the construction of the Sherman Adams Building at Mount Washington State Park in 1979 and 1980.

An avid skier, Peter spent more than twenty years supporting youth ski racing as a coach and board member of the Attitash Alpine Education Foundation. He lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, Meg, and their two children, Abby and Ben.

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.

Marsha Rich
Marsha Rich

An Observatory trustee since 1995, Marsha is chair of the Education Committee and leads an EduTrip each winter.

Marsha 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 for many years and served as the science department chair at the Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire. Currently, Marsha runs the "InSHAPE" program at the Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, New Hampshire, a physical health and wellness program supporting mental health and recovery from mental illness. She also teaches yoga and on winter weekends teaches skiing at Wildcat Mountain.

Marsha lives in Chichester, NH, and has two children who are new out of college. A retired sea captain who skippered charter sailboats in the Virgin Islands in the 1980s, Marsha loves to ski, hike, bike, garden, and travel with her family.

Mary Stampone
Mary Stampone

Mary is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire and has been the New Hampshire State Climatologist since 2008. Originally from Michigan, Mary received a B.A. in Geological Sciences from Albion College before earning an M.S. 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, Mary teaches courses on weather, climate, natural hazards, and land surface processes. 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. 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 is also an 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.

Michelle Cruz
Michelle Cruz

Michelle moved to northern New Hampshire from New York City in 2002 as a North Country AmeriCorps member supporting the Mount Washington Observatory’s educational outreach efforts. After her year of service, she resumed life in New York City and continued to stay involved in the nonprofit sector. Shortly thereafter, she returned to the North Country as an outreach educator for the Obs. Her dedication and passion for her work led her to becoming Director of Education. During this time she was involved in building distance education and the renovation of the summit museum now known as Extreme Mount Washington. Today, Michelle joins the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce supporting community and member engagement providing resources for businesses to strategically market the Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination.

Mike Matty
Mike Matty

Mike received his B.A. and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in Economics. He went on to manage various mutual funds, pension funds, and write investment research. He is currently President of St. Germain Investments in Springfield Massachusetts. The investment management firm has nearly $1.5 billion in managed assets.

In his spare time, Mike does a considerable amount of outdoor activity, often times in the wintertime in the White Mountains. He has successfully completed the “7 Summits” (highest peak on each continent), summitting Mt. Everest in 2011.
Mike lives in South Hadley, MA with his fiancée Patty. They are scheduled to be married in the White Mountains this February.

Life Trustees

Charles W. Burnham
Charles W. Burnham

Charlie retired in 1996 after thirty years of teaching and research in the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. He earned an S.B. in Business & Engineering Administration in 1954 and a Ph.D. in Mineralogy & Petrology in 1961 from M.I.T.

Charlie became acquainted with the Observatory on his first ascent of Mount Washington in 1944. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1981, was a member of the Executive Committee from 1983 to 1994, and also served as vice president. He became a life trustee in 1996.

Charlie and his wife, Mary Sue, live in Durango, Colorado. They have two grown sons and six grandchildren.

Brian K. Fowler
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.

Guy Gosselin

Guy is one of the North Country's most respected modern pioneers and North Country historians, but he says the "high point" of his career began February 15, 1961, when he became a Mount Washington Observatory weather observer. He was promoted to chief observer in 1963 and appointed to the director's post in 1971. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1978.

Since retiring as executive director in 1996, Guy has continued to serve the Observatory in a variety of important roles; he has advised the organization as a consultant, and also served as managing editor of Windswept. Guy became a life trustee in 2002 and continues to contribute to the success of the Observatory, while also volunteering for other local charitable causes.

Christopher R. Hawkins
Christopher R. Hawkins

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire-Thompson School and Johnson State College, Chris began his career with the New Hampshire DOT Materials and Research Bureau. Work took him to Mt. Washington inspecting soils for the Sherman Adams Building construction and other summit construction. A detour to managing the AMC Construction crew found him directing the Tip Top House renovation in the 1980’s.

Chris’ association with the Observatory started in 1971 as a hut boy at Lakes of the Clouds, when he became an Obs member. Later he joined the Facilities committee, and subsequently appointed a Trustee. Chris has also served on the Coos County Conservation District for 25 years.

Now retired, Chris splits his time between Randolph, NH, Barnet, VT and piloting his VW bus to places unknown.

Kenneth A. Jones
Kenneth A. Jones

Ken is a retired managing partner of Wilson/Reilly Associates, a technical sales firm in Nashua, NH, following a long career in industrial management. He earned an engineering degree from Penn State and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Active in many outdoor activities, Ken has always been keenly interested in weather. His introduction to the Observatory in the early 1980s kindled a love of Mount Washington and its unique climate. He has been a member of the Mount Washington Observatory Science Committee since 1995, and is a past president of the Board of Trustees. He serves on other non-profit boards as well.

