New Appalachian Trail Conservancy Board of Directors

Published Jul 30, 2015

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The official organization that preserves, protects and promotes the Appalachian Trail (AT) is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

Their headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry, WV, a place that all lovers of the AT should visit.

The new ATC board of directors for the class of 2015-2017 has six new members, one new officer, and nine incumbents on the 15-member panel.

These men and women are responsible for communicating the mission of the ATC, and enhancing the public standing of the ATC by ensuring legal and ethical integrity and practicing fiscal responsibility.

The six incoming ATC board members are highly talented individuals that provide a diverse set of skills and backgrounds and passion for preserving the AT.

New Members of the ATC Board of Directors

  • Speed hiker and wise woman Jennifer Pharr Davis joins the board.
  • Ruben Rosales, Daniel Howe and Norman Findley have hiked the Trail and offer considerable management and business acumen.
  • Colleen Peterson's work for Maryland nonprofits led one business newspaper to name her one of the state's Top 100 Women.
  • Navy man John Noll is heavily involved in outdoors nonprofits.

Members Returning to the ATC Board of Directors

  • Beth Critton,
  • Edward R. Guyot
  • Nathaniel Stoddard
  • Arthur Foley
  • Mary Higley
  • Elizabeth Pierce Thompson
  • Robert E. Hutchinson Jr.,
  • Sandra Marra and
  • Greg Winchester.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy & CEO Ron Tipton ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Conservancy & CEO Ron Tipton ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We understand why the ATC believes that this group's strengths and talents will help keep the AT in pristine condition.

ATC's Executive Director and CEO Ron Tipton says, "The board of directors' passion, expertise and guidance is critical to the mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the well-being of the Appalachian Trail. The board works tirelessly to ensure the organization runs efficiently and has the necessary resources to fulfill its missions. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is very excited about the impact this group will have on the management and protection of the Appalachian Trail."

ATC Strategic Plan

The 2015 ATC board of directors will provide guidance to the organization in implementing its Strategic Plan.

The overarching goals of the Strategic Plan include Proactive Protection, Engaged Partners, Effective Stewardship, Broader Relevancy, and Strengthened Capacity & Operational Excellence. These goals are designed to advance the health and long-term management of the A.T.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

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