2017-2020 Board Election

“I COULD NEVER RESIST THE CALL OF THE TRAIL.”
~BUFFALO BILL

In keeping with the mission of the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, we seek Board members who demonstrate and confirm the vision for an interconnected statewide system of multi-use trails.

The Nominating Committee is chaired by the Vice-Chairperson. Recruiting efforts look for those who possess the skills, talents, resources, and backgrounds required to meet the needs of Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. Once a slate of Board candidates is chosen by the Nominating Committee it is presented the same to the Board for approval. Those candidates approved by the Board are placed on the election ballot. The ballot also provides the Members with the opportunity to write in the names of candidates. At the Annual Meeting the chair of the Nominating Committee will announce the names of the successful candidates.

Current Members are eligible to vote each year. Ballots are mailed with the 2017 Summer Newsletter in late September. If you do not receive a ballot by the end of September, please call 517-485-6022 or email us.

The following nominees are running for a three year term beginning January 1, 2018 through December 30, 2020.

Board Nominees

Harry Burkholder
Harry was appointed as the Executive Director of Land Information Access Association (LIAA) in October 2015, following 11 years on LIAA’s community planning team. Working with the Board of Directors, Harry helps to set the strategic direction and policies for the organization and leads the organization in corporate planning, project management, program design and development, and day-to-day operations.

 

Ann Conklin
Ann has been involved with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association as an active member since 1979; she served as Association Vice President in 1988 and 1993, and as Association President in 1989 and 1999. A 30-year veteran of the park and recreation field, she assumed an administrative role with mParks in 2011 following ten years as the Director of Canton Leisure Services. Today, she is the chief operating officer. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Recreation from Central Michigan University, as well as the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) designation.

Brad Garmon
Brad Garmon is the Director of Conservation and Emerging Issues at the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), where he oversees the organization’s policy work on natural resources protection and enjoyment, land conservation, and place-based economic development strategies. Brad was appointed by Michigan Governor Snyder to the Michigan State Parks and Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011, and also served on the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Land Strategy Steering Committee in 2012, and the Office of the Great Lakes’ Water Strategy Cabinet in 2013. He was appointed to the Pigeon River Country Advisory Council in 2013; co-chairs two workgroups of the Michigan Sense of Place Council; and serves on the Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan’s Resources and Environment Working Group as well as the Michigan Heritage Leadership Council.

Andrea Ketchmark
Andrea is the executive director (and former director of trail development) for the North Country Trail (NCT) and provides guidance to chapters, members, volunteers of the NCT as well as MTGA. With a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University, Andrea is happy to translate her love of the outdoors into a committed stewardship of our public lands and advocacy for trails. She is an appointed member of the Nonmotorized Advisory Workgroup for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Toni Thompson
Toni is a former banker and President of the Friends of the Kalamazoo River Trailway. She is the Vice President of the Kalamazoo County Parks Foundation, whose mission is to assist the County of Kalamazoo by raising funds to be used for development, improvement, maintenance, and promotion of the parks.  She has served as chair for Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance for over 15 years and can be found volunteering her time on the Michigander Bicycle Tour, in addition to the many events that take place on the Kalamazoo River Trailway.

Paul WiklanskiPaul Wiklanski
Paul is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for the University of Michigan Office of Development. Paul received his B.S. in Communication Technologies with a secondary concentration in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. He brings his extensive experience in data mining and analysis, design, marketing and fundraising. Paul believes that Michigan’s trails and greenways trails are amongst our state’s finer jewels. An avid cyclist, he is also a board member of the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative.