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PRESENTERS at the 2008 National Trails Symposium
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Mark Asher, P.E. serves as Transportation Manager in the Jacobs Little Rock office which focuses on planning, design, and construction inspection of all forms of transportation infrastructure. He has more than 18 years of award winning experience in the design and management of major transportation projects, with an emphasis on transportation structures. Throughout his career, Mark has worked on a variety of projects, including a number of trail projects such as the Lake Fayetteville Spillway Bridge.
Tim Adams has worked in nonprofit administration for 20 years. Previous jobs include working for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, Yosemite National Institutes, and as the director of an environmental education school for the YMCA of the East Bay. He holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education. Tim, his wife Shawn, and their sons, Finnegan and Benjamin, can be found biking, hiking, and skiing in Teton Valley, Idaho.
Diana Allen is a Project Officer for the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, providing technical assistance in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and across the country to provide for parks, trails and greenway development, open space preservation, and river conservation. A certified planner, Diana has over 20 years of experience working in natural resources management, recreation planning and environmental education. She is currently on a special assignment to coordinate an NPS initiative that involves health and recreation pilot projects in national parks.
Rebecca Anderson is the Advocacy Director for Trek Bicycle Corporation, overseeing Trek’s One World, Two Wheels program that is initiating advocacy into the marketing plans of Trek’s 2,000 bike dealers. Rebecca has a 20-year background in non-profit executive management, with a specialty in fundraising. She served as the President of the Wisconsin Cycling Association, and continues to serve on the board of directors. In her spare time, Rebecca has developed three women’s cycling teams, volunteers at countless cycling races and events, and spends as much time as possible on two wheels.
Todd Antoine, AICP, is the Deputy Director for Planning at the Great Rivers Greenway District in St. Louis, Missouri. The primary focus of his work is to develop and implement The River Ring, a regional interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails. He coordinates efforts to establish partnerships with local, state, and regional entities in the implementation of The River Ring with projects in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri.
Peter Axelson started Beneficial Designs after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Air Force Academy. He finished his education in mechanical engineering and product design and began designing techniques to enable persons with mobility impairments to participate in outdoor recreation activities. His firm developed the Universal Trail Assessment Process and TrailWare software. Peter also participated in developing the draft Outdoor Recreation Accessorily Guidelines. Peter is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast.
Mitch Barloga has served as the Nonmotorized Transportation and Greenways Planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) since 2003, working with the government and the public to improve pedestrian & bicycle mobility, including water trail access. Mitch is a board member on the Greenways Foundation, and the Crown Point Plan Commission, and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He also assists a number of “ped and pedal” advocacy groups in NW Indiana. Mitch lives as a “happy bachelor” with his 10-year old son (and fellow baseball nut) Samuel.
Kirsten Bartlow is the Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. As an avid outdoorswoman— canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, fishing and hunting— work and pleasure blur together. Current job endeavors include developing wildlife viewing opportunities throughout Arkansas via hiking trails, water trails, and driving tours. Kirstin holds an M.A. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a BA in Middle/Secondary Education. Previous employment includes the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park and North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain.
Danny Basch has a love for the outdoors that was cultivated as a youngster in what is now Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Moving to Estes Park, Colorado in 1983 only cemented his love for the outdoors. Danny has been involved with trails at Rocky Mountain National Park since 1990 and is currently the Eastside Trail Supervisor, overseeing the maintenance and reconstruction of approximately 250 miles of trail along the east side of the park.
Roger Bell, President of Bellfree Contractors, Inc., has been in the trail business for 38 years. He is on the board of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and American Trails, has been on the Board of Whole Access, and he has served as Chair for all of the aforementioned organizations. Roger has a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Washington, and was formerly a college dean and faculty member at the University of Washington, Pomona College, and the University of Redlands. He has authored numerous articles, mostly in American Trails Magazine, and has written a humorous book, Trail Tales, about his trailbuilding adventures.
Scott Belonger, P.E., is a Project Manager and Engineer with Loris and Associates, Consulting Engineers, Lafayette, Colorado. He has been responsible for the planning and design of numerous bicycle and pedestrian projects, including multi-use paths, greenways, undercrossings, and bridges. His experience includes work in constrained urban corridors, environmentally sensitive areas, and challenging mountain terrain. He is also an avid trail enthusiast and maintains a database of thousands of photographs of trail design examples gathered from across the United States.
Kelly and Collins Bishop serve as one of the acclaimed Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews. The couple travels across North America, bringing trails education to local advocacy groups. The Bishops have served as program managers for numerous cycling advocacy groups in the Southeast, including Chattanooga’s Singletrack Mind Initiative, which seeks to create 100 miles of sustainable trails within 10 miles of the city. Kelly is also the founder and former director of the Krystal Chiks Women’s Cycling Program, a group dedicated to encouraging women to become involved in all forms of cycling. With M.B.A degrees in their background and international business experience, the Bishops are bringing planning and management skills to advocates to justify and implement progressive projects that get more citizens active in the outdoors.
Cheryl Blanchard is an Archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management Lower Sonoran Field Office and Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona. Cheryl also serves as the BLM liason for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. She has developed interpretive plans and panels for trails and historic places, and has overseen efforts to inventory and map historic trail resources, worked with Native American tribes, volunteers, and partnership groups on small projects, and is the cultural lead for Section 106 compliance by large energy and other rights-of-way projects where the trails are being effected.
Ben Blitch is the Owner of B4 Consulting and Construction, based in Asheville, North Carolina. As a high level cyclist with a background in art and a passion for the land, Blitch found himself drawn to volunteering on local trail projects, building competition and event bike facilities, and becoming an advocate for trails. This has become a profession, first employed as a trailbuilder by South Carolina State Parks, then as a Trail Specialist with IMBA Trail Solutions, and finally to his current position, concentrating his business on bringing trails and bike facilities back into urban environments.
