Our Board of Directors
Our nine-member board of directors are all volunteers, comprising a cross-section of recreational interests in the Kodiak community. We meet approximately once per month in 90-minute "working lunch" meetings. Our board serves the organization in the following ways:
- Make an annual meaningful financial contribution to ITN
- Participate in formulation and oversight of ITN policies & procedures
- Determine and evaluate the organization's mission & strategic goals
- Identify & recruit new members, board members, partners & funders
- Participate in reviewing & approving budget annually
- Provide input and leadership on fundraising decisions
- Serve on at least one ITN committee annually
- Read minutes & stay informed on ITN matters
- Help ITN meet legal and ethical requirements
- Perform other responsibilities designated by the board
- Provide leadership on planning ITN events & meetings
- Are members of ITN
Meet Our Board:
Ian is a recent transplant to Kodiak but has appreciated mountains, rivers, oceans, forests, wind, rain, snow and tough, individualistic people and animals his whole life. He believes that wild places are an essential part of our world that deserve special attention and that we all have a right to access and duty to protect them, which are both key endeavors of Island Trails Network. When he’s not flying helicopters for the Coast Guard, he tries to be hiking/backpacking, telemark skiing, surfing or kayaking. He and his wife Stephanie have three other family members who also love Kodiak: two small twins and one large German shepherd.
Term Expires 12/31/2020
Dan works for the National Marine Fisheries service as a fisheries biologist, after a career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a MS from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Dan has lived in Kodiak for 20 years and really enjoys the opportunities it provides for kayaking, biking, and hiking. Dan and his wife Kim have one dog and four chickens. Term Expires 12/31/2020
Lisa grew up in Kodiak and recently returned home with her husband Jason, daughter Isla, and dog Shumagin. She works for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as the Assistant Area Management Biologist for the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands and holds a BS in Biology from UAF and a MS in Fisheries from the University of Washington. She spends her summers in Cold Bay and winters in Kodiak. Lisa enjoys hiking, running, hunting, fishing, boating, scuba diving, four-wheeling, skiing, and kayaking and is currently learning how to do all these things with a toddler on her back (except scuba diving). She loves travelling around remote places in Alaska as well as the rest of the US and world, but Kodiak is her favorite place to be.
Term Expires 12/31/2019
Eric is a type 1 diabetic of 43 years. He attributes his excellent health to being physically active on a daily basis. Much of that activity is on Kodiak trails either biking or hiking. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Kodiak after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with an MS in Geology. They built their home and raised two sons in Kodiak. Eric retired from Kodiak High School where he was a science and health teacher. He also spent numerous summers commercial salmon fishing with family and friends around the island. Recently, he joined the KIB Parks and Recreation board. He is looking forward to improving, maintaining, and building trails with ITN.
Term Expires 12/31/21
Pam works as the Development Director for Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation (KMXT and KODK). Originally from Minnesota, she has made the island her home for 25 years and spent as much of that time as possible outside. An avid photographer, she also enjoys hiking, kayaking, birding, wildlife viewing, fishing and camping. Pam writes and produces a weekly radio show on outdoor events called Island Byways, now in its 14th year. Pam's emphasis in serving on the board is building partnerships with land owners and agencies to preserve public access to existing trails, beaches and waterways. Term Expires 12/31/18
Patrick is curator of the Alutiiq museum in Kodiak and a registered professional archaeologist. He holds a BA from Harvard University and a MA from the University of Wisconsin. He serves on the borough Parks & Recreation committee and recently completed service on the Alaska State Parks advisory board where he advocated for land use easements and trail creation. Patrick is an accomplished cross-country and downhill skier, boasting a ski ascent of Mt. Shishaldin, several first descents on Kodiak and skiing 209 days one year. Patrick and his wife Zoya have a 9-year old daughter Nora, 8-year old son Stuart, and 2 dogs. Term Expires 12/31/19
Ben arrived on the ferry in 1994 with his then-girlfriend Karen. Within a little while they were married with kids and a house and no desire to live anywhere else. He enjoys mountain biking, trail running, hiking, kayaking, and skiing. Ben and Karen raised two kids and a brewery here and don't have any plans to leave. Ben believes trail use has increased with the change in demographics over time. Kodiak is a tough place to get to, and to get around. That helps keep it wild and wonderful, but still not immune to the impact of increased back country use. Ben hopes to increase recreation opportunities as well as minimize degradation through planning, design and maintenance.
Term Expires 12/31/2019