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Biographies of American Trails Board

 

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

 

Amy Camp, owner of Cycle Forward, is a trails and tourism consultant, a placemaker, and a professional coach. She helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007, and now consults communities on how they can maximize the benefits of trails and to showcase their culture, heritage, and scenic beauty. A list of consulting projects is available at www.cycleforward.org. Amy is also a certified professional coach who offers nature-based coaching, helping clients to gain clarity around their careers. Many of her coaching clients are in the trails, tourism, and community development fields. Amy is on the Board of American Trails, serving as Board Secretary and Chair of the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.

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

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

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

Scott Linnenburger: A founder of Kay-Linn Enterprises, Scott provides trail and conservation planning, design, project management, and fundraising services around the world. He has facilitated dozens of collaborative community partnerships around trails and recreation, managed more than 100 trail development projects, and provided sustainable trails education to land managers and local stewards in more than 40 US States. At home in Boulder, CO on vacation in Lake Of The Woods, Ontario, and everywhere in between, Scott enjoys mountain biking, trail running, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, paddling, fishing and turning more people on to the community benefits of trails. In his spare time, you'll find him doing volunteer trail work with the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance and the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.

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

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

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

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

 

Biographies of American Trails Staff

 

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

 

 

 

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