WMI's Board of Directors
Skip Spadaccini, President
Skip has lived in the Mt. Washington Valley for 25 years and is currently in his 17th year as Director of Retail Operations for the Appalachian Mountain Club. His career spans 40+ years in the ski and outdoor industry, primarily in retail operations and management with 15 years in sales. He is an outdoor enthusiast, avid runner, DH skier and hiker. Married for 30 years, he has 2 of the best kids in the world: Zachary & Lindsay! He strongly believes in the mission of the WMI, and its continued success will strengthen our communities' local economy by supporting all local businesses.
Kendra Veno, Vice President
Kendra is a native of Mt. Washington Valley and a graduate of the highly regarded Balsams Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Known for delivering top chefs, this is an intense 3½ year, 6000 hour program. Chef Veno apprenticed with seven highly awarded restaurants across the country, and earned two Gold Medals and one Silver Medal in competitions while attending the Balsams’ program. In addition to her passion for food, Kendra is extremely passionate about her family and friends. She lives in the Mt. Washington Valley with her husband, Jason, and their two children.
Rob Nadler, Treasurer
Ragged Mountain Equipment started as a manufacturer of climbing gear in 1978. In 1985 its first store and factory opened in Intervale, NH Owners Rob Nadler & Cort Hansen have expanded the selection of Ragged Mountain-made products to include clothing and gear for outdoor people and their pets. Clothing, Clothing accessories, Blankets and Throws, Packs, Stuff Sacks, Luggage, Totes, Bags and much more. In addition to what they make right here in the factory, they have everything for year round backcounty hikers, backpackers skiers and snow-shoers.
Trish Polosky, Secretary
Trish has been in the Valley for 27 years and have worked for local, small businesses for over 18 years here. She owns a home in Bartlett with her husband of 17 years and their 7 year old son. She is pictured with her dog Scarlett (the gray one), niece Lucy, and nephew Doc. She has have been an owner/partner of White Mountain Winery for 3 years, and her best friends Bryon and Ali (pictured, left) have had the business for 8 years. Trish was involved with local rescues for many years in the past. The Valley is her home, and she feels so blessed to raise a family here and to contribute to this beautiful area.
Kathy Ahearn and her husband Brian opened Four Your Paws Only, an award-winning pet specialty store, in 1994. From the beginning, the Ahearns knew the importance of community and giving back. They’ve been active volunteers in numerous organizations over the years, personally and through the store. FYPO has hosted countless events, benefits, and meet & greets for animal shelters and rescue groups. Kathy was a founding board member of the Conway Area Humane Society, founded a local Disaster Animal Response Team, White Mountain Horse Association, and volunteered for years at John Fuller PTA, Arts in Motion Theater Group, and more.
Janice has lived in the Valley for almost 50 years, She is married, with four children and four grandchildren, loves the area valley and all it has given her over the years.
She started her first business, Finishing Touches Upholstery, over 30 years ago. The business has grown and is now located within Valley Artisans & Vintage Market, a furniture and antique shop owned and operated by her and her partner, Rita Roy. She is proud to be on the board and one of the founding members of The White Mountain Independents, Shop the Blue Flags!
Laura has worked at White Birch Books for about 19 years, and this – the store’s 29th year – marks her 16th year of ownership. Time flies when you are having fun! In addition to running the store, she has been involved with her regional trade association, the New England Independent Booksellers Association, recently finishing up a term as President. This past year has consumed all of her efforts, but she looks forward to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! She lives in Fryeburg with her favorite son and her beloved cats.
Lisa has been in retail for over 40 years, from sales, managing, buying, to merchandising. She has loved shopping since she was a little girl, but always wanted to own her own store. She started working at It's My Girlfriend's Consignment Boutique in 2014 and purchased it in February 2019. She had never worked in a consignment shop before and was determined to make the shopping experience a fun one. It's My Girlfriend's is more like a boutique and she takes pride in the quality of clothing and accessories she receives to consign. She and her husband Skip have lived in the Mount Washington Valley for 25 years. They are empty nesters except for the 4 rescued dogs that keep them entertained!
Greg Vander Veer
Greg Vander Veer is the co-owner of The Christmas Loft, Inc. with his husband Stephen O'Farrell. They moved to North Conway from New York City in 2016. Greg is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and his films have played in hundreds of international film festivals. He was the President of Dance Films Association from 2012-2016. In addition to serving on the WMI's Board, currently he is also the Vice President of White Mountains Pride.