Board of Directors
Samantha Varney currently serves as chair for the MOWC managing the overall operations and development efforts and supporting the finances, and day-to-day activities at the MOWC. She is also a Leavitt Nordic skiing alum where she raced competitively throughout high school and grew up in Turner, ME.
Samantha currently works as a digital marketing manager at Amazon Web Services where she supports several teams on program development and go-to-market strategies. She 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 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.
Treasurer & Development Officer
Thomas Rabon oversees the finances for the MOWC and supports the development efforts of the board through grant writing, outreach, and project budget analysis. 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.
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 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.
Updates from the Board
2021 Winter Wrap Up
The freshly groomed trails back in February. With spring temperatures and a warmer sun, the 2021 Winter Nordic season is wrapping up. And it was one to remember. Our first winter with groomed public Nordic ski trails and we held our very first Nordic high school ski...
2020 Review and Future Outlook for the Center
As this challenging year draws to a close, we have learned a lot about both the importance of community and having a place where we can safely gather and recreate. In the 18 months since we officially founded The Maine Outdoor Wellness Center in memory of Roy...
Q3 | September 2020 Update
Dear Friends, I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. It has been a very hectic start to 2020 so we do apologize for the delay in writing you this letter. Over these past months, we have received encouraging messages from the community, expressing...
Ben Ayers served as Co-Chair for the MOWC for two years, August 2019 – August 2021. Hed worked 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.