Biographies of Symposium speakers and presenters
See the list of concurrent sessions for details of dozens of workshops at the National Trails Symposium.
Mark Ackelson is a creative, action-oriented leader in the efforts to protect important natural, wildlife, recreational and cultural resource lands in Iowa. He has been with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation since 1980 and became President in 1994. In that time, the Foundation has protected over 85,000 acres and created over 600 miles of trails. He was a founder and Chair of the Land Trust Alliance and also served as the Chair of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Phone: (515) 288-1846
Don Ambler is a Trail Specialist with the Halifax Regional Municipality. Having spent over 25 years with Environment Canada as a Water Resource Engineer, Don switched in 1998 to planning and building trails as a second career. As the volunteer Chair of the Halifax Regional Trails Advisory Team, an association of over 20 community groups, Don has been part of the municipal trails "Movement." Previously, beginning in the 1980s, Don has volunteered in community trail building. When not thinking about the next volunteer group challenge, Don spends time riding trails with his granddaughter.
Phone: (902) 452-6164
Nancy Anania began as the Manager of the State of Iowa's Recreational Trails Fund. With the passage of ISTEA in 1991, she also worked as the Transportation Enhancements Coordinator and the Federal Recreational Trails Program Coordinator and was named the Iowa Depart-ment of Transportation's Trails and Bike/Ped Coordinator. At first, she managed only the project selection process for all three programs. In 2002, she was named Transportation Enhancements Program Manager, over-seeing projects from the submittal of applications through project completion. Off-work interests include family, reading, walking, and golf.
Phone: (515) 239-1621
Ders Anderson has been the Greenways Director for Openlands Project for 12 years. In that role, he has been the author or co-author of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Greenways Plan, the NE Illinois Regional Water Trails Plan, and a number of sub-regional plans in the Kishwaukee, Calumet, and Midewin watersheds. He is currently working with the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission to develop its first greenways and water trails plan.
Phone: (312) 863-6252
Yvette Anderson-Rollins is past President of the Indiana Horse Council, Indiana Trail Riders Association and Hoosier Back Country Horsemen and chair of the Indiana Horse Council Trails, Land Use and Zoning Committee. She is a certified crew leader through Riter Trail Design Specialists and a certified Master Tread Trainer through Tread Lightly! Yvette is involved with the Yellowwood Lake Watershed Group, and has worked with the Hoosier National Forest and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. In 2003 she received the Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference Individual Trail Advocate Award.
Phone: (812) 797-4540
Tim Arnade, an avid cyclist and runner, married to an avid walker, and with two young children that walk to their neighborhood schools, is a natural fit to head up Federal Highway's Safe Routes to School Program. He began his career in international development working for three years in the South Pacific and has worked for over 20 years for the Federal Government. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of South Florida and a Master's degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Phone: (202) 366-2205
Louanne Atherley is an NAI-certified Interpretive Planner and one of the founding members of Heritage Design, a Forest Service Enterprise Unit. Her 15 years of experience encompasses all phases of interpretive project planning and product development from inventory & assessment, information & interpretive planning and visitor opportunity development, to highly innovative product design and development. She is currently involved in several projects along the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the Iditarod National Historic Trail.
Phone: (509) 684-0409
Marcia Atkinson, CEO of Heart Clinic Arkansas, the state's largest cardiology practice, has dedicated her professional career to health and wellness. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Marcia holds a Master's in Health Services Administration and a B.S. in Nutrition. She spearheaded planning and execution of the Medical Mile Fundraising Campaign on behalf of Heart Clinic Arkansas, helping to raise $2.1 million in public and private funds over a two year period.
Phone: (501) 951-4400
Peter Axelson, injured in a climbing accident while a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, holds degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. In 1981, he founded Beneficial Designs, Inc., which develops adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. He chairs the U.S. Wheelchair Standards Committee and participates on several review boards supporting rehabilitation research. Peter raced for eight years with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, winning three world championships. He enjoys skiing, hiking in his Cobra wheelchair, and boating.
Phone: (775) 783-8822
Ann Baker Easley is the Executive Director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association with over 20 years of experience working with conservation and service corps. In the 1980s she was involved in a national demonstration program to create urban youth service corps in 17 cities across the U.S. in an effort to help young people, disenfranchised from their communities, become involved and committed citizens through service work. Immediately before establishing CYCA, she was the Regional Program Director of the Central Region AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.
Phone: (303) 863-0604
Judy Bales has worked for over 20 years as a studio artist, and for 6 years in public art. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia and is an experienced teacher and lecturer. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and published in numerous national magazines. Ms. Bales completed two major trail bridge projects during 2004-2005. She currently is working in Iowa and Arizona on 4 public art projects involving bridges or underpasses.
Phone: (641) 472-9585
Diane Banta works for the National Park Service as an Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program in Chicago, Illinois. Early career work included Youth Conservation Corps followed by 25 years in the NPS. From guiding tours at Mammoth Cave NP to interpretation at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch) and Cuyahoga Valley NP, Diane now works in Illinois with non-profit organizations, and state and local government to preserve open space, greenways planning and trails projects.
Phone: (312) 863-4287
Mitch Barloga serves with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) as a Non-motorized Transportation Planner, and coordinator of NIRPC's Transportation Enhancement Program. Primary duties include working with all governmental entities within the NIRPC three-county area on securing funding for and improving pedestrian and bicycle facilities. To this end, Mitch has recently coordinated the preparation of the 2005 Ped and Pedal Regional Pedestrian & Bicycle Transportation Plan. Mitch resides in Crown Point, IN with his 8-year old son.
Phone: (219) 763-6060
Rebecca Barnes has been involved in ORV management at a variety of levels for over a decade. Whether it's "boots-on-the-trail" construction and repair, supervision of the state's trail crews, ongoing communication with trail partners or serving on the State's Recreational Trail Advisory Board, her knowledge and influence is evident throughout the Commonwealth. Rebecca has been a key player in DCR's recent ORV initiative conducting much of the research that has guided the agency.
Phone: (413) 499-7003
Ed Barsotti has been Executive Director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists since 2001. In his role heading the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, Ed serves as a liaison between government and cyclists seeking better biking conditions in Illinois. Projects include motorist and cyclist education, promotion of more trails and bike-friendly roads, and bike planning contracts for communities. A resident of Aurora, IL, Ed bikes around 3,000 miles per year for recreation and transportation.
Phone: (630) 978-0583
David Bartoo is a Trail Specialist and Planner for the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, specializing in the construction of shared use single-track trails. He has an educational background in forestry, land surveying, cartography, geology and an advanced degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Financial Administration. Prior to working for the State of Delaware, he worked as a field scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as a wilderness guide leading canoe, hiking and kayaking trips throughout the country.
Phone: (302) 739-5285
Dana Bell is Project Coordinator for National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, a member of the California OHV Stakeholder Roundtable, and a board member for American Trails. In 2002, Dana was a member of the American Frontiers Journey from the Mexican and Canadian borders to Salt Lake City to raise awareness for public lands. She has worked extensively with public groups and agencies to develop collaborative solutions to recreation concerns. Dana holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Phone: (562) 438-6527
George Bellovics is a Landscape Architect in Illinois DNR's Greenways and Trails Section. He is a Statewide Greenway and Trails Planner, as well as the Department's Grand Illinois Trail Coordinator. George also coordinates capital development and conducts site planning for 32 IDNR sites in Region 1 as the acting Regional Landscape Architect, and reviews all land offers. George has spoken at a number of state and national conferences on greenways and trails, trail construction and maintenance, partnerships and natural resource conservation.
