Andrea LaFontaine, Executive Director
As a collaborator experienced in local, county and state government, Andrea’s background in policy, administration and trail building poise Michigan Trails for the future. In her role as the Trail Ambassador for the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1, she advocated for the completion of the destination trail, which spans 275 miles from South Haven to Port Huron. As Trail Ambassador, Andrea built new partnerships and fostered relationships with communities, businesses, local trail managers and users while encouraging collaboration for the advancement of trail networks throughout Michigan.
Prior to working for Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Andrea spent two years in the Executive Division at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, acting as the Southeast Michigan Policy Advisor and assisting the Iron Belle Trail team. Andrea facilitated the coordination of investments in metro-region trail networks and guided economic development initiatives across multiple government agencies. She was proud to establish and incorporate the Friends of the Outdoor Adventure Center, a 501(c)3.
Andrea came to the Executive Division after a successful career in the Legislature, serving three consecutive terms totaling six years in the Michigan House of Representatives. Representative LaFontaine served 90,000 residents in District 32 covering Northern Macomb as well as portions of St Clair County. During her tenure in the Legislature she served on multiple policy committees and was appointed chairwoman of the House Natural Resource Committee for four years.
Dedicated to protecting Michigan’s natural resources and our outdoor heritage, Andrea is a current Commissioner for Oakland County Parks and Recreation and a board member of Heart of the Lakes, Six Rivers Land Conservancy and Kadima Mental Health Services. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration both from Central Michigan University. An avid outdoor recreation enthusiast, Andrea and her family are frequent trail visitors and value all that trails have to offer.
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.
Trails Team Consulting Advocate
John Calvert is a long-time trail advocate, founder of the Friends of the Lakelands Trail, former bike-shop owner, personal trail advisor for Mike Levine and one of the most resourceful, knowledgeable trail advocates in the state. John is a swimmer, bike enthusiast, trivia expert and friend to us all! John is also proud of the work he has done on the local Safe Routes to School program in Pinckney.