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Meet the permanent staff of Washington Trails Association.

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Take a look at this page to read about our wonderful community of trail crew leaders 

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Jill Simmons - Chief Executive Officer null

Jill came to WTA from Evergreen Strategic, a sustainability consulting firm she founded. Previously, she served under two City of Seattle mayors in the cabinet-level position of director of the Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment. In that role, she managed significant growth of the office’s environmental programs, launching a number of new initiatives to make Seattle a healthier, greener and more vibrant place to live. Now she is excited to help WTA play a leading role in shaping the future of Washington through its work to protect trails and connect the growing number of Washingtonians to the outdoors. In a state like Washington with its amazing trail riches, it is nearly impossible to pick one favorite hike but Jill credits High Divide on the Olympics with making her fall in love with hiking. Email:

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Jaime Loucky - Chief Impact Officer 

Growing up in Bellingham, with the North Cascades practically in his backyard, Jaime developed a lifelong passion for hiking, backpacking and spending time surrounded by trees and mountains. That passion followed him as he traveled to the East Coast and abroad, and ultimately to NYC, where he learned to appreciate the urban green spaces of Prospect and Central Parks. Jaime eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest, but not before buying a campervan and taking a year-long road trip with his wife, visiting 47 National Parks and Forests in the process. He comes to WTA with extensive experience in strategic planning and organizational development, and an ever-growing list of favorite hikes, hot springs and hidden boondocking spots. Email:

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Clarissa Allen (they/them)- Youth Trail Program Manager null

Clarissa's love for the outdoors was sparked during their childhood in rural Kentucky, where they spent lots of time playing with critters, walking in the woods and swimming. They worked on trail crews in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona before moving to Washington to study education. Although Clarissa loves working on trail with folks of all ages, they especially enjoy working with youth. They're a plant nerd who thinks that nurse logs are just the absolute coolest, so their favorite hikes meander through forests on their way to ... anywhere, really! Email:

Amanda headshot.jpgAmanda Baker - Director of Business Operations

Washington’s natural beauty made an early impression in Amanda’s youth as she meandered the foothills of Mica Peak near Spokane. Now in Seattle, she holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and has spent her career in high-impact organizations working to build a better world. Amanda brings an expertise in capacity-building and nonprofit operations leadership. She gets to put her skills to work every day while stewarding the collaborative culture and organizational infrastructure at WTA. Outside the office, you’ll find her on family hikes to hidden gems or cheering for the Seattle Sounders. Email:

Jean in the desert_200x200.jpgJean Bartholomew (she/her) - Outdoor Leadership Training Manager

Originally from Pittsburgh, Jean came to WTA with a passion for community education and connecting community leaders to resources to promote accessibility to the outdoors. She developed her skills with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy working on community engagement initiatives with a dedication to social justice and equity of opportunity. She loves helping folks discover a connection to the outdoors – whether exploring their neighborhood park or venturing to the mountains. When she is not leading folks on trail, you can find Jean biking, kayaking or jumping off a diving board into Lake Washington. Email:

arlen boggards_ 200x200.JPGArlen Bogaards - Northwest Regional Manager null

Arlen runs the WTA show in Northwest Washington, crew leading work parties, representing WTA at outreach fairs and promoting hiking in the area. Somehow, in between all of this he finds time to feed the chickens and goats on his small farm. After years in the construction field, Arlen finally united his work with his passion: trails. He enjoys a good day hike in a high meadow or a backpacking trip in the desolate North Cascades, and his favorite hike is Skyline Divide. If he ever gets the chance, he would like to section hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Email:

Barbara in the hole_website.jpgBarbara Budd - Northwest Regional Trails Coordinator null

More than 15 years ago, Barbara succumbed to her need for the mountains by taking a year-long job in Washington. She's been finding excuses to stay ever since, including working trails for the Forest Service, where she started as a volunteer wilderness ranger at her favorite place, Lyman Lake. After all, can anything be better than living in a tent for three months surrounded by mountains, lakes, glaciers, and alpine meadows? Maybe only one thing: working with volunteers maintaining trails to those places. What a deal! When she's not out on the trail, Barbara loves to travel, sing, and dance. Hmmm ... guess you can do those things on the trail, too. Email:

