The Mt. Ashland Association is organized as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community organization. The Association holds monthly Board meetings, which are noted on our Upcoming Events page.
The following individuals serve on the organization’s Board of Directors and can be reached by calling 541-482-2897 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curt Burrill, President
Curt Burrill is a native Southern Oregonian who grew up in the outdoors. He learned to ski on the slopes of Mt. Ashland at the age of 8 and fondly remembers riding the T-bar and Poma lifts on the mountain. Curt enjoys sharing his outdoor experiences with his wife and children who have also learned to ski on Mt. Ashland.
A graduate of South Medford High School and Southern Oregon University, Curtis has deep roots in the community. His commitment to the community has included involvement with The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, the Boys and Girls Club of the Rogue Valley, the Crater Lake Council – Boy Scouts of America, the Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council and Walker Fund Advisory Committee. He has been a commercial real estate broker and developer for over 20 years. He understands and appreciates the quality of life our region has to offer and see’s Mt. Ashland as important asset to our economic vitality.
Mary Smelcer, Vice-President
Mary Smelcer graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. After graduation she moved to the west coast to work for the US Forest Service in several locations in Northern California before landing her dream job as District Ranger in Ashland Oregon in 1988. At that time, Mary oversaw the Mt. Ashland planning efforts which resulted in the completion of the 1991 EIS and Master plan.
In 1994 she shifted roles to District Ranger of the Applegate Ranger District and became an active part of the Applegate Partnership, a community based collaborative effort.
In 2000 Mary became the Associate District Manager of the Medford BLM District overseeing the management of nearly a million acres of Public land until her retirement in 2014.
Mary also participates as a Planning Section Chief on a Pacific Northwest Interagency Incident Management team for managing large wildfires. She has been involved in fire management for over 27 years and continues her role as Plans Chief in retirement.
Mt. Ashland is where Mary taught her two sons to ski at the early age of 4. Weekend ski trips with a car load of young “alpha coyote” boys made for lifelong memories. She fondly remembers taking her sons and their friends into the bowl for their first experience with friendly encouragement of “pay you a dollar to ski the bowl!”
Mary feels privileged to serve on the Mt. Ashland Board and the opportunity to support family fun on the mountain for many years to come.
Adam Reiss, Treasurer
Adam has been snowboarding for over 30 years and his entire family also rides snowboards. He is the president of the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association Southern League and the Medford Snowboard team. Adam and his wife Dawn and have 3 children: Lexy, a junior at Lewis and Clark, Kayla, a freshman at University of Colorado Boulder, and Deryk, a 7th grader at Hedrick Middle School. In the summer they like to wake board and wake surf as well. They have a variety of pets. Adam is an avid NY Yankee fan (he is a native New Yorker) and collects classic cars and motorcycles. He and his family supports Mt. Ashland and have been season pass holders for several years.
Anne Jenkins, Secretary
Anne Jenkins was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. Anne has been on the slopes nearly her entire life, learning how to ski shortly after walking. She has been active in the outdoors downhill skiing, water skiing, running, and hiking. She enjoys sharing the outdoors with her husband and two children.
Anne attended Southern Oregon University and has been involved with the community for over 20 years. She spent 17 years with the tourism industry promoting the Rogue Valley and has a strong commitment to the community.
Anne believes Mt. Ashland is an important asset to the Rogue Valley. She feels with continued stewardship, the mountain can provide locals with the opportunity to learn and ski for many years to come.
Annette Batzer, Past President
Annette Batzer is a native Oregonian who grew up relishing the outdoor world. She believes our natural resources are treasures to be cherished and held in good care for future generations to enjoy. She has been an active volunteer in many Rogue Valley organizations, most recently as a board member of the Gordon Elwood Foundation, which strives to create collaborations throughout our region and to leverage resources to bring about the changes we hope for. She started skiing as a child at Mt. Ashland the year it opened and has been enjoying the mountain ever since. She has been a volunteer Ski Patroller at Mt. Ashland since 2007.
Annette has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years, involved in all aspects of patient care, quality improvement, reimbursement, program development and certification. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2001 she created the Advanced Wound Center, now at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center where she still practices as a Nurse Practitioner.
Annette’s real love is world wandering, seeing what’s around the next corner, exploring our natural world, by foot and sea.
Matthew was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon. From an early age Matthew embodied the idea that if you learn to ski here, you can ski anywhere. He competed on the Mt Ashland Racing Association Team and the Ashland High School Ski Team. He now enjoys sharing his love of Mt. Ashland with his wife and kids. When the mountain is not open, he can be found mountain biking in the hills around Ashland, surfing at the Oregon coast, and enjoying the great outdoors in as many ways as possible.
A graduate of Ashland High School, and Southern Oregon University, Matthew is the Owner and CEO of Work Sharp, a 4th generation family business headquartered in Ashland, Oregon. During his time at the helm, the company has grown substantially and been recognized as one of Oregon’s best workplaces year after year for the last decade. He has served on several other boards near and dear to his, and our communities heart.
Having grown up on Mt. Ashland, Matthew is dedicated to ensuring that future generations will get to enjoy this amazing asset in our community.
Erik is a New Jersey native, moving in his early teenage years to Maine where he found his love of outdoor sports. He attended the University of Maine, and not long after graduation moved to Oregon in 2000 to attend Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. Erik, his wife and daughter moved to Southern Oregon in 2006 where he has practiced law since that time. They are all happy to call this special place their home.
Erik believes that Mt. Ashland is a vital part the community, allowing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults alike, which fosters appreciation for and protection of the wild. He is happy to be part of the Board, helping to maintain the legacy of what has been built before by others, and building on that foundation for the future.
Ray Mallette grew up in Vermont and learned to cross country ski by joining the high school racing team. In the 1980s he moved to Silicon Valley where he earned degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, raced sailboats on San Francisco Bay and learned to alpine ski at Lake Tahoe. In the 1990s he moved back to Vermont, introducing skiing to his two children at an early age at Bolton Valley and Sugarbush.
He was employed by IBM for 38 years working in semiconductor manufacturing and development, leading teams on yield management and customer delivery.
He moved to Ashland with his family in 2014, attracted by the beauty of the mountains, the climate and the close proximity to skiing, biking and hiking. Since retiring, he has focused his volunteer efforts on trail building and working with local organizations on the causes and impacts of climate change. He currently is a member of Ashland’s Climate Policy Commission.
He views Mt Ashland as a wonderful recreational and economic resource to the Rogue Valley and would like to see it continue to have an environmentally sustainable future for year-round outdoor activities.
Blair has a passion for Mt. Ashland and skiing where he has served on the board of directors for more than 20 years. Though he had skied a few other places, he basically learned how to ski on the slopes of Mt. Ashland as a middle-aged adult. The Mt. Ashland ski area is a treasure for the communities of Southern Oregon and Northern California and we are so grateful for your support.
Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and is a Presidential Field Forester, and Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He recently retired after 38 years of practicing Forestry in both private industry and government land management agencies while working in the forests of Northern Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Southern Oregon.
Blair has served in leadership positions on numerous local non-profit community and regional professional boards. Those boards include Southern Oregon University, United Way of Jackson County, Society of American Foresters, Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, Northern Arizona University Advisory Council for the College of Forestry, and the Oregon Logging Conference.
Hank O’Dougherty was born and raised in California. He started skiing at the age of 14 via the local ski shop’s bus to the mountain. It was a two- to four-hour trip each way, depending on weather. Sporting his first successful tip drop 1973, Hank grew up with a pack of boys tearing up Mt. Reba at Bear Valley.
Hank began his 30+ year business career as a CPA with a national firm and since moving to Ashland in 1989, was CEO of a local manufacturing firm for the past 16 years.
The father of three capable, beautiful daughters, Hank has sat on a number of charitable boards in the past. The most recent was as Board Chair for the Siskiyou School.
Hank says he believes Mt. Ashland is too important of a Rogue Valley asset to let it languish. He is committed to open, straightforward communication, loves the energy and drive of Oregonians because as a group we make things happen.
“Skiing powder is still my favorite thing to do in the whole world.”
Allen Purdy is a native Oregonian. His family moved to Medford before he was 1 and started skiing Mt. Ashland when he was 9 years old. He has fond memories of his father driving a VW van full of kids, including his brother, up to the mountain almost every weekend day. It was especially memorable because his father wasn’t a skier but would instead enjoy a good book or a nap in the lodge while they all skied.
Allen left Medford in 1987 to pursue a degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico and ended up spending 26 years in Northern California. He returned to the Rogue Valley in 2013 with his wife Megan and three daughters as a new owner of S&B James Construction Management.
Allen and his family enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking and soccer. His favorite times are spending days on the mountain with them.
He also has been an active volunteer in many Rogue Valley organizations including the Medford/Jackson County Chamber, the Southern Oregon Sports Commission and Rotary.
Valri has been part of the Mt. Ashland community most of her life, learning to ski and spending most weekends on the mountain at the age of 11 or 12, being on the Ashland High School ski team, a MARA board member, an AHS Ski team board member, and most recently mother of the bride who was married on Mt Ashland. When she is not skiing, she enjoys hiking, camping, sailing, and playing with her grandkids.
Valri, with her degree in accounting, has worked with many small businesses and has served as treasurer as well as president for many local nonprofit organizations. She is excited to use her skills to support Mt Ashland now and for the future.