Board of Directors

Justin Davis


Justin has been on the board since 2007. Since earning his MBA from the Foster School of Business at the UW he has been working as a project management consultant. Justin has been an avid free heel backcountry skier for the last 12 years and an avid climber for the last 25. He was inspired to join the board after participating in the body recovery of 3 missing snowboarders at Crystal Mountain.

Skip Swenson
Vice President


Board member since 2009, Skip is the Senior Managing Director in the Policy department at Forterra, a regional conservation, community-building, and stewardship organization.  He also volunteers as a glacier travel and crevasse rescue course instructor with the Mountaineers.  When he’s not working, reading, or tinkering, Skip can often be found backcountry skiing or otherwise wandering throughout the Cascades.

Lewis Turner


Lewis has been a board members since 1998.  He works in accounting and management, but is also an avid alpine climber, scrambler and snow-shoer.  He developed the Everett Mountaineers avalanche course, and taught avalanche, climbing and scrambling courses for The Mountaineers for 10 years.  He served on many Mountaineers committees and produced several scrambling, leadership and avalanche publications for the Everett branch. 

Rick Meade


Board member since 2014. Rick is currently the President of Nikwax North America and joins the board with over 20 years of experience in the Outdoor and Snowsports Industries—including 15 years in merchandising with REI. He earned a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and served 20 years of active and reserve duty with the Navy. Rick is an enthusiastic backcountry skier always on the lookout for a great bc hut, and a frequent Cascade snowshoer. He is particularly interested in getting youth into the Outdoors.

Mick Steinman

Board member since 2004. Mick is chair of the safety committee for the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) and promotes safety to the snowmobiling community. Mick has been a downhill skier for over 35 years including many as a ski instructor for Ski Masters, and a snowmobiler for 25 years. He is a General Contractor, multiple business owner, wind turbine owner and on the Building Committee of the Lake Cavanaugh Improvement Association.

Murray Kahn


Murray Kahn spent many years teaching and chairing the Washington Alpine Club’s climbing and BC ski courses. He is a member of the NSP through the Cascade Backcountry Ski Patrol and has skied-off many of Washington’s tallest summits. He enjoys organizing huts trips up in British Columbia as well as in-bounds resort skiing. He manages his own real estate development company, Gordian Development LLC, specializing in in-fill, multi-family development and renovation projects. He is married and looks forward to teaching his new son to ski!

Roland "Em" Emetaz

Em has been with NWAC since the beginning and on the board since 1998. “Em” is a retired Forester with the US Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, spending his career advocating outdoor safety, quality customer service and teamwork, Mr. EM continues as a volunteer teaching those lessons.  He provides avalanche awareness programs on behalf of the NWAC various audiences. He is often on assignment with the Central Washington All Hazards Incident Management Team (one of 54 in the Nation) managing incidents as diverse as wildfires and hurricanes, from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf Coast.

Libby Snead 


Board Member since 2012, Libby works as an email and social media marketing professional in the tech industry. She has been on skis since the age of four when her parents dragged her out on to the icy slopes of the North East. Now she can be found most weekends in and around Mt. Baker Ski Area. Her passion for marketing and love for the backcountry is what drove her to join the board to help NWAC reach, educate, and connect more backcountry travelers.

Tab Wilkins
Board Member


Joining the Board in 2015, Tab has been an active climber and backcountry skier in the Pacific Northwest since 2000, having escaped the east coast for the enjoyment of mountains in the Pacific Northwest.  He's been active in the Mountaineers at the course, branch and board levels prior to joining the NWAC board.  His day-time job is with the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology helping small and mid-sized manufacturers be more globally competitive through process improvement, quality certification and new product development.

Jon Ferrian 
Board Member


Jon joined the Board in 2016 to help with NWACs renewed outreach to the snowmobile community. He is a life long snowmobiler and originates from Brainerd, Minnesota.  Snowmobiling in vertical terrain began in 2007 with his first trip to Cook City, Montana where he was exposed to avalanche terrain and the risks associated with it. Very quickly after that Jon got involved in helping set up and organize avalanche education classes for the snowmobile community in Minnesota and now in Washington. Jon has a broad reach in the snowmobile community where he is an active member in Washington State Snowmobile Association and multiple other snowmobile clubs in Western Washington.

Graham Gephart
Board Member


A member of the NWAC board since 2016, Graham is the Director of Marketing for evo and brings over 15 years of experience in media and marketing in the snowsports and outdoor industries. A lifelong skier transplanted from Vermont to the Cascades, Graham balances backcountry ski days with teaching his kids to ski, and works to spread a message of inspiration and safe adventure for future generations of backcountry users.

Kristina Ciari
Board Member


Board Member since 2016, Kristina is the Director of Membership and Marketing at The Mountaineers, a volunteer-led, PNW based nonproft focusing on outdoor recreation, conservation, and exploration. Kristina’s passion for the outdoors began at age 3 in Bozeman, Montana, where she grew up skiing in the Rockies before moving to Seattle to attend UW. As a backcountry skier and proud Turns All Year participant, Kristina can be found on the side of a mountain somewhere chasing snow all year round, generally in a tutu. As a passionate adventurer and avid user of NWAC data, she's excited to join the board to help shape the future of this invaluable resource.