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Meadows promotes long-time team members Mel Toney and Jeremy Evans to mountain leadership positions and welcomes Amanda Kandler as new Director of Finance

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Mel Toney, Jeremy Evans and Amanda Kandler portraits of new leadership positions at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows has promoted two long-time team members to mountain leadership positions. Mel Toney has taken the reins as Director of Mountain Operations and Jeremy Evans is the Director of Fleet Operations. The promotions occurred earlier this season. And the resort welcomes Amanda Kandler as it's new Director of Finance. 

Mel Toney - Director of Mountain Operations

Mel Toney is a twenty year team member joining Meadows in 1997. She has served as Director of Ski Patrol and Risk Management for the past 11 years but also held many mountain operational positions including patroller, safety host supervisor, trail crew, lift operator, patrol supervisor, patrol manager and assisted with lift maintenance for a summer. A life-long skier Toney grew up in Portland raced for Lincoln high school and was on the MASRA race team. She graduated from Grant high school and Lewis and Clark college where she ski raced all four years. Her responsibilities as Director of Mountain Operations include direct oversight of Ski Patrol, Lift Maintenance, Lift Operations, Risk Management and Workplace Safety. Meadows C.O.O. Jake Bolland is pleased with the appointment, saying, “Mel has impressive credentials, vast experience and the tenacity that will allow her and the afore-mentioned teams to flourish at Mt. Hood Meadows.”

Jeremy Evans - Director of Fleet Operations

Jeremy Evans joined the Meadows team nearly a decade ago as a vehicle mechanic and working his way up to vehicle shop manager. Evans grew up on Mt. Hood, started his ski industry career in lift operations at Timberline before moving to vehicle maintenance. He was the lead mechanic at Tamarack for three seasons before joining Meadows in 2009. Evans also serves on the Ski Area Vehicle Institute (SAVI) board of directors. As Director of Fleet Operations Evans’ responsibilities will include oversight of the Vehicle Shop, Slope Grooming, Terrain Parks and Parking and Transportation. Meadows C.O.O. Jake Bolland praised Evans for his accomplishments, saying, “Jeremy has done an incredible job as the Vehicle Shop Manager and has played an integral role in many special projects including but not limited to the New Shop, removal of the old fuel pumps and installation of the new generator fuel pump (to name a few); all while maintaining a fleet of high quality snow cats and our overall vehicle fleet.”

Amanda Kandler - Director of Finance

Amanda Kandler joins the Meadows team having served as the Accounting Manager at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima, WA, overseeing eleven staff accountants, payroll clerks, and accounts payable specialists. She successfully led the effort to convert the accounting department to a modern web-based accounting application. Kandler brings more than 15 years of on hand accounting experience in the private sector to her position as Meadows Director of Finance overseeing the resort’s accounting and finance responsibilities. Meadows C.O.O. Jake Bolland welcomed Kandler to her new position, saying, “Amanda was drawn to the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood for many reasons; notably Amanda and her family’s love for the outdoors as well as the opportunity to be a part of the Meadows family.  And I quote her, ‘The dedication that this company has to its employees, its guests and the mountain itself is very inspiring and something that I am proud to say that I would love to be a part of!’”

Bolland clarified the appointments of Mel Toney and Jeremy Evans occurred earlier this season, saying, “Mel and Jeremy have both exemplified our core values and provided excellent leadership to our Company.  I am so stoked and thankful to announce such high quality individuals in these vital roles.” Amanda Kandler joined the team April 16.