BIOGRAPHIES OF SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS
Emilie C. Ailts is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Communications from the University of Colorado. Over 26 years she has acted as Managing Principal of a landscape architecture firm, owner in a planning and management firm specializing in public, private and not-for-profit sector research/management/funding/planning consultation. She has spoken to almost 100 groups such as The National Park Service, The Denver Chapter of AIA and the Colorado Chapter of The America Society of Landscape Architects.
Chris Allen is the managing partner of the Woodson Place, a family-owned conservation development project. With a sixteen year background in sustainable development, he specializes in innovative new approaches to land development. He has been invited to speak at conferences in Chicago (Urban Land Institute), Portland (IASBO), and Dallas (Texas Parks and Wildlife). He is also owner and principal of Christopher Allen + Associates, a consulting firm offering planning and research support services for progressive real estate and economic development projects.
Linda Altringer is owner of Midwest Trail Ride (MTR) since 2000, an equestrian campground located adjacent to Hoosier National Forest in Southern Indiana. Raised in North Dakota in a ranching/farming community, she has a long history of enjoying the peace and serenity of undeveloped lands from the back of her horse. With her desire to educate herself, employees, and customers about reducing user impacts and the importance of access to public lands for future generations of horseback riders, she is an active promoter of Leave No Trace and trail maintenance education at her campground.
Anna Atkinson is the Outdoor Recreation Planner with BLM's National Recreation Group, Washington, D.C. (since March 2004). Her work focuses on trails and travel management, with OHV emphasis. Previously she was the Nevada BLM Recreation Program Lead and has over twelve years with BLM. Prior to BLM she worked in private industry specializing in hazardous materials removal. She has a BS degree from George Mason University in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Environmental Management.
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.
Attila Bality is an outdoor recreation planner with the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His responsibilities include supporting community conservation efforts related to river protection, trails development and open space protection. Recent projects include: the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River management plan; coordinating efforts to cooperatively manage nine Open Space properties; Gallup Trails; a Big Bend gateway project; and managing a NPS initiative with the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Jim Barborak is the Protected Area Specialist for the Latin America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Based in Florida, he has worked with park systems throughout Latin America for 27 years, as a trainer, planner, and institutional adviser. Among his current projects are efforts to create a hiking, biking and paddling trail system stretching from Mexico to Panama, and work as an adviser for several parks in Patagonian Chile and Argentina and in the Amazon basin.
Louis René Barrera is Acting Manager for the City of Austin's Nature Preserve System, Natural Resources Division, Parks and Recreation Department. As Acting Manager of fifteen diverse nature preserves throughout the city, René has co-created the Austin Biodiversity Project, the Austin Native Plant Rescue Program, and helped form the Capital Area Master Naturalist program. Since 1997, René has consulted on a comprehensive wellness trail guide for the Health and Human Services Department.
Jerry Bauer is Acting Director International Cooperation, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), Puerto Rico with more than 25 years experience in Latin America and the Caribbean with IITF and USAID. He has extensive work with developing environmental interpretation programs in parks and protected areas, and training local personnel in environmental interpretation. He is a widely published photographer and uses photography as a tool to create awareness for conservation needs.
Greg Beilfuss is a researcher, parks planner and assistant instructor of parks planning and management courses at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. Mr. Beilfuss holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master's degree from Murray State University, and a Directorate Degree (an applied science advanced specialist's degree) from Indiana University - Bloomington. His interests include outdoor recreation, parks, greenspace and trail management.
Dana Bell is Project Coordinator for National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, a member of the California OHV Stakeholder Roundtable, and an executive 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 BS in biological sciences from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Dr. David Belluck is Senior Transportation Toxicologist with USDOT/FHWA. Dr. Belluck supports FHWA's trails, active living, and obesity and the built environment programs. He has organized and will moderate an American Public Health Association Symposium and a Transportation Research Board Workshop on obesity and the built environment. He is organizing and will moderate a Center for Transportation and the Environment national satellite and Web broadcast titled "Transportation and Public Health: The State of the Science."
Scott Belonger, P.E., is a Project Manager and Engineer with Loris and Associates, Consulting Engineers located in Boulder Colorado. He has been responsible for the planning and design of numerous bicycle and pedestrian projects, including multi-use paths, pedestrian undercrossings, and pedestrian bridges. His experience includes work in both constrained urban corridors and challenging mountain terrain.
Chris Bernhardt, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, travels the eastern United States leading Trailbuilding schools and trailwork projects with volunteers and land managers. Chris has his Master's in urban and regional planning with experience in private and municipal planning.
Dr. Peter Bishop is an Associate Professor of Human Sciences and Chair of the graduate program in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Bishop specializes in long-term forecasting and planning. He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop received his Doctoral degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1974.
Tony Boone, a consultant and professional trail contractor with an extensive background in high adventure outdoor pursuits and cultural resource management, is president and co-owner of Arrowhead Trails, Inc., Colorado's leading natural surface, mechanized trail company founded in 1994. Following education at Texas A & M University, Tony pursued a career as an Outdoor Recreation Specialist where he managed trails and related programs at Boulder County Parks & Open Space. He is a sales rep as well for Sweco Mini Dozers and has focused especially on mountain bike trail development.
Rhonda L. Border-Boose is the director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Ohio field office. She currently serves on the Clean Ohio Trails Fund Advisory Board and the Recreational Trails Fund Advisory Board and is the Vice President of Earth Share of Ohio.
Bill Botten is an Accessibility Specialist with the U.S. Access Board. He is the lead on the development of the Access Board's accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation areas and for trails. Bill has worked in the field of guidelines development for a number of years and presents training sessions nationally.
Mark Bowers, ASLA, AICP is director of HNTB's Texas Urban Design and Planning Practice, and is responsible for coordinating the firm's Urban Design and Planning activities in HNTB's Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio Offices. He is a registered Landscape Architect and Planner with more than 17 years of urban design and landscape architectural experience. Mr. Bowers is currently involved with the Old Trinity Trail Project in Dallas, Texas, and the Mike Lewis— Waggoner Park trail project in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Jeb Boyt is an attorney in Austin, Texas. Mr. Boyt is President of Austin Metro Trails & Greenways, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of a regional network of greenways and trails for transportation, recreation, fitness, and environmental benefits. Mr. Boyt is a graduate of Reed College and Pace University School of Law.
Dale Bransford, CPRP, is the Manager of the Park Services Department for the San Antonio River Authority, and is responsible for operating two large lake-based parks, developing a new 50-acre nature park and trail system, and assisting local units of government in a four County area with planning, development, and operation of nature-based parks and trail systems, ranging from hike & bike trails to water trails. Dale has over 30 years of experience in public park development and operations, and is currently serving a President of the Texas Recreation and Park Society.
Jenny Brown, a lifelong recreation and environmental enthusiast, has worked in some of Pennsylvania's most economically and environmentally scarred communities. She serves as outreach coordinator for the Allegheny Ridge Corporation, a non-profit organization based in central Pennsylvania tackling the diverse challenges of the region. Ms. Brown has been involved in numerous successful multidisciplinary recreation projects including Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway, West Penn Trail, Little Conemaugh Water Trail, and Juniata River Water Trail.
Ken Bryan has been with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy since '92 as the Director of the Florida Field Office. He has guided legislation creating the Office of Greenways and Trails, the Greenways and Trails Program in Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever as well as enabling language for a Safe Paths To Schools Program. He was appointed by 2 Speakers of the Florida House of Representatives to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council and serves as its
Christopher J. Campbell holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Rice University. He is a Senior Associate within the Washington Federal Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the nation's largest professional services firm. Mr. Campbell provides consulting services to federal land management agencies in the areas of finance, economics, market analysis, operational improvement, and strategic management of recreation assets.
Jim Carrillo is the Director of Planning for Halff Associates Inc., a regional architectural and engineering firm that practices in the Southwest United States. As both a registered landscape architect and a certified planner, Mr. Carrillo has focused on large scale recreation and trail planning throughout Texas over the past 19 years, and has been a long time advocate of trails. He is a board member of the Texas Trails Network.
Christina Case is a Senior Systems Integrity Engineer with Enbridge Energy Transportation South in Houston, Texas. She is the past president and currently on the board of the Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA), the Chairperson of BikeHouston, the Secretary of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, and a board member of the Memorial Park Conservancy. She is a huge cycling and outdoor enthusiast who spends much of her free time volunteering for responsible trail and bicycle access.
Jeffrey Ciabotti has worked with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) for 9 years, initially staffing RTC's Florida Field Office and now at the national office in Washington, DC. Jeff has transitioned from working with local organizations and public agencies in Florida to providing guidance and advocacy for trail building communities across the nation. In his current role, Jeff will oversee the expansion of RTC's state-based offices into regional offices including the northeast, midwest, west and southeast.
LeRoy Click has been with Travis County since 1987. He is a Senior Planner for the Transportation and Natural Resources Department. He helped found and co-chaired Austin Metropolitan Trails Council from its inception until it transitioned into Austin Metro Trails & Greenways. He is a graduate of Ball State University and the University of Texas and has taught at Austin Community College since 1982. He is married and has two sons and three daughters.
Laura Cohen is the California State Director for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and has overall responsibility for policy and trail development efforts there. She has been instrumental in legislation that has increased trail, bike & ped funding in California by more $150 million over the last 7 years, and is a lead partner in a statewide program called the Healthy Transportation Network that is working with local elected officials to improve trails and bike/ped facilities.
Sean Compton is a land planner in the TBG Partners' Austin office. He is committed to creating livable and healthy communities by leading a design team with a shared passion for new urbanism design principles. Sean is a pioneer in the creation of built traditional neighborhood development projects in Texas. In both urban and rural settings, Sean emphasizes open space planning principles, although his signature is creating places for people. He shares his knowledge of creating livable communities as a frequent lecturer.
Dr. Linda Crider teaches bicycle/pedestrian planning and design courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida. She also coordinates the statewide Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program for Florida DOT, along with a statewide initiative for SafeWays to Schools. She is a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, the founder and President of Bike Florida, a mother of three, a singer/songwriter, and strong activist for trails.
Karen Smith Cullar has 20 years of Parks and Recreation background, and was Parks and Recreation Director in Berkeley, Missouri. Her B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation is from Southern Illinois University. As Major Projects Coordinator at Harris County Flood Control District, she works with multi-use partners to help create win-win collaborations on capital improvement projects for the District. Cullar leverages project dollars to create successful grants for land acquisition and multi-objective use.
Bill Dart, Executive Director, Blue Ribbon Coalition
Mary Ann Davies is USDA Forest Service Project Leader at MTDC working on Facilities, Fire, Recreation, and Watershed, Soil, and Air projects. She received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University in 1988. She worked in the Pacific Northwest Region with facilities, tramways, recreation, and fire. Prior to coming to MTDC in 1998, she worked for 5 years with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in the Fire Chemistry and the Fire Behavior groups.
Rachel Decker began working in environmental education as a camp counselor in 1988 and has been directly involved in open-space maintenance and landscaping for several years. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. As the Community Services Coordinator for Harris County Flood Control District, she works with volunteers and community sponsors to develop multi-use opportunities on District-owned property. Each year partnerships bring in revenue and cost savings totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Doug DeLille, Senior Planner/Trail Coordinator, Bi-State Regional Commission
Phone: 309-793-6302, Ext. 123
David Dionne is the Superintendent of Trails and Greenways for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. David was selected as the first Park Superintendent of the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park in 1987 and developed a park operations plan that included many innovative volunteer initiatives, trail operations practices and policies, and community building programs. Since 1987 Anne Arundel County has expanded its trail program to include several new trail projects that have been recognized nationally and internationally as models for trail operations and safety
Richard Dolesh, Senior Policy Associate, Natural Resources, joined NRPA in June 2002 after working as the Director of Forest, Wildlife, and Heritage Service for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Rich is responsible for tracking, monitoring, and reporting on national legislation related to natural resource issues, including transportation enhancements, trails and pathways, recreation lakes, clean water, brownfields and more. He is working closely with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and with health initiatives among a wide variety of federal and state agencies.
Christopher Douwes is the Trails and Enhancements Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He represented the USDOT/FHWA on the Access Board's Outdoor Developed Areas committee. He manages contracts for research, technology development, and technical assistance for trail-related activities, and participates on the National Trails Training Partnership. Christopher received his Master's of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.
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.
Rebecca Drewette-Card, MSPH, Public Health Educator, ME Cardiovascular Health Program
Troy Duffin has focused on the design and construction of soft-surface trails for over ten years. In that time he has built over 250 miles of trail, dozens of custom bridges, and various trail features. In addition, Troy worked for ten years as the Executive Director of a
non-profit trails advocacy group, and currently sits on the Board of Directors or Advisory Committee of several trails organizations&emdash;e.g. PTBA and American Trails. A recovering land use Attorney, he is well-versed in all issues related to trails.
Shannon Dumolt is an Environmental Coordinator with the FHWA Oklahoma Division. Her primary areas of responsibility are: Hazardous Waste, Noise, Recreational Trails, Environmental Study Approvals, Project Scoping, Scenic Enhancement, Transportation Enhancement Program, Treeways/Wildflowers, Major Investment Strategies, Wetlands, ADA Coordinator.
Phone: 405-605-6040 x 316
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Terry Eastin, is a trails advocate, consultant, and co-owner of Eastin Outdoors, Inc., a recreational trails design/build firm. As consultant for Little Rock Parks and Recreation, she founded a public/private coalition of 27 agencies responsible for state and local public education, outreach, fundraising, and construction coordination for portions of the 24-mile Arkansas River Trail. Terry has raised over $2 million for LRPR trails and parks projects since 2001. Past Chair, Arkansas Trails Council.
Russ Ehnes, Executive Director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, is a life-long fourth generation Montana OHV enthusiast. Russ is a founding member and multi-term past president of the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association and the Great Falls Trailbike Riders Association. He has worked extensively with colleges and state and federal organizations and agencies, and been instrumental in developing OHV educational programs including Montana's On The Right Trail Campaign. Russ also serves on the Board of Directors for Tread Lightly!
Steve Elkinton, program leader for the National Trails System in the National Park Service, Washington, DC, was trained as a landscape architect at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined NPS in 1978 after a brief period in private practice and was involved in planning and design projects in and around the DC area and northeastern Ohio before joining the trails program in 1989.
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: Austin.
John Favro currently serves as the Trails and Dispersed Recreation Program Manager for the Northern Region of the USDA Forest Service overseeing management of 25,000 miles of trails located in Montana, Idaho, and the Dakotas. He currently is a member of the FS National OHV Implementation Team. John has worked in a variety of positions with the Forest Service over 30 years, with experience in trail and resource management in Alaska and California. John holds Bachelor Degrees in Natural Resource Management, Psychology, and Philosophy.
Robin Fehlau is the Trails and OHV Coordinator for BLM in Utah, serving this capacity for almost 4 years. Prior to her current assignment, she was an outdoor recreation planner in the Monticello Field Office located in the four corners region. Robin has a bachelor's degree in physical geography from the University of California, Davis and holds a Masters degree in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Utah.
Liesel Fenner is a Program Manager at the New England Foundation for the Arts in Boston. Ms. Fenner manages public art and site-based programs serving individual artists and organizations, locally, regionally, and nationally. Ms. Fenner is a registered landscape architect and administers the Art & Community Landscapes program in partnership with the National Park Service and National Endowment for the Arts.
Matt Ferris recently joined the staff at the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps as its Fund Development and Marketing Coordinator. His responsibilities there also include work on Government Relations concerning Public Lands and Transportation. Prior to joining NASCC, Matt was finishing an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and worked four years as a crew leader with both Northwest Youth Corps in Oregon and the Montana Conservation Corps.
John Fisher, Landscape Architect for the Corps of Engineers- St. Paul District was a member of the team responsible for developing the greenway concept for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. John was also the lead for the recreation, aesthetics, and landscaping portion of the project through the design and construction phases. He is also responsible for the development of the project's design palette.
Chuck Flink is founder and owner of Greenways Incorporated, and is recognized as a leading national authority for the planning, design and implementation of greenway and trail systems and facilities. He has worked on greenway projects in 100 communities and 27 states, Argentina, Japan and Canada. Chuck has shared his extensive knowledge on greenway design development as a featured and keynote speaker at more than 50 national and international conferences.
Ken Foelske, Jefferson County Open Space Dept., Golden, Colorado
Marianne Fowler is Sr. Vice President of Programs for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy with responsibility for advocacy and research in support of RTC's policy positions that advance the creation of a "green infrastructure" of trails and greenways. Her attention in the near future is focused on the defense of railbanking and transportation enhancements in the reauthorization of TEA-21. She serves as co-chair of the Coalition of Recreational Trails and the Transportation Enhancements Coalition, and is a board member of American Bikes and American Trails. Marianne has been with RTC for 16 years.
Mike Fraze, associate-principal with MESA Design Group, has a diverse background in landscape projects ranging from park/trail planning and community development to nature preserves and educational institutions. Of note, Mr. Fraze was associate-principal in charge of the award winning City of Allen Alternative Transportation and Recreation Plan and the Richardson DART/Telecom Corridor Trail. His commitment to innovative design and educational growth has allowed him to continually exceed the expectations of clients, peers and communities.
Mary Hughes Frye serves as the USDA Forest Service Regional OHV Program Manger for the 15 national forests in the 13 southern states from Virginia to Texas. Her past work includes experiences in landscape architecture, recreation program management, paralegal, and farming. She has a Bachelor degree in Natural Resources from The University of the South, Sewanee,TN and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Outside of work, she enjoys all types of outdoor recreation and gardening.
Charles Gandy, Livable Communities Consulting
Phone: (512) 762-4949
Sarah Gerichten is a Student Conservation Associate working as Project Coordinator of the "Reflective Flow: Afloat" interpretation project with the National Park Service Rivers and Trails program. Her recent work has been in Arts Administration, including service as Executive Director of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and co-founder/business director/dancer with Alchemy Dance Project, a modern dance company based in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Phone: 304-293-2941 x2324
Bill Gibson serves as the BLM Arizona State Office Trails and Travel Management Lead in Phoenix, AZ. He helps a team that is developing the roads and trails data requirements for Facility Asset Management System (FAMS), BLM's MAXIMO assets data base. He also serves on a related BLM team to develop condition assessment protocols for roads and trails. Bill has served as an archeologist, land use planning specialist, and outdoor recreation planner
Franz Gimmler specializes in Policy Development and Outreach for RTC. He joined RTC after a 25-year career with the Federal Transit Administration where, as a senior executive, he was involved in all aspects of Urban Transportation planning, financing and research. He is familiar with both legislative and regulatory aspects of transportation programming at the Federal level, and since retirement has focused on trails as a critical element in sustainable transportation networks. He is currently serving as a leading member of RTC's SR2S team.
Dr. Geoffrey Godbey is professor of recreation, park and tourism management in the college of health and human development at the Pennsylvania State University. The author of eight books and over 100 articles concerning leisure, work, time use, aging, recreation and parks, health and the future, and one of the designers of the LifeTrail. He is the past president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and The Society of Park and Recreation Educators.
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Steve Griswold is presently trail planner at Golden Gate National Park, focusing on the Trails Forever initiative. He began his trail career in the late 1960s in Yosemite and has supervised trail programs at Kings Canyon, Haleakala, Big Bend, Rocky Mountain, Olympic, and Yosemite National Parks. With a Master of Landscape Architecture ( University of California, Berkeley, 1981) he has traveled worldwide pursuing his passions of hiking and photographing the earth's finest wildernesses.
James "Scott" Groenier, P.E., is Project Leader/Bridge Engineer for the USDA Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center & National Wood-In-Transportation Program. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in Civil Engineering emphasizing structures and transportation. He has worked for the Forest Service for 12 years as a structural engineer and a civil engineer for the Eastern Region, the Ashley NF, and Tongass NF. His trail experience ranges from building trails as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps to locating trail bridges for the Iditarod NHT.
Jan Hancock is a member of the American Trails Board and president of the Arizona Trail Association. She serves on the City of Phoenix Parks Board and Design Standard Review Committee, the Arizona State Horsemen's Association Board, and the Governor's Growing Smarter Oversight Council. Jan authored the trail guide "Horse Trails in Arizona" and has recently completed a comprehensive book for the Federal Highway Administration, Equestrian Design Guidelines for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds.
