BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Interested in joining the Board?
We are always looking for new women to serve on our Board of Directors.
Terms are for 3 years.
Paris Horan, Board President,
I learned about Women Outdoors on Meetup, and joined in 2018 in order to attend The Gathering that year. After meeting so many women with a similar love for the enjoyment and conservation of the natural world, and developing several close friendships, I joined the board in 2019. I’m a semi-retired physician who enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, and any outdoor activity where wildlife can be frequently seen. (Pickleball would be cool, too…)
Kris Mujica, Board Treasurer, Finger Lakes
Kris currently lives in Addison, NY but lived in Delaware for 30 years after college. After moving back home to help her elderly mother, Kris found out about Women Outdoors at a Finger Lakes Trails Festival. She has been a member for three years and joined the Board about two years ago. Having grown up on a beef cattle farm, she loves the outdoors. The demands of maintaining her family's 60 acres limits her time for hiking and kayaking. But, whatever she is doing you can be sure her lab, Ruby, is by her side!
Bonna Wieler, Board Secretary, NH/VT
Bonna has been part of the board for oodles of years, having found Women Outdoors while searching for women playmates to kayak with. Finding the group cooperative and inspiring, she joined the board to fill a niche. As Secretary, she takes minutes at meetings and posts them once they have been reviewed by the board members, and sends out a To-Do list to board members via email after each meeting.
Directors at Large
Mary Charney, Membership Coordinator, Finger Lakes
Happily retired and interested in all types of outdoor pursuits including nature study, hiking, kayaking, birding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, nature photography and exploring the country in my RV with my cat Ginger as co-pilot.
Thanks to a friend and to Meetup, I discovered Women Outdoors in the Fall of 2014, participated in a couple of events and then joined Women Outdoors in Jan 2015 in the Finger Lakes NY Region.
I have planned and lead a few trips and then became a member of the board in 2018 and assigned as Membership Coordinator in 2019 and Gathering Committee Co-Chair for our 40th Gathering in 2019.
I find it both meaningful and rewarding volunteering my time to work with others on the board to help guide our organization in fulfilling our mission of promoting friendship, adventure, and leadership skills for women in the great outdoors.
Margaret Crowley, Finger Lakes
I learned about Women Outdoors at a local outdoor expo and joined shortly after I joined the BOD in 2021. Over more recent years as family responsibilities have decreased, I have been able to devote more time to: hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, birding, biking and kayaking. I have truly enjoyed meeting new friends and learning about nature & conservation and what we each can do to take better care of mother earth. I enjoy leading hikes and showing participants interesting features. We are fortunate to have such wonderful and diverse parks and great people with whom to explore.
Sandy Green, Western MA
Sandy discovered Women Outdoors in 2008. Her first trip was a kayaking trip in Essex, MA with Lisa Vaas. She joined the board in 2021. Sandy enjoys sea and fresh water kayaking, four season hiking, biking, and swimming. She has hiked several of the 4000’ers in New England and paddled in several areas off the coast of Maine. She has also backpacked in the Western Brooks Range, AK in the Arctic Circle and has kayaked and camped in Glacier Bay, AK. Sandy lives in central Massachusetts with her spouse, cat, and three dogs.
Randi Lynn Quackenbush,
Randi joined the WO Board in 2021. She loves hiking, backpacking, paddling, skiing, and camping in all seasons, and she travels to the mountains at every opportunity - she recently became an ADK 46er. After attending a few Becoming an Outdoors Woman events in NY and VT, Randi sought out women-specific outdoor opportunities and found Women Outdoors. As a newer Board member and resident millennial, Randi has been helping plan events and provide technical support. She lives in Trumansburg, NY with her husband and dog Luna.
Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Eastern Mass
Before moving to Somerville, MA, Jehanne-Marie was a San Francisco, Bay Area resident. For several years, she explored the West Coast in her VW van while assembling a collection of extraordinary memories. She has vivid recollections of hiking in National Parks, walking on deserted beaches, or gazing at pristine lakes while backpacking in the magnificent Sierra Mountains with her friend Merri.
Currently, Jehanne-Marie enjoys all the outdoors opportunities that New England has to offer. She loves bicycling, hiking, contemplating autumn’s mist and foliage, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, swimming, and most of all camping! Caring for, and respecting the environment has become one of her top priorities. She strongly believes that we need to question the powers that be and find ways to live more sustainably. She is an advocate for natural medicine and practices herbalism. A member of a Somerville community garden, she grows most of her vegetables and medicinal herbs. As a new WO’s Board member, she looks forward to serving in an organization that empowers women.
Shelly Rafferty, Finger Lakes
Shelly is a writer, editor, and lesbian advocate. By some estimates, she’s spent more than 1,000 nights in a sleeping bag under the stars in places as diverse as Perce Rock, (Canada), Robbers’ Cave in Oklahoma, and throughout the Finger Lakes. A new Board member, Shelly expects to play a pivotal role in designing communications and building WO’s membership in western New York State.
Board Members Emeritae
Lisa Vaas, Board President Emerita, Eastern MA
Lisa, who lives in Boston, went online to find people to kayak with, found and joined Women Outdoors around about 2001, joined the board a few years after, and took on the job of president. As President for 9 years, her duties fluctuated with the demands of her day job. Currently, she’s running the board’s monthly meetings, is on the committee that organizes the Gathering, and also helps to organize our popular ski weekend in Craftsbury, VT. She also answers, or redirects, email that comes into the organization’s “info” email account. Her favorite outdoor activity is kayaking. She likes x-country skiing and sometimes hikes, only because that’s what the cool kids do. She wants to learn pickleball and to take kayaking training somewhere warm!
Anna DeSousa, Board Treasurer Emerita, Finger Lakes