JACKSON, NH – For the first time in nearly four decades, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has a new leader. Breanne Torrey, who has been with the organization for six years and has held the positions of Head of Ski Patrol and Director of Operations, has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. She is the first woman in this role and follows former Executive Director Thom Perkins, who retired in the spring of 2014 after 38 years with the organization.
Torrey, one of only a handful of women in an executive role in the ski industry, began her work as Executive Director in May of this year. In addition to her six years of hands on experience in Jackson, she worked with the National Forest Service for five years and earned a B.S. degree in National Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Maine, Orono. She recently obtained medical certification through, and became a member of, the prestigious National Ski Patrol system (NSP). Through her efforts, the Jackson Ski Touring Center is now the first standalone NSP certified cross country center in the state of New Hampshire. She is also the top candidate to become the NH Regional Nordic Advisor for the National Ski Patrol System.
“I look forward to making my mark in the industry,” said Torrey. “I am grateful for the tremendous work of past directors and am committed to maintaining the high standards set by them. I am also looking forward to continuing our tradition of attracting families and elite athletes alike to the Jackson Ski Touring Center.”
In addition to Torrey’s appointment, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is excited to announce new appointments in the Foundation’s leadership.
Dave Kinsman was hired as Transition Coordinator to assist with the leadership transition between Torrey and Perkins. Kinsman, founder of Downeast Bicycle Specialists, had worked for the last 10 years as Rental Shop Manager at Jackson Ski Touring. The Rental Shop will now be managed by Mardi Freeman.
Raetha Stoddard, who has been with Jackson Ski Touring for the last four years in the role of office manager, has been promoted to Director of Public Relations. Stoddard has experience in the areas community outreach, event planning, fundraising and business partnership programming from her background as co-founder of the Ossipee Valley Music Festival and the Drylongso Coffeehouse Music Series.
Yet another familiar face will be assuming a new title. Andy Inkell, who has been in charge of grooming for nearly 20 years, has been named Head of Field Operations. Inkell was chosen based on his expertise in exceptional trail grooming and decades of dedication to the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.
“The future of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is in very capable hands. We are extremely fortunate to have such highly qualified, energetic and experienced individuals in our leadership positions,” said Kevin Killourie, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Board President. “Each of these individuals has a true passion for the outdoors, our organization and the local community. Look for great things to happen at Jackson Ski Touring this season and beyond. Our future is very bright.”
The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming Village of Jackson, NH. The “Foundation” maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails. The Foundation operates under a Special-Use Permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 75 private landowners, and the Village of Jackson. More information about the Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at www.jacksonxc.org.