Chelsea Bodamer
Partnership for the
National Trails System

Main Conference: SAT 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chelsea Bodamer Bio (click to expand)

Originally a Pittsburgh native, Chelsea attended the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Media & Professional Communications with a Certificate in Digital Media. Upon graduation, she moved to Texas to join a Conservation Corps. It was during this time that she began to develop her relationship with the great outdoors. Shortly thereafter, she moved to St. Louis to join an AmeriCorps program. Running a homeless shelter, responding to disasters across the United States, and volunteer recruitment were just a few of her roles during this time. In 2012, she received the AmeriCorps State Service award for her service from the state of Missouri. Chelsea was drawn to the PNTS after attending various workshops and conferences as a trail apprentice.


Deborah Caffin
US Forest Service

Main Conference: FRI 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Deborah Caffin Bio (click to expand)

Deb’s career began with the State of Florida as a Recreation Planner. She later joined the U.S. Forest Service as Trail Coordinator on the National in Tallahassee working closely with the Florida Trail Association on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Currently, Deb is the Regional Wilderness/Dispersed Recreation Specialist with responsibility for the Wilderness, Wild and Scenic River, Congressionally Designated Areas, trails and dispersed recreation programs for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Deb received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and her Master’s of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Deb’s hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, and boating.


Christopher Douwes
Federal Highway Administration

Main Conference: SAT 9:30am - 10:15am
Christopher Douwes Bio (click to expand)

Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities. Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.


Robert Eversole
TrailMeister.com

Rolling Conference:
SAT 9:30am - 5:00pm
Robert Eversole Bio (click to expand)

Robert Eversole created TrailMeister.com as the horse rider’s resource. It was created for the avid, active, or aspiring horse rider. Whether as part of a horse training program, as conditioning for competition, or trail riding for the love of nature. TrailMeister.com is the place to find accurate trail information including current weather, real directions, and the straight scoop on the area that has been verified by the area’s land managers. It’s a lot of work collecting all of this data and no other website does it.
In addition to providing an easy way to search trail and trailhead destinations, TrailMeister.com also has an extensive list of published articles in horse magazines, videos and photos, gear review for horse and rider, Tips and hints, Knots to know, and e-newsletters. Again you simply won’t find this type of information or detail anyplace else.
Beyond the website, Robert also frequents equine events around the country as a clinician teaching riders how to enjoy trail riding and camping with their horses. There are many clinicians that teach horse owners to bond with and ride their animals. Robert helps riders learn to enjoy their horses and mules outside the arena, doing what most riders dream about: trail riding and camping with our horses.


Ken Haddad
Equine Land
Conservation Resource

Main Conference: SAT 10:30am - 11:15am
Ken Haddad Bio (click to expand)

Ken Haddad is the president of the ELCR Board of Directors. An avid fox hunter and trail rider, Ken recently retired as Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In that role he was responsible for the management of over 5 million acres of Florida public and private lands and served on the state council that guided the purchase of $300 million worth of public lands annually. He also served as member of the state lands Acquisition and Restoration Council; Chairman of the Science Coordinating Group of the Everglades Restoration Task Force; and president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He is a current board member of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida.


Jan Hancock
Hancock Resources LLC

Main Conference: FRI 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jan Hancock Bio (click to expand)

Jan Hancock is an equestrian consultant providing planning and design services to professional trail planners, designers, landscape architects, engineers and land managers. She has a Masters Degree from Arizona State University in Design Education, and is the author of numerous equestrian trail articles, columns and publications. Jan is a national speaker at conferences on equestrian topics and she has served on the boards of many trails affiliated organizations, including American Trails, Equine Land Conservation Resource, and Arizona Horse Council, as well as her appointments to the Arizona Governor's Growing Smarter Oversight Council and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board.


Mary Hanson
Equine Land
Conservation Resource

Main Conference: SAT 11:30pm - 12:15pm
Mary Hanson Bio (click to expand)

Mary Hanson lives in Ithaca, Nebraska with her husband, Dwight. She has Morgan horses that she rides and drives. Mary has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis on park planