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Barbara Pierce

President – TSP Board of Directors
barbara.pierce@thesummitproject.org

Barbara Pierce is a lifelong Mainer and has a proud family history of military service. She joined TSP in 2016 at Baxter State Park and has been a part of the organization ever since. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management and currently works at the Crime and Justice Institute as Director of Justice Initiatives. While her job takes her out of state regularly, she loves coming home to Maine. In her spare time she can be found weightlifting, hiking, trail running or just walking along the ocean. 

 


Greg Johnson

Executive Director & Treasurer – TSP Board of Directors
greg@thesummitproject.org

Greg Johnson is a 10-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps who has dedicated his service to The Summit Project since its inaugural event at Baxter State Park over Memorial Day Weekend of 2014. During his military career, Sgt Johnson deployed on (5) separate occasions – to include (3) deployments to Iraq, (1) to Afghanistan, and (1) to Okinawa during a Unit Deployment Program. Born and raised in Maine, he is a University of Southern Maine alumnus where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a minor in Nature-Based Tourism. He currently works at Pratt & Whitney as a Senior Supervisor of parts production in direct support of advanced aerospace technology for commercial, military, and government programs around the world. As an avid outdoorsmen, his most favorite pastime activities include spending time out on the water with his wife and three kids and embarking upon new wilderness adventures at every possible chance he gets.


Betsy Hutchins

Basecamp Coordinator & Secretary – TSP Board of Directors
betsy@thesummitproject.org

Betsy Hutchins has been involved with The Summit Project since Memorial Day 2013, when she and her husband Jeff met David Cote at their kitchen table. That was the day her husband presented The Summit Project with her step-son’s, Cpl. Andrew L Hutchins, memorial stone. Born and raised in Maine, Betsy is graduate of Bates College with a BA in Sociology, and has been in the financial services industry for 30 years, for the past 19 years with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. As a Gold Star family member herself, Betsy has become an important part of The Summit Project’s hosted events at Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park, leading basecamp operations. As many know, Betsy loves to cook and take care of everyone. You will often see her at these events making sure everyone is well fed and comfortable. For this, she earned her nickname Momma Bear.  Betsy lives in Greene, with her husband Jeff and son Benjamin.


Donny Rafford

Third Party Events Manager & Member – TSP Board of Directors
donny.rafford@thesummitproject.org

Donny Rafford is the Third Party Events Manager and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Summit Project. He is a 20-year Veteran of the Maine Army National Guard and is currently serving as a UH-60 Black Hawk Instructor Pilot. He has participated in four missions post September 11th to include Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Donny’s education consists of a BA in Communication from the University of Southern Maine and he is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Leadership, also from USM. He has participated in multiple Summit Project hikes and events. Donny currently lives in Portland and commutes to Bangor for Military training.


John Gold

Information Technology Advisor
john.gold@thesummitproject.org

John Gold has been involved with The Summit Project since 2017 when he redesigned the organization’s website. Since that time he has assisted the organization with various web site and technology-related projects. John grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a concentration in Journalism. His professional background is in Journalism and graphic design with more than three decades of experience as a writer, editor print and website designer. He is the author of several non-fiction children’s books. He has lived in Maine for more than 30 years and when he’s not fixing something around the house he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming and boating. He and his wife live in Saco.

Andrea Hayes

Honor Case Manager
andrea.hayes@thesummitproject.org

Andrea “Small Frog” Hayes’ first involvement in TSP was at Baxter State Park in May 2019. She was blown away by the amount of love, respect, and caring that she both witnessed and felt at the event.She knew TSP was special. She knew she wanted to be involved in something so meaningful. Andrea has since volunteered at numerous TSP events, was Team Lead for ANP in 2019, and was a member of the 12-person team who participated in the Final Ascent of Katahdin during the 150-Mile TSP Memorial Ruck Fundraiser immediately following.

Andrea works as a Sr. Data Analyst for the Global Reference Labs Information Management department at IDEXX Laboratories. When not working, she can be found spending time with her husband, Matthew, and their four children, hiking, or in her kitchen cooking up a storm.


Mili Johnson

Store Manager 
mili.johnson@thesummitproject.org

Mili Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Hawaii. She attended both Kahuku High School in Oahu and Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. She has been involved with The Summit Project in many different capacities since its inaugural event in 2014. Currently, she works as a Supervisor at JCPenney and looks forward to transferring her extensive knowledge of this industry to her position as TSP Store Manager. Mili is also the mother of (3) beautiful children and married to a wonderful, loving veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places with her family.


Jennifer Kirk

Stone Custodian
jenn.kirk@thesummitproject.org

Jennifer Kirk has lived in South Portland, ME her whole life and has been married to her best friend, Bill Kirk, for 27 years. She has two boys: Will, who just turned 22, and Brayden, who is 16. She also has a beautiful granddaughter, Anaya, who is 2. Jenn works for Lighthouse School and Childcare and has been working with children for 30 years. In addition to this work, she is also a proud member of the South Portland School Board and was recently elected into her second term.

Jenn has been involved with The Summit Project since meeting Major Dave Cote at a Run for the Fallen race. Together, they helped bring the Honor Case to the South Portland Boys and Girls Club. Jenn has also been involved with Wreaths Across America since 2014. She lost an uncle while deployed to Vietnam in 1962. Several members of her family are also veterans and she has been actively involved with Remembering, Honoring and Teaching about our Fallen since the town of South Portland lost five service members from their community following the attacks of 9/11. She looks forward to being in a more active role as the Stone Custodian for The Summit Project.  Jenn is a proud member of the South Portland School Board and was just elected into her second term.

Joan Neumann-Thain

TSP Convoy Commander
joan.neumann-thain@thesummitproject.org

Joan Neumann-Thain is originally from North Carolina, but loves and presently lives in Maine. She has three kids (more she claims as her own), three granddaughters, and a grandson due April of 2019. She is a Patient Care Technician (PCT) at Maine Medical Center and a foster parent who enjoys wildlife, coaching life skills, and coaching gymnastics. Her family is her life and her passions include motorcycles, books, and The Summit Project. She is a member of multiple riding organizations and has carried TSP tribute stones on 6 motorcycle convoys at both Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park events. She is very proud to support the TSP mission by coordinating these rides and serving as a liaison to our riding community throughout the Northeast.


Phil Thain

Assistant TSP Convoy Commander
phil.thain@thesummitproject.org

Phil Thain Jr is a proud father of a Coast Guard veteran and step-father to an Army veteran. He’s also a past President and the last remaining founder of Patriot Riders of America Maine Chapter One (PRAMCO). Phil is very proud to say that he has been involved with The Summit Project since the very first signature event at Baxter State Park and has been escorting stones and building relationships ever since. He has met so many amazing people and is honored to be a part of the Core Leadership Team. Phil looks forward to spreading the word of our mission and that MAINE HEROES ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.


TSP Ambassadors


Jackie Carter
Jessica Cloukey
Justin Cloukey
Stephen Crossman

Lisa Jean
Roberta Joline
Clare Peaslee
Mike Peterson
Cherie Sackville
Jill Sennett
Stuart Sennett