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Crystal Canney –Executive Director

Crystal is the CEO of the Knight Canney Group which is the second small business she created. She is passionate about the state of Maine and its people and particularly about economic opportunity for all. She was an investigative reporter for 20 years and is a national award winning journalist. She has worked on numerous successful statewide referendum campaigns as well as campaigns that elected a Governor and Maine’s first Independent U.S. Senator. She has worked in state and federal government. Besides being passionate about the state she calls home she has an intense interest in the Middle East. She was part of a congressional delegation trip that led her to the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Her work at the University of New England as its communications director led her to UNE’s campus in Tangier, Morocco and the Tangier Global Forum where she arranged for Former Senator George Mitchell to speak about Prospects for Peace in the Middle East. Crystal holds a B.S. from Emerson college.

 

Wolfe Tone –Teasurer

Wolfe Tone was formerly the Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land. Wolfe’s professional carrier spans the spectrum of private, public, and non-profit sector experiences in water quality and watershed protection, land use planning, and conservation real estate – the thread always being a personal vision for a healthier, resilient environment and sustainable communities for future generations. He was with The Trust for Public Land for over 15 years, first starting as a project manager in Ohio. Wolfe joined the Maine office in 2004, and assumed the role of State Director in 2009. Wolfe is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned a Master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Today Wolfe combines extensive experience in conservation real estate with a passion and understanding of the value of connecting people with the land and experiencing our natural environment. No place is this connection more meaningful to him than Maine’s High Peaks. An avid skier and fisherman, Wolfe’s teenage twins have grown up skiing at Sugarloaf; his daughter is part of the Carrabassett Valley Academy family. Wolfe believes the splendor and opportunity of the Maine’s High Peaks are equal to anyplace in the world.

 

Board of Directors


Peter Stein –President

Peter Stein is a ski enthusiast matched by few. His happiest days are the coldest days on Saddleback Mountain where he can be found sliding through the glades. It was this passion and enthusiasm along with a deep desire to support the local community which has been the driving force behind the work to save and reopen Saddleback.

Peter has been skiing for more than 50 years and considers Saddleback Mountain, where he owns a condo, a temple of nature that should be preserved and experienced by passionate skiers, and particularly by local area residents who have grown up with the mountain. While simultaneously leading the Saddleback Mountain Foundation initiative, Peter owns and operates Scientific Solutions, Inc. (SSI). SSI’s work focuses on ocean acoustics and is a leader in developing innovative underwater surveillance systems to increase our nations security and protect marine mammals.

 

Carol Millhouse –Secretary

Carol Millhouse first developed a passion for Saddleback Mountain in 1993 when her daughter participated in a state-wide ski race at Saddleback. She and her family so enjoyed the skiing and experienced such a warm sense of welcome, the family returned to Saddleback from Aroostook County year after year. Since moving to Southern Maine in 1999, Carol served as Ski Doc for the Saddleback Ski Patrol in 2000, and as a Ski Instructor in the Ski

School in 2014-15. Her husband served many years on the Saddleback Volunteer Ski Patrol, and also as a Ski Instructor. Carol says that having skied numerous other mountains, her experience has been that there is no other mountain that provides the same joyful and friendly spirit as does Saddleback Mountain. When not skiing, Carol worked as an RN and as an FNP in hospitals and nursing education from 1972 – 1997, when she became a Family Nurse Practitioner working in Primary Care and College Health, where she continues to work per diem since retiring in 2014.

 

Vittorio Pareto –Member

Vittorio has been skiing at Saddleback since 2005, and has owned a condo on the mountain since 2007. His kids learned to ski at Saddleback, and both became ski instructors during their high school years. He is currently a Principal with Montferrat LLC, a proprietary trading firm. Prior to Montferrat, he served as Vice President of Operations for NiSource Retail Services Inc., a NiSource financial services affiliate he co-founded in 2003, until the business was sold to AGL Resources in 2013. Prior to NiSource, Vittorio was a Principal with Mercer Management Consulting and Gemini Consulting where he led teams in strategy development, change management, and process redesign. Vittorio holds an M.S. in the Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

 

Stephen Philbrick –Member

Steve has lived in the Franklin County region for the last 50 years and has more than 20 years work experience at Saddleback Mountain. He loves the outdoors and state of Maine which is what led him to be President of Philbrick Enterprises and owner of Bald Mountain Camps located in beautiful Oquossoc, Maine. His natural outdoor enthusiasm spans Maine’s four seasons – with snowmobiling in the winter and family sporting and fishing events in the warmer months.

In addition to his success as a business leader in the area, Steve has always given back to the local community. He was a founding member of the Rangeley Region Health Center Board 501c3.
He has been married for 32 years and is the father of two and grandfather of one.
Steve believes the future success of greater Franklin and Oxford County depends on supporting local businesses and providing reasons all year long to visit this special location in Maine.

 

Bill Richards –Member

Bill Richards brings years of experience with him to the field of education. He has worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, high school principal, associate commissioner adjunct professor, superintendent of schools and school board member. With all that experience, he brings a passion to skiing that is unmatched and he has chosen to give back to the community in this capacity. He was a certified Professional Ski instructor of America for 31 years. Bill and his wife Mary are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren and he has them on the slopes as often as he can.