Current Board Of Directors

Members of our board of directors have a long history of involvement in the ski sport and ski industry in the State of Maine, while actively preserving archives along the way.

Wende Gray, President, Bethel: BA Wellesley College, owner Gray Marketing, a marketing and public relations consultancy specializing in recreation and tourism based businesses; marketing manager at Sugarloaf/USA 1972-78; general manager The Camden Snow Bowl 1978-80; Marketing Director Sunday River Ski Resort 80-89; Executive Director the Maine Nordic Ski Council 1990-2004.

Gerry Thompson, Vice President, Carrabassett Valley and Falmouth: University of Maine with BS in mathematics; retired from AT&T as a computer systems engineer; retired from Points East magazine as a sales representative; ski team member at University of Maine and Hebron Academy; volunteer with Sugarloaf Mountain competition program.

Peter Weston, Treasurer, Scarborough and Carrabassett Valley: University of Maine BSME. Retired from and former owner of LaCasse & Weston, Inc., Portland, ME, an engineering firm specializing in air handling and drying systems. Past president Maine Association of Engineers, past president and treasurer of the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association, and past director of the Casco Federal Credit Union. Current Treasurer of the Weston Homestead Farm Corporation. Hobbies include skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, biking, travel, woodworking, hunting, fishing, and enjoying family and friends.

Russ Murley, Secretary, North Yarmouth: Russ Murley’s childhood passion for weather led him to Lyndon State College, where he received a degree in meteorology. With a radio and television career spanning over 30 years, Russ can be heard daily on radio stations from Newfoundland to Alaska – and right here in his back yard of Northern New England. In his spare time, Russ is an avid golfer, musician and skier. Russ’s ski trips have brought him to Chili, New Zealand and British Columbia. You’ll find him skiing right here at home in Maine most of the time!

Scott Andrews, Consulting Curator, Portland: research director and "Snow Trail" editor; coordinator with Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network; University of Chicago, BA and MBA; London School of Economics, MSc; PSIA-certified ski instructor in Alpine and Adaptive; Registered Maine Guide; ski writer/photographer since 1987, ski blogger for major website, registered Wikipedia editor and contributor to Cross Country Skier, Ski Area Management and Skiing Heritage magazines. Creator and presenter of “Fireside Chats”.

Leigh Breidenbach, Turner: Director of the former University of Maine Farmington Ski Industries Program 1990-2010; Professional Ski Instructors of America Full Certified Alpine Instructor, Level 1 Nordic;, United States Ski & Snowboard Association Level 11 Alpine Coach, Ski instructor since 1970; founder of "A Woman's Turn" seasonal program for Sunday River; contributing editor Ski Tech & Inside Track; former associate softgoods sales rep Sunri Associates; on hill rep for Volkl since 1985; Current Director UMF Outdoor Recreation Collaborative.

Drew Cota, Carrabassett Valley: Cross Insurance Account Executive since 2010. Cross Insurance Construction Practice Group 2014-present. Bangor YMCA board member 2013-2016, Maine Forest Products Council Board Member 2015-present. Squaw Mountain Village Board 203-2013. Drew enjoys Skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, certified scuba diver and any outdoors sports throughout the year.

Bob Farrar, Coplin Plantation: Raised in Gorham and began skiing at age 7 at the Gorham Kiwanis Ski Tow "The Big K" and at Pleasant Mountain, now know as Shawnee Peak. After graduation from the University of Maine with a BA and a master's Degree in Public Administration, Bob began a 35 year career in local government administration serving the towns of Brunswick, Topsham and the city of Bangor. Retired in 2016 from Bangor as Assistant city Manager/director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Bob has been active and has served in vatious leadership roles in many organizations including Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce, Maine Town and city Manager's Assn, and the International city Manager's Assn. Bob and his wife spend summers at Green Lake near Bangor thinking about skiing and making first chair at the Sugarloaf SuperQuad.

Cate Gilbane, Scarborough and Kingfield: Dartmouth College graduate 1978, Spent childhood growing up among five siblings all avid skiers. Cate has many memories growing up traveling to Sugarloaf and being greeted in the parking lot by Amos Winter. Her family purchased a farm house in Kingfield when she was young, and she continues to share the home and her love for skiing with her family. Currently the Chair of the P.W. Sprague memorial Foundation, Annual Fund Chair and Governance Committee Chair at Gordon School, East Providence, RI. Cate enjoys hiking, skiing and playing golf.