Kristy Hansen, M.Ed., CHES is a Physical Activity Program Specialist at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Through the CDC-funded Obesity Prevention Program, Ms. Hansen is working to develop relationships with state-level partners and provide technical assistance to local communities in getting physical activity back into the daily lives of all Texans.
Terry Hanson, a graduate of Oregon State University and California State University Chico, has been a City Planner and Manager of Community Projects for the City of Redding for 30 years. He has overseen the acquisition and development of the City's nationally recognized trail system and been instrumental in the development of the new Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the City's growing open space network. Redding is currently in the process of developing a $30 million, 40 mile addition to its trail system. Terry is a member of the American Trails Board.
Bill Hay is the owner of TEAMS, an internal Forest Service business enterprise, completing Optimal Location Reviews (OLR) for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST). He received the Pacific Crest Trail Association President's Award in recognition of his "extraordinary achievement" of laying the groundwork for successful OLR's and land acquisitions. He has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 28 years and for the US Government, including military service, since 1968.
Evan Haynes is an artist from Maine. With a background in environmental design, engineering and studio art, he's received public art commissions throughout New England. Interests in community engagement in the public art process have led to neighborhood residencies, collaborative design/build projects and community design charettes. Since 2002 his partnership, the Northern Forest Artist Residency, has been working with the Art and Community Landscapes program of the National Park Service in northern Vermont.
Phone: 207 829 9395
Walter Heard, ASLA, Principal, Gould Evans
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He served for over 15 years as County Commissioner in Williamson County, Texas, one of the nation's fastest growing counties. During his tenure he was instrumental in passing a $25 million park bond for the County, acquiring parkland and leading the initiative to build the first phase of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.
Michael Hellmann is a park planner for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. He works with community based trail planning initiatives in Dallas, as well as other park planning projects ranging from playground development to land acquisition. Michael has a degree in Forestry and Recreation Management from Stephen F. Austin State University, and has previously worked in the capacity of Chief Arborist for the City of Dallas.
Gary Hersberger is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trailriders Association. A certified Crew Leader with Trail Design Specialists on trail design, construction, and maintenance, and is the chainsaw crew coordinator for the ITRA's trail clearing crew. He is part of the elite club of a few who has rolled a Dingo down the hill while constructing a new trail. The ITRA is in the forefront on bringing new trailbuilding techniques to Indiana's State Parks and Forests to build maintainable trails for our next generation to enjoy. Working with the Indiana DNR, ITRA's trail crew is currently constructing a new trail that will be the new benchmark for Indiana trail construction.
Sharon R. Hood supervises Central Arizona Project's land administration program. The Central Arizona Project manages Arizona's share of Colorado River water, and operates a 336-mile canal through Arizona. Hood has a B.A. from Western State College of Colorado and an M.A. from the University of Oregon. She has worked in land resources, water, and mineral resources for more than 25 years, in both the private and public sector.
Dr. Mark Ivy teaches courses in Outdoor Recreation at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a BS from Humboldt State University, a MS in Recreation and Resource Development from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. His interests include outdoor recreation behavior, attitudes, video monitoring of visitor use, and planning for parks and recreation facilities.
Alvin B. Jackson, Jr. is the Deputy Executive Director of Government and Public Affairs for the South Florida Water Management District, a regional government agency spanning 16 counties. He oversees the District's intergovernmental, community and public outreach. Previously, he was the Deputy County Manager for Lake County, Florida, where he managed more than 500 employees and a budget of over $200 million. A native Floridian, Jackson holds a B.A. degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.
Stephen Jensen is President of Renaissance Engineering Group, Inc. He graduated with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1994. His studies concentrated on hydrology and groundwater hydraulics. During assignments with TXDOT, private engineering firms, and Renaissance, he developed expertise in floodplain analysis, storm water management, water quality control, and land development. Mr. Jensen works to integrate low impact development (LID) strategies with land projects serving the environment and the community.
Mark C. Jewell graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Resources and went on to earn a M.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. His personal and professional interests include recreational research, natural resource management and park policy/planning. These interests have taken him to over 160 units of the NPS system. Currently, he works for the National Park Service as an outdoor recreation planner in RI/MA.
Aaryn Kay, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew coordinator, has spent the last two years traveling the country as part of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew teaching sustainable trail building and working with local volunteer groups to build their collective voice for trails. Aaryn has a joint master's degree in Environmental Management and Teaching from Duke University. Prior to working at IMBA, Aaryn was the Director of Community Education at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.
Mark Kimbrough is currently the Executive Director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA). He has been involved as a volunteer, including past President, with the TRTA since 1984, but recently was hired as the ED in January 2003. He retired as a District Ranger from the Nevada Division of State Parks after 33 years of working in the outdoor recreation profession in northern Nevada. He is also a member of the Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board.
Donald T. King, Realty Officer, has been with the National Park Service for 35 years and oversees the National Trails Lands Office. He started his trail career on the Appalachian Trail in 1979. Over 2,500 properties have been acquired protecting 108,000 acres and 616 footpath miles. Don received the Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior for "his outstanding accomplishments in the field of land acquisition". Current projects include the Florida, and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails.
Pamela S. Kirbach is a graduate student at Michigan State University. She is focusing her research on the Safe Routes to School program and the use of trails to get children to and from school safely. Pam has worked in the field of Park and Recreation for 21 years and is an advocate for trails and their benefits. She was the Trails Coordinator for Ingham County, working to raise awareness and generate excitement about their proposed trails.
Girard Kinney, AIA, owner of Kinney & Associates and a lifelong Austinite, has participated in numerous urban design and planning efforts in the City of Austin over the last 30+ years. Recent projects include the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge and the Great Streets Master Plan for downtown Austin. In addition to his extensive professional involvement in urban design projects, Mr. Kinney serves as a Design Commissioner and as President of Scenic Austin.
Carl R. Knoch is Chairman, York County (PA) Rail Trail Authority. He Carl joined the Rail Trail Authority in 1998 and has served as chairman since 2000. He has developed and managed user surveys and economic impact analysis on trails in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Carl has provided expert testimony and quantitative data to support the development of trails to organizations across Pennsylvania. As president of Interactive Marketing Solutions, Inc. he recently formed a subsidiary company, Trail Facts, which specializes in recreation surveys and research. Carl received his B.S. in Marketing and his MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dave Knopick, AICP, Vice President, Gould Evans
Jerry Krenz is manager of the Recreation and Equity Programs for Everglades Restoration, South Florida Water Management District. Jerry has twice served as an elected commissioner. He builds consensus with the public on water resource management, recreation, equity and environmental justice. Jerry holds a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator.
Nancy Krupiarz has been Director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Michigan Field Office for 6 years. She was instrumental in bringing a Safe Routes to School program to the State of Michigan by convening various stakeholders at a state forum to raise the interest level. She has just completed a year on a statewide coalition to move the SR2S program forward. During this past year, she has assisted two trail communities complete their environmental assessments and in the process, helped them make some progress in adding their schools to their trail destinations.
