11 candidates apply for 2 open seats on Gunstock Area Commission

LACONIA — The Belknap County Convention will interview 11 candidates for two vacant seats on the Gunstock Area Commission when it meets next Tuesday at the Belknap County complex.
The interviews were originally scheduled for October 8 but were cancelled when it was discovered that members of the convention had not been properly notified of the meeting (a copy of the agenda in their mail), necessitating the rescheduling of the interviews.
Convention Chairman Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) says that the interviews will begin around 5 p.m. and that she is hopeful that they will be completed within two hours.
She provided a list of names of the candidates but said she was not certain that she has the authority to release background information provided in their application letters and resumes until members of the convention received them. Worsman deferred the decision on releasing them to Belknap County Administrator Debra Shackett, who said that the applications were part of the public record and released the information.
There are two vacancies on the five-member commission, which was established in 1959 to oversee the operations of the county-owned Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford and whose members serve five-year terms. Open now is the five-year term of Chuck Lowth of Meredith, who has served on the commission for 15 years, and a two-year term to complete the commitment of Christine Blackstone of Alton, who recently resigned.
Lowth, a project manager consultant who has a long background in industrial and commercial construction, says that he would like to be considered for the two-year term and see the commission continue to operate as a cohesive group.
Other applicants are:
— Atty. Philip Brouillard of Gilford, who served 18 years as a member of the Board of Fire Engineers in Gilford and was a volunteer member of the Gunstock Ski Patrol for 26 years and has developed residential, retail and rental properties.
— Chris McDonough of Gilford, owner and chief financial officer of Fratello's and Homestead restaurants and a director of both the Gunstock Ski Club and the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association.
— Stephan Nix of Gilford, a practicing attorney and land surveyor who has been a member of the Gilford ZBA and Land Conservation Task Force and has been skiing at Gunstock since he was a young child in the 1960s.
— David Nielsen of Gilmanton, former Belmont Police Chief and the official caretaker of the Old Man of the Mountain and president of the Old Man of the Mountain Museum and Preservation Association.
— Doug Lambert of Gilford, founder and production and sales manager of DGF Industrial Innovations Group, a former member of the Gilford Municipal Budget Committee and avid user of Gunstock's facilities year-round.
— Alan Glassman of Barnstead, a board member of the Gunstock Munition Historic Preservation Society who has an information technology background in the financial services industry and is chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee.
— John Cameron of Gilford, an attorney with a solo practice who is Gilford School District moderator. A certified mediator, he held management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation and Nashua Corporation before entering the field of law.
— Ruth Larson of Alton, a retired attorney who worked for CIGNA Insurance in New Jersey before establishing her own private practice in Princeton, New Jersey. She retired in 2010 and moved to Alton and has resumed downhill skiing after many years off from the slopes.
— Edward Rushbrook of Gilford, a self-employed civil engineer who over the past 35 years has worked as project manager for wastewater projects in many New Hampshire communities and for 20 years has worked with Jiminy Peak Ski Area in Hancock, Mass.,
— Michael Gillepsie, a season pass holder at Gunstock who is executive vice president and chief revenue officer of ZGS Communications, based in Arlington,Va., which operates 12 television stations and 3 radio stations. Gillespie submitted a letter before the deadline but no resume was received until this Thursday.

Under the state law that established the commission, no more than two members of the board may reside in the same Belknap County municipality. Laconia is currently the only such municipality currently represented by more than one — Sean Sullivan and Bob Durfee. John Morgenstern of Gilford is the fifth member of the current board.