The following AAC members have been selected to serve on your Board of Directors. There are two ways to vote for this board slate:
1. Online, using voting form below.
2. In person, at the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting, February 7, 4:30 p.m., American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO.
Kit has been a member of the AAC since the 1990s when she went on her first international climbing expedition to Sikkim, India. Since then she’s focused on climbing mountains that she can ski back down including ski descents of the Seven Summits as well as others in Alaska, Siberia, Bolivia, New Zealand and many in her backyard of Wyoming’s Teton Range. Kit continues to explore new expressions of the sport as in her first female solo climb/ski of the Ford-Stettner route on the Grand Teton in 2013. Kit is a member of The North Face Global Athlete Team, and in 2011 she was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. Kit lives in Teton Village, WY with her husband and two young daughters.
Phil Lakin, Jr., is a native Tulsan. After graduating from Jenks High School, he earned his BBA in Economics and Finance from Baylor University, where he served as student body president. Phil returned to Tulsa after college and joined the firm now known as Accenture, working as a management information systems consultant for almost two years. Wanting to pursue a career more focused on serving others, Mr. Lakin joined Baylor University’s Office of Development in 1991, where he first served as area director of development. He later was promoted to manage the Dallas/Ft. Worth development office which was responsible for development efforts in northeastern Texas and in six states. Phil’s love for Tulsa and desire to broaden his service to people and communities persisted, however, and led him to become keenly interested in the newly formed Tulsa Community Foundation. Shortly after earning his MBA from Baylor University, TCF’s Board selected Mr. Lakin to be the Foundation’s first chief executive officer; he began work in June 1999. Due to the generosity of countless Tulsans, the asset size of the community foundation since that time has grown from $117,000 to approximately $4 billion. TCF is the largest community foundation in the United States. Phil stays active in the Tulsa community by serving on the boards of George Kaiser Family Foundation (chairman), Tulsa Community College Foundation, Jenks Public Schools Foundation, and many other charitable foundations. Lakin is a past president of Rotary Club of Tulsa, the 7th City of Tulsa as one of nine city councilors. Phil has served on Oklahoma’s State Board of Education and recently led the Tulsa Zoo’s privatization efforts. Phil is also a deacon in his church. Phil and his wife, Adriane, have been married for 18 years. They have three handsome and active sons, Brooks, Alex, and Cooper (15, 12 and 8, respectively). In addition to climbing Mount Whitney, Mount Rainier and the Grand Teton, Phil has hiked and climbed to the summits of all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000+' mountains. He has attended the last 32 Indy 500 races, a tradition that his father and he started in 1981, which have included his grandfather and now include his two oldest sons.
Janet Bergman Wilkinson
Janet Wilkinson is well rounded in all aspects of vertical life. She learned to climb in the late 1990s as a college student at the University of New Hampshire, clipping bolts at nearby Rumney and bouldering at Pawtuckaway State Park. She’s since made her home in Madison, New Hampshire, where Cathedral Ledge’s traditional climbing and the snow and ice of the White Mountains are her playgrounds of choice. Janet has climbed all over the world, with first ascents in the Indian Himalaya and on the granite cliffs of Newfoundland, and alpine rock ascents in Patagonia, Peru, Canada, and France. Janet has been a member of the American Alpine Club since her first international expedition in 2003, a trip to Peru for which she received an AAC Mountaineering Fellowship Grant. Janet is an athlete ambassador for Mountain Hardwear and La Sportiva, and she serves on the Athlete Advisory Board for Polartec. Janet is equally passionate about the leadership and development of not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves as executive director for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) and has more than 10 years of experience as a nonprofit consultant, with expertise in organizational planning and board development.