Bill Botten, an Exercise Physiology graduate from the University of Kansas, joined the U.S. Access Board in May of 2000, where he specializes in access issues related to recreation facilities and Outdoor Developed Areas, as well as providing technical assistance to the building design and construction industry, state and federal agencies, and consumers with disabilities. He was part of a team that developed the new combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act.
Forrest Boe is the Director of the Division of Trails and Waterways for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is in charge of the state's outdoor recreation facilities, including state trails of all kinds, such as snowmobile, off-highway vehicle, hiking, cross-country ski, and horseback trails; public accesses; canoe and boating routes; and the clean rivers program. He also oversees the state's grant-in-aid and federal and state local grant programs. Forrest has more than 25 years of experience in his division.
Janis Brannon is the Science Coordinator for Summit Charter School in Cashiers, North Carolina, teaching middle school science as well as supplemental environmental education classes for grades K-5. She also works with all school staff to integrate environmental education into all aspects of the curriculum, and has taught in traditional and non-traditional science education settings for 17 years. Janis has been with Summit Charter School for the last three academic school years. Janis and four other teachers from Summit Charter School are alumni of the 2007 TTEC program.
Brian Bourne spends most of his time on trails, whether as an equestrian, backpacker, mountain biker, trail runner, volunteer, crew leader, etc. He has thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and is a founding member of the Southeast Endurance Ride for 10 years. Brian has accumulated nearly 4,000 hours of volunteer trails service with the U.S. Forest Service, and was presented with an Individual Volunteer Service Award by the Chief of the Forest Service. Currently he serves as the Trails Specialist for the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.
Mike Brown is the Program Coordinator with the Bureau of Land Management's National Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona. A recent project has been coordinating the National Scenic and Historic Trails (NSHT) Training Strategy team. The purpose of this effort was to create and implement the National Scenic and Historic Trails Training Needs Assessment. The goal is to make recommendations to the Federal Interagency Council on Trails concerning the indentified knowledge gaps, and to make recommendations on possible training methods that would narrow this void.
Nathan Caldwell has been the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Trails, Byways, Transportation Enhancements, and Alternative Transportation Coordinator since 2004. Other positions with USFWS have included: Transportation Coordinator for the Pacific and California/Nevada Regions, work at four National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon, Hawaii, California and Oklahoma, and as the Information and Education Specialist for the Nevada Office from 1994-1997. Before joining the DOI, Nathan worked with the YMCA as a Youth Program Director, and at San Diego State University as an English as a Second Language and writing instructor.
Ron Carter is currently the Executive Director of The Greenways Foundation. After spending the bulk of his business career in advertising, marketing, and sales management, Ron was a founding member of the Monon Greenway Committee in Carmel, Indiana. He is serving his fourth term as a member of the Carmel City Council; Chair of the Parks, Recreation, and Arts Committee; and is also on the Land Use Committee and is President of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. Ron has been the leading advocate of trails and greenways in Carmel for over fifteen years and was the driving force behind Carmel being named a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Kenneth Chilman is Associate Professor, Emeritus, Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.S. in Forestry from Purdue University, an M.F. in Forestry, and a PhD in Resource Administration from the University of Michigan. He worked for nine years with the U.S. Forest Service in the California Sierra Nevada area, and since 1968 has been doing recreational carrying capacity research on social aspects of recreational use of forests, rivers, and lakes in various parts of the U.S.
William Collins is a registered landscape architect and Vice President of Simone Collins Landscape Architecture in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University. William serves as principal-in-charge of transportation, transit, trail-greenway, and cultural landscape projects. He specializes in infrastructure rehabilitation and adaptive-reuse of historic structures and sites, including bridges, aqueducts, mills, canals, and railroads. His signature bridges, structural and landscapes projects have received numerous state and national awards.
Mary Crockett is the Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Scenic Rivers Program, supervises project managers, is a member of the State Trails Committee, and manages three scenic rivers. She has been involved in river management and natural resource policy for eight years. Prior to that, she was a Park Manager for South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism for fifteen years. Mary is the Southeast Chapter President of the River Management Society, a national association of professionals in river management.
Dennis Dailey is a life long horseman. He has been a member of the Back Country Horsemen since 1986, and currently serves as an advisor to the National Chairman for Wilderness and Forest Planning. Dennis is retired from the Forest Service where he worked in the Ranger District and Regional Office levels, spending the last ten years of his career as a District Ranger on an all wilderness ranger district in North Central Idaho. Since retiring, he has worked as Policy Coordinator for Wilderness Watch, contracted trail maintenance for five summers, and assisted horse groups and outfitters as a Wilderness Resource Consultant.
Jay Daniel has a B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A & M University. Jay is responsible for the maintenance of 39 parks including the 1,503 acre Memorial Park with more than 4 million annual users and over 20 miles of recognized trails. A lifetime outdoorsman, Jay is an avid canoeist, with ten finishes of the 265-mile Texas Water Safari, off road cyclist, runner, and camping enthusiast. Jay lives in Katy, Texas with his wife, Kristin, and 6-year-old daughter, Kassy.
Bonnie Davis has been an avid trail rider and horsecamper for over 40 years, presenting workshops, lectures, and presentations on maintaining, preserving, and developing trails, horsecamps, and trail riding nationwide. Bonnie was selected Woman of the Year for “Environmental Work” and was awarded “Take Pride in California” at the California Governor’s Presentations for her dedication to trails and open space. She is Consulting Editor for Trail Rider Magazine, owner of Two Horse Enterprises, and is writing the Best Management Practices for Livestock Use in California’s National Parks.
