After three and a half successful years as executive director of the National Ski Patrol (NSP), Meegan Moszynski was fired recently over the backlash surrounding a racist and inappropriate comment in the Fall edition of Ski Patrol Magazine.
The comment was made by NSP board chair Brian Rull in his “Chatting with the Chair” column, where he describes his flight home from an NSP meeting:
“…when I was unfortunate enough to sit next to an Asian woman who coughed the entire flight and postured as if she suffered from emphysema.”
– Brian Rull, in his magazine column
NSP members and others called out the comment as racist and inappropriate. As executive director, responsibility for what is published in the magazine ultimately fell with Moszynski.
“Board of Directors shall have supervisory control over the direction, affairs, administration, committees, program, and publications of the NSP.”
– NSP bylaw 3.1
Moszynski’s sudden termination has drawn some criticism, reports Ski Area Management (SAM):
“Meegan is sharp and one of the best ED’s NSP has had, and it was great to see the organization elect its first female in that position. It’s disappointing she’s gone. NSP ED’s don’t seem to last that long, and that says more about the board than the candidates.”
– A former NSP board member told SAM
Moszynski was the first woman ever to be chosen for the role of executive director. According to members, under her leadership she increased NSP’s presence in the industry, orchestrated more collaboration with organizations such as PSIA-AASI and NSAA, and improved partnerships with sponsors. She was also part of the team that created the OEC 6th Edition (Outdoor Emergency Care) released this fall. She also spearheaded building a new NSP website and expanded the fit of uniforms from the traditional “unisex” to include women’s cuts and sizes.