OSI Board of Directors

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.

Andy Shepard

President/Chief Executive Officer

Andy spent 16 years at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine working on strategies, products and services to inspire people to spend time outdoors. While at L.L.Bean Andy developed a strategy to create a new economic and cultural model for Northern Maine, which became the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) in the Spring of 1999.


Over the next 17 years the MWSC evolved into a globally respected, year-round, statewide organization that used the challenge inherent in the outdoors and outdoor sport to preparing kids and adults for the challenges in life. But by 2016, what started out focused on getting people in Northern Maine on skis had also evolved into so much more. It needed a new name that more accurately reflected that evolution—the Outdoor Sport Institute.


Andy was named the Outstanding Non-Profit Business Executive for Maine in 2010, recipient of the Russell Wilder Award by the US Ski and Snowboard Association in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine in 2005. He carries forward the culture of excellence with the Outdoor Sport Institute.


Andy is co-founder, Vice Chairman and trustee of the United States Biathlon Foundation and past trustee of Carrabassett Valley Academy and Pineland Farms.

Sarah Guerette

Board Member

                            Sarah is the Southern Maine Director at

                            the Women's Business Center at CEI,

                            where she helps entrepreneurs access

                            advising, training, capital and other

                            resources to start, or grow their own



                            Sarah's passion around

                            entrepreneurship has driven her recent

                            career choices, including: work at CEI in their StartSmart program with immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs; several years in Ecuador growing a local consulting firm focused on high impact entrepreneurial ecosystems, and time at ACCION USA measuring the outcomes of their domestic microlending.


Sarah is an active community member: she sits on the boards of Portland Bike Share Inc. and Women Standing Together, and is working as part of a collaborative initiative to encourage more female equity investors in Maine.


She has an MBA from Boston University, with specializations in marketing and public and nonprofit management, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, where she was first exposed to the field of outdoor experiential education.


Originally from Bangor, Sarah now lives in Portland with her husband.  When not pouring over spreadsheets, she can often be found out running on the trails, swimming somewhere (ideally open-water, weather permitting), or cooking up vegetarian delights at home.


Abe Furth

Board Member

                              Abe has been an entrepreneur his

                              entire adult life. He is currently

                              focusing his energy on Orono Brewing

                              Company and property development in

                              the Bangor, Maine region with a focus

                              on developing historic downtown

                              properties for commercial and

                              residential use. He also owns

                              Woodsman’s Bar and Grill and Verve

                              Burritos in Orono, and serves on the

board of the Maine Brewers’ Guild. He studied creative writing at the University of Maine Orono, where he met his wife and business partner Heather Furth.


Abe grew up in a family of outdoor educators, spent much of his childhood on backpack and canoe expeditions and is committed to outdoor adventure. As a young adult he bicycled across the United States twice, and he has stayed dedicated to the sport of cycling and mountain biking. Abe also is an avid skier and motorcycle adventurer.



Minal Caron

Board Member

Minal grew up in Fort Kent, Maine where he was a member of Maine Winter Sports Center's cross-country skiing and biathlon teams throughout high school, and also raced for Fort Kent Community High School. He served as captain of the MWSC County Team as a high school senior, and with strong encouragement from his coach, went off to Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the Dartmouth Ski Team from 2005-2009.


After graduating from Dartmouth with degrees in human geography and economics he spent a year as a research and teaching assistant at Dartmouth and served as a volunteer ski coach for seventh and eighth graders in the Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Council Nordic Program in Hanover, New Hampshire.


After Dartmouth, Minal was accepted into Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 2013. While at Harvard he received the Paul C. Weiler Award for academic excellence in Sports Law and assisted in writing and revising the second edition of Representing the Professional Athlete, a legal textbook. He currently lives in the Bangor area, where he works as a law clerk for Chief Judge John Woodcock of the United States District Court in Maine. In the fall, Minal is moving to Boston to work as an associate for the law firm Ropes & Gray.

Kaitlyn Bernard

Board Member

Kaitlyn is the Maine program associate for the Appalachian Mountain Club, working in their Portland office. Kaitlyn grew up in Fort Kent, and was involved in Maine Winter Sports Center programming as a middle school kid in the Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program. She continued with the program through high school and went on to compete for the MWSC team in both cross country skiing and biathlon all over the country. In addition to training and competing,


Kaitlyn was very active as a volunteer leading youth programming, including coaching the Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program.


She is a recent graduate of Colby College, where she studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education. At Colby, she served as the Colby Outing Club's "Officer of Maine" and helped start and coach the Central Maine Ski Club's Middle School Nordic Team.

Emma Pope-Welch

Board Member

                             Emma is a communications specialist

                             with MEMIC, working from their

                             Portland office. In her role she is

                             responsible for developing

                             comprehensive communication

                             campaigns and events.


                             Emma grew up in New Hampshire and

                             Maine spending time outdoors at every

                             turn. Whether kayaking, skiing or trail running she finds that everyone is their best self in fresh air and via self-propulsion. She is thrilled to be serving in a board capacity that is a fantastic marriage of skill and passion. She is a graduate of the University of Maine where she earned degrees in Journalism and Communication.