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Avid snowboarder named Chester Bowl’s operations manager

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Avid snowboarder named Chester Bowl’s operations manager
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The new program operations manager for the Chester Bowl Improvement Club should be able to keep a close eye on the park, seeing as he lives right next to it.

The club appointed Sam Luoma, who had been serving as the club’s program assistant, to the position on Wednesday. A neighbor to Chester Park, Luoma is an avid snowboarder, the club said in a release, and has been involved with programming at the park for nearly 10 years.

Luoma’s achievements with the club include founding two snowboarding programs, leading snowboarding lessons and serving as a counselor for the Chester Bowl Adventure Camp in the summer.

Luoma will work alongside Thom Storm, the current executive director for the club. Storm, who is retiring in April, has been involved with the park for more than 40 years.

The club, run by volunteers, recently identified a need for a part-time executive director to focus on finances and a full-time program operations manager to focus on programming, the release said.

More than 1,000 youth and adult skiers and snowboarders use the park’s slopes each winter, while dozens of children take part in the club’s summer program.

Kyle Farris

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