CEO & Founder
Nini Meyer grew up in Lyme, NH, as a competitive equestrian and returned to New England in 1999 to raise a family of two boys. She attended Tufts University and C.U. Boulder, and holds a B.A. in theatre. She’s a starting line junky, endurance runner and cyclist, avid hiker, and very poor cook. Alongside her role as Founder and CEO of Positive Tracks, Nini currently serves as a Trustee of the Jane B. Cook Charitable Trusts; a member of Friends of CHaD Board; an Overseer of Hopkins Center For The Arts At Dartmouth; Community Engagement Director of the CHaD HERO Half Marathon, and Trustee of the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Wife, Mother, Philanthletics Passionista. Nothing Rivals The Power of Fun, Sweat, Gratitude.
Mary Margaret Sloan
Mary Margaret Sloan has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, including an extensive background in organizational development and project management. Before her current role at Positive Tracks, Mary Margaret was Executive Director of Vital Communities, a regional sustainability nonprofit in White River Junction, VT, and worked as the Northeast Regional Director and the Alumni Director at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in Charlestown, NH. Prior to that, Mary Margaret was president of a national nonprofit, American Hiking Society, in Silver Spring, MD, and began her career as a litigator in a general practice law firm in northern Virginia. Mary Margaret holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, a J.D. from Villanova University, and recently received her executive certificate in Sports Philanthropy. She lives on a farm in Vermont, at the site of the first ski rope tow in the country, with her author husband Howard Krum, mouser Lucky George (cat), and hiking companion Mola Mola (dog). She has summited Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro, but her heart is in the rocky, unforgiving trails of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Mary Margaret has served on numerous boards, including ReThink Health of the Upper Connecticut River Valley, Tanzania Education Fund, and Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition.
Me in 140 Characters or Less: Grateful To Live In A Place Most Just Dream Of Visiting; Happy When Cooking—Happier When Eating; Adventure And True Love Are What Life’s All About.
Communications & U23 Challenges Program Manager
Liz grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Liz was previously the Positive Tracks Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She was the Editor of Cardigan Mountain School’s Alumni Magazine and has worked at the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, Dartmouth Medical School and Random House in New York City. Liz’s volunteer leadership experience includes President of the Board at Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School in Hanover, NH, Chair of the Parents Association at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH and Co-Director of Ford Sayre Ski Club’s Alpine Racing Program. Liz works tirelessly to improve her tennis game and loves spending time with family and taking walks with her dog, Lula. She lives with her husband, Alex, and two sons at the Cardigan Mountain School where her husband is a teacher and coach.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Enthusiastic Giver; Southerner at Heart; Tennis Addict; Serial Volunteer (AKA Sucker); Loves Live Music; Collaborator; & Sparkplug.
Director of Partnerships
Liz Verney Kelsey grew up in the Peterborough NH area as a die hard athlete, outdoor enthusiast and artist. She moved to the Upper Valley in 2001 to raise a family of two girls. Liz attended Connnecticut College and holds a BA in Art, though college athletics were her true passion. She’s an avid runner, cyclist, hockey player, hiker and has no relationship with her couch. Liz most recently dedicated 7.5 years to the Upper Valley Haven as their Development & Communications Director until leaving to get married, move across the river and pursue her next big career adventure! Liz lives in Lyme with her husband, two girls and 12 miniature chickens.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Give Back & Get Going; Seriously?; Lover of All Creatures Mini; Athlete; Swedish Fish; Sailor; Closet Gardener & Interior Designer; Addicted to Waves, H2O & Sun; Mom!
Charity Partner Program & Events Manager
Emily Gardner grew up in beautiful Sharon, VT. She received a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Connecticut and is a graduate of The Second City Los Angeles. After working in the Hollywood entertainment industry, Emily returned home in 2011, and became the Events and Corporate Relations Manager and Local First Alliance Manager at Vital Communities in Vermont. Emily loves kickboxing, spinning, live theatre, and yard sales. She lives in Wilder, VT with her husband, daughter, and three deranged cats.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: I’m Local; Fake It Till You Make It; Know Yourself Above All Else; Believes In Fate, The Power Of Positive Energy, Campfires And Picnics; No Regrets; Bread And Cheese-aholic.
Byron Glaser is designer and illustrator of creativity-inspiring products and film, including the award-winning line of Zolo® toys and Curious Bonz™ and Higashi Glaser Design. He works in a variety of mediums including paint, collage, sculpture, film, and digital art. Byron, a native of Southern California, graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with Honors. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and also serves on the Empowerhouse Board in Fredericksburg, VA.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Resourceful; Design Police; Astral Projector; Street Smart; Half Full; Often Confuse Literally With Figuratively; Hard-Ass Softee.