G. of the gods.jpgMoleek Busby - Field Operations Senior Manager  

Moleek is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. A jack of all trades and master of some, he started his career in trail work with the California Conservation Corps. After college and some music projects in Chico, California, Moleek moved back to the SF Bay Area where he got back into conservation through the Student Conservation Association and worked for them for the past nine years, moving up the ranks. Through SCA, Moleek was able to follow his career and moved to Washington state, where he now resides in Tacoma. He loves hiking, backpacking, swimming, kayaking, car "glamping" and getting some trail work in when possible. He is passionate about advocating for marginalized people to have ownership in their space, and to feel safe while volunteering and recreating on public lands. Email:


Alan Carter Mortimer - Field Programs Manager null

It took Alan 11 years of volunteering on trail with WTA to decide that he liked WTA volunteers and trail work enough to stay. He started receiving a WTA paycheck in 2007 and has been working overtime ever since. If you’ve ever wondered how WTA decides what work to do on which trails, talk to Alan. He coordinates with land managers to plan trail projects in the Olympics and South Sound as well as Central and Eastern Washington. He works to ensure that volunteers have a safe, fun and rewarding experience on trail. Alan, who also goes by the alternate nicknames “Ace,” “Sheldon” or “Mort,” dabbles in mountain climbing. One of his favorite hikes is the Shedroof Divide in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness of Eastern Washington. Email:

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Kara, a Pacific Northwesterner, has spent her life playing in the diverse bio-niches of the region. Her long history with WTA first began as a volunteer for trail work parties and TrailsFest, then as an administrative intern in 2000, followed by handling "all things membership and Hike-a-Thon" for nearly a decade. Trained as an artist, choreographer, and costume designer, she has always found inspiration in her extended backyard. These days you'll most likely find her seeking out moss, mushrooms and gastropods on the forest floor or in her garden. Email:

nullBrynna Counts-Morgan (she/her) - Individual and Corporate Giving Senior Manager

Brynna grew up in Oregon, exploring the beaches and forests of the Pacific Northwest. She moved to Seattle in 2016 and became an avid hiker with the help of WTA's resources. Brynna comes to WTA after managing fundraising initiatives at an animal-focused nonprofit. She is excited to connect WTA's dedicated members with our vision of trails for everyone, forever. One of her favorite things to do is to hike the beautiful trails in the San Juan Islands and North Cascades with her spouse and two dogs. Email:

nullLezlie Cox - Office Manager null

Lezlie is from Wisconsin, growing up water-skiing and shoveling snow. Decades ago, she led WTA volunteers on Olympics work parties and around the state on volunteer vacations. She has strolled 1700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and loved the absence of a schedule and tech! After years out of state, Lezlie returned to Washington for two seasons working for the King County Parks Volunteer Program before rejoining WTA as the office manager. She highly recommends Northrup Canyon in the spring and Thorp Mountain via Knox Creek in the summer. Email:

Kaci at Nisqually_website.jpgKaci Darsow (they/them) - Youth Trail Program Coordinator null

Kaci grew up poking around the rocky shores of Puget Sound and romping through cedar and sword fern forests. They come to WTA with extensive youth work experience in a variety of outdoor settings and an M.Ed. in Environmental Education. Kaci is returning home to the PNW from their most recent adventure—a year of teaching outdoor education in rural Alabama. They are stoked to ease into the world of office work by splitting their time facilitating youth work parties and serving as a support system for Youth Volunteer Vacations. When they're not inspiring youth, Kaci loves cross-country road trips, learning new things, singing off-key in their car, climbing trees and dismantling the patriarchy. Email: 

nullKrista Dooley - Community Partnerships and Leadership Development Director null

