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WAC hires new salaried Avalanche Center DirectorWednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:54 PMby Keith Stebbings
The board of directors and myself are very pleased to introduce Kip Rand as our new Director and lead forecaster. Beginning in early November he will be handling the day to day operational duties. This search began in April and we had many fine and qualified applicants. Kip has worked in our region as a guide, pro observer and AIARE avalanche educator for many years. I have every confidence Kip will lead WAC into the future with new vision and ideas to position the center for growth. I'm sure Kip will write a blog introducing himself and his plans in the early part of November.
As I reflect back on the tremendous number of collective volunteer hours that our dedicated volunteers have donated in providing the level of service we now offer I'm thankful beyond expression. Since I founded the center in July of 2009 we have expanded services and infrastructure each year. I have to take a moment to recognize our individual donors and business sponsors who have stood by us all these years. In addition, Laurel Coulter, after suffering the tragic loss of her husband Shane in an avalanche in our region in 2014 created the Shane Coulter memorial fund with WAC as the beneficiary. This provided the catalyst for offering danger scale forecasts and positioning us for future growth.
I will remain on our board of directors and continue in the office of president of the organization. I look forward to working with Kip as he settles into his new position here at WAC.
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