Phone: (815) 625-2968
Phil Benge is the Senior Natural Resource Specialist with the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Washington and a member of the Northwest Discovery Water Trail Steering Committee. Phil's career in outdoor recreation and natural resource management has taken him through much of the West with several federal and state agencies. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento.
Phone: (509) 527-7133
Kate Bickert is the Director of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Trails Forever program overseeing the mission to restore and enhance the park's trail system and engage the community in its long-term care. Kate served at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as Director of the California Field Office and later Deputy Director of Programs and Vice President of Field Operations. She has worked on environmental and land-use planning issues for many organizations and has a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from Yale University and a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University.
Phone: (415) 561-3085
Kevin Blanshan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa. Kevin is the Director of Transportation and Data Services with the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments. Prior to his employment with INRCOG, Kevin worked as an Associate Planner for the City of Waterloo. He has extensive experience in developing transportation plans, transportation programming, bicycle/pedestrian planning, project administration, and grant writing.
Phone: (319) 235-0311
Pat Boddy is Director of Polk County Conservation Board, a county agency that manages more than 12,000 acres including four major trails, and is developing three more. Pat serves on the Des Moines River Greenbelt Advisory Committee and the MPO Bike-Ped Roundtable. Previously, Pat ran her own communications business. Her education is in water resources engineering and journalism. She's been married for more than 30 years and has two children.
Phone: (515) 323-5355
Bill Botten is an Exercise Physiology graduate from the University of Kansas, and an Accessibility Specialist with the U.S. Access Board where he is the lead on the development of the Access Board's accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation areas and trails. Bill has worked in the field of guidelines development for a number of years and presents training sessions nationally on injury prevention, disability awareness and sensitivity, and accessibility issues.
Phone: (202) 272-0014
Gary Briere develops policy and systems for a wide range of recreation activities as the Recreation Bureau Chief for Massachusetts Forests and Parks. He has been involved with ORV policy in Massachusetts since the early 90s, and recently spearheaded a working group comprised of land managers and diverse recreational and resource protection interests to address a variety of critical issues associated with motorized trail recreation.
Phone: (508) 769-2304
Brigit Brown is the Wisconsin State Trails Coordinator. In addition to the administrative, policy and management duties of her position, Brigit is a Tread Lightly! Master Trainer, Technical Advisor in-Training and Crew Leader for the Ice Age Trail's Mobile Skills Crew, and has led trail construction crews for Wisconsin Off-Road Bicycling Association. She has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1999. Brigit is currently working on trail design standards and a Wisconsin State Trail Plan.
Phone: (608) 266-2183
Alison Bullock has served as an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Chattanooga Field Office of the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) since 2000. Prior to this, Alison worked for the State of Tennessee as a Recreation Planner and Greenways & Trails Coordinator from 1995-2000, and for the University of Tennessee as a Research Assistant (1992-1995). Alison is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Master of Science in Planning (1994) and a Bachelor of Arts (1992).
Phone: (423) 266-2359
Kim Burger is the Manager of the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau, a position she has held for seven years. She is currently serving as President of the Travel Federation of Iowa and is a recent recipient of the Iowa Tourism Leadership Award. In addition, Kim is an active member of the Cedar Trails Partnership, an all-volunteer, grass roots organization that advocates for the construction, maintenance, and safe enjoyment of the Cedar Valley Recreational Trail System.
Phone: (319) 268-4266
Michelle Cangelosi is the Executive Director for the Take Pride in America® program, a nationwide volunteer program to engage, support, and recognize volunteers who work to improve our public spaces. She coordinates with federal, state, and local government representatives, as well as corporations and associations, to promote citizen stewardship at our natural, cultural, and historic sites. Before earning her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida, she was a high school science teacher in the Tampa area.
Phone: (202) 208-5848
Kenneth C. Chilman is Associate Professor, Emeritus, Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.S. in Forestry from Purdue University and an M.F. in Forestry and a Ph.D. in Resource Administration from the University of Michigan. He worked nine years with the U.S. Forest Service in the California Sierra Nevada 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.
Phone: (618) 453-3341
Derrick Crandall has been the President of the American Recreation Coalition since 1981. He is also Co-Chair of the Coalition for Recreational Trails, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board's Health and Recreation Committee, and served on the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. He played a central role in the creation of the Recreational Trails Program, National Scenic Byways Program, Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, and Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. He is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College.
Phone: (202) 682-9530
John Crumm is a Program Manager for the Macomb County (MI) Planning and Economic Development Department where he has worked on developing a trail master plan with the twenty-seven municipalities in the county. He has worked on trail grants, land acquisition, design, and construction of trails, putting together innovative inter-governmental agreements with various local communities and regional park providers and bringing over 13 million dollars of grant dollars into these efforts.
Phone: (586) 469-5285
Bernie Dahl, FASLA is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Landscape Architecture Program at Purdue University where he teaches courses related to the design of parks, public spaces, trails and greenways. He has conducted many student projects in communities throughout Indiana and has provided many consultations for trails and greenway design and funding. He is an advocate for the recreational rights of persons of all abilities.
Phone: (765) 494-1330
Bonnie Davis is a leading expert in all phases of trail riding, having worked with equestrians and the industries that support them in many ways over a lifetime. Bonnie operates Two Horse Enterprises, which enables her to help educate equestrians and trail riders. She speaks at conferences around the country to both equine and trail interests, facilitates research on trail issues, and brings people together as they enjoy the recreational resources that make trail riding one of the fastest growing equine activities.
Phone: (510) 657-5239
Doug DeLille has been employed with the Bi-State Regional Commission for seven years and is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities area. His work consists of trail planning and coordination; developing Park and Recreation Master Plans and Greenway Plans; assisting Illinois and Iowa member governments in preparing various federal, state and community grants to secure project funding; and developing the Iowa Region 9 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Doug has been married for almost 12 years, amazingly to the same woman, and has a 2-year old son who loves to be "outside."
Phone: (309) 793-6300
Christopher Douwes is the Trails and Enhancements Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), managing the Recreational Trails Program and the Transportation Enhancement activities. He repre-sented the USDOT/FHWA on the Access Board's Out-door Developed Areas committee, manages contracts for research, techno-logy develop-ment, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities, and participates on the National Trails Training Partnership. Christopher received his Master of Science in Transpor-tation from North-western University in 1990. His other interests include helping with the church's International Program Spanish ministry, and the choir; and gardening and walking.
Phone: (202) 366-5013
John M. Drew is a Project Manager at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University. Mr. Drew's recent projects include the Indiana Trails Study; the Municipality of Anchorage Parks, Natural Resources, and Recreation Facilities Plan; and various National Park Service curriculum development projects.
Phone: (812) 855-3095
Hugh Duffy, NPS, has been involved in trail projects since 1983 from the land-management agency, non-profit agency 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.
