Board of Directors

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, contact us using the form below.

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Charley Carpenter, PNTA Board Presiden

Charley Carpenter
President
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.

PNTA Board Member Melanie Simmerman

Melanie Simmerman
Vice President
Joined in 2018
Belgrade, MT

For over thirty years, Melanie worked as a non-profit administrator and fundraising professional for a variety of performing arts and environmental organizations mostly in New York City. More recently, Melanie certified as a personal trainer/fitness instructor. Melanie is an avid outdoor adventure enthusiast and is an accomplished long-distance hiker (Triple Crowner) and outdoor leader. She completed the Pacific Northwest Trail over four summers (2012-15). Since 2012, she has authored the Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide.

Melanie seeks to give back to the trail, and trail community, through service on the PNTA board. She aims to help create a strong organization that can lead the development of the Pacific Northwest Trail and preserve and protect it for the enjoyment of future generations of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Jim Fukuyama - PNTA Board Treasurer

Jim Fukuyama
Treasurer
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.

Vince O'Connel

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.

Kathy Swanson

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.

Aaron Theison

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.

Bob Woods, PNTA Board VP

Bob Woods
Joined in 2016
Issaquah, WA

Bob has spent more than 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 recently completed a master degree in Leadership and Management and is also a Leave No Trace master educator.  In 2008, he received a US Forest Service Honors Award for creating new volunteer leadership programs.  When he’s not out hiking with his family, Bob enjoys painting, paddling, and just being outside.

Margaret Hartzell

Margaret Hartzell
Joined in 2017
Okanogan, WA

Margaret Hartzell joined the PNTA Board because such trails conserve wild places and get people into nature.  She worked for Federal land management agencies for 32 years as a Park Ranger and with the Forest Service managing teams of wildlife biologists, fish biologists, soil scientists, social scientists, botanists, foresters, and recreation specialists on projects large and small. Now retired, she continues her interest in natural resources and the outdoors by volunteering with local trail groups, a land trust, and the PNTA.

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