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Executive Director

Madeline Brooks

Madeline joined On Belay as the Executive Director in November 2021. Madeline came to On Belay with an extensive background in nonprofit work, youth development, and experiential education. Her breadth of experiences range from children's ski instructor, mental health clinician, and corporate consultant. She has an MBA and Master in Social Work from the University of Denver.

Madeline has joined the On Belay team excited to work towards reaching even more kids across NH, ME, and Northern MA, raising awareness of the On Belay mission among community members and corporations, and growing On Belay's fundraising efforts. The On Belay mission is near and dear to Madeline and she loves sharing stories of the impact the organization has had on others. She is happy to meet anytime if you have any questions or want to learn more!

When not spreading the word about On Belay, Madeline loves doing all things outside including: road cycling, hiking, backpacking, downhill skiing, and fly fishing. Madeline is a St. Louis native, and came to New Hampshire with her husband in 2020 after living in Colorado for 8 years. 

Program Director

Aaron Laflamme

Aaron started as Program Director with On Belay in January 2018.  He comes with many years of experiential and adventure education experience, both overseeing programming and facilitating activities for groups of all ages.  He has spent much of that time facilitating challenge course elements, teaching ecology, and leading wilderness trips in northern Maine and along the Maine coast. Aaron is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the On Belay community.  

In his work, Aaron has found that kids and adults alike, can learn so much about themselves when they engage in new experiences.  Whether that is climbing on a challenge course, paddling a river, or meeting new people, shared experiences can unlock new abilities and strengths they never thought they had.  Aaron hopes to foster these experiences with the On Belay community and continue to support kids in finding their inner resilience.

Outside On Belay, Aaron enjoys cycling both on the road and trail, cross-country and downhill skiing, and observing nature.  He is a Registered Maine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, and member of the National Ski Patrol.  Aaron and his wife live in Pittsfield, NH.