We couldn’t do half of what we do here at NENSA if it wasn’t for our awesome staff!
Kait grew up in Elmore, Vermont adventuring on skis with her friends and family. She participated in the Stowe BKL program before joining the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club as a junior and later competing for Bowdoin College on the EISA circuit. Prior to joining NENSA, Kait skied professionally with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) for 6 years during which time she earned a national title, competed in 33 World Cups, and qualified for the 2018 Olympic Team. In addition to competing for the GRP, Kait also worked with young people at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center coaching youth ski and bike groups and organized a summer citizens trail race series. Throughout Kait’s ski career she participated in many NENSA events and is thrilled to now be joining the NENSA staff team. She looks forward to meeting and connecting with people throughout New England, facilitating a strong and inclusive community, and creating fun reasons to ski and be active.
Justin grew up on skis in his backyard and down the road at Indian Hill, where he chased his older brothers and sisters, in Barneveld, New York. He started racing in the BKL as a lollypopper and quickly fell in love with gliding fast on skis. He raced for the Holland Patent High School before spending his senior year at the Stratton Mountain School. During these years he raced for both Mid-Atlantic and New England at Junior Nationals where he had numerous All-American Results.
Justin went on to attend Middlebury College, where he raced at two NCAA Championships, Junior Worlds and a World Cup. After college Justin ventured West to explore the mountains with both cross-country and telemark skis. After a winter of skiing and grooming and skiing trails in Whitefish, Montana he returned East to take a job coaching at the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vermont. He remained there for eight years and was a part of many Junior National and World Junior coaching and waxing staffs. After GMVS he pursued his passion for mentoring and waxing skis for the best juniors in the US, traveling to cool places like Kazakhstan, Romania and Central Europe.
Justin looks forward to working with the New England Nordic Ski Association and sharing his passion for skiing and adventure.
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Preston is a true Mainer through and through. He was born and raised in Springvale, Maine on a sheep farm. He learned to ski as soon as he could to walk and would ski loops around the farm to ward off coyotes. He also loves the Maroon Bells backcountry outside Aspen. After high school, Preston went to University of Maine where he ran both Cross Country and Track. In between undergrad and graduate school, Preston built a cabin in the back woods of Maine where he still goes to relax, light a fire, and read. He graduated with a Masters from NYU in Interactive Telecommunications which lead him to teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Bennington college. During that time he met his wife (also from Maine) and moved to Manhattan, where he worked at Newsweek, Nature, and the New York Times. Preston lives in Freeport now with his wife and their twins, Evelyn and Tucker. He is thrilled to begin this journey with NENSA & USBA.
Eastern TD Coordinator and Event Support :: Fred Bailey
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Fred grew up in Andover, Maine, where he learned to ski in the back field of the family farm, the local snowmobile trails, and Akers Family Trails. He really caught the skiing bug when he raced in a NENSA U16 Championships in Rangeley, Maine. Following high school racing, he skied for Colby, including a trip to NCAAs, and later spent 6 years racing for Maine Winter Sport Center.