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BACKYARD CONCEPT, LLC | TYLER T. RAY, PRINCIPAL

GRANITE CHIEF | FOUNDER

Tyler is a life-long skier born in the White Mountain foothills of western Maine in the town of Bridgton. Tyler’s company, Backyard Concept, LLC, is the managing entity of GBA, who also delivers legal, consulting, and advocacy services to other stakeholders in the outdoor recreation space across northern New England. Tyler’s preferred mode of business is in the skintrack and he chooses the steep gullies of Ole George to keep him honest. Tyler lives with his wife Anne and two glade slayers Nelson (6) and Levi (4) in North Conway, NH.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


RICK JENKINSON | KEARSARGE, NH

PRESIDENT | glade chief (Maple Villa Glade)

Rick’s first herringbone climbs up a ski hill was at Boston Mills ski area (vertical 240’!) outside Cleveland, OH when he was 5.  He later found himself every year at ski camp on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain until he discovered Wildcat Mt while at UNH. He still skis Wildcat and has discovered the joy of backcountry skiing. Now retired, he is now devoting his time to his outdoor passions and also serves on the board of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.

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CHRIS MCKAY | WAKEFIELD, NH

TREASURER

Chris learned to ski at a young age on the slopes of NH’s Black Mountain.  His first backcountry/sidecountry missions were while attending college in New Hampshire.  Off the snow he is an avid mountain biker, pilot and is as a CPA at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. in North Conway, NH.  Chris lives in the Lakes Region with his wife & dog Piper.  Chris also serves on the board of Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer.


DREW ZIMBER | TAMWORTH, NH / BOSTON, MA

VICE PRESIDENT | operations

Drew splits his time between Boston, MA and Tamworth, NH where he owns a ski cabin. Drew is a longtime backcountry skier with an affinity for the “West Side” of Mt. Washington whenever it’s in play. Drew is an IT Director in his day job in Boston where he is occasionally found reliving his youth in intramural games of softball, football or basketball.  He has three children and lives with his girlfriend who is from Australia.


ANDREW DRUMMOND | MADISON, NH

RACE DIRECTOR | granbassador

Andrew grew up in the White Mountains, ski racing through high school and got his first taste of the backcountry by tomahawking the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall at age 12. Through college he ski patrolled on the weekends at Attitash and ultimately fell in love with alpine touring after a few trips to Alaska. Andrew can still be found chasing sticks at the local beer leagues or more likely lapping the headwall with his dog Squall. Andrew is founder of Ski the Whites, a Jackson, NH based backcountry gear outfitter.


COLIN WROBLEWSKI | BARTLETT, NH

FINANCIAL & OPERATIONS

Colin was born and raised in the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. A longtime skier and outdoor adventurer, Colin moved back home to raise a family after a successful early corporate career in Boston. Upon his return, Colin became CFO and co-owner of the family business White Mountain Puzzles based out of Jackson, NH. AKA the “Puzzle King”, Colin is married to wife Meredith and has two young children Hazel and Teddy.

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JAKE RISCH | CONWAY, NH

CUTLER RIVER LIAISION 

Born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, Jake was tearing up Wildcat by age two. Trips across the street following his dad up Mount Washington instilled a lifelong passion for the backcountry. Jake is a founding member of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine where he currently serves as President.  Jake is also a founding member and Vice President of the White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue team.

Professionally Jake is a freelance technical writer and proposal manager, helping companies bid on and win government contracts.


JEREMIAH MACRAE-HAWKINS | GORHAM, N H

NORTH COUNTRY LIAISON | glade chief (randolph, lancaster)

Jeremiah gained a deep appreciation for wilderness spending his formative years slinking around the mountains of northern NH on ski and on foot.  Having worked doing many things, from logging in VT to teaching skiing in Switzerland, he decided to return to Coos NH and make a living cutting timber frames and banging nails. In his spare time, when not recreating in the mountains, Jeremiah promotes local running and cycling events in Coos. Jeremiah lives in Gorham, NH with his wife Meghan.


KATELIN NICKERSON | POWNALL, ME

SECRETARY | environmental specialist

Skiing and exploring in the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire has been a lifelong pursuit for Katelin. She fell in love with human-powered skiing during her first ski expedition to Mount Washington. Every experience in the backcountry enhances her passion for skiing and appreciation for the mountains. A native Mainer, Katelin works out of Portland as an environmental consultant specializing in wetland science and natural resource permitting. 


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NIK FIORE | LEBANON, NH

LAND MASTER

Nik is the last of a dying breed of ripping tele skiers living to tell his tales. His tales include stints living Jackson, WY and other cool places before cooling off in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Nick is a leader of the AMC NH Ski Committee program and takes groups into different glade zones all winter. Nik is an engineer working by trade living with his wife sherry in Lebanon.


BRIDGET FREUDENBERGER | COLEBROOK, NH

FINANCIAL & RACE EVENTS

Bridget lives in galaxy far, far away…a mecca of pristine mountains, wild snow and the Balsams…we are talking NH’s deep North Country in Colebrook, NH! With Bridget on board, GBA is happily represented across a large majority of GBA’s geographic region (NH & western ME). Bridget’s role will be focused on finance and events, which neatly reflects her daily job as a loan officer for Bangor Savings Bank and Race Director for Metallack Adventure Race. Bridget is a hard-charging athlete recently completing an Ironman in Lake Placid, NY. GBA is excited to begin exploration to seek out glading opportunities up yonder!

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ALISON HARRIS | CONWAY, NH

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Ali was born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, learning to ski in elementary school through the ESSC Program.  This MWV native has always favored winter, but her love for skiing blossomed during her 14 years teaching and ski patrolling at Cranmore Mountain. Ali’s ski addiction developed over many years of snow packed adventure, especially out west, where she first discovered backcountry skiing. Ali also celebrates her passion for outdoor recreation in many forms; rock climbing, camping, and hiking are just a few of her favorites. This passion for the outdoors lead to her studies in land surveying. Shortly after graduation, Ali joined the survey group at HEB Engineers. With varying levels of workload at HEB, Ali quickly climbed the ranks within the local company. As Office Manager, Ali works closely with the engineers and surveyors to complete permits, reports, and research. Her keen eye for detail is a wonderful addition to the GBA board. Ali lives in Conway with her boyfriend Mike, and her dog, Momo.

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SARA THOMSON | FRANCONIA, NH

PROJECT MANAGEMENT | COOLEY--JERICHO

Sara is a resident of Franconia and shares a love for outdoor recreation and the winter snow season. Sara is currently working at Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs and working towards opening her own sports shop in the area. Sara will initially serve as GBA representative for a new glade project in Franconia in the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest which is managed by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT). Sara is currently a town representative on ACT’s Cooley-Jericho Stewardship Committee. GBA is thrilled to have Sara join the board to represent the Franconia area.