The goal of the Advisory Council is to bring together individuals with a passion for our mission and expertise from which The Mountaineers could benefit. The Advisory Council gathers twice a year to listen and learn about high-level issues within The Mountaineers so that they may provide out-of-the-box strategic advice. The Advisory Council will help to define, discuss, and give recommendations on ways in which The Mountaineers can further our vision and strategic plan. The Council presents an opportunity to engage, educate and create future leaders, ambassadors and advocates for The Mountaineers.
Bill Ashby joined the Mountaineers in January 2008, and since then he has participated in the Navigation, MOFA, Alpine Scrambling, Sea Kayaking and Sailing courses. He is currently a student in the Basic Climbing Course. While not enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors on hikes, scrambles, climbs, paddles, and sails, Bill spends his workdays as an operations executive for customer-centric, global-service companies.
CEO of Colorado Mountain Club
Katie Blackett has an interesting career mix of executive leadership, professional running and academic teaching, and has over 10 years of financial and management experience, in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Katie is currently the CEO for Colorado Mountain Club, a statewide outdoor education, recreation, and conservation organization.
Executive Director, Washington Trails Association
Karen Daubert has over 15 years of experience in trail and parks policy, advocacy and funding. She was the founding executive director of the Seattle Parks Foundation (recently retired). She has also served as a member of the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, Seattle Park Board, Seattle Planning Commission and National City Parks Alliance. Her favorite activity is taking week-long backpacks in the Pasayten Wilderness.
Director of Marketing Programs, Eddie Bauer
Kristin Elliott has worked for Eddie Bauer for several years, moving her way up to Director of Marketing Programs. She holds a degree from Central Michigan University and was once the sole YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit representative at the YMCA Young Adult Leadership Summit.
President of the Appalachian Mountain Club
Andy Falender has been President of the Appalachian Mountain Club for over 22 years, growing the organization to over 80,000 members and 22 million in revenue. In his past life Andy was a Peace Corps volunteer, Harvard Business School graduate and Executive Director of the New England Conservatory of Music. Andy loves to run and hike, he lives in Lincoln, MA with his wife and two children.
Adam Forest co-founded The Forest Group to bring high-level executive search services to all management levels in the Outdoor Industry. Adam previously served as a partner with the firm McCormack and Associates, from 1997 to 1999 serving such clients at the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America and Nextec Applications. Adam proudly serves of the Board of the Conservation Alliance, The Progress House, and is the President of the Coloma-Lotus Firefighters Association.
Acting Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Eric Friedli has devoted his professional life to public service and is recognized both for his leadership, support for those he works with, and passion for ensuring access to recreational opportunities. He currently serves as acting deputy superintendent and chief of staff for Seattle Parks and Recreation
Chief of Staff, Office of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park
Mike Gauthier is a long time National Parks Service employee spending 19 years at the Supervisory Climbing Ranger and Search and Rescue Coordinator on Mount Rainier. Mike is currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Office of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park. His hobbies include mountain and rock climbing, snowboarding, writing and photography.
Contracts Director, Boeing Company
Don Goodman has been an active Mountaineers member since 1972 and has been focused on the climbing programs for 20+ years. Between his outdoor adventures he works at the Boeing Co. where he is a director in the contracts department, currently supporting commercial aircraft sales on the African continent.
Dave is an award-winning architect for a wide range of institutional and corporate groups, working with clients who care deeply about conservation and connecting their users, residents, and staff to the natural world. As Mithun’s president, Dave has served on the firm’s board of directors since 2003 and has been instrumental in helping grow Mithun’s practice to national prominence. He lectures nationally on integrated design and the active roles that physical campus and building designs can play in the educational process. Dave currently serves on the boards of IslandWood and Woodland Park Zoo, where he co-chairs the Conservation and Education Committee, and he is past board president of Earth Share of Washington. Dave and his family live in Seattle and enjoy hiking, cycling, and sea kayaking.
