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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy employees at an April 2011 all-staff retreat in Washington, D.C.


At the very heart of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are our core values of leadership, teamwork, service, respect, quality, effectiveness and fun. These values inform how we treat each other, how we relate to external partners and how we go about our daily work.

Learn more about our Board of Directors.

Our Staff

Keith Laughlin

Finance and Administration Department

Cindy Dickerson
Chief Operating Officer

Elton Clark
Human Resources Manager

Irma Joseph
Senior Staff Accountant

Roxana Kiely

Frederick Schaedtler
Senior Director of & Technology Marketing
Timothy Rosner
GIS Specialist

Laura Stark Coordinator and Contributing Writer

Legal Counsel

Andrea Ferster
General Counsel

Marketing Department

Mary O'Connor
Vice President of Development and Communications

Communications Staff

Barbara Richey
Graphic Designer

Jake Lynch
Marketing and Media Relations Specialist

Brian Gerhardstein
Online Media Manager

Amy Kapp
Content Strategy Manager

Development Staff

Ben Carter
Senior Director of Development
Milo Bateman
Membership Operations Manager

Katie McKinney
Major Gifts Officer

Ryan Cree
Online Campaigns Manager

Program Department

Kevin Mills
Senior Vice President of Policy and Programs

Policy Staff

Marianne Fowler
Senior Vice President of Federal Relations

Elissa Southward
Healthy Communities Manager

Tracy Hadden Loh, Ph.D.
Director of National Transportation Alternatives Clearinghouse (NTAC) and Research Director

Trail Development Staff

Liz Thorstensen
Vice President of Trail Development

Kelly Pack
Trail Development Director

Jim Brown
Trail Development Manager

Eli Griffen
Trail Development and TrailLink Coordinator
Florida Field Office
Ken Bryan
State Director

Midwest Regional Office
Rhonda L. Romano
Regional Director
Eric Oberg
Trail Development Manager
Northeast Regional Office
Tom Sexton
Regional Director
Carl Knoch
Trail Development Manager

Patricia Tomes
Program Manager

Akram Abed
Camden Region Manager
Western Regional Office
Laura Cohen
Regional Director
Barry Bergman
Trail Development Manager

Rayna Gordon-Hellman
Program Assistant

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037