The RTC Board of Directors comprises at least five but not more than 21 members, who are responsible for the legal and fiduciary operations of the organization. The full board meets three times per year, and committees meet as needed to prepare recommendations for full board approval.
Our board members are leaders and visionaries in their various fields who help guide RTC as we work toward creating a nationwide network of trails—and more bikeable, walkable communities in the United States.
M. Katherine Kraft • John P. Rathbone • Gail Lipstein • Chip Angle • Joseph Barrow Jr. • Matthew Cohen • Rose Gowen • Charles N. Marshall • Doug Monieson • Frank Mulvey • Tim Noel • Tom Petri • Rebecca Riley • Guy O. Williams • Keith Laughlin
M. Katherine Kraft is a nationally recognized expert on the impact of the built environment on health outcomes. As the national coalition director of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative at America Walks, Kate is working with national partners to build a robust and effective national walking movement. She serves on the RTC board with a goal of seeing a nationwide, complete and interconnected trail system that is safe, beautiful and stress free.
Kate previously worked as a planning and program consultant for various foundations, national organizations and research groups, developing and evaluating local community change efforts and designing prevention initiatives related to physical activity and health. She also spent 10 years as a senior program and evaluation staff member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, overseeing initiatives designed to promote healthy behavior. Kate frequently speaks and writes about the impact of the built environment on health, and why place matters.
John P. Rathbone is a retired executive of the Virginia-based Norfolk Southern Corporation, an $11 billion rail transportation company serving the eastern United States. A certified public accountant, John began his career as an auditor and quickly ascended the ranks of the company to serve as both executive vice president and chief financial officer. He has also served on the boards of the United Way of Hampton Roads and the College of William & Mary Foundation, and is a former rector of Eastern Virginia Medical School.
John is an avid cyclist and has gone on many lengthy rides, including the Erie Canalway Trail, Natchez Trace and Great Allegheny Passage.
Gail Lipstein spent her career in physical therapy and pediatric rehabilitation services at a Philadelphia children's hospital before retiring to raise a family. Active in community service, she became interested in local trail development and advocacy while serving on the board of a local community foundation, and currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Chester Valley Trail in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Along with her husband Sandy, Gail has supported the mission and work of RTC since 1992.
As a bicycling and outdoor enthusiast and supporter of healthy lifestyles, Gail believes in the creation of trails and other safe and convenient places for families to engage in recreational activities. Gail has always been impressed with RTC as the early and strong leader in the trail-building movement.
Tim Noel is a vice president of the T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price International, Ltd., in Baltimore, Maryland, and has almost 30 years of experience in the asset management profession. Tim also serves as a strategic project manager in the office of the president at T. Rowe Price Associates and is a member of the T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV Board of Directors. Tim joined RTC’s Board of Directors in 2015.
Tim and his wife, Joni, are long-time supporters of RTC; they believe the conservancy’s efforts promote healthy lifestyles and sound environmental practices while strengthening communities. Tim and Joni are users of trails as much as time allows!
Chip Angle retired from Time Warner approximately twenty years ago after a long career in the business side of magazine publishing. He was General Manager of Sports Illustrated, Associate Publisher of Time, and finally Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Time Inc. He next served as Vice President-Global Marketing at Save the Children for several years and later worked as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations (including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy).
Chip has served on RTC’s Board for over twenty years having been Chair of the Board for a term and Treasurer for several. He is passionate about bike trails and rail-trails and is Founding Chair of Shoreline Greenway Trail, Inc., a group building a 25-mile biking and hiking trail along the Connecticut coast where he lives. Chip and his wife have three children and six grandchildren with whom they love to play.
Matthew Cohen is a partner with the Seattle, Washington-based law firm Stoel Rives, LLP, and a 35-year resident of the Pacific Northwest. His law practice focuses on helping large companies comply with the Clean Air Act. Matt also represents local governments and nonprofits on trail development projects.
Matt began representing RTC on a pro bono basis in 1994 and joined the board in 2010. Matt and his wife Kim spend most of their vacations exploring back roads on bicycles. They have cycled rail-trails all over North America and marvel at the ability of trails to knit communities together.
