Make your voice heard in AMC's governance and discover the latest in club happenings.
Interested in learning about recent club updates? Here you’ll find current notices to members including information from the annual meeting, the slate for officers and directors, and the Board of Directors agendas and meeting dates. You’ll also find information on the nominating committee’s goals and work, AMC Bylaws and operating rules, and minutes from official meetings.
Annual Meeting and Election
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s 146th Annual Meeting and election of AMC Board of Directors will take place virtually on January 22, 2022 at 9:30AM ET.
As a member, you have a voice in AMC’s governance. Proxy ballots for the election will be emailed in January to members in good standing and will be available at the meeting itself. Votes will be tallied and results announced toward the end of the meeting.
Further information about registration and attendance at the Annual Meeting will be available in November.
Nominees for the 2022 AMC Board of Directors
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Nominating Committee has selected the following nominees for election as officers and directors of AMC. These nominees represent many years of commitment to AMC and provide a wealth of volunteer, professional, and leadership experience. In accordance with AMC’s bylaws, officer candidates are nominated to serve a one-year term, and directors are nominated to serve a two-year term.
2022 Nominees for Officers
Chair: Yvette Austin Smith
Vice Chair: Laurie Gabriel
Vice Chair: Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Treasurer: Lois Rothenberger
2022 Nominees for Directors
Robert W. Ackerman
Robert has been a member of the AMC for many years, enjoying the huts and trails in all seasons, participating in educational programs and occasionally joining climbing excursions. Following a few years on the Harvard Business School faculty, Robert was drawn into industry, first in paper manufacturing and later in metals, and then onto investing in privately held corporations. Robert is interested in conservation and the responsible and productive use of natural resources; in particular, sustainable forestry and innovative approaches to land use for recreation and wildlife habitat for the long-term benefit of all people and our environment.
Greg recently retired from Goldman Sachs after a 26-year career there, where he served most recently as the global head of commodities trading. He was named managing director in 1999, became a partner in 2006, and served on multiple committees. Greg earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and previously worked as an analyst at UBS.
Kathy has been an AMC member since 2001 and has enjoyed hiking in the White Mountains since she was a child. She has been a President Society member since 2017, on the Board of Advisory since 2019 and currently serves as the secretary of the Potomac Chapter of AMC. After a long International Finance career with an energy firm that took her around the globe, she became an entrepreneur. In 2017 she started KTCoaching Partners a leadership coaching firm that works with teams and individuals to maintain a growth mindset and manage through transition. Kathy loves hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing and just being outdoors. She holds a Business degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Kathy and her husband reside in Northern Virginia.
Birgitta C. Dickerson*
A lawyer and mother of three, Birgitta has worked in private practice and government and currently serves as corporate counsel at Salesforce.com. Birgitta previously served on AMC’s Board of Directors (2006–2012), where she was secretary and a member of the President Search Committee. Following her tenure on the board, Birgitta became a member of AMC’s Board of Advisors and Board Nominating Committee. Birgitta also serves on the boards of the Victim Rights Law Center and Mass Audubon, where she is a member of the Climate Change Committee and Policy and Sanctuaries Committee. She has served as a board member for the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys. She received her BA from Emory University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laurie Gabriel (Vice Chair)*
Laurie retired in 2008 as one of three managing partners at Boston-based Wellington Management, which oversees more than $1 trillion in assets for around 1,500 institutions in more than 40 countries. Laurie joined the company in 1976 upon graduation from Tufts University, where she earned a BA in economics. In retirement, Laurie has served on the Tufts University board of trustees and investment committee and is currently chair for The Nature Conservancy–New Hampshire. She chairs the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s investment committee and is on the board of New Hampshire Public Radio. Laurie also actively supports several organizations focused on conservation and women’s financial independence.
Shan Soe-Lin Hecht
Shan Soe-Lin, MPH, PhD, is an undergraduate capstone faculty member at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (2021-2022). She is also a managing director at Pharos Global Health Advisors, a non-profit global health advisory firm based in Boston, MA, that she helped to co-found. Shan specializes in developing solutions to complex strategic, organizational and operational issues affecting global health non-profit organizations, private philanthropies, multilaterals, and US health care payer and provider systems. Through her tenures with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Recon Strategy, Results for Development Institute and now Pharos Global Health Advisors, Shan specializes in developing forward-looking strategies, resource mobilization approaches, competitive landscapes and investment cases for organizations and governments focused on nutrition, HIV, TB, and maternal and child health issues. More recently, Shan has advised developing countries and NGOs on Covid control, and published several op-eds in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Politico on domestic Covid control and return-to-work strategies. Shan also works with her clients to improve their organizational effectiveness and leadership development. Her clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, Unitaid, the Global Fund, Partners in Health, Nutrition International, and Kirk Humanitarian. Shan holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine, and a B.Sc in Microbiology & Immunology, both from McGill University, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
William B. Tyree*
Bill is the Managing Partner of Brown Brothers Harriman, a privately owned global financial services firm headquartered in New York City, where he has worked for over 36 years. Outside of work, Bill is a passionate advocate for youth services. He is the president of the Boys’ Club of New York, a 140-year-old social service organization serving more than 2,000 inner city boys (ages 6-16) through three clubhouses in New York City and a summer camp in Harriman State Park. Bill graduated from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Wharton. He lives in New York with his wife, Kathryn, and his three college-aged children.