Phone: (303) 969-2452
Peter Dunbar has 30 years in the Recreation field in tourist destination communities. He published a series of trail manuals in 1982 and 1994 that circulated throughout Ontario and Canada, and three research papers on trails economic impact, user group profiles and trails and the impact on changing activity levels in general population groups with proximity to recent trail development. He is a founding member of the 35K Georgian Trail and is responsible for creating 95 km of community trails in about 15 years.
Phone: (705) 444-2500
Terry Eastin is an avid national, regional, state, and local trails advocate. She is Executive Director of Mississippi River Trail, Inc., a 3,000+ mile trail system stretching from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf. She co-owns Eastin Outdoors, Inc., a landscape architecture and trails design/build firm and is former Vice Chair and Chair of the Arkansas Trails Council. She is also a Trail Development Consultant for Little Rock and other Arkansas cities.
Phone: (479) 236-0938
Mark Edwards is the Trails Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and has twenty-six years of experience in trail planning, construction, and restoration. Mr. Edwards sits on the State Recreational Trails Committee and the Planning Team for the 2006 National Trails Symposium. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. He continues to be a naturalist, studying his own species and their relationship to the outdoors.
Phone: (515) 281-8959
Steve Elkinton has served as National Trails System Program Leader in the Washington Office of the National Park Service since 1989. He has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture. He joined the National Park Service in 1978 and served in the National Capital Region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park before this current position.
Phone: (202) 354-6938
Wally Elton has served as Executive Director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) and Project Director for Upper Valley Trails for Life, one of 25 community partnerships funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design program, since May of 2004. Prior to assuming these roles, he was on the staff of the Student Conservation Association for 20 years. He works out of UVTA's office in Norwich, Vermont.
Phone: (802) 649.9075
Cherri Espersen is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. In addition to other projects, she is currently the National Recreation Trail Program Coordinator for the Department of the Interior. Cherri has previously worked as an Environmental Specialist for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received a Master's in Community Planning from the University of Maryland - College Park and a Bachelor's in Geography from the University of Texas.
Phone: (202) 354-6920
Jef Farland, MPA, M.A., CPRP, is a doctoral student in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa. Research interests include CVB management, and pricing strategies of municipal park and recreation agencies. He teaches at Western Illinois University as an Adjunct Faculty Member and was the Director of Leisure Facilities and Services - City of Davenport, having been in the Parks & Recreation profession for over thirty years.
Phone: (563) 355-3122
Dr. Mylon E. Filkins, D.V.M., is a veterinarian in equine practice in Bakersfield, California. He is Chairman of the American Horse Council recreation committee, Equestrian Representative on the American Trails Board, and Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen Education Foundation. He is a Past Chairman of the California Back Country Horsemen and a Past National Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of America. Mylon enjoys recreational trips with saddle and pack stock into the Sierra Nevada and Trinity Alps Mountains in California.
Phone: (661) 832-1150
Graham Frank is a Project Engineer in the Land Development division of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc., beginning in 2003 after obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Graham's interest in trails springs from a lifetime of cycling and running, and developed more through an opportunity to study trail design in an independent study. He has helped design a trail marking system that allows emergency response teams to locate troubled trail users. Graham lives in Omaha with his wife and young son.
Phone: (402) 496-2489
Kim Frederick has been with Jefferson County Open Space since 1978 and as the Open Space Trails Supervisor is responsible for the maintenance and construction of over 175 miles of non-motorized trails in the foothills west of Denver. As a board member and instructor for the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative, he has worked closely with many agencies and organizations, developing and implementing land stewardship training. Kim was recognized as "Trail Advocate of the Year" at the 2005 Colorado State Trails Symposium.
Phone: (303) 271-5987
Paula Frey, an Occupational Therapist, works to increase access to people of all abilities. She is TAC Level 1 Trainer for the Universal Trail Assessment Process. Paula holds a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Paula currently works for Beneficial Designs as a Project Assistant.
Phone: (775) 783-8822
Pete Fritz has over twenty-three years of extensive experience in trail and greenway planning, transportation-related design, park and recreation planning, community planning and environmental planning. He has a unique background as a Landscape Architect and a Community Planner, working in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Fritz sits on the Indiana Trails Advisory Board and is the Chairman of the Indiana Bicycle Coalition. Pete works for RATIO Architects in Indianapolis.
Phone: (317) 633-4040
Liz Garst managed an eco-tourism business, Garst Farm Resorts. That business and about 5,000 acres of Garst land is evolving into a new non-profit land trust, Whiterock Conservancy. Whiterock will protect and restore natural resources, provide low-impact public recreation, and demonstrate sustainable practices in farming and recreation. Liz served in the Peace Corps and the World Bank, and is now a banker, farmer and civic activist. She also serves on the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
Phone: (712) 684-5240
Melody Geraci directs the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's Safe Routes to School Program. She holds an M.A. in Communications and has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her career, managing programs in affordable housing and court monitoring with additional experience in disability advocacy. CBF serves as a SRTS Resource and Technical Advisor for the entire Chicagoland region, convening a regional task force for NE Illinois and partnering on a $1 million CMAQ grant that delivers comprehensive SRTS programs to the south suburbs.
Phone: (312) 427-3325 x240
David Godwin, a Recreation Trails Specialist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Office of Recreation Services, is responsible for planning and implementing nature-based recreation opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas statewide. His projects include working on a state-wide paddling trail survey program, developing and presenting a community outreach map and compass class and assisting in the development of the Lake Lafayette Paddling Trail located in Tallahassee. Recently, he has developed and implemented a permit system designed to manage geocaching on FWC property.
Phone: (850) 488-9463
James "Scott" Groenier, Professional Engineer, began working for MTDC as a Project Leader in 2003. Scott earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. He worked as the east zone Structural Engineer for the Eastern Region and as a Civil Engineer for the Ashley and Tongass National Forests before coming to MTDC.
Phone: (406) 329-4719
Kandee Haertel is the Executive Director of a national nonprofit organization with extensive experience working with family foundations and other grant making organizations. She is a nationally known trails advocate creating alliances among various interest groups and helping build organizations. Kandee serves as an Equestrian Representative and Chair of the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council and previously with the Illinois Conservation Congress, Trails Committee of the American Endurance Ride Conference, and many other trail-related organizations.
Phone: (815) 858-3501
Mary Hanson is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. She is a certified Mediator/Facilitator for Nebraska's Office of Dispute Resolution, volunteering as a mediator and training new mediators for Nebraska's ODR. Current projects include Yankton, South Dakota's Meridian Bridge to Trail, Wahoo, Nebraska Community Trails Plan, Branched Oak State Recreation Area Equestrian Trails with the Nebraska Horse Council. She co-authored Getting Organized &endash; Creating an Equestrian Trails Organization and the brochure Recreational Use Statures and the Private Landowner.
Phone: (402) 661-1554
Liz Haynes offers leadership and support to the Master Naturalist program. She has a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and an M.S. in Herptetological Conservation from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. She taught biology and environmental science at Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa before accepting her current position in 1999.
