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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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Favorite Hikes
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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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Favorite Hike
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Melissa Avery
Board Member
About
Organization:
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City:
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Amy Csink
Board Member
About
Organization: Washington Trails Association
Title: Board Member
City: Seattle, WA 
Biography
Amy Csink has finally settled down in the Pacific Northwest after living in Georgia,
Missouri, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. She has traveled throughout America and has
hiked and backpacked in most of the states. After retiring from a career as a research
geneticist and professor she joined the board of directors of Washington Trails
Association (WTA) which is the largest state-based hiking organization in the country
with more than 12,000 members and 108,000 hours/year of volunteer trail maintenance.
As a member of the WTA advocacy committee she has met with law makers to discuss
issues important to hikers at both the state and national level such as fees on public lands,
funding for trail maintenance and wilderness areas. She is particularly interested in advocacy
because she believes that the relationship between citizens and the natural
environment is important to our national character.
Favorite Hike
Obstruction Point to Deer Park, Olympic National Park, Washington
The northern most 100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

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Jane Daniels
Board Member
About
Organization: Independent
Title: Professional Volunteer
City: Mohegan Lake, NY
Biography
Devoted to the outdoors and committed to the protection of open space, Jane’s hiking accomplishments include climbing the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks and section hiking the 2175-mile Appalachian Trail. She and her husband are authors of two editions of Walkable Westchester, a guide to over 600 miles of trails and 200 parks in suburban New York City.

Jane is a retired reference librarian. She served on the Trail Conference board from 1990-2011, including six years as board chair and on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) board from 1993-1999. In 2007, she chaired a committee hosting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 36th Biennial Confernece, an eight day event with over 850 attendees and 376 volunteers. Having built and managed trails, she understands trail issues from the shovel to the board room. In April 2013, she was named NY Trail Worker of the Year by American Trails. Jane is the president of NY State Trails Council, on the board of the Hudson Greenway Conservancy, the president of the Friends of FDR State Park and on the board of the American Hiking Society.

Favorite Hike
Sylvan Glen Park Preserve in Mohegan Lake, NY
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Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Board Member
About
Organization:
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City: Phoenix, Arizona
Biography
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Favorite Hike
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Howard Kern
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
Sliding Sands Trail in Haleakala National Park in Maui.

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Kevin Thomson
Board Member
About
Organization:
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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.
Favorite Hike
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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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