Krista has a rich background in environmental education, having worked in several youth programs in various regions of the U.S. and Switzerland before joining WTA. She brings a passion for connecting people to the outdoors and has seen the positive impact collaboration with partners can have developing the next generation of outdoor leaders. Born and raised in Washington, she relishes spending time outdoors and loves hiking at a pace that allows her to enjoy her surroundings with her daughters. Email: 

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Loren has a background of nonprofit digital communications and advocacy experience. She's backpacked (and rebuilt) sections of the Colorado Trail, and she's put in miles on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, too. As the Digital Content Manager for WTA, she loves connecting with and supporting an incredible community of volunteers, hikers and would-be hikers with Washington's wild places. She has a particular fondness for desert camping, alpine basins and marmots. Email:

Austin with helmet_website.jpgAustin Easter - Statewide Trails Senior Coordinator null

Austin hails from Seattle and holds deep connections to the misty winters and craggy alpine mountains of the North Cascades. He became involved with WTA in high school and now leads volunteer crews all over the state and in week-long backcountry trips. A rock and book nerd at heart, he majored in geology at Whitman College with an emphasis in politics and environmental studies. While there, he worked as an instructor at the climbing gym and led numerous backpacking and climbing trips all over the Northwest. He is most passionate about supporting volunteers to achieve a sense of place and belonging in the outdoors while focusing on the need to conserve, preserve, and protect these wild environments. He loves any hike that involve climbing and obstacles whether traversing the north ridge of Mount Stuart in a day or scrambling over headlands and hiking the 40-mile coast from Rialto to Shi Shi. Email: 

Dean Ericksen_website.JPGDean Ericksen - Information Technology Senior Manager

Dean hails from Seattle, and while his WTA tenure is brief, he has worked with us in a consulting capacity for a number of years. For many years Dean has partnered with regional nonprofit organizations to help them get the most out of technology and the internet. He currently works to make sure our systems are on their best behavior. When he's not situated in front of a computer, he could be found cooking in front of a hot stove, or wandering around the Methow with family and friends. Email: 

Loren DrummondCrystal Gartner (she/her) - Statewide Engagement Manager 

Crystal organizes hikers to make a difference for trails and public lands. She brings more than twelve years of nonprofit experience to WTA, including work on the Columbia Highlands Initiative at Conservation Northwest and the Beyond Coal campaign at Sierra Club. Raised in Germany and Japan, Crystal made Washington home more than 20 years ago, first Spokane and now Seattle. Favorite trail moments include inspiring hikers of all ages to write letters from the trail advocating for wilderness designation for roadless areas of the Colville National Forest, cantering in the Methow and watching bears forage in Seven Lakes Basin. Email:


Cassidy Giampetro (she/her) - Statewide Advocacy Senior Coordinator

Cassidy experienced a true calling to the mountains when she moved to Washington in 2017 from flat Miami, Florida. She has served in a number of roles leveraging partnership-based work for community development and environmental policy outcomes, including previously leading a King County coalition and mobilizing voters during elections. Cassidy is passionate about environmental justice and strengthening equitable access to nature. She is excited to bring this experience to WTA to get more voices active and heard in the hiking community. She is a lover of biodiversity, wildlife, and sweets! Email:

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Morgan Gilbert - Major Gifts Officer  

Morgan is a Midwesterner, but has always felt most at home in the mountains. She found her love of the outdoors as a child, spending her days wandering through the woods and her nights catching lightning bugs. Her passion for hiking started as a teenager, on a trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and she never looked back. Since moving to Seattle, she has quickly fallen in love with the PNW and all it has to offer. Prior to joining WTA, Morgan spent time as a Major Gift Officer with another Seattle nonprofit, and is excited to merge her experience with her passion for the outdoors. When Morgan isn't working you can usually find her hiking, kayaking or cuddled up on the couch with her two dogs. Email:

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Jen loves two things: working with people and working outdoors. With WTA, she's grateful for the chance to combine both of these passions. Her enthusiasm for trail work began as a youth when she spent a month building rock structures on the Appalachian Trail with the Student Conservation Association. It took many years and many dreams of Pulaskis before Jen returned to the magical world of trail maintenance as a crew leader for the Northwest Youth Corps and WTA. In her current role as Trail Programs Director, you can find Jen splitting her time between the office and trails throughout Washington State. Email:

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Erika Haugen-Goodman (she/her) - Communications Coordinator

Erika's background in photography, videography, writing and digital media led her to the communications team at WTA. Along with contributing to the blog and Washington Trails magazine, she also manages WTA's annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest and WTA's social media channels. You can find Erika in coffee shops, book stores, going on urban hikes with her kiddo or riding around the Puget Sound on her bike (no ride is complete without an espresso stop). Email:

Stasia and map_website.jpgStasia Honnold - Southwest Regional Trails Coordinator Blue Hard Hat tiny 

Legend has it that one of Stasia's first words was "outside," and she's been trying to stay outside as much as humanly possible ever since. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2001, to the chagrin of her sun-loving family, and finally found her way to WTA in 2018. In the interim, she spent her time wrangling kiddos and volunteers as a 7th grade teacher, young adult mentor, conservation crew leader, stewardship coordinator, and volunteer manager—all of which capitalize on her extreme cheerfulness and ability to sit quietly with chaos. In her non-work time, she can be found questing for adventure on her bicycle, running on trails in the woods, or getting ridiculously excited about plants and birds. She is a firm believer in wonder and enthusiasm, and her favorite answer to things is a resounding "yes!" Email:  

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A lifelong Washingtonian, Andrea spent many a day exploring the woods behind her home growing up and credits family camping trips for giving her the "gotta be outdoors" bug. With many years of recreation and conservation advocacy experience, Andrea loves to work with others to develop initiatives that protect trails and public lands. While she lives in the city, Andrea prefers a tent in the backcountry to her urban home. She has explored much of the Pasayten wilderness, as well as the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Rainier, which she has climbed twice! Andrea continues to revel in Washington’s wild areas, and eventually, she’d like to hike the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Crest trails. Email:


LeeAnne Jensen - Puget Sound Field Managernull

As a transplant from Michigan, LeeAnne loves being outside in all weather conditions but especially in the snow. She started her trail career in Vermont building rock staircases, honed her skills on the rugged Washington trails of Tiger Mountain State Forest, and then found her way to WTA in 2015. Her favorite trail tasks include draining extremely large puddles, rock work, and building connections with volunteers. LeeAnne will find any excuse to get outside, preferring to explore the places less traveled while expanding her mental map of any area. She brings together her passion for volunteers and trail work in the Puget Sound region. Email:

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After a childhood spent wandering the woods and a quarter-century in Ohio, Stephanie heard the call of the mountains and moved to Washington. Since her graduation from the Ohio State University, she has been in the nonprofit world, focusing on databases and technology in the nonprofit sector. When not in the office trying to perfect the WTA’s database, Stephanie can be found wandering outside in her new home state or with her nose buried in a book. She is looking forward to exploring all of the trails Washington has to offer! Email:

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Hongmei Li - Accounting Senior Manager

Hongmei has been enjoying hiking through the beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest for over two decades since she moved to Seattle in 2001. Her other favorite activities include gardening, cooking, and relaxing with her husband and son. She has a long history of empowering local communities having worked at numerous non profit organizations that support underserved populations in the greater Seattle area. Since graduating from the University of Washington with her Master’s in accounting, she has pursued leadership roles to further improve equity in the city she loves. Her accounting work has supported numerous projects ranging from providing financial assistance for low-income housing to improving sports accessibility for persons with disabilities. Being a long-time resident of Seattle and graduate of UW, she is a huge Huskies fan. Go Dawgs! Email:

jessi_headshot.jpgJessi Loerch (she/her) - Washington Trails Editor null

Jessi was born in Washington, but grew up camping, hiking and skiing in Idaho. She moved back to Washington for college and hasn't left since. Her background is in journalism, where her favorite stories were always anything to do with the outdoor world. At WTA, Jessi edits Washington Trails and works on other communication projects. She loves to ask questions, and appreciates that her job encourages her to be endlessly curious. When she's not at work, Jessi prefers to be on the trail—any trail, in any weather. Her current goal is to finish backpacking all of the PCT in Washington state. Email:

