Diane Manganaro

ALT TEXT PHOTO: A quartet of smiling skiers, wearing winter attire and skis, clutch interlinking ski poles held out in front of them. To the left stands Diane Manganaro, wearing a vibrant orange ski bib bearing the word
Diane Manganaro (guide on the left)

Q & A with Volunteer Guide, Diane Manganaro

Q: What do you find the top rewards for being a volunteer guide?
A: I have always loved sharing my love of xc skiing (and any outdoor pursuit) with others. Spending a beautiful New England day outdoors with friends and/or family, biking, hiking kayaking, sailing, xc-skiing, whatever is what life is all about.

Q: How long have you been sporty?
A: Forever.

Q: What are your top sports?
A: XC skiing, biking, paddling (kayaking, canoeing), sailing, hiking, tennis.

Q: Anything about your life that you would like to share?
A: I am an identical twin. My husband was my soul-mate and I lost him two years ago. I like to cook (and eat too, of course). I also have a tomato and herb garden that I grow in the warm months.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I grew up in Arlington, MA.

Q: What is your background?
A: I went to Tufts University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Later, I pursued a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in environmental health from Boston University School of Public Health. For most of my career, and currently, I have worked at the MassDEP (Department of Environmental Protection), specifically in the Office of Research and Standards. In this role, I evaluate exposure and risk to people from environmental contamination, establish health-based guidance values for contaminants in water and air, and monitor contaminants in freshwater fish. Additionally, I study the potential health effects of contaminants on people in their daily lives.

Q: How did you first hear about NESFL?
A: Through the AMC of which I have been a member for many years.

Q: Do you have any additional interests outside of NESFL?
A: I have a cottage in Dennisport and love Cape Cod and the ocean and spend as much time as I can down there in all seasons except winter which is dedicated to xc country skiing.

ALT TEXT PHOTO: Diane Manganaro, adorned in winter gear, a backpack, and skis radiates a warm smile while gracefully striking a pose with her ski poles in hand. Behind her, a picturesque winter wonderland unfolds, with snow-draped ground and a forest of trees setting a wintry backdrop.
Diane Manganaro in action with skis!