Successful Partnering for the Appalachian Trail

Organizations from along the Appalachian Trail share stories of their success from fruitful partnerships.

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January 20, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:15 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Organizations from along the Appalachian Trail share stories of their success from fruitful partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define how partnerships shape the coordinated care of the Appalachian Trail, and how the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and partners approach collaboration.
  • Discover real-life examples of partnerships along the Trail.
  • Obtain tips on how to grow a successful partnership.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Alivia Acosta, Volunteer Development Coordinator, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Antrim, New Hampshire

Alivia Acosta was born and raised in Yonkers, NY. She found her connection to the natural world after working for Groundwork Hudson Valley in high school. Prior to graduating from Unity College with a bachelors in Parks and Forest Resources and a minor in Psychology, Alivia took a three-year college hiatus and travelled across the country following her passion for building connections to environmental landscapes through hands-on trail stewardship. She now lives in southern New Hampshire with her partner and their pup, Honey; and she is excited to continue working towards supporting and promoting volunteer stewardship of the Appalachian Trail.


Laura Flight, Volunteer Campsite Manager, Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Readfield, Maine

Laura Flight is the volunteer Campsite Manager for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC). Her duties involve coordinating volunteer maintainers as well as major repair projects at campsites. Specifically, Laura organizes 2-3 privy replacement projects a year on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Laura has been on the MATC Executive Committee since 2011, and is a life-long Mainer currently residing in Readfield.


Brad Deane, Retired and District Manager, Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Guilford, Maine

Brad Deane is the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s Whitecap District Manager. He is currently retired and lives in Guilford, ME.


Raizel McNally, Student
Waterville, Maine

Raizel McNally is a junior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Originally from Portland, Maine, Raizel is majoring in anthropology with minors in environmental studies and education. She is also co-president of Colby Hillel and the Colby Farm and is a member of the Woodsmen Team. Raizel connected with MATC during her first-year orientation trip and then again as a trip leader.


Paul Curtin, Retired and Crew Leader, Carolina Mountain Club
Asheville, North Carolina

Paul Curtin retired as an engineer in 2015 and thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) with his son that same year. Paul then moved to North Carolina in 2016 and the following year he joined the Carolina Mountain Club as a Trail maintainer. Paul has been the A.T. Supervisor for the CMC’s 94 miles of Trail since 2017. In 2019, Curtin became the CMC’s Asheville Friday crew leader, overnight crew leader, a Max Patch Trail Ambassador program leader. In 2021 Paul became the Chair of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Southern Regional Partnership Committee and he has led outreach programs for the CMC at Max Patch for National Public Lands day in 2019 and 2021. Paul is also a trail runner and a hiker.


Alice White McVey, Trail Ambassador, Max Patch
Max Patch, North Carolina

Alice grew up in a small town in central North Carolina. From a professional standpoint, she spent the majority of her career working for a Contract Research Organization (CRO) targeting biomedical research. In recent years, she has worked part-time for a small not-for-profit in the same field as the CRO.

Currently, her interests are in 3 areas:

  • Renovation of the Spring Creek School/Community Center
  • Supporting the local food pantry with volunteer time
  • Being active as a Max Patch Trail Ambassador

Her husband and all their critters live within sight of Max Patch and are hiking and exploring the area. They love their community members and their special spot behind “the Patch.” It is almost an hour to a grocery store, but they would have it no other way.


Marit Anderson, Retired and Volunteer, Wild East Women
Crozet, Virginia

Marit Anderson is an outdoor enthusiast: hiker, backpacker, skier, cyclist, and kayaker. She has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, and section hiked others. Marit is a retired school teacher and massage therapist, volunteers with Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Wild East Women (Women's Affinity Group for Appalachian Trail Conservancy) as a hike leader and trail maintainer, and also volunteers with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports teaching skiing to those with physical/mental impairments. She lives in Crozet, VA near the southern section of Shenandoah National Park.


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