White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation
Board of Directors
Beth Swartz - Local Educator & Skier
Beth Swartz is a local educator and snow enthusiast. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Kennett Middle School in Conway, where she also coaches field hockey. She previously taught in Massachusetts before coming to her senses and moving north. Her education background includes a BA from Colby College, MAT from Simmons College and MSEd from the University of New England. Beth also runs the ski and snowboard club at KMS in an effort to get kids outside and on the snow.
In the time between her teaching stints, Beth served as an Appalachian Mountain Club Hermit Lake Caretaker. She spent most of 2013- early 2015 calling Hermit Lake and Tuckerman Ravine her home and shredding nearly every ski line in the eastern ravines of Mt. Washington. When she wasn’t out skiing, she could often be found getting field time with the snow rangers as they made observations and performed stability tests. In addition to her vast knowledge of the backcountry of the White Mountains, her backcountry education and resume includes AIARE Level 2 Certification, EMT, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. While she no longer lives on Mt. Washington, she is still a resident of the Mt. Washington Valley and continues to ski every chance she gets, which includes skinning up something most days after school in the winter. Beth is really looking forward to combining her passions for education and snow science through developing curriculum with the WMAEF for local schools to use.
Blake Keogh - Outdoor Experience Coordinator
Blake Keogh is the Outdoor Experience Coordinator and a psychology teacher at the Waynflete School in Portland, ME. Additionally, he is an AIARE instructor and ski guide during the winter months.Blake is also one of the newest MWAEF board members. Over the past two years Blake finished his AIARE Level 2 and 3 courses, as well as ITC1 training. During that time, Blake also earned his MA from Prescott College after successfully completing a graduate thesis that examined preemptive decision-making among backcountry skiers. In his free time Blake continues to pursue his own ski mountaineering goals in New England and throughout the West, with a particular fondness for the PNW.”
Joe Klementovich - Photographer
Chris Joosen - USFS Safety Officer