It begins with Randy Pierce and his Guide Dog, Quinn, climbing all 48 of the rugged 4000+ foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The quest will continue well beyond this initial adventure as Randy will work to inspire others to set their own visions and help them achieve their goals through outreach, education and support.
2020 Vision Quest inspires people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their highest goals -- personal, professional, and philanthropic. We believe in leading by example, in climbing the highest peaks, and in sharing our successes and challenges with each other. Funds raised through these endeavors will be given to two remarkable organizations which benefit the visually impaired community: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
The rest of the team
Beth Foote, Dynamic Content Manager
Beth Foote brings a background in writing, marketing, and event management to her role as Dynamic Content Manager for the 2020 Vision Quest website. With a BA in English from Vassar and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley, she currently works in corporate event marketing for a respected market research and intelligence firm and writes young adult fantasy fiction in her spare time. She has been a friend of Randy's for almost 10 years, and was honored and excited when he approached her about being a part of the 2020 Vision Quest team.
When not editing content for the website, she likes to travel, read, write, and sing soprano in the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. While inexperienced in hiking, she has become intrigued by the project and hopes to join the team on a hike in the near future. She looks forward to being involved with the 2020 Vision Quest community and thanks Randy for this wonderful opportunity.
Jim Caron, Marketing Manager
Jim Caron is a marketing strategist and creative director with over 30 years experience in corporate and non-profit marketing. Unable to choose between his desires to be an artist or a writer, he earned his degree in Marketing, which lets him get paid for coming up with cool ideas! In the early years of the PC revolution, Jim held executive positions in technology companies First Software and Lotus, and for the last 20 years has been self-employed. He has been blessed to work with companies like Gillette, IBM, HP, Fidelity Investments, Bose, and dozens more. He has also held board positions in a number of non-profit organizations.
Jim and Randy are fellow black belts, and share a love for golden retrievers. Still unable to make a final selection, Jim is a talented painter (visit jcaron.com) and is currently writing his magnum opus -- a treatise on... God????
Jenifer Tidwell, Web Designer
Jenifer Tidwell is a user experience designer and consultant whose past employers and clients have included Google, The MathWorks, and small startup companies. Over the years, she has acquired skills in interaction design, software development, graphic design, marketing, brand identity, technical writing, usability testing, and field research. She is the author of "Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design" (O'Reilly, 2005). She currently divides her time between writing a second edition, parenting a three-year-old, working on the 2020 Vision Quest website, and protesting that she does NOT spend too much time on Facebook.
Before she became a mom, Jenifer hiked and climbed extensively in New Hampshire's White Mountains, and has lead several of the 2020 hikes. She is eager to share her love of the mountains with Randy, Quinn, and other participants in 2020 Vision Quest.
Tracy Pierce, Finance and Community Relations
Tracy Pierce is an adventurous soul who enjoys the outdoors, physical activity and challenges of both physical and mental nature. She earns her livelihood at a Business Development firm where she aids clients by connecting them with Executives at Fortune 1000 companies. Additionally Tracy is pursuing her BS in Business and hopes to achieve that goal by the end of 2011. Prior to moving to New Hampshire in 2008, Tracy was employed for 19 years at Allmark International, Inc. She began working for Allmark at the tender age of seventeen where she advanced from an office assistant to General Manager and eventually to President and CEO.
Tracy is excited about her involvement in 2020 Vision Quest and is eager to see the difference this project can make in the world. As a self proclaimed renaissance woman, Tracy has tackled tasks which have ranged from technological researcher to camera operator to bookkeeper. Tracy is the treasurer on the Board of Directors.
Sarah Toney, Social Media Manager
Sarah Toney is a financial analyst with a degree in International Business from American Military University. She brings her experience in business connections and event coordination to manage 2020ís social media endeavors.
When not crunching numbers or sharing fun pictures of our hikes she spends a great deal of time training for and running local races, reading and indulging in a love of sci-fi and action films. Recently she also joined Randy, Tracy and the Mighty Quinn on a hike up Mt. Welch, awakening a hope to conquer a 4,000 footer in the near future!