Mount Washington Observatory

2019 Goals:

• Improved outreach to get our message, our research and data, and our educational content into the hands of professionals, students, visitors and the public; through social and mainstream media messaging, enhance the understanding of our mission.
• Ensuring organizational sustainability through continued successful operation: reviewing expenses and investments to achieve the largest efficiencies without sacrificing effectiveness.
• Pursuing and maintaining excellence through our dedicated, committed and professional staff; providing them the opportunity to pursue relevant professional development initiatives.
• Investing in facilities and equipment to continue providing a safe, reliable work environment in one of the least hospitable spots imaginable; initiate funding strategies to replace aging assets such as the SnowCat.
• Ensuring strong leadership through a deeply committed, diverse and well governed Board of Trustees; reviewing and validating the construct and capabilities of the Board and ensuring all Trustees are engaged and contributing in a meaningful way.

Fundraising Events:

While MWOBS runs smaller fundraisers throughout the year, our largest annual fundraiser is Seek the Peak. Originated in 2001, Seek the Peak is New England’s premier hiking event. Seek the Peak is a classic participant-driven fundraising event. Once hikers register for Seek the Peak, they are encouraged to seek donations from family and friends in support of their efforts. On Seek the Peak Saturday, they hit the trail with the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington as the destination. All proceeds benefit the Mount Washington Observatory.

Giving Opportunities:

Donor support – whether it be through Membership, Appeal Gifts, Corporate Sponsorship, Planned Giving, Matching Gift Programs or Charitable Gift Annuity’s, our most critical need is to fund the daily operation of hourly weather observation on the summit of Mount Washington. Ultimately the data collected from these observations goes directly to forecasting efforts and supports all other parts of our organization including two museums, educational programming, research and product testing. In the more immediate future we will also be seeking funding for new mountain winter transportation, 4×4 vehicles and updated infrastructure.

Volunteer Opportunities:

There are a number of ways to volunteer for the Observatory. One of the more coveted opportunities is extended to our membership only, where they get to work on the summit for one week supporting the staff through cooking and light cleaning. Additional volunteer opportunities present throughout the year including supporting monthly mailings, special events and participating in targeted committees and other administrative duties.

Board Officers   /   Board Members

Howie Wemyss
General Manager, Mount Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Gary MacDonald
Vice Chair
Superintendent of Schools

Drew Landry
CPA, John G. Burk and Company, CPAs, P.C.

Jack Middleton
President, McLane Middleton, PA

Ed Bergeron
President, HEB Engineers, Inc.

Alexandra Breed
Attorney, Director, McLane
Middleton, PA

Erica Broman
Vice President, Institutional Advancement at Westfield State University and Executive Director of the Westfield State Foundation

Paul Fitzgerald
Attorney, Director, Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols

John Gorman
Contractor/Project Manager Permitting Consultant at Permit Strategies

Brad Griswold
Managing Partner, Concannon Wealth Management

Rob Kirsch
Wilmer Hale LLP

Gail Langer
Senior Director of Business Development for St. Teresa Medical Inc.

Peter Middleton
President, Martini Northern General Contractors and Construction Managers

Marsha Rich
Educator, runs the “InSHAPE” program at the Riverbend Community Mental Health Center

Mary Stampone
Assistant Professor of Geography, University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire State Climatologist

Brian Underwood
Principal of a real estate counseling and appraisal firm

Al Wheeler
Meteorologist, National Weather Service Portland/Gray ME  Forecast Office

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