Many many years ago Guy Gosselin took a big chance and hired a young woman to work on the summit to help with the fledgling Obs museum (housed in the Yankee Building) and to help with whatever else needed to get done. She had the unique experience of living in very tight quarters in the old Obs with a handful of eccentric men, sometimes working one week up and sometimes working two. Jenny had worked at Pinkham and filling in the huts for the AMC before the Obs hired her. After her stint at the Obs, she returned to college but would return to the White Mountains each summer. She spent a summer as the first woman working for the State Park on the summit (which was housed in the old haunted hotel) and another summer working backcountry patrol in the Pemi for the USFS. Once the “new” state park building was erected, Jenny would often return over the years to help with EduTrips and volunteering on the summit.
Jenny looks forward to returning each summer to help where she can by volunteering with Seek the Peak and loves getting back on the summit to help with the Obs tours. She combines this visit with what has now become an annual reunion of close AMC friends from the 1970’s.
Jenny’s day job is as a contractor working with the various entities that run K-12 STEM education programs in Maryland. She has many years of experience and expertise with volunteer engagement for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs. Her days are overflowing with 1500+ volunteers and 2000 students (grades K-12) and mentors in Maryland, primarily with the entertainingly chaotic world of robotics competitions through FIRST which is headquartered in Manchester, NH, as well as with FIRST Global now in year 3.
Jenny has supported the Mount Washington Observatory now for more than 40 years. Please consider donating to this worthy organization.