Ryan Beaumont - Topsham, Maine
Michael Binette, MD – Falmouth, Maine
Tom Butler – Kingfield, Maine
Robert Gurry – Scarborough, Maine
Sally Harkins – Bethel, Maine
Doug Hermann – Yarmouth, Maine
Luba Lowery – Winthrop, Massachusetts
William MacLeod – Yarmouth, Maine
Cate Parker – Brunswick, Maine
Bill Ross – Freeport, Maine
Sara Stockwell – Waterford, Maine
Kristina Thompson – Windham, Maine
Omar D. Crothers, MD – 1941-2013
Leslie B. Otten – Bethel, Maine
Charlie Roscoe – Yarmouth, Maine
Charlie Stevens – Scarborough, Maine
President, Board Member
Mark Ecker (President) is an independent consultant to the medical diagnostics industry; previously having held senior management positions with Alcor Scientific, Mettler Toledo Ingold, and Intellidata. Mark studied at the University of Georgia and University of Kansas, graduating with a BA in microbiology, a minor in mathematics, and graduate-level coursework in microbiology/ immunology. Mark lives and works in Massachusetts. In addition to a passion for skiing, Mark has had a life-long interest in cycling, tennis, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. He commutes weekly to Sunday River in the winter and is actively involved with Maine Adaptive as a volunteer and Board Member throughout the year.
Lincoln “Linc” Hayes [Vice-President] is President of Downeast Food Distributors in Auburn, Maine. A former owner of Lost Valley Ski Area, Linc is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins. He is President of the Androscoggin Lake Improvement Association and the 30 Mile River Watershed Association, both of which are actively involved in working to preserve, protect, and improve water quality of the chain of lakes from Mt. Vernon to Leeds, Maine. Linc was an active member of the Board of Central Maine Adaptive Sports, which provides adaptive programming at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn, and has served as Secretary of Ski Maine.
Steve Rogers [Treasurer] is currently employed at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he is the Director of Global Planning for the after-market service business. In this role Steve leads an international team responsible to support all of HP’s customers with warranty or service contract support. Most recently he was the Vice President of Global Services at 3Com prior to HP’s acquisition of 3Com. Steve is married to Nancy, and they have two grown children. They spend time in both Maine and Florida. In his spare time, Steve enjoys skiing, boating, woodworking and antique automobiles.
Kelley O’Brien Mawdsley
Kelley O’Brien Mawdsley [Secretary] graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. At Clark, Kelley played basketball and volleyball all four years and rowed crew for two. Following her retirement from working for over 20 years as an actuary in the insurance industry, Kelly pursued various teaching opportunities. She has taught English and math life skills to the people with developmental disabilities, and joined Maine Adaptive as a winter volunteer. In March 2014, Kelley became certified as a Level 1 Alpine ski instructor and received her Adaptive Level 1 certification in 2016.
David Van Slyke
David Van Slyke (Past President) is a Partner and Chair of the Environmental Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Climate Strategy Group at PretiFlaherty, a New England law firm headquartered in Portland. A lifelong skier who spent time before law school skiing out West, Dave helped Maine Adaptive with its legal matters in a pro bono capacity before joining its Board of Directors.
Don Ballute joined Maine Adaptive as a winter volunteer in 2014, after retiring as the President of P&C Insurance (formerly Paquin & Carroll Insurance) after 30 years of service. Don brings a wealth of experience in non-profit leadership, having served as a member of the Board and Chair of Sweetser. Don devotes considerable time to his work, summer and winter, with Maine Adaptive. He and his wife, Elaine, divide their time between Hollis Center and Newry, Maine.
Ryan Beaumont is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mobility Technologies, located in Brunswick Maine. The company’s mobility device, the Afari, allows people to participate in running and walking activities in diverse terrain. Ryan holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from the University of Maine. Ryan has over 12 years of experience with engineering, biomechanics, manufacturing, and start-ups and is a recent graduate of MCED’s Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program.
Michael A. Binette, MD
Michael A. Binette is a native of Jay, Maine, and an orthopaedic surgeon with Maine Medical Center. Before attending medical school at the University of Vermont, Mike studied mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and worked for three years for General Dynamics Corporation. Mike received specialized training in spine disorders at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center.
Thomas Butler is Director of Skier Services at Sugarloaf. In his current position, he oversees Perfect Turn Ski and Ride School, Childcare, the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Guest Services, Tickets, Summer Activities, and the Ambassador Program. He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono and is currently a selectman for the Town of Carrabassett Valley. Tom is an alpine examiner for PSIA-E/AASI and a member of the PSIA-AASI National Board of Directors. Tom will play a key role in Maine Adaptive’s continued growth and development at Sugarloaf and Sunday River.
Robert Gurry is in Business Development as a Senior Liaison for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, bringing 20 years of marketing and healthcare management, public relations and business development experience to that role. He studied marketing at Syracuse University and nursing at Worcester State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in nursing. Bob has lived in Scarborough, Maine for the past 10 years with Cindy, his wife of over 20 years, and their 2 children.
Sally Harkins is a real estate broker in Bethel, Maine, with an intimate knowledge of the western Maine mountains and the area real estate market. Sally has an undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation, has been a Maine Adaptive volunteer, and is the aunt of an enthusiastic participant. Prior to the start of her real estate career, Sally worked as Sunday River’s Director of Group Sales. Sally resides in Bethel with her husband, Bob, a former U.S. Ski Team Coach, and is the proud mother of two sons.
Doug Hermann is the President of Wyman & Simpson, Inc., an engineering and general contracting firm with its headquarters in Richmond, Maine. The firm's specialties include highways, bridges, hydro-electric and marine construction. Doug is a civil engineer and a graduate of the University of Maine. Doug has been active in helping to build multi-use trails in Yarmouth with the Royal River Conservation Trust.
Luba Lowery began skiing with Maine Adaptive when she was 5 and began racing when she was 11. A graduate of Gould Academy, Luba had impressive results as sit skier in national and international competitions. As a member of the U.S. Disabled Olympic team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Luba finished 7 th in Giant Slalom and 9 th in Slalom. Her record of success earned her a place in the 2015 class of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. Luba has her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and a graduate degree in Social Work from Boston University. Luba currently lives and works as a family therapist in the Boston area and is a coach of the Maine Adaptive race team.
William “Bill” Macleod
William “Bill” Macleod is a retired, former Managing Director of H. M. Payson & Co., a Portland Investment Advisory firm, who has extensive experience in the trust and estates area, prior to which he was Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at a Portland bank. He has held board positions with several Portland area non-profits as well as continuing to serve on the distributing committee of a medium sized private foundation. He attended Bowdoin College and is a graduate of Boston University. A long-time resident of Yarmouth, he has served on various Town Committees as well as the board of the local library. He was a recipient of the Town's Latchstring Award and is actively involved with his church.
Cate Parker is the Director of Community Health & Wellness at Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick. She is a nurse exercise physiologist and has had years of experience in critical care, quality improvement, patient safety and adult medical exercise programming. She is an active Sugarloaf skier and a Maine Adaptive volunteer. Her son, Jack, has been a participant with Maine Adaptive for twelve years, since he was 5, and was the winner of the Chip Crothers Founders Award for outstanding participation with Maine Adaptive in 2016.
David Patch (Vice-President), from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is a retired naval engineer who spent his career after the Navy as a management executive and consultant for large and small technology companies. He is active in Veterans affairs throughout Maine and the United States, serving on the Board of Honor Flight Maine and the Maine Veterans Homeless Committee. He is also a VA-trained hospice volunteer.
Bill Ross is an Air Force Veteran and retired Postmaster. He has been involved with Special Olympics as a volunteer for nearly 45 years in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Germany, and coached the New England Nordic Team to the World Games in Alaska. Bill has served as a Peer Mentor and Peer Facilitator for the Wounded Warrior Project and has traveled to Israel and England to cycle with injured soldiers. Locally, he facilitates a monthly meeting of veterans dealing with PTSD, TBI, and many other issues. Bill is a certified ski instructor with PSIA and has instructed for many adaptive sports programs, including Maine Adaptive and the National Veterans Disabled Winter Sports Clinic in Aspen, Colorado. Bill also has been a Chapter President of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which grants wishes to critically, chronically and terminally ill children, for 25 years.
Sara Gray Stockwell grew up in Old Town, Maine, and graduated from Abbot Academy, Colby Junior College, and Wheaton College with a BA in English. Her career has included mother and grandmother, raising two boys and horses; private school teacher, coach, and dorm parent; caretaker of a mountain for The Nature Conservancy; and former co-owner and VP for Production of Lovell Designs in Portland. Sara is an active Maine Adaptive volunteer and is certified as an adaptive kayak and Level 1 ski instructor. Sara currently serves on the President’s Alumni Advisory Council at Colby-Sawyer College and as Chair of the Oxford County Fund - Maine Community Foundation.
Kristina “Krissy” Thompson is a Manager at Macpage LLC, a Portland accounting, consulting, and tax services firm. Krissy is a graduate of Plymouth State University, with a BS in Accounting and Economics, and received her MBA from the University of Southern Maine. Krissy’s practice includes planning and supervising client engagements and preparing audit documentation and financial reports for foundations, financial institutions, and employee benefit plans.