The East Coast Greenway Alliance Board of Trustees holds overall responsibility for governance, fiscal oversight, and financial development for the Alliance. It is the decision-making body that guides the activities and actions of the Alliance. It is responsible for setting policy, hiring the executive director, and ensuring the financial health and viability of the East Coast Greenway Alliance (see ECGA Bylaws).
The Board of Trustees meets via conference call at 8 am on the last Friday of each month (unless that falls close to a holiday), and twice a year in person. Members can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the call-in information to listen to the Board conference calls.
Robert Spiegelman, Chair, New Hampshire, 2018
Bob Spiegelman is our first board member to ride the entire East Coast Greenway from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. A retired “entrepreneurial business professional” and a self diagnosed “cycopath” Bob has made time to serve over 35 years on nonprofit boards when he isn’t on his bike, which he pedals over 10,000 miles annually. Bob lives in Concord, NH, but considers himself a “flat land rider” logging many of his annual miles on Cape Cod and in The Netherlands.
Tom is the Chief Operating Officer of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. He is a bike commuter, mediocre recreational cyclist, and reformed ex-runner. He has seen first-hand the transformative economic impact of trails in Vermont (Stowe Recreation Path) and now Virginia (Mount Vernon Trail). He enjoys bringing his nonprofit management and advocacy experience to support ECGA’s mission.
Robert Russo, Treasurer, New Jersey, 2018
Robert is a Certified Public Accountant and managing member of the accounting firm Koenig & Associates, LLC, where he has worked since 1982. He received a bachelor of science in accounting from Seton Hall University in 1981 and an MBA in finance in 1986. He has extensive experience in nonprofit 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.
Brandon is a corporate finance attorney who works for Covenant Review LLC, a financial research firm. Outside of work, Brandon participates in fitness challenges such as Spartan races, the Urbanatholon, half marathons, and Savage runs as he enjoys pushing his body as hard as his mind. His pursuit of health and his active lifestyle led to his interest in joining the ECGA Board of Trustees. Brandon truly believes that by providing an outlet such as the East Coast Greenway, we can begin to address and combat the obesity crisis that is prevalent in American society today, especially in our youth.
W. Dale Allen, Florida, 2018
A native of Florida, Dale Allen served for almost 30 years with The Trust for Public Land (a national non-for-profit land conservation organization) until he retired in 2009. He was involved with many significant conservation projects in the Big Bend region of North Florida during his tenure at TPL. In addition, Dale was also instrumental in the purchase by the Florida Department of Transportation of the abandoned Tallahassee-St. Marks railroad corridor from CSX corporation, and its development as Florida first ever “rail-trail” project. He subsequently advocated for the program that became the known as the Florida Greenways and Trails Program. Many hundreds of miles of abandoned railroad right-of-ways have been purchased through this program and used by hundreds of thousands of citizens and visitors annually.
Dale currently serves as the President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation. The FGT Foundation is Florida’s leading advocacy organization for a statewide system of connected off-road and shared use paved and hardened-surface trails. On behalf of the Foundation, he spearheaded a campaign to “Close the Gaps” among existing trail segments in central Florida, and secured a $50 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature to construct the “Coast-to-Coast Connector,” a unique project that would link the Atlantic Ocean at the Canaveral National Seashore to St. Petersburg and the Gulf of Mexico via a non-motorized trail.
In his spare time Dale enthusiastically leads walking tours to significant natural and cultural areas of Florida’s Big Bend Coast.
Jean Crowther, South Carolina, 2018
Jean has more than a decade of experience in planning for active transportation and outdoor recreation throughout the Southeast. As an associate at Alta Planning + Design, she has led a variety of pedestrian and bicycle master plans, trail plans, bike-share studies, and corridor studies around the Southeast. Jean has been enamored with the East Coast Greenway concept since she first learned about it more than 15 years ago.
Jason Lane, Washington, 2018
Jason is an Outdoor Programs Manager at REI, managing their community partnerships, sponsorships, stewardship programs, and educational programs in the East-Coast region from New England to Florida. Jason is a lifelong cyclist and advocate for access to quality trails for all. As a native of the Southeast, he has a deep-rooted passion for physically linking communities together and improving access to outdoor recreation throughout the region.
