Welcome our new Board of Directors!
This week, the Northwest Trail Alliance elected seven Members to the Board of Directors, some behind-the-scenes players, some brand new faces and some returning directors. Meet this year’s additions!
Tyler is a City Planner by day and a single-speeder by night. Over his career, he has been deeply involved in many planning efforts regarding trails, transportation and land use, as well as advocacy efforts which he hopes to bring to the NWTA. He hopes to grow the NWTA’s already strong volunteer base and build on the work we’ve done so far to create mountain biking opportunities in the region. His passion began when he was eight years old, growing up in Colorado. Mountain biking continues to be an integral part of Tyler’s life, and as a Director, he seeks to give back to the sport, the community and the trails that have given him so much. He’ll do everything he can to increase options for mountain biking in our region for EVERYONE, so that as many people as possible have the option to enjoy nature on two wheels and recreate in this beautiful place we call home.
Kelsey is a mountain bike enthusiast and online movement builder. An new arrival to the area, she’s been impressed by the projects and partnerships. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator at Stand for Children, an education advocacy nonprofit that similarly relies on member support to drive change. Her primary responsibilities there, skills we look forward to utilizing, include email list building, petition creation, social media management and HTML email creation. She joins the board to work towards a Portland enriched by and known for its mountain biking. A Seattle area native, she went to school in Washington D.C. and returned to the west coast seeking a closer connection to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Kelsey fell in love with mountain biking for its rigor and alluring culture, and believes it is the best way to enjoy this region. She is eager to help the NWTA build our membership as well and expand the regional network of trails.
Lee Duncan has been an NWTA/PUMP member for about 8 years. He created the NWTA Bike Patrol program, and would like to see NWTA better leverage it as a PR tool to give us a reputation for promoting responsible mountain biking. In addition, he plans to ensure that NWTA continues it's valuable focus on opening up Forest Park to mountain bikes. His experience on the Boards of several bike clubs and experience working with IMBA may help the NWTA continue to become the Bike Club we all want and need.
Rob is an award-winning environmental service professional who is recognized as a valued member of the recreational and outdoor community. He is skilled at fostering and maintaining strong relationships with people and community partners, and is known for his leadership skills and his ability to influence community partners to steward public lands. His strengths include Sales & Marketing, Business Relationships, Public Speaking, and Non Profit Management & Leadership. Rob has also volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations, cycling clubs, and park agencies, including California State Parks, Sonoma County Regional Parks, BikeMonkey, LandPaths, Velostreet, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, and the Sonoma Land Trust.
Joe Rykowski has helped establish not one but TWO trail care non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in Oregon. In 2004, Black Rock Mountain Bike Association in Salem focused on build out and maintenance of the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area. In 2007, he relocated to Hillsboro and was a founding member of the Westside Trail Federation focused on planning a Downhill-specific mountain bike system in Tillamook State Forest and establishing a Freeride skill area in Stub Stewart State Park. Since 2008, he has been the driving force behind build out of the XC/AM bike specific trails at Stub Stewart State Park, and in over the last three years, has tackled the grant application process and landed NWTA a singletrack trail machine (ST240) and equipment plus startup of the Trail Development Partnership Program within the NWTA. In 2012, Joe took steps to move forward with entering into adopt-a-trail agreement for maintenance and revitalization of the Hagg Lake trail AND joined the new NWTA bike patrol just for grins. A "jack of all trades," Joe gets things done, and is fully steeped in the ways of trail stewardship at grassroots level. Now on the board, he has his eye on the role of Trail Care Director, and hopes to ride his bike once in a while to remember what it was like.
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