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The ECGA Trail Council was created in 2005 as part of the Close the Gaps Campaign.  The Trail Council aims to help the ECGA build partnerships with the agencies, organizations, and people responsible for building trails. It is directly responsible for trail designation, trail policy formulation, and ensuring that we stay on track with our annual trail development goals in each state.

The Trail Council met for the first time on November 5, 2007 in New Haven, CT. Its members include people who have served as chairs of their state committees and on our Board of Trustees, and every member is a valued teammate making trail progress in their state.

Trail Council Meetings

The next Trail Council meeting will be held in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, October 26th, 2012 from 9am-5pm.


Trail Council Members:

Sue Barker (RI)


Tony Barrett, Secretary (ME)


Tony Barrett is an avid cyclist and hiker with over 20 years of experience in managing complex business projects. His demonstrated leadership in negotiations, advocacy, government relations, and development in the energy industry are invaluable to the Alliance. Tony completed hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1999. He lives in Harpswell, Maine with his wife, Marguerite.


Bret Baronak (FL)


Sue Ellen Bordwell, Co-Chair (ME)

Sue Ellen has been involved in the East Coast Greenway since 1997. Currently she is a Trail Council member, having served on the ECGA Board and as Secretary to the Board. Sue Ellen is a dedicated cyclist and a League Cycling Instructor. In 1998 she pedaled from Seattle, Washington to Washington, DC; has taught several hundred students safe biking skills, serves on her town's Bicycle Pedestrian Committee, and is a past president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. She plans to retire as the Events Coordinator for the L.L.Bean campus in Freeport, Maine.


Mark Chura (DE)


Heather Dunigan (DE)

Heather is a principal planner at Wilmapco, the Wilmington Area Regional Planning Council. She joined the Trail Council in 2007.

Lisa Fernandez (CT)
Lisa is with the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut. Her previous work involved urban environmental conservation and economic development in the US and Latin America. She has consulted to the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. She was a Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund and a Planner implementing solid waste prevention policy for the City of New York. Lisa's most recent publications are Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities and Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education (Yale F&ES Publications, 2008 and 2007) and "The Wheels Go 'Round: Is Walking to School Just a Nostalgia Trip?" in The Next American City. Lisa also serves on the State of Connecticut Greenways Council and the Executive Board of the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association.


Vonie Gilreath (SC)

Vonie is a Senior Planner with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments and also serves as co-chair of the ECG SC Committee.


Holly Haff (NY)


Jo Hickson (GA)

Affiliated with the Coastal Georgia Greenway since 1997, Jo raised over $3 million for trail development in Georgia’s six coastal counties. A retired landscape architect, with over 29 years of professional experience, Jo graduated from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design. She is currently a registered landscape architect in South Carolina and Georgia and has practiced in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Her Coastal Georgia Greenway Master Plan, “The Coastal Georgia Greenway Alternative, creating heritage and eco tourism on the coast,” won the Georgia Chapter of American Planning Association Outstanding Award for a Plan, 2004. She is co-founder and Chair of the Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. founded in 2009.


Greg Hinchliffe (MD)

Greenways advocate, chair for the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) in Baltimore also serves on the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Greg, a long-time member of the Maryland Committee for the ECG, stepped up as committee chair in 2004 and has been a resource for ECG long-distance travelers coming through Baltimore. In the rest of his spare time, Greg chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee in Baltimore, helps coordinate local cycling events, serves on the Gwynn’s Falls Trail Council, and is a member of the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Washington Area Bicycling Association, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.


Mike Kruimer (NJ)


Mike is an extremely active cyclist and bicycle advocate. Among his roles as such are past President of the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, former Bike/Ped Coordinator of Edison Township, board member of the Middlesex Greenways Coalition, member of the Bike/Ped Task Force of the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee, and member of the NJ Bicycle Advisory Council.

Mike spends a good deal of time on his bikes as well. He and his wife Anne put in between 2,500 and 3,000 miles a year on their semi-recumbent tandem, and Mike adds an additional 500 solo miles as a bike commuter.

Mike's clear knowledge of NJ and cycling issues in general make him an important member of the ECGA Trail Council.