Anne recently retired as REI‘s retail director for the Northeast region. Anne has a strong track record of creating and implementing strategic plans, proven success in reaching and exceeding financial objectives, and a unique ability to identify, develop, and promote talented leaders. She is a leader with tested success in building dynamic productive teams and a demonstrated willingness to accept risk and challenge. Anne chairs the board of the American Canoe Association and has cycled long-distance in Europe and in the southern United States.
Catherine McCaw, New York, 2018
Catherine graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009 and currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. She is an avid cyclist who first got her start cycling as a bicycle commuter in New York City. She fell in love with the way that cycling allowed her to explore places new and familiar and to get some exercise at the same time. Catherine became interesting in bicycle touring following a tour in France, where she was impressed by the the safe cycling infrastructure. She enjoys serving on the ECGA board in order to help expand this kind of infrastructure at home.
Don is a native of Pennsylvania and has loved cycling his entire life. He retired from the pharmaceutical industry, where he was a marketing executive leading a wide range of U.S./global brands and acquisition of biotechnology companies. Don pursues cycling wherever he has traveled or lived: Europe, California, China, and the East Coast. He is passionate about the value of exercise, getting outdoors, and especially cycling. The scope and vision for the East Coast Greenway inspires him to bring his experience and enthusiasm, particularly his marketing and communication abilities, to the Board to further this endeavor. He has been involved with a land conservation nonprofit among other community service activities and serving as an adjunct professor of engineering. Don was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in spring of 2016.
David Read, Massachusetts, 2018
David Read has 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, childhood obesity, even some forms of cancer. He holds an MBA from Boston College and a masters in public health from Harvard University, where he studied epidemiology and health policy. He is chairman of the Border to Boston Trail Coalition in Essex County, MA. He lives in Topsfield with his wife, Susie, and two children.
Larry Silver is a partner at Langsam, Stevens & Silver LLP in Philadelphia, representing corporate and individual clients on a wide range of environmental, zoning, and land use topics. Larry also represents clients in historic preservation cases and has litigated constitutional questions before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Larry is a 1984 graduate, Order of the Coif, of the University of California – Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to law school, he served as an environmental consultant for EDAW Inc. in San Francisco.
A cycling enthusiast, Larry embarked on his first 2,500-mile trip in Europe as a college freshman. He later completed two more trips to England and France. Larry is a dedicated member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and partakes in the PEC Environment Ride and Bike Philly each year. He is committed to improving bike access in Philadelphia; he personally takes advantage of existing bike paths in his 20-mile daily, year-round commute to work. One of his favorite vacation spots is Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, where he enjoys hiking, biking, and camping with his wife and two children.
Larry has long been an ardent supporter of the ECGA’s mission. He partnered with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Ark Interval to organize the 2009 Mayor’s Bike Ride along the proposed East Coast Greenway Trail across Philadelphia.
Board Meetings and Committees
The Board meets in person twice per year, in the spring and in the fall. Frequent Board Committee conference calls further business throughout the year. Currently, the Board committees are as follows:
Executive Committee: The chief coordinating committee for the board, mapping out how the board’s business should be conducted, setting agendas, and organizing the activities of the other committees. The executive director often presents the committee with problems needing rapid resolution.
Finance Committee: Monitors the fiscal health of the ECGA, prepares the annual operating budget, recommends financial policies, reviews job descriptions and recommends salary ranges for all staff to the board, evaluates the executive director.
Governance, Nominations, and Planning Committee: Identifies, screens and recommends the best candidates to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees, develops a recruitment and orientation program and materials for new directors and officers, makes recommendations for membership on the Greenway Council and Advisory Board, responsible for by-law changes through a by-law subcommittee, holds primary responsibility for strategic planning.
Development Committee: Ensures that the Alliance is adequately funded to carry out its mission, oversees planning and coordination of fund-raising efforts.
Greenway Council: Oversight for trail development to ensure good progress on annual Blueprint for Action goals, resolution of trail policy and routing issues, and administration of trail designations.
Ad-hoc committees as needed, on project basis.