A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

About Us

It began with Randy Pierce and his Dog Guide, Quinn, climbing all 48 of the rugged 4000+ foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Using these and other adventures to raise awareness, the core mission will continue as Randy will work to inspire others to set their own visions and help them achieve their goals through outreach, education, and support.

Our Mission

2020 Vision Quest leads and inspires students and professionals to reach beyond adversity and achieve their peak potential. 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: Future in Sight and the internationally renowned Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The Rest of the Team:
Current 2020 Vision Quest Staff

Randy Pierce - President

As the coordinator of the staff and daily operations of 2020 Vision Quest, Randy has a more extensive biography page listed here as Randy’s Story. You can also see the fully updated and more involved presentation bio for Randy as a download file: Bio of Randy (Adobe PDF format)

Rebecca Dorr - Coordinator of Keynote and Professional Presentations

A 12 year veteran of the marketing industry, Rebecca has experience in brand identity, graphic design and layout, direct marketing and social media strategy. When her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of two, her purpose shifted. At that time, with the support of her husband, Michael, she began a journey to help her son navigate a confusing and sometimes very loud world. Rebecca is continually amazed at his perseverance and bravery. Now at the age of 6, he is a master at working his strengths, making people laugh, and is one of Randy’s biggest fans.

Next to her family, Rebecca’s second greatest passion is running. It was through this sport she was introduced to Randy, who patiently (very patiently) coached her to run as a guide. Rebecca was fortunate to guide Randy for part of the 2016 Boston Marathon.

The message of 2020 VisionQuest is to never stop reaching for your peak potential, whatever your abilities. This idea has become the purpose that drives Rebecca and she is thrilled to join the team to help spread that message so others can fulfill their potential.

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In support of the 2020 Vision Quest mission:

  • Lead the fundraising and development strategy.
  • Develop, maintain, and form new community, corporate, major donor, and trust relationships.
  • Produce high-value successful proposals for funding.

Adam Elbirt is an Engineering Manager with over thirty years of experience in commercial industry, government, and academia. Originally an electrical engineer, Adam’s current role is with Raytheon Technologies, where he focuses on hardware projects that provide secure communications in support of our troops. In addition to being a licensed Scrum Product Owner and publishing a Cryptography and Information Security text book, he holds a BS, MEng, and PhD in Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Management.  A strong supporter of education and town government, Adam was previously President of the Ashland Education Foundation and Chair of the Town of Ashland Finance Committee.

Adam lives in Ashland with his wife Danielle and daughter Rachel as well as their many animal friends.  The summer means cheering on his beloved Mets, spending time at the beach, and travelling the globe in search of new adventures.

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.

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Michal Leah - Media Content Manager

Michal Leah edits for Good Story Company and facilitates trauma informed arts workshops. She is passionate about empowering others to share their stories and advocating for diversity and inclusion. She holds a BA in English and Theatre, and an MA in World Arts.

Michal enjoys movement and the outdoors, and loves to connect with nature through hiking, camping, and exploring. Her creativity is most often showcased through kitchen improv.

Greg Neault - Social Media Manager

Greg Neault spends his work week at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard repairing and improving nuclear submarines for the United States Navy. This endeavor has taken him to Navy installations around the country and allowed him opportunities to explore our great nation along the way. We’d tell you more, but its Top Secret!

When Greg isn’t toiling away over the Navy’s nuclear fleet, he loves to involve himself in any and all things active. He is an avid outdoor athlete, explorer and photographer and has lent those talents to 2020 Vision Quest on many occasions. Greg is very much looking forward to taking on a more active role in 2020 Vision Quest’s day to day business as Social Media Manager as well as continuing his support of our mission in the field.

Monique Pierce - Peak Potential Annual Dinner and Auction Event Coordinator

Monique Pierce is a Product Manager in the Healthcare Analytics Business with over 20 years’ experience building technical and process solutions for Healthplans. She has a BS in IT Business Management and she and her husband Rick ( Randy’s brother ) also partner on LARP Portal, a web-based logistics software company that support the live action role playing gaming industry.

