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Board & National Council

Advancing Our Mission Through Volunteer Leadership

Board and National Council members serve as key volunteers and advocates for Big City Mountaineers. In addition to supporting us locally in the regions where we operate, our Board and National Council members also serve as connectors for BCM nationally.

Both the Board and National Council are comprised of individuals who represent a particular geography, area of expertise, or perspective in the youth outdoors space, including: academics; experiential education professionals; outdoor industry leaders; civic leaders; donors; and many others who have demonstrated a deep commitment to BCM’s work.

BCM is actively seeking new Board members.  All board members should hold a deep passion for and commitment to BCM’s mission. We are especially interested in candidates in the Birmingham, Boston, and Minneapolis regions, and whose identities are similar to youth BCM works with.

To learn more, please read our BCM Board Candidate Role Description.  If you are interested in applying to become a Board member with BCM, please complete this Google Form

Board of Directors

  • John Andriola – Independent Attorney at Law (Golden, CO)
  • Deborah Beggan – Helly Hansen / Waypoint Collective (Chicago, IL)
  • Nathan Berkas – Augsburg University (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Maryanna Brown – Alpine Ascents Int. (Seattle, WA)
  • Vince Brown – Kroger (Portland, OR)
  • Katie Cate – Regal Cinemas (Knoxville, TN)
  • Janette Chien – WA State Parks & Recreation Commission (Ellensburg, WA)
  • John Clune – Hutchinson, Black, and Cook, LLC. (Denver, CO)
  • Rosalie Cohn – Nordstrom (Seattle, WA)
  • Heather Distad – High Point Nonprofit Consulting (Durango, CO)
  • Lindsey Foss – TNTP (Durango, CO)
  • Kevin Hopper – Long Weekend (Grants Pass, OR)
  • Carly Huey – Patagonia (Ventura, CA)
  • Mitsu Iwasaki – Trust for Public Lands (Seattle, WA)
  • Drew Kern – EWM Realty (Miami, FL)
  • Alex Kniess – Independent Marketing & Strategy Consultant (San Francisco, CA)
  • Matt Marrapode – Epicore Biosystems (Boston, MA)
  • Margaret Morey-Reuner – Quality Bicycle Products (Marblehead, MA) 
  • Elyse Rylander – Outward Bound (Bellingham, WA)
  • Chris Sawyer – Limmer Boots (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Janelle Woodward – McKay Shields LLC (New York, NY)

National Council

  • Chris Ball – Cushman & Wakefield (Denver, CO)
  • Nathan Ballard – Keegan & Coppin – (San Francisco, CA)
  • Beth Cochran – What’s Up PR (Denver, CO)
  • Michelle Fleming – Mystery Ranch (Seattle, WA)
  • Ben Gipson – DLA Piper (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Cassie Heppner – Timberland (In Memoriam)
  • Kate Lessman – Think Big Media PR (Boulder, CO)
  • Kay Merseth – Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA)
  • Scott Schriefer – XL Construction (San Francisco, CA)
  • Thad Walker – Lario (Denver, CO)
  • Justin Welsh – Matisia Consultants (Denver, CO)

Thanks to all of the Big City Mountaineers Board and National Council members

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