The Ascutney Outdoors executive committee ARE working tirelessly on their vision for A NEW ERA OF recreation and conservation at Mt Ascutney. We welcome you to Meet the team below.
Sofia Bertocci grew up participating in outdoor activities in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, which gave her a strong appreciation of the outdoors and the beauty of the natural world. Sofia started cross country skiing in Western Massachusetts as a child, and her enjoyment and success in the sport led her to coach at high school level, and is currently involved with the middle school alpine ski program at Black River.
She is currently the Director of Counseling at Black River Middle and High School in Ludlow, VT, having a M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has experience teaching abroad as well as with outdoor education and adventure-based therapy. Prior to moving to Vermont, Sofia worked as a hiking and whitewater canoe guide in Montana. She and her husband Bob moved to Brownsville in 2004 and have an 8 year old daughter.
As an Ascutney Outdoors board member and avid cyclist, Sofia will work to enhance the fantastic outdoor opportunities the mountain offers, and to preserve the natural beauty of the environment.
Rob and his family learned to ski at Mt. Ascutney after an introduction by a family friend in the 1980’s. They fell in love with the area and bought a home in West Windsor in 1991, establishing permanent residence here in 1998.
Rob spent 35 years as the principle of a Boston based turn around management consulting firm and is now a partner of a private equity firm. Rob and his wife, Joan, have been married for 45 years. They have two sons, Robbie and Ian, and one granddaughter.
Chairman, Development & Fundraising
While Steve learned to ski on a rope tow in Indiana, he taught his three sons to ski on Mt Ascutney during visits to their grandparents home in West Windsor. A family rite of passage was to hike up the Windsor Trail at age 5! Steve and his wife, Ashley, recently built their own home with a view of the mountain where they now live full time.
Steve serves as a senior adviser to a private equity firm in Stamford, CT where he spent his career investing in industrial manufacturing and service business. He has served on numerous public and private boards with an emphasis on business strategy and development.
All of the family enjoy skiing and snow shoeing during the winter, biking, year around hiking with the dogs and, for Ashley, her horse Hamlet.
Marketing & Communications
Felicity Knight was born in Melbourne, Australia and was raised in a small but beautiful semi rural town. She has fond memories of exploring the vast landscapes of Australia on annual family holidays and camping trips, which initiated her passion for natural landscapes and the amazing details within them.
On a mission to experience a 'Northern Hemisphere Winter' Felicity landed at Ascutney Mountain Resort in her early 20's, working for a season there before traveling more extensively throughout the United States. It was while lift-attending and ski-instructing at Ascutney that she met her now-husband. They have made their home together in the hills of West Windsor, and have many fond memories of outdoor adventures together on 'the mountain'.
Felicity has a background in sales & customer service, picture-framing & photo-finishing. She is an active volunteer for the VT50, and enjoys hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. If you know Felicity, you know that her camera is never far from her reach, as she is always in pursuit of the next perfect image.
Marty is a Connecticut native who retired to Vermont in 2007 after a 35-year career in Economic Development. She worked at local and state levels before co-founding the State's first non-profit economic-development marketing and research organization, which she led for 12 years as CEO. Her love of horses drew her to the West-Windsor area due to its proximity to the Green Mountain Horse Association. In 2009, she was appointed GMHA's executive director, a position she held for four years. During her tenure, she helped GMHA get back on its feet after being devastated by Hurricane Irene; she also managed a major investment to improve the organization’s cross country course.
During these years, Marty also established Cowshed Cabin Farm, a horse and rider vacation business, at her property on Cowshed Trail, which is now in its 11th year of operation.
She has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Joining the Ascutney Outdoors board in the spring of 2017, Marty shares the group’s excitement about AO’s potential to drive economic growth in West Windsor, and across the region through the work of the board and its many supporters.
STAB & Trail Representative
Jim Lyall is the designer of Ascutney’s Mountain Bike Trail Network and co-founder of Sports Trails of Ascutney Basin. Jim fell in love with the area when he was attending Dartmouth College then moved to Brownsville with his wife Carol in 1977 where they raised two daughters, McKay and Jenna.
Before retiring himself and his business, Jim spent 35 years as a design partner for a local residential design and building company. Now crafting in a new way, Jim has carefully constructed over 50 miles of biking trails, all which meet sustainable standards according to the International Mtn. Bike Association. Involved with everything community, Jim has served on West Windsor’s Planning Commission, Conservation Commission and most recently as the trail rep and secretary for the Town Forest Committee.
Jim is an ardent mountain biker and zealous telemark and back-country skier, not to mention a well-known humorist, mapmaker, and B movie maker. Jim is the mastermind behind the poetic verses touting the Tuesday Night Rides and when he’s at the helm of a ride or ski you are certain to be in for an unforgettable and amusing adventure.
Secretary, Mount Ascutney Property Owner's Association Representative
Brian Quirk is president of Mt. Ascutney Property Owner’s Association and serves on the Mountain Edge Condominium Association Board of Directors. He and wife Linda have been part of Brownsville and the Mt. Ascutney community for over 25 years. Their children “grew up” on the mountain, sons Brian and Duncan skiing for the Mt. Ascutney Race Team, and daughter Kimberly a Young Olympians instructor at the former Mt. Ascutney Ski School.
Brian and Linda currently live in West Hartford, Ct. where he works for Apex Tool Group and has responsibility for taking product from concept to actuality. Both dream of living in Brownsville full time and, when not enthusiastically cheering at college football games, find every excuse possible to spend time at their home on Mt. Ascutney. Brian and Linda cannot wait to see their grandchildren learn to ski on our great mountain!
At his core, Brian loves to mentor and provide positive, fun experiences for kids. He served as President of the Ascutney Ski team Parent Advisory Board from 1994 – 2001 and as co-President of the U.S. Naval Academy of Parents Club of Connecticut from 2005 -2006.
Town Representative, Operations
Glenn and his wife Shelley are native Vermonters and have been residents on the mountain since they were married in 1978 building a home on Mountainside Drive.
Glenn has a background in the ski industry, working at Ascutney Mountain in various capacities under multiple owners for 18 years, ending his ski industry career as operations and facilities director in 1985. He then started a site work business, Farrell-Seward Incorporated, with long-time friend Jim Farrell which he retired from in 2005 to pursue his passion full-time for sports car racing on an amateur and professional level until 2011. Glenn has been very involved in the West Windsor community serving as prior Chairman of the Planning Commission and the Development Review Board. More recently he served as chair of the Select Board during the acquisition and conservation of the ski area property.
Conservation & Education
Laura S. first knew she would live in Vermont when she began skiing in the Green Mountains in 2nd grade. Staring out the window of the family’s station wagon, Laura yearned to jump out of the car and climb to the top of every peak. She finally made the leap and moved from the small town of Killingworth, Ct. to West Windsor in 1990.
Curious about the natural world, Laura has been a member of the W.W. Conservation Commission since 2010 and has been involved with the Upper Valley Land Trust for over ten years. In 2013, she volunteered for the W.W. Town Forest Committee and served as chair in 2015. A fervid athlete, Laura has been actively involved with the Vt. 50 and Vt. 100 since 1995, including serving several years on the race committee.
When not working at the Post Office, Laura can be found running and hiking on Ascutney, attending conservation management conferences, cross country skiing under the full moon, backpacking in the Sierras or working on her first novel. Laura is known for her extensive knowledge and deep care of the Town Forest land and has a son, Jordan. She recently completed a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College.
Ann Ackley - West Windsor resident
Ted Siegler - Town of West Windsor representative
Michael Bell - STAB representative, Activities Committee
Chris Callahan - Legal advisor
Laura Farrell - Ski programs
Erin Kershaw - Holiday Inn Club Vacations Mount Ascutney Resort Representative, Events Committee
Deb Shearer - Events and Activities