The ECGA does most of its work at the state and local level through its volunteer-run State Committees. The State Committees consist of actively engaged local advocates who work to get the trail built and signed within their states and communities. They work closely with local and state agencies, other advocacy groups, and the public. Each State Committee is headed by an ECGA-appointed State Committee Chair, and works in conjunction with ECGA regional staff.
Learn about our State Committee Chairs here or select a state from the drop down menu to go directly to the State Committee’s home page:
Insert drop down menu of 16 ECG states, north to south
State Committee Chairs
Maine – Sue Ellen Bordwell
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 League Cycling Instructor. In 1998 she pedaled from Seattle, Washington to Washington, DC; 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. She plans to retire as the Events Coordinator for the L.L.Bean campus in Freeport, Maine.
New Hampshire (State Contact) – Scott Bogle
Massachusetts – David Read
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, child obesity and certain types of cancer. He has an MBA from BostonCollege and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University where he studied epidemiology and health policy. He is also the ECGA Board Chair and Chairman of the Border to Boston Trail Coalition in Essex County, MA. He lives in Topsfield with his wife Susie and two children.
Rhode Island – Sue Barker
Connecticut – Mark Paquette
Mark Paquette is the Executive Director of WINCOG, the Windham Region Council of Governments. Prior to this he was the Director of Recreation for the Town of Windham, CT, and an Adjunct Professor of Sports Management and Facility Design at Eastern Connecticut State University. He holds a BS from Central Connecticut State University and an MA from the University of Connecticut. Mark is Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Greenways Council, Vice President of the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, and Executive Board Member of both the Eastern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association and the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association. Mark also serves as an ECG Ambassador for the state of Connecticut.
New York - Jackson Wandres
New Jersey - Mike Kruimer
Mike is an extremely active cyclist and bicycle advocate. Among his roles as such are past President of the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, former Bike/Ped Coordinator of Edison Township, board member of the Middlesex Greenways Coalition, member of the Bike/Ped Task Force of the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee, and member of the NJ Bicycle Advisory Council.
Mike spends a good deal of time on his bikes as well. He and his wife Anne put in between 2,500 and 3,000 miles a year on their semi-recumbent tandem, and Mike adds an additional 500 solo miles as a bike commuter.
Pennsylvania - Chris Linn and Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton has always shown great dedication and passion for the East Coast Greenway vision as a PA State Committe Co-Chair and now on ECGA staff. Andy's professional experience lies in landscape architecture, where he has spent almost two decades at Carter Van Dyke Associates enriching spaces such as the greenways or linear park segments in our corridor. He appreciates the natural and cultural experiences that the East Coast Greenway connects millions of Americans to by bicycle and by foot. He also knows how to organize throughout diverse communities, bringing people together to achieve a common purpose.
Delaware – Bobbi Britton
Maryland – Greg Hinchliffe
Greenways advocate, chair for the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) in Baltimore also serves on the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Greg, a long-time member of the Maryland Committee for the ECG, stepped up as committee chair in 2004. He’s also a member of our Trail Council and has been a resource for ECG long-distance travelers coming through Baltimore. In the rest of his spare time, Greg chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee in Baltimore, helps coordinate local cycling events, serves on the Gwynn’s Falls Trail Council, and is a member of the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Washington Area Bicycling Association, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
District of Columbia – Bob Patten
Bob Patten is a Transportation Planner with Toole Design Group and also serves on the ECGA Trail Council. Bob has over 15 years of experience transportation planning, including national policy work with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and local trail planning both as a professional with DC government, and as a volunteer with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and the Coalition for the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
Over the course of his career, Patten founded the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse at RTC, organized a successful campaign to secure $2.5 million in ISTEA funding to complete 13 miles of the 24-mile Anacostia Tributary Trail System in Prince George's County, and became the first full-time trail planner hired by the District of Columbia. Bob is a frequent bike commuter and enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team.
Virginia – Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan is a recreational and touring cyclist, with particular interest in cross state routes. During Joe's 27 years as a Virginia county administrator, he helped initiate bicycle planning in the New River Valley and southside Virginia. He was a charter member of the Roanoke River Rails to Trails board, which established Virginia's Tobacco Heritage Trail. He has participated in Virginia Bicycling Federation’s US Bike Route 76 cross state rides since 2003, coordinating route enhancements between VBF, Adventure Cycling and the Virginia Department of Transportation since 2010. Joe joined the VBF Board in 2011 and hopes to serve as a liaison for VBF on regional planning with the East Coast Greenway and US Bike Routes. He is a life member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and a former board member of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions. After serving in Nelson & Buckingham counties (central Virginia), Greensville & Halifax counties (southside Virginia) and Pulaski County (New River Valley), he resides on the southern shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Ocean View in the City of Norfolk.
North Carolina - Iona Thomas
South Carolina – Vonie Gilreath
Vonie is a Senior Planner with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) and also servers on the ECGA Trail Council.
Georgia – Jo Hickson
Affiliated with the Coastal Georgia Greenway since 1997, Jo raised over $3 million 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 the Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. founded in 2009.
Florida – Paul Haydt
Paul Haydt is Program Manager for the St. Johns River Water Management District in Palatka, Florida. He is responsible for assessing, developing and implementing water management plans for watersheds along 100 miles of northern Florida's Atlantic coastline. An avid bicyclist, Paul also serves on the Flagler County Long Range Planning and Zoning Committee and has been Chair of the Florida Committee for the ECG since 2001. Paul also serves on the ECGA Trail Council.
State Committee Policy Documents
- 1998 Ad Hoc Committee Report on State Committees
- 2001 Policy on Alliance/State Committee Relations
- MOA solidifying the relationship between the ECGA and the ECG state committee
- Criteria for ECGA state committees to make policy recommendations on route or other matters to the ECGA BOT