Martha (Marty) Wallace (Secretary)*
Marty has been a member of AMC since shortly after moving to New England in 1979. She joined the Board of Advisors in 2012 and served on the Leadership Giving Initiative Steering Committee. Currently, she serves on the MWI Committee as well as the Executive Committee and Outdoor Journey Committee. Marty loves cross-country skiing in the Maine Woods and hiking, having finished her 4,000-footers in 2007.She has served on several other boards, including the Concord Museum, as president; NativePlantTrust; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and worked in the software industry in both client management and marketing. Marty and her husband, Ed Kane, reside in Concord,Mass.
Jenna Whitney (Regional Director, Eastern Region)
Jenna has been a member of AMC since 2017. She is a local leader and serves as conservation coordinator for the Boston 20s and 30s steering committee. She works as an Assistant Director of Special Events at Tufts University, where she is also a student in the M.S. in Sustainability program. She enjoys biking, hiking, and exploring New England’s many natural areas. She resides in Cambridge, MA, with her husband Ryan.
Eileen Yin (Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Region)
Eileen Yin has been an AMC member since 1998. She joined as a hiker and soon went on to bike, backpack, climb, ski, and canoe and kayak with the club. Her AMC journey continued as an activity leader, Committee Chairs, and Chapter Chair. She is a past NY-NoJ Chapter Appie of the Year and received the AMC’s Volunteer Recognition Award. Eileen is enthusiastic about expanding AMC’s presence in the Greater New York region and strengthening the AMC community.
Beth Zimmer (Regional Director, Northern Region)
Beth recently retired after dedicating 40 years to public education, where she worked as a special education teacher, school principal, and guidance counselor. Beth describes herself as profoundly influenced by the six years she lived and worked in the Republic of Panama. Beth is an avid outdoorswoman who joined AMC in 1992 to support the club’s trail maintenance and conservation efforts. She is an active volunteer, who has served on the NH Chapter Executive Committee, is an instructor for winter hiking, an excursions leader, and adventure travel leader, and a recipient on the AMC Volunteer Recognition Award. Beth has a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, a M.Ed. in Guidance in Consultation, and a M.Ed. in School Administration.
*candidate for re-election
CONTINUING BOARD MEMBERS
Charlie Arsenault (Regional Director, Central Region)
Charlie has been an AMC member since 2004. Over this time, he has served in several AMC volunteer roles including chair of the Worcester Chapter and Mountain Leadership School instructor. Charlie is a technology and leadership consultant with White Blaze Consulting and Empower Success Corps. His outdoor pursuits include hiking, backpacking, skiing, and paddling. He has completed New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers, an AT thru-hike in 2017, a Long Trail hike in 2018, and the Boroughs Trail in 2020. Charlie and his wife Lynne reside in Westborough, Mass.
Yvette Austin Smith (Chair)
Yvette has been an AMC member since 2005, a member of the President’s Society since 2013, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She is a member of the Compensation, Finance, and Greater New York committees. She previously served on AMC’s Board of Advisors and the Outdoor Learning and Leadership and New York Development Advisory committees. Yvette lives in Brooklyn with her family (and assorted pets). They all enjoy visiting AMC facilities, as well as camping, kayaking, hiking, and amateur birding — whether in The Berkshires or on Denali. Yvette isthe Chairman of the Brattle Group, an international economic and financial consulting firm. Yvette holds an AB from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
William (Bill) Burgess Jr.
Bill Burgess joined AMC’s Board of Advisors in 2012 and Board of Directors in 2019. He is Chair of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Trustee and Chair Emeritus of St. Mark’s School, and Trustee of Issue One. He recently retired as Vice Chair of Dartmouth College and was the Chair of the New England Aquarium for 10 years, ending in 2013. Bill is a partner of North Bridge Venture Partners. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University. Bill and his wife, Barbara, live in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Cheryl has been an AMC member since 1992 and a member of the President’s Society since 2008. She served on the Investment Committee from 2009-2013 prior to moving to Singapore for 5 years. She rejoined the Investment Committee in 2019 upon her return to the Boston area. Cheryl is currently a partner at Wellington Management having held several roles across the investment and client teams over the last 25+ years. Originally from New Jersey, Cheryl grew up an avid soccer player and skier. However, she credits her husband for getting her hiking and camping. She, her husband, and two daughters hike, ski, and climb extensively wherever there are mountains including some very far-flung locations during their time in Singapore, but the mountains they know the best are the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
John Judge is the president and CEO of AMC. Since 2012 he has worked to demonstrate that mission impact goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, AMC has been one of the best performing outdoors organizations, delivering years of eco-lodging occupancy records, advancing conservation policy initiatives, engaging thousands of volunteers, and achieving sustainable, bottom-line growth.
A former chief city planner and nonprofit housing developer, Judge’s work is at the intersection of conservation and outdoor recreation. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stonehill College. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on the outdoor economy and is the author of The Outdoor Citizen.
Kathleen is managing director, head of growth equity, and a board member at Jennison Associates, a $200+ billion institutional asset manager. She earned her BBA from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and her MBA from Harvard. An AMC member for over 35 years, Kathleen previously served on AMC’s Board of Directors and various committees, as well as on AMC’s Board of Advisors. Kathleen has an appreciation for mountains everywhere and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing with her two college-aged children, other family members, and friends.
Dee Dee Mozeleski
Dee Dee, an AMC member since 2016, is a native San Diegan who has called New York home for over two decades. She is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Communications at The City College of New York and also serves as the club advisor for the AMC/CCNY Outdoors Club and the CCNY Hockey Club. She was recently named a Crain’s New York 2021 nonprofit leader and is the 2021 CASE District II Professional of the Year. A past Vice Chair of the AMC New York/Northern New Jersey Chapter, Dee Dee enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, swimming, fly fishing and is a certified PADI rescue diver (Master Scuba Diver certified). Dee Dee is a past board member of Seeds of Africa, a non-profit dedicated to increasing educational opportunities in Ethiopia, and Women in Development, New York. Among her focus areas at CCNY is to develop programs in support of the College’s historic mission to ensure access to excellence in the higher educational arena.
Lois Rothenberger (Treasurer and Regional Director, Southern Region)
Lois has been a member of AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter since 1996, serving in multiple roles on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Her passion for the outdoors is hiking up mountains, but she also enjoys paddling, bicycling, and fly fishing. Lois’s entire career has been in local government and nonprofit retirement communities, where she has primarily served as chief financial officer. She currently serves on the advisory board of a life-care-at-home agency. Lois shares her time between her home in North Wales, Pa., and her cabin in north-central Pennsylvania.
Rachel has been a longtime President’s Society member. She and her family joined the Four Thousand-Footer Club in 2000 and still spend hours on the trails in the White Mountains. Rachel retired as CEO of Granite Health, where she led a group of New Hampshire health systems in forming an insurance company, Tufts Health Freedom Plan. She is a longtime volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), is a board member for Southern New Hampshire Health, and joined Harvard’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. Rachel and her husband, Marshall, live in Hopkinton, N.H.,and have two grown sons.
Stephen Rushmore Jr. (Vice Chair)
Stephen is the president and CEO of HVS, an international hotel consulting firm that provides services to the hospitality industry. Stephen began his affiliation with AMC in 1990, working in reservations at Pinkham and as a croo member at Madison Spring and Lonesome Lake huts. Stephen has served on the Board of Directors (2014–2018; 2019–present) and the Board of Advisors (2010–2014). Aside from hiking, he enjoys bicycling, golf, skiing, and flying small airplanes. Stephen currently resides in Rye, N.Y., with his wife and family.
Samarjit is an investor, global macro strategist, and economist with over 25 years of experience. Over the years, he has worked in senior leadership positions at BNY Mellon in Boston, J P Morgan in New York, State Street in Boston, and Barclays BZW in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He travels globally, presenting on macro investments to portfolio/pension managers, hedge funds, and central banks. He has spearheaded numerous thought leadership initiatives with global money managers and policy makers, having worked closely with the International Monetary Fund and on World Bank projects over the years. He has served on AMC’s Investment Committee since 2015 and on the Board of Advisors (2013–2018). He is a member of AMC’s President’s Society. He enjoys family time at his homes in Belmont, Mass., and Randolph, N.H., with the latter enabling many outdoor pursuits.
Steve became the fourth president and CEO of L.L.Bean in 2016. A Dickinson College graduate, he began his career in 1992 at J. Walter Thompson before moving to Resort Sports Network in Maine. In 2002 he transitioned to retail with Hannaford Supermarkets, spending nine years with the Delhaize Group in the U.S. and Belgium. He joined Walmart International in 2011 and worked abroad in senior leadership roles in China and the United Kingdom at Sam’s Club, Walmart China, ASDA, and Yihaodian. Now back in Maine in his dream job, Steve keeps busy enjoying the outdoors with his family and engaging in his community. In addition to AMC, Steve serves on the board of trustees for Dickinson College, the board of directors of WEX, Inc., and is involved in various other community organizations.
Steve spent 35 years with Advent International Corporation in various roles in Boston and London before retiring at the end of last year. He remains a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Steve is an avid hiker and recently proudly received his patch for completing the NH 48. He is a member of the AMC Board of Advisors and the President’s Society. He is trustee of the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, a member of the Board of Trustees of Endicott College and of the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He resides with his wife Joyce in Beverly, MA and has a daughter Kathryn, from Boston.