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American Hiking Society Board Members enjoy a scenic hike in Arizona’s Peralta Canyon

Executive Committee

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Jennifer Chambers
Board Chair
About
Organization: Hiking Along, LLC.
Title: Educator and Author
City: Silver Spring, Maryland
Biography
Jennifer Chambers is an Environmental Educator, middle school Science teacher, author and small business owner. In 2004, she started her own business, Hiking Along, LLC. to engage children in exploration of the natural world and encourage them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it while hiking on scenic trails around the DC region. She is currently a middle school Science teacher at The Siena School; a private school whose mission is to educate bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. Jennifer is a children’s book author of Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle, published in April 2013 and soon to be published hiking guidebook, Best Hikes for Kids: Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. As a volunteer with Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Jennifer helped lead PATC’s family hiking program, family weekend at Bear’s Den, created the grant-funded Student Trail Steward program at Northwood High School, and organized youth-focused trail building projects in her hometown. She was also an Environmental Education Specialist with the Audubon Naturalist Societies’ GreenKids program. Jennifer is a Master Educator and the Maryland State Advocate for Leave No Trace.Jennifer loves to hike with her two children, husband and dog on her favorite trail, the Northwest Branch and Rachel Carson Loop in Silver Spring, MD.
Favorite Hikes
The Northwest Branch and Rachel Carson Loop in Silver Spring, MD
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Scott Beckett
Board Vice-Chair
About
Organization: Insigniam Performance
Title: Partner
City: Denver, Colorado
Biography
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Tom Johnson
Board Secretary
About
Organization: Great Eastern Trail Association President
Title: President
City: Vienna, Virginia
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Kim Simpson
Kimball Simpson
Board Treasurer
About
Organization: Green Mountain Club
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City: Westborough, Massachusetts
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Laura Belleville
At-Large
About
Organization: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Title: Director of Conservation
City: Blacksburg, Virginia
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Larry Luxenberg
At-Large
About
Organization: Independent
Title: Financial Advisor
Organization: Appalachian Trail Museum
Title: Founder & President
City: New York, New York
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Directors

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Ders Anderson
Board Member
About
Organization: Openlands
Title: Director
City: Chicago, Illinois
Biography
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Melissa Avery
Board Member
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Jane Daniels
Board Member
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Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Board Member
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City: Phoenix, Arizona
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Howard Klein
Board Member
About
Organization: UBS
Title: VP & Sales Manager
City: Westlake Village, California
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Lyle Laverty
Board Member
About
Organization: The Laverty Group
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City: Denver, Colorado
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Dennis Lewon
Board Member
About
Organization: Backpacker Magazine
Title: Editor in Chief
City:
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Danielle Piscatelli
Board Member
About
Organization: Independent
Title: Development and Events Professional
City: Phoenix, Arizona
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Kerry Smithwick
Board Member
About
Organization: Independent
Title: CMP
City: North Carolina
Biography
Kerry Smithwick hails from the beautiful mountains of North Carolina where she is a member of the Carolina Mountain Club and enjoys the many trails in the area including the AT which she thru-hiked in 2011. Kerry is a Certified Meeting Professional, CMP, by trade with over 20 years experience in direct and social media marketing. She is an active volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Blood Services teams, the Kiwanis Service First Club and the Downtown Welcome Table at Haywood Congregation. Kerry is also a Wilderness First Responder, WFR.In her spare time Kerry “Scribbles” loves to hike, travel, read and cook. Her first hike on the AT was ‘way back’ in the late 60s around the Cades Cove area. In ’73 she hiked a portion of the Trail and has harbored a dream of doing a thru-hike. With that accomplished in ’11 she took on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail as well as the Montana section of the Continental Divide Trail in ’12; a thru-hike of the Florida Trail and a section of the Benton MacKaye Trail in ’13. The Pacific Crest Trail and The Camino are on her wish list. Number 1 on the wish list is to complete the Eastern Continental Trail – she plans to hike The Florida Keys and Alabama this year and north of Katahdin and Canada in ’15.
Favorite Hike
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Bob Rubright
Chair Emeritus
About
Organization: Open Space Council
Title: President
City: St. Louis, Missouri
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Gregory Miller
President
About
Organization: American Hiking Society
Title: President
City: Silver Spring, Maryland
Biography
Greg has served as President of American Hiking Society since 2005 and has more than thirty years of experience in biodiversity conservation, sustainable recreation, and natural resources program and policy development. This includes a strong track record of exemplary conservation and recreation planning, public-private partnerships, non-profit management and capacity building at all levels. Prior to joining American Hiking, Dr. Miller led a distinguished executive career as Vice President at The Nature Conservancy, where for more than 15 years he developed the Conservancy’s conservation strategy and biodiversity project portfolio for South America and co-managed the Latin America and Caribbean Parks in Peril program. Under his leadership the Conservancy undertook landscape scale projects and best practices globally in energy and biodiversity, debt-for-nature swaps, and forest protection and climate change. He has served on the boards (including as board chair) of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded global Biodiversity Support Program, Global Energy and Biodiversity Initiative, Outdoor Alliance, The International Ecotourism Society, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, National Park Service Over-flight Advisory Group, and served as an environmental adviser for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development. A native of California, Greg is fluent in Spanish and English. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in botany and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Miller was awarded a prestigious Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Greg lived and worked in the Galapagos Islands and the Andes for many years and has held a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship, hiking, and the outdoors. He is a long-standing volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
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Charles Sloan
General Counsel
About
Organization: Sloan & Swedish
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City: Vienna, Virginia
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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