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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy employees at an April 2014 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
Manager, Human Resources

Roxana Kiely

Frederick Schaedtler
Senior Director of
Timothy Rosner, GISP
GIS Analyst

Laura Stark
Manager, Content / Staff Writer, Rails to Trails Magazine

Legal Counsel

Andrea Ferster
General Counsel

Marketing Department

Mary O'Connor
Vice President of Development and Communications

Communications Staff

Jake Lynch
Media Relations

Brian Gerhardstein
Manager, Online Media

Amy Kapp
Manager, Content Strategy

Development Staff

Ben Carter
Senior Director of Development

Milo Bateman
Manager, Membership Operations

Katie McKinney
Major Gifts Officer

Orhan Belding
Manager, Trailblazer Society

Ryan Cree
Manager, Online Campaigns

Program Department

Kevin Mills
Senior Vice President of Policy and Trail Development

Policy Staff

Marianne Fowler
Senior Strategist for Policy Advocacy

Patrick Wojahn
Director, Government Relations

Tracy Hadden Loh, Ph.D.
Director, Research

Elissa Southward
Manager, Healthy Communities

Leeann Sinpatanasakul
Advocacy Coordinator

Kathryn Harris
Intern, Research and Policy

Trail Development Staff

Liz Thorstensen
Vice President, Trail Development

Kelly Pack
Director, Trail Development

Jim Brown
Manager, Trail Development

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

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

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


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