Monique loves spending time with her grandkids and watching the NE Patriots demonstrate superior team work- preferably both at the same time. She also freely admits to frequently binge watching series on TV.

Tracy Pierce - Finance

Tracy Pierce is an intrepid soul who enjoys the outdoors, physical activity and challenges of both physical and mental nature. She is the Accounting Supervisor at CoreMedical Group and loves that she can work for a company that fits her philanthropic mindset.

2020 Vision Quest has been a large part of Tracy’s life since its inception and she marvels at the impact that Randy’s story has had on people of all ages. Witnessing this connection and impact of our message has served as an important part of Tracy’s personal inspiration. Tracy supports Randy at special events, works on a variety of special projects. She is also the finance manager and a Director on the Board of Directors.

Beth Potier - Content Manager

Beth Potier is a communications professional, science writer, and purveyor of terrible puns. She oversees research communications at UNH.

Beth is an avid cyclist, skier and all-around outdoorsperson, but she also boasts mad knitting skills. She lives in Durham with her son, Holden, and her husband, Randy’s ski instructor/tandem captain/fraternity brother Brent Bell.

Rick Stevenson - Website Content Developer

Rick brings experience in corporate marketing and employee communications management (Digital Equipment, Cabletron, Enterasys Networks, Measured Progress) to his role on the 2020 Vision Quest team, which he joined in early 2013. He met Randy, Tracy and Quinn in September 2012 at the Highland Center debut of “Four More Feet,” and got involved a few months later with the team supporting the meaningful work of this organization.

Now mostly retired when not doing freelance editing, Rick’s top loves are family time including grandkids; hiking in and around the White Mountains; supporting UNH hockey, the Bruins and Patriots; hiking; and fantasy football. Also hiking.

Kristen Taylor - Education Coordinator

Kristen is a retired Sergeant from the Manchester NH Police Department. She served 23 years in law enforcement between the Concord and Manchester Police Departments. Eleven of those years she served in the Juvenile Division. She was an investigator and juvenile prosecutor where she worked closely with school districts and agencies that serve the youth of the community. As a Sergeant she oversaw the Domestic Violence Unit and worked with many agencies to improve awareness of domestic and sexual violence as well as improve services to the victims of violence.

Kristen is married and has two adult children. She is a sports enthusiast who enjoys working out, playing a variety of sports and watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. Kristen volunteered as a coach for youth sports and now officiates softball, basketball and soccer at the collegiate, High School and Recreation levels.

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Carolina Tumminelli - Media Projects

Carolina has worked with Randy on sponsorship for the 2020 Vision Quest’s Peak Potential annual event. The mission of this organization has inspired her, and she wants to continue her path of supporting the cause. Carolina recognizes the value of people reaching their peak potential given her background of owning a small law firm and the work that comes with balancing work, family, and community.

Carolina’s passion are her two children. She also dedicates her efforts to her small business, running, hiking, baking and singing, as well as giving back to the community through other volunteer opportunities. Her hope is that her children will see what she has done and that they will approach the world with courage and kindness.

Robbie Walton - Educational Consultant

Utilize many years of experience to ensure our educational programs consider best practices in approach and content while they continue to be at the heart of our mission. Additionally, Explore new opportunities for program integration and enhancing our outreach.

Robbie Walton is an elementary school teacher with twenty years of experience working with children from preschool through eighth grade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and also attended Montessori teacher training for 3-6 and 6-9 year old students . Robbie is currently teaching first through third grade at Kingsley Montessori School in Boston and brings her love of engaging students to the 2020 team.

During her free time, Robbie spends time with her husband and two children and enjoys running, hiking, and dancing. She has been a part of 2020 Vision Quest as a member of the Peak Potential team since 2010, bringing her creativity to their auction display, idea generation during meetings, and recording of auction items.

