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Interested in joining the Board?

We are always looking for new women to serve on our Board of Directors.

Terms are for 3 years.

If you would like to apply to serve as a Board of Director, please send an email to membership@womenoutdoors.org 

Officers

Margaret Crowley, Board  President, Finger Lakes

 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.


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.


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, 
Finger Lakes

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. 

Jennifer Hodges, from Western Mass

Jennifer grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area and she and her wife raised their two children there.  Shortly after their youngest was out of high school, they moved to Massachusetts (where her wife grew up) for the weather and outdoor opportunities.  For the first six years or so in Massachusetts, they lived in Newton, Concord, and Williamstown before settling in the Pioneer Valley (South Hadley) about a year ago and love the location.  Jennifer is an avid hiker and both she and her wife play competitive pickleball several times a week. 

Jennifer works in Human Resources for Commonwealth Care Alliance with responsibilities for compensation, benefits, occupational health, HR operations and payroll. She loves working and isn’t even thinking of retirement.  

Jennifer is excited by the opportunity to contribute to Women Outdoors through a potential Board role and looks forward to meeting members through participation in upcoming activities.

Jennifer MacKenzie, Connecticut

I grew up camping, hiking and fishing with my family in Maine and New Hampshire. I traveled across all of the US, raised three sons, and currently have seven grandsons and two granddaughters.

I live in Danbury CT near the New York border. I have been leading hikes for at least 25 years - all levels: simple walks on carriage roads, to scaling the rocks of Popolopen Torne or at Macedonia in Connecticut. Most of those hikes have been for The Hiking Group CT-NY. I enjoy fall and winter hiking the best. Basically I appreciate any opportunity if I was being outdoors and active

While I've completed the training to be an AMC leader, I have never organized a hike for them. I have completed their wilderness survival training twice as I think safety for all outdoor activities is important.

As the newly retired school teacher / librarian with time in my hands I'm looking forward to contributing my skills and abilities to the Women Outdoors organization.


Board of Directors News Blog


  • 15 Nov 2023 6:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Members of Women Outdoors! 

    It was nice meeting new friends and seeing old friends at The Gathering in August 2023. It was a great time where participants were able to select from new activities like a tubing trip, starting a night crawler (worm) farm or enjoying the night sights from a telescope, as well as offerings which have traditionally been available: songs around the campfire, paddling & paddling skill development, biking, hiking, birding, swimming, bike maintenance and repair, a wonderful talent show, silly skits, and more. Brava to Sandy Z, who organized registration, housing, food & schedule and to Becky F for managing the kitchen during the event; I think participants agree they both did an outstanding job on these large assignments and we appreciate their service. Thank you both! 

    If you are interested in helping plan The Gathering 2024, please email us at gathering@womenoutdoors.org

    The Board of Directors for Women Outdoors (WO) held our annual retreat October 27-29 and we were thrilled to welcome two new board members: Jennifer MacKenzie, Regional Contact for Connecticut, and Jennifer Hodges. The Board worked hard planning, elected officers, reviewed the annual budget and established champions for Board committees. The Board parted at the end of the retreat dedicated to two goals: welcoming & safety, with some exciting plans for the new year and beyond. 

    The Board continues to focus on providing a safe space for women to gather and enjoy the outdoors. That safety includes three areas: (1) WO is committed to providing a welcoming environment so that whether someone is an expert or newer to being outdoors, all feel welcome, accepted and appreciated,  (2) WO is committed to welcoming all women regardless of age, class, ethnicity, race, health, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, physical size, education level, job and function, equipment/newness of their gear, personality traits, and other differences, and (3) WO is committed to providing safety: meaning the leader has some knowledge and experience (although not necessarily an expert), and is able and prepared to help someone newer to the activity to participate safely which, based on the event and current conditions, might include postponing for a more opportune time.

    All positions in Women Outdoors are volunteer. Event leaders are volunteers and will continue to provide and have participants sign a release of liability for each event as is our current practice. Event leaders are the backbone of WO; if you are interested in becoming an event leader, please reach out to your Regional Contact (RCs and email address can be found on website).

    The board left the retreat re-committed to growing and diversifying WO. If you know a woman who might be interested in joining WO, please share the information; this has proven to be one of the best ways to grow any organization. As you probably know, WO has a policy that a woman can participate in 3 activities to “try out” WO prior to joining.

    We have a small but strong group working with Sandy Z on refreshing the WO website which Sandy Z lovingly created with help from others and has maintained for several years. Our Diversity Committee continues to meet monthly to discuss, research and plan. 

    Some members of WO participate only in local events while other members participate in events offered by different regions or “national” events. WO has two significant “national” events currently planned: Craftsbury and White Mountains 4 Day Getaway. And Women Outdoors Online Fun Times (WOOF) events will be starting soon! 

    Thank you for your trust and support. We look forward to an exciting new year in WO!

    Margaret

    Board 2021

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


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