Greta de Mayo is a registered Landscape Architect with over 15 years experience in planning and designing multi-use trail facilities in Georgia. Involved as an advocate for Greenway Trails, she serves as a member of the Georgia Trails and Greenway Advisory Committee. As a Senior Associate with the firm Ecos Environmental Design, Inc. in Atlanta, she is currently working with the PATH Foundation to complete the first segment of the BeltLine Trail System within southwest Atlanta.
Nancy Desmond received a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and an M.A. in American Studies from Utah State University. Previously, she worked as an Historical Interpreter for the National Park Service and in living history museums. She is actively involved in the development of an inter-agency interpretation strategy within the Ohio & Erie CanalWay, a National Heritage Area. Along with interpretation, Nancy's professional and personal interests include sustainability and outdoor recreation.
Christopher Douwes is the Trails and Enhancements Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington D.C. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program since its inception in 1992, and Transportation Enhancement activities since 2003. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities, and participates with the National Trails Training Partnership. Christopher received his M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990. Christopher’s other interests include helping with an international church program (especially teaching English to speakers of other languages), Spanish ministry, and the choir, gardening and walking.
Hugh Duffy, NPS, has been involved in trail projects since 1983 from the land-management agencies, nonprofit agencies, and design perspective. A Landscape Architect (RLA, ASLA) by training and profession, Hugh, now a Project Manager (PMP), has continually sought to promote excellence in trail assessment, planning, design, implementation, and communication activities.
Terry Eastin is the co-owner of Eastin Outdoors, Inc. and is also the Executive Director of Mississippi River Trail, Inc. Throughout her career, Terry has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the conservation, health, and economic benefits of urban trails. She is the recipient of the Kodak American Greenways Award (2007), Presidential Citation, Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association (2007), Delta Tourism Person of the Year Runner-up (2007), and 2008 National Trails Symposium Co-Chair.
Betsy Edmond is the Associate Director of Membership & Development for the Friends of the Katy Trail in Dallas, working on numerous Katy Trail events, including the annual Katy 5K, which netted almost $120,000 in 2008. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2003 with a degree in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. She previously worked in communication and marketing for the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Betsy enjoys running and biking on the Katy Trail with her husband and two dogs.
John Favro was the Regional Trails Coordinator for the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. He was the Program Manager for 25,000 miles of trails on thirteen National Forests. John has given training on trails issues throughout the country and internationally. Now retired from the Forest Service, John is a trail consultant, teaches trail courses for various agencies, and is also a board member of American Trails. John also works with his wife managing a horse supply business, Healthy As A Horse, Inc., providing equestrian products for endurance riders.
Robin Fehlau is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Bureau of Land Management. Currently she works in the Idaho State Office in Boise. She has worked for the Bureau of Land Management for sixteen years. Prior to working in Boise, she worked for BLM in Utah as the Trails and Travel Management lead. Robin has a B.S in Geography from the University of California Davis and an M.S. in Outdoor Recreation from University of Utah.
Bob Finch is the Director of the Outdoor Stewardship Institute. He has 30 years experience in parks, trails, and natural resource management, including managing state parks in Colorado. Bob is an adjunct instructor for the University of Colorado. He has been a member of numerous boards and committees at the local, county and state level. Bob has a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation, and a Masters degree in Public Administration and Environmental Planning.
Pat Fisher works for the Oregon Department of Transportation. She has been Oregon’s Transportation Enhancement Program Manager since 1998, and also manages the Forest Highway Program. Pat coordinates policy development and project selection, and monitors the progress and funding of about 40 Enhancement projects statewide. Pat has a B.S. in Geography from Oregon State University. In recent years, she has enjoyed trails in Germany, Spain, and Nicaragua, in addition to hiking, biking, and skiing in Oregon. Pat’s other interests include singing, gardening, and softball. She lives in Salem with her husband, Chuck.
Bill Gibson is the Travel Management Coordinator with the Bureau of Land Management's Arizona State Office. He has worked for the Arizona Bureau of Land Management for 29 years. Originally, he entered government service as an archeologist, but has worked in many capacities in his career, including a Land Use Planner, Wilderness Specialist, Environmental Coordinator, and Outdoor Recreation Planner. Partnership work includes Forest Service, Arizona State Lands and Arizona State Parks. His agencies have coordinated route inventory and off-highway vehicle management in Arizona.
Jim Gifford retired to Hot Springs, after 35 years in aerospace. He has become an avid hiker and trails enthusiast. He is a founder and President of Friends of the Ouachita Trail, a member of the Arkansas Trails Council, and a member of the Trails Committee of Hot Springs Village. He has done volunteer work on trails in Hot Springs National Park, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas State Parks, and Hot Springs Village. Jim was named Arkansas Trails Volunteer of the Year in 2004.
Pam Gluck has served as the Executive Director of American Trails, with the overall responsibility of managing the organization, for eleven years and has over twenty years of trails experience. Prior experience includes serving as the Arizona State Trails Coordinator for five years. She is Co-Chair of the 19th National Trails Symposium. This will be her sixth National Trails Symposium to organize. Pam’s enjoys working with an active Board and very talented staff - to build successful partnerships, develop the American Trails network, and serve the trails community.
Fran Gotcsik is Director of Programs and Policy for Parks & Trails New York, a statewide nonprofit, dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers, through the use and enjoyment of a network of greenways, parks, and trails throughout the state. Before joining Parks & Trails New York in 2003, Fran spent twelve years helping launch the 90-mile Genesee Valley Greenway in western New York.
Scott Gordon is the Ride Center Program Coordinator for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, charged with building regional partnerships around the development of innovative trails and facilities that will become the 21st century models for providing incredible trail-based recreation. With a business management background and experience in trail and climbing wall development, fundraising, and bicycle advocacy, Scott is overseeing IMBA Ride Center developments in Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, and Idaho.
Dr. Stith T. Gower is a Forest Ecosystem Ecologist and has conducted field research in terrestrial ecosystems, ranging from arctic tundra to tropical rainforest. He has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and two textbooks. Dr. Gower is the author of the recently published journal article “Are horses responsible for introducing non-native plants along forest trails in the eastern United States?,” and is conducting a similar study in the western United States.
James "Scott" Groenier is a professional engineer and has Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and from Montana State University. He worked for the Wisconsin DOT, Illinois DOT, and a consulting firm before joining the Forest Service in 1992. He worked as a Civil Engineer for Ashley National Forest, Tongass National Forest, and Region 9, before coming to the Missoula Technology and Development Center in 2003 as a Project Leader for structures and recreation.
Julia Kertz Grant is the Boise City Foothills and Open Space Manager. Julia works with a group of citizens that oversee land acquisitions with Foothills Levy Funds. She supervises staff members who manage the 125-mile Ridge to Rivers Trail System and the Boise Environmental Education program. Her background is a combination of policy and land management. Julia earned degrees from the University of Missouri and Duke University, and lives in Boise with her husband and three children.
Steve Hale has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 29 years, including assignments in Washington, DC, and national forests in Colorado, Michigan, and Kentucky. Currently he works in Carson City, Nevada on the Humboldt-Toiyabe near Lake Tahoe. His position as the Recreation Specialist encompasses partnerships, grants, recreation special projects, river management, conservation education, interpretation planning, winter sports, wilderness, and trails. Through creative partnering with regional organizations, Steve has been a key player in generating and implementing conservation education and trail development grants of over $ 2.1 million dollars.
Peter Hark is the Field Operations Manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Trails and Waterways. For ten years he has worked to promote Minnesota’s Water Trail program and played a key role in the development of the Lake Superior Kayak Trail. He is an avid paddler who has canoed many rivers and kayaked in a variety of places around the world. He has an undergraduate Biology degree from Evergreen State University and M.S. degrees in Experiential Education from Mankato State University in Minnesota and in Parks and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University.
Ken Harris founded The Consilience Group after a career that included 23 years at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was the Principal Analyst in a group studying the future of aviation. Since leaving FAA, Ken works as a futurist, consulting for clients including the Sports Business Research Network and World Future Society. He maintains a readiness to engage in futurist consulting by keeping up with developments in society and demographics, technology and science, environment and energy, economics, politics, sports, and transportation.
Cindy Heath is Director of Recreation & Parks in Lebanon, New Hampshire, overseeing the construction of the city’s first accessible riverfront trail system, and renovation of an historic railroad yard into an economic, recreation, and cultural center. Cindy served on the Upper Valley Trails Alliance “Trails For Life” Partnership, and developed projects focused on increasing active trail use in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. She co-led two successful public trail visioning forums, leading to the creation of the “Livable, Walkable Lebanon Plan” and the revival of the “Upper Valley Loop Trail” concept.
Rita Hennessy has 19 years experience with the NPS, and more than a 25 year history with the Appalachian Trail. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Community Change and Civic Leadership. Through her graduate studies, Rita created “A Trail to Every Classroom,” modeled after “A Forest for Every Classroom” in Vermont. This is a professional development opportunity for teachers to promote getting kids in the woods and discovering the significance of their communities and local resources, as well as connections to other locales through the conduit of the Appalachian Trail.
Greg Hersberger is President of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and has been a Director for the past ten years. As a Director for the ITRA, Greg has worked in most of the parks and forests in the state of Indiana. Greg is certified in trail design, construction, maintenance, and crew leadership. He is one the few volunteers in Indiana with a Forest Service chain saw certification. Greg volunteers many hours working on trails and in meetings representing the needs of trail users.
John Hoal, PhD, AICP, is the founding Principal of H3 Studio Inc., a planning, design, and research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in New Orleans, LA and Durban, South Africa. John is also Chair of the Master of Urban Design Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He practices architecture, urban design, and community-based planning in the United States and Southern Africa, and lectures nationally and internationally on the design and development of sustainable, livable cities.
John Hohol is a marking specialist and the National Market Manager for Rhino Marking & Protection Systems for the recreation and survey markets. He has been involved in all aspects of marking for 30 years. He has participated in the National Trails Symposium since 2004. Since 1990, Rhino has been a leader in marking products and has recently developed new biocomposite solutions. Rhino is involved in all aspects of marking safety with the integration and promotion of 911 marking and the 811 one-call telephone network.
Rocky Houston is the State Trails Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. As a native Oregonian, Rocky’s goal is to get every Oregonian outdoors to share in the experience of our natural environment. He works with several local communities and within OPRD to plan and develop the connections trails make with Oregon and its citizens. Rocky received a B.A. in History and in Psychology from Western Oregon University, and a Certificate of Public Management from Portland State University. Rocky is married and has two daughters that take most of his time away from work.
Dan Jatres, an avid recreational bicyclist, began working in bicycle advocacy while attending Tulane University where he worked on the Campus Bicycle Transportation Improvement Plan, a NHTSA funded safety program and the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission’s (RPC) Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. In January 2007, he began working at the RPC as Program Manager of the Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program. Dan serves on a variety of advisory committees, including the Louisiana Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program, and the Tour de Jefferson Coordinating Committee.
Pam Johnson has worked with Orange County Department of Education's Inside the Outdoors for 27 years. These hands-on outdoor education programs have four components: Outdoor Science School (residential science camp), Field Trips, Traveling Scientist (school visits) and Public Programs. Pam has a multiple subject teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and an administrative credential from Pepperdine University. Previously a classroom teacher and summer camp Program Director, Inside the Outdoors has provided many career opportunities for her.
Brian Kauffman is the Facilities Director at R.O. Ranch, Lafayette County, Florida, overseeing the construction of planned equestrian and visitor facilities. Brian received a B.S. degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Florida in 1989. He worked as a Project Engineer with Yoder Brothers, Inc. before joining the Suwannee River Water Management District in 1996, where he worked in environmental resource permitting and with local governments on cooperative engineering projects to enhance the community's water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. In 2002, Brian moved into Land Acquisition and Management.
