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Washington Trails Association Staff: Karen Daubert, Arlen Bogaards, Eli Boschetto, Aaron Brackney, Kim Brown, Julie Cassata, Kara Chin, Krista Dooley, Loren Drummond, Susan Elderkin, Ilona Fauver, Andrea Imler, Charles Kahle, Marjorie Kittle, Rebecca Lavigne, Andrea Martin, Zachary McBride, Alan Carter Mortimer, Kate Neville, Ryan Ojerio, Cassandra Overby, Andrew Pringle, Kindra Ramos, Anna Roth, Hannah Schumacher, Lisa Unsoeld-Chang, Tim Van Beek

nullKaren Daubert - Executive Director null

A Washington native who scrambles an average of 30 peaks a year, Karen would be a natural leader of WTA even without her breadth of professional experience. Add to that her years as King County’s Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, her role as Founding Director of the Seattle Parks Foundation and her history on numerous environmental nonprofit boards – and it’s obvious that Karen is the ideal person to guide WTA. Karen hikes with her family and friends. She fondly remembers a trip to Horseshoe Basin, standing on Tea Pot Peak with six friends and singing “I’m a Little Tea Pot.” Karen’s favorite hikes are along the Hoh River and the Wonderland Trail. Email: karen@wta.org

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nullArlen Bogaards - Northwest Regional Manager null

Arlen runs the WTA show in Northwest Washington, crew leading work parties, representing WTA at outreach fairs and promoting hiking in the area. Somehow, in between all of this he finds time to feed the chickens and goats on his small farm. After years in the construction field, Arlen finally united his work with his passion: trails. He enjoys a good day hike in a high meadow or a backpacking trip in the desolate North Cascades, and his favorite hike is Skyline Divide. If he ever gets the chance, he would like to section hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Email: arlen@wta.org

 

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Eli Boschetto - Editor, Washington Trails

After three years as a feature writer, gear team member and photographer for Washington Trails magazine, Eli Boschetto took on the editor position in November 2011. He's an avid backpacker and outdoor photographer, with an education in journalism and geology, and comes to WTA with a strong publishing, design and marketing background. Adding to his outdoors resume, Eli has also a been a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker magazine since 2008. While his hiking range is far and wide – from California's Sierras to the Canadian Rockies - his favorite hikes in Washington are Maple Pass in the North Cascades and the Snowgrass Flats in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Email: eli@wta.org

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Aaron Brackney - Development and Program Assistant

As the membership assistant, Aaron helps in the office with data entry, database reports, and saving his co-workers from random IT problems. He joined the WTA team after participating in several work parties he joined in order to give back to the trails he loves to hike. Eventually he began volunteering in the Seattle office, and then began doing paid work. He likes day hiking with friends, but has been known to join people or co-workers he unexpectedly meets on the trail. He likes sharing his favorite hikes with people who are doing them for the first time – for him, getting to see someone enjoy a new place is a great reward. You’ll find Aaron on trail all over the state. Armed with a camera, he frequents Granite Mountain, Ebey’s Landing, or Comet Falls, to name a few of his favorite hikes. Email: aaron@wta.org

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Arlen BogaardsKim Brown - Office Manager null

If you call the WTA office, Kim’s voice is the first you’ll hear. Kim answers phone calls and manages day-to-day logistics in the WTA office. Given that she spends almost every weekend hiking, you can ask Kim pretty much anything about trails in Washington and she’ll give you a sound answer. She likes hiking in the rain because it means a better chance of finding solitude on trail, and she often explores abandoned or little used trails. Her very favorite hikes are 13 Mile Trail and Eightmile to Squire Creek Pass. Kim’s dream is to hike the old Cascade Crest route using vintage gear and food recipes from the 1960s. Email: kim@wta.org

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nullJulie Cassata - Volunteer Coordinator null

It took Julie 4,800 miles of hiking the entire Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails to realize that her favorite trail sections are right here in Washington. After a year as WTA’s office administrator, Julie assumed the role of volunteer coordinator at WTA. She manages more than 2,700 volunteers a year, taking them through the whole volunteer process, from recruitment to recognition. In trail work, Julie has found a creative way to put her MA in Landscape Architecture to good use. Julie is also a long distance trail-runner and responds to the various trail names “Ivy,” “Sally Mander” and “Tiny Dancer.” Naturally, her favorite trail in Washington is the Pacific Crest Trail, especially the section in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Email: julie@wta.org

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nullKara Chin - Membership Manager null

Kara is a Pacific Northwest native who has spent her life playing in the diverse bio-niches of the region. She has a long history with WTA, first volunteering on trail work parties and for TrailsFest, then working as an administrative intern starting in 2000. After a brief hiatus to New York, she returned in search of evergreens, moss, and mushrooms. As the Membership Manager at WTA, she takes care of “all things membership”. Trained as an artist, choreographer, and costume designer, she has always found inspiration in her extended backyard. If you’re lucky, you’ll run into Kara on trail - or catch her in the WTA office next time you’re downtown.  Email: kara@wta.org

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nullKrista Dooley - Youth Programs Manager null

Krista is a Washington native who worked two years as Program Director for Camp Highland Outdoor Science in Southern California until she returned to Washington to pursue graduate studies in Environmental Education. She has a rich background in youth education, having worked in several youth programs in various regions of the US and Switzerland before joining WTA. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and when she’s not working with youth you can find her on trail year-round, either hiking, backpacking, or snowshoeing. She loves hiking at a pace that allows her to enjoy her surroundings. Washington is full of inspiration for her, most notably in a special moment atop Mount Adams on a cloudless day, being able to see all the Washington volcanoes.  Email: krista@wta.org

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Susan Elderkin 2Loren Drummond - Digital Content Manager null

Loren comes to WTA with more than a decade of digital communications and advocacy experience, most recently with The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. She's backpacked (and rebuilt) sections of the Colorado Trail, and she's put in miles on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, too. As the Digital Content Manager for WTA, she loves connecting with and supporting an incredible community of volunteers, hikers and would-be hikers with Washington's wild places. She has a particular fondness for desert camping, alpine basins and marmots. Email: loren@wta.org

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Susan Elderkin - Communications and Outreach Director null

Little did Susan know when she went on her first work party in 1995 that in the coming years she would serve on WTA’s board, become the board president, join staff as Web Editor and finally become the director of WTA’s Communications and Outreach team. With more than 20 years of experience at various environmental nonprofits in Washington state and Washington D.C., Susan brings a good sense of direction to WTA. She is an avid hiker and hiked the Colorado Trail in 1995. These days Susan is most interested in finding hikes that her young children enjoy; a current favorite is Shi Shi Beach. Email: susan@wta.org

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Ilona Fauver - Bookkeeper

After stints working as a bookkeeper in the flooring industry and at a guardianships non-profit, Ilona moved over to the world of trails. She crunches numbers and manages paychecks for WTA – a job that requires a lot of chocolate sustenance. While she’s pounding away at the keyboard in her office, Ilona dreams of being on trail early enough to catch the sunrise outside of the city limits. She does love a good urban hike too, and especially enjoys hiking with her husband in Carkeek Park or Golden Gardens in Seattle. Email: ilona@wta.org


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Andrea Imler

Andrea Imler - Advocacy Director

After working at the Wilderness Society for more than 6 years, Andrea joined WTA as Advocacy Director in order to be WTA’s voice for recreation and wildlands issues – from ensuring there is funding for trails, to supporting access to Washington’s wild places. While she lives in Seattle, Andrea prefers a tent in the backcountry to her home in the city. In addition to trail running, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, she loves backpacking with family, friends, and her partner Todd. She loves to explore Washington, visiting much of the Pasayten wilderness, as well as the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Rainier, which she has climbed twice! Andrea continues to revel in Washington’s wild areas, and eventually, she’d like to hike the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Crest trails. Email: aimler@wta.org

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nullCharlie Kahle - Information Services Manager

With the Issaquah Alps right in his backyard and experience on Seattle Audubon, EarthShare Washington, and the National Audubon boards, Charlie comes to WTA with a well-developed appreciation for the wild places of the state.  When he’s not in the office ensuring membership data is in order, he enjoys hiking and bird-watching with his wife Carrie, other family members, and friends. He has completed a long-distance trek up the Elwha River and over the Low Divide to Lake Quinault, but he has favorite hikes all over the state: Bare Mountain, Ancient Lakes, and Flap Jack Lakes to name a few. He hopes to someday do another long traverse, this time west to east across the Cascades. Email: charles@wta.org

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Marjorie Kittle - Director of Finance and Operations

Working behind the scenes at WTA, Marjorie keeps the organization functioning well by managing accounting, HR, insurance, and facilities. Luckily, her job doesn’t keep her indoors too much. She hikes frequently, ambling along ridges with expansive views and summitting peaks both in and outside of Washington, including Mount Dickerman, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Whitney. And she has a background in trailwork and giving back to the outdoors, having volunteered with the Great Baikal Trail Association at Lake Baikal in Siberia. Her aim is to never stop enjoying being on trail; the cookies and naps that characterize her hiking trips help with that goal.

 

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rebecca lavigneRebecca Lavigne - Program Director null

For Rebecca, going to "work" every day means working with our trail maintenance and youth programs to preserve trails, create new hiking opportunities and engage the next generation in the outdoors. In fall 2013 Rebecca took on a new role as program director after five years as WTA's development director. The common thread through her 15 years in the nonprofit sector is connecting people with the land, whether through outdoor exploration and stewardship, conservation projects or local food systems. As a Washington native, she is grateful for her forebearers and contemporaries (including the Trust for Public Land, where she spent several years on staff) who have fought to protect the places she loves to explore. Rebecca hikes and backpacks with her husband every chance she gets, seeking out stunning views and lots of rock, whether granite, columnar basalt or tidal shelf. Each winter, she dons snowshoes and cross-country skis to stay active, and considers whether that year could be the one when she finally hikes the entire Wonderland Trail. Email: rebecca@wta.org

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nullAndrea Martin - Youth Programs Coordinator null

You can find Andrea leading youth work parties year round, working day trips during the winter and volunteer vacations in the summer. With a master's degree in Environmental Education, Andrea is the perfect fit to hike with kids, teaching them about trails and how they can help create them. As an avid trail runner and yoga enthusiast, Andrea invites fellow volunteers on volunteer vacations to join her in some sun salutations and stretching before or after working on trail, always a good idea. She loves rolling trails that meander through huge trees, but occasionally likes to check out the views from a high peak. Her most memorable hike is Mount Ellinor -- difficult, but worth it for the view. Email: andrea@wta.org

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Alan Carter MortimerZachary McBride - Puget Sound Crew Leader null

After a stint working to destroy trails to preserve wilderness areas in the Mojave Desert, Zachary saw the light and started building trails with WTA instead. His conservation experience transfers quite well to his role as WTA's year-round Puget Sound crew leader. If you ever venture out on a work party near Seattle during the week, Zachary is sure to teach you a thing or two about moving rocks, building trail and identifying native plants. He enjoys hiking slowly enough to enjoy the surrounding plants and scenery, taking plenty of breaks to examine mushrooms and seasonal flowers. Someday, he dreams of through-hiking the Olympic Mountains. Email: zachary@wta.org

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nullAlan Carter Mortimer - Field Programs Managernull

It took Alan 11 years of volunteering on trail with WTA to decide that he liked WTA volunteers and trail work enough to stay. He started receiving a WTA paycheck in 2007 and has been working overtime ever since. If you’ve ever wondered how WTA decides what work to do on which trails, talk to Alan. He coordinates with land managers to plan our yearlong schedule for day trips and Back Country Response Teams (BCRTs) and also works to ensure that volunteers have a safe, fun and rewarding experience on trail. Alan, who also goes by the alternate nicknames “Ace,” “Sheldon” or “Mort,” dabbles in mountain climbing. One of his favorite hikes is the Shedroof Divide in the Salmo Priest Wilderness of Eastern Washington. Email: alan@wta.org

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Kate Neville

Kate Neville - Development Director

As WTA’s Development Director, Kate is crucial in securing resources to enhance and promote hiking opportunities for Washington’s outdoor community. She’s an avid hiker with a wide range, from circumnavigating Mount Rainier via the Wonderland Trail to exploring the Blue Mountains. This familiarity with the state helps her connect with other hikers and learn what WTA means to them. And nine years at the Woodland Park Zoo has given her great fundraising chops as well. With a close-knit but welcoming group of hiking friends, Kate loves multi-day backpacking trips on which she practices her backcountry gourmet skills with dehydrated ingredients – her specialty is salmon chowder! Having successfully completed an adventure in the Alps on the Tour de Mont Blanc, Kate’s next hiking goal is closer to home; a hike from Cascade Pass to Stehekin, where she can celebrate with one of the Stehekin Pastry Company’s signature cinnamon rolls. Email: kate@wta.org

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nullRyan Ojerio - Southwest Regional Managernull

