Board of Trustees
Phil has lived in Jackson for 35 years. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz (BA Economics),he moved to the valley and joined Skinny Skis which was embarking on it’s first summer in business. Since 1974, Skinny Skis has been very active in the Jackson Hole community, sponsoring and hosting a number of events including the annual 4th of July 10K— the profits of which benefit Friends of Pathways. He looks forward to working with the FOP staff and board, particularly the Communications Committee. Phil enjoys cross country skiing, running, cycling and tennis. He and his wife, Heidi, have two children: Ellery and Hayden.
After graduating from UC Davis, Ashley was sent to the Tetons to guide hiking, biking, rafting, and kayaking trips for Backroads, a world wide active travel company. She knew she was home as soon as she drove into the valley. She fell in love with the mountains, the community, the lifestyle, and the endless outdoor activities. Ashley owns and operates Mountains of Groceries, a grocery delivery and private chef service located in Jackson and Sun Valley, Idaho. Her flexible schedule allows her to get out in the woods every day, trail running and mountain biking in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter. She is thrilled to be involved with Friends of Pathways and give back to the trails and pathways she loves.
Randy Barker is a Managing Partner of LWJ & Co, a private partnership focused on investing in early stage companies with a particular emphasis on pursuing “green” initiatives. After graduating from Brown University, Randy earned his MBA at Harvard. He has worked in finance for over 30 years, including as a senior executive at Salomon Brothers, Citigroup and Gleacher & Co. Randy was raised in Asia. He and his family began visiting Jackson in the late ‘60s while on home leave, staying at the White Grass Ranch. Randy, Debbie and their two boys enjoy the great outdoor activities that Jackson is known for — hiking, cycling, skiing and fishing. The Barkers split their time between Short Hills, New Jersey and Jackson.
Lisa loves her bike! And she is a BIG fan of the Pathways in Jackson. Lisa supports the mission of Friends of Pathways and believes strongly that it creates a vibrant community in Teton County with a safe and sustainable pathways system, complete streets, and amazing trails. She is always an advocate for safety while riding and sharing the road with many modes of travel. When she is not riding with a big smile on her face, her real job is treating patients . Lisa is a Urologist in solo practice in Jackson. She enjoys Urology (with a sense of humor) and the challenges it brings every day. Lisa is from Havertown, Pennsylvania. She trained in Michigan and lived there for 15 yrs before moving to Jackson. She is on the board of the Wyoming Medical Society and is very active in supporting her fellow physicians in Wyoming. She is married to Marc and has 2 daughters, Jodi and Dani. Both girls love the mountains and the outdoors.
Before moving to Jackson with his wife, Debbie, in 2003, John was CEO of a publicly traded national home improvement retailer for many years. He has also been involved in a number of venture capital and real estate activities, was Chairman of the Board of WETA (Washington DC’s public radio and television) and served on the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently he spends his time biking, fishing, golfing and skiing. John is an avid user of Jackson Hole’s pathways and is enthusiastic about continuing to improve the benefits that they bring to they community.
Dave spends his time avidly pursuing the outdoors opportunities in Jackson – skiing, biking, mountaineering, fishing, etc. – after a career financing projects for non-profits, state and local governments, and businesses. He is the founder of two internet-based financial services businesses, and still is involved with one, BondsOnline.Dave strongly believes in the mission of Friends of Pathways to make Teton County a progressive, connected community by providing safe and environmentally friendly travels, and world-class recreation opportunities.
After enjoying the wonderful natural resources of Jackson for over 16 years, Julie and her husband, Hugh, completed a full transition in 2015. Prior to her relocation, Julie enjoyed an active legal practice in Wisconsin for more than 25 years, and she continues her family law practice in Jackson and throughout Wyoming. For many years, Julie and Hugh were members of a “weekend warrior” cycling team that raced throughout the upper Midwest. That experience exposed her to many hours of riding on busy roads shared with traffic. She values the incredible pathway system in Jackson and appreciates how it improves safety as well as community spirit. Julie strongly believes that our bond with nature through cycling, skiing and hiking promotes a richly-connected community.
