Board Member Biographies

Gerry Brown recently closed his company, Gerry Brown & Associates, located in Chicago, IL and retired after 30 years of working within the hospitality industry, specifically relating to the furnishing of hotels.  Prior to opening his own company in 1984, he served as Vice President of Purchasing for Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto for 8 years.  Along with his wife, Deborah, they have also resided in Whistler since 2002.  Gerry was born in Toronto and acquired dual U.S. citizenship in 2004.  Gerry and Deborah lived in Chicago for 23 years and recently moved to Arizona.  They enjoy Whistler’s outdoor opportunities, its diverse population and its thriving community spirit.

Will Dalton completed his Bachelor Degree at the University of British Columbia and then continued his education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology completing a Diploma in Information Technology.  He began his career with HSBC bank in 2000 and has worked in Canada and Switzerland.  His previous positions include Chief Information Security Officer for HSBC Bank Canada, Global Head of IT Security & Risk and Control for HSBC Private Bank.  Currently Will is Vice President, Head of HSBC Quality for the America’s.  Will enjoys spending time with his wife and children in Whistler, experiencing the many outdoor opportunities the surrounding area have to offer.

Mark T. Donahoe is a Managing Partner and co–founder of Monitor Finance, which has acquired over 3,000 multi–family units throughout the mid–west. Previously he was a senior executive with Piper Jaffrey, where his career spanned from 1982 to 2006. Donahoe served on the firms operating committee and was most recently Senior Managing Director and Head of Equity Trading. He had overall responsibility for the company’s equity execution services businesses, including the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq trading, algorithmic and program trading, as well as convertible sales and trading. He is a past president of the Minnesota Securities Dealers Association (MSDA) as well as a former board member of the Business Economic Education Foundation (BEEF). From 1995 to 1998, he was a trustee for the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education (SIFFEE). He is a member of the Corporate Sponsors Board for the Pacer Foundation, as well as a Board and finance committee member of Groves Academy.

Mary Forseth recently retired from the Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, has lived with her husband, Doug, in Whistler for 21 years. Before moving to Whistler, she was an Area Manager and Jazzercise instructor.  Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.  Mary enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, quilting, reading and living in the best place in the world.

Nick Hanauer began at Pacific Coast Feather Company as the executive Vice President of sales and marketing and serves as the Co–Chairman and chief strategy officer. In 1988, Nick co–founded Museum Quality Framing Company. In 1995, he became a founding investor and board advisor for amazon.com.  He founded gear.com, which merged with overstock.com in 2001. In 2000, he partnered to create the venture capital company, Second Avenue Partners. Nick is actively involved in the Seattle community, he co–founded the League of Education Voters where today he serves as co–president, and he serves of the board of several organizations. Nick has a B.A. from the University of Washington. He is married to Leslie and has two children.

Renee Harbers Liddell devotes much of her time as the founding director of the Renee and Jeff Harbers Family Foundation focusing on photography for inspiring social change. In 1994, she retired from Microsoft Corporation and began spending most of the ski season in Whistler. She holds a degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Garry Herdler is Principal of ORE Management LLC and CFO of Vestis Retail Group LLC. Past positions include Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Orleans Home Builders, Executive Director in Equity Capital Markets for CIBC World Markets and with Deutsche Bank Securities and its predecessors, Bankers Trust/BT Alex Brown. Garry also spent 6.5 years with KPMG Peat Marwick Thorne. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia; is a Canadian Chartered Accountant; and he has completed the CICA In–Depth Tax Course. Garry lives in Haverford, PA, with his wife and three children.

Bill Kunzweiler Bill Kunzweiler co-founded the AFOW  with Hugh O’Reilly,  the then mayor of Whistler, Jeff Harbers and Simon Levin. Bill is a California resident who holds a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys skiing in the winter and exploring the BC coast in the summer.

Ray Longmuir Ray Longmuir attended UBC to become a licenced real estate sales agent and currently holds the position of Associate Broker C.R.B. Born and raised in Vancouver, Ray moved to Whistler in 2001 and started working as a real estate agent with RE/MAX where he amassed many accolades including qualifying for the 100 Percent and The Presidents Club. In 2006 he took on the duties of Managing Broker and Director of Sales for Playground Real Estate, Whistler. After wrapping up Playground’s Whistler projects in 2011, Ray joined the Whistler Real Estate Company. Since 2003, Ray has been a director of the Association of Whistler Realtors including four terms as President. Ray has also gained international resort real estate experience, exposure and connections through his work as a director of the Western Mountain Resort Alliance. In addition to his active role in the real estate community, as Chair of One Whistler, Ray meets regularly with Whistler’s industry leaders. Ray is married to Stephanie Sloan and is stepfather to their daughter Julia Murray, who is a second generation Olympian having competed in the Ski Cross event in 2010.

Russell McDuff is Professor Emeritus and Past Director of the School of Oceanography at University of Washington where he has been on the faculty since 1981. He earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1973 from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in oceanography in 1978 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD).  He has served on the Board of Governors of Joint Oceanographic Institutions, a consortium managing large oceanographic projects.  He currently chairs the board of OceanGate Foundation and serves as treasurer of the Ocean Inquiry Project.  Russ and his wife Tobae, a neurologist in private practice, live in Snohomish, Washington. They enjoy the outdoors of Washington and British Columbia and especially time at Whistler with their grown sons and energetic dog Luna.

Gary Raymond Managing Director, Winding Road Development Co. LLC, Scottsdale, AZ. Gary’s previous positions include President of Starwood Development, President and CEO of Intrawest Placemaking and Vice President, Finance, Blackcomb Mountain. Prior to joining Blackcomb, he spent four years as Treasurer with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Gary has been recognized by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce as the businessperson of the year and his talents as a charity auctioneer are always in demand. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Montreal’s Concordia University. When not traveling, he lives in Whistler with his wife Diane and son Jake.

Rod Rohda retired from Fidelity Investments in 2003 as CEO of their life insurance companies.  In addition to founding and building the organization, he over–saw other Fidelity businesses during his career, including the Charitable Gift Fund, a donor–advised public charity.  A BBA graduate of the University of Wisconsin , Rod received his professional training as an actuary.  He continues on two Fidelity Boards and is a Trustee Emeritus of The Actuarial Foundation and is active in the United Way of MassBay.  Rod and his wife Lori split their time between Boston and Whistler.

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden  Nancy Wilhelm-Morden was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario.  She came to Whistler in 1973 for a two-week holiday and soon made Whistler her permanent home. Throughout the 70s, she attended Capilano College and Simon Fraser University on a part-time basis while living and working in Whistler.  She held a variety of different jobs during that period including working as a server, a first aid attendant, and working as part of the highway drilling, blasting and flagging crew. When Nancy and Ted (her future husband) arrived in Whistler, housing was in short supply so they lived in a rustic cabin for four years. Nancy completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 1983 and was called to the bar a year later.  She practiced law in Vancouver until her first daughter was born and relocated her practice to Whistler in 1987.  The following year, she became a partner in Race and Company, a law firm based in Whistler.  After having served on the council for 10 years over a 24 year span, she was elected Mayor in 2011.  Nancy and her husband Ted have two daughters; Sarah and Jessie. In addition to downhill skiing, she enjoys cross-country skiing, running and hiking.  She is an avid gardener, loves being in the kitchen and enjoys travelling.

photo by Sylvia Dolson

photo by Sylvia Dolson