Phone: (309) 796-0512
Lisa Hein is the Program and Planning Director with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. She provides technical assistance to public agencies, community organizations, volunteers and landowners to protect natural areas and establish trails. INHF has helped protect over 85,000 acres of land in Iowa, assisted in the establishment of over 700 miles of trails and raised over $20 million in public and private funds for trail projects.
Phone: (515) 288-1846
Thomas D. Heinold is a Project Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rock Island District, where he has worked since 1998 primarily on flood control, navigation and recreation projects. After eight years of active military service as an engineer officer, Mr. Heinold now heads the District's largest recreation project, the Des Moines Riverwalk. Mr. Heinold is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.
Phone: (309) 794-5421
Rita Hennessy is the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for the National Park Service office of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. She has worked on the A.T. for nine years, and has initiated education and community outreach programs from Georgia to Maine. Most recently, Rita has been completing her Master of Arts in Community Change and Civic Leadership, with a focus on Service-Learning through Antioch McGregor. Her capstone project is the development of the "Trail to Every Classroom" professional development model.
Phone: (304) 535-6170
Randy Hill has been with the City of Muscatine for 28 years in the Community Development Department and for the past 22 years as the Director of Public Works. He holds a B.A. from Loras College and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Iowa. Mr. Hill has a special interest in trail development as a member of the City of Muscatine's Trail Committee for four years, participating in the construction of six miles of recreational trails with another five miles in various stages of development, and has been instrumental in many other community projects.
Phone: (563) 263-8933
Jeffrey Hunter is the Southeast Trail Programs Director for American Hiking Society in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he is coordinating an effort to build a 5,000-mile interconnected network of trails in a 9-state region in the southeast United States. Jeffrey worked in the telecommunications industry for 19 years and also served on the Board of the New York based Sterling Forest Partnership. In 2002, he received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from SUNY Empire State College and in 2000 thru-hiked the 2,167-mile Appalachian Trail.
Phone: (423) 266-2507
Steve Illum lives in Springfield, Missouri where he has been a Professor of Tourism and Recreation at Missouri State University for 20 years. His primary interests are rural and heritage tourism where he has developed a rural equestrian and heritage park, worked with rural heritage tourism groups, developed heritage tourism plans, and assisted small communities and attractions in acquiring funds and in-kind contributions for the advancement of heritage tourism. He's taught, published numerous journal and magazine articles, and spoken at state, national and global tourism conferences.
Phone: (417) 836-4773
Ray Irvin is the Director of Greenways and Bikeways, Indiana Department of Transportation, overseeing the development of the state wide greenways system, with a focus on Indiana health & fitness needs, collocation of major infrastructure projects, and support of the economic development for the state of Indiana. For more than 13 years, he served as Indianapolis Greenways & Bike Route System Administrator.
Phone: (317) 232-3936
Kenneth P. Jacobs has done extensive research on the factors that contribute to the aging population's participation in outdoor recreation. His research has identified various factors associated with trail planning decisions and design recommendations for aging adults. He received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and a M.S. in Outdoor Recreational Planning from Purdue University.
Phone: (765) 586-7868
T.J. Juskiewicz is completing his second year as Director of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa-RAGBRAI, the oldest, longest and largest recreational bicycle tour in the world. Juskiewicz brings with him more than 14 years of event experience, having served as Director of Florida's cross-state ride, Bike Florida, and a Coordinator of Bike South 2000, a 2,000-mile, 30-day, bicycle tour of six southern states. He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for seven years and have a son and a daughter.
Phone: (515) 284-8289
Carolyn Kane has been Secretary of the Friends of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail since 1994, serving in many capacities including fundraising, membership, event organization, trail management and operation and coordination of volunteers for a volunteer-managed trail. She also serves as Chair of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and is the Secretary of the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition, whose mission is to fundraise matching dollars, and is currently implementing a $6 million capital campaign for a trails network in western Michigan.
Phone: (989) 427-5555
Woody Keen is the President of Trail Dynamics LLC, a private trail contracting firm based out of western NC. 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). Woody is considered to be one of the leading trail educators and his enthusiasm and passion for trails is infectious.
Phone: (828) 862-5613
Peter Komendowski is a life long outdoorsman and environmentalist. He currently serves on the Cedar Trails Partnership Board, the Iowa Whitewater Coalition Board, the Partnership for a Drug-Free Iowa Board, and is in the process of building the grassroots organization, "Friends of Iowa Rivers." He is employed under the title of Strategic Enlightenment for ME&V, an advertising, marketing and public relations firm located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His work involves the application of scientific models to business development practices.
Phone: (319) 268-9151
Nancy Krupiarz is Executive Director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, a statewide trails organization launched in 2005 that encourages the formation of trail groups, provides technical assistance on trail building and advocacy, lobbies for policy changes, and interfaces with the general public through events and publications. Previously, she was Director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Michigan Field Office where she lead the effort to develop regional trail systems in Southeast, West, Southwest, and Mid-Michigan, and held three statewide trails conferences and regional trails summits.
Phone: (517) 485-6022
Mary Lagerblade is the Director of Relocation for Mel Foster Company, the real estate leader in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Mary is an ambassador for the Quad Cities to businesses and families considering a move to the community. "The beauty of the Mississippi River, our bike trails, parks and rolling hills are one of our greatest advantages. Pair that with great schools, affordable housing and solid Midwestern values and quality of life, and you have a magnet for visitors and new residents."
Phone: (563) 359-8099
Chuck Lehman, ASLA, FRSA, is the President of Lehman & Lehman, Inc., landscape architectural and planning firm in northern Indiana. Chuck and his firm have been involved with greenways and trails planning, design and development throughout the Midwest for the last two decades. Most recently Chuck organized and facilitated a 10-county Greenways and Trails Regional Visioning Charrette in Indiana and Michigan. Chuck has been involved in strategic planning and visioning as well as innovative funding structures in the implementation of trails and greenway including conducting recreation impact fees for cities throughout the state.
Phone: (574) 257-0255
Leslie Lewis has been with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) since 1978 and has worked on such projects as development of the State's first recycling manual, implementing DEP's Household Hazardous Waste program; and coordinating development of State's Environment 2000 Plan. She is currently Senior Environmental Analyst with State Parks Division, responsible for administration of National Recreational Trails grant program, Trails and Greenways Coordinator, and liaison to Friends of State Park groups in Connecticut.
Phone: (860) 424-3578
Scott Linnenburger is the Director of Field Programs for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, overseeing IMBA's Trail Care Crew, Trail Solutions, and National Mountain Bike Patrol programs, and developing the IMBA Representative and International networks. From 2004 through 2005, Scott acted as the Coordinator of the Trail Solutions program, a professional trails consulting program specializing in the assessment, design, and construction of incredible trails and trail systems. Prior to Trail Solutions, Scott toured with his wife, Aaryn, on one of the renowned Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews.
Phone: (303) 545-9011 x117
Merdith C. Lockwood (Cam) graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Recreation Management and Administration, and has a Master's from CSU Chico in Recreation Planning and Design. He has worked for the past 30 years in a number of federal agencies in the field of recreation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of a full spectrum of trail systems. Cam has the distinction of being the actual person who completed the last 70 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and drove the "Golden Spike" at the completion ceremony.
