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Jennifer Chambers

Chair
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Organization: Hiking Along, LLC.
Title: Educator and Author
City: Silver Spring, Maryland
Favorite Hike: the Northwest Branch and Rachel Carson Loop in Silver Spring, MD

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.
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Scott Beckett

Vice-Chair
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Partner, Insigniam PerformanceDenver, Colorado
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Tom Johnson

Secretary
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Great Eastern Trail AssociationPresidentVienna, Virginia
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Kimball Simpson

Treasurer
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Green Mountain ClubWestborough, Massachusetts
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Ders Anderson

Board Member
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Greenways Director, OpenlandsChicago, Illinois
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Laura Belleville

Board Member
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Appalachian Trail ConservancyDirector of ConservationBlacksburg, Virginia
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Howard Kern

Board Member
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UBS, VP & Sales ManagerWestlake Village, CaliforniaHoward Kern has been an active member for a number volunteer groups, including Trout Unlimited and the Boy Scouts of America. Howard has coordinated conservation related projects in his local area as well as in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. He has served as a member of the executive committee for the Southern California Steelhead Coalition and is currently on the executive board for Trout Unlimited. A proponent of youth education, he is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and sits on Scouting’s national Order of the Arrow committee. Howard is a recipient of many distinguished service and conservation awards including being recognized as Field & Stream magazine’s Conservation Hero of the Year in 2009.
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Lyle Laverty

Board Member
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The Laverty GroupDenver, Colorado
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Jonathan Lopez

Board Member
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California Walks, Community CoordinatorWest Hills, California
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Larry Luxenberg

Board Member
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Financial Asset ManagerNew City, New York
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Danielle Piscatelli

Board Member
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Development & Events ProfessionalPhoenix, AZ
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Kerry Smithwick

Board Member
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Kerry Locksmith 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.
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Kathleen FitzPatrick

Board Member
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Phoenix, AZ
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Bob Rubright

Chair Emeritus
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Open Space CouncilPresidentSt. Louis, Missouri
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Gregory Miller

President
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American Hiking SocietySilver Spring, Maryland
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Charles Sloan

General Counsel
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Sloan & SwedishVienna, Virginia
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