Friends of Pathways

Friends of Pathways: Promoting a complete pathways system, safer streets and great trails for Jackson Hole

Our Board of Trustees and Staff

Board of Trustees

 

Dave Landes

Dave Landes, President

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

He and his wife Karen moved to Jackson from business careers in Seattle; Dave is a native of the Intermountain West and considers Jackson part of his back yard, and Karen considers Jackson as returning home after a long stay in the 70s and 80s. 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.

 

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Greg Epstein, Vice President

Greg was born and raised in Jackson, WY where he was initially introduced to this amazing valley through the eyes of his parents.  Growing up embedded in this mountain lifestyle he competitively ski raced, mountain biked, and embraced the surrounding area via family camping adventures.  In 1994 he received his B.S. in exercise sport physiology and played soccer at the University of Utah.  After college Greg pursued his adventurous spirit and followed the top skiers and snowboarders around the world as a freelance photographer.  

In 1999 he brought his photography skills back to the valley and is proud to call Jackson his permanent home.  Along with a few other entrepreneurial endeavors in green development and small scale website design, he and his parents have been active members of the community.  In 2010 he joined the Teton Gravity Research team and currently holds the position of supervising producer of the annual ski film.  If you can't find him in the TGR office you can guarantee Greg is either biking on one of his favorite trails or enjoying fresh snow somewhere in the Tetons.

 

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Ashley Watson, Secretary

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 two small businesses - Blue Bird Yogurt, a self serve frozen yogurt shop located in Albertson's grocery store and Mountains of Groceries, a grocery delivery and private chef service located in Jackson and Sun Valley, Idaho. Her flexible schedule allos 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 join the FOP board and give back to the pathways she loves.

 

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Graduate of Iowa State University (B.S. 1958) and Stanford Law School (LLB 1962 - Editor of the Stanford Law Review). LTJG US Navy 1958-1960. Practiced law in Los Angeles and Orange County, California 1963-2002, specializing in business litigation. Chair of Litigation Department at Paul, Hastings in Los Angeles (160 litigators nationwide) and member of Executive Committee for San Francisco based Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliff. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Of counsel with Ranck and Schwartz in Jackson 2002-2004, co-owner of Teton Village Sports (2004-10), Board of Directors of Jackson Hole Land Trust (1997-2006) president (2004-2006), Board of Directors of Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club (current), Advisory Board, Friends of Snow King (now inactive).

Wife, Faye, is a practicing Marriage and Family Counselor in Jackson. Daughter, Darcey Pritchard, and son Bain Campbell, and their spouses, Mike Prichard and Lisa Campbell, have families and live and work in Jackson. Four other children and their families live in Colorado and California.

 

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Maggie Gibson

Maggie arrived in the valley after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1983. She lives in Teton Village with her husband Les, and daughters Reily and Anna. As the original owners of Pearl Street Bagels, Maggie and Les are long time supporters of the goals of Friends of Pathways.Maggie believes that a community is strengthened by a pathway system. A complete pathway system allows us enjoy face to face encounters with our neighbors, offers transportation and recreation possibilities for all, and is a real way to protect our amazing mountain air. As a hiker, skier, and long time member of the Jackson cycling community, Maggie hopes to infect as many as possible with the joys and benefits of our trails and pathways.

 

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John Hechinger

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.  

 

Phil

Phil Leeds

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.

 

Sue Prevost

Sue Prevost

Sue headed west to Jackson in 1987 after attending Michigan State University.  The incredible and contagious biking, skiing, and hiking made it an easy decision to call this valley 'home'. Living in the town of Jackson, the Prevost family (husband Ron, sons Max & Cole) have been fortunate to commute by bicycle year round to school, work and errands, utilizing our wonderful pathways. Sue's love for riding two wheels led her to be a board member of the Pathways Taskforce onto Friends of Pathways.

 

Peter Selkowitz

Peter Selkowitz

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.

 

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Stan Trachtenberg

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.

 

Randy

Randy Roberts,  Trustee Emeritus

Randy has lived in Jackson Hole since 1976 and was one of the founding members of Friends of Pathways in 1994. He was an elementary school teacher for 27 years at Jackson Elementary where he shared with his students a passion and excitement for the outdoors. As a daily bike commuter, rain or shine, Randy encouraged the kids to embrace cycling and walking to school by sponsoring an annual "bike to work ride" and leading by example. 

Randy believes that all cyclists and pedestrians deserve quality and safe places to walk and ride and that government should provide funding to construct them. He thinks that the Jackson Hole community has the potential to be a world-class example of integrated non-motorized transportation and has been involved with Friends of Pathways for the past 13 years to make this vision a reality.

Board of Advisors

Fred Arbuckle
Len Carlman
Luke Lynch


Staff

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Mike Welch, Executive Director Email

Mike moved to Jackson Hole in 1992, trading a lifelong attachment to the ocean for a 'temporary' taste of the mountain lifestyle.  Eventually becoming more ingrained in the community through service as an employee and board member of several valley non-profits and small businesses, Mike joined the staff of Friends of Pathways in the spring of 2009, as its first Stewardship Director.

Now as Executive Director, Mike continues to advocate the completion and use of pathways and trails, facilitating safe and enjoyable transportation and recreation choices - a critical component of a vibrant and healthy community. Mike's family includes his wife Diana, and two sons Bode and Malcolm - they bike, ski, canoe, camp and travel together, while maintaining a daily connection with the environment.

Jack Koehler

Jack Koehler, Operations Director Email

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.

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith, Program Director Email

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.

Katherine!

Katherine Dowson, Development Director Email

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 her 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.


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Nancy Weeks, Office Manager Email

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.