From Pittsfield, Mass, Peter is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and was a member of the ski team. He has lived in Jackson Hole since 1988 and is an Associate Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and has served as a Director on various Boards including the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club and currently with Friends of Pathways. Peter is an avid biker and outdoorsman.
Stan was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, which explains his predilection for the Steelers. At Washington and Jefferson, he majored primarily in English, and then he attended Jefferson Medical School. Tiring of the East, he did an internship at USC/LA County Medical Center. Following this, he spent two years in the service doing trauma research, because he was drafted as a doctor during the Vietnam War period. He then did a residency and fellowship in radiology at USC. After this, he was both in private practice and on the USC and UCLA faculties. His first time in Jackson was in 1972, when he and his wife Barbara came to ski. In 1994, they came to live full time in Jackson, and Stan began work in radiology at St. Johns Hospital. Since being in Jackson, he has served on a number of boards and has become a regular pathway user.
Andrew grew up in New England and studied business at the University of Vermont before following the call of the mountains to Jackson Hole in 2006. Previously working within the outdoor retail industry, he now provides guests of Amangani Resort with private naturalist tours of the region, highlighting the history, geology, and ecology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Outside of work, he can be found exploring the mountains by foot, bicycle, and skis. Representing a number of companies as a sponsored athlete, Andrew shares his adventures through various media outlets and has a knack for putting a GoPro to good use. He and his partner Courtney can be found enjoying the trails & pathways, as well as playing with their 3 dogs.
Board of Advisors
Katherine Dowson Executive Director
Many years as a camper and staff member at Teton Valley Ranch Camp gave Katherine an appreciation for the mountains and this area. She moved here permanently after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1988. Since then, she’s been working in the nonprofit arena, serving on several boards including Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, as well as working for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, the Teton Regional Land Trust, Teton County Education Foundation, and the Center of Wonder. Email Katherine >
Jack Koehler Program Director
Jack grew up with a passion for bicycles. After graduating from UC Berkeley, with a BA in Physics, he started a business building custom steel bicycles. He moved from the California Bay Area to Teton County in 1983, drawn by a desire for a more relaxed lifestyle and to live closer to wild spaces. He is a long time supporter of pathways as a public space. “I see pathways as parks – public places that build pride and ownership while helping to establish personal connections within a community.” Jack is a serial entrepreneur, who started multiple businesses and is currently working to launch another. He has worked as a mechanical engineer, product designer and developer.He is married to Kristen Simpson and has a daughter, Katie. Email Jack >
Lauren Dickey Education Director
Lauren grew up in Amelia Island, Florida where she rode her bike year round. She attended Denison University and received a BA in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating, she inspired elementary students to get outdoors as a Naturalist and Montessori Teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, she was drawn to Jackson from the San Francisco Bay Area by the access to the outdoors and the amazing pathway system. Lauren is excited to share her love of the pathways and trails with the Jackson community during events and programs, especially at the Bike Valet. She looks forward to working with people and organizations to set up volunteer opportunities and get more kids out on trails and pathways. Email Lauren >
Chris Owen Trails Program Manager
Chris first visited Jackson when he was 14 on a backpacking trip and knew he had to move there. After earning a BS is Recreation Resource Management from Clemson University he found his way back working at the National Outdoor Leadership School and living in Jackson between courses. He shifted to the Jackson Trail Crew and spent 8 years working on the Bridger Teton National Forest in partnership with Friends of Pathways before coming to work for us full time. Chris is an avid biker and climber and spends about as much time on the trails on his own time as he does during the work week. So look for him working along with the Youth Trail Crew and Trail Ambassadors next time you’re out on an adventure. Email Chris >
Nancy Weeks Office Manager
Nancy, born and raised in Austin, Texas, starting spending summers in Jackson as a Trip Leader for Backroads, an active travel company specializing in cycling and hiking vacations. Nancy fell in love with the pathways system and knew she wanted to get involved with Friends of Pathways. She loves being able to ride her bike and walk her dog on the pathway behind her house. She is recently married to Jamie and they enjoy spending time with their dog, Maynard, skiing, hiking, cycling, fishing, and river rafting. She is an avid Texas Longhorns fan and like all good Texans loves a good margarita and watching football. Email Nancy >