The Highpointers Foundation
Dedicated to education, support and conservation
of the highest point in each of the 50 United States.
Biographies and Contact Information

Directors:
Dave Covill  Roy Wallen  Al Dempsey  Paul Pontiff  Gary White  Fred Lobdell  Carol Radford
Jim Hawkins  Gerry Roach  Fallon Rowe  Jim Glaze  Mary Groeneveld 

Associate Directors:
Stony Burk  Tonya Hancock  Alan Scherer  Dick Bourne  Matt Moniz  Mackenzie Scurka 

Former Directors:
Jean Trousdale  Karen O’Brien 



Directors
Dave Covill – Lead Director
P.O. Box 2092
Evergreen, CO 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.
Dave Covill
Roy Wallen – Financial Director
27 Proctor Hill Road
Brookline, NH 03033



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.
Roy Wallen
Al Dempsey – Projects Director
72670 Yucca Court
Palm Desert, CA 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.

Al Dempsey
Paul Pontiff – Compliance and Legal Director
P.O. Box 2168
Glens Falls, NY 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.
Paul Pontiff
Gary White – Projects Director
76 Garys Road
Double Springs, AL 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.
Gary White
Fred Lobdell – Taxation Director
P.O. Box 57
Macon, NC 27551-0057



Fred has been preparing tax returns for the Highpointers Foundation 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 in 1962. 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 PhD is in Geology.
Fred Lobdell
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 on Mount Whitney, and climbed it three more times before moving on to other states. She has been in the Highpointers Club since 2003 and has reached 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.
Carol Radford
Jim Hawkins – Donations Director
13550-23rd Place NE
Seattle, WA 98125



Jim, along with his wife Donna, has been attending the Highpointers 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 state 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.
Jim Hawkins
Gerry Roach – Director of Development and Communication
1317 South Mesa Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401



Gerry has been climbing mountains since he was a lad in the mid 1950s. He climbed Denali for the first time in 1963 at age 19. He finished climbing all of Colorado’s Fourteeners in 1975, summited Everest in 1983, and became the second person to climb the Seven Continent Summits in 1985. He summited the Karakorum’s Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen in 1997. He went on to become the first person to climb the ten highest peaks in North America in 2000, then added three more to be the first to climb every major peak in North America over 16,000 feet, finishing in 2003.

Gerry has math degrees and pursued a long career as a software engineer. Gerry finished the 50 US State Highpoints in 2006, and has been active in the highpointing community since then. Gerry has visited the county highpoints of five western states. Gerry has run the Highpointers Foundation website for several years, and has recently launched a fundraising effort for the Foundation. He completed a CFRE fundraising course in 2015, and plans to sharpen the Foundation’s focus onto managable projects, then pursue funding for them.
Gerry Roach
Gerry on top of Mount Everest on May 7, 1983
Photo by David Breashears
Fallon Rowe – Social Media Director
Logan, UT 84321



Fallon, a geology student at Utah State University, has been highpointing since 2011. Taking only a few years to do so, she completed 49 state highpoints by age 17, and is part of the first mother-daughter team to highpoint the Lower 48 states. Fallon is also a competitive rock climber and aspiring science writer. Her love for writing, social media, and highpointing come together as she assists the Highpointers Foundation with social media. She has attended three conventions and plans on coming every year possible in the future!
Fallon Rowe
Jim Glaze – Projects Director
1885 Rafes Way
Beaumont, TX 77713



Jim has been involved with the Highpointers Foundation since 2013. He will use his expertise as a retired Project Engineer from Exxon-Mobil to help the Foundation with projects throughout America, focusing on those close to his home state of Texas.

Jim has 25 state highpoints, and along with wife Debbie (13), and daughters Kaely (13) and Erin (13) enjoys road trips to each of our beloved highpoints.
Jim Glaze
Mary Groeneveld – Projects Director
W6992 Leeman Road
Sagola, MI 49881



Mary is inspired by the Mission Statement of the Highpointers Foundation. As a newcomer to highpointing a few years ago, she found out that Mount Arvon was recently sold to a logging corporation based in WA, and she contacted the new owners. Mary was instrumental in getting a new culvert and road repair created to make safer travel to Mount Arvon. She hopes to use her energy and expertise on projects across America.

Mary retired from the Michigan State Police where she worked for 25 years as a State Trooper. She has 20 state highpoints at this time with plans to climb Boundary Peak Nevada in 2017 for Cops on Top, an organization that honors the memories of those heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty protecting others, and she supports their families through highpointing. She cherishes the new friendships that she and husband Terry have made through their attendance at HP Club Conventions.
Mary Groeneveld


Associate Directors
Stony Burk – Projects Director
25 Main Street
Gonic, NH 03839



Stony has worked closely with the Highpointers Foundation for several years on highpoint projects and became a Director in 2011. He served 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.

Stony Burk
Tonya Hancock – Fundraising Director
Bulgaria



Tonya has been involved in the Highpointers Foundation since 2001, and was a former Director of gift activities including performing all gift acknowledgement functions. She has moved to Europe with her husband and toddler and is now an Associate Director. 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.
Tonya Hancock
Alan Scherer – Charitable Giving Director
4421 East Havasu Road
Tucson, AZ 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.
Alan Scherer
Dick Bourne – Projects Director
215 South 7th Street
Oakes, ND 58474



Dick has been involved with the Highpointers Foundation since 2011. He has been a big supporter of Foundation efforts to raise funds and enthusiastically participates in almost all of our Auctions. Dick will use his expertise to help the Foundation with projects throughout America, focusing on those close to his home state of North Dakota.

Dick has 31 state highpoints and has attended numerous conventions.
Dick Bourne
Matt Moniz – Projects Director
Boulder, CO 80302



Matt Moniz, age 17, is one of Colorado’s most accomplished young alpinists. In May 2014, he completed back-to-back summits of Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Makalu (8,481m). Matt has also successfully climbed four of the Seven Summits and, by age 12, set the world speed record for completing all 50 US State Highpoints.

In addition to his outdoor pursuits, Matt is an accomplished public speaker, fundraiser, and advocate for many organizations, raising over $50,000 and awareness on behalf of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, the American Himalayan Foundation’s Stop Girl Trafficking Project, the Access Fund, Boy Scouts of America, and Outdoor Nation. An Eagle Scout since 2011, in 2010 he was recognized by National Geographic as an Adventurer of the Year, and in 2015 he received the prestigious Outdoor Inspiration Award from the Outdoor Industry Association and was named Distinguished Boy Scout of the Year. Matt intends to bring a fresh youthful perspective to the Foundation, and since he has been to all 50 HPs more recently than most people, his familiarity will help with project ideas.
Matt Moniz
Mackenzie Scurka – Social Media Director
Hanover, NH 03755



Mackenzie Scurka is a nature lover and long-time supporter of the highpointing community with over 35 state highpoints to her credit, including several of the difficult ones. As an Associate Director, she will combine her passion for highpointing and her social media skills to strengthen the Highpointers Foundation’s online presence, with a grand goal of uniting highpointers worldwide. In addition, Mackenzie narrated and helped produce the film American Highpoints, the first film about highpointing. Along with the outdoors, Mackenzie loves animals, biology, and philanthropy. She is also extremely excited to be a member of Dartmouth College’s Class of 2019.
Mackenzie Scurka


Former Directors
Jean Trousdale – Projects Director
Norman, OK


Jean coordinated project development for the Highpointers Foundation from 2004 until her death in 2016. She was the point person for many Foundation projects. She was passionate about the maintenance and improvement of the state highpoints and their surrounds, as well as public education about highpoints and highpointing.

Jean was a member of the Highpointers Club from 1997 on, 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 reached 44 state highpoints.

Professionally she was in private practice as a psychologist for 35 years. Jean closed her practice in 2005 and worked as a psychological consultant for a public mental health clinic. Jean held a PhD in clinical psychology. Jean is deeply missed by the highpointing community.
Jean Trousdale
Jean on top of Kings Peak, Utah’s highpoint on July 6, 2006.
Photo by Dave Covill
Karen O’Brien – Gifts Director
Old Greenwich, CT


Karen was involved in the Highpointers Foundation from 2006 until 2010, and performed gift acknowledgement and donor relations functions for the Foundation. She was instrumental in getting the Foundation’s fundraising efforts started.

Karen has been a member of the Highpointers Club since 2005 and has two state highpoints. Karen has worked in accounting, finance, and consulting with extensive experience in the non-profit industry. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, an MBA, and is a Certified Public Accountant. When family duties took priority, she retired from the Foundation Board.

Karen OBrien
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