Ben Ayers – Co-Chair
Ben Ayers serves as Co-Chair for the MOWC and works extensively on helping develop the working foundation for the nonprofit and supporting fundraising.
Ben has founded and successfully directed two international non-profit organizations focused upon improving the quality of life for remote communities in Nepal. He is also a documentary filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer.
Ben received his bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Bates College. In addition to his work in Nepal, Ben has been an active community member within Androscoggin county, working on sustainable forestry.
Sam Varney – Co-Chair/Treasurer
Samantha Varney is a Leavitt Nordic skiing alum where she raced competitively throughout high school. Samantha has several years of experience with marketing and development for nonprofits and will be managing the reporting, finances, and supporting the day to day activities at the MOWC.
Samantha currently works as a digital marketing specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she supports several teams on program development and go-to-market strategies.
Samantha Varney received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Maine at Orono, and is currently working towards her MBA at Boston University’s Questrom School.
Dustin Williamson – Vice-Chair/Trails Officer
Dustin Williamson is a French/Spanish language acquisition facilitator at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine, and also the head coach of the schools Nordic skiing team. Dustin is an active member of the New England Nordic skiing community and has several years working with nonprofit groups on development, fundraising, and management. He is a US Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Technical Delegate and a USATF Master Official.
Thomas Rabon – Trails Officer
Thomas Rabon oversees the development and use of the MOWC facilities and trails by engaging with and mobilizing local volunteers and contractors. He was a competitive Nordic skier throughout high school and college where he raced throughout the U.S and internationally.
Thomas works with Concord Trust Company, LLC (CTC) in Bedford, NH. He worked out of CTC’s western office in the Black Hills of South Dakota for two years after graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics. While in South Dakota he was a member of the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club, where he regularly volunteered his time for trail development and ski instruction.
Justin Fereshetian – Logistics & Development Officer
Justin Fereshetian oversees the development of facility logistics for the MOWC and is the point of contact for further development on large scale projects.
Justin currently serves as the program director and ski coach for Quarry Road Trails and has previously worked at the Outdoor Sport Institute in Caribou as the Nordic development director/head coach and initiative coordinator.
Fereshetian received a degree in physical education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and has more than two decades of experience in skiing. He has trained 16 athletes to qualify for the New England Junior National Team.
Natasha Varney – Secretary
Natasha Varney manages daily correspondence, official mailings, incoming donations, and is our community contact individual.
She spent the last ten years managing startup & established businesses throughout New England with a focus in health and education.
Natasha is the assistant Nordic Ski coach at Leavitt Area High School and holds several certifications in groups fitness, personal training, yoga instruction, nutrition, and is currently working toward her RDN credentials.
She spent her undergraduate years coaching Nordic skiing for elementary and middle school-aged students and taught group fitness classes at the YMCA of Cape Cod.