The all-volunteer GCC board is made up of 1 Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and multiple Directors at Large.
Directors will serve a 2 year term.
We welcome all volunteers who would like to participate. Come to our meetings, let us know how you’d like to help and start participating!
Dustin joined the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition because of the energy and momentum he felt at meetings. His interest in access to private cliffs and maintenance of fixed anchors on the Mohonk Preserve has fueled his belief in the collective effort of the GCC to make climbing in the Gunks a safe and freeing experience. He lives in a tiny purple cabin with his girlfriend Amelia. Between climbing sessions he keeps chickens and a large garden, and practices banjo.
Jannette first learned how to climb from her college outing club at the Gunks in 1981. She was one of the charter members of the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition back in 2002 and hasn’t taken a break yet.
Her degree in computer science led to over 25 years doing UNIX operating systems software engineering and program management. She is in her second career doing social media marketing and search engine optimization at a digital marketing agency, DragonSearch, in Kingston. She also manages her own website, cliffmama.com which features a blog about climbing with kids and provides information about the Gunks. With this background, she has the experience to be the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition webmaster, mailing list administrator and social media community manager, on Facebook, Twitter,Google+ and Pinterest.
Jannette enjoys being involved in organizations that share her passions. In her past, she has been secretary and newsletter editor of the Syracuse University Outing Club and for two NSS-affiliated caving clubs – for the Northern NJ Grotto and as a charter member of the Shawangunk-Catskill Area Grotto. Back in 2003, she created a Gunks family climbing group which now has over 70 climbing families in it.
As Secretary, her tasks include taking minutes at GCC meetings, monitoring the GCC email address, archiving letters and memorabilia from our activities, and participating in GCC planning, events and decisions.
Jason Beaupre is on the Land Stewardship Committee for the Mohonk Preserve, Chair of the Anchor Evaluation Committee, a Board Member for the Gunks Climber’s Coalition, and has been an activist for the Access Fund since 2006.
Jason is a photographer, artist and alpinist. An athlete in constant training for the next adventure or event he lives his passions and work seamlessly. Blessed with two endearing sons he wishes to instill a sense of fervor and love for the things they do. An eternal optimist he tries to seize and make the most of everyday. Coming to climbing after racing on the national downhill mountain bike circuit he has climbed and guided internationally in Western Europe, Nepal, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies for over fourteen years. Having a huge adulation for adventure travel climbing he has also climbed and guided all over the United States, with Nevada’s Red Rocks being one of his favorite destinations. Always seeking long demanding alpine pursuits he enjoys both rock and ice climbing equally, hiking, camping, biking of any kind, and especially long distance trail running. Having been mentored by some of the best climbers in the world (Scott Backes and Mark Synnott) Jason holds certifications for AMGA SPI and a NY State license to guide Rock, Ice, and Hiking. Teaching gives him great gratification and he has taught everything from climbing to adventure racing to art classes for kids. Jason is an active rescue volunteer for the Hudson Valley Mountain Rescue Squad, and has both Wilderness First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR training. He currently lives adjacent to the Mohonk Preserve’s “Gunks” with his sons and spends epic days in the mountains almost everyday.
David is an avid rock and ice climber, along with a number of other high-adrenaline pursuits that include flying an airplane, motorcycle racing and mountaineering. He is a Contributing Editor for the American Alpine Journal and has completed the AMGA single pitch rock instructor course and assessment.
By day he runs a successful boutique international law practice based in New York that focuses on complex land rights and valuation disputes around the world, and has served as Senior Legal Advisor on projects in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He is the Editor in Chief of the New York State Bar Association’s nationally acclaimed monthly magazine, and prior to that ran an academic quarterly for New York University. He has served as Chairman of many professional organizations and not-for-profit boards, including a national professional standards-setting agency sanctioned by Congress and based in Washington, DC. He is currently at work on three long-term book projects and enjoys painting and photographing cityscapes.