He lives in Amherst, NH, with his wife, Suzanne. They have two grown children, as well as several grandchildren, who visit them often at Lake Winnisquam.

Gail Langer
Gail Langer

Gail graduated from Merrimack College in 1972 with a B.S. in chemistry and received an M.S. in organic chemistry from Southern Connecticut University. She is the Senior Director of Business Development for St. Teresa Medical Inc., prior to which she worked for twenty years in R&D, sales, marketing, manufacturing, quality, and business development for Pfizer and Dupont Pharmaceuticals.

Always a lover of the outdoors, Gail's interests include sea kayaking, skiing, swimming, snorkeling, bicycling, and hiking. She has hiked in Peru, Alaska, Western Canada, Nepal, and Switzerland, but especially loves the White Mountains.

Gail lives on a mountaintop in Stoneham, Maine, and volunteers as an Advanced EMT for Fryeburg Rescue Association, Fryeburg, Maine. She has served on the Observatory board since 2005.

Gail Paine
Gail Paine

A retired Program Coordinator for the University of New Hampshire College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College), Gail worked in the North Country of New Hampshire from 1980 to 2004. She is a University of Michigan graduate with a B.S. in nursing.

Gail served on the Memorial Hospital board of trustees (past president) from 1974 to 1996, the YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins board from 1984 to 1995, the New Hampshire Distance Learning Commission from 1994 to 2003, the New Hampshire State Board of Education from 1995 to 2005, and was a member and chairman of the New Hampshire Juvenile Parole Board from 1995 to 2006. She is also a former board member of the Bartlett School Board, the New Hampshire Farm Museum, the Northern NH Charitable Foundation, and the Mt. Washington Valley School to Career Partnership.

Gail presently serves as a board member on the Goldberg Foundation, Tillotson Foundation, Walker Foundation, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation, and the Visiting Nurses of Northern Carroll County. She has served on the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council since 1991, is secretary of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, and is also a member of the Mountain Top Music Advisory Committee. Gail represents New Hampshire on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board in Arlington, VA and serves on both the Administrative Committee and as chairman of the CEO Evaluation Committee for that organization. Gail is active in the Town of Bartlett, New Hampshire, where she resides, serving as chairman of The Lower Bartlett Water Commission ZBA and chairman of the Supervisors of the Bartlett Voter Checklist.

Gail is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and is taking courses towards the Credentialed Leadership Director degree for the National Rural Electric Association directors. Her hobbies include fly fishing, ornithology, golf, hiking, skiing, and traveling.

Leslie Schomaker
Leslie Schomaker

Leslie joined the Observatory Board of Trustees in 2003 and now serves as treasurer.

Leslie graduated from Wellesley College in 1966 and received her M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1983. In the early days of PCs, she started a consulting business in Maine that helped computerize the accounting functions of for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations. This often involved custom programming to get the client's data into a format that could be imported into accounting software. She has also been self-employed as a publisher of hiking cards, owner of restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME, and owner of a company that resold natural gas to a West Virginia utility. She has extensive experience in computing, programming, and accounting.

Leslie enjoys being outside in the Mount Washington Valley, and stays very active skiing, hiking, playing tennis, biking, and golfing. She lives in Jackson, NH with her husband, Warren.

Bryant F. Tolles, Jr.

Bryant has held a variety of leadership positions at distinguished museums and institutions since the early 1970s. He served as the director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware from 1984 to 2006, and is a Professor Emeritus of History and Art History. He has also written books on New Hampshire architecture including The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains and Summer Cottages in the White Mountains.

A visitor to the White Mountains since the late 1940s, Bryant was introduced to the Observatory in the mid-1970s by Brad Washburn. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1976, and helped enhance the Observatory's educational programs and former summit museum. He was elected a life trustee in 2003.

Bryant and his wife, Carolyn, live in Concord, NH and have a second home on Squam Lake in Sandwich, NH.

Mark Van Baalen
Mark Van Baalen

Mark earned an A.B. in astronomy in 1966 and a Ph.D. in geology in 1995, both from Harvard. He is now a lecturer on Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard.

Mark has been an Observatory member since 1966, and a trustee since 1984. He was a member of the Executive Committee for fifteen years and has also served on the Long Range Planning Committee and chaired the Nominating Committee, Personnel Committee and Science Advisory Committee. Mark was the program chair for the successful 75th Anniversary Symposium for Air and Climate in 2007, and has been a regular EduTrip leader since the inception of that program.

Mark and his wife, Louisa, reside in Harvard, MA and have one grown daughter. Mark is a member of the American Alpine Club and a life member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club. He is also a sailor and a commercial pilot.


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