Mike Kutner, a retired airline captain with a degree in economics and interests in art, architecture, mixed-use development, and in-line skating, manages investment properties and plans to build an environmentally-friendly mixed-use development in a historically industrial area near downtown Dallas. He has spearheaded the campaign to build an artful trail system with a restored environment and native habitat along the original Trinity River channel.
Robert Lambert: Educational background: BS in Zoology, Duke University 1976. MD, University of Arkansas 1980. Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas 1980-3. Fellowship in Cardiology, University of Arkansas 1983-6. Professional associations: Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, elected Fellow of American College of Cardiology 1987. Current position: private practice in cardiology with emphasis on interventional cardiology, North Little Rock, Arkansas since 1986.
Shelley M. LaMonte, M.S. is a program coordinator for The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. The Cooper Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationship between living habits and health and to providing leadership in implementing these concepts to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of individuals.
Liz LaPorta, GIS Ecologist, USDA Forest Service T.E.A.M.S Enterprise, has 10 years of specialized experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and currently works for the USDA-FS T.E.A.M.S Enterprise. She conducts OLR's and has designed a GIS databases and interactive website to store and analyze information for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Erik Larsen is Vice-President, managing director of Palmer Course Design Company. Board of governors, American Society of Golf Course Architects; National CLARB registered Landscape Architect; full member Urban Land Institute (recreational development blue council); Board of American Trails; BS Landscape Horticulture, North Carolina State University 1979; resident Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Erik has an understanding of national recreational trends and their success with keen interest in development of these recreational elements in the private sector.
Larry Lechner, a specialist in protected area infrastructure, is an affiliate of the Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State. He works throughout Latin America and Africa and is author of the newly published Trail Planning, Construction and Maintenance in Parks and Protected Areas, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. His recent projects include curricula development for trails training, the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and trail development in Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Felicia Leonard, AICP, has over a decade of experience in bicycle/pedestrian transportation, working with many communities as a consultant and in the public sector. In the early 1990s, she was the project manager for Louisiana's only rail to trail project, the Tammany Trace. She managed all phases, from concept to implementation including operation and management. In California, she was the transportation manager for the agency that developed the pioneering, EPA award winning TOD program. Presently, she is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Clearwater, Florida.
John Librett is a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and is responsible for analyzing public health issues and their impact on public policies. John serves as a principal advisor on the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of public health education programs implemented nationally and is currently working on the identification and application of policy and environmental evaluation and research related to physical activity.
Jerrie Lindsey directs the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Office of Recreation Services, where she plans and implements nature-based recreation opportunities for Florida's wildlife management area system. Ms. Lindsey has worked in the fields of recreation planning and environmental education for 16 years. Her particular interest is in crafting trail projects that focus on exploration and discovery of the natural world.
Scott Linnenburger, IMBA Trail Solutions coordinator, gained extensive trail design and construction knowledge in his two year tenure as the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, working in over 30 states teaching sustainable trail building. Scott has his masters in Environmental Management, with a focus on wetland and stream restoration, from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. Prior to working at IMBA, Scott was a wetland scientist in North Carolina.
Patti Longmuir works to enhance physical activity opportunities for people of all abilities, through research, professional training and program delivery. An independent consultant since 1994, she is a Master Trainer for the Universal Trail Assessment Process and a member of the Access Board Committee for Outdoor Developed Areas. Recent projects include access to outdoor trails, and recreation opportunities for people with emotional disabilities. A Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant, Patti holds a Masters in Exercise Science from University of Toronto.
Becky Lowry is Vice-President of Corporate Planning and Development for Logansport Memorial Hospital in Logansport, Indiana. She has worked with community groups in the development of a trail to encourage the public to increase physical activity. Over $885,000 in funds were raised. Currently she is involved in a research project which will follow the fitness results of 200 local residents using the Logansport trail.
Brent Luck, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a registered Landscape Architect, Registered Texas Accessibility Specialist and a board member of the Texas Trails Network. His professional focus is partnering with public agencies to conceive and implement designs of park, open space and trails as an integral part of community infrastructure. He has worked on open space and trails master plans, park design, landscape aesthetic and recreation assessments, theme and character development, visioning, and public involvement facilitation.
James L. Mabrey, Mabrey & Partners, LLC
James M. MacCartney assists Trout Unlimited chapters and National Park Service staff nationwide with a variety of river restoration projects including dam removal, channel restoration, bank stabilization, habitat enhancement and watershed assessment. Before joining TU and NPS, Jim worked for the NH Department of Environmental Services where he administered the NH Rivers Program. Jim is President of the Northeast Chapter of the River Management Society, and earned his M.S. in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School.
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 newsletter 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 which has proposed regulations for accessible trails under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Roy B. Mann is a landscape architect with 35 years experience in parkland, river corridor, open space and trail planning and design. Trail work includes the 1986 Town Lake Parklands Improvements Plan, for Austin, Texas, the 1995 Santa Fe County, NM, Open Space and Trails Plan, 1984 Boston Southwest Corridor Linear Park Master Plan, and the 2004 Cypress Creek Nature Trail, Preserve, and Park Plan, for Wimberley, Texas. Mann earned his masters 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.
David W. Martin is currently a Principal Engineer for Seminole County's Special Projects Team. He is a Professional Engineer in Florida and South Carolina. David has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. His work experience consists of over eighteen years in both public and private sector civil engineering, with his last five years of experience in trails and overpasses.
Benjamin Mason is the co-founder/director of the Third Ward Community Bike Center, a non-profit bike repair and education program located in Houston's Third Ward. The Bike Center's mission is to promote bikes and bicycling as an affordable and sustainable means of transportation and to provide quality youth development programming for local kids. To achieve these goals, the Bike Center runs a number of programs including Open Shop, an Earn-a-Bike program, and a variety of after-school programs.
Tom Matthews is a Recreation Planner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and is part of a team responsible for development of trails and other outdoor recreation opportunities on FWC lands. Prior to joining FWC he spent 9 years as a land manager with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection where many of his duties involved balancing recreation and resource management needs on public lands.
Sabrina McCarty earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Texas A& M University in 1992. She has worked with the Austin / Travis County Health & Human Services Department since 1992, and has focused on chronic disease prevention for ten years. She began coordinating the Walk Texas Austin Chapter Project in 1997. Components of this Program have served as a role model for other Walk Texas Programs across Texas, and across the nation.
John McFadden received his M. S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University. Currently enrolled in the PhD program at Middle Tennessee State University, he is investigating greenways and ecological function. He is Director for Science and Restoration Programs for Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association's Duck River Project and the Harpeth River Watershed Association. He lives in Wilson County, TN with his son Elijah on their 52-acre tree farm. He loves to backpack and canoe.
Phone: 615 374-3744
Annie Bowman Melton, AICP, President of Bowman-Melton Associates, directs BMA's non-motorized transportation and recreation services. Her company provides bicycle and pedestrian planning services for public and private clients for integrated on-/ off-road systems, as well as educational outreach campaigns encouraging active lifestyles. She has developed numerous interjurisdictional system master plans and provides public participation facilitation and grant writing services. Annie is a founding board member of Texas Trails Network and past board member of Texas Bicycle Coalition.
Bud Melton, Vice-President of Bowman-Melton Associates, is a founding board member and past president of Texas Trails Network. Professionally, he is a trail planner and consultant to architects, landscape architects and engineers in site analysis, design, and construction of all types of bicycle and multi-use trail facilities. He has more than forty years experience working with the bicycling and trail using public in numerous organizational roles, including as educator, researcher, grant writer, facilitator and presenter.
Mark T. Meyer, ASLA, specializes in creating diverse, mixed-use and pedestrian friendly built environments. He is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of TBG Partners, a Texas based landscape architectural / land planning firm with offices in Dallas, Austin, Houston and McAllen. His background in both physical design and planning has enabled him to create highly marketable communities that people can live, work and recreate. His work embraces the simple principles that people must connect to their surrounding environment, built or natural.
Jim Miller, Dispersed Recreation Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, oversees Forest Service trails, caves, Tread Lightly!, and Leave No Trace in the Washington office. Previously, he worked in recreation and lands at the San Bernardino and Tongass NFs, as assistant forester at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and (briefly) at Ford's Theatre prior to his military service. Jim graduated from the College of William & Mary and Duke University. He enjoys outdoor activities and humor.
Melanie Mintz, has a decade of experience working in community and trail planning. As a Project Coordinator for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, she provides technical assistance to rail-trail projects throughout the west. She is also currently completing a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon examining collaborative planning opportunities between the public health community and trails planners at the local level.
Ian Moore is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning + Design and is responsible for planning and design of trail facilities, on-street bicycle facilities, and pedestrian improvements. Mr. Moore is a consultant to parks agencies, planning agencies, and transportation agencies principally in California and throughout the Western United States. Mr. Moore has managed detailed feasibility and design studies for numerous segments of the San Francisco Bay Trail in recent years, most located in dense urban environments or in transitional areas with significant future development potential.
Dr. Roger Moore is an Associate Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1973, Roger worked for 12 years in a series of trail positions for Appalachian Mountain Club. He then received his Master's degree in Recreation Resources from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University. Roger currently teaches and conducts research related to outdoor recreation and natural resources planning and management.
Hugh Morris has been with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for eight years. He has an MA in planning from UCLA and has worked for a transportation planning and the non-profit research organization American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Hugh joined Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in mid 1996 where he develops research reports on various rail-trail related topics as well as conducts trail advocacy workshops and oversees the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.
Steve Mullally, Superintendent of Parks for the Grand Forks Park District is a member of the team responsible for management of the Grand Forks Greenway. Steve has been working with City and Army Corps of Engineers officials since the initial design of the greenway began in 1998. Steve has 31 years of experience in managing parks. Steve is also the Chairman of the Greenway Technical Committee which makes recommendation to the governing bodies of the greenway.
James Murphy is the Trinity Project Office Recreation Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is responsible for the recreation program at five multi-purpose reservoirs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. James is a member of a multi-agency Project Delivery Team that is developing a 75 mile trail system at Joe Pool Lake. The Corps of Engineers has worked with the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association to develop trails at Bardwell Lake, DORBA and Collin County at Lavon Lake and Texas Parks and Wildlife and Grand Prairie at Joe Pool Lake.
Phone: 972-442-3141 ext. 222
Kathryn Nichols is a Community Planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, providing technical and planning assistance to local communities desiring to conserve and enhance locally important resources. She holds an MS in Community and Regional Planning and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas. She previously worked at Texas Parks and Wildlife doing survey research; park, recreation, trail and greenway planning; and land acquisition.
Bill Nicholson, ASLA is the Texas Director of the Parks, Recreation and Trails practice for HNTB, and is responsible for planning and implementation of new parks and trails across the State of Texas. Bill is also on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trails Network, and serves in an officer role as secretary. Additionally, Bill serves as the Director of Urban Design and Planning for HNTB's Austin and San Antonio offices.
Anne Noble, P.E., is the Greenways Coordinator for the City of Boulder, Colorado. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the Greenways Program, which involve the interests of many city departments and divisions (Transportation, Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Open Space, Planning) and includes the construction of trails and transportation improvements, flood improvements, and stream and riparian habitat improvements within the Boulder Creek corridor and the six designated tributaries.
James B. Oliver is a registered landscape architect. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Texas A&M University where he specialized in the preservation of historic landscapes. He has been with the National Park Service for thirteen years, serving at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. He recently was distinguished as the "Professional of the Year 2000" by the Alamo Federal Executive Board. Mr. Oliver is involved in all aspects of design, compliance and construction for the multitude of important projects that the park takes on.
Dianne Olson, Training and Education Specialist for Tread Lightly! is an enthusiastic environmental educator. With a degree in Environmental Studies, from Utah State University, an extensive background in education, as well as experience working with other outdoor enthusiasts and land managers she is focused on leaving a good impression on our environment.
Troy Scott Parker, a longtime trail designer, is the principal of Natureshape LLC, a trail consulting, education, and publishing company focusing on researching and improving all aspects of trail design, construction, maintenance, and management. He recently authored the book Natural Surface Trails by Design: Physical and Human Design Essentials of Sustainable, Enjoyable Trails, available from natureshape.com. A past president of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, he provides trail design/shaping workshops and trail consulting nationwide.
Melanie Parvey-Biby, Greenway Coordinator for the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota has worked on the Greenway Project since the fall of 1999. Melanie works will representatives of federal, state, and local entities on the design, construction, and management of the Grand Forks Greenway. She is responsible for maintaining relationships with public officials as well as the general public regarding all issues that pertain to the development and management of the greenway.
Tom Pelikan, Executive Director, Friends of the Wissahickon in Philadelphia, is a "lawyer who has made the transition from doing conservation work on the side to full-fledged professional conservationist." Previously he worked for Scenic America, the Pennsylvania State Senate, and a private law practice. Tom has served on the boards of Friends of the Delaware Canal, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, and REP-America. He graduated from University of Denver and Syracuse University.
John Pflaum has 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.
Peggy Pings is an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Program, based in the WV Field Office since 1995. In her role, she assists with locally-led conservation and recreation projects. She has degrees in Landscape Architecture and Recreation & Park Management from WVU, and has served on numerous volunteer boards of directors. Since 2002, she has been assisting the Mon River Recreation Committee in creating the Upper Mon Water Trail.