Phone: (626) 233-4309
Patti Longmuir, M.Sc., is a Physical Activity Consultant with over 20 years experience specializing in access to trails and outdoor recreation for people of all abilities. Patti represented American Trails at the Access Board meetings on outdoor recreation, is a member of the Canadian Standards Association committee for outdoor recreation accessibility, has co-authored guidelines and best practices for outdoor environments, and conducts research to identify best practices for outdoor accessibility. Patti is a UTAP Master Trainer and has taught over 40 workshops on designing and assessing trails and outdoor environments for access.
Phone: (416) 445-2358
Dr. Bruce Lord has 25 years experience in recreation research. He is a Resource Economist with the School of Forest Resources at Penn State, specializing in the economic impact of public lands in rural Pennsylvania. Past recreation research has included whitewater boating systems, the impact of Pennsylvania's State Parks, heritage tourism, nature tourism, state-wide recreation needs, and ATV user needs. In addition, he also dabbles in more traditional forest applications, such as the analysis of short rotation woody biomass for energy uses and studies of Pennsylvania's hardwood timber markets.
Phone: (814) 865-7554
Reese F. Lukei, Jr. is the Vice-President, American Discovery Trail Society, former National Coordinator of the American Discovery Trail from 1991-2003, past board member Appalachian Trail Conference, American Hiking Society, Virginia State Trails Council, Virginia Trails Association, and Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club. He is the current Co-Chair of Virginia Beach, VA Bikeways and Trails Committee, and is an honorary member Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Phone: (757) 340-4599
Stuart Macdonald spent 19 years as Colorado's State Trails Coordinator and chairs the National Association of State Trail Administrators. Currently he publishes the American Trails Magazine and manages the website at www.AmericanTrails.org. He also works with the National Recreation Trail Program and the National Trails Training Partnership (www.TrailsTraining.net), and was part of the committee that has proposed regulations for accessible trails under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Phone: (801) 712-3407
Helen Mahan has diverse experience in managing community-based trail and national park projects, building coalitions, and engaging the public in planning processes. As a Community Planner with the National Park Service's Rivers and Trails Program, she provides assistance to local governments, non-profit organizations, and state agencies that create partnerships between trail, recreation and health organizations and agencies. She also serves as a Project Officer for Active Living by Design, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation providing technical assistance to many community partnerships.
Phone: (215) 597-6483
Roy B. Mann is a Landscape Architect with 35 years experience in parkland, river corridor, open space and trail planning and design, including the 1986 Town Lake Parklands Improvements Plan, for Austin, Texas, the 1995 Santa Fe County, NM, Open Space and Trails Plan, and the Boston Southwest Corridor Linear Park Master Plan. Mann earned his Master's in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, used a Fulbright in Europe to write his 1973 book, Rivers in the City, and received the ASLA's 1999 President's Award of Excellence. His firm, The Rivers Studio, LLC, is located in Austin.
Phone: (512) 343-9550
Jeff Marion is a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey stationed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor with the College of Natural Resources, Recreation Resource Management program. His specialty is recreation ecology &endash; investigations of resource impacts resulting from recreational activity in protected natural areas.
Phone: (540) 231-6603
Teresa Martinez has worked in trail management over 15 years as a volunteer trail crew member, Administrator for trail crew programs, Regional Representative and now Trail Program Manager for ATC's Virginia Regional Office. She has designed and helped build many A.T. relocations, applying the most current trail design and construction techniques. She teaches these skills and has incorporated accessibility into curriculums, serving as ATC's lead in accessibility. She holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science and a M.S. in Human Dimensions from Virginia Tech.
Phone: (540) 953-3571
Adam Mattis is a Greenways & Trails Specialist for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources specializing in motorized recreation. Before joining the Department, he coordinated the Allegheny Ridge Corporation's Project Ridge RIDER, an initiative that advocates the reclamation and reuse of degraded lands into multi-use, motorized recreation areas. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Environmental Resource Management.
Phone: (717) 772-3704
Charlie McCabe is Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation in Austin, TX. Having spent 17 plus years in the computer industry, Charlie switched to a non-profit career in June 2005, but has been involved with building and maintaining trails and parks in Austin since 1996, organizing over 100 volunteer workdays since then. When not hauling rocks, spreading mulch, fixing erosion damage or removing invasive species, Charlie is riding his bike or doing a little gardening.
Phone: (512) 477-1566
Sandi McFarland has been the Administrator for the USFS, Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) for the past four years. She has also served as the government tribal liaison representing the Clearwater, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Payette and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. She has served as the Cultural Resource Director for the Nez Perce Tribe for three years and as an archaeologist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. She is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a proponent of Nez Perce history and culture.
Phone: (208) 476-8334
Jono McKinney is the Executive Director for the Montana Conservation Corps, which involves 150 AmeriCorps members and over 500 volunteers each year on trails projects throughout the Northern Rockies region. In 2005, MCC completed over 1,000 miles of trail maintenance and construction on public lands and in communities, including numerous projects funded through the Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Recreational Trails and Off-Highway Vehicles grant programs. Jono lives in Bozeman, MT, with his wife and two children who are all regular hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers.
Phone: (406) 587-4475
Corrie Meyer, ASLA, is a Landscape Architect and Associate with Schmidt Associates. She is active on the Indianapolis Parks Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Executive Committee. Meyer has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. She and her husband, Nate, have one child, Andrew, and they live in Carmel, Indiana, off the Monon Trail. With her family, she travels the country and world to experience nature at its finest.
Phone: (317) 263-6226
Jamie Mierau is Associate Director of Outreach at American Rivers, a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers for the benefit of people, fish, and wildlife. She works to engage communities to safeguard and improve river health by reconnecting people to rivers through water trails. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Denison University and will complete her M.A. in Environmental and Resource Policy from The George Washington University in December 2006.
Phone: (202) 347-7550
Dr. Gregory A. Miller is President of American Hiking Society and has more than twenty years of experience in conservation and natural resources program development. This includes a strong track record of exemplary public-private partnerships, non-profit management, and capacity building at all levels. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's degree in Botany and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut.
Phone: (301) 565-6704 x210
Tim Mitchell currently works as a Planning and Environment Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration in Minnesota where his responsibilities include providing assistance to the State in administering programs such as Recreational Trails, Scenic Byways, Safe Routes to School, the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot and other Bicycle/Pedestrian related areas. Tim worked for seven years at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where he administered several trail grant programs, coordinated the snowmobile and cross-country ski programs and assisted in developing management plans for Minnesota State Parks.
Phone: (651) 291-6121
Charles Montange is an attorney who served as General Council and board member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy from inception until 1992. He has negotiated many rail corridor acquisitions, and/or represented many parties in Surface Transportation Board or court proceedings to allow acquisitions or to defend acquisitions sought to be made. He has been involved in at least 2,500 miles of acquisitions in some way or another.
Phone: (206) 546-1936
Tom Neenan has served as Executive Director of the Iowa Trails Council since it was formed in 1984. Iowa is recognized as one of the leading rail-trail states, with over 800 miles of these within its borders, almost all of these obtained through the efforts of the Council. Tom has received many state and national awards in recognition of his trail work, including the Lifetime Service Award from American Trails in 1998.
