August 22, 2021
WELCOME JASON & KELLY!!!
Teacup Nordic is excited to welcome Jason Lemieux as our community’s new Mountain Manager and to announce Kelly Ryan will step up to be our new Programs Coach! Together, these newly created roles bring professional leadership as well as strengthen venue, snow operations and our programatic offerings.
This is a major step to better ensure your ability to enjoy nature, friends and family, and the healthy lifestyle encouraged by sport. The ability of our community-funded nonprofit to make these “next-level" investments are underwritten by your increased financial support -THANK YOU!
Jason, his wife Rachel and their five kids will be coming back from New England after a decade away. Jason’s nordic skiing background includes years racing at an elite level, a decade of coaching some of the best juniors in the nation and expertise in specific venue operations directly applicable to Teacup.Commenting on his motivations for joining our nonprofit, Jason offers: “My wife and I could not be more happy to return to one of the world’s most beautiful valleys! My wife grew up here, I lived here after finishing my ski racing career and its a great place to raise kids. I’m excited to add horsepower to the Board’s initiatives that respond to the growing Mt. Hood nordic ski scene and to collaborate with and support Teacup's dedicated coaching staff. I think the Mt. Hood Nordic community is poised for great things and I’m honored to be able to join in to drive things forward!”
Aligned with Jason's arrival is the creation of a dedicated Programs leader. In this capacity, we are excited and appreciative that Kelly Ryan will be stepping up to be our first Programs Coach - a role that will bolster the administrative and communications functions needed to take our programs to the next step.
Kelly, his wife Ariella and their daughter live in Portland and have skied at Teacup for years. Kelly's background includes engagements across multiple sports and clubs, including his recent work with our Junior and Masters programs. Kelly is also a nurse, a wonderful plus to ensure safety for our youth and at races. He is looking forward is looking forward to leading our programatic operations in partnership with the many coaches who give so much to our community.Commenting on his motivations for joining our nonprofit, Kelly notes how he is "grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with our teams and community, to support and grow our programs for all abilities and ages and to give back to the Mt. Hood Nordic scene (which I love.) In particular, I’m looking forward to the return of our youth program - I missed their happy, energetic spirit last year!
On behalf of the greater Mt. Hood Nordic community, Kelly will be focused on increasing the quantity and quality of offerings for kids, juniors and masters in a year-around capacity. This is another step to better ensure your ability to enjoy our sport's healthy lifestyle with friends and family.
The wonderful depth and breadth of community feedback you provided earlier this year was headlined by a general desire for “more” - be it venue, operations or programatic in nature. The ability of our nonprofit - funded by community members like you since 1979 - to welcome a nationally recognized, uber-experienced and community-focused leaders like Jason and Kelly is a proactive example of our work to respond to your feedback. Please know we continue to work hard on additional efforts to better serve the public. And know the increased financial support that underwrites all of this is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU! DONATE HERE
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