Ryan is, in and of himself, a WTA microcosm in Southwest Washington. He manages volunteers, scouts projects, advocates for trails and promotes hiking in Southwest Washington. Armed with a Masters in Community and Regional Planning and several years of experience managing crews for the Northwest Youth Corps, Ryan is more than up to the task of handling all these different parts of the program in the Southwest. Although these days his hiking pace is set by his daughter, there was a time when he solo backpacked through Yosemite National Park and mountaineered in Peru. One day, Ryan would like to take a summer-long motorcycle tour to visit all the trails he's ever worked on. Email: ryan@wta.org

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Andrew Pringle - Outdoor Leadership Training Coordinator

A Skagit Native, Andrew grew up hiking with his adventurous parents in Washington and developed a love for the area that prompted him to embark on a nine year career with the National Park Service, most recently working for the North Cascades National Park. He comes to WTA to develop the newest aspect of WTA’s growing youth program, one that provides outdoor leadership training, gear lending, and support for teachers and organizations that want to take youth out on trails. An avid climber and mountain biker, he also spends plenty of time hiking and backpacking with his wife and dog. He frequents the North Cascades but would like to someday complete the Wonderland Trail. Email: andrew@wta.org

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nullKindra Ramos - Engagement Manager null

Whether she’s helping someone plan their next hike, encouraging activists to speak out for trails, or helping volunteers sign up for a work party, Kindra is always finding ways to get more people involved in WTA’s community. With her Masters in Environmental Policy, Kindra helps trail enthusiasts understand their connection to parks and forests, as well as what WTA’s role is in preserving these places. She enjoys hiking with her sister all over Washington, taking time to appreciate the little curiosities like mushrooms, clouds, and insects. Eventually, she’d like to explore the remote Salmo-Priest Wilderness of Eastern Washington on a backpacking trip. Email: kindra@wta.org

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Anna Roth - Hiking Content Coordinatornull

Anna came back to Washington after two years in Colorado and not enough coastline. Following a detour to California to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail, she found herself on a WTA work party on National Public Lands Day 2012. Less than a year later, she started as the Communications Associate, then moved to Hiking Content Coordinator. As such, she gets to hike for work, researching hikes in Washington and managing a crack team of hiking correspondents who work together to constantly improve WTA's hiking guide. She’s happy to hike almost anywhere, and with anyone, as long as the payoff is a stunning view of craggy peaks, mossy forests, or burbling creeks. She loves peak scrambles like Mount Angeles, and pass hikes, particularly Park Creek Pass. When she can’t get out to the North Cascades, she can always visit the wild shores of Lincoln Park in the untamed wilderness of West Seattle. Email: anna@wta.org

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nullHannah Schumacher - Development Assistant null

Hannah comes to WTA’s Development department from Anderson University through the Mennonite Voluntary Service. Happy to be in Washington, she loves nature and is eager to spend time exploring terrain that is so much different from her home state of Ohio. She is excited to sample the many hikes that Washington has to offer, and is particularly interested in doing sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, Cady Ridge, and ambling through the Goat Rocks Wilderness looking for flowers. A self-proclaimed “people lover,” feel free to stop in and say hello to her whenever you’re in the office, or maybe she’ll see you on a work party. Either way, she would love to meet you! Email: hannah@wta.org

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nullLisa Unsoeld-Chang - Development Manager null

Lisa’s passion for making hiking more accessible to all is a fundamental part of her work as Development Manager. By strengthening member engagement, she helps establish funds that protect and maintain Washington’s trails for future generations. When she’s not working in the office, Lisa is an avid day hiker and enjoys any opportunity to take in a beautiful view and take part in a great conversation. Email: lisac@wta.org

 

 

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Tim Van Beek - Field Programs Manager null

Tim represents the ultimate WTA success story. First he was a volunteer. Then he became a crew leader. And finally, many miles of hiking later, Tim was hired to manage WTA’s Volunteer Vacation program. If you’ve ever been on one of our summer weeklong trips, Tim was probably the one who determined much of your week – from where you worked to what you ate. That’s why Tim takes so seriously the task of ensuring that volunteers have a good time on trail. In the good old days, Tim was a fast and furious hiker; he remembers hiking 1300 miles in a year while also holding a full-time job. His pace now is a little slower, but he still enjoys hiking Marmot Pass or the Chelan Lakeshore Trail.  Email: tim@wta.org

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Seasonal Trail Crew

WTA also is fortunate to have seasonal crews who lead WTA volunteer work parties during the summer months. Meet the 2013 crew here.

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nullGreen Hard Hat: Has participated in five or more trail work parties.


nullOrange Hard Hat: Is an assistant crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.


nullBlue Hard Hat: Is a chief crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.

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