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Barbara Pierce

President – TSP Board of Directors

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 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 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 27 years, for the past 16 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, co-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 19 year old son Benjamin.

Donny Rafford

Non-Hosted Events Manager & Member – TSP Board of Directors

Donny Rafford is the Non-Hosted 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.

Joelle Ingalls

Public Relations Manager & Member – TSP Board of Directors

Joelle Ingalls was born and raised in Downeast Maine.  After living and working for ten years in Portland and surrounding communities she moved home to the Ellsworth area where she lives with her husband and young son. Joelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and works as a Real Estate Paralegal. She first discovered TSP at a non-hosted event in August 2015 and knew she needed to be more involved with the program.  In September 2015 she formed a partnership with the Downeast Family YMCA and made a commitment to secure ten runners each November to carry ten TSP stones in the Veterans Remembrance 4 Mile Road Race in Ellsworth, Maine over Veterans Day weekend. She has made it her mission to ensure that Maine’s fallen heroes are never forgotten in Downeast Maine.  She volunteered at ANP in 2016 and her first hosted hike was BSP 2017. Since then, she has acted as a TSP Ambassador and worked to spread the word about TSP and its mission. Joelle ran the Millinocket Marathon in 2017 with two TSP stones and was featured in Downeast Magazine.

Andrea Killam (Cutler)

Family Liaison

Andrea Killam, AKA “Sugar,” has been part of the TSP Family since 2017.  She was born and raised in Millinocket, the youngest of four children, and now resides in Bradford with her husband, Tom, their two dogs, Bubba and Izzy, and their cat, Lucy.  Andrea is a non-emergency dispatcher for Penquis, a Bangor based non-profit.  Some of her hobbies include cooking, hiking, fishing and going on random adventures with Tom.  Andrea first became involved with TSP as a Gold Star sister and her first TSP family experience was at BSP of 2018.  Andrea quickly realized this is where she wanted to be, surrounded by and serving the families that she loves.

Andrea Hayes

Honor Case Manager

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.

Bob Haskell

Fundraising Manager

Bob Haskell has taken on the newly created Fundraising Manager position. As a Gold Star Family he and his wife, Suzanne, were honored to be able to become a part of The Summit Project. Bob is General Manager of the York County Habitat for Humanity Restore.

As a former outdoor recreation business owner for over 4 decades, ​Bob shares with Suzanne a love for the outdoors together.



Mili Johnson

Store Manager 

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.

Bridget Bell

Stone Custodian at Portland Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

1LT Bridget Bell is the new incoming Stone Custodian at the Portland Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) for The Summit Project.  Bridget is originally from South Carolina and has been serving in the United States Army since 2013.  Bridget is the Operations Officer at the Portland MEPS.  She manages the processing of all new applicants that want to join the different branches of the military.  Bridget has a BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice, and is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University for her degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration of Homeland Security.

Joan Neumann-Thain

TSP Convoy Commander

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.

Brian Brown

TSP Assistant Convoy Commander

Brian Brown was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but has lived in Maine since 1982. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from December 28th, 1998 thru September 24th, 2005 and was stationed in both Okinawa, Japan and Camp Lejeune, NC. After finishing his time in service, he began working at Pratt and Whitney NBRO and has remained there as a senior operator for the past 12 years. Brian has participated in many Military Appreciation motorcycle convoys to include the Patriot Riders Spring Ride for the Troops from 2016-2018 and our TSP at BSP convoys over Memorial Day Weekend. In addition, Brian has carried tribute stones at Baxter State Park and has served as the Assistant Convoy Commander for TSP since 2018. In his free time, Brian enjoys riding his Harley with friends, striper fishing off the coast of Kennebunkport, and spending time with his fiancé and 4 children.

Jason Heft

TSP Road Captain

Jason Heft lives in Wells, Maine though grew up in Berwick. Both parents served in the military. His Mom was a WAC and Dad was Infantry. Jason is the owner and operator of Axle Surgeons of New England, in which he travels all over New England for onsite axle repair of commercial trucks.

Jason was Road Captain for Haddock Jack rides for several years out of Wells, Maine, and has also served as Road Captain for the Patriot Riders of America, York County Chapter for the past (3) years. He has supported many rides to benefit veterans amongst other veteran-based events such as volunteering to set up and take down the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall at Cabela’s. During this event, Jason spent the weekend watching over the wall to ensure its safe-keeping. In 2013, Jason started volunteering and riding for the Summit Project. Throughout 2016-2017, Jason served as the TSP Road Captain and also hiked Cadillac Mountain during TSP at ANP. In February of 2018, Jason was appointed by the TSP Board of Directors as the TSP Convoy Commander whose primary mission is to coordinate all hosted TSP motorcycle convoys and – most importantly – ensure a safe and successful ride for all motorcycle riders.

TSP Ambassadors

Jackie Carter
Jessica Cloukey
Justin Cloukey
Stephen Crossman

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