Board Of Directors
Board President, Matthew H Smith is a retired small business owner. He ran the commercial temperature controls division of a contracting company serving eastern upstate New York. The company was sold in 2011. At that point it was doing $6 million in annual revenue, had approximately 30 employees, and 15 company vehicles. During his tenure Matt supervised the installation of $17 million dollars in temperature controls projects with the vast majority of installations performed by company employees versus sub-contractors. He acquired skills in estimating, logistics, project management, and post construction analysis. In 2016 he became the Executive Director of the White Mountain Trail Collective and remained in that role until the end of 2018. He is now president of the board for the WMTC. He was a New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA) member from 2009 to 2018 and still philosophically supports that organization's mission. He has attended NEMBA trail work training and has worked on trail weekend projects at Highland Mountain Bike Park, NEMBA trails in Charlemont, MA, and Maine Huts and Trails in the Carrabassett Region of Maine. He has also worked with AMC’s Camp Dodge during volunteer days.
Treasurer of the Board Michael Stonebraker has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than forty years. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. More recently at M.I.T. he was a co-architect of the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. Presently he serves as Chief Technology Officer of Paradigm4 and Tamr, Inc.
He is also an avid hiker and has hiked all the 4000 footers in the White Mountains.
Board Officer, Paul Cunha is the Vice President of Operations for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Starting with the AMC in 1981, Paul has held various positions including White Mountain Trails Operations Manager in the mid-90’s and is currently responsible for Trails, Shelters, Camp Dodge, Lodging Destinations, Capital projects, Operational Support (Reservations, Sales, Merchandising, Fleet, Maintenance, Purchasing and Logistics) and IT. His office is located at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and he manages operations throughout the AMC region from the Delaware Water Gap in NJ to Mount Desert Island in ME.
Paul and his wife Carol live in Jefferson, NH and enjoy hiking, world travel and gardening.
Board Officer, Paul Gannon, New England Experiences Manager at REI
Oversee the region's experiential programs and guide teams, training, risk management, and programming budgets, as well as REI’s local partnerships with land managers and community organizations. Work closely with REI's retail leaders and teams to align and build compelling experiences for REI members and customers. Paul also enjoys many outdoor recreation activities and tries to get outside as much as possible!
Board Officer, Rachelle Lyons - Rachelle is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Plymouth State University. Rachelle has a passion for environmental sustainability and is an outdoor enthusiast. Professor Lyons is currently doing research on food systems and freshwater resources. She said “a lot of people don’t make connections between food systems and stream stewardship”. She says a lot of her research connects because “food production, agriculture, is the number one user of freshwater resources and the number one polluter of fresh water”. Rachelle is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing and mountain biking!
Melanie Luce, Executive Director - Melanie has over 10 years of experience managing small businesses. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Recently Melanie was the CEO of Prema Web Design and Consulting where she worked with nonprofits assisting with website design, marketing and business consulting. Prior to being the Executive Director for the White Mountain Trail Collective she worked with the Collective designing their website, as well as working as their marketing coordinator. She has also worked with the Data Systems Group at MIT designing websites for their group and research.
Melanie enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing as well as mountain biking. She lives in New Hampton, NH with her husband and their 2 dogs.
Project Manager, Yohann Hanley - Yohann is an AMC Professional Trail Crew alumni (2004-2006) and the co-founder of the Ragged Mountain Foundation’s Conservation Crew (2013-16) in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional career in education, both in classrooms and the outdoors. An avid climber and hiker, he believes that the outdoors can and should be accessible to all people.
Assistant Project Manager, Ally Scholtz - Ally Scholtz is an arborist, snowmaker, trail builder and lover of outdoor adventure, esspecally in the White Mountains. Before joining the White Mountain Trail Collective, she worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club professional trail crews both in the Maine woods and New Hampshire for a total of 6 seasons, leading the Maine woods crew for 2. She also worked a fall trail crew season with the Forest Service out of the Androscoggin district. She believes in the importance of outdoor adventure opportunities for all, and her mission is to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone by being a passionate and hard working trail worker, educating about the trails, and being an advocate for the trails and crews that maintain them.