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Erin McMillin - Logistics Coordinator

Erin grew up in Denver, CO and loved playing with dirt and seedlings in her garden or exploring the Rocky Mountains through Girl Scout camp. In 2015 she moved to Tacoma to study biology and economics at University of Puget Sound. She was drawn in by the tall trees, endless water, and vibrant art community of the North West and now calls Washington her home. With a background in science education, youth leadership, and habitat restoration, Erin is starting her journey with WTA as the 2021 seasonal Logistics Coordinator for the Volunteer Vacation program. When not working outside, Erin loves to backpack, make homemade hot sauce, and play mandolin and guitar! Email:

Square.jpgErin McQuin - Outdoor Leadership Training Senior Coordinator

Erin was born and raised in Monroe, Washington where she wandered the woods off Highway 2. Erin has spent her career in outdoor camps working with youth. She believes that empowering youth to explore nature is critical for their overall wellbeing. Erin is passionate to work to break down barriers that prevent youth from accessing outdoor recreation. When she’s not working, you can find her wandering around the Chuckanut Mountains. Email:

James Moschella_website.jpgJames Moschella - Policy and Planning Manager 

James joins WTA with a long background in political campaigns and advocacy in the Northeast, Las Vegas, and in Seattle. His work has included supporting local initiatives, building get-out-the-vote strategy, and supporting digital efforts for congressional campaigns. James moved to Seattle in 2015 to pursue his master's degree in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington and is a proud alumni of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He's excited to work with WTA partners and advocates, enabling WTA stakeholders to become effective advocates. You can find James on the trail searching to see all of Washington's waterfalls, or watching his Boston sports teams (Go Sox!) and his beloved Manchester City. Email: 

Jenica WilkeJenica Nordstrom - Graphic Designer

A Washingtonian, Jenica comes to Washington Trails Association with over a decade of design and marketing experience. Before joining the WTA team she worked as a graphic designer at the University of Washington designing Viewpoints magazine; which tells the stories of UW students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference. Jenica is excited to bring her design savvy and unique aesthetic to WTA; helping keep communications stay both eye-catching and relevant. When not designing or creating artwork, Jenica enjoys exploring Seattle’s great urban hikes and observing the beauty of the Cedar River and Lake Washington from the Cedar River Trail near her home in South Seattle. Through being a part of the WTA community, Jenica is eager to explore new trails with new people in the state she loves so much. Email:

Laura NorsenLaura Norsen (she/her) - Development Database Coordinator

Having grown up in the Seattle area, Laura has been hiking the trails of Washington for as long as she can remember. Since volunteering for her first day of trail work in 2016, her passion for trails and the incredible hiking community in Washington has grown exponentially. She is excited to join the WTA Development team where she can leverage her years of data and administrative experience to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. If she's not out on the trail, you'll probably find her curled up at home with a mug of tea and a good book or her current knitting project. Email:

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Ryan managers WTA's work from our Vancouver office including volunteer projects, trail design, planning, and advocacy throughout Southwest Washington. Born in Fort Collins, CO and raised in Pullman, WA, Ryan eagerly returned west after earning a B.S. in Biology from Michigan State University. Between then and now he has worked as a bicycle mechanic, led youth crews for Northwest Youth Corps, taught outdoor education classes at the University of Oregon, and completed a Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning (U of O 2008).  These days he connects with nature by riding his mountain bike, looking for bugs under rocks with his son, and bouldering with his daughter and dreaming of our next family road trip with his wife. Email:

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Taylor grew up wandering the woods and coastline of New England, where she found her love for the outdoors. In 2017, a cross-country cycling trip brought her through the North Cascades and into the PNW for the first time. Quickly falling in love with the evergreens and mountain peaks of Washington, Taylor knew this was her new home. Taylor has spent the past six years working with private foundations and corporations to advance many social service and environmental organization's missions. She is excited to now bring her passion for the outdoors to WTA and work with partners across the state to protect trails and get more folks out exploring nature. When not out exploring, Taylor can be found trail running, eating ice cream sandwiches, attempting to watercolor, or in a sunny spot reading. Email:   

