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John Wentworth, CEO

John Wentworth, CEO

John moved to Mammoth Lakes on July 4, 2000. In 2005, he became involved in the community discussion regarding a public access easement from the Sherwins for backcountry skiers and snowboarders.  John has served as Board President and the Foundation's CEO since MLTPA's incorporation in 2007. Prior to settling in Mammoth Lakes, John worked in the motion picture industry, where his credits include Co-Producer of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and "Mulholland Drive". In 2014, John was elected to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and since his election to public office, John has served MLTPA without compensation. He is an avid outdoorist.

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Kristy Williams, Project Management Specialist

Kristy Williams, Project Management Specialist

Kristy has lived in Mammoth since 1992, when she moved from Southern California “just for the season.”  She fell in love with the Eastern Sierra and eventually made Mammoth Lakes her permanent home – raising her family here.  Kristy graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BS in Business Administration, and since that time has fine-tuned her skills as an event and project manager.  She has managed events ranging from major, nationally televised events to smaller, local events and everything in between. Kristy has managed projects for MLTPA off and on since 2007. She has now re-joined the MLTPA team on a part-time basis and is excited to work with this talented crew.

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Erin Murphy, Operations Manager

Erin Murphy, Operations Manager

Erin is a transplant from Texas and a resident of the South Bay in Los Angeles. She originally moved to California to work in the Film/TV Industry, but found herself spending as much time as possible in the Eastern Sierra with her husband and German Shorthaired Pointer. She graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design and has a background in budget development, people management, and department operations and administration. Working for 15 years in the Film/TV Industry, some of her film credits include “Insecure”, “Beef”, and “Good Fortune”. When not working, she enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and running. She also enjoys spending time with her family in Texas and Ohio, and hopes to get her niece and nephews up to Mammoth soon.

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Kiersten Puusemp, Creative Director & Special Project Manager

Kiersten Puusemp, Creative Director & Special Project Manager

Kiersten has an extensive background in design, marketing, writing, process development and complex project management working with contemporary art and various institutions from Los Angeles and New York to Europe. Her commitment to making MLTPA look great and accomplish its goals has been ongoing having worked contractually for MLTPA since its initiation, including months spent working on the Measure R campaign in 2008 - the first ever effort to ensure the Mammoth Lakes Trail System would have a sustainable and consistent source of funding. She’s studied at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the European Graduate School. When not busy with other professional pursuits you can find her out on the hill or in any number of her favorite frequented regions.

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Nicole Widen, WebMaster

Nicole Widen, WebMaster

Nicole moved to Mammoth Lakes from Long Beach, but her roots lie back East. She has been involved with web/marketing/graphics work for about 15 years, working with several small businesses across the country, but also in the Fortune 500 environment at Aetna Health Insurance. As a Mammoth Lakes telecommuter, she maintains a full time job with a company in East Hartford, CT called finalsite and they have designed a piece of CMS software that they market to independent schools and educational organizations, with over 400 clients worldwide. Nicole is finalsite's Marketing Manager and has been for 5+ years, responsible for the visual brand of the company, which includes the website design, and all of the marketing materials. Working for a web company has kept her on top of all the latest and greatest web technologies - things change fast. She's a big fan of all adobe products....actually - photoshop has been her best friend on a daily basis for the past 15 years. Nicole works part time for MLTPA.

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Trevor Van Winkle, Photo & Digital Asset Manager

Trevor Van Winkle, Photo & Digital Asset Manager

Trevor moved to Mammoth after graduating from Biola University with a degree in Film Production & Editing. Falling in love with the area while visiting family and exploring the backcountry, he chose to remain in town rather than return to Los Angeles – a decision he's yet to regret. First coming into contact with MLTPA staff through the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, he has since worked as a field photographer, photo librarian, and digital assets manager. He also works as a freelance photographer/videographer, post-production media specialist, and as a stage manager and lighting technician for Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre. In his free time, he can often be found running the MLTS (particularly the Town Loop), and has self-published his first novel, a high-fantasy epic entitled "The Gräzland Tales", largely inspired by the grandeur and beauty of the Eastern Sierra.

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Chelsea Taylor, Project Specialist

Chelsea Taylor, Project Specialist

Chelsea (she/they) is a seasoned strategist with a decade of experience in outdoor recreation and environmental conservation programs, policy, and fieldwork. They specialize in facilitating cross-jurisdictional collaboration, community engagement, and equity initiatives advancing holistic visions of health inclusive of environment, economy, and community. In addition to working with MLTPA, they have been involved in projects with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, California Conservation Corps Backcountry Trails Program, the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps, and the Oregon Trails Coalition. When not working they enjoy spending time outside, playing board games, and learning new skills,  currently focused on woodworking!  

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Tanner Bissonette, Project Specialist

Tanner Bissonette, Project Specialist

Tanner was born and raised in Mammoth Lakes and graduated from both Mammoth High School and Cerro Coso Community College in 2018. Throughout his life he has gained a great appreciation for outdoor recreation and the trail systems that support it year-round. An avid skier during the winter and hiker during the summer, his roots are in the mountains. He has a passion for sustainability and the environment, and is currently pursuing his BS in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable development. Tanner is excited to be joining MLTPA as a project specialist and is eager to help the development and continued access to our public lands.

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Jack Yates, Funding and Communications Specialist

Jack Yates, Funding and Communications Specialist

In May 2023, Jack obtained a master's degree in media and public engagement from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During this time, he was awarded a fellowship while simultaneously working at CU Boulder's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. His thesis utilized digital media to detail the economic impacts of climate change on the winter recreation industry entitled Melting Opportunities. Jack also holds two bachelor's degrees in film studies and American history from the University of Vermont. Some of his past professional history includes working for environmental startups, an outdoor media production company, and a political campaign. His favorite forms of outdoor recreation are skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. 

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James Balcomb, GIS Manager

James Balcomb, GIS Manager

James Balcomb is MLTPAs geospatial data manager and comes to MLTPA after spending time in the wildland fire and ecological restoration sectors. His expertise includes GIS, remote sensing, using drones to collect geospatial data, surveying and CAD drafting. His educational background includes a BS in recreation planning from Humboldt Polytechnic Institute and an MA in GIS and remote sensing from Appalachian State University. In addition to GIS and remote sensing, James is also interested in understanding the economic development of rural areas and developing countries. In his free time James can be found cycling, running and backcountry skiing the front range of Colorado.. 

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Jennifer Crittenden, Operations Manager

Jennifer Crittenden, Operations Manager

Author and former chief financial officer Jennifer Crittenden serves as MLTPA’s Operations Manager. With over 20 years in corporate finance working for big pharma and biotech companies in the US, UK, and Europe, Jennifer rose from working as a financial analyst to CFO. Jennifer has an MBA in Finance and an MIS from the Kelley School of Business, a BA in Linguistics and French with high distinction from Indiana University, and a Baccalaureate certificate in Film Studies along with a CELTA certification from the University of Cambridge to teach English as a Second Language.  Jennifer is the author of "The Mammoth Letters - Running Away to a Mountain Town.”

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Last Updated May 14, 2024