Save the Date: Voting Members Meeting

November 01, 2020
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Save the Date: Voting Members Meeting


Our Fall Voting Members meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom video conference.

Voting members should register here. Zoom details will follow upon registration. If you have agenda items to suggest, please email them to [email protected].

The Governance Committee will propose changes to the bylaws to be voted upon at the meeting. Find details here.

Additionally, the Nominating Committee presents the following candidates for the Board of Directors for three-year terms:

Andy Garrison
Andy is a current Board Member and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, and as chair of the Conservation Committee and the Long Path Regional Trails Council. Andy has been a long-time Trail Conference volunteer with broad experience in building, maintaining, and preserving trails and open space. He previously served as supervisor and maintainer of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. Upon discovering the Long Path, he section-hiked the entire trail, completing it in 2006. In 2008, he thru-hiked the Vermont Long Trail. With the goal of protecting and preserving the Long Path, one of his volunteer projects included directing construction of the 9-mile Long Path route over Romer Mountain in the Catskills. Andy’s successes in trail leadership have been recognized with the Trail Conference’s Paul Leikin Extra Mile Award in 2008 and the William Hoeferlin Award in 2014.

John Magerlein
John is a current Board Member, chair of the Policy Council, and serves on the Governance Committee. John retired as a physicist from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center after 37 years in a variety of technical and managerial positions. He has been a Trail Conference supervisor since 1992 in Fahnestock State Park, where he led the construction of new trails and bridges, and is a certified chain sawyer. John set up the first online registration system for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference as registrar in 2007. He is also a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Adirondack Mountain Club. He holds a BA from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a Trail Conference Life Member.

Beth Ravit
Beth is a current Board Member serving as Treasurer. She is also on the Finance, Management, Audit, and Strategic Planning committees. She co-led the 2019 Financial Sustainability initiative. After three decades as a corporate executive, Beth earned her Master’s (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. She joined the Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences faculty in 2005, retiring in 2019. She led scientific and design teams working on wetland restorations in the Hackensack River watershed with an emphasis on the region’s wetlands and urban coastal resiliency. Beth cofounded and codirected the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability, an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture. She is a Board member of the Closter Nature Center and Hackensack Riverkeeper and is a past chair of the Environmental Commission in Closter, N.J

Delegates-at-large nominations:

  • Suse Bell
  • Deborah Padula-Genna
  • Matt Decker
  • Jack Driller
  • William Gannett
  • Robert Lehmann
  • James Piombino
  • Anne Powley
  • Kristin Reeves
  • Peter Reiner
  • Ruth Rosenthal
  • Susan Scher
  • Doug Sohn
  • Kevin Bukowski
  • Jane Daniels
  • Daniel Chazin
  • Ron Rosen
  • Eddie Saiff
  • Dave Stuhr