Doing Good NH: Kathy Ellis and Jamie Gillon of the AMC Young Professionals Chapter

This week I spoke with Kathy Ellis and Jamie Gillon, board members of the Appalachian Mountain Club‘s young professional chapter (Young Members Group).

Kathy was born and raised in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, attended college in Tampa, Florida fell in love and moved with her husband to his beautiful home state of New Hampshire! She said, “I’m grateful to be lucky enough, that when I get home from work, I feel like I am on vacation! There is nowhere, else I’d rather be.”

Kathy is the Director of Health & Wellness at Granite Group Benefits in Manchester and owner of Mountain Vista Yoga in New Hampton. In her spare time, you can find her exploring the White Mountains with her pup Winston, spending time on the lakes paddle boarding, practicing yoga, and cheering on the Sox and Pats! Her favorite spots are Sky Pond State Forest and the Bonds! She is currently the Volunteer Communications Committee Co-Chair and Volunteer Hike Leader for AMC New Hampshire. Kathy is also  a member of the Squam Lakes Association and a huge supporter of Easter Seals New Hampshire!

Kathy and her pup

Jamie is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. He moved to New Hampshire after college for a job opportunity and not only fell in love with the state but this is where he met and fell in love with his fiancée!

Today he is the Architectural Job Captain at Opechee Construction in Belmont. He also works part time as a wrestling official for the New Hampshire Wrestling Officials Association. He is a volunteer Hike Leader for the AMC, Trail Adopter, and the Membership Chair on the Executive Committee for the New Hampshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. When asked why he got involved with the AMC he said that when he moved to New Hampshire he wanted to meet like minded people his age who also love the great outdoors! He said “I enjoy bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors and also helping them see the value of protecting and conserving it” Some of Jamie’s favorite organizations to volunteer with are of course the AMC, the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity, and the VOPAR program at the Manchester School of Technology.

When Jamie is not at work, you can find him volunteering, hiking the 4000 footers, flat water kayaking, or training at the Loft in Tilton and the YMCA in Concord for half marathons or obstacle races! He just competed in the Capital Area Race Series in the Concord area.

Jamie enjoying kayaking

The AMC was founded in 1876 and promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Here are five facts you should know!

  1. The Club and its twelve chapters offer over 5000 activities per year, with over 400 activities and 60 workshops per year being offered by the New Hampshire Chapter.
  2. The New Hampshire Chapter has over 13,000 current members, making it the second largest chapter in the Appalachian Mountain Club.
  3. Over 500 AMC volunteers maintain over 350 miles of trails in the White Mountains.
  4. The New Hampshire Chapter hosted the 2017 Club-wide Fall Gathering, at over 300 attendees, it was the largest ever for the event.
  5. The club has so much to offer from hiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing and even monthly socials!

    Kathy enjoying the Bonds

Want to know more and get involved?!

You can join their Facebook group AMC Maine/NH Young Members, follow them on Instagram, or check out the website.

Upcoming Events:

Outdoor enthusiast meet up at Trew Brew Barista in Concord Wednesday, February 14th at 6 PM.

Winter School (February 23-25th): classes to improve winter outdoor skills.

Check out their upcoming winter group hikes and ice climbing!

Advice to Young Professionals:

When asked what advice he would give to young professionals wanting to give back, Jamie said, ”Find activities you are passionate about, and the motivation to volunteer will be easy to find.” Kathy said, “Take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way to start building relationships with people and learning from others. Whatever area you are interested in pursuing either as a career or a hobby, there is some service aspect of it that you can get involved in to expand your perspective, learn new skills and send positive energy into the universe.”

Jamie enjoying a local hike

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” ~John Muir

There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back like Kathy and Jamie then email me at doinggood@stayworkplay.org.

Until next time –Do Good NH!

One Response to “Doing Good NH: Kathy Ellis and Jamie Gillon of the AMC Young Professionals Chapter”

  1. AMC New HampshireFebruary 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    Here are the links to AMC New Hampshire’s Winter & Spring Workshops!

    http://amc-nh.org/committee/excursions/index-winterworkshop.php

    http://amc-nh.org/committee/excursions/index-springworkshop.php

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