Phone: 304-293-2941 x2446
David Pope, currently Vice President and formerly President of the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW), has been deeply involved in FOW's transition to having professional staff and working on larger scale projects. He has also been a leader of the effort to find ways to accommodate traditional and nontraditional (including mountain bike) trail uses. In his "spare time" Dave teaches Engineering (and serves as ombudsman) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
John Powers is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Texas and is responsible for overseeing 92 parks, 130 miles of trails, and almost 2,000 acres of open space. John has over 20 years of experience in the parks & recreation field, and is an active volunteer and Regional Director for Texas Recreation & Park Society.
Larry Pressler is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of McAllen, Texas. He has served in this position for the past 27 years and is responsible for the planning and implementation of new parks, trails, and the new World Birding Center site at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen. He has performed every function associated with a municipal parks and recreation department, including the oversight of McAllen's Hike and Bike Trail system.
Mike Preston is a licensed landscape architect in HNTB's Dallas urban design and planning practice. His professional experience includes project development and management on a wide variety of corporate, institutional, commercial, recreation and transportation projects throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. Team oriented project responsibilities range from comprehensive site analysis, site selection and master planning; site design, construction document preparation; and coordination of context sensitive solutions in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Sharon Prete, Director, Parks and Recreation, City Of Round Rock
John Pugh is a Doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University. In 2000, he completed a southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. He received his Master's degree in Recreation and Sports Science from Ohio University in 2003. His research interests include greenways, rail-to-trail conversions, place attachment, and policy issues related to long distance trails.
James Richards, ASLA, is a national award-winning landscape architect, urban designer, professional illustrator and educator. He is co-founder of TOWNSCAPE, Inc., a Dallas-based town planning firm, and has led numerous stream greenway projects across the U.S. He has served as adjunct faculty for the School of Architecture at both the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Austin, where his greenway planning course is a popular summer elective for students of many disciplines.
Mike Reeder is the resource management specialist for the Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks Division in southern California. Mike's research interests include recreation ecology and visitor impact management and he uses this as his excuse to hike, ride, and paddle as many trails as he possibly can.
Jim Rodgers is currently the Parks and Recreation Director for Williamson County, Texas and is responsible for development, operation and maintenance of parks and trails. He retired from the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department after 25 years and was Director in Cedar Park, Texas for 5 years prior to joining the county. He hopes to have a career in the parks profession one day.
Yvette Rollins, past President and current Director of the Indiana Horse Council (IHC), the Indiana Trail Riders Association and the Hoosier Back Country Horsemen, and current IHC Committee Chair providing info on proper conditioning, nutrition, trail safety, land issues, etiquette and self defense on the trail. She has successfully completed a course on Tread Lightly! and is a past 4-H Horse & Pony leader and coach of the IU Equestrian Team. Yvette enjoys riding trails, spending many hours riding and working trails along with her grandchildren to promote and preserve trail riding for future generations. Yvette was the 2003 recipient of the Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference individual trail advocate award.
Ken Rosenfeld is the national advocacy director at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He is responsible for protecting and encouraging trail-friendly policy and legislation, and promoting the connection between trails and public health. Ken is also the director of TrailLink 2005, the international trails and greenways conference to be held next July. Previously, Ken served as chief of staff for a member of the Fairfax County (VA) Board of Supervisors, where he championed several trail projects.
Deb Salt serves as National Trails Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management where she has served for 17 years as an outdoor recreation planner working in wilderness, river, and recreation issues in Arizona, California, and Idaho. Recently she guided the development of the National OHV Strategy and now has responsibility for National Trails System management and administration within BLM's National Landscape Conservation Service (NLCS). She is stationed in Riverside, CA.
Jaime Schmidt is the National Trails Information Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service and leads the FS Trail Development Team responsible for developing the trails module in FS's enterprise data system (INFRA) and the Trail Assessment and Condition Surveys (TRACS). She also serves as the FS representative on the Interagency Trail Data Standards Team. She is stationed as an outdoor recreation planner in the Chugash National Forest in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jim Schneider is Assistant Director (as well as, Trail Manager and the Project Manager) of the Greene County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Arts Department and the Greene County Park District, since 1991, having been with the agencies since 1987. He has been involved with acquisition, design, construction and/or management of more twenty trail projects since 1988. He also coordinates all development and major renovation projects, often writing grants to obtain funding for these projects. A graduate of the Ohio State University, he has 30 years in the field of parks and recreation.
Lew Scruggs joined the Florida Park Service in 1985 after graduating from the University of Florida College of Architecture with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture. Lew has coordinated the planning process for well over 100 Florida State Parks. His trail project planning experiences include initial plans for Florida's first rail trail conversions, initial coordination of planning for the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail and ongoing planning for the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
Helen Scully serves as Program Assistant in Washington, DC, for the National Park Service's National Trails System program. She is the team lead for the Interagency Trail Data Standards Team. She has served as a park interpreter and program assistant for national heritage areas. Her undergraduate degrees are in theater and biology.
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 Vice-Chair of American Trails.
Tom Sexton is the Northeast Regional Director for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and is responsible for directing RTC's program in the 10-state northeast region. Tom conducted the Pennsylvania Department of Health's pilot Walk-to-School project. He is also co-chair of Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA) which is working to implement the state's obesity plan on several fronts including through the Keystone Healthy Zone school program. Tom has been with RTC for 13 years and his past employment includes head of the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (SAVE THE BAY).
Scott Shafer is an Associate Professor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research has used trail environments and trail based activities to examine environmental perceptions related to practical issues like the planning and design of facilities, and theoretical questions related to conflict, specialization and the leisure experience.
Jane Sheffield holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Duke University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from NC State University School of Design. She has worked in the field of community development for two decades and identifies community education as key to the success of public projects. As the Executive Director of the Allegheny Ridge Corporation she has spearheaded initiatives including sustainable public/private partnerships, curriculum development and education outreach, and regional landscape projects.
Ted Siff has been the Executive Director of Austin Parks Foundation since 2001. He was the Texas State Director of the Trust for Public Land from 1991-2000, during which time he helped found Austin Metro Trails & Greensways. He is a graduate of Harvard College; the co-author of Ruling Congress, Viking Press, 1976; and, served as Associate Publisher of Texas Monthly from 1976-87. He is married, has two daughters and lives in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Mark Simmons, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Phone: 512-292-4200 x125
Mary Margaret Sloan is president of American Hiking Society, the national voice for America's hikers, which promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience. She is also a volunteer trail overseer for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and is on the board of Natural Resources Council of America, Big City Mountaineers, Americans for our Heritage and Recreation, Tanzania Education Fund and on the advisory board for the Guy Waterman Alpine Stewardship Fund. Phone: 301-565-6704, ext. 204
Parc Smith is the Projects Supervisor for the Environmental Corps at American YouthWorks in Austin, Texas. He is responsible for project definition, estimating, and implementation of trails and improvement projects the four crews of E-Corps have completed. He is an active participant in TX Trail Tamers, Bull Creek Foundation, and numerous neighborhood associations. Parc has a BS in Biology, is married and has two young children.
