The Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors believe that the following candidates are the best slate for at-large directors for 2013. All three are endorsed by the Board of Directors and are incumbents who the Nominating Committee has nominated for a second term. Each of the candidates are eager to continue serving The Mountaineers and are more than qualified to help lead the direction of the organization.
The three board candidates above possess the professional skills and personal commitment needed to further our mission:
Voting will open at 8 am, Tuesday, October 1 and close at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 16. All active members and children over age 14 are eligible to vote. Duplicate votes will not be counted.You have two options to cast your vote:
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Background: Lee has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years and presently is employed by REI as the Senior Vice President, Merchandising. Lee has been a Mountaineers member since 2009 and is an avid outdoor adventurer. He is active in the conservation community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Forest Foundation, Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Conservation Alliance Advocacy Committee, in addition to The Mountaineers Board of Directors service for the last three years."My experience in the outdoor industry has taught me how important getting out into the mountains is for the U.S. economy, for a person’s mental health and physical well-being, and for developing our next generation of environmental stewards of the remarkable treasures that exist in our country. For many people the outdoors can be an intimidating place. The Mountaineers is the most influential and trusted pathway to helping people get outdoors. I would be honored to continue serving this organization and shape its strategic direction through my passion for the outdoors and my professional experience." Back to top of profiles | Back to top of page
Background: Kara is the General Manager of the REI flagship store where she has managed a multi-million dollar business with hundreds of hourly employees. Kara also has extensive volunteer and youth programming experience, serving on the boards of YMCAs for seven years.
Joining The Mountaineers in 2012, Kara is a charter member of The Mountaineers Advisory Council and a current member of The Mountaineers Board of Directors.
"For all of us that consider time outdoors essential to life, and have found assurance and stability in the unpredictable environs of the mountains, there has likely been an influential person or organization that has connected us to the outdoor lifestyle."Back to top of profiles | Back to top of page
Matt is an experienced marketing and market research executive working with such Fortune 100 companies as Microsoft, Kellogg's, Proctor & Gamble, Guinness, and J.P. Morgan, and he currently runs his own research company, Matsu Research. Matt has served on The Mountaineers Board of Directors for the last three years, leading market research efforts to better meet the needs of current and future members.
A Mountaineers member since 1998, Matt is a paddler, hiker, snowshoer, skier and runner. He volunteers not only for The Mountaineers but also youth sports teams, including those with the YMCA. Matt wants to help The Mountaineers introduce more youth to the outdoors.
"I am extremely excited to see the prograss we have made over the last three years, with huge growth in our youth programs from summer camps to regular activities. In addition, infrastructure changes such as becoming a 501(c)(3) have allowed us to achieve fiscal health. It is an exciting time to be part of The Mountaineers and I hope to continue serving the organization."Back to top of profiles | Back to top of page