Laurie Fitch, Portland and Greenwood: BS in Business Administration, USM. Laurie has worked in the Investment Division at Unum Group since 1992, currently in the role of Sr. Investment Analyst. She is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America with Level II Alpine and Level I Telemark certifications. A lifelong skier, Laurie started skiing at Mt. Abram at age five. She began teaching skiing in 1981 and has taught at both Sunday River and Mt. Abram (and still does!). She presently serves as President of the Mt. Abram Ski Club, an independent 501(c)(3) organization providing training, education and scholarships for youth in Western Maine. She also enjoys cycling, golf, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures in Maine.

Cooper Friend, Ellsworth: Kimball Union Academy and Nasson College; Owner Friend & Friend, Inc., L-A Harley-Davidson, Empire Harley-Davidson; former trustee, Carrabassett Valley Academy; past president Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce; past chairman Downeast Family YMCA; past director of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Co.; longtime member Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club.

Scott Hendricks, Bridgton: Store Manager of Sportshaus, a specialty ski retailer in Bridgton. Scott moved to Maine with his parents following the acquisition of Pleasant Mountain by Shawnee Corporation 1989. He grew up a "ski brat" getting off the school bus at the base lodge. Ski racing introduced Scott to many of the mountains across the state. He believes every skier should learn how to use a T-bar. Eventually Scott's passion for the mountains and ski racing led him to Plymouth State where he received his BA in Communications. When Scott is not tuning skis and fitting boots you can find him on the slopes of Shawnee Peak.

David Irons, Westbrook: Began radio and television broadcasting in 1959; ski writer for Portland and Lewiston newspapers since 1970s; past senior editor of Ski Industry Letter; contributor to Ski, Skiing and Snow Country magazines; certified ski patrolman with National Ski Patrol and Professional Ski Patrol Association; past president of Eastern Ski Writers Association and North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Glenn Parkinson, Freeport: board member of International Skiing History Association and U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame; Board member of New England Ski Museum; author of the Maine ski history book, “First Tracks”.

Dave Ridley, Camden: a lifelong skier, coach and educator. B.S.Ed. University of Maine Farmington. Biology teacher in Camden for 32 years. Nordic ski coach at Camden Hills Regional High School for 28 years. Current member of the Capital Campaign Committee for the Ragged Mountain Area Redevelopment Foundation. PSIA certified in alpine and teaches skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Phil Savignano, Auburn: Attended Edward Little H.S., Holderness School, University of Maine-Orono; Senior Tourism Officer, Maine Office of Tourism. An avid skier since the age of nine, Phil has been involved in many aspects of the sport of skiing from competitor and coach to instructor, event organizer and youth program developer. Former L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School Program Developer, former Maine Winter Sports/Healthy Hometowns Southern Maine Coach/Coordinator, former Maine Bill Koch League President, former Maine Nordic Ski Council Board of Directors.

David Stonebraker, First skied on the rope tow slopes of southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts. At Dartmouth College, he was a member of Winter Sports and Ski Patrol, directing the safety group in his senior year. After graduate study in England, he began a teaching career in Virginia, married, and with his wife Charlotte, niece of early Sugarloaf leader George Cary, returned to Maine to continue a teaching career in a school where skiing was possible. English teacher and alpine coach at Hebron Academy for forty years, he has worked with aspiring young racers who have improved skills and won individual races and team championships for Hebron among Maine and New England independent schools. Presently, Dave is semi-retired but remains active as Archivist for the Bell-Lipman Archives at Hebron, as occasional substitute teacher and coach, and as an active race volunteer with the Sugarloaf Ski Club.

Donald Fowler, Clerk, Carrabassett Valley: Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School; attorney at law with an office in Kingfield; former trustee of Stanley Museum, Kingfield; author of various articles on Sugarloaf skiing history.

Theresa Shanahan, Executive Director

Honorary Board Members

Don Hayes
Jean Luce
Don Fletcher
Greg Foster