Eleanor Hamilton has over 30 years of experience as a professional fundraiser, beginning with serving as Director of Development for Stephens College and later as Director of Development for the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Davis. Since moving to Seattle in 1993, Eleanor worked as a lead consultant for four highly successful capital campaigns, including Islandwood, The Cascades Conservation Partnership, INTIMAN Theatre’s Dramatically Different Campaign and Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoomazium. She recently completed an extended contract with The Frye Art Museum where she worked closely with the Director to establish the Museum’s first Development Department.
Scott Heinz is currently an MBA student at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in electrical engineering. He started climbing with the Mountaineers in 2007 and has since joined the leader’s list and has been active in mentoring climbers in the various climbing courses.
President and CEO of Hilleberg the Tentmaker, USA
Petra Hilleberg is the president and CEO of Hilleberg the Tentmaker, USA. Petra is very active in the vibrant Swedish business community in the Northwest, as well as an active ski instructor. She teaches both alpine and telemark skiing for Snow Performance, based at Crystal Mountain, and she is a divisional clinic leader for telemark for the Northwest division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-NW).
Superintendent of North Cascades National Park Complex
Since April 2007, Palmer "Chip" Jenkins, Jr. has served as the superintendent of North Cascades National Park Complex. Prior to this assignment Chip served as the superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and assistant superintendent and chief of strategic planning for Yosemite National Park, where he received the Department of Interior Honor Award for Superior Service.
Paul L. King
Principal, Bay Resource Corporation
Prior to co-founding Bay Resource, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based investment and executive services company, Paul was a principal at Boston Consulting Group. In his Bay Resource role, he has led or sat on boards of a variety of privately held profit-sector companies. In the nonprofit world, he has been on a variety of boards in conservation, music, and education. Paul holds degrees from MIT, Harvard, and Princeton. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, and Putnam, Connecticut. He enjoys hiking in mountains and forests, birding, classical music, food and wine--a great combination for the Northwest.
President, Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, Calif., to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard married Peter Goldman in 1988 and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. The foundation gives grants to a variety of nonprofit environmental, social justice and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, many of which affect Puget Sound. Her community activities include participation on the national board and the executive committees of Earthjustice, Islandwood, the Future of the Law Institute and Friends of the Methow. She chairs several major capital campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of Islandwood and the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years.
Retired General Manager, Microsoft Advertising Business Group
Mark Kroese has been exploring the high and wild for more than 35 years. Mark finds his center at the confluence of mountain adventure, storytelling, and environmental stewardship. In other words: he lives to climb in spectacular places, share his adventures with digital media, and make sure these places are preserved for future generations. Mark’s professional experiences have focused on technology and business, including 19 years with Microsoft Corporation, and six years pursuing entrepreneurial passions. Mark served on the Board of Directors of the Access Fund from 1999 to 2004. He is the author of Fifty Favorite Climbs (Mountaineers Books, 2001). Mark serves on the board of the American Alpine Club and is a Director for the Harbers Foundation. He is the father of two grown children, Daniel and Nicole, and lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife, Mary.
Director of Marketing, Outdoor Research
Charles Lozner is the director of marketing at Outdoor Research, a leading outdoor apparel and accessories brand based in Seattle. Prior to joining Outdoor Research, Charlie was a brand director at K2 Sports, responsible for the Outdoor Group, including Tubbs Snowshoes, Atlas Snow-Shoe Co., Karhu Skis, and Madshus. Charlie is an avid backcountry skier, climber, runner and cyclist.
Director of Organization Development, Starbucks Coffee Company
Prior to joining Starbucks, Liz Marzolf has worked as an educational consultant and a management consultant in a variety of industries. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and holds a MEd and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Washington. She also serves on the board of directors for Seattle Girls’ School. Liz is an avid backcountry skier, cyclist, mountain biker, backpacker and paraglider.
Business Communications Advisor, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Heidi Mathisen currently works as a business communications advisor to MBA students at the Foster School of Business. She has previously worked with the World Bank and USAID in West and North Africa, as well as in marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. She earned her BA from Colorado College and her MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. An avid world traveler, Heidi has visited all seven continents, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt.Toubkal in Morocco. She lives with her husband in Seattle and enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and sailing.
Craig McKibben, co-founder of WRQ, Inc., a Seattle software company, is now enjoying the ability to get outdoors more often to climb, ski and hike during his retirement. His favorite hikes are in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area during the fall in search of huckleberries and larches.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cascade Designs
Ken Meidell is the vice president of sales and marketing for Cascade Designs, Inc. He was a founding member of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Business to Business Standards Group and currently serves on the board of directors for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, backpacking, and rock climbing.
Attorney, Moga Law Group and CEO, Outreach Services Companies
Greg Moga is an attorney with the Moga Law Group and the CEO of Outreach Services and Disability Outreach, which provide patient advocacy services to hospitals in 11 states, and the CBO Solution, which provides business office outsourcing to hospitals. Greg is Immediate Past Board Chair of the Olympic Park Institute; Board President of Washington's National Park Fund; Board member of NatureBridge; and active with the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Circle.
Owner, Pro Mountain Sports
Jim Nelson has over 40 years of climbing experience. He enjoys day hikes, gardening, cross-country skiing and all types of climbing. Recently he has been lending a hand to the new youth programs at The Mountaineers--teaching the joys of climbing and being outside to those new to the outdoors. He is the co-author of Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vols. I and II, and owner of Pro Mountain Sports in Seattle.
Managing Partner, Nielsen Law Office
Ruth Nielsen is the owner and Managing Partner of Nielsen Law Office in Seattle. Ruth specializes in Ski Area Defense, Products Liability, Sports and Recreation Defense, Insurance Defense, and Employment Law Defense. She is the current President of ASDA, the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys specializing in ski area and other outdoor recreation defense. Ruth received her JD from the University of Utah.
President and CEO, Outdoor Research
Dan Nordstrom has been with Outdoor Research since 2003. He is an accomplished climber having summited Rainier multiple times.
Since 2005, Tom O'Keefe has worked for American Whitewater, a river conservation organization representing the whitewater paddling community. He has provided formal analysis and comment in agency planning efforts, drafted legislation and Supreme Court testimony, and testified before Congress and the State Legislature. Tom has been a member of The Mountaineers since 2003 and chair of the Recreation Resources Committee since 2006.
Founder, evo & evolution Projects
Born in Seattle, Bryce grew up in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon. He studied finance at Seattle Pacific University while splitting time in Whistler, BC, where he started skiing professionally for companies including K2 and Patagonia. In 2001 Bryce started evolution Innovations, Inc. (evo), an action sports lifestyle retailer out of his Wallingford apartment. The blending of commerce, cause, culture and community have differentiated evo in the marketplace and have helped make evo one of the fastest growing retail businesses in the country. Bryce also founded evolution Projects, a real estate development business with a focus on in-city adaptive reuse projects and most recently a mixed-use project at Snoqualmie Pass. Like evo, focusing on building community and creating distinct experiences have helped distinguish evolution projects in the Puget Sound market. Bryce lives in Ballard with his wife Elise. They love the access to the mountains for skiing, snowboarding and biking, the sound for kite-surfing and of course the city of Seattle with so much to offer.
Environmental Engineer, Washington State Department of Ecology
Mindy Roberts joined The Mountaineers in 1999. Her favorite part of climbing has been forging the strongest personal bonds of her adult life. In Mindy’s other life, she works as an environmental engineer with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She especially enjoys using her climbing team skills to inform her science and engineering world, and her engineering skills to inform her climbing world.
President, International of New Cingular Wireless Services, Inc.
Jordan M. Roderick has served as president of International of New Cingular Wireless Services, Inc. (formerly AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.) since January 2000. He holds a BA and MBA from Dartmouth College and has been a member of The Mountaineers since 2005.
Founder and President of Rowen and Company
Suzanne Rowen is founder and president of Rowen and Company, a Seattle-based management consulting firm focused on the needs of the alternative investment markets. Suzanne has been a member of The Mountaineers since arriving in Seattle in 1996. She has served as a member of The Mountaineers Books Advisory Board, the Membership Marketing Committee and consulted with the organization and the board in strategic planning and marketing.
Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company
Since joining McKinsey in 2005 in Seattle, Vik has specialized in operations and strategy consulting for large industrial clients. Vik graduated as a Leaders for Global Operations fellow from MIT in 2005 where he earned his MBA and his MS in Mechanical Engineering. In 2011, Vik became the first Indian American and one of about 350 people to have completed the Seven Summits, climbing the tallest peak on each continent. Vik lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and together they enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing and ballroom dancing.