As a commissioner for the Brownsville City Commission since 2009 and a physician of more than 20 years. Dr. Rose Gowen has focused her career on issues related to smart growth, quality of life and the combating of obesity and chronic disease.
Through a collaboration with the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health-Brownsville, Dr. Gowen was instrumental in developing the city’s first farmers’ market, which has been recognized as a model of excellence by the Texas Department of Health and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. She also led an initiative to expand Brownsville’s rail-trail into a citywide network—and create a citywide hike and bike plan—helped pass the city’s first commercial sidewalk and Complete Streets resolutions, and spearheaded efforts to provide family-oriented active living programming.
Recent awards for Brownsville include its recognition in 2014 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health winner and its 2016 Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City designation by the League of American Bicyclists.
Charles N. Marshall of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, has spent most of his life in the railroad industry. He retired as vice chairman of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. in 2006, and is a former senior officer of Conrail.
Charlie served as chair of RTC’s Board of Directors from 2010–2013 and currently chairs the board governance committee. He also sits on the Board for the Philadelphia Zoo and on the Advisory Board of the Rail Transportation Engineering program that he helped create for Penn State Altoona.
Doug Monieson is an active member of the financial trading community in Chicago, Illinois, and the current Chairman of the Board of Hyde Park Angels, a successful Midwest angel investment group. In addition to possessing more than 25 years of financial trade experience, Doug has extensive board experience in governance, nominating and strategy at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He joined RTC’s Board of Directors in 2015.
Doug is an avid cyclist, commuting four miles between his home and office year-round. He is involved in several Chicago biking organizations, including Bike Buddies, and participates in the annual Venus de Miles Charity ride in support of Greenhouse Scholars.
Frank Mulvey is president of ITER Associates, a transportation consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland, and has been an RTC board member since June 2014. Frank is extremely interested in alternative, clean and healthy forms of travel.
Frank recently retired from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) after serving two terms. Before his appointment, he served as staff director for Railroad Issues for the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Prior to working on the Hill, Frank spent many years taking on transportation-related leadership roles, including for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. General Accounting Office and the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board.
He is a former member of the Economics Department faculties at Northeastern University, Wheaton College and Bowling Green State University, and continues to lecture as an adjunct faculty member at the R.H. Smith School of the University of Maryland.
Tom Petri is a former U.S. Congressman who represented Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District for 18 terms until his retirement in January 2015 (at the end of the 113th Congress). During his time in office, he served as a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee and chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee (113th).
Known for his innovative and creative solutions to government problems, Rep. Petri pursued legislative initiatives in several areas, including student loan reform, the federal highway program, cost sharing for federal water projects, tax and welfare reform, and health-care reform. He also sponsored bipartisan legislation, the Making Work and Marriage Pay Act, which would establish a commission to examine and report to Congress on the disincentives for low-income couples to work and marry. Tom is married to Anne Neal Petri and has one daughter, Alexandra.
Guy O. Williams is principal and founder of the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based G.O. Williams & Associates, LLC, strategic advisors for sustainable community and environmentally related programs. A member of RTC’s Board of Directors for more than 12 years, Guy has a special interest in developing urban trail networks, which he believes provide everyone—including the less-advantaged—easy access to health, freedom of movement and an awareness of our relationship with the earth. Guy’s professional background includes serving as program manager for Fair Food Foundation, senior director for community development and relations at the National Wildlife Federation, and president and chief executive officer of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.
He is well known nationally for his work as an advocate for environmental justice and a developer of community programming that values effective collaborations among business, government and community interests.
Keith Laughlin became president of RTC in February 2001. He is responsible for overseeing all activities related to trail building, policy advocacy, public education, finances and management.
Before joining RTC, Keith had more than 20 years of governmental experience in Washington, D.C. He served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality as Associate Director for Sustainable Development from 1993 to 2001. Among his duties in the White House, he was the White House liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD); drafted the Sustainable Communities chapter of the PCSD's landmark Sustainable America report; directed Vice President Gore’s Reinventing EPA initiative; conducted the Clinton administration's comprehensive review of federal wetlands policy; was the executive director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities; and was primary author and editor of Building Livable Communities, a report released by Vice President Gore in June 2000.