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Hailing from Kirkland, Washington, Grady began at WTA, like many others, as a volunteer on a trail crew. After two work parties, he took a three-year hiatus before returning to continue building trails and friendships. Now an assistant crew leader and member of the development team, Grady hopes to continue to foster the WTA community that initially attracted him to the organization. Grady works to ensure all systems runs smoothly for the development team and across all teams at WTA. He has explored much of the western US, including Oregon, Montana, and a summer season of bagging 14ers in Colorado, but keeps returning to Washington’s wild places because of the beauty, diversity, and wonder so close to home. Grady is happy anywhere outside in Washington state, but has a fondness for the tops of mountains and the paths that circle these behemoths. Email:

Chuong by water_website.jpgChương Phạm - Volunteer Program Coordinator

Migrating from sunny Southern California, Chương found himself in Seattle after being lured by the nearby mountains, evergreen forests, and tasty restaurants. Before coming to WTA, he interned for several city governments and nonprofits, including the City of Kenmore and Nature Consortium. As Volunteer Program Associate, Chương helps ensure that every volunteer has a positive experience, both on and off trail. Outside the office, you can find him at the local library—his natural habitat—reading books or exploring Seattle for the next best meal. Recommendations are most welcome! Email:

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Kindra loves helping hikers get involved in WTA’s community— talking with folks about favorite trails, the importance of public lands, and WTA’s role is in protecting these special places. She enjoys wandering the woods with her sister. She believes in taking time to appreciate the little curiosities on trail like mushrooms, insects and pika. Eventually, she’d like to explore the remote Salmo-Priest Wilderness of Eastern Washington on a backpacking trip. Email:

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Janée, a southwestern Pennsylvanian, has had the privilege of working with amazing volunteers of all ages across the country and is passionate about helping others deepen their connection to the outdoors through service. She has led crews of high school students on trail maintenance projects in Yosemite and Wind Cave National Parks, mentored hiking, biking, and kayaking trip leaders in Pittsburgh, and trained Pittsburgh neighbors to safely clean up illegal dumpsites. Janée is thrilled to support WTA's volunteers throughout Washington. When she isn't in the office, you'll find her hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, white water rafting, or relearning how to ski. If she's sitting down, she's probably knitting. Email: 

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Anna came back to Washington after two years in Colorado and not enough coastline. She joined a WTA work party on National Public Lands Day in 2012, and less than a year later started at WTA. Now, she researches hikes and works with a team of correspondents who help her improve WTA's hiking guide. She’s happy to hike anywhere, whether it's a miles-long walk through her neighborhood or a multi-day backpacking trip, as long as the payoff is a view from a mountain top, ridge, or pass. Email:

Square.jpgMaryjo "MJ" Sampang (she/her) - Community Partnerships and Leadership Development Coordinator

Maryjo, also known as MJ, was born and raised in the Bay Area but is now settling into her PNW roots. After graduating from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience she worked in academic research for several years. However, in 2018 she transitioned out of research and into the outdoor education field, and has not looked back since. She is a certified Environmental and Outdoor Educator from California’s Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) and has worked with various non profit organizations focused on environmental justice and empowering BIPOC youth through the outdoors. Her true passion is to continuously create equitable and accessible outdoor programs for underrepresented youth and communities. MJ's hobbies include reading, running, hiking, birding, silly dancing, playing ultimate frisbee, and talking about and watching sports (Golden State Warriors specifically). If she's not doing any of those, you can likely find her drinking kombucha and sitting in a camp chair by a body of water. Email:

IMG_1915.jpgEmily Snyder - Trail Crew Leader - Darrington

Emily discovered WTA in 2013 and fell in love with trail work. She grew up locally, tucked between sword ferns and salmon berries, and was forever climbing trees and covered in pine sap. Not much has changed. Her intro to trail work began building new trails at Evans Creek Park and after her first time on a cross cut saw, she was hooked. As a crew lead, her favorite trips are BCRT logouts and her favorite projects are lost trails found. You will most likely find her with an axe in hand practicing her bucking skills, or talking with volunteers and hikers swapping stories and exchanging trail beta. She is excited to be leading trail crews out of Darrington off Mountain Loop Highway this season. Email:

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Adam Steinberg - Development Director

A New Yorker, Adam fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while serving as an outdoor educator during an AmeriCorps year in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. While his career afterwards brought him to Boston, New York and Israel, he knew from then on that Washington would ultimately become his home. Adam spent a decade in community organizing and development, working at the intersection of politics and foreign policy. He is excited to bring his experience in fundraising, strategic planning and scaling organizational impact to fortify a resilient trail system and welcome the state's ever growing community of hikers.  Email:

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Jeremy "Jay" Tarife - South Puget Sound Field Coordinator null

Jeremy aka "Jay" hails from northern New Jersey. Longing for a place with dense forests and wide open spaces, he finally found that here in the Pacific Northwest. He began volunteering with WTA which led to work as an assistant crew leader then crew leader on the trails in the busy I-90 corridor. Majoring in Biology and Bio-Defense, he created and managed a medical scribe company prior to moving here. While on Jay's trail work party, you may end up on one of his weekly video recaps and give this week’s trail confession. When not working, you’ll find him pretending to do outdoorsy adventures such as mountain biking, snowboarding, and backpacking for Instagram pictures. Email:

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Brandon Tigner - North Puget Sound Field Coordinator null

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Brandon discovered his passion for the outdoors first as a volunteer and then as an assistant crew leader with the Maine Appalachian Trail Crew. Making his way to the Pacific Northwest he WWOOFed on an organic farm, conducted salmonid life cycle surveys, and worked construction. Jumping back into the trail world, Brandon spent two incredible seasons with WTA as the Southwest Regional Trail Crew Leader before joining Trailkeepers of Oregon as their North Coast Stewardship Coordinator. Brandon is excited to be back with WTA working in the Majestic Cascade Mountains as well as the North Puget Sound Region! Brandon’s other passions include playing guitar, eating pizza, and adventuring with his wife and two dogs (and soon to be son or daughter!) Email:

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Zachary Toliver (he/him) - Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator null

Zachary spent most of his life bouncing around various rural Midwestern towns before finally settling down in the Pacific Northwest—largely because of the region's unrivaled landscapes and its phenomenal vegan food. In 2020, he joined WTA as a member of a paid program that focused on outdoor leadership development for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) and LGBTQ+ individuals. Zach now spends his summers leading WTA's backcountry pro crew, which strives to restore lost and overgrown trails throughout Washington. Coming full circle, he also works as a program coordinator for the same program that gave him his start at WTA. Outside of advocating for communities historically underrepresented in the outdoor industry, you can find Zach playing banjo for a captive audience (aka "the two dogs who live with him"), rock climbing, or riding around on his motorcycle. Email:

Allie Tripp, Annual Fund and Events ManagerAllie Tripp (she/her) - Strategic Initiatives Manager null

Allie spent her first 2.5 years at WTA as the Annual Fund and Events Manager, coordinating WTA's fundraising campaigns, working with local businesses that support WTA and planning events for members and donors. She was thrilled to transition onto the Advocacy Team as the new Strategic Initiatives Manager in the spring of 2018. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at UW, and before joining the team at WTA she worked at a variety of different environmental and youth serving nonprofits in Seattle and Boston. You might see her on trails in the Teanaway or at a WTA work party near Rainier. Email: 

Beatriz Vazquez square.jpgBeatriz Rojas Vazquez - Central Puget Sound Field Coordinator null

