The work of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation depends upon the advice and council of a Board of Directors and the significant effort of a few part-time staff. All are dedicated to the Core Values Matter philosophy.

Leadership

Peter Hawks

Contact: peter@flyinryanhawks.org

Peter Hawks is Ryan’s father, and the foundation’s President and CEO since its founding. He is the driving force behind the creation and continuing success of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.

“I have a very special relationship with Ryan as mentor and mentee. Ryan’s spirit and core values continue to be a fundamental and guiding force for the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.”

Peter is a retired Dean Witter (now Morgan Chase) executive, and has a lifelong passion for skiing, tennis, mountain biking, and games in general. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960, where he was the 4-event skier on the college ski team for 4 years.

When Peter was 58, Ryan introduced him to mountain biking.  While Ryan competed nationally as a Junior expert on the Bliss Racing Team, Peter got the bug. Starting with Ryan’s hand-me-down downhill mountain bike, he road his way to a National  Masters Championship in 2002, and subsequently two World Masters Downhill Championships in 2002 and 2003.

Peter lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife of 34 years, Jackie. Now in his 70’s, Peter continues to be an avid skier and mountain biker who also enjoys tennis and a good beer. He often signs his correspondences with, “Peace, love and deep powder.”

My Core Values

  1. Engage in life
  2. Be grateful for life's blessings
  3. Live every day, all day
  4. Be the best husband, father and friend I can be
  5. Practice random acts of kindness
  6. Be true to service above self
  7. Function within the Rotary four-way test
  8. Maintain a youthful spirit
  9. Maintain reasonable fitness
  10. Seek and find the good in everyone
  11. In decision making, ask,
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Alicia Hawks

Contact: alicia@flyinryanhawks.org
photo of Ryan with Alicia Hawks
Alicia and Ryan

Alicia Hawks, vice president, fills multiple roles at the Foundation. She manages the Adventure Scholarship Program with her dad, Peter, and helps with social outreach and events planning. She is the younger sister to Ryan, is a constant presence at Foundation events and meetings.

Says Alicia: “Ryan certainly held true to his core value, ‘be the best brother, uncle and son I can be.’ He always looked out for me, made me laugh with his goofy antics and inspired me to be more patient, and present.”

Alicia works for Learfield Sports helping businesses create sponsorship programs that build brand association with the University of Vermont Catamounts and their fans.

A 2010 graduate of the University of Vermont (UVM), Alicia has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Upon graduation, she moved to Denver to work in premium sales for the Denver Broncos organization.

Alicia lives in Essex, Vermont with her husband Brad and their cat Simba.

My Core Values

  1. Smile, make people smile
  2. Family first
  3. Treat others how I want to be treated
  4. Don’t judge
  5. Be a loyal friend
  6. Focus on the positive
  7. Have fun
  8. Be active
  9. Never stop learning
  10. What would Ryan do?

Samantha Stetson

Samantha Hawks Stetson, Peter’s daughter and Ryan’s other sister, was a major contributor to the operations and organizational side of the Foundation from its beginnings.

She remains an important advisor and Board member. These days, she is kept very busy by her employer, Facebook.

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Adam Comey

Contact: acomey@mtsports.com

Adam Comey helped pioneer the sport of competitive freeskiing in North America with the invention of the Freeskiing World Tour in the late 1990’s.

A valued member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Adam brings a commitment to the Core Values Matter philosophy, along with the business expertise and experience he has as co-founder and CEO of Mountain Sports International. MSI is a major media production and marketing company whose goal is to connect people with their favorite sports.

 

My Core Values

  1. Stride gracefully thru life
  2. Be optimistic and dream. Its what creates opportunities and innovation
  3. Share a vision
  4. Declutter whenever possible
  5. Be outdoors for a clear and calm mind and body
  6. Skiing is to be shared with family and friends
  7. Don’t be afraid to fail - it might not work out, start over
  8. Treat others as I would want my children to be treated
  9. Be a better father, husband, son, brother, and friend, person

John Painter

John Painter, educator, skier, and mountain biker, is largely responsible for bringing the vision of a Decisions Program for Education to fruition. A faculty member at South Burlington High School (Vermont), John piloted the Decisions Program with 900 Sophomore students. As part of his program, John created a video to share his Core Values.

My Core Values

  1. Family first
  2. Be lifeful
  3. Be present
  4. Be gentle
  5. Be at peace
  6. Be healthy - spirit, mind, and body
  7. Be loyal
  8. Work hard, play harder, play often
  9. Appreciate
  10. Be empathetic
  11. Be better every day
  12. Show love
  13. Be curious
  14. Choose happiness

Team

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Larry Lewack

Contact: larryl@flyinryanhawks.org

As our Operations Director, Larry manages our daily workload and works with Peter and the leadership team planning for the future growth of the Foundation.

Larry brings 18 years’ experience as a program manager and direct service provider in nonprofit human services in Vermont, working for several groups including the KidSafe Collaborative, NAMI-Vermont and the Brain Injury Association. He earned an M.A. in Nonprofit Management at Union Institute & University in 2004. His volunteer résumé includes serving as a member of the Opportunities Credit Union Board of Directors, on urban planning commissions, and on Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s Council of Environmental Advisors. He is a co-founder of Vermont’s Progressive Party.

Larry has worked as an independent consultant, helping nonprofits raise more money, build their infrastructure, and plan for the future. He has two adult children and lives in Burlington with his wife Peggy MacDonald, daughter Ruby and two cats. Active interests include fitness swimming, bicycling, sailing, hiking, camping, skiing, and performing in a community samba band.

My Core Values

  1. Our soul’s purpose is to love others, and leave the world a better place
  2. Be the change you wish to see in the world; align your means & ends
  3. Integrity, authenticity, respect and kindness towards others
  4. The best things in life aren’t things; practice ‘Be Here Now’
  5. Never stop being active; get outside, breathe deeply & have fun
  6. Embrace change: be open to the good, learn to roll with setbacks
  7. There is no limit to what we can accomplish, if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit
  8. Never stop learning: ask lots of questions, engage deeply & read widely
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Robert “Sparky” Millikin

Sparky is generally known as our financial guru. Retired from careers in outdoor education, construction management and design firm management, Sparky is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He has spent many decades climbing, skiing, hiking, winter mountaineering and mountain biking.

Sparky graduated from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Hinesburg with his wife and has three kids scattered around the US.

My Core Values

  1. Work hard, play hard
  2. Be happy, be healthy
  3. Be good to others
  4. Be good to yourself
  5. Love family and friends
  6. Integrity is everything
  7. Keep it simple
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Dave Punia

Contact: davidp@flyinryanhawks.org

Dave is our go-to guy for technology. He manages our electronic and Internet infrastructure; website, social media, software, hardware, and keeping Peter’s personal technology in synch with the organization.

A transplant from central New Jersey, he settled in at UVM for 2 degrees and a 22 year career in various technology-related positions. He’s lived most of his years in Burlington, and has had several careers since leaving UVM at the end of 1999. He’s currently a freelance technology consultant.

Dave skis, bikes and loves sailing other people’s sailboats. He’s been a drummer with Sambatucada, Vermont’s Burlington-based community Samba band, for more than a decade. He donates considerable time volunteering at the Red Cross Blood Center in Burlington and with an organization he co-founded, the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association.

My Core Values

  1. Help someone smile every day
  2. Value every relationship
  3. Make your own decisions, and own the decisions you make
  4. Sit in different seats
  5. Keep everything in perspective
  6. Live efficiently
  7. Treasure and protect the natural world
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