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New Faces in Waterville Valley

September 30, 2018

There are some new faces in the Waterville Valley resort community. Allow me to introduce you to Jared, Stacie, Wendy, Pat and Christina. Let’s give them a big Waterville Valley welcome!

Jared Emerson

Jared joins the Waterville Valley Resort team as the new Lift Operations Manager. Jared comes from a die hard family of skiers that traveled every weekend from their coastal Maine home to Rangeley to ski Saddleback.  As a young teen, he started working at Saddleback as volunteer ski patrol. At age 18, he became a part-time professional ski patroller. In 2003, Jared left his job as a motorcycle mechanic on the coast and moved to Rangeley to start a full-time career in mountain operations. Jared wore many hats, working as a lift mechanic and snowmaker. At 22 years old, Jared became the youngest ski patrol director in the country, and it wasn’t long before he became operations manager at Saddleback.  

In 2012, SAM Magazine (the professional trade publication for the mountain resort market) named Jared a Sammy winner, ski industry leader moving the industry into the future (read the article below).

Saddleback is now for sale, so Jared and his wife (pictured below) sold their Rangeley home and landed here in Waterville Valley. He said, “My job search kept drawing me back to the exciting, fun, team oriented uniqueness that surrounds Waterville Valley.” 

Jared and Katie Emerson


Stacie Sullivan

Stacie is Waterville Valley Resort’s new Communications Manager. She comes to the Valley from Boston where she worked at the Boston Sailing Center in membership, marketing and events. She spent the last two winters in Maine working at Sunday River as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 17/18 season and at Sugarloaf as the Marketing & Events Coordinator for the 16/17 season. When she isn’t in the office you can find her in the mountains, hiking or rock climbing. 

Wendy Marker

Waterville Valley Realty welcomes Wendy Marker to our team as office and rental administrator. Wendy is a familiar face around the Valley as she has operated her own cleaning company for 19 years.  Wendy will continue to offer her professional cleaning services in addition to working part-time at Waterville Valley Realty. Prior to moving to the Waterville Valley region, Wendy served in the Merchant Marine for 11 years as a tanker captain. In 1982, she moved to New Hampshire to focus on raising her two daughters, Jessie and Jamie, and operating her own business. 

Lt. Patrick Payer 

As we say farewell and good luck to retiring Police Captain John Katsirebas, we welcome Police Lieutenant Patrick Payer to the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety. Lt. Payer comes to us from the Campton Police Department where he worked for 10 years as an investigator and supervisor.  Lt. Payer will have the same responsibilities here in Waterville Valley, and will also serve as the department’s prosecutor, a position previously held by Capt. Katsirebas.  Lt. Payer is looking forward to taking on the multiple roles required by a department of public safety – police, fire and EMS.

Lt. Payer, center, flanked by Police Chief David Noyes on the left, and Department of Public Safety Director Chris Hodges on the right.

Christina Kirkwood

Christina is not new to the Valley, but she has a new position at WVBBTS as Director of the Mitey Mites program.  She has worked in the Mitey Mites program for four years. Christina is a lifelong skier and the daughter of two ski instructors. She raced out of Hunter Mountain for six years. After exiting the racing world, she coached at Hunter Mountain in the junior race program. After moving to Boston in 2000, she started teaching skiing at Waterville Valley and is Certified PSIA Level II instructor and a member of USSA. During the week Christina is a Special Education teacher specializing in dyslexia and reading disabilities. 

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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