Meet the Tin Mountain Staff:

Lori Jean Kinsey
Executive Director

Lori has worked at Tin Mountain since 1986 and has developed many of the programs currently in place in the schools of the Mt. Washington Valley and Western Maine. She loves to teach and never tires of catching frogs, hiking above tree line, snowshoeing, or working with children, campers, and families. She was recognized with LL Bean’s first “Outdoor Hero” award in 2008. Her special interest areas include wetlands, wildflowers and alpine ecology.

Education: BS, Pennsylvania State University; MST, Antioch New England Graduate School

Sara Cahn
Middle & High School Teacher/ Naturalist

Sara has worked in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park as a wildlife guide and for the Oregon Department of Forestry. She has lived in multiple states and has a passion for tracking animals and patterns in nature. She has worked as an educator in various schools since 2005, serving as the Director of Environmental Education for a Montessori school in New Mexico. She founded Mountain High Fly, White Mountain National Forest’s premier fly fishing shop in Lincoln, New Hampshire. On her time off, she enjoys fly fishing, bike-packing in Mexico and Latin America, and is a muralist.

Education: M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Graduate 2025) M.S. Natural Science Education, University of Wyoming, 2015 Certificate in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Science, 2010, Teton Science Schools B.A. Theater Arts, Humboldt State University, 2002

Nelson Cormier
Facilities Manager

Nelson has many years of experience in taking care of all sorts of buildings, dams, machines, and trails. He’s the perfect person to maintain our solar powered electric, and thermal heating systems, maintain our many miles of trails and woodlands, and an ace carpenter as can be seen by the many nest boxes he has recently built. In all seasons he keeps Tin Mountain safe and clean! Nelson’s other interests include, kayaking, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, and anything outdoors!

Linda Cryan
Business Manager

Linda brings extensive business management experience to Tin Mountain including accounting and human resource positions in high tech and nonprofit organizations.  She most recently worked for an outsourced bookkeeping and controller firm providing cloud-based remote accounting support to a diverse variety of businesses where she honed her technical skills.  Linda fills her free time with flower gardening, preserving the family harvest, reading and collecting books, skiing and pottery.  She is obsessed with butterflies and all 4 legged creatures including her Nigerian Dwarf goats and American Guinea Hogs.  Linda loves to travel, visit gardens and zoos, and collect arts and crafts.

Education: BS in Management, Accounting concentration, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Phaedra Demers
Education Director

Phaedra grew up in a small town in central Vermont where a love of the outdoors and nature was instilled in her at an early age. Frog catching and bird watching as a kid naturally translated into a degree in biology and environmental studies, which then led to work on conservation projects of various bird species throughout the US. Through a twist of fate, one of the conservation jobs involved leading environmental education programs, and she has been hooked since teaching at different environmental education and nature centers in Colorado, Wisconsi, Michigan, upstate New York, New Jersey and now at Tin Mountain in New Hampshire. Phaedra fills her free time with hiking, telemark ski-ing, knitting, and general goofiness and tomfoolery with her husband and two sons.

Education: BS in Biology and Environmental Studies, St. Lawrence University

Mike Dufilho
High School Programs Manager

Mike grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he fostered a love for chile relleno and the Spurs.  After attending college in New Orleans, Louisiana, he has worked for environmental education schools from Saco Bay to Neah Bay and the Transverse Range to the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.  He enjoys exploring the lesser traveled paths of the White Mountain National Forest with his wife, two daughters and son.

Education: BA in English Literature, Loyola University, New Orleans; Masters in Environmental Education, California State University, San Bernadino

Nora Dufilho
Program Director

Nora attributes her love for the outdoors and passion for protecting it splitting her childhood between the coast of Maine and its western mountains. Combining her love for exploration and desire to share her enthusiasm with others, she taught environmental education as far as way as Belize and Washington State. Nora’s ties to Northern New England drew her back to New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Tin Mountain. Nora likes to spend her free time snowshoeing, exploring above tree line, and stoking the wood stove. Special interests include wetlands, alpine vegetation, and, of course, seagrass.

Education: BA in Biological Sciences, Smith College; MS in Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire

Kat Ferguson
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

Kat brings fourteen years of experience as an adventure educator to her role at Tin Mountain. She has worked in many programs with children incorporating her training as a wilderness leader. She helped start an outdoor magazine, Wild Northeast, and assists with sales and management. Kat juggles her time as Membership / Volunteer and Outreach with leading afterschool programs, being a counselor at summer camp and filling in for other programs. Her interests include rock climbing, canoeing, compass and map navigation.

Education: Outdoor Leadership Program, Greenfield Community College

Dexter Harding

Dexter always wanted to be a Tin Mountain Teacher / Naturalist! He taught for eighteen years at the Jackson Grammar School and now gets to combine his love of teaching, passion for natural history, and a sprinkling of music into his daily work. He was in the Peace Corps in Bolivia for several years, and was the Board Secretary for the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, now he’s on the Tamworth school board. During his free time you might find him exploring the woods, marshes and mountains, or making music in various local groups. He’s also fluent in Spanish. Recently his nature passion runs to dragonflies, moths and caterpillars.

Education: BS, Biology / Environmental Science, Colby College; Masters of Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine

Erin Holmes
Hillclimb Coordinator

Erin joined Tin Mountain in late 2021 as the new event coordinator for the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.  She brings to the position years of experience racing gravel, road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes and serving as the Race Director for one of the largest New England grassroots cyclocross races.  Her passion is to create events that bring people together, whether they are racing for glory or challenging themselves to see if they can do it.   When she’s not planning the Hillclimb, she’s a Professional Engineer working full-time for the State of New Hampshire who loves to bike, trail run, hike, and telemark ski with her family.

Katy Lewis
Research Manager

Katy comes to Tin Mountain with a strong background in wildlife ecology research. She is an avid birder, and has extensive experience working with wildlife from white tailed deer to waterfowl and sparrows. Her interests include: birding, running, hiking and swimming.

Education: BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Delaware, MST Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, West Virginia University

Matt Maloney

Matt loves the inherent curiosity that children have for the natural world. He enjoys encouraging them while teaching. He grew up in nearby Connecticut and spent much of his youth visiting the Mt. Washington area. He has worked teach-ing environmental education programs in the Catskill Forest Preserve, for the Adirondack Mountain Club in Lake Placid, NY, and for the Appalachian Mountain Club as Mountain Classroom Instructor. He also through-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2011, and worked in Ecuador at Jatan Sacha Biological Station. He is an avid birder, skier and paddler.

Education: BA in Communications, University of Connecticut; Masters in Environmental Studies, Antioch College

Heather McKendry
Outreach Coordinator

Heather joins Tin Mountain, bringing years of experience as an outdoor educator, enthusiast and explorer. The White Mountains captured her heart at a very young age and, at the first opportunity, she made the Mount Washington Valley home. Heather guided trips and canopy tours, built challenge courses, directed outdoor programs, became an NH Audubon steward, serves on town and non-profit boards, and is an active member of the community. Her interests vary from hiking, skiing, cycling and running, to architecture, area history and photography. Always eager to learn and share, Heather’s position at Tin Mountain is the perfect fit.

Education: BA Outdoor Education/Behavioral Psychology, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Rick Van de Poll
Interim Research Director

Dr. Van de Poll joined the Research Team at TMCC in 2019 taking on the task of overseeing all of the current projects including the avian and forestry studies, and trout habitat improvement project. He is the principal of Ecosystems Management Consultants, where he spends most of his time doing ecological inventories and environmental reviews. His background also includes being on the faculty of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch New England Graduate School, and an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire. His interests include mushrooming, finding rare species, conserving old growth forests, and swimming in Squam Lake.

Education: BA Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, MST Antioch New England Graduate School, and a Ph.D. The Union Institute Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dawson Winch
Communication & Marketing Director

Dawson relocated to New Hampshire from Delaware in the fall of 2019 to take on the role of marketing, communications, and PR from Tin Mountain. Dawson’s appreciation for the White Mountains and the Mt. Washington Valley began with the AMC having worked at Pinkham Notch Camp and several of the huts. Prior to joining Tin Mountain, she worked in global marketing, communications, branding and PR at DuPont and Agilent. Prior to receiving her MBA, Dawson taught at both the high school and college levels, developed programs for the Girl Scouts in Boston and worked in publishing at both Backpacker and Walking magazines. She enjoys traveling globally most recently in India and Bali. She has trekked in Nepal, Africa and Scotland. Dawson is a graduate of NOLS Outdoor Educators Course and Outward Bound in Loch Eil, Scotland.

Education: BS Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management, Colorado State University; M. Ed. Boston University, M.B.A. Temple University, MNRM, Natural Resource Management and Global Sustainability, Virginia Tech University.

Dan Stepanauskas
TMCC Consulting Forester

Dan became Tin Mountain’s forester in 2017.  He has run a consulting forestry firm for over 35 years in NH, serving families, land trusts, corporations, and municipalities.   He serves on the Board of Directors and Land Committee for the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.  He has worked for Scientific Certification Systems on Forest Stewardship Council certification of well-managed forests throughout North America.  Dan enjoys fishing for brook trout, vegetable gardening, wilderness canoeing, and playing guitar.

But the staff is only part of the folks that make Tin Mountain so great.

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