The ECGA Trail Council was created in 2005 as part of the Close the Gaps Campaign and met for the first time on November 5, 2007 in New Haven, CT. The aim of the Trail Council is to help the ECGA build partnerships with the agencies, organizations, and people responsible for building trails. It is directly responsible for designating trails, formulating trail policy, and ensuring that the ECGA stays on track with our annual trail development goals in each state.
ECGA Trail Council members include people who have chaired state committees and our Board of Trustees. Each member is a valued member of our team who is making essential trail progress in his/her state. The Trail Council meets several times annually by conference call and webinar.
Trail Council Members
Tony Barrett (ME)
Tony Barrett is an avid cyclist and hiker with over 20 years of experience in managing complex business projects. His demonstrated leadership in negotiation, advocacy, and government relations, as well as 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 (NC)
Bret Baronak has been a member of the Trail Council since 2012. He is very active in bicycling and pedestrian pursuits both professionally and personally. Bret currently serves as a Senior Transportation Planner with the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO located in Gastonia, NC — just west of Charlotte — where he organized the MPO’s first ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, aimed at emphasizing and elevating the bicycle and pedestrian transportation plans and projects. Prior to coming to North Carolina in late 2014, Bret held the position of Bicycle/Greenways/Pedestrian Coordinator with the Palm Beach MPO in South Florida.
Scott Bogle (NH)
Scott Bogle is Senior Transportation Planner with the Rockingham Planning Commission, where he works with 26 communities to improve access to transit and safe bicycling and walking. Scott is actively involved with Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders (SABR), the region’s non-profit bicycle education and advocacy group, and he coordinates the Portsmouth Criterium kids’ bicycle races. His rides on the NH Seacoast Greenway usually involve his wife Heidi, daughter Hannah (5), and son Peter (3).
Sue Ellen Bordwell (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 Certified League Cycling Instructor. In 1998 she pedaled from Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC. Sue Ellen 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. Sue Ellen is retired but not retiring.
Eric Brenner (DC)
A life-long biker, this includes an around-the-world trip with his wife (before kids) and biking the majority of the ECG. Eric has spent more than 30 years working for state governments in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, though never doing anything related to bike policy until 2015 when he was appointed to chair the Maryland Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Champe Burnley (VA)
Champe Burnley is a life-long cyclist who is a native of Richmond Virginia. He is currently the President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation and former President of the Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA). Champe also sits on the boards of Richmond 2015, Partnership for Smarter Growth, Groundwork RVA. Champe is a graduate of VA Tech.
David Connelly (NC)
Dave Connelly is a long-time resident and bicycle advocate in the Triangle region of North Carolina. He is actively involved in the North Carolina ECG State Committee, and has been instrumental in developing the ECG route in the state, as well as providing route review, placing signage, completing trail designations, leading many ECG bike rides, and volunteering at events. Dave is also the Board Chair of North Carolina Rail-Trails, an organization the ECG works closely with in the state. Dave works at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Ford Library in Durham, NC.
Bruce Donald (CT)
Bruce graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science, and Trinity College with an MA in History. A published author, for the last decade he has been President of the Farmington Valley Trails Council. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Connecticut Greenways Council. Mr. Donald previously had a 20-year career in investment banking and management.
Robert Gaston (MD)
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 co-chairs the ECG SC Committee.
Jo Hickson (GA)
Affiliated with the Coastal Georgia Greenway since 1997, Jo raised over $3M 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 Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. founded in 2009.
Matthew Johnson (NJ)
Leigh Wood Kane (SC)
Leigh Kane is a Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning. She works with the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board to expand recreational opportunities in the County, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities. She serves as co-chair of the South Carolina ECG Steering Committee and is dedicated to expanding the ECG in Horry County and throughout the state.
Jack Keene (MD)
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.
Shawn Megill Legendre (PA)
Chris Linn (PA)
Anne Maleady (MA)
Megan Massey (NJ)
Megan Massey is Principal Planner and Open Space Coordinator at Hudson County Division of Planning. For the past 5 years, she has worked as a project manager for several transportation studies through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. She is also responsible for reviewing site plans and subdivisions for the County Planning Board. Within the past year, she has transitioned to Open Space Coordinator and manages over 60 active projects that are funded through the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. She serves as co-chair of the New Jersey ECG Steering Committee.
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.
Joe Morgan (VA)
Matt Moritz (RI)
Bethel Paris (NC)
Janine Peccini (MA)
Anthony Savarese (NY)
Karl Soderholm (FL)
Iona Thomas (NC)
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