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Biographies of American Trails Board


We'd like to introduce the Board of Directors of American Trails and tell you more about these committed trails activists.


John Favro, Chair; John was Regional Trails Coordinator for the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service for ten years. In that capacity, he was the program manager for 25,000 miles of trails on 13 National Forests and Grasslands in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. John began his Forest Service career 35 years ago as a wage grade one Trail Laborer. In addition to managing Ranger Districts, he has worked in timber, wildlife, fire, and range, and has managed trails programs at numerous locations in California and Alaska prior to moving to Montana. John has B.A. degrees in psychology and philosophy, and has completed all course work for a B.S. in natural resource management. In 2006 he assisted the country of Jordan with trail and outfitter camp management through the International Forestry Program. Since retiring, John is currently doing trail consulting, and teaching trails courses. John works with his wife Susan managing a horse supply and equipment business for endurance riders, Healthy As a Horse Network.

Marianne Fowler is the Senior Strategist for Policy Advocacy for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). She has been with the RTC since 1988, and her pivotal roles in the ISTEA, TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU, and MAP-21 reauthorizations have established her reputation as a veritable legend of the rail-trail movement and one of the true game-changers in the history of American bike/ped policy. In addition to her role at RTC, Marianne co-chairs the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) and is 2nd Vice Chair of American Trails. In 2014, Marianne was recognized as RTC’s Trail Champion of the year.

Terry Hanson is owner of Terry Hanson Consulting, offering over 35 years of practical experience in the planning design and implementation of river parkway projects including trails, open space, boating access, environmental restoration and community parks. Terry was Co-chair of the 2000 National Trails Symposium and currently serves on the American Trails Executive Board as Treasurer. For over 30 years Terry served as a Senior Planner and then Manager of Community Projects for the City of Redding, responsible for the planning, funding and implementation of many high profile community and regional projects.

Mike Passo is currently the Executive Director for the Professional Trailbuilders Association. He has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction of trails according to federal accessibility standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, including three years coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.

Jenny Rigby, Vice-Chair, is the founder and director of The Acorn Group and Acorn Naturalists. As an interpretive planner, writer, and designer, she focuses on creating interpretive master plans, exhibits, and panels that cultivate more than just interest. Her goal is to create experiences that inspire long after a visit concludes. Jenny’s projects are nationally recognized, earning awards for exhibit design, print and media design, and program design. In addition to her work with American Trails, she serves on the board certification team of the National Association for Interpretation and the State Superintendent’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social ecology, master’s degree in education, two California teaching credentials, and national certification as an interpretive planner.  When Jenny isn’t writing about the outdoors, she’s likely hiking in it with her family. Learn more about her at The Acorn Group: www.acorngroup.com.

Jan Hancock is an equestrian recreational facilities design consultant and former college instructor in Phoenix, Arizona. She has written three books, the most recent is the "Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds," published in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and the USDA Forest Service. Jan is a frequent presenter and trainer at national conferences and workshops on equestrian-related topics. In addition to the American Trails Advisory Committee, Jan serves on the City of Phoenix Parks Board, and the Board of Directors for the Arizona State Horsemen's Association, Arizona Trail Association, Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor, and she is the president of the Maricopa Parks + Trails Foundation.

Marie Walker serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Corps Network (TCN) and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the organization. In this role Marie’s goal has been to add to the continued success of TCN as a national non-profit that provides critical leadership to over 130 Corps programs and provide vital support for the Corps movement and its work.

Prior to joining TCN, Marie served as the Director of Programs and Development for the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia. During her fifteen years at CCCWV, Marie’s responsibilities and influence extended throughout various areas of the organization which included the development and implementation of several innovative programs such as the first Brownfields Job Training program in southern WV, the Office of Surface Mining VISTA program that provided coal mining communities with capacity building teams in eight Appalachian states.

Marie has completed studies at Concord University, Old Dominion University, and West Virginia University. She holds degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and Public Administration. In 1978 Marie was selected “One of the Most Outstanding Young Women in America”.

Marie has served on the boards for various organizations, non-profits and county agencies. She currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Terry Whaley is Executive Director of Ozark Greenways, Inc. in Springfield Missouri. The mission of Ozark Greenways is "Enhancing and Preserving the Ozark Natural Heritage for Public Use and Enjoyment." Terry's duties include promotion and education on linear parks, greenways, and trails. He is responsible for fund raising, acquisition of easements, trail design, trail development, and the management of land trust work to preserving open space and farm land. He helped initiate the Missouri Trail Summit, and volunteers with several other state wide organizations.


Biographies of American Trails Staff


Candace Mitchell is the Director of Operations for American Trails and has been with the organization since 2006. She oversees the American Trails staff and daily operations, working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Candace also serves as the Webinar Coordinator for the Advancing Trails Webinar Series and handles all logistics and sponsors/exhibitors for the International Trails Symposium. Candace attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where she received her BA in Communication in May of 2005. She enjoys backpacking and has a special place in her heart for Yosemite. She also appreciates a leisurely ATV ride and loves doing these activities with her fiancé, her three young boys, and four-legged friends.

Sue Crowe joined American Trails in September 2016 as the RTP Database Coordinator after retiring from a career in local government. Sue spent 15 years in fiscal operations and management, with 12 of those years as staff accountant to the Shasta County Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA). She has worked extensively on programs in both motorized and non-motorized transportation, including administering grant programs such as Safe Routes to School and the Secure Rural Schools Act. Sue also maintained the RTPA website and was editor to the quarterly transportation newsletter, the Transporter. Sue served as support staff to the federally designated Shasta County Resource Advisory Committee. The committee recommends projects for funding to the USFS. Projects must benefit the health of federal timber lands. Sue developed a quarterly newsletter, RAC-tivity, which provided information on projects funded in Shasta County. Sue moved to Redding in 1987 after growing up in Trinidad, California. Her and her husband, John, enjoy hiking with their dog and water sports.

Ashley Moore is the Contracts Administrator for American Trails and has been with the organization since May 2016. She received her BA in both Communications and Business Administration from Simpson University in 2016. While in school, and for the last 4 years, she started a small business of her own, creating handmade jewelry organizer. She sold over 2,000 pieces, with orders from every state and about 10 other countries worldwide. Ashley also works part-time as a photographer. Previously before American Trails, she worked at Lithia Chevrolet in their Redding, CA office, where she did a lot of accounting, ordering, keeping the dealership stocked, as well as the back end of car deals, which entailed completing and sending contracts. In her spare time she and her husband lead Financial Peace classes that teach others how to create a budget and to follow the budget in order to achieve financial success. She is passionate about people, traveling, taking pictures, creating, running and exploring the outdoors. She is grateful for this experience and an opportunity to work with a company that supports and encourages her passions.

Kayla Robinson is the Administrative Assistant for American Trails. She joined the team in December 2017. She was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Redding, California for 25 years. Kayla has been married for 10 years and her and her husband have two beautiful daughters and two lab/boxer mix dogs. She has worked as an administrative assistant for 10 years and also as a receptionist for 5 years. Kayla has been attending National University to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She is excited to graduate in May 2018. In her spare time her family and her love being outdoors. They love hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and riding our ATV’s and snowmobiles.

Taylor Goodrich started with American Trails in January 2018 as Communication and Media Specialist. Taylor currently lives in Dallas, Texas, which is also where she grew up and where she attended the University of North Texas receiving her degree in History. While in college she started doing freelance work editing and writing, and also got into graphic design and discovered she loves the creativity and craft of digital arts. After college she traveled quite a bit, and lived in both the Pacific Northwest and in New Mexico, and while in both of those places took full advantage of what the outdoors had to offer. After moving back to Texas she started moving towards doing graphic design, social media, and communications work full time, and she has contracted with several companies from tech startups, to music festivals, to law firms, to grow their social media and digital communications presence. Taylor loves hiking and kayaking especially, and is glad to be working with an organization that fights for further accessibility and stewardship of our nation’s trails. She feels very lucky that in this position she will be able to use her professional skills and passion for something she is also very personally passionate about, and in helping to grow American Trails.






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