Terry Landreth (GA)

Terry Landreth is President and owner of Camden Bicycle Center, Inc. in St. Marys, Georgia.  After twenty-two years of active military service traveling extensively throughout the Eastern United States and Europe, Terry retired from the Navy after successfully acquiring the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. Along with his family, Terry settled in Camden County, Georgia.
Promoting a greater awareness of a healthy lifestyle is an integral part of Camden Bicycle Center’s mission. Terry carries this message to others by volunteering many hours in our local school system and with various civic groups, providing encouragement and expertise to all cyclists. Terry has partnered his efforts with the Regional Development Center (RDC) in devising a comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s future road improvements in Camden County.  In addition, Terry has served with the RDC on a Coastal Georgia feasibility study for the regional multi-use trail system (Rails-to-Trails.) and the national Safe Routes to Schools program.

Steve Mitchell, Co-chair(CT)

Steve comes to the ECGA Board and Trail Council with cycling and marketing experience…. and Passion! At 20 years of age, he rode his bicycle across America, from New London, CT to Tillamook, OR. However, twelve years later he was hit from behind by a car, and went backwards into the windshield. During the early 1990’s, when his kids were young, he and his wife (Kathy) would load the kids and bikes into the Caravan and go visit the “Rails to Trails” in Cheshire, CT.  

Steve attended Northeastern University (1976 -1981) and was captain of the ski racing team. He is a 3rd generation Auto Dealer in The Farmington Valley, Connecticut.  Every Father’s Day one of his favorite things to do is to ride with his three children (Justin, Heather, and Ashley) – now in their 20’s.


Mark Paquette (CT)

Mark Paquette is the Executive Director of WINCOG, the Windham Region Council of Governments. Prior to this he was the Director of Recreation for the Town of Windham, CT, and an Adjunct Professor of Sports Management and Facility Design at Eastern Connecticut State University. He holds a BS from Central Connecticut State University and an MA from the University of Connecticut. Mark is Chairman of the Connecticut Greenways Council, CT ECG Chairman, and Executive Board Member of both the Eastern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association and the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association. Mark also serves as an ECG Ambassador for the state of Connecticut.


Bethel Paris (NC)

Bob Patten  (DC)

Bob Patten is a Transportation Planner with Toole Design Group and also chairs the DC Committee for the East Coast Greenway. Bob has over 15 years of experience transportation planning, including national policy work with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and local trail planning both as a professional with DC government and as a volunteer with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and the Coalition for the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Over the course of his career, Patten founded the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse at RTC, organized a successful campaign to secure $2.5 million in ISTEA funding to complete 13 miles of the 24-mile Anacostia Tributary Trail System in Prince George's County, and became the first full-time trail planner hired by the District of Columbia. Bob is a frequent bike commuter and enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

Janine Peccini (SC)


Anthony Savarese (NY) 


Annette Schultz (NJ)

As Principal Planner with The RBA Group, Annette is a planning consultant specializing in greenways, trails, bicycle and pedestrian accommodation, scenic byways, and related community development projects. A graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design, she has completed studies and master plans in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware from a statewide to local level. Ms. Schultz served as Project Manager for the East Coast Greenway Northern New Jersey Alignment Study, an NJDOT-sponsored project to identify a 60-mile trail route through northern New Jersey. She continues to support East Coast Greenway activities as a volunteer member of the New Jersey Committee for the East Coast Greenway and the ECGA Trail Council.


Karl Soderholm (FL)


David Wilson (NY)


Dennis Winters (PA)


Trail Council Documents

-    Trail Council Concept Memo
-    Trail Council Job Description
-    Inaugural Meeting Report (November 2005)
-    Trail Corps Concept Statement

Trail Policy Documents

-    Route Selection Guidelines
-    Memo regarding spine route selection (2004)
-    Pilot Trail Designation Criteria and Procedure (1996)
-    Refinements to ECG Trail Vision (1999, 2000, 2003)
-    Interim On-Road Route Relocation Guidelines & Procedures

Trail Designation Documents

-    Sample Designation Application
-    Sample Inspection Report
-    Sample request for endorsement
-    Sample letter of endorsement



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