TYLER T. RAY

GRANITE CHIEF

Tyler’s skiing obsession began at age 2 on the bunny slopes of Pleasant Mountain in western Maine. His first backcountry experience involved following the older kids into the “needles eye” where he lost his lunch money from time to time.  Tyler is a business and real estate attorney at Cooper Cargill Chant. He lives with his wife and two little rippers Nelson and Levi in North Conway, NH.  Tyler also serves on the board of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.

 
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RICK JENKINSON

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS | glade chief (Bartlett Mountain)

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.

 

CHRIS MCKAY

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.

 

CASY CALVER

SECRETARY | membership manager

Casy started alpine skiing at the age of 7, only falling in love with backcountry skiing after moving to New England in 2009. Formerly regional PR director for SheJumps, she now leads BC ski trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s NH Ski Committee, also dabbling in telemarking, skate skiing, and skimo racing. Off the snow, she is a medical editor in the field of addiction.

 

ANDREW DRUMMOND

RACE DIRECTOR | website master | 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.

 

STEVE DUPUIS

SAFETY CHIEF | glade chief (South Baldface Project)

Steve  is an active outdoorsman whether guiding at Synnott Mountain Guides or out on rescue with Mountain Rescue Service where he serves as President. Steve hails from Stow, Maine. 

 

BEN LEONI

LEGAL ADVISOR | maine gba | granbassador

Ben grew up ski racing in New Hampshire until finally venturing into the backcountry as a sophomore at Bates College in Maine. After Bates, he spent several years out west developing his love and respect for backcountry skiing. Ben has featured in four east coast ski films by Meathead Films and is the creator of Ski the East's Working for the Weekend webseries.  When not on the hill, Ben is a lawyer in Portland, Maine, where he specialized in resolving land use disputes.  

 

JAKE RISCH

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.

 

KRISTINE KEENEY

GLADE PROJECT MANAGER

You can find Kristine somewhere between the mountains of Western Maine and Vermont's Mad River Valley depending on who's got the best pow. She learned to ski at the age of 5 and typically can be found hiking for turns until there's nothing left. Taking up telemark and having the NUHOC Loj in the White Mountains as a base camp, opened up a whole new world of access to backcountry zones in Northern New England. When she's not chasing storms, she is a town planner specializing in active transportation infrastructure and project management. She also helps to build and put prototypes through the wringer for local ski builders YOPP Skis in Bethel, Maine.  Kristine served as a GBA Snowminer during the 2017 season. 

 

JEREMIAH MACRAE-HAWKINS

NORTH COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE | 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.

 

DREW ZIMBER

TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR | glade chief (hypnosis glade)

Drew splits his time between Boston, MA and Tamworth, NH where he owns a ski cabin. Drew is a longtime backcountry skier with excellent backcountry knowledge and experience.  He has three children and lives with his girlfriend who is from Australia.

 

KATELIN NICKERSON

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.