Ski Instructors

Several Bowdoin faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends help teach in the tele program. Below are bios of our instructional staff for the '16-'16 season.

Matt O'Donnell Matt O'Donnell
Editor, Bowdoin Magazine; directs the tele program for the BOC; PSIA Level III certified, Telemark and Alpine; WFR; AIARE Level I Avalanche; has taught skiing for more than 20 years; is a little obsessed with running and cycling. Recently became a certified Spinning instructor and teaches spin classes in the College's Health & Wellness program. Matt is founder of a literary nonprofit called From the Fishouse. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and his daughter, Fay, in Topsham, Maine.

Mike Woodruff

Michael Woodruff '87
Director of the Bowdoin Outing Club; former competitive white water paddler, ACA certified Whitewater Instructor Trainer; WEMT; PSIA Level I, Telemark; AIARE Level I Avalanche. Mike, also an organic farmer, lives on a farm in Brunswick, Maine, with his fantastic (and very patient) wife, Lucretia (former Co-Director of the BOC), and their sons Finnegan, Seamus, and Daire, and daughter Maeve.

Adam BerlinerAdam Berliner '12
An assistant director of the Bowdoin Outing Club, Adam made the mind-freeing change from snowboarding to telemark skiing his freshman year at Bowdoin. After three years of instructing with the BOC Tele program, he took his skills on the road and spent two winters ago living out of his truck and following the snow around the Rocky Mountains. With just under 100 days of skiing that season, most of them spent slaying POW in the backcountry, he was super excited to return to Bowdoin and is looking forward to yet another awesome season of BOC tele skiing.

Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson '13
Another fearless assistant director of the Bowdoin Outing Club, Sarah—aka, SJ—is a national celebrity known for her sweet tele freestyle moves (story #3). She also likes throwing huge spread eagles off of tiny jumps, and skiing backwards until she falls. When not shredding in the park, SJ enjoys ripping up cruisers and linking turns through the trees at Saddleback Mountain. In the off season, she enjoys whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and all other manners of outdoor recreation! Oh, and she happens to possess an ACA SUP L2 certification, which is kind of a big deal.

Todd RichardsTodd Richards
Was a long-time Sugarloaf instructor and a PSIA Tele Examiner Training Squad member; PSIA Level III, Telemark; PSIA Level II, Alpine; has been teaching skiing for over 20 years. Lives in Bristol, Maine, where he runs his family's art gallery, with his artist wife, Sarah, and their 13-year-old son, Sammy. Fanatical cyclist and not a bad paddler. Grills a mean cheeseburger.

Megan Hayes Megan Hayes '03
Former Assistant Director of Bowdoin Outing Club; PSIA Level I Telemark; AIARE Level I Avalanche; WFR; Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide; ACA certified sea kayak instructor. Megan lives and works in Portland, Maine.


Matt KlingleMatt Klingle
Associate Professor of History & Environmental Studies. Faculty Website. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lived in Berkeley, California, and Seattle, where he taught telemark and alpine skiing at The Summit at Snoqualmie. Hanger-on and occasional instructor with the BOC Telemark Class off and on since 2001. Avid tele skier, backpacker, cyclist, and newly-reborn fisherman who loves hauling bass and trout of Maine's rivers. Lives in Brunswick with his wife and fellow historian, Connie Chiang, who also teaches at Bowdoin, and their two young children, Ben and Anna.

Frank PizzoFrank Pizzo '06
Head Coach, Bowdoin Sailing.

Finnegan WoodruffFinnegan Woodruff
Finn is the 16-year-old rippin' son of BOC Director Mike Woodruff. He's been tele skiing for eight years, and already has his PSIA Level I teaching cert. It's questionable whether he jams harder on his fiddle or his skis.

Maya Jaafar Lena '07

Lisa O'Donnell

Chester Jacobs '16

Aeron Westeinde '16

Maya Norman '17

Heather Witzel Lakin '17

Jennings Lovell '17