Bob Wilson, Executive Director
With a long history that helped to ensure the development of Michigan’s trail system, Wilson clearly has a passion for trails. In the ‘90s, he was the Policy Advisor for the Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office, where he developed recommendations for and helped to guide passage of the Michigan Trailways Act which provided for the foundation of a statewide system of trails designed to meet key standards. The legislation also created the Michigan Trailways Council of which he was the chair taking public testimony on the issues of key trail development in the state. His most recent round of trail development policy was the revision of the Michigan Trailways Act in 2014 to include new concepts of Pure Michigan Trails, Pure Michigan Trail Towns and Pure Michigan Water Trails to help provide the recognition of the high quality of our trails and trail towns and to further encourage trail groups and city officials to work toward a standard of trail development that helps to ensure the public of a quality trail experience.
As a professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Bob has decades of experience as a trails educator. Through both policy and law classes, he teaches a land use module about the value of trails as a key method of enhancing the quality of life and preserving the natural features of a community. Bob states “I strongly believe in the importance of trails as a way for individuals to connect to a sense of place both from a natural resources and historical/cultural perspectives.”
Wilson leads an active lifestyle, he is an avid trail runner, open-water swimmer, cyclist, kayaker and triathlete. He has been an active runner since 1975 and has completed over 20 marathons and ultramarathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Mary McGuire Slevin, Assistant Director
Mary has extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector, coming to Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance from her position as executive director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and as the EcoTourism consultant selected by Governor Yukiko Kada for Shiga Prefecture, Japan, which is Michigan’s sister state. Her duties include trails tourism initiatives, as ride director for the Michigander Bicycle Tour and Trail Towns Tour, administrative operations including membership, donations, accounting, and media outreach.
She attended Michigan State University as a music major and graduated cum laude from Harvard University with concentrations in History of Art & Architecture and Environmental Management. In her free time, she is known around these parts as an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter and recipient of multiple Detroit Music Awards, most recently she received the 2016 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Songwriter. Mary is also an alumni member of the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band. She loves music, travel, art , bicycling, swimming and everything about the great outdoors.