Beatriz Rojas Vazquez aka "Bea" is a movie fanatic, thespian, and foodie. When Bea isn't trying to learn useless skills (if there ever is such a thing), like speedcubing (I stand corrected). You will find her planning "gameshows and tournaments" in which Bea's most competitive and ruthless friends attempt to complete a series of challenges (poor sportsmanship, cheating and playing dirty is encouraged) in order to win the golden Pineapple. When Bea isn't talking malarkey she enjoys rock climbing, biking, and the occasional polar bear plunge. Bea is a climate activist focused on dismantling the patriarchy and move towards rebuilding an equitable society. Bea won't neglect the power of her peoples stories'. Bea wears her braids proudly. Bea speaks her language excitedly.  Bea hopes to embody WTA's mission of safety, FUN, and work on her work parties. They hope that people can find a place to be their authentic selves, be treated the way they want to be treated and have fun. Email:

Rebecca Viets by sign_200x200.jpgRebecca Viets - Individual and Corporate Giving Coordinator null

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Rebecca developed a passion for trees and mountains at a young age. While her background is in Animal Sciences, Rebecca has always felt pulled towards a career where she could advocate for public lands and outdoor recreation. After a day of volunteer trail work with WTA, she was hooked, and six months later joined their Development team. She is excited to be working with members and donors, dedicated to protecting Washington’s trails and wild spaces. In her free time, Rebecca can be found rock climbing, gardening, daydreaming of all the places she’d like to travel, or playing with her adventure pup, Rookie. Email:

DSC00320 (1).jpgCharlie Wakenshaw - WCC IP: Communications and Trails Specialist null

Charlie grew up in the Seattle area where his dad first introduced him to hiking along the Mountain Loop Highway. This sparked a curiosity that has propelled him to continue exploring the natural areas of Washington, as well as other parts of the world. As a student at the University of Washington, he majored in English while also becoming involved in ecological restoration. After two seasons working with the King County Parks Volunteer Program to restore healthy forests, he learned a thing or two about Western Washington’s native plants. Now he looks forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the trails and varied ecosystems throughout the state. He is thrilled by the chance to serve the region he calls home in his role as a Washington Conservation Corps Individual Placement with WTA. When not working outside or in the office, he is most likely biking, sewing, cooking and, most importantly, eating delicious food. Email:


Holly Weiler - Eastern Washington Regional Coordinator null

Holly’s passion for trails has its roots in trail running, but over the years she has transitioned into a seasoned backpacker who loves her time in the backcountry. When she’s not running or backpacking, you can find her doing trail maintenance. An early introduction to trail work through Conservation Northwest turned into a bit of an obsession, and she's now the proud owner of four crosscut saws and two pulaskis. After several seasons of volunteer trail work and Hike-a-Thoning for WTA, she's excited to be doing outreach and leading trail work in the Spokane area—that is, when she’s not working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University. Email:


Ashton Weis (she/her) - Administrative Coordinator

Ashton has been a Washington resident since 2015 and would not have been able to foster her love for hiking without WTA's Trailblazer app. She is excited to join the Business Operations team and support the advocacy, sustainability, and development that WTA is responsible for. She has been working in the non profit sector for the last six and a half years and is thrilled to be able to continue with WTA. Along with hiking, Ashton loves open water swimming in the Puget Sound, trying out new quilt patterns, and connecting with people through writing. Email:

Rachel WendlingRachel Wendling (she/her) - Communications Coordinator null

Growing up in Olympia, Rachel spent a lot of time exploring the woods in her backyard and picking wild huckleberries for homemade cobblers. While completing her degree at the University of Washington, Rachel gained a deeper interest in the ecology of western Washington and dreamed of a career that actively contributed to maintaining our unique environment. Before joining WTA, Rachel worked with kids as an environmental educator at camps across the country to try and encourage youth engagement with science and the outdoors. Rachel spends her free time making clothes, exploring the post-apocalyptic wasteland in Fallout, and tossing discs. Email:

Crew Leaders

Meet the staff and volunteers who lead WTA trail work parties.

nullGreen Hard Hat: Has participated in five or more trail work parties.

nullOrange Hard Hat: Is an assistant crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.

nullBlue Hard Hat: Is a chief crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.