Officers and Coordinator Leaders

The Mountaineering Section of the PATC

2017 Club Officers and Coordinators


Name: Mark Maier

Before serving as Chair of PATC-MS, Mark Maier filled the much needed role of Gearmeister. 2017 sees Mark taking up the mantle of guiding the club's direction and herding cats climbers for the next year from Andy. He enjoys climbing at all the local crags, especially the Sierras. He is also the best dressed climber at the monthly meeting.

Vice Chair

 Name:  Bill Kessinger

This is Bill Kessinger second year serving as PATC-MS's Vice Chair. When he is not running the Alpine Skills Weekend, he runs the training hike and makes sarcastic jokes. His interests include mountaineering, longs walks with a heavy pack, and flannel. He is also a fan of spinach.


Name: Jade Goh

Jade is once again serving as Treasurer for PATC-MS. Both a trad climber and a newly minted lover of ice cold winter mountaineering, Jade can be found wandering the vast reaches of the AT, armed with nothing but her harness and gear, and her faithful companion, Pikachu. She owns a panda hat.


Name: Siobhan Williams

Relatively new to DC, Siobhan brings much needed life to the pile of grumpy climbers that is PATC-MS as the club's Secretary for 2017. Siobhan enjoys climbing anything that is available, from Seneca to Carderock to Old Rag, and when nothing else is available, the side of boats. She has a scary stuffed animal with three heads and eight legs that guards her car.

Access Name: Edwin Bachetti
Maintains liaison with local and national climbing access organizations.  Stays abreast of access issues, informs the PMC membership of the issues, and recommends PMC involvement as appropriate.

Coordinators Reporting to Vice-Chairman

Expeditions Name: Dave Ciesla
Solicits, evaluates, and make recommendation to the EXCOM to about which proposals should be sponsored bi-annually.

Name: Marty Comisky
Solicits, coordinates, and organizes training events for the membership throughout the year and posts the details to the club calendar.
Elections Name: Carol Clayton
Solicits candidates and establishes procedures and deadlines as outlined in the PMC Bylaws.  Coordinates the election with the PMC Membership via the PMC membership data-base.

Coordinators Reporting to Secretary

Membership Name: Jenni Weisman
Solicits new membership at local climbing events, particularly Carderock and Great Falls climbing.  Assists with and collects new membership paperwork (applications & waivers) and forwards those to the Secretary.
Women's Events Name: Eliddia Mader, Edith Han
Solicits, coordinates, and organizes women-only events for the membership throughout the year and posts the details to the club calendar.

Name: Sylvain La
Manages website, online events, emails, and mailing list.

Coordinators Reporting to Treasurer

Publications Editor Name: Vincent Penoso
Coordinates, organizes, publishes, and distributes the club newsletter quarterly.  Coordinates all publishing, reproduction, and sales of PMC quidebooks and other printed material.  Maintains liaison with PATC HQ to maintain inventories of all PMC published materials.

Names: John Gannon, Chris Bair
Purchases (as directed by the EXCOM), stores, maintains, and accounts for all club gear and library materials.



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