The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum has welcomed four new members to its board of directors as the institution charts a course for its second decade in its iconic Stowe location. The museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving and celebrating the history of skiing and snowboarding in Vermont. It also features an educational outreach program for schools and the media. Joining the board are Denise Cushwa, Rick Hamlin, Greg Morrill and Lance Violette.
"With a great diversity of skills, knowledge and residency throughout Vermont, these new board members will assist us in broadening the reach and impact of the museum," said Tom Sequist, who chairs the Board of Directors. "We've accomplished much in our first 10 years in Stowe, but we have ambitious goals and welcome their energy and dedication as we move ahead."
Cushwa is a Stowe resident who assisted with the museum's initial capital campaign in 2000 and has remained actively involved with the organization's Membership Committee. Hamlin is from Essex Junction and was introduced to the museum in 2006 when as a long-time Smuggler's Notch skier he assisted in establishing the resort's 50th anniversary exhibit at the museum. He also serves as Historian for the National Ski Patrol. Morrill, a retired St. Michael's College professor and IBM executive, authors a ski history column for the Stowe Reporter. Violette, also from Stowe, designed the logo for the museum's 2008 Stowe Mountain Film Festival and began working with the museum Marketing Committee a year later to initiate rebranding to include snowboarding as part of the museum name. He designed the new logo and received the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award.
They join existing board members Rob Apple, Ken Biedermann, Foster Chandler, Paul Graves, Bill Henne, Bud Keene, Brian Lindner, Molly Mahar, Bill McCollom, Jann Perkins, Parker Riehle, Shawn Sullivan, Steve Wright, Sam von Trapp and Sequist.
In addition to its curatorial and educational role, the museum houses the Vermont Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame which each year inducts members who have contributed to the foundation and growth of skiing and snowboarding in Vermont.