Our Board of Directors WMAFF

Our dedicated board of directors share our vision and mission to create a world class aquatic facility here in the Mt. Washington Valley.

President
Lawton Harper

Lawton Harper has recently become our President for the WMAF. Having moved to the Mount Washington Valley in 2014. He lives in Conway with his wife, Julie, a midwife at Memorial Hospital, and two daughters Audra (11) and Eli (8), both swimmers with the Saco Valley Swim Club. Lawton grew up in the New York metropolitan area, where he swam competitively, taught and coached swimming. He swam through college and later via US Masters Swimming, and recently returned to swimming in New Hampshire's open waters. He and his family have traveled extensively, testing the waters in Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Lawton has spent 25 years as an internal and external management consultant, working internationally with corporate CEOs and leadership teams across a variety of industries. During his career, he has conducted numerous pro bono assignments for non-for-profit organizations. He holds a BA in Sociology from Hamilton College and an MBA in General Management from the NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Vice President
Bob Magg 

Bob graduated from The Polytechnic Institute and The University of Santa Clara. He worked for the manufacturing arm of the former Bell System with positions in engineering, installation, manufacturing, and labor relations. 

As his children grew they became interested in swimming and joined teams in the neighborhood. Swimming can be a parent intensive sport involving timing, judging, scoring and just plain getting the kids to the blocks. Through the years Bob has been club president, meet director, team manager, USA Official, an ASCA certified coach and head coach for a number of swim teams. He also has been involved with the planning of new pools, conducted stroke clinics for swimmers and their parents and has introduced several swimming innovations to the sport.

Bob is a member of Rotary International which he joined upon moving to the Valley three years ago. Rotary's purpose is to bring the skills of business owners and professionals to bear on problems/opportunities of our community. He believes that involvement with aquatics teaches lifelong disciplines, improves the safety of the community and is a great family activity. Having a pool in our community will provide many healthful benefits to all age groups and further enhance the Valley experience.

Treasurer
Jack Callahan

Jack joined Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. in 1985 after graduating from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jack currently serves as the Firm’s Managing Partner and specializes in serving clients in the not-for-profit and construction industries, as well as small, family owned-businesses. Jack currently resides in Wolfeboro with his wife, Tawna and their three children. 



 



 

Secretary
Patricia Mattox-Larson

Tricia grew up in New Orleans but moved to NH in 1977 to attend college and never looked back! She has a bachelor's degree from UNH and a master's degree from Emerson College, both in Communication Disorders. She is a Speech Pathologist and is presently working for Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County happily serving clients in their homes. She has always been drawn to the water having competed only a little, but spending a lot of time swimming in lakes, oceans and pools all over. She travels as much as time will allow, hiking, skiing, climbing, biking and swimming in beautiful places in this country, Europe and South America, most recently in the Galapagos Islands. Tricia is a resident of Eaton and has lived in the MWV since 1981. She is married and has two grown children, one a pediatric nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and one a Stuctural Engineer, working at HEB Engineers in North Conway.

Tricia has been involved with the WMAF since 2007. She swims with the local Master's swimming group at the White Mountain Aquatic Center and all summer at Crystal Lake. While these are meaningful and rewarding, both have their own unique limitations, namely seasonal restrictions. Thus, she has worked for many years to bring a high quality, sustainable aquatic and fitness center to the MWV. 

Board Members
 

Jeff Rothen

Jeff is a seasoned Mount Washington Valley resident, living here since 1981. Spending summers in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, he was drawn to the mountains for the hiking, climbing and rivers in the area. Although he is no stranger to pools, Jeff prefers open water swimming of the lakes. He has set his sights on swimming many of the remote back country ponds and lakes in search of the perfect swim. 

Jeff is a Physical Therapist and holds a doctorate degree from Franklin Pierce University. His specialty in Therapy is orthopedics. He is employed at Mountain Center Physical Therapy in Glen, NH. He is also involved in the community with the care of senior citizens through Carroll County Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Service. As such he provides Physical Therapy in the homes of his patients.

Jeff has extensive experience using theraputic aquatics in the field of rehabilitation. He advises the board regarding matters that involve the treatment of people with physical disabilities and handicaps.

 

Joseph Kwasnik

 

Lorraine Tilney

 

Eli Szklanka 


Jim Soroka- In Memory 8/20/2016

Jim graduated from the University of Miami and was the President of Soroka Builders, Inc. He retired from the home builder/light construction business. Jim built over thirty homes, numerous additions, and remodeling projects in and around the Mount Washington Valley area.

Originally from Connecticut, Jim moved to Conway 35 years ago, met his wife Margie and raised two children, a daughter Jessica who is a Ga. attorney, and a son David resides in Maine. Both children are graduates of the Conway school system and Kennett HS.

Jim was an avid sports enthusiast, playing in local baseball leagues for 20 years, a surfer, a nationally ranked swimmer in his Masters age group, and was on the New England age group top 10 all time performances list in various places. Jim's passion for triathlons, held a national ranking there as well, and competed in his first full Ironman in Sept 09.

Over the years Jim donated time and money to many projects in the valley such as playground construction at Conway Elementary, baseball dugout construction, coaching baseball, basketball, football, and a volunteer at numerous sporting events. He strongly felt the Aquatic Center is a needed and missing link in the Mount Washington Valley, and viewed it as a terrific opportunity and privilege to give back to this community that had given him and his family so much over the years.

One of Jim's great passions was health and fitness, very important facets of his life. He shared that passion with others in the community whether it was biking with others or working with a local U. S. Masters Swimming group or encouraging others to enter the Pitch Pine Challenge. Jim was a world-class triathlete, one who was constantly preparing for that next great race.

Early on Jim recognized the need for an aquatic complex here in the valley. He and several others formed the WMAFF which continues to be dedicated to improve the health and wellness of valley residents and its visitors. 

As the former president of the foundation and as a director, Jim was activly engaged in planning for the new facility. Jim's contagious smile and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.