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Meet the American Trails Board of Directors

We'd like to introduce the Board of Directors of American Trails and tell you more about these committed trails activists.
--Pam Gluck, Executive Director, American Trails (February 2001)

Executive Committee

Kay Lloyd, Chair

As Chair of American Trails, Kay is leading the organization into a promising future. She has been in leadership positions for the past 15 years with national snowmobile groups and the Washington State Trails Advisory Committee. Kay has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens (before it blew), and hiked and fished the high lakes of Montana and Washington. Her first love however, is snowmobiling. She rode the Iditarod Trail for 1049 miles in 1997 to raise money for education and in February 2000 she rode 2000 miles from the Canada to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the Great Western Trail.

Roger Bell, Vice-Chair

A former college administrator with a PhD from the University of Washington, Roger has served with the Western Trailbuilders Association, Whole Access, and the Redlands Trail Committee. As a contractor, he has completed 300 projects in 14 states over the last 30 years. He currently sells and installs ETT fiberglass bridges, SSPCO soil stabilization products, Zac Trail Tools, Rock Art Signs, and Takeuchi Excavators through Naturtec: Trail and Bridge Technologies. Roger also consults on trail issues&emdash; see www.Naturtec.com.

Dana Bell, Secretary

Dana, Project Coordinator for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council since 1999, has a degree in Biological Sciences from California State Polytechnic University. She has been Western States Representative for the American Motorcyclist Association, served seven years as recreation representative on BLM's California Desert Advisory Council, and is currently on the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Dana works with OHV recreationists and land managers to develop collaborative solutions to recreation and environmental concerns. Formerly a nationally-ranked enduro competitor Dana now enjoys exploring backcountry roads and trails.

Christine Jourdain, Treasurer

Executive Director of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations for 5 years, Christine works with 27 State Associations across the U.S., including 2,500 snowmobile clubs, who are responsible for over 150,000 miles of trails. She says "The trail system, regardless of the location of the actual trails, always comes back to relationships and responsibility. Having just returned from the National Trails Symposium, I once again realize it is our obligation to teach tolerance and cooperation."

Hulet Hornbeck

Trails have been a consistent thread through Hulet's life. In his teens he hiked Vermont's Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail, and during the 1950s he explored the hills, valleys, and shores of Central California. His life-long interest turned into a career acquiring and funding open space and trails for the East Bay Regional Park District. Hulet is winner of the 2000 National Trails Award for Lifetime Achievement. See page 4 for more about Hulet.

Directors

Marianne Fowler

Marianne Fowler, Senior Vice President of Programs for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, was previously as southern regional coordinator and director of governmental affairs for RTC. She is the Vice Chair of the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

Pam Gluck

Pam is the Executive Director of American Trails. With over seventeen years of trails experience, she has owned a hiking/ cross-country ski guide service; served as Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona; and served as the Arizona State Trails Coordinator for five years. Pam's strengths lie in building and nurturing sustainable partnerships. Her primary duties include overall management of American Trails, coordinating the National Trails Symposium, and overseeing projects. Pam's goal is to continue to grow American Trails to meet the needs of the trails community and to serve the general trail user. Her favorite means for mental, spiritual, and physical renewal is daily walks with her husband and her dog.

Jan Hancock

Jan is a college instructor and marketing manager in the office furnishings industry from Phoenix, Arizona. Jan is the author of the book Horse Trails in Arizona, and is co-authoring a national source book on equestrian facilities. She also writes numerous equestrian and trails feature articles for regional and national publications. Jan is a member of the Phoenix Parks Board and Planning Design Review Board, and serves on the Boards of Arizona State Committee on Trails, Arizona State Horsemen's Association, and Arizona Trail Association. She is pursuing her doctorate in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University.

Jay Franklin

Jay is the Associate Vice President of ATC Associates, Inc., an environmental, geotechnical and construction materials testing firm with 75 offices nationwide. Jay is also an International Mountain Bike Association board member and is active with Georgia Trails & Greenways Advisory Committee; National Off-Road Bicycling Association, and Atlanta Bicycling Campaign. Jay organized a 1997 National Trails Day event that won a "Trails for Tomorrow Award." He also organized the SE Regional IMBA Summit in 1996, and has won several awards for trail advocacy and volunteerism.

Terry Hanson

Terry was Co-Chair of the 2000 National Trails Symposium. Employed by the City of Redding, California, Planning Department, he is project manager for the Turtle Bay Pedestrian Bridge that will cross the Sacramento River. He has also worked on the Sacramento River Trail that links Redding's railroad and mining history with its riverfront parks and the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, via a ten-mile greenway along the beautiful river.

Mark Leger

A writer, editor, and outdoor activist, Mark works for GORP.com, the leading internet resource dedicated to outdoor recreation and adventure travel. Besides developing editorial content relating to all aspects of outdoor recreation, he works on developing database resources for trails and outdoor organizations. Since moving to New York in 1996, he has been involved in the open space and community gardens movement. Mark is also a founding member of GreenSpace, an organization devoted to increasing awareness of native plants in domestic garden settings, and the development of a greenbelt through a decayed industrial neighborhood that bisects brownstone Brooklyn. He says, "I would work to link their work with the broader national effort, trying as much as I can to marshall media and corporate resources for their behalf."

Mike Passo

Mike is the project director for Wilderness Inquiry's trails and facilities assessment and Universal Design training projects. He conducted a study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act standards, as well as 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 with three years coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia have given him a great interest in improving access to the outdoors while preserving the characteristics and value of that environment.

Robert Searns

Bob is the founding owner of Urban Edges, Inc., a planning and development firm based in Denver, that has specialized for 25 years in greenways, trails and conservation. He was Project Director of Denver's Platte River Greenway, one of the nation's benchmark urban trail projects, and produced 10,000 Trees, an eight-mile river corridor restoration project involving 3,000 volunteers. He has authored a greenways and trails plan for the 43-square-mile area of Denver International Airport, as well as areas of Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. He is a development consultant for the Grand Canyon Greenway, a precedent-setting 72-mile system of multi-use trails along the canyon rim. Bob has conducted workshops throughout North America and Europe. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the 21st Century, and contributed to Greenways, The Beginning of an International Movement.

Charlie Willard

Charlie is the new Chief Officer for Grants & Local Services for CA State Parks. Prior to his new position, he served as the Trails Program Manager for the CA Department of Parks and Recreation and as the Executive Secretary to the California Recreational Trails Committee. Charlie was responsible for policy development for trail related issues. He was the co-chair of the 2000 National Trails Symposium and is the past Vice-Chair of American Trails. Charlie is an avid outdoorsman.


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