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Board of Directors


Charley Carpenter
Joined in 2014
Missoula, MT
Charley Carpenter is a lawyer practicing out of Missoula, MT and is also licensed in Montana, Idaho, Maryland and Washington D.C.  He works mostly with government contractors, but has also worked on natural resource issues, including water rights, in his 20+ years of practice.  In his free time, Charley can be found hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing.


Bob Woods
Vice President
Joined in 2016
Issaquah, WA
Bob has spent the past two decades working for nonprofit and government organizations promoting conservation, recreation, and volunteerism with a focus on trails. He has worked for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, and the Florida Trail Association. He will be completing a master's degree in Leadership and Management soon and hopes his new education and previous experience can help the Pacific Northwest Trail Association grow. When he's not studying or out hiking, Bob also enjoys painting, paddling, and being outside.


Jim Fukuyama
Joined in 2012
Mount Vernon, WA
Jim Fukuyama is a retired research scientist and patent lawyer.  He enjoys hiking, cycling, and works with the Skagit Trail Maintenance Office on trail maintenance.  He is interested in the trail maintenance organizations and various conservation and environmental related initiatives.


Fran Troje
Joined in 2010
Bellevue, WA
Fran Troje has been active with the Mountaineers as a committee chair and worked within that organization to shift their support behind the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.  She is an advocate for trails access and the outdoor recreation community, and interested in building a strong board for the Pacific Northwest Trail Association.


Margaret Hartzell
Joined in 2017
Okanogan, WA
Margaret Hartzell has a graduate degree in natural resources planning from the University of Washington. She worked for Federal land management agencies for 32 years. Her career included working as a Park Ranger and managing teams of wildlife biologists, fish biologists, soil scientists, social scientists, botanists, foresters, and recreation specialists on projects large and small. Now that she is retired she continues her interest in natural resources and the outdoors by volunteering with local trail groups, a land trust, and now with the PNTA.


Aaron Theisen
Joined in 2015
Spokane, WA
Aaron Theisen is a Spokane-based outdoors / travel writer and photographer.  He is also a Board Member with Washington Trails Association and a citizen representation on the Non-Highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program Advisory Committee for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.  Aaron has spent a substantial amount of time on the eastern Washington, north Idaho and western Montana portion of the PNT, and is interested in seeing the trail become an economic driver for the rural gateway communities.


Kathy Swanson
Joined in 2015
Metaline Falls, WA
Kathy Swanson is an engaged part time resident of Metaline Falls, Washington with a BA in Natural Resource Management and an MA in marketing and advertising design who is pursuing an MFA in Film at Ohio University. As a healthy avid hiker, cyclist and Nordic skier, filmmaker, former US Forest Service employee, and business owner, one of the things she would like to focus her skills on is promoting 'Trail Towns' along the PNT.


Vince O'Connell
Joined in 2015
Metaline Falls, WA
Vince O'Connell is a part time Metaline Falls, WA resident, film maker and serial entrepreneur. He is interested in using his organizational skills and business experience to increase trail awareness and to help make the Pacific Northwest Trail a productive recreational and economic asset for the communities through which it passes. When not mountain biking, hiking, or cross country skiing, he can be found working on his next film with his wife, and fellow board member Kathy Swanson.


Bruce Prior
Joined in 2010
Blaine, WA
Bruce Prior is a professional geographer.  He is active with Summits On The Air, an amateur radio outdoor initiative.  A long-time member of the American Alpine Club, he promotes outdoor safety.  Bruce is an enthusiastic supporter of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and he is a certified trainer for that program. Bruce has hiked all of the Montana portion, some of Idaho, and various Washington State sections of the trail.  He is especially interested in encouraging thru-hikers to tackle the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.


Mary Hodges-Cates
Joined in 2013
Metaline Falls, WA
Mary Cates, of Metaline Falls, WA, is a community advocate who is passionate about Metaline Falls and its present and future as a prominent trail town and destination in Eastern Washington. With her husband and 2 children, she runs a kayak rental and river tour guide service. She is also known as a trail angel for thru-hikers making a stop in Metaline Falls.


Pacific Northwest Trail Association Board Members work hard to provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance for the PNTA.  Board members are involved with fundraising, outreach, strategic planning and programmatic oversight.  For more information on board duties or to express interest in joining, email Board President Charley Carpenter.