At the Green Mountain Club’s 111th Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 12, four general seats will open on the board of directors. General directors serve with directors elected by the sections. Directors are elected to three-year terms, with a limit of six consecutive years of board service. The GMC Nominating Committee presents the following candidates for approval:
- Nancy McClellan, second term. Nancy is vice president of the Burlington section.
- Ramchandra “Ram” Moennsad, first term. Ram is president of the Worcester, Mass section.
- Millie Mugica, first term. Millie is an educator and parent who previously served a board term in 2012.
- Jeffrey Wehrwein, first term. Jeff is an alumnus of Middlebury College and ultrarunner who currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.
Nancy McClellan moved to Burlington in 1991 to work at the Lintilhac Nurse Midwifery Service. Growing up in Buffalo, and relocating here from Minneapolis, Nancy understood snow and cold. She was not, however, familiar with the Green Mountains, but after accompanying her son on an end-to-end Long Trail hike she was hooked. Nancy has continued to hike many long-distance trails including the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail, the Coast to Coast Trail in England, Alta Via, and the Haute Route. Nancy volunteers with GMC as a trail adopter, a Barnes Camp greeter and interpreter, member of DEI committee, chair of Long Trail Legacy Campaign, and vice president of the Burlington Section.
Since retirement, Nancy has been involved in international relief work in Greece and Haiti. She has also served as chair of the Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes and continues to co-chair the Development Committee of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Nancy’s priorities have included preservation and maintenance of the Long Trail for her children and grandchildren and supporting smaller club sections to increase membership and improve communications.
Ram Moennsad first moved to the U.S. in the 1970s from Kenya, and settled in New Hampshire. There he worked as a state water commissioner for 14 years, which spurred his interest in conservation. Ram moved to Massachusetts to work as an assistant safety officer for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Upon relocating, he got involved with the town of Spencer’s Conservation Commission, and shortly after GMC’s Worcester Section. Ram has served on the section’s Camp Committee since he became a GMC member in 2011; the committee helps maintain the section’s Cedar Meadow Pond Camp in Leicester, Mass. Ram has been president of the Worcester Section since 2017 and preceded that with a four-year stint as vice president.
Now retired, Ram spends his time volunteering with the section, hiking, snowshoeing, riding his bike, gardening, and generally spending time outdoors. His wife, Neim Moennsad, is also involved with the section; they have two children.
Millie Mugica became an avid hiker upon moving to New Hampshire after college. After a few years of day hiking, she read an article in Backpacker Magazine about the Long Trail in VT. “That is crazy!” she thought. “Could I do that?” Never having slept in a tent, for her 30th birthday she set out to try. It was love at first step. Now entering early retirement, Millie has hiked the Long Trail end-to-end eleven times. She has also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and climbed NH’s 48 4000’ers in winter.
“Hiking the Long Tail is one of the best things I’ve ever done.” It introduced Millie to the GMC where she became a member and volunteer. She has helped build four shelters and served as a mentor to prospective end-to-enders. In 2012 she served a term on the Green Mountain Club’s Board of Directors as well as on the Fundraising and Trail Management committees. Backpacking in Vermont is something she hopes to do for the rest of her life. She wants the trail to be there for her, her children, and generations to come. That is why it means a lot for her to again serve on GMC’s Board of Directors.
Millie holds a Master’s degree in education from Antioch New England. She has taught preschool through fourth grade. In the summers, she has monitored mountain bird species for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Millie has introduced children from toddlers to teens to hiking and backpacking and initiated student groups of bird counters for the Audubon Society. When the elementary school where she worked decided to build an outdoor classroom, Millie was an integral part of the process.
Recreationally, when not hiking or backpacking, Millie might be running or cross country skiing. Bird watching and reading are other favorite pastimes. She lives in Hollis, New Hampshire with her husband Gig Walsh and their daughter.
Jeff Wehrwein grew up skiing at Bromley and day-hiking with his family in the White Mountains. His love of Vermont blossomed when he attended Middlebury College, and his first GMC event was trail maintenance with the Bread Loaf section on Middlebury Gap. After graduation he lived in Burlington and became a regular on hikes, snowshoes, and trail work outings with the Burlington section after officially joining the club in early 2010. In September 2010 he defied his fear of the dark and hiked the Long Trail end-to-end, staying dry for about 7 hours total.
Some years later, Jeff left Vermont to see the world and climb new mountains. While living in California he backpacked the John Muir Trail, the Tahoe-Yosemite section of the PCT, and the High Sierra Trail, none of which have quite the character of the Long Trail. More recently Jeff moved to Boulder, Colorado where he accidentally became an ultrarunner and diversifies his time in the woods with cross-country skiing. He has visited 51 national parks and 30+ national forests across the country.
Jeff visits Vermont regularly to spend time with his parents in Middlebury, hike his favorite Green Mountains, and discover new ski trails when the weather allows. In recent years he took his parents on an overnight trip to Skylight Pond, and backpacked the Vermont section of the Appalachian Trail. He is grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the Green Mountain Club.