Biographies and Contact Information
Dave Covill Roy Wallen
Stony Burk Al Dempsey
Jean Trousdale Paul Pontiff
Tonya Hancock Gary White
Alan Scherer Fred Lobdell
Carol Radford Jim Hawkins
Dave Covill – Lead Director
P.O. Box 2092
Evergreen, Colorado 80437-2092
Dave has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2000;
and worked with the Highpointers Club Board of Directors to proceed with plans
to form the Foundation in 2004. Dave oversees day-to-day Foundation operations,
and is very involved with projects in Iowa and the BWAMM museum in Golden, Colorado.
Dave has been highpointing since 1981, and has 50 state highpoints,
with attempts on Denali in 2007, 2010, and a successful summit in 2012.
Dave works in the natural resources industry, and has a BS in Geology and an MBA in Finance.
He is shown at right (in the brown shirt) with Jim Whittaker - the first American to climb Mount Everest.
The Colorado Mountain Club recognized Dave as the Volunteer of the Year in 2011.
Roy Wallen – Financial Director
300 Willow Street #2
South Hamilton, Massachusetts 01982
Roy has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2005,
performing most accounting and banking functions. He oversees daily and monthly banking operations,
and advises on taxation and auditing.
Roy has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1990, and has 34 state highpoints.
Roy works in the medical device industry, has been finance director of several charities,
and has a background in technology development and business management.
Stony Burk – Projects Director
105 Whitehouse Road #81
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Stony has worked closely with the Highpointers Foundation for several years on highpoint projects and became a Director in 2011.
He will serve as Project Liaison promoting continued access and provide improvement where needed to the highpoints.
Stony’s career path has been in management as training director in human resource and project manager in design, sign fabrication, and graphics.
Stony has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1992 with 49 states completed and an attempt on Denali.
Stony has served the Club in various capacities and visited most state highpoints multiple times as State Liaison Chair
promoting highpointing and establishing relationships with owners and caretakers.
Al Dempsey – Projects Director
72670 Yucca Court
Palm Desert, California 92260-5336
Al has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2007,
and has been involved in both fundraising and projects, including on Eagle Peak in his home state of MN.
Al has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 2006 and has 38 state highpoints.
He retired from the business world in Minneapolis in 1997, moved to California,
and discovered hiking in the beautiful Coachella Valley near Palm Springs.
He has been on the Executive Committee of the Coachella Valley Hiking Club since 2001.
Al has a BA from Yale University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jean Trousdale – Project Development Director
1416 Aladdin Street
Norman, Oklahoma 73072-6039
Jean has coordinated project development for the Highpointers Foundation since 2004.
She is the point person for many of the Foundation projects. She is dedicated to the
maintenance and improvement of the state highpoints and their surrounds,
as well as public education about highpoints and highpointing.
Jean has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1997, leading a number
of special projects for the Club in addition to operating the
Highpointers Mercantile (the Club store) and frequently assisting in the
preparation and running of the annual conventions. Jean has 44 state highpoints.
Professionally she was in private practice as a psychologist for 35 years.
Since closing her practice in 2005, Jean has been working as a
psychological consultant for a public mental health clinic.
Jean has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Paul Pontiff – Compliance Director
P.O. Box 2168
Glens Falls, New York 12801-2168
Paul has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2005, and was
instrumental in the application process for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
He currently reviews legal and taxation issues.
Paul has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1991, and has 14 state highpoints.
Paul has been in private practice as an attorney for many years, specializing in tax,
corporate law, and non-profit foundations.
Tonya Hancock – Donations Director
1205 North Wingate Way
Maryland, Tennessee 37803-2695
Tonya has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2001,
and coordinates gift activities including performing all gift acknowledgement functions.
Her background is with Texas Instruments in the Education Technology division.
Tonya has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 2000, and has 33 state highpoints.
Tonya has been active in charities and/or non-profits since 1990,
supporting the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters,
Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the American Cancer Society
through volunteer work and fund-raising. Tonya has a Bachelors degree in Psychology
with an emphasis in Statistics, and a Masters in Business Administration.
Gary White – Project Development Director
76 Garys Road
Double Springs, Alabama 35553-3555
Gary has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2006,
and assists with project development.
Gary has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1996, and has 43 state highpoints.
He is a charter member of the Sipsey Wilderness Hiking Club.
Gary is a licensed professional land surveyor in the state of Alabama
and has a degree in mining engineering.
Alan Scherer – Charitable Giving Director
4421 East Havasu Road
Tucson, Arizona 85718-2519
Alan has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2006,
and advises the Directors on charitable giving and other related functions.
Alan has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 2005, and has 23 state highpoints.
His background is with Merrill Lynch, and he has been
retired from the corporate world for a few years.
Fred Lobdell – Tax Director
P.O. Box 57
Macon, NC 27551-0057
Fred has been preparing the Foundation’s tax returns since 2006, and has been a Director since 2009.
He advises the Foundation on all financial matters and oversees all external audit functions.
He has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1992, but actually started highpointing in1962.
He has 45 state highpoints to his credit.
Fred recently retired as manager of an H & R Block office, but continues to do tax returns.
Before that he taught college-level Geology for 15 years, and his Ph.D. is in Geology.
Carol Radford – Legacy Giving Director
P.O. Box 3668
San Diego, CA 92163
Carol, along with her husband Keith, have been attending the Highpointers Foundation meetings at the Konventions since 2010.
She was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2013 and has taken up the task of helping with Legacy Gift Giving.
Carol started high pointing in 1972 at Mt. Whitney, and did it three more times before moving on to other states.
She has been in the Highpointers Club since 2003 and has visited 38 state highpoints.
She has also visited 38 state tri-points.
Carol is a retired science educator, holding a bachelors degree in chemistry and a masters in education.
She is also active in the San Diego Hiking Club, local Boy Scout troop, and loves “chasing” steam engines.
Jim Hawkins – Donations Director
13550-23rd Place NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Jim, along with his wife Donna, has been attending the Foundation meetings while at the Konventions since 2010.
He was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2013 and has taken up the task of coordinating gift acknowledgements.
Jim has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 1998 and had completed 5 highpoints before he even knew there was a club.
He now has 41 highpoints.
Jim and Donna have used highpointing as an excuse to do a lot of sightseeing in each of the states they visit.
Jim was a junior high school math and science teacher for 11 years before he began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1988.