American Avalanche Association Announces Search For New Executive Director

Mike Bartholow | | AvalancheAvalancheIndustry NewsIndustry News
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Lel Tone demonstrating beacon use | Photo: American Avalanche Association

In an email to members on January 26, 2021, American Avalanche Association (A3) Executive Director Dan Kaveney announced that he will be stepping down as of May 2021. Dan has been the Executive Director for the last three years and has overseen quite a bit of progress within the organization.  Dan stated in his email that:

“A3 has enjoyed significant improvement as measured by almost any metric one could advance; finances are solid, membership is up, dues are up, donations are up, corporate sponsorship is up, grants and scholarships have increased, member engagement is up, outreach has been very successful, has grown dramatically, and we’ve added important products like online TAR and a seminar series to our portfolio.” – Dan Kaveney

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Dan Kaveney, Executive Director of the American Avalanche Association | Photo: American Avalanche Association

As stated in the A3 Job Description, The A3 Executive Director is responsible for daily operations, fundraising, program oversight, and community relations, serving a membership of 2,600 avalanche professionals and avalanche safety enthusiasts. The organization has grown steadily over the years, continually improving member services, publications, and oversight of avalanche education standards. Publications include The Avalanche Review, The Avalanche Review online, The Snowy Torrents, Snow, Weather and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG), and

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The Avalanche Review is the trade and scientific publication of A3 | Photo: The Avalanche Review

In a phone conversation last week, Dan told me that he would like to emphasize how much he has enjoyed working with the A3 and how welcomed and supported he felt, having come into the organization without a professional avalanche background. He also wanted to thank the Board and the membership for the hard work everyone has done to promote our organization. Dan plans to stay involved with A3 as an appointed member of the Board of Directors and looks forward to seeing where the new Executive Director takes A3.

Johnny Bressette, Avalanche Tech for Alaska Electric Light & Power in Juneau, Alaska | Photo: Mike Janes, A3

The American Avalanche Association works on behalf of avalanche professionals and their beneficiaries. A3 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to professional excellence in avalanche safety, education, and research in the United States. Growing demand increases existing pressure on the inherently dangerous avalanche industry. A3 acts on behalf of avalanche pros and their beneficiaries to ensure access to education, safety, training, and up-to-date resources. Who are avalanche professionals? A3 members include snow science researchers, search and rescue professionals, avalanche forecasters, educators, professional guides, athletes, snow safety officers, snow rangers, patrollers, technicians, and explosive specialists. A3 focuses on three key initiatives: education, publications, and outreach, to connect organizations and professionals with vital resources.

Please consider joining the American Avalanche Association by visiting the Membership Page.

Information about the Executive Director position can be found here.

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