Cindy Snodgrass, an environmental artist and native of Pittsburgh, PA, has been creating community-based site and situation specific artworks for more than 30 years. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and has chaired the Textiles Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Best known for "Kite: Bird in Flight" (Pittsburgh, 1976), one of her enormous site-specific installations, Snodgrass has had a lifelong interest in education and educational alternatives.
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.
Joe Taylor has combined his love of nature and travel as head of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau where he promotes cultural and natural heritage, bald eagle watching, trails, Watchable Wildlife and more. Partnering is an essential skill in the diverse communities of Iowa and Illinois where many large cities, small towns, and rural counties are joined together by one of the world's great natural resources, the Mississippi River.
Phone: 563-322-3911 Ext. 116
Dale Thornton is the Assistant Manager of Land Development at D.R. Horton Homes in Austin, Texas. He has applied his construction and business background gained prior to joining DR Horton to work in every aspect of the company: from home construction to acquisition of land for development. While working to deliver the 2,000 homes per year, he has become well versed in developing walkable communities. Dale joined D.R. Horton in 1996.
Ms. Cindy Thrush is a licensed professional civil engineer presently working as a Senior Project Engineer for the Maintenance Program at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, Colorado. She has over 18 years of experience working in the field of stormwater management including the areas of water quality, floodplain management, capital improvement projects and maintenance projects. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and has worked for both the public and private sectors in the moisture-abundant Pacific Northwest and the semi-arid West.
Charles Lawrence Tracy is a landscape architect with the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1988, Tracy has been organizing regional and community-based conservation and heritage resource protection throughout New England and New York. Tracy is co-author of Organizing Outdoor Volunteers, a guide to building conservation partnerships, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Recently, Tracy has been exploring public art as a catalyst for public involvement in community environmental projects.
Phone: 617-223 5210
Julie Traweek is the Project Specialist for the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Texas and is responsible for assisting the project manager with planning and improving parks, trails, and open space. Julie has been with The Woodlands Parks & Recreation Department for 3 years, and is an active member of the Texas Recreation and Park Society.
Brain Vachowski has been a project leader and program leader at Missoula Technology and Development Center (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.
Jill Van Winkle, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, travel the eastern United States leading Trailbuilding schools and trailwork projects with volunteers and land managers. Jill has a background in plant biology and a passion for teaching. She has worked for the Forest Service, the Native Plant Society of Oregon, has 4 patents (in plant genetics), and has most recently worked in water quality analysis.
Phone: 303 545-9011
Tammy Vehige is a Physical Activity Interventionist with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta GA. Tammy serves as a principal advisor on the planning, development, coordination, and implmentation of physical activity programs implemented nationally. In addition, Tammy is currently writing a handbook on Community Development for the Promotion of Physical Activity. Tammy has over 7 years experience in the field of physical activity at the local, state, and national level.
Les Wadzinski serves as the Recreation Program Manager on the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and is responsible for all aspects of trail management on that forest. He has 30 years experience as a recreation professional with tours of duty with the US Army Corps of Engineers and USDA Forest Service. He is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs where he teaches a class on public land management
Jamie Rae Walker is a Doctoral Student in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. She recently completed an internship working on trail, land use, and health policy issues in Washington, DC. Her Masters research used in-situ methods to examine the mode of experience of hikers and mountain bikers during a trail experience. Her research interests include environmental psychology, stakeholder participation, and GIS.
Les Weeks, President of Advanced Resource Solutions, has 19 years of resource management, land-use and NEPA planning experience with local, State and federal agencies. Projects include trail route evaluation and designation, alternative development, and public outreach. These projects are located within approximately 20 million acres of federal lands in five western states including five National Monuments. He has received numerous awards including recognition from California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management.
Michael J. Weisman is the Vice President of Operations at InQuery, directing all internal processes and project development. In 2001, Michael co-founded InQuery, the leading provider of on-site data collection programs that facilitate market research, lead capture and customer satisfaction, utilizing handheld and wireless technologies. Michael holds a Master's of Business Administration in finance and economics from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Binghamton University.
Phone: 716 566-6363 x 620
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.
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 creating a land trust committee to work in preserving open space in Greene County. Terry has served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fenton, Missouri, in St. Louis County.
Jared White is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Geography/Environmental Science Jared has been with NCTCOG for six years. During his time at NCTCOG he has published a study on bicycle/pedestrian access to the region's rail system, assisted in the creation of the nationally recognized Land-Use/Transportation Joint Venture Program and worked with local governments with the funding and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian initiatives.
Cyndy Whiteford is responsible for the administration, planning and supervision of the fourteen-state regional office of the Trust for Public Land (TPL). Cyndy is a board member of Friends of the Mississippi River, Greenway on the Red Trust, Inc. and a founder and former president of the East Metro Chapter of the Minnesota Land Trust. Cyndy is past president of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, and Minnesota Women Lawyers. She received her B.A. in Urban Planning, M.A. in Public Affairs, and J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Phone: 512 478-4644;
Gerry Wilbour is President of Northwest Trails Inc., a private trail planning, design and construction firm in Bellingham, WA, and is currently President of the Professional Trailbuilders Association. His 30 plus year career began after meeting a trail crew when hiking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness in 1971. The following year he foolishly underbid the same contractor (a friend and boyhood hero) which began a difficult initiation into work that has been his profession and passion ever since. He has completed several hundred design and construction projects from the most remote Wilderness trails to urban bicycle paths and bridges.
Simone Williams is the Executive Director of Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT), an environmental NGO in Jamaica. She has over nine years of experience in marketing, park, and protected area management. She has worked extensively with multiple stakeholder groups towards participatory management of natural resources and has significant experience in trail management. She has specific interest in environmental policy and economics, participates regularly in national policy consultations, and serves on various national committees implementing environment or sustainable development action plans.
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, Woiwode was the founding director of The Nature Conservancy of Michigan, serving in that capacity for 20 years. Woiwode has raised over $125 million in private funds for conservation purposes. An attorney, Woiwode is a founder, board member or officer of environmental and charitable organizations throughout the country.
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.
Royce Wood is the off-highway legislative affairs specialist for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). A former member of the California OHV Stakeholder Roundtable, Wood also represented the AMA at the National Summit on Motorcycle Sound and currently serves on the Ohio State Recreational Trails Advisory Board.
Phone: 614-856-1900 ext. 1225
Bill Woodcock received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture cum laude from the University of Florida, 1971. At Sea Pines Company of Hilton Head, he practiced land planning, site planning and landscape architecture. Bill has been Manager of Planning/Construction for South Suburban Parks and Recreation, in metropolitan Denver for 24 years, during which his department has developed over 110 miles of greenways/trailways and 4 recreation centers; developed/improved over 100 park facilities, as well as 106- and 150-acre regional parks.
Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service. She is the lead on the development of the Forest Service accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation areas and for trails. Janet instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally.