Phone: (206) 521-6009
Joined Staff: 2009
Background: Martinique comes to The Mountaineers with over a decade of management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She has worked with a variety of outdoor-oriented organizations, most notably the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston and L.L. Bean in Maine. Martinique holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Outdoor Activities: Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, mountaineering, snowshoeing
Other: Martinique moved to Seattle in 2008. As a transplant to the Pacific Northwest she enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking and biking with her husband and son. “I am honored to serve as The Mountaineers Executive Director. We have a well-deserved reputation as an exemplary pioneer in outdoor education, recreation and conservation. I look forward to working with our members and volunteers to grow and strengthen our organization.”
Tacoma Youth Programs Coordinator
Filling the newest position on our staff, Brigit coordinates youth programs and outreach from our recently renovated Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center.
Background: Brigit is a Northeast transplant to the Pacific Northwest and absolutely adores being here. She has a bachelor of arts in geology from Bates College in Maine and has been involved in outdoor education since high school. Most recently, she co-led trail maintenance crews in California with the Student Conservation Association.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, cycling, sea kayaking, trail running, backpacking and general exploration.
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (206) 521-6007
As director of finance Leann oversees all accounting, finance, insurance, payroll and human resources functions. Leann also manages member services and building operations for the program center.
Background: Leann comes to The Mountaineers with 20 years of accounting and financial management experience in the hospitality industry. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Leann spent most of her childhood summers camping and fishing. Introduced to climbing and skiing as an adult, Leann has found even more motivation getting outdoors.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, skiing, camping, hiking, biking, running, photography, and travel.
Other: “New to this role with The Mountaineers, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to choose a job utilizing my financial skills and experience in an organization with people who share a passion for the outdoors and believe they can make an impact.”
IT ⁄ Member Services ⁄ Bookstore, Technology Project Manager
Staff Liaison to Stevens Lodge
Phone: (206) 521-6002
Joined Staff: 2000
Jeff Bowman keeps his fingers in a lot of pies at The Mountaineers. He has served as a staff member for more than 10 years. A "jack of all trades," he is currently working as the bookstore manager, a member services representative and as IT support for members, volunteers and staff.
Background: Jeff’s undergraduate alma mater is West Virginia University--whose mascot moniker is also The Mountaineers! It is also his parents’ alma mater. Jeff was born and raised in West Virginia, so he’s been a “Mountaineer” all his life! He obtained BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering and worked five years for DuPont between degrees. At the University of Washington he spent a lot of time writing FORTRAN code, so he’s very happy with his new IT responsibilities. He has completed several courses with The Mountaineers, has been leading climbs since 1998, and reached the summit of Denali in 2003. Over the years, Jeff has taught, helped design or revise nearly all of the climbing courses we offer. He’s currently teaching Intermediate Rescue Methods, the Climbing Self-Rescue Course, the Denali Expedition Planning Seminar, and Aid & Big Wall Climbing Course. He served as illustrations coordinator for the 7th and 8th editions of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, biking
Other: There’s life outside of The Mountaineers? Well, maybe a little...says Jeff. In winter, Jeff teaches skiing for Lyon Ski School at the Stevens Pass Ski Resort. He may also be found training or on a search-and-rescue mission with Seattle Mountain Rescue. When time permits, Jeff enjoys cooking, mostly Italian and fruit desserts like cobblers, crisps, buckles and pies! Being the bookstore manager also keeps Jeff busy reading, mostly in his spare time and even on a Kindle. His favorite quote is "brevity is the soul of whit" Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2. Jeff’s favorite climb is Mt. Logan: "all-in-all the most spectacularly enjoyable alpine climb done with some great friends!" His favorite ski descent: "anything as long as the snow is good!"
Facility and Events Manager, Seattle Program Center
Staff Liaison to Meany Lodge and Snoqualmie Campus
Phone: (206) 521-6005
Joined Staff: 2009
Shauna’s duties cover a broad spectrum at the Program Center: facility and event management, member services, and support for marketing and development. She handles internal and external room reservations while managing overall usage of the Program Center, including facilitation of special events such as OutdoorsFest, Evening of Legends, and the many outreach events.
Background: A graduate of the University of Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in society, ethics and human behavior, Shauna’s work history includes customer relations in finance and technology. “I found my calling in the event industry in 2008. I worked as an event planner for a catering company until I came to The Mountaineers in October 2009.”
Outdoor Activities: “I was introduced to climbing and loved it! I plan to learn more once I have the chance.” Currently most of Shauna’s outdoor time includes urban walks around Green Lake or by her house, and summer barbecues at the river.
Other: Shauna is an avid reader. “I belong to a book club!” She loves to antique and vintage shop, is an inventive cook, and does freelance event planning.
Membership and Marketing Manager
Staff Liaison to the Olympia Branch and Global Adventures
Phone: (206) 521-6023
Joined Staff: 2013
As the Membership and Marketing Manager, Kristina is responsible for energizing and engaging with The Mountaineers community. She works collaboratively with members and volunteers to organize events and provide resources and materials for membership development and enhancement. She manages marketing and communications, including moderation of social media, website updates and emails, to provide clear communication and greater marketing support for the organization and volunteer leaders.
Background: Kristina joins The Mountaineers with eight years of experience in marketing, sales and account management. She has worked with non-profit, volunteer-led organizations and has developed and managed large marketing campaigns for major international brands. As an extremely passionate outdoor enthusiast, Kristina is excited to join The Mountaineers to facilitate memorable outdoor experiences for adventurers of all skill levels. Kristina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Washington.
Outdoor Activities: Backcountry skiing, climbing, running, mountaineering, cycling, building spectacular campfires, and traveling.
Other: Kristina’s passion for the outdoors began at age 3 in Bozeman, Montana, where she grew up skiing in the Rocky Mountains. After moving to Seattle to attend the UW, she quickly fell in love with the lush greenery and endless outdoor pursuits available in the Pacific Northwest. As a rock climber and backcountry skier, Kristina can be found on the side of a mountain somewhere alternating between playing on rocks or chasing snow. As a leader of a thrice weekly running group, Kristina enjoys introducing new runners to the sport and just seeing where her feet will take her. Kristina credits the outdoor community with continually inspiring her to try bigger and better adventures, and she is looking forward to building lifelong friendships at The Mountaineers.
Teen Programs Coordinator
Joined Staff: 2013
After leading a youth backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Madden became determined to make his way full-time to the West Coast. In 2010 he moved to Seattle and began teaching at a Montessori school. In 2011 he joined the staff of REI. Madden is ecstatic to be part of The Mountaineers and is looking forward to helping grow and develop the already amazing Venturing program.
Background: Madden joins The Mountaineers with a wealth of experience leading youth wilderness trips and managing a variety of outdoor education programs. He grew up playing, hiking, and camping in the Berkshires, Adirondacks and White Mountains in the Northeast.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, cycling, canoeing and skiing.
Phone: (206) 892-8782 (shared with Frank)
Joined Staff: 1985
As facility manager Vito oversees the physical operation of The Mountaineers Program Center: its electrical systems, its sound systems, its security systems, safety measures, heating/cooling, fire protection, room setup and storage units. He also enables clients who rent space at the program center to present their functions effectively and professionally.
Background: Vito's career with The Mountaineers has intersected with two pivotal moments for the organization: The Mountaineers’ move from downtown to Queen Anne and the more monumental move from Queen Anne to the current program center in Magnuson Park. He had been employed with the Norwegian Club at the Norway Center when The Mountaineers purchased that building in 1983. He resumed his plant operation duties, including maintenance of the plumbing and electrical infrastructure as well as room reservation setup and cleanup, wood floor maintenance, painting, alarm system management and boiler room maintenance. He assumed the position of facility manager in 2001. When the organization moved in 2008 from Queen Anne to its current site off of Sand Point Way in northeast Seattle, Vito’s duties expanded to heating and cooling system maintenance, not to mention exterior maintenance given the new climbing plaza and wall.
Outdoor Activities: Bicycling, golfing, gardening, beach combing
Other: Vito likes to spend time with his family in the Philippines from time to time as well as with his family in the Seattle region.
Staff Liaison to the Seattle Branch
Phone: (206) 521-6013
Joined Staff: 2013
As the Publications Manager, Suzanne designs and produces the magazine, e-newsletter and a variety of other Mountaineer publications.
Background: Suzanne comes to us with 8 years experience in graphic design and marketing for nonprofits with a recent focus in web design. She has worked for The Trust for Public Land and, more locally, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. She has a degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Seattle.
Outdoor Activities: Hiking, backpacking, scrambling, snowshoeing
Other: Suzanne has been a passionate volunteer for various environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare groups since she was only 14 years old. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Seattle in 2002 where she fell in love with the mountains. You may see her listed as a hike and backpack leader on The Mountaineer’s website.
Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager
Staff Liaison to the Kitsap Branch and Kitsap Cabin
Phone: (206) 521-6012
Joined Staff: 2013
As the new Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager, Katherine leads The Mountaineers’ initiatives to protect natural and recreational resources on Washington’s public lands and to educate our constituents on responsible recreation.
Background: Katherine considers herself one of the lucky ones, whose parents had her out enjoying public lands in Western North Carolina before she could walk. From learning to climb as a college student in Vermont, to over a decade as an instructor and program manager with Outward Bound in Colorado, North Carolina and Patagonia, Katherine has lived and worked at the intersection of conservation and recreation. She has also pursued her love of the outdoors through other means, obtaining her masters in Sustainable International Development which included completing thesis work in the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. She is thrilled to bring this mix of skills and passion to The Mountaineers.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, skiing, mountaineering and anything else that gets her out in nature!
Director of Development and Communications
Staff Liaison to the Everett Branch
Phone: (206) 521-6004
Joined Staff: 2011
Mary directs development and communications activities for The Mountaineers.
Background: Mary comes to The Mountaineers with seven years of marketing and communications experience and over five years non-profit experience focused on fundraising, event production and donor relations. She has led development activities for a local biomedical research organization as well as a variety of outdoor-oriented organizations.
Outdoor Activities: Rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, snowshoeing, flyfishing, running
Other: A native Washingtonian, Mary grew up in the South Sound area in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Though always awed by the Cascade Mountains as a child, it was not until later in life did she become serious about climbing to seek out summits of local volcanoes and alpine rock climbing routes in the North Cascades; and she makes a point of reviewing her worn and marked up copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills before every trip.
Phone: (206) 892-8782 (shared with Vito)
Joined Staff: 2010
Frank serves in a support role to facility services--mostly on evening and weekend shifts but occasionally during the day as situations demand. He makes certain that clients are provided with everything they need when reserving space at the program center (e.g., tables, chairs, podiums, projectors, power cords and microphones) and that their events run smoothly.
Background: Born and raised in rural Montana, Frank enjoyed riding horses, hiking and camping. He joined The Mountaineers in 1995 when he married Anne Smart, current chair of the Seattle Branch Photography Committee.
Outdoor Activities: Photography, camping, hiking
Assistant Program Manager
Phone: (206) 521-6026
Joined Staff: 2012
As assistant program manager, Caitlin manages The Mountaineers Mountain Workshops, a youth outreach program that partners with other youth organizations and schools to impart lifelong outdoor skills that instill confidence, responsibility, trust and a passion for the natural world.
Background: Caitlin grew up in the foothills of the Berkshires in Massachusetts. She discovered her affinity for the outdoors on backcountry canoe trips with her family. Working in outdoor education for the past four years, she has managed a ropes course and worked with a variety of youth groups. Most recently she spent time bringing youth groups on extended climbing and backpacking trips in Washington.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, biking, running, swimming, and cross-country skiing
Phone: (206) 521-6008
Joined Staff: 2014
As a recent addition to the Mountaineers’ team, Erin manages the day to day accounting along with some human resources functions.
Background: Erin spent the last four years working in the international finance department for Mercy Corps, a large NGO located in Portland, OR. Her most recent post was a 7.5 month stint in Gaziantep, Turkey, where she oversaw the accounting department, there to support Mercy Corps’ emergency response programming in Northern Syria.
Her mother’s love of the outdoors was instilled in Erin at a very young age. Most family trips were visits to National Parks, where Erin and her siblings learned to explore.
Outdoor Activities: Alpine/nordic skiing, snowboarding, hiking, trail running, camping, soccer, and white-water rafting.
Other: Erin also loves to dance (she was a gymnast and ballerina through High School and a Flamenco dancer in college and beyond), read, and travel.
Director of Education
Staff Liaison to the Tacoma Branch
Phone: (206) 521-6011
Joined Staff: 2010
Background: Becca brings over 12 years of experience in Outdoor Experiential Education to The Mountaineers. She has a master of science in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College. Becca is also a Leave No Trace trainer and is a graduate of Outward Bound’s wilderness educator’s course. She recently moved to the Pacific Northwest after almost a decade in New England.
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, cross-country skiing, canoeing, canyoneering, biking, exploring, tree-hugging
Other: As an outdoor enthusiast, astronomy and geology hobbyist, occasional tide-pooler and lover of Ponderosas, Becca is thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest and honored to be a part of The Mountaineers. She looks forward to getting to know The Mountaineers’ present and future members, learning from The Mountaineers’ incredible volunteers, and sharing her love of the outdoors with others.
Staff Liaison to the Bellingham Branch and Mount Baker Lodge
Phone: (206) 521-6006
Joined Staff: 2011
As Development Associate Chris is responsible for Development Information Services, the database as it relates to development and support in building a Foundation and Grants Program. He also is charged with supporting the effort to expand our Corporate Matching Program, coordinating donor communications, supporting events and assisting with Board of Directors and Advisory Council operations.
Background: A native of Utah, Chris has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Accountancy from Weber State University. After working for two years as a cost analyst at Hill Air Force Base, he served in rural Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer. Advising traditional dagger makers in small business skills has been his most rewarding experience to date. Following Peace Corps, Chris co-led an AmeriCorps crew performing trail maintenance work on the Pacific Crest Trail. He is currently enjoying his explorations of the Pacific Northwest.
Outdoor Activities: Running, biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, backpacking, horseback riding, gardening, trail maintaining
Tacoma Program Center Administrator
Staff Liaison to the Tacoma Branch
Phone: (253) 566-6965
Joined Staff: 2013
Michelle is responsible for the day to day administrative duties at the Tacoma Program Center along with handling the internal and external room rentals.
Background: Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations in Advertising and a minor in Religion from Pacific Lutheran University. She has over 6 years of event experience working in higher education and various local nonprofits. Michelle loves working with volunteers and enjoys meeting new people.
Outdoor Activities: Urban hiking and beach combing! "I love to be outside with my family taking in the beautiful northwest!"
Other: Michelle has a beautiful daughter who was born January 2013. She enjoys drinking chai tea and curling up on the couch with a good book! She is involved in various local non profits.
Phone: (206) 521-6010
Joined Staff: 2013
As the Accounting Assistant, Nerissa is responsible for processing check requests, keeping up with vendor payments, and handling other money-related matters. Please send check requests to email@example.com.
Background: Coming into The Mountaineers, Nerissa, a recent grad from the University of Washington, majored in English and took several classes of accounting at the UW along with five plus years of billing. Living in the Seattle area all of her life, she became exposed to the outdoor life at a young age; from trips to beaches, hikes, and camping with her family and other organizations as a member during college. She became more active in the outdoor community because becoming active became a necessity which transformed into a lifestyle for her and her family.
Outdoor Activities: Jogging, Biking, Snowboarding, HikingOther: She enjoys reading, listening and learning music, and occasionally volunteering/fundraising for Chi Sigma Alpha National Sorority at the UW as an alumni. She also enjoys mentoring in career workshops.
Member Services Representative
Phone: (206) 521-6028
Joined staff: 2012
From her member services desk, Tess connects members and non-members to the resources they need to participate in Mountaineers activities. Additionally, she enters and amends membership data, processes new-member packets, handles the mail and troubleshoots when members have questions. She also assists with outreach and promotional events.
Background: Tess grew up in Seattle doing short nature hikes with her family. She fell in love with the high country after working for 2 years as a ranger for the North Cascades National Park in Stehekin, WA. Tess has a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Skidmore College and a strong interest in environmental policy and conservation. Before coming to the Mountaineers she worked for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and advocated for cleaner water in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois. Tess is proud to be supporting Mountaineers members and volunteers and looks forward to meeting more members and learning from their experiences.
Outdoor Activities: Backpacking, paddling, snowshoeing, skiing, and learning to climb
Member Services Representative
Staff Liaison to the Foothills Branch
Phone: (206) 521-6003
Joined staff: 2001
From her member services desk, Deb connects members and non-members to the resources they need to participate in Mountaineers activities. Additionally, she enters and amends membership data, processes new-member packets, handles the mail and troubleshoots when members have questions. She also assists with outreach and promotional events.
Background: Deb grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation. For two years she worked at the Nature Center at Brown County State Park, the largest state park in Indiana and one of the largest in the United States. She moved to the Seattle area in 1983 and joined The Mountaineers in 1984 to enroll in the Basic Climbing Course. She continues to recreate and volunteer with The Mountaineers!
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, scrambling, hiking, biking, sea kayaking
Other: Basic Grad 1984; Intermediate Grad 1986; Sea Kayak Grad 1991. Awards - 5 Peak Pin, Snoqualimie First and Second Peak Pins, Teanaway Ten and Teanaway Twenty Peak Pins, Tahoma First and Second Peak Pins, Irish Cabin First and Second Peak Pins, Everett's Bronze, Silver and Gold Scramble Peak Pins and 100 Seattle Alpine Scramble Paperweight. Currently working on Clubhouse Scramble Peak Pin.