Board of Directors

McGuire-150x150Maxwell C. Strickland – Corporate Liaison

Maxwell C. Strickland background has been a mix of outdoor adventure, product innovation and emergency medicine. His  interest in remote wilderness began at age 12. He’s been on a SAR team, worked as a guide, EMT and Ski Patroller, and currently serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Long Valley Fire Department. His professional focus has been in the outdoor industry, working on product and brand development for Klean Kanteen, Teva, Keen and Ahnu footwear brands, as well as The North Face and other stand-out brands. He’s the founder of The Mountain Lab, a brand strategy and product innovation company that partners with top-level companies in the outdoor marketplace. Click here to read a conversation with the folks at The Atlantic in which Scott discusses some of his strategies and philosophies in gear design and development.

Romania_19-150x150David A. Fields, MD – Secretary/Conference Chair

David is a general surgeon at Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, California. Growing up in the Midwest, he spent time each summer in Colorado and lived in Germany for a year. Working for the National Health Service in rural Montana, he became interested in surgery. He did his general surgery training in Salt Lake City with a specialty in thoracic oncology. After a 2-year cardiothoracic fellowship in Pittsburgh he was recruited to Seattle to develop a minimally-invasive lung cancer program at a large tertiary care center. In 2012 he and his partner, Dr. Fru Bahiraei, took over the general surgery practice at Mammoth Lakes Hospital. “The opportunity to live in the mountains, be part of a small community, spend time with my children and to take part in international medical missions made Mammoth an ideal place for me,” says Dr. Koehler. He was a team leader on MMM’s surgical strike team to the central Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

mcconnell-150x150Matthew M. Pina – Treasurer

Matthew can be summed up in two words: action and results. Whether it’s bootstrapping a software company from 0 to $5 million in less than 3 years, qualifying for the Inc. 5,000 – fastest-growing privately held companies in the US or batting fifth and driving in runs for an adult league baseball team. The direct line from action to results comes from focusing on continual improvement – finding out what needs improvement, and prioritizing according to maximum impact. A family man, he is intimately involved with the various endeavors of his 5 kids (Little League Baseball, Skiing, FIRST Lego League, etc.) . And now he’ll be devoting his laser-like focus to helping MMM grow to help as many people around the world as possible.


Application Process:

To be considered for this position, please fill out and submit the following brief application. The current Board will begin reviewing applications and interviewing potential candidates after June 15, 2015. Position will remain open until filled.