Phone: (319) 849-1844
Bill Nelson is the Executive Director of the Rock Island Park and Recreation Board, Rock Island, Illinois. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University and is a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Bill serves as the Chairman for the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, Treasurer for the Quad Cities Botanical Center, and is an active participant on other City Task Force and Committee assignments. He is married to Jacki Nelson, and is the father of Katherine and Kyle.
Phone: (309) 732-7268
Tom Nosal is a Civil Engineer currently working in the Office of Information Management of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Tom has been involved with GIS and GPS for a number of years. In addition to the current project of trail and resource mapping, he has also been involved with utilizing GPS to conduct bathymetric mapping of Connecticut's public access lakes.
Phone: (860) 424-3590
Jeff Olson is a partner with Alta Planning + Design, where he works to create green infrastructure solutions for public and private clients. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Director of Millennium Trails and from 1993 to 1998, was the New York State DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, supporting development of the New York City Greenways system, Erie Canal Trail and the Hudson Valley Greenway. He enjoys traveling, bicycling and skiing, and looks forward to raising his family in a world of optimism and hope.
Phone: (518) 584-6634
Mike Passo from Bellingham, Washington 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 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.
Phone: (360) 656-6507
John Pflaum's more than 33 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of multiple-use drainage and flood control improvements includes project management and engineering for the nationally-recognized $8.6 million Little Dry Creek Flood Control Improvements in Englewood, Colorado. He has also completed numerous multi-use greenway improvements along drainageways throughout Colorado. These improvements typically combine a multi-use trail with stream stabilization measures, bridges, low water crossings and riparian zone enhancements.
Phone: (720) 963-4347
Donna Plunkett, ASLA, is a Registered Landscape Architect and Regional Environmental Planner skilled in recreational facility planning and design, natural and cultural resource management and open space planning, protection and stewardship. She has worked on site design and regional planning projects for public parks and protected lands focusing on balancing the protection of natural and cultural resources with human uses. She has prepared site specific and regional scale master plans, recreation and resource management plans and comprehensive land use plans. She is licensed in New York and California.
Phone: (415) 433-1484
Doreen Portner holds her M.S. in Physical Education and Recreation and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social work and is currently the Chairperson for the Trail Advocacy and Grant Committees of the North American Trail Ride Conference. Doreen has taught at the college level and been successful as a social worker but her true calling has been to integrate humans, horses and the natural world. She has served as a Naturalist Docent for the Nature Conservancy and as a member of the U.S. Forest Service Horse Patrol.
Phone: (435) 259-6980
Ken and Marcia Powers have walked more than 13,000 trail-miles through 30 states. After completing long-distance hikers' Triple Crown &endash; the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, and Appalachian Trails &endash; they became the first to 'thru-hike' the American Discovery Trail in 2005 for a hikers' Grand Slam. They hiked the entire 4,900-mile length in 231 days. Before their hiking "career," Ken was a Database Analyst for Chevron and Marcia was a flutist. They reside in Pleasanton and are the parents of two sons.
Sally Prouty is the President of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. Prior to this appointment she served seven years as Director of the Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps operating two residential and six non-residential programs. NASCC provides a national voice, assures quality programs and builds partnerships to support the work of Corps. NASCC Corps are descendents of the Depression era CCC, enrolling over 23,000 young people annually. Sally is a Registered Nurse and holds a degree in Organizational Communication from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
Phone: (202) 737-6272
Jeannene Przyblyski is an artist, historian and urban strategist. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco Art Institute. In 2001, she founded the San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, a visual arts and urbanism think tank that incubates and promotes art and other public interventions in city life. Since 2005 she has worked with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as a Consulting Artist on community engagement, trail planning and social science research projects.
Phone: (415) 297-4334
Greg Query has had over 20 years of principal owner/management experience in insurance and business, as well as computers and computer networking. For over 20 years, Ken has been working with the local park district, county and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the development and expansion of their park facilities, trails and greenway planning and development. He brings his skills and applies them toward greenway and trails projects throughout northern Illinois and has been a keynote speaker at statewide conferences on greenways and trails.
Phone: (815) 562-4152
Max Reid is a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, currently working as the Public Service Staff for the Fishlake National Forest in Central Utah. Over his career, Max has served as a District Ranger and as both District and a Forest Recreation Staff in Region's 3 and 4. Since 1990, he has been the main caretaker and promoter of the Paiute ATV Trail demonstrating what can be accomplished when everyone works together to make the right things happen on the ground.
Phone: (435) 896-1075
David Reus has been associated with the Appalachian Trail for more than eight years; first as an Intern, then a Contractor, and finally as a staff member with the non-profit Appalachian Trail Conservancy, before joining the National Park Service in 2003. He is primarily involved with completing a comprehensive inventory and assessment of the built structures of the A.T. In addition, David completed an A.T. thru-hike in 1999 and is an active volunteer trail maintainer.
Phone: (304) 535-4001
Kathy Ridnour is Iowa's Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator and has been with the Iowa Department of Transportation for over 30 years working primarily in the area of planning. She served as Iowa's State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for 10 years and was instrumental in developing Iowa's first statewide transportation map for bicyclists and creating Iowa's bicycle safety program. Kathy is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with emphasis in Community and Regional Planning.
Phone: (515) 239-1713
Gary M. Robb is the Executive Director of the National Center on Accessibility, and Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at Indiana University. His responsibilities include working with federal agencies in developing and implementing guidelines for making recreation areas, facilities and programs accessible to persons with disabilities. He served on the United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's Regulatory Negotiations Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas and is currently the Project Director of the National Trails Surfacing Project.
Phone: (812) 856-4422
Rory Robinson has a twenty-seven year career with the National Park Service, working in five different parks in interpretation and cultural resources 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.
Phone: (330) 657-2951
Julia Rundberg is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' State Trail Coordinator where she is responsible for coordinating the management of Minnesota's 26 state trails, and other trail systems used by horse riders, mountain bikers and cross country skiers. Julia has eleven years with Minnesota DNR, as a Grant Manager, Park Planner, and Naturalist, and seven years in non-profits as a Membership/Development Director for the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota and an Environmental Education Director for the Lake Carlos Environmental Center.
Phone: (651) 259-5628
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 on-line database of 400+ trails throughout North America, available at www.americancanoe.org.
Phone: (703) 451-0141 x20
Deb Salt is the National Trails Program Coordinator in the National Landscape Conservation System for BLM's Washington, DC Headquarters. After receiving degrees in Forestry and Recreation, she volunteered for BLM in Idaho, Glacier National Park, and Harriman State Park. Deb has worked for the BLM for over twenty years, in the wilderness, rivers, trails, and OHV programs in Idaho, Arizona, California, and Washington, DC. Her national strategy efforts include OHV, mountain bicycling, and Scenic and Historic Trails.
Phone: (951) 680-1560
Jim Schneider is Assistant Director, Trail Manager and the Project Manager for Greene County Parks. Jim has been involved with the acquisition, design, construction and/or management of more than twenty-five trail projects and currently manages 60 miles of asphalt trails. Jim also consults on trail projects around the country.
Phone: (937) 562-7445
Jeff Schoenbauer is a Senior Principal of Brauer & Associates, Ltd., a Minneapolis planning and design firm specializing in projects that add value to the public realm. Jeff is a Landscape Architect and Planner with over twenty-five years of experience specializing in park, open space, and trail system plans; natural resource planning; regional and local park master planning; trail system planning; and conservation development planning. In 2006, Jeff was the lead author on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines.
Phone: (952) 238-0831
Kathleen Scholl, Ph.D., CTRS, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa. She teaches outdoor recreation management courses and her research interests include attitudes and behaviors of stakeholders toward sustainable development practices, and ADA and universal design.
Phone: (319) 273-6316
Annette Schultz, Principal Planner with The RBA Group, has over 18 years of professional experience in project management, specializing in landscape, open space, trails, bicycle and pedestrian facility planning and design and related community development projects. Her project experience ranges from statewide studies, such as the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, to regional and local plans, such as the Northern New Jersey East Coast Greenway Alignment Study.
Phone: (973) 898-0300
Don Seal is the Director of Noblesville Parks and Recreation in Noblesville, Indiana, one of the three fastest growing communities in Indiana. Don has spearheaded the development and vision of the Noblesville Alternative Transportation (NAT) Plan over the past decade that will include approximately 100 miles of trails. Don and his consulting team initiated the City's first Recreation Impact Fee (RIF). This planning process defined the vision of recreational needs along with the projected growth to define a recreation standard for the calculated recreation impact fee.
Phone: (317) 776-6350
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 Chair of American Trails.
Phone: (303) 904-9414
Jane Sheffield is the Executive Director of the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area. She has spearheaded large landscape initiatives including project RidgeRIDER and the Mainline Canal Greenway. Her twenty years in the field of community development have included drafting and passing historic district legislation, facilitating certified historic rehabilitations on commercial structures, securing National Register of Historic Places designation, and developing heritage tourism regions. Jane identifies community education as key to the success of these initiatives.
Phone: (814) 940-1922
Nita Settina is the Program Chief for the Recreation & Resource Conservation Program of the Maryland Park Service, managing the enhancement of nature-based recreation opportunities on public lands. Her work includes the development and management of land and water-based trail systems. She has helped establish water trails throughout Maryland, including Maryland's first water trail at Janes Island State Park. Nita serves on the ACA's Board of Directors and enjoys cycling, hiking, camping and paddling the Chesapeake Bay with friends.
Phone: (410) 260-8157
Joe Sobinovsky is the Statewide Trails Coordinator for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and a member of the Northwest Discovery Water Trail Steering Committee. He has over 20 years of long-distance trail experience including thru-hikes of both the Appalachian and
Pacific Crest Trails and seven years of service as Program Director for the non-profit Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Phone: (253) 288-2578
Liz Sparks is a Recreation Planner in Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's Office of Recreation Services. She is a member of the Planning and Design team responsible for planning and implementing a variety of trails and recreation opportunities on FWC's Wildlife Management Areas. Her projects include developing the Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System and the 105-mile Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail along Florida's north central Gulf coast.
Phone: (850) 922-6160
Jonathan Stephens is the National Program Manager for Trails and Congressionally Designated Areas in Washington, D.C. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from The Evergreeen State College and a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. He joined the Forest Service in 1992 after nine years of working in the U.S. Senate.
Phone: (202) 205-1701
Meg Storrow, a Landscape Architect, has over twenty years of experience in creating places. As principal and co-founder of Storrow Kinsella Associates in Indianapolis Indiana, she is leading the region in providing a pedestrian connectivity vision with projects like the Indianapolis MPO's Regional Pedestrian Plan and Indianapolis MPO's Regional Multi-Modal Design Guidelines.
Phone: (317) 639-3420
Ginny Sullivan, New Routes Coordinator, has a B.A. from Montana State University, 1987. Ginny coordinates Adventure Cycling's National Bike Route Network &endash; building a diverse grassroots network of members and advocates, identifying and developing coalitions, initiating and maintaining professional relationships with partners and key collaborators. She provides staff support to the AASHTO Task Force on Numbered Bicycle Routes, whose goal is to create a national corridor system for bicycles. Ginny also writes press articles, website content, grant applications, and reports.
Phone: (406) 721-1776 x229
Cheryl Surface is the Recreational Trails Program Manager for Nevada State Parks. Born and raised in Nevada, Cheryl spent 21 years working for the Alaska Division of Forestry, before relocating back to the Sierras. She has an extensive background in trail design, construction, and maintenance, using these skills while employed as a Nevada State Park Ranger for the Hobart-Marlette Backcountry area. Cheryl is an avid outdoor enthusiast with interests in long distance trail running, hiking, road and mountain biking, snowshoeing, scuba diving, swimming, and skiing.
Phone: (775) 684-2788
Jack Terrell is a Project Coordinator for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, past Chair of the Florida OHV Recreation Advisory Committee, member of the Florida RTP Advisory Committee and is Land Use Chair of the Florida Trail Riders. His background includes work with federal, state, county and local legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, land managers and recreation planners to develop and improve trail recreation opportunities. Jack is an off-highway motorcycle competitor and an avid trail rider.
Phone: (863) 984-9294
Pete Theismann is the Operations Coordinator/Park Technician at Stearns County Parks in Waite Park, MN. He has been in this position since 1999 and his responsibilities include grant writing and coordination of park patrol, office staff & volunteers. Pete is a volunteer coach for youth soccer, basketball and football and past President of Nordic Ski Club. Previously he was the Director of Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines and holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from St. John's University and Master of Science in Recreation from the University of Wisconsin.
Phone: (320) 255-6172
Charles Tracy is a Landscape Architect with the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1988, Charles has been organizing regional and community-based conservation and heritage resource protection throughout New England and New York. Charles is co-author of Organizing Outdoor Volunteers, a guide to building conservation partnerships, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Recently, Charles has been exploring public art as a catalyst for public involvement in community environmental projects.
Phone: (617) 223-5210
Rachel Uthe, an Urban Designer/Planner at Storrow Kinsella Associates, with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, has a strong foundation and understanding of systems and creating places for people. She has experience in developing pedestrian and bicycle systems for transportation and recreation purposes, at the city, county and regional levels.
Phone: (317) 639-3420
Brian Vachowski has been a Program and Project Leader at MTDC since 1993. He received a Bachelor's degree in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's degree in Outdoor Recreation from Utah State University. He has worked for the Nez Perce, Bighorn, Winema, and Routt National Forests in recreation, wilderness, lands, planning, rural community assistance, special uses, fire, and timber positions.
Phone: (406) 329-3935
Mary Van Buren, Tread Lightly!'s Education and Program Specialist, brings scientific and educational expertise to Tread Lightly! programs. A Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Vermont, a Master's in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a Secondary Education Certification provide proficiency within the organization. An avid outdoor enthusiast and prior work in the recreation industry, she understands the balance between recreation and natural resources. Ms. Van Buren manages Tread Trainer, educational materials, and the Traveling Education Unit for Tread Lightly!.
Phone: (801) 627-0077
Maryanne Vancio, a long-time supporter and advocate of non-motorized multi-use trails, was hired by the County of San Diego in June 2002 as the lead staff to coordinate and manage the planning, design and implementation of a new County Trails Program. She directed the Trails Program Management Team consisting of executive management staff from three County Departments: Parks and Recreation, Planning and Land Use, and Public Works. Ms. Vancio has the distinct honor of being the first Trails Program Coordinator for the County of San Diego.
Phone: (858) 694-3969
Les Wadzinski is the Recreation Program Manager at the Hoosier National Forest, Bedford, IN. He earned a B.S. degree in Recreation from Indiana University and a M.S. degree in Recreation Management from Slippery Rock University. Les has been a recreational professional for 32 years with extensive experience as a Trail Manager.
Phone: (812) 277-3595
Bob Walker has served as the State Trails Programs Coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks since 1991, responsible for administration of the Recreational Trails, OHV Trails and Snowmobile Trails programs. Other responsibilities include trails coordination with federal and state agencies and provision of trail education and information to trail advocates and organizations. Bob has a Bachelor's degree in Fish and Wildlife Ecology and a Master's in Fishery Management from the University of Idaho and has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2005 Montana State Parks, Dedication & Professional Excellence Award.
Phone: (406) 444-4585
Tim Wegner has been the International Mountain Bicycling Representative (IMBA) in Southern Minnesota since 2000 and as an IMBA certified instructor in sustainable trail construction, has constructed/designed 40 miles of mixed use trails in past four years, leading to him being named as one of the 12 best trail builders in the U.S. in 2004 by Mountain Bike magazine. He is a member of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, Partner in Trail Source, and on the boards for Minnesota Off Road Cyclists, American Trails, and Minnesota Recreational Trail Users Association.
Phone: (651) 423-0467
Dale Weigel is a Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Hoosier National Forest located in Bedford, Indiana. He has spent 28 years with the Forest Service, most of them with the research division. Mr. Weigel holds a Bachelor's degree in Forest Management and a Master's degree in Forest Ecology, both from Purdue University. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. at Indiana University in Remote Sensing. He enjoys promoting the use of GPS and GIS technologies for natural resources.
Phone: (812) 277-3597
Alexandra Weiss works with Florida's Recreational Trails Program and manages the federally funded competitive grant program. She has been involved in many different trails programs over the years, including off-highway vehicles, greenways, and water trails. Alex has also been involved with a national OHV Liability Working Group, and is developing a Florida Trails Education Master Plan. She has also been a panelist with the NEA Arts Projects on Millennium Trails and has been active in the field of interpretation.
Phone: (850) 245-2065
Gary Werner has served the Partnership for the National Trails System since 1991. This federation of 25 trail groups works Congress, NPS, BLM, and the Forest Service to foster national trails through adequate funding, administrative support, and legal authorities. Earlier, Gary worked for the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation organizing volunteers, planning trails, and negotiating land purchases. He has also led natural resource volunteer projects for a variety of conservation organizations.
Phone: (608) 249-7870
Dick Westfall manages the Illinois DNR's Greenways and Trails Section. He supervises greenway and trail planning, outreach, and partnership and capital development projects. Dick also supervises capital development and site planning for 300 IDNR sites, reviews all land offers and has worked on IDNR's Strategic Plan and Conservation Congress. He has spoken at numerous conferences and symposiums on greenways and trails, recreation planning, partnerships and recreation economics.
Phone: (217) 782-7940
Terry Whaley is currently serving as Executive Director to Ozark Greenways Inc. in Springfield, Missouri. As Executive Director, his duties include the promotion and education of linear parks, greenways and trails to the Ozark Greenways membership and general public. Ozark Greenways also manages the Frisco Highline Trail, a 35-mile rail-trail project in Greene and Polk Counties. From 1980 until 1995 Terry served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fenton, Missouri. A 1980 graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, he holds a B.S. degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies.
Phone: (417) 864-2014
Jared White, a Project Coordinator with the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, is responsible for programs such as trail network development, service gap analysis, and the environmental management system. Prior to joining the City of Dallas, Jared spent over seven years with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, assisting local governments and transit agencies with the funding and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian and sustainable land use initiatives.
Phone: (214) 670-4090
Carol Williams, Special Projects Ranger, Story County Conservation Board, has 20 years of experience in Iowa's County Conservation Board System. Trails are one of her "special" projects. She works with the Story County Trails Advisory Committee, a volunteer group representing various users. One of her major projects is the 33-mile Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. Carol lives with her family in Ames and keeps busy with biking and gardening.
Phone: (515) 232-2516
Gay Lea Wilson has been an active Trail Volunteer Advocate for over 15 years. She has been previously recognized as Iowa's Trail Volunteer of the Year, and currently serves on several regional committees. In addition to her volunteer advocacy for trails and job as a Computer Specialist for the State of Iowa, she was elected in 2004 to the Pleasant Hill City Council. Gay believes everyone can, and should, make a difference in their community.
Phone: (515) 265-3257
Kathy Wine founded River Action in 1985 as one of the organization's three Co-Directors becoming its Executive Director in 1995. During that time River Action has led the lighting of the Centennial Bridge, the QC Waterfront Master Plan, the Mississippi River Design Principles, the QC Water Taxi Project, and an annual Ride the River festival. An Iowa native, she has lived in the Quad Cities for more than 40 years, has a degree from Drake University and enjoys teaching aerobic dance.
Phone: (563) 322-2969
Tom Woiwode developed the GreenWays Initiative for the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and has served as its Director since its launch in 2001. Prior to that, Tom was the founding Director of The Nature Conservancy of Michigan, serving for 20 years and completing more than 300 conservation real estate acquisitions. He has raised over $125 million in private funds for conservation and community development and is a founder, board member or officer of a number of environmental, community development and charitable organizations throughout the country.
Phone: (313) 961-6675
Jim Wood is Assistant Director of the Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT) in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Jim oversees OGT's Planning, Public Outreach, Designation, Land Acquisition and GIS programs and staff. He is Secretary and an Executive Board Member of American Trails.
Phone: (850) 245-2052
Stephen A. Wolter is the Executive Director of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in Recreation & Park Management from Indiana University. Mr. Wolter has over 20 years of experience in the management and operation of parks, public lands, recreation services and facilities. His recent projects include the Indiana Trails Study, National Park Service Resource Protection, Asset Management training and policy development.
Phone: (812) 855-3095
Doug Wyseman has worked in risk management since 1973, having experience as Risk Manager for a large Canadian municipality and serving on the board of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association where he helped develop the Certified Playground Inspector program, as well as implementing anti-abuse and harassment initiatives. He has written four manuals for parks and recreation: Risk Management and Skateboard Parks, Risk and Trails, Risk and Rinks, and Risk and Recreation, and has presented training programs for groups across North America.
Phone: (519) 537-7239
Stan Yonkauski is a Legal Counsel with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and has worked on various natural resource and conservation issues in law for over 20 years. DNR faces the questions of liability in nearly all of its programming for the public. Stan also has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He regularly rides his bicycle on the roads and trails in and around Springfield, Illinois.
Phone: (217) 782-1809
Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC. She has worked in the field of accessibility since the mid 1980s and with the Forest Service since 1991, where she is the lead for the development and implementation of the accessibility programs and policies. She instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at training sessions nationally. Janet is the lead on the development of the Forest Service accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation areas and for trails.
Phone: (202) 205-9597
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