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.
Amanda Hathaway Frattarelli, Assistant Director
Dedicated to a career in the nonprofit sector with a focus on the conservation of Michigan’s natural resources, Amanda comes to Michigan Trails with an excellent background well suited for our mission. At the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, she played a key role in the constitutional protection of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and creation of the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund. Next, she went on to assist in the creation of the Michigan State Parks Adventure Program, which still provides naturalists in our state parks as Explorer Guides today.
A true Spartan, she holds several degrees from Michigan State University, two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Science and Technology and the other in Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications as well as a Master of Science in Parks and Recreation Resources. With her extensive experience in communications and environmental education, Amanda served as the editor and writer of Tracks magazine for over ten years. She also enjoyed writing for Michigan HOME and Lifestyle magazine and working to enhance education at the Williamston Schools Foundation.
In this role, she looks forward to promoting Michigan’s trails and ensuring Michigan remains the #1 Trails State in the nation. As an active outdoors enthusiast, you’ll likely find her spending her time off work with her family in Michigan’s woods and waters enjoying biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, hunting and fishing.