OSI Advancement Committee

Richard L. Trafton

Richard is a partner in the Auburn, Maine law firm of Trafton & Matzen, LLP where he practices estate planning, administrative and business law. He has been a State Senator representing the Auburn area, as well as Mayor of Auburn. He has been active in civic affairs as chair and secretary of municipal charter commissions and president of the Auburn Public Library.


Dick was an All-American nordic combined skier for Dartmouth College in the 1970's, and a member of the United States Nordic Combined Ski Team from 1969 through 1971. He chaired the Maine Bill Koch Ski League while his children were racing, and coached x-c skiing briefly at Bates College.

Walter B. Frame III

Walter Frame is Executive Vice President at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont; implementing the business activities for the resort and 2,500 acre estate; hotel, brewery, cross country skiing, mountain biking, recreation, homeowner association management, and real estate sales & development. Prior to Trapp Family Lodge,


Walter was Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development at Spruce Peak Realty, LLC (AIG Global Real Estate), for the period 2003-2011 where he administered all development, governance and operations for the planned resort community Spruce Peak at Stowe. Prior to his ventures in Vermont, Walter was a regional financial controller for Destination Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality & property management company with more than 90,000 employees, over 9,300 hotel rooms and condominium units, and more than $2.7 billion in assets under management.


He is a Trustee for Copley Hospital, Stowe Land Trust, and Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. Walter is married to Kristina von Trapp and they live in Stowe with their two daughters, Annie and Stella. Walter earned a bachelor's degree from Babson College and an MBA from Boston College. He has exceptionally strong financial skills and maintains strong connections in Maine and across New England.

Gary E. Adams

Gary's father was a 10th Mountain Division veteran from Aroostook County. Gary became involved with the MWSC / OSI in 2002 when we dedicated our first nordic venue, the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent.


He is a recently retired Senior Vice President at Anchor Capital in Boston, and got his Management degree from UMaine and his MBA in Finance from Suffolk University in Boston.


He has a long and successful career in banking, working for Fleet Financial, Mellon Bank, Bank of New England and Anchor. Gary has homes in Florida, Boston and Kennebunkport and will be called on to help engage conversations with individuals who might be interested in helping in all those areas.



Ole M. Amundsen III

A seasoned professional, with nonprofit, government, and private sector experience, Ole focuses on assisting clients achieve their full potential by helping organizations to articulate their vision, use their resources effectively, and overcome obstacles. Ole manages both the Land Conservation Loan program and Strategic Conservation Planning program for The Conservation Fund, a national land trust. Ole's projects have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine.


Before joining the Fund, Ole ran a successful consulting practice and was a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University. He has also served as the Assistant Director for Land Policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has worked for the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency on national policy issues.


Ole grew up cross country skiing in Hanover, New Hampshire before moving to Cape Elizabeth, Maine for high school. He skied for the Colby Nordic Ski Team and was team captain. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College and a Master of Science degree in City Planning, concentrating in Environmental Policy, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ole has exceptionally strong financial skills and strong connections nationally.

Walt Shepard

Walt Shepard is the Manager of Customer Insights at L.L.Bean, a leading multi-channel merchant of outdoor gear and apparel. In this role, Walt is responsible for corporate, market, and customer research activities on behalf of the company, supporting internal stakeholders across all functional areas of the enterprise. Prior to joining L.L.Bean,


Walt worked in strategy consulting at the Beacon Group in Portland, Maine, managing consultant teams, client interaction and project delivery on the day to day execution of projects on behalf of Fortune 500 healthcare, defense, and commercial technology clients.


Before starting his professional career, Walt spent 10 years competing full time in the sport of biathlon, where he represented both the U.S. Biathlon Team and the Maine Winters Sports Center (now OSI) at multiple Junior and Senior World Championships. He was an Academic All American skiing for Bowdoin college on his way to earning a bachelors degree in Economics. Walt has continued to stay active in the sport after retiring from competition in 2010, serving on the Board of Directors for the US Biathlon Association and the New England Nordic Ski Association.

Dana Connors

Dana Connors is a native of Easton, Maine.  He received a bachelor's degree in public management from the University of Maine in 1965 and began his career as the city manager of Presque Isle, served as Commissioner of Transportation under 2 governors and was leader of Governor Angus King’s transition team, before becoming president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 1994.


He has received numerous awards for his service and leadership to the state of Maine throughout his career. Most recently, he was inducted into Junior Achievement's Maine Business Hall of Fame (2014) and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maine, Orono (2015).


Dana worked on the creation of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges and currently serves on their Leadership Counsel.  Dana is thoughtful and with a bias for action and has particular talent bringing together leaders from throughout the state to successfully tackle shared priorities.  He is very well known and highly regarded throughout Maine.

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theo Kalikow grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts, graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Chemistry, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy and history of science from MIT and Boston University.


She taught for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, serving there as Professor of Philosophy, department chair, and assistant to the President.


She also led the faculty union. Her later career as a college and university administrator took her to Colorado, New Hampshire, and Maine.


Her deep commitment to, and leadership in, preparing our youth for the challenges of modern life helped establish the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) as one of the top state liberal arts schools in the east. Theo’s retirement from the UMF, where she spent 18 years as President, lasted a few days in June 2012, when she was tapped for a two-year stint as President of the University of Southern Maine. In 2014-15, Theo was Interim Vice Chancellor for the University of Maine System. She officially retired in June of 2015.  Since then she has done educational consulting.


Her other pastimes include rowing, hiking and gardening. Theo medalled in her age group at the National Senior Games in sprint triathlon and remains committed to making a difference in Maine.

John Couri

John is president of the Couri Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 1988 to operate youth programs for underprivileged children and which owns Sky Lodge in Jackman, Maine;) the president of the Hammond Street Senior Center Foundation, Inc., which operates a senior center in Bangor, Maine; and the president of Founders Hall Foundation, Inc., which is a donor-supported education and recreation center for senior citizens in the Ridgefield, Connecticut area.


He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. In 1972, he was one of the founders of IDF Services, Inc., serving as president from 1978 until 1987. He was a co-founder of Duty Free International, Inc. and served as president and CEO until 1993, chairman of the board until 1994 and consultant to the company until 1999. Duty Free International is the business model you’ve seen in virtually every airport across the world for the past 20 years and at all the border crossings between the US and Canada.


He received a B.A. in economics and business administration from Syracuse University in 1963 and was the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University from 2004 to 2008 and continues as a life board member. In 1993, Syracuse awarded Couri the George Arents Pioneer Medal for Excellence in Business.


Couri serves on several corporate advisory and local non-profit boards. He was a member of the Listed Company Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange and the Board of Directors of the Datahr Rehabilitation Institute (now Abilities Beyond Disabilities), serving as chairman from 1997 to 2000.

Bill Ferdinand

                              Bill is an attorney with the Eaton

                              Peabody law firm, where he focuses on

                              legislative policy, environmental, land

                              use and energy law. He has spent a

                              lifetime leading groups in the outdoors

                              - from early years as a Boy Scout leader                    and camp counselor, to college sailing

                              instructor, and then to Outward Bound

                              as a sea kayak and sailing instructor. Bill serves on boards of local and statewide organizations that promote environmental stewardship and education, including his local land trust and the E2Tech Council.


Bill attended St. Lawrence University, and has law degrees from Tulane and Vermont law schools. Bill lives in Brunswick, Maine with his wife and fledging daughters. When he is not working, you will probably find him sailing, skiing, hiking, birding, fishing or hunting throughout Maine and beyond.