We have three excellent candidates for our Board of Trustees this year, three current Board members who are running for an additional term, and several changes proposed to our Bylaws. Current ECGA members can vote in the following ways:
- In person at our Annual Meeting, which will be held in Richmond, Virginia on November 17th, following the Trail Council meeting. The meetings will be held at the Virginia War Memorial, at 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia, 9 AM to 5 PM.
- By Proxy – you can mail or email your votes to us by November 15th. See the proxy form attached here. Mail to: ECGA, 5315 Highgate Dr. Suite 105, Durham, NC 27713, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call 919-797-0619 if you have any questions about how to vote. Read more about the candidates and proposed bylaw amendments below.
Nominees for the ECGA Board of Trustees, 2012 (you can vote for all of the candidates if you wish)
Jacob Dolan, North Carolina: Jacob enjoys a lifelong passion for the outdoors which he now shares with his wife and daughter in Durham, NC. His adventuring has led him backpacking across the US, Northwest Canada and traveling to Costa Rica, Mexico and Italy. An avid cyclist, he has toured across North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway and 2,600 miles from the East Coast to the high country of Colorado. For the last eight years, Jacob has worked as a manager in the outdoor retail industry. His love of the outdoors and passion for sharing it with his daughter have led him to nurture outdoor stewardship and share this ethos — trail building, trail cleaning and volunteering with non-profits. He holds a BA from UVA, a MA in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and is earning his certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.
Gail Kirkland, Georgia: Gail is a 22 year veteran of REI and is responsible for the Co-op’s fleet of stores in the Southeastern United States. She has been instrumental in REI’s growth in the South including expansion in VA,NC, SC, GA, and FL. She is passionate about staff development, mentoring, and stewardship. Gail has served on cross divisional teams to enhance diversity and inclusion at REI and to increase brand awareness. Gail has an active family who enjoy cycling, camping, hiking and paddling. As a Georgia native, Gail is excited to be part of an organization committed to linking and promoting local routes that provide more access throughout the Southeast corridor.
Stephen Rees, Maine: Living in both Maine and Florida, Stephen Rees cares about the whole ECG route. He has more than 40 years of experience as a land use attorney in Florida with ICARDMERRILL, and he is President of the Sunrise Trail Coalition in Maine as well as a Community Spokesman for the Maine Bike Coalition. As Sunrise Trail Coalition president, Stephen leads the longest continuous greenway on our route, the 85-mile Down East Sunrise Trail. With his extensive career and volunteer experience in land conservation, he especially cares about bringing economic development to East Coast Greenway communities through eco-tourism.
Current Board Members Running for an Additional Term (You can Vote for All)
David Read, Chair, Massachusetts: David Read has served two terms on the ECGA’s Board of Trustees, and has been Chair since 2011. He had a rewarding career managing complex health care organizations. He has served as the Administrative Director for Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is currently Chief Administrator of Medical Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He views trails, and the exercise they can provide, as a wonderful way to help prevent and combat heart disease, diabetes, child obesity and certain types of cancer. He has an MBA from Boston College and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University where he studied epidemiology and health policy. He is also Chairman of the Border to Boston Trail Coalition in Essex County, MA. He lives in Topsfield with his wife Susie and two children.
Robert Russo, Treasurer, New Jersey: Robert has served on the ECGA Board as Treasurer since 2010. He is a Certified Public Accountant and managing member of the accounting firm Koenig, Russo & Associates, LLC, where he has worked since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Seton Hall University in 1981 and his MBA in Finance in 1986. He has extensive experience in non-profit accounting, tax, estate, business, financial and income tax planning. He is an avid day-hiker and has hiked throughout the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Tax Preparers.
Steve Mitchell, Connecticut: Steve is a cyclist and skier who has brought his enthusiasm for trails to our Board since 2009. He started with the ECGA as an Ambassador in 2007. Steve is a third-generation auto dealer in Farmington Valley, Connecticut. Every Father’s Day one of his favorite things to do is to bike with his three children (Justin, Heather, and Ashley) – now in their 20’s. Marketing and public awareness of the East Coast Greenway Alliance is his focus. He truly recognizes that the East Coast Greenway is a network of hundreds of local organizations, involving thousands of volunteers and professionals that will have an impact on millions of people, for generations to come.
Proposed Amendments to ECGA Bylaws
Boldface indicates proposed language to replace strikeouts. Read the complete Bylaws.
Article I. Members
Section 1.5 Quorum.
One hundred (100) Twenty-five (25) members or ten two and a half percent (10%) (2.5%) of those entitled to vote, whichever is less, shall constitute a quorum [at the Annual Meeting]. Actions of the members shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast. Proxies as authorized below may be used in determining a quorum.
Article II. Board of Trustees
Section 2.2 Election of the Board of Trustees.
B. Independent Nominations. In addition to candidates proposed by the governance committee for election to the board of trustees, independent nominations may be made by the written petition of not fewer than twenty-five (25) five (5) members of the Alliance. Petitions shall be filed with the chairperson of the governance committee not more than thirty (30) days after the distribution of the report of the governance committee. A petition must be accompanied by the written permission of the candidate, a statement that the candidate meets the qualifications established at section 2.1.B. of these bylaws, and a short biography of the candidate.
Section 2.3 Tenure
A. Term of Office. The terms of office of the elected trustees shall be as follows:
1. Each trustee shall be elected for a term of three (3) years with the term of office commencing on January 1st directly after the trustee’s election. Each trustee shall hold office until his or her successor shall have been elected and qualified.
B. Limitations. Trustees who have served for three four consecutive terms (not including any partial term) shall not be eligible for re-election until one year after the end of their third fourth term.