Brent Karner, President– Owner and master woodworker of ClearLake Furniture. After high school, Brent attended the North Bennet Street School in Boston and graduated from their Cabinet and Furniture Making program. He moved to Ludlow, VT over twenty years ago and started ClearLake Furniture. Brent has served on the OMS board for since 2012. During this time he has helped the scholarship, building and the strategic planning committee’s. The reason he joined the OMS board is because he has an extremely active and smart son named Thacher who loved OMS.
Eliza Greene, Vice President- Co-owner and operator of Homestyle Hostel. Eliza graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Integrative Physiology. Eliza grew up in Chester, VT and attended the weekend program for snowboarding throughout her childhood. She was a student at OMS and values the independence and self-direction she gained in her time there. Eliza returned to Ludlow to open her first business in 2014, and with great enthusiasm, started serving on the OMS board in 2015.
Jeanine Baum, Treasurer– Retired Sales Manager from Pfizer Inc, currently a landscape artist. Jeanine attended the University of New Hampshire for her B.S. and Seton Hall University for her MBA. She has served on the board of trustees since 2012. Her children attended OMS and participated in winter snow camps and the weekend program. Jeanine feels that OMS has been a valuable asset in her children’s grown and development as student-athletes and provides a wonderful community.
Mariann Conlon, Secretary
Vicki Yurkerwich- Vicki has a BA in Economics from Villanova University where she graduated in 1974. She has been an OMS board member since January 2016 and worked in finance prior to raising her children. She taught at OMS and was the “score board lady” for the race department. She joined the OMS board because her four children attended OMS and she feels that this is a great venue to learn time management, motivation, commitment, and independence. She loves OMS and is proud of the many accomplishments and successes of the students. She is happy to be part of the growth and development of the school, which only had 8 student-athletes when her first child started. She wants to keep the younger student-athletes enthusiastic and continue the vision of the school. She enjoys family, gardening, cooking, reading, and teaching her grand-kids to ski and golf.
Lisa F. Sherman- Lisa grew up on Cape Cod and attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, and Suffolk University Law School. After practicing law in Boston for 8 years, she joined the Orleans, Massachusetts firm of LaTanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, PC, in 2000 and became a Partner in its Trusts & Estates Department in 2003. Lisa joined the OMS Board in February 2016. Lisa is blessed with a wonderful family, enjoyable career, and happy life in idyllic surroundings on beautiful Cape Cod and in Ludlow, VT. She is active in both communities and has served on several non-profit boards, including Cape Cod Children’s Place, Hope Health, the Cape Cod Foundation and Okemo Mountain Alpine Racing Association (OMARA) as well as the Okemo Mountain School Leadership Council. Given that both of her sons attended OMS, Lisa knows first-hand how profound an impact the school has on the development of student-athletes, both athletically and academically, and she is forever grateful to OMS for the wonderful opportunities it provided her children. Lisa hopes to assist with the continued development, enhancement, and growth of OMS during her tenure on the Board.
Erica Mueller- Erica was a graduate of OMS in 1999, spending 3 winter seasons at OMS during high school. After high school, Erica moved to Colorado to pursue Alpine Snowboarding. In 2003, she made the US Snowboard Team and traveled to compete in many World Cup and World Championship Races throughout 2010. She retired when she missed the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010 due to a shin injury. Throughout Erica’s time snowboarding, she went a non-traditional school route by enrolling in Champlain College’s online program. She went to Champlain for 3 years and graduated with a BA in Business Administration in May 2009. When snowboarding ended, Erica began working at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in the family business. She looks forward to continuing to grow her career and be more involved with the eastern operations over the next few years.
Erica’s passion is all about the outdoors, summer or winter. She loves what the mountain lifestyle has to teach and how it inspires her. Snowboarding was her avenue to that. While attending OMS, she grew extremely passionate about snowboarding, which led her to pursue it full time after high school. It taught her about herself, her limits as an individual, how to set and reach goals, and never stop improving. That is why she wants to serve on the OMS board, in hopes of inspiring that passion of the outdoors and sports in other kids and to teach them important life lessons. In addition to being the new “Mueller” on the board, she looks forward to continuing the Okemo connection to the school and to being great partners in the pursuits to each of our missions. She has been an OMS board member since March 2016.
Richard F. White- Richard has been a First Vice President with Morgan Stanley and predecessor firms since 2005. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 2001, Richard worked for a large institutional money manager in Boston, MA for three years before returning to Upstate, NY. He has been a coach in the U12/U10 program for the past six years. While he and his family are residents of Saratoga Springs, they always look forward to the winter months when they call Ludlow their weekend home. Richard has been an OMS board member since 2015.
Julia Ford- Julia is an OMS and Holderness alumni, class of 2008. She is an 8 year member of the US Ski Team, 3-time DH National Champion, and competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Julia developed her passion for ski racing at Okemo Mountain School. It has made her the person she is today, shown her the world, and taught her lessons she could never learn in the classroom. She joined the OMS board because she believes in the mission of the school and wants to contribute, so many more student-athletes can learn from such a unique place. She has been a board member since 2015.