Senior Manager, Strategic Planning for Value Added Services at T-Mobile
Susan Sayers is a Senior Manager for Strategic Planning for Value Added Services at T-Mobile. Her background includes brand and product management for companies such as Starbucks, Washington Mutual, and Precor Incorporated. She has been an active member of The Mountaineers since 2000. She is a graduate of the Basic Climbing course and an active climb leader.
Owner, Scott Estate Services
Shannon Scott focuses exclusively on providing fiduciary services to individuals. She serves as Personal Representative and Administrator of estates. Shannon received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1998. She has a BA in Bioethics from Colorado State University. She enjoys cycling, triathlon, and spending time with family in Kauai and Montana.
President of American Alpine Club
Steve Swenson lives in Seattle and Canmore, Alberta, where he is now climbing, writing and volunteering for the American Alpine Club as its current president. He enjoys a broad range of interests, including alpine climbing in the great ranges, ice climbing, trad and sport climbing.
Retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, WRQ, Inc.
For 25 years Doug Walker served as founding partner and CEO of WRQ (until January 2005), an integration software company that served Fortune 500 companies and had customers in 51 countries. He is an active supporter of charitable, environmental and community organizations. Doug is an avid hiker and mountain climber and a year-round bicycle commuter.
Division Marketing Director, Cascade Designs
Mona brings over 15 years of consumer product and retail marketing experience to the Advisory Council, and is currently responsible for global marketing for the Therm-a-Rest and Mountain Safety Research brands at Cascade Designs. She has held numerous leadership positions at The Mountaineers over the past 12 years, including serving on the Board of Directors, Books Governance Board, and as Interim Executive Director. In addition to her ongoing work with The Mountaineers, Mona also serves on the board of Washington's National Park Fund. She graduated with a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Darden Business School/University of Virginia. She's an avid hiker, scrambler and international adventure traveler, and lives in Seattle.
Guide for Pro-Guiding Service
In 2006, Margaret Wheeler became the second woman in the US to complete her full UIAGM guide certification. An active member of the guiding community, she is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and as president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor and trainer.
Leif Whittaker is a writer, speaker and adventurer from Port Townsend, Washington. On May 25, 2010, at age 25, Leif stood on the summit of Mount Everest, breathed the oxygen-thin air, and gazed down at the entire planet. Forty-seven years before that moment, Leif’s father, Jim Whittaker, became the first American to stand in the very same place.
Mountain Guide, Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
Born into what could rightfully be called the First Family of American mountaineering, Peter Whittaker is a lifelong climber and skier who grew up at the foot of Mount Rainier and surrounded by hard-core guides. At age 12, his summit of Rainier (14,410 ft) unleashed a desire for global adventure. Peter has led 75 international expeditions and climbed Rainer 231 times. In addition to his mountaineering exploits, Peter is a successful entrepreneur, gear designer and television host.
Board Chair, Cascade Bicycle Club; Board Member, Climate Solutions
Daniel Weise became a community volunteer after retiring from his career as a computer science researcher (Microsoft) and professor (Stanford University). Besides the two board affiliations listed above, he serves on various advisory groups in the scientific and environmental fields, as well as on other boards of both not-for-profit and for-profit corporations. He and his wife enjoy camping and hiking, and their honeymoon of many, many years ago took them to 17,700 feet as they circumnavigated Annapurna (there is not much air up there). Daniel’s big issue is catastrophic climate change, and he urges you to take it very, very seriously.
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
LaVerne Woods is a partner in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she chairs the firm’s tax-exempt organizations group. Ms. Woods also helps private foundations establish grantmaking compliance programs and provides grantmaking training workshops. She received her bachelor’s from Yale University and her law degree from Harvard University.
Director of Product Management for Cloud Computing Initiatives, Microsoft
Steve Yi has been a member of The Mountaineers since 2008 and graduated from basic climbing in 2009. Currently a student in the intermediate climbing program, he says he continues to work "because REI has stolen all my money." He serves as director of product management for cloud computing initiatives at Microsoft.