Ashley Grove began skiing at Stowe at an early age. In the 1960s her parents and their friends began driving north every weekend from Hartford, CT, and the tradition continued when children came into the picture years later. Ashley developed a love for the mountains and the people in this part of Vermont. After living in Atlanta and Boston for a number of years, she made the full-time move to Stowe in 2012. She’s served as a J5/6 and U12 coach, taught Finance at the Academy, and has experience in the ski service industry. Ashley’s professional background is in management consulting, she holds a BA from Colgate University and and MBA from Cornell University, and she currently works as a Human Resources Business Partner at Stowe Mountain Resort.Sam Gaines – Treasurer
Sam is a Managing Director of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. and serves as President of Mt. Mansfield Company, which owns various real estate and hospitality assets throughout Stowe, including Spruce Peak. Originally from Hamden, CT, Sam reconnected with his Vermont skiing roots when he moved to Stowe in 2011 with his wife Molly. Now with three children: Theodore, Lois, and Beatrice; Sam is active in both local and national organizations, serving as a Director of the Stowe Land Trust and as Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Council. Sam holds a BA from Pomona College and a MS from New York University.
Tad has three children: Faye, Lulu & Teddy. They love skiing together as a family in Stowe and Montana! Growing up in Vermont, Tad began his ski racing career at MMA, went on to race for Boston College and continues to make appearances at the local Ski Bum races here in Stowe. Tad and his family split their time between the mountains of VT and the suburbs of Boston. When he is not in the woods or on a trail, Tad is busy running his distribution company, Davis Family Deli Provisions.
Ryan has an education background and currently serves as a superintendent of schools. He has extensive experience collaborating with teachers and administrators to develop systems that significantly improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes. His greatest strength is helping schools create a robust collaborative team process that prioritizes learning goals, recognizes teachers as content experts, and addresses the needs of all learners. He has served in the role of special educator, teacher, and principal with experience at all grade levels. Prior to moving to Vermont, he served as a principal north of Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Colorado, a M.Ed in Special Education from Gordon College, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Gordon College. Ryan is scheduled to start his Doctoral degree in Education at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2022. In his free time, Ryan loves to ski and spend time in the mountains with his amazing wife Cynthia and three children.
Dave is the Senior Director of Skier Services at the Stowe Mountain Resort. His responsibilities include overseeing the Ski and Snowboard School and have since 1995. He moved to Stowe along with his wife Eva (Pfosi) Merriam in 1989 from Sugarloaf in Maine after a stint at Colby College. “I was enrolled in the Pre-Med program,” recalls Dave, “but the call of the snow was so overpowering that I put those plans on hold, and never looked back. I skied on the US Demo Team from 1984 to 1995, and I was the head coach from 1996-2004. Following being named to the Demo Team”, say’s Merriam, “colleagues encouraged me to move west to maximize my opportunities. So in the fall of 1989, Eva and I moved west to Stowe and we have been here ever since.” Merriam appeared in Warren Miller’s “Learn to Ski Better,” and “Learn to Ski Better II” and in Greg Stump’s first film “The Droids.” He was the instructional editor for Ski Magazine from 1994-97, was on the USSCA Educational Staff from 1988-2002 and coached at the Tecnica Summer ski camps from 1988-92. Dave and Eva (ex US Ski Team and NCAA All-American) live in Elmore and have two daughters, Hannah and Lucy. Lucy is a graduate of the Academy’s class of 2012.