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.
Greg Vander Veer, Vice President
Greg Vander Veer is the co-owner of The Christmas Loft 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.
Laura Cummings, Treasurer
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.
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!
Ragged Mountain started as a manufacturer of climbing gear in 1978. In 1985 our first Intervale, NH store and factory opened.
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 we make right here in the factory, we have everything for year round backcounty hikers, backpackers skiers and snowshoers.
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!