Kevin Keeler is the Administrator of the Iditarod National Historic Trail for the Bureau of Land Management, helping to facilitate agency and partner efforts to protect, improve, and interpret the 2,400 mile trail system. Kevin also attends to BLM’s management of 150 miles of the trail. A 24-year resident of Alaska he is interested in “all-things-trails,” working for eleven years as a Trails Specialist and Community Planner with the National Park Service before starting with BLM four years ago. Kevin has a Masters of Science in Resource Management from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Woody Keen is the President of Trail Dynamics LLC, the leading trail service provider in the southeast based out of western North Carolina. Woody earned degrees in Outdoor Education and Outdoor Recreation Management, and has been involved in the outdoor industry since 1976. He serves on the Board of Directors (President) of the Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA), and is the first east coast trail builder to earn such distinction. Woody is considered to be one of the leading trail educators and has shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with many.
Justin Kenney is currently a Program Coordinator for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Over the years, he has worked at the Corps in a number of different capacities: Corps Member, Crew Leader, Administrative Assistant, Recruitment Assistant, and Operations AmeriCorps VISTA. In his current role, he oversees a summer residential work program that serves close to 200 youth. He also works closely with operations securing and developing projects with a number of different entities.
Carl Knoch has been the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Northeast Regional Office Manager of Trail Development since 2006. A graduate of Penn State University, with a Masters in Administration, he has extensive experience as a trail volunteer and trail-related business owner. He is on the York County, Pennsylvania Rail-Trail Authority and was elected board chair in 2000. In October 2007, Carl was honored by the Pennsylvania Planning Association with a Distinguished Leadership Award for a Citizen Planner.
Sara Kroll has been working in the land development industry for the past fifteen years. With a background in urban planning, she focuses her development efforts on the entitlement process for land development, beginning with community design and culminating in construction of the infrastructure. Through this process, she is able to work with a variety of interest groups and works to achieve mutually agreeable design and implementation strategies. Currently, Sara is with Brookfield Homes as a Senior Director of Land Development, where she oversees the development of eight master planned communities.
Paul Labovitz is the Superintendent of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area that covers 72 miles of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. He has also served as the Program Leader for the NPS Midwest Region, Rivers & Trails Program, and his first NPS position, in 1988, was as Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Before working for the NPS, Paul was Forester/Wildlife Biologist and Manager of the Rockwell Somerset Woodlands. When not working, Paul can be found hunting, fishing, trapping, woodworking, or gardening.
Dave Lemberg, PhD, AICP, is an Associate Professor of Geography at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Director of the Michigan Heritage Water Trails Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies. His research interests include regional planning, sustainable development, spatial analysis, and water trail planning.
Leslie Lewis joined Connecticut Forest and Park Association in 2007 to serve as the WalkCT Coordinator, where she works to promote walking and other opportunities on trails, pathways, and sidewalks around the state. Leslie was employed by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for 29 years. From 1997 through April 2007, she served as DEP’s Trails and Greenways Coordinator. Appointed by Governor Rell to the Connecticut Greenways Council, Leslie also serves on the DOT’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee and the Safe Routes to School Committee.
David Lindahl is a Principal of Morton Trails with 20 years of professional experience in real-estate, land-use planning, appraisal, property transactions and negotiations, environmental management, and economic analysis. David received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Economic Geography, specializing in rural economic development and corporate environmental management. He has published articles in leading business, economic, and geography journals and taught at Penn State University.
Cam Lockwood began his 34 year career as a trail crew leader. Cam is currently the Unit Leader of a USFS National Enterprise Team called “Trails Unlimited.” He has extensive expertise in planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of trail systems. Cam has received many accolades for developing new techniques and equipment for trails, some of which have included BLM’s Trail Manager of the Year, USFS’ Master Performer, and California’s OHV Trail Manager of the Year.
Gary Long was raised in Wyoming and attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.A. degree in Geography in 1970. He began with the Bureau of Land Management in 1974 as a Land Use Planner, and continued as an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the remainder of his 32-year career. Gary conducted wilderness inventories, recreation site design and construction, trail design and construction, and historic trail management. Gary assisted the BLM National Training Center with training courses in Recreation Management and continues as an instructor. Now retired, he stays active with historic trails management issues.
Peter Loris, P.E., is President of Loris and Associates, Consulting Engineers, Lafayette, Colorado. He has 29 years of experience designing bridges, trails, and building structures in Colorado and in New York. His varied experience gives him insight into how to meld the many variables of a project into creative, holistic, and sustainable designs that not only meet all technical requirements, but also delve into the experiential factors that make designs stand out from ordinary “engineered” solutions.
Jimmi Lossing, RLA, is a Landscape Architect for Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation. She has served as the Project Manager for various park master planning projects including the trail system at Hidden Valley Park.
Stuart Macdonald spent 20 years as Colorado's State Trails Coordinator. Currently he is the Editor of the American Trails Magazine, Website Manager for American Trails (www.AmericanTrails.org), Assistant Manager of the National Trails Training Partnership, and Coordinator for the National Recreation Trails Program. He spent two years on the Regulatory Negotiation Committee for accessible trails under the ADA. Stuart has served as Chair of the National Association of State Trail Administrators for over fifteen years. He also Chaired the National Recreation Trails Committee, which advised FHWA in the first years of the Recreation Trails Program. Besides trails, his interests include surfing, photography, railroads, and travel.
Helen Mahan, a Community Planner with the National Park Service’s Rivers and Trails Program, has diverse experience in managing community-based trail, greenway, and national park projects. She provides technical assistance on projects that create partnerships between trail, recreation, and health organizations. For the last five years, she served on special assignment to Active Living by Design, providing guidance and support to active living community partnerships linking trails, recreation, and health and managed Active Living Community Vision projects in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Clay Malcolm is currently the Trails Supervisor for the City of Boulder, Open Space and Mountain Parks, as well as the Principal of Eagle Eye Trail Services, LLC. His previous experience includes Trails Contracts Coordinator for the City of Boulder O.S.M.P. and Trail Construction and Maintenance Crew Leader for Jefferson County (Colorado) Open Space. During his ten years in the trail business, Clay has worked primarily on multi-use, natural surface (nonmotorized) trail systems with extremely high visitation. He has been involved in managing visitor-created trails by using planning/design schemes, by employing various closure techniques, and by establishing trail monitoring.
Dr. Jeff Marion is a Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Adjunct Professor with the Natural Resource Recreation program at Virginia Tech. Jeff specializes in recreation ecology, the study of visitor impacts on protected natural areas, examining the relationships between the type and extent of recreation-related resource impacts and use-related, environmental and managerial factors. He is a founding member of the Leave No Trace Board of Directors, is still very active in this national program, a board member of the American Hiking Society, and is currently on the Appalachian Trail Stewardship Council.
Randy Martin has been in building and development for 25 years, and is President of Trailscape, a trail design & building company that focuses on trails in and around development. He is an avid mountain biker and runner, and resides 40 miles west of Lake Tahoe. Randy spoke at the Urban Land Institute Conference in Washington D.C. in June 2008 and is part of a development team on two major projects in the foothill of the Sierras.
Dr. Maura McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Wissahickon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has launched a multi-year, multi-million dollar project, the Sustainable Trails Initiative (STI), a comprehensive plan to restore over 50 miles of natural surface trails in the 1,800 acre Wissahickon Valley Park. Dr. McCarthy has been active with nonprofit management and fundraising for numerous nonprofit groups, including the PEN American Center in New York, the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless in Texas, and African Medical Relief in England. Dr. McCarthy is a graduate of New York University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (UK).
John McLarty is the Assistant Director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. In his primary role for the Commission, John serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Study Director. In this capacity, John oversees regional transportation planning activities and coordinates regional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects. John is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 30 years. He serves as the President of the Heritage Trail Partners and the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.
James McNulty has been with the Susquehanna River Water Trail Association since
Brenda Meeks has been the Operations Project Manager at the Ouachita Project Management Office since 1993. Brenda is responsible for managing three Corps lake projects, each with hydropower plants: Lake Ouachita, near Hot Springs; DeGray Lake, near Arkadelphia; and Lake Greeson, near Murfreesboro. These projects include 114,183 acres of public lands with 49 recreation areas. To manage these resources, she has forged many partnerships with other agencies and organizations. Brenda has 35 years of federal service experience.
Bud Melton led efforts to convert a stretch of unused Katy Railroad to a Dallas urban trail. He collaborated with University of Texas-Arlington students to guide future trail development and led appeals for funding for the initial two miles. As a LAB-certified bike safety instructor-trainer, he conducted police on bikes training, leading to the establishment of the Dallas Police Bike Patrols, and bicycle safety and crime prevention seminars. His trail consulting work includes facility planning and design, neighborhood walkability, safe routes to school, transit access, and design development to continue improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians, and other nonmotorized travelers in the urban and suburban landscapes.
Matt Mihalevich, Trails Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, is a registered Landscape Architect with extensive background in trail design and construction, including over 25 miles of urban multi-use trails. Matt oversees a nine member in-house trail construction crew, working exclusively on the implementation of the Fayetteville Alternative Transportation and Trails Master Plan (FATT), which includes a goal of 129 miles of multi-use trails and 163 miles of on street linkage.
Jamie Mierau joined American Rivers in 2000, and as Director of River Protection, she works with communities to improve river health by reconnecting people to rivers through blue trails and protecting the last great rivers through wild and scenic designation. She previously performed natural resource management field research in Costa Rica and studied natural systems agriculture at The Land Institute in Kansas. Jamie received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Denison University and an M.A. in Environmental and Resource Policy from George Washington University.
Jay Miller manages interpretation, publications, and exhibits within Arkansas’s 52 state parks. He served as Arkansas’s State Trails Coordinator for seven years, has taught Interpretation of Historic Sites, has been a consultant to the U.S. National Park Service, as well as to other countries. He leads workshops on interpretation training, planning, and exhibit design. In addition, he owns Interpretive Communications, through which he leads interpretation planning and training, and produces publications and wayside exhibits.
Roger Moore received his Master’s degree in Recreation Resources from Colorado State University and his PhD in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University before joining North Carolina State’s faculty in 1991. He currently teaches and conducts research in areas related to outdoor recreation, recreation behavior, and natural resources planning and management. Roger is currently on a one-year assignment to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as Program Manager of the Appalachian Trail MEGA-Transect, which seeks to engage volunteers in environmental monitoring from Maine to Georgia.
John Morton is Founder and Principal of Morton Trails. John has been a seven-time Olympic participant, as a competitor, coach, and/or chief. In 1989 he wrote Don’t Look Back, a comprehensive guide to cross-country ski racing, and he also then began designing Nordic ski trails. His firm has undertaken over 120 trail design and planning projects throughout the United States and internationally over the past 17 years.
Philip Neeley, ASLA, is a Senior Landscape Architect in the Urban Design and Planning Group of JACOBS Consultancy in Dallas, Texas. He has 25 years of experience in a wide range of park and recreational planning and design. Philip began his career in 1983 after receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture degree in 1986 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Philip is active in numerous organizations including the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Bill Neumann is a Vice President with DHM Design Corporation, a Denver based landscape architectural firm, specializing in parks and trail planning and design. For over 20 years, Bill has designed and overseen construction of numerous award winning trails and greenways. His careful attention to detail and understanding of construction allows him to successfully deal with many of his client's most difficult sites.
Greg Oller is the Lake Manager at Table Rock Lake, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near Branson, Missouri. Greg earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and a M.S. degree in Forestry-Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois Univesity-Carbondale. Greg has worked at Table Rock Lake since 1988, where he has managed Table Rocks recreation program that totals fourteen recreation areas, and the natural resources program including a complex shoreline management program. Since 1988, Greg has sought out partners for the expansion of recreation opportunities for the public to enjoy.
Jack Olson is a Trail Planner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He has worked with planning teams that have inventoried, designated, and developed forest roads and recreational trails on five million acres of state forest land in Minnesota over the last five years. He is an avid cyclist and enjoyed riding on several trails while on a cross-country bicycle tour in 2005.
Jeff Olson is a Principal with Alta Planning + Design, with a diverse career ranging from grassroots organizations to big business. An advisor to the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program, the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and the Mississippi River Trail, Jeff served as Director of Millennium Trails, an initiative to create a national network of trails as part of America's legacy for the year 2000. He is a frequent speaker on quality of life and transportation and has published numerous papers and documents. He enjoys traveling, bicycling and skiing, and looks forward to raising his family in a world of optimism and hope.
Tim Oosterhous has been Recreation Program Manager for the Ouachita National Forest since March 2007. He previously served as a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone National Park, as a Stewardship Ecologist and Chief of Land Acquisition and Stewardship for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and as a District Recreation Program Manager on the Los Padres National Forest and Ouachita National Forest. Tim holds a Masters degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin University. His “outside” interests include backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and skiing. He, his wife, and their three children live near the Caddo River outside Glenwood, Arkansas.
Patti Pakkala is currently the lead Planner with the Prince William County Park Authority, and she has worked in the recreation planning field for fourteen years. Patti has a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning. Throughout her educational and professional career, Patti has pursued her interest in recreational trail development and has worked on trail plans in Massachusetts and West Virginia. She is currently working on the update to the Trails and Greenways Master Plan for Prince William County.
Mike Passo is from Bellingham, Washington and is the Owner and Operator of Elakah Expeditions LLC and an American Trails board member. Mike is a nationally recognized expert in making outdoor recreation accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Mike is a Master Trainer for the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and has taught for American Trails and Beneficial Designs, Inc. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia have given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment.
Tony Pernas is the coordinator for the National Park Service’s Florida and Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team. Tony has 20 years of professional invasive species management experience, having previously served as Resource Management Specialist for Big Cypress National Preserve and as Supervisory Botanist for Everglades National Park. Tony currently serves as Chairman of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils, has served as the past President of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, and is Chair of the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
John Pflaum has over 36 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of multi-use drainage and flood control improvements. His projects have included project management and engineering for the $8.6 million multi-use Little Dry Creek Flood Control and Greenway Improvements in Englewood, Colorado, and numerous Greenway projects that combine trail design with stream stabilization measures. His collaboration with DHM Design includes the Sand Creek Greenway, Purgatoire River Greenway and Bear Creek Greenway – all Colorado Greenway projects.
Mike Pinkerton is a lifelong trails enthusiast and motorized recreationalist. He graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor's degree in Parks Management and Leisure Services. Mike has worked with Hatfield-McCoy Trails for the past eight years and is currently their Director of Marketing. For the last six years, Mike has been the State Partner for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). He is currently serving as a member of their Board of Directors.
Carol Potter has been involved in trails since 1995 and interested in trail development since she first heard about the 92 mile Rail Trail that was ending in her town. She became very active in the Michigan and Midwestern trail community. In 2004, she was chosen as Executive Director of Mountain Trails Foundation in Park City, Utah, a cherished nonprofit in Park City. From ten miles of trail in 1992, to the whopping 400 miles of trail today, Mountain Trails has been preserving, promoting, maintaining, and advocating for the Park City world class trail system.
Philip Pugliese was appointed as Chattanooga’s first Bicycle Coordinator in September of 2005. Actively engaged in bicycle advocacy, he has served as Chair of the Chattanooga Bicycle Task Force, and is on the staff of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County-North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization and the Southeast Tennessee Rural Planning Organization. Philip currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and represents this organization to the National Complete Streets Coalition.
Rory Renfro is a Senior Planner at Alta Planning + Design, a nationally-recognized firm specializing in bicycle/pedestrian planning, design, and implementation projects. Rory participates in a variety of projects, including community-wide bicycle and pedestrian plans, streetscape plans, trail feasibility studies, and preliminary design.
David Retzsch serves as Managing Principal for the JACOBS Consultancy, Urban Design and Planning (UDP) unit which focuses on urban design, planning, and landscape architecture services to the Municipal, Transportation, Land Development, Buildings and Industrial sectors. David is a registered Landscape Architect with 29 years of experience in multi-disciplinary design firms. David has worked on a wide range of projects and is particularly experienced with transportation enhancements. Other related work includes transit, streetscape, and trail designs. An emerging area of his practice includes transit oriented development and urban revitalization planning for downtowns and urban infill developments.
Matt Rice joined American Rivers in September 2007 as the Associate Director for the Southeast Region in Columbia, South Carolina. He works on the Blue Trails and Hydropower Reform programs throughout the Southeast. Matt completed his M.A. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Matt also served with the Peace Corps in Zambia from 2000-2004. He has worked as a fly fishing guide, fly casting instructor, and videographer, and when not working can be found on the river fly fishing or paddling with his Jack Russell, Sprocket.
Rory Robinson has a 30-year career with the National Park Service, working in five different parks in interpretation and cultural resource management before becoming the Indiana Projects Manager for the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. His work includes assistance to the Ohio and Erie Canal, Maumee Valley, and Wabash River Heritage Corridors, trail planning efforts throughout Indiana, and work on watershed projects. In 2006, he received the 2006 Mike Carroll Award for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner from the Indiana Planning Association.
Yvette Rollins is the President of the Hoosier Bank Country Horsemen, Inc., National Treasurer for the Back Country Horsemen of America, and past President of the Indiana Horse Council and the Indiana Trail Riders Association. Yvette has received certifications in trail design and maintenance, sawyer certification, Tread Lightly!, and other trail related certifications. She has volunteered many hours working on trails and making presentations at symposiums and conferences to network and raise awareness of trail issues. Yvette received the Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference Individual Trail Advocate Award in 2003.
Brandon Ross is a Special Projects Manager for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, and is currently working on planning, land acquisitions, design, and construction of a 50-mile greenway system along San Antonio’s major waterways. Previous experience includes participation on a variety of projects related to community planning, land use initiatives, and affordable housing development. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
John Royster, RLA, is President of Big Muddy Workshop, Inc., a landscape architecture and interpretive planning firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to Hidden Valley Park, John has designed trail and interpretive projects for cities, states, and federal agencies throughout the Midwest.
Paul Sanford is Director of Stewardship and Public Policy for the American Canoe Association, the largest paddlesports membership organization in the U.S. As Stewardship Director, Paul manages the ACA’s Water Trails Program, an initiative to support the development of water trails throughout the U.S. and Canada. The ACA’s Water Trails Program provides resources to trail developers and recognizes outstanding water trail successes. The ACA also promotes the use of water trails through an online database of more than 400 trails throughout North America, available at www.americancanoe.org.
Bob Searns is a Founding Associate of The GreenWay Team, Inc. He has a 30-year record in creating award-winning projects. He has worked hands-on in planning, design, fundraising, right-of-way, and construction coordination. He has been a speaker and instructor for American Trails, the National Parks Service, the American Planning Association Mayors Workshop and the Urban Land Institute. He co-authored, with Chuck Flink, Greenways and Trails for the 21st Century. Bob is currently Chair of American Trails.
Jerry Shields is a retired telecommunications executive who relocated to Arkansas in 1998. He is an active community volunteer, hiking enthusiast, and novice mountain biker. As the founder of Traildogs, a volunteer group dedicated to the design, construction, and maintenance of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), he leads a joint team of Traildogs, U.S. Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service personnel in construction of this 40 mile trail. In 2006 he was awarded the American Trails State of Arkansas Trail Advocacy Award.
Lori Singleton, ASLA, is Lead Site Designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) in downtown Detroit. As a registered Landscape Architect, Lori has over eight years of expertise in urban design, residential planning, campus/plaza design, park development, and site design and with the entire design process, from conceptual design to implementation. Lori received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University after studying community living and community development alternatives on the U.S. west coast and in England. Hamilton Anderson recognized Lori’s contributions by making her an associate and shareholder in 2007.
Elizabeth (Liz) Smith-Incer coordinates the Mississippi Field Office of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) of the National Park Service. After graduating from the University of Florida, she worked at the United States Department of State, Office of International Environmental, Oceans and Scientific Affairs and the Office of Inter-American Affairs. Elizabeth also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. She recently relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Nevada, where she served as the Nevada RTCA Field Office Director.
Ginny Sullivan is the New Routes Coordinator for Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), the nation’s largest nonprofit bicycling organization. Adventure Cycling Association has over 38,000 mapped miles of bicycle routes, and Ginny coordinates projects and outreach associated with ACA’s growing network. Ginny is also a representative on the US Bicycle Route System Task Force and has served as staff support for the project since June of 2005. She received a B.A. in Communication from Montana State University in 1987.
Joe Taylor is President/CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau in Moline, Illinois. He currently serves on the board of directors of American Trails, Inc. and was Co-Chair of the 2006 National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities. Joe combines his personal enjoyment of the outdoors with his professional position by regularly promoting eco-tourism, watchable wildlife, and trails as important tools for sustainable economic development.
Jack Terrell is the Senior Project Coordinator for NOHVCC, a nonprofit, educational foundation. He is a past Chairman and current member of the Florida OHV Recreation Advisory Committee, a member of the Florida RTP Advisory Committee, and is the Land Use Chairman of the Florida Trail Riders. Since 1992, he has worked with federal, state, county and local legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, land managers, and recreation planners to develop trail recreation opportunities for the public.
Charles Tracy is a Landscape Architect with the National Park Service and is involved in organizing regional and community-based conservation and recreation initiatives in New England and New York. Tracy is co-author of Organizing Outdoor Volunteers, a guide to building conservation partnerships, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Since 2001, he has led an interagency partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, exploring art as a catalyst for community involvement in environmental projects.
Tom Treiman is a Natural Resource Economist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, which manages fish, forest, and wildlife in the state. Tom provides information and resource evaluations to the area and trail managers by conducting public use studies, user surveys, and focus groups.
Angie Tornes is an Ecologist and Planner who has worked to preserve rivers, trails, and natural areas for 22 years. She worked for the Minnesota and Ohio Departments of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before joining the National Park Service’s Rivers and Trails Program and the Hydropower Licensing Assistance Program. She has worked on river and lake based water trails in the Great Lakes region. She has a B.S. from St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and an M.S. from the Ohio State University.
Karen Umphress has been involved with trails for almost her entire life. Her family
Mary Van Buren, Tread Lightly!'s Education and Training Manager, manages the Tread Training Program and other education initiatives for the organization. Her background experience in education, environmental science, and recreation compliments the importance of Tread Lightly!'s ethics message.
Eric Van Steenburg is the Executive Director for the Friends of the Katy Trail, managing operations and overseeing the strategic direction of the ten-year-old organization. The son of a career U.S. Army officer, Eric earned degrees in Journalism and History from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Humanities from the University of Texas at D