Philanthropic & Legal Advisor
Gioia Perugini is Associate Director of Family Office and Philanthropy Services, at Hemenway & Barnes. Gioia works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic and client services. Her clients rely on her to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash or tangible assets and coordinate family meetings. Perugini is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and has recently been a Reviewer, Maine Environmental Funders Network Quality of Place grants initiative, National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation Boston grants, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund grants. Perugini also works with multiple generations of a family client group, consulting both on concierge client services and philanthropic advisory work for individual family members, trustees of family charitable trusts and on special projects such as joint family giving. Gioia is active in organizations and philanthropic networks across New England, as well as in the local Brookline Community, including most recently: Room to Grow-Boston, Maine Environmental Funders Network, Massachusetts Grantmakers in the Arts, Pierce School Parent Teacher Organization, and Brookline Community Foundation. Perugini earned her BA from Providence College and attended the Graduate Studies Program in Art History, Boston University.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: I Talk Way Too Fast And Am Apt To Break Into Song; Motivated, Passionate People Inspire Me; My Kids Teach Me Something New Every Day; Is There An App For That?
Edie Thys Morgan
Wordsmith & Blog Master
Noted author and mother of two aspiring ski racers, Edie was one of the top ski speed racers of her era. After her U.S. Ski Team career she married fellow racer Chan Morgan, and now lives in Etna, NH. Edie remains active in the sport as coach in the Ford Sayre club program and as a ski tester for SKI Magazine. A Squaw Valley native, Morgan was ranked in the top 10 in the world in downhill and super G, competed in two Olympics (1988, ’92) and three FIS World Championships (1987, ’89, ’91). She spent nine years as a leader on the U.S. Ski Team, retiring in 1993. As an athlete, Edie Thys gained popularity for telling the behind the scenes stories of athletes with her noteworthy Racer eX column in Ski Racing Magazine and later SKI. She joined the staff of SKI in 1995 as a senior editor in New York, later moving with the magazine to Boulder. Her work has also appeared in SI for Women, Brides, Diversions, Outside for Women and other magazines. She has also provided commentary on the sport for NBC, CNN SI, Today Show and others, and as a trustee to the USSA, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. On top of the messaging work she does for Positive Tracks, Edie also spearheads “Good Sweat”, the Get Active arm of Positive Tracks, with fellow Olympian, Doug Lewis.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Writer, Skier, Raiser Of Children; Cries Way Too Easily At The Good Stuff; Downhill Racer; Advocate Of Entertaining More & Fussing Less; Gladly Cooks; Reluctantly Cleans; Picnic Instigator.
Good Sweat Curriculum & Camp Development
Doug Lewis began bombing down Vermont’s mountains at age three and ski racing at age eight. He enrolled at the Green Mountain Valley School Ski Academy in 1978, and won his first title at the Junior Olympics in 1980. The following year, at age seventeen, he jumped to the international level and competed in his first World Cup at Aspen. He joined the USST in 1981 and competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Doug’s greatest moment came at the 1985 World Championships when he won the bronze medal in the Downhill. Doug also collected two U.S. National Downhill Championships in 1986 and 1987. During the winter season, Doug is a broadcast Analyst for NBC Universal Sports.
For the last 20+ years, Doug and his wife Kelley have run ELITEAM Conditioning Camps, aimed at developing healthy, confident, “complete athletes“, through a hands-on approach to educating young people. Doug began working with Positive Tracks in 2015 not only as an energized spokesperson at events, but also as our Good Sweat Camps and Curriculum guru. With Doug at the helm, Positive Tracks will pilot its first Good Sweat Camps in NH and MA delivering our six-part Good Sweat curriculum focused on learning the “why” and “how” of sweat-centric civic action through games, fitness and fun.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: On Rim Of The Grand Canyon With Goal Of Crossing It Twice; Nervous Energy; Team Behind Me; Smile On My Face, Unknown Outcome, Ready To JUMP!
Strategic Development Consultant & Grant-Writer
Sonja found her starting line at her local public library. Aged 14 or so, she checked out an anthology of memoirs by Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, and after reading about 2200 miles of blisters, rain, rattlesnakes, and Ramen noodles, well, what’s not to like? A reluctant athlete at best, Sonja reckoned that walking was about her speed. After all, compared to the mountains of Illinois, the 515,000-foot total elevation gain would be a cakewalk, right? Thirty years later, she whupped that trail but good. And if she could do that, you can too! Since then, she haunts the trails of the Shenandoah National Park, one mile from her home in Virginia. Former Executive Director of the Ragdale Foundation, an artist’s community, Sonja has been a trainer, coach, and consultant since 2001 in the fields of grant writing and organizational development for nonprofits in the arts, environment, and education. A dedicated polymath, Sonja is a lifelong naturalist and artist with degrees in French, fashion design, and painting. She is pictured working up a sweat at Gold’s Gym.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Team Brunette Know-It-All Who Is So Often, Um, Mistaken(!!); AKA Sirocco; AT Thru-Hiker; Book-A-Day Jock; Nosy Nomad; Paper Doll Memoirist; Seeker