Rob Webber - Website

Rob Webber works as a Network Engineer for Wayfair and has over 25 years of experience in the I.T. industry. He specializes in designing and implementing complex network and Voice Over IP (VoIP) solutions. He also does website and database integration work for several charitable organizations including 2020 Vision Quest.

When not working Rob enjoys kayaking, biking, playing basketball, hiking, gardening, spending time with his two children and playing on the beach in Cape Cod.

Current 2020 Vision Quest Board of Directors

Randy Pierce - Board Chair

As the coordinator of the staff and daily operations of 2020 Vision Quest, Randy has a more extensive biography page listed here as Randy’s Story. You can also see the fully updated and more involved presentation bio for Randy as a download file: Bio of Randy (Adobe PDF format)

Rob Webber - Vice-Chair

Rob Webber works as a Network Engineer for Wayfair and has over 25 years of experience in the I.T. industry. He specializes in designing and implementing complex network and Voice Over IP (VoIP) solutions. He also does website and database integration work for several charitable organizations including 2020 Vision Quest.

When not working Rob enjoys kayaking, biking, playing basketball, hiking, gardening, spending time with his two children and playing on the beach in Cape Cod.

Neil Theberge - Treasurer

Neil Theberge has over 20 years of experience in IT and finance roles. He has had leadership roles across a variety of industries from software startups and high-tech manufacturing to the defense industry and global financial services. Neil received his Master of Business Administration degree from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.

Neil lives in Litchfield with his wife Sharron, their two teenage girls, Grace and Regan and their dog Trixie. The family loves to be together on top of the water, and you can usually find them swimming, skiing or surfing in New England and occasionally in the Caribbean.

John Swenson - Secretary

John Swenson has worked in the NH Community Banking Industry for 30 years. His focus over those years has been in the retail consumer and mortgage lending field both as a loan officer and more recently in the operations management side of the business. John has been involved in numerous operational efficiency initiatives during his career and has successfully introduced document imaging to the loan divisions of two community banks. He currently serves as Senior Vice President Bank Administration and Risk Management Officer for First Seacoast Bank.

When not at the office, John can be found enjoying time on Lake Winnipesauke or unwinding in the White Mountains. Other outdoor interests include skiing – both snow and water, kayaking and cycling.

Jose Acevedo

Jose Acevedo is known for his passion towards energizing teams and delivering impactful results. Having most recently spent 4 years at Topgolf International, Jose brings over 25 years of leadership expertise across multiple industries. He’s a dynamic individual who builds lasting relationships, fosters innovation, and drives bottom line impact. He also has a proven track record leading volunteers with various organizations and a creative approach to fundraising. In 4 years as Event Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Broomfield, CO, he personally raised tens of thousands of dollars for the fight against cancer, while helping generate hundreds of thousands across the broader events.

Jose has had the pleasure of knowing Randy for three decades, and has long considered him one of his personal heroes. As a friend, he has been passionate about the 2020 Vision Quest mission from the beginning – when it was just how Randy lived his life in the face of adversity. A huge fan of fitness and the outdoors, Jose enjoys spending free time with friends and family, travelling, and reading.

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Michelle Brier

Michelle is an accomplished marketing and development executive with experience in a wide range of nonprofits. She’s known for leading large scale growth efforts, building transformative partnerships and turning strategic concepts into business realities. Michelle is a founder of BluePath, an organization providing service dogs to children with autism. She is passionate about empowering people and changing lives for the better.

Michelle volunteers as an EMT and provides training for first responders on working with individuals with special needs and handling service dogs in emergency situations. She enjoys travel, hiking, horseback riding, CrossFit and yoga. Michelle has a BS in Business Economics and lives in the NYC suburbs.

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Adam Elbirt

Adam Elbirt is an Engineering Manager with over thirty years of experience in commercial industry, government, and academia. Originally an electrical engineer, Adam’s current role is with Raytheon Technologies, where he focuses on hardware projects that provide secure communications in support of our troops. In addition to being a licensed Scrum Product Owner and publishing a Cryptography and Information Security text book, he holds a BS, MEng, and PhD in Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Management.  A strong supporter of education and town government, Adam was previously President of the Ashland Education Foundation and Chair of the Town of Ashland Finance Committee.

