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.
Cooper Friend,President, 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.
Peter Weston, Vice President, 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.
Wende Gray, Treasurer, 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.
Russ Murley, Secretary, West Bethel: 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!
Drew Cota, Carrabassett Valley, A graduate of Orono High School and attended the University of Maine where he studied Business management. Upon leaving the university, Drew worked in the auto industry in Finance & Insurance for many years locally, before working as a National Account manager in F&I consulting, sales and marketing. In 2010, Drew joined Cross Insurance Agency where he is currently an Account Executive in commercial lines. Serving on several boards such as Maine Forest Products council, YMCA (previously) as well as the Y's Building & Grounds Committee (currently), Bangor; Squaw Mountain Village Board past-president. He was also named YMCA's Board Member of the Year in 2014. Since 2016, Drew has spear headed and orchestrated an event with the Patriots Alumni/Football for You in Bangor, for what's been called the largest free youth football day in New England. Drew started skiing at the age of 3 at Squaw Mountain and now spends his weekends as a Sugarloafer. His passions are skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, paddle-boarding and is a certified scuba diver that spends time exploring Maine's greatest lake, Moosehead, when time permits.
Bob Farrar, Coplin Plantation, University of Maine BA and Masters Degree in Public Administration. Raised in Gorham and began skiing at age 7 at the Gorham Kiwanis Ski Tow "The Big K" . Bob began a 35 year career in local government administration. Retired in 2016 after 27 years as Assistant City Manager/Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the city of Bangor. Bob served in many leadership roles for the Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce, Maine Town and City Manager's Assn, International City Manager's Assn. Bob and his wife spend summers at Green Lake thinking about skiing and making first chair at the Sugarloaf SuperQuad.
Captain Kip Files, Carrabassett Valley: Graduate of Maine Central Institute and University of Maine, Orono. He holds an active United States Coast Guard Masters License for power or sail upon all oceans. He grew up in Bangor Maine where his passion for skiing started in 1961. He moved to Carrabassett Valley in 1975. He was the owner and Master of the Maine Windjammer "Victory Chimes" for 30 years. Former board member of Ocean Classroom, former board member of Tall Ships America (America sail Training Association). Former executive staff member at Mystic Seaport, Mystic Conn. He works winters with WSKI TV at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley. Loves history...
Laurie Fitch, 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.
Cate Gilbane, Cape Elizabeth and Kingfield: Dartmouth College, Nordic Team. During the early years, her family purchased a small farm house on the north side of Kingfield. One of five siblings, they were quite proud that their house was so close to the mountain - a mere 12 miles drive. Cate grew up within the Sugarloaf community and the whole family was very involved with the Sugarloaf Ski Club. The tradition still stands, and her two grown sons have followed in her footsteps making Sugarloaf their "Home" mountain. Cate is the current Chair of the P.W. Sprague Memorial Foundation. She has been the Annual Fund chair and Governance Committee Chair at Gordon School, East Providence, RI. She can be round managing real estate in Cape Elizabeth ME and Providence, RI or enjoying time in Kingfield Hiking, skiing or playing golf.
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. Chairman of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame committee.
Glenn Parkinson, Freeport: board member of International Skiing History Association and U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame; past 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.
Frank Rogers, Kingfield: Born and grew up in Aroostook, Patter, Caribou and Houlton. Ran the Red Stallion Inn in Carrabassett Valley for a number of years and had operations in the food business in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Bath and Waterville Valley, N.H..
Matt Sabasteanski, Raymond: From Standish attended Bonney Eagle High School and studied at Unity College. Started XC skiing around 1984 but not seriously until I met my wife, a biathlete, in 1991. In the VTARNG i worked in support of Biathlon at the National Guard Sports office, involved with every major Biathlon Event in the U.S., became an International Biathlon Referee in 2000, and an International Biathlon union technical delegate in 2007. Was the Cross Country and Biathlon Olympic venue manager for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee from 2000 to 2002 and during the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Served as Biathlon Jury member for the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, and the Chief of Competition for the 2011 World Cup in Presque Isle. Currently the Outdoor Recreation Director at Pineland Farms Inc., and involved in the oversight of the Fort kent Outdoor Center and Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle since 2014.
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.
Dan Warner, Came out of Rumford as a ski jumper, cross country racer and alpine skier and has devoted much of his life to ski jumping both at his home Chisholm Ski Club and as an official at the highest levels from Lake Placid to Norway, Finland and Japan. He was a member of teams that won both State and New England titles. Warner also skier on Eastern Junior Teams as was a Master Jumper. His officiating credits include everything from high school to World Cups in both XC and Jumping.
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, Kingfield: Endicott College; From Away - although living in Kingfield for the past 29 years. Owner/Manager River Port Inn, Former chef/cook at area restaurants, private clubs and CVA, board member of the former Sugarloaf Area Chamber of Commerce, Kingfield PTA and CVA Parents Assn.