Adam lives in Ashland with his wife Danielle and daughter Rachel as well as their many animal friends.  The summer means cheering on his beloved Mets, spending time at the beach, and travelling the globe in search of new adventures.

Tracy Pierce

Tracy Pierce is an intrepid soul who enjoys the outdoors, physical activity and challenges of both physical and mental nature. She is the Accounting Supervisor at CoreMedical Group and loves that she can work for a company that fits her philanthropic mindset.

2020 Vision Quest has been a large part of Tracy’s life since its inception and she marvels at the impact that Randy’s story has had on people of all ages. Witnessing this connection and impact of our message has served as an important part of Tracy’s personal inspiration. Tracy supports Randy at special events, works on a variety of special projects. She is also the finance manager and a Director on the Board of Directors.

Monica Swenson

Monica strengthens the educational knowledge and experience which is at the heart of the 2020 Vision Quest mission. With a Master’s in Education from Manchester’s Notre Dame College and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, she is presently teaching elementary mathematics (grades K-4) at Bow Elementary School. A strong supporter of several programs for children, Monica will guide 2020 Vision Quest to even better program and curriculum integration.

Monica lives in Bow with her husband John and their two children Jo and Erik as well as their dogs Frisco and Grady. Frisco is a release dog they puppy raised for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Summertime often finds Monica reading a book or resting beside the Lake at their Moultenboro cottage, unless she manages to escape to New York City for one of her guilty pleasures: Broadway Musicals.

Sharon Taubenfeld

Sharon Taubenfeld is a Development Manager with over thirty years of experience in Federal Healthcare software development, commercial software development, and information technology. Originally a software developer at Digital Equipment, she has managed numerous software development projects at Northrop Grumman, Harris, and is currently with Clearwaters IT, where she focuses on software projects that serve our Veterans. In addition to her PMP, CSM, and SA certifications, she holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA.

Outside of her long career, Sharon takes active vacations hiking and biking her way through scenic locations. She has hiked the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Chic-Chocs in Quebec, the Swiss Alps, and the Italian Cinque Terre mountains. She has also biked along the Danube River through Germany and on the back roads of mid western Spain.

Jenifer Tidwell

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.

Sarah Toney

Sarah Toney is a Finance Manager for Publicis.Sapient, a Boston-based digital media agency, and holds a degree in International Business from American Military University. She has worked for several international firms including Aspen Technology and RSA.

Since discovering the world of exercise and fitness, she’s become a dedicated runner, competing in races far and near. She’s even taken this love for fitness to others, volunteering her time to help them achieve their own health goals. She still finds the time to squeeze in sci-fi, fantasy and action, be it books, movies or television; and even manages to get into the kitchen regularly to try out all sorts of new recipes (healthy or not).

Robbie Walton

Robbie Walton is an elementary school teacher with twenty years of experience working with children from preschool through eighth grade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and also attended Montessori teacher training for 3-6 and 6-9 year old students . Robbie is currently teaching first through third grade at Kingsley Montessori School in Boston and brings her love of engaging students to the 2020 team.

During her free time, Robbie spends time with her husband and two children and enjoys running, hiking, and dancing. She has been a part of 2020 Vision Quest as a member of the Peak Potential team since 2010, bringing her creativity to their auction display, idea generation during meetings, and recording of auction items.

In appreciation of former 2020 Vision Quest Staff

2020 Vision Quest would like to extend our thanks to the following former staff members who contributed countless hours of their time to get 2020VQ where it is today!

Kim Beauchemin
Kara Minotti Becker
Jim Caron
Linda Hodge
Carrie McMillen
Rachel Morris
Jennifer Streck
In appreciation of former 2020 Vision Quest Board Members:

2020 Vision Quest would like to thank these former Board members for providing excellent direction and oversight to 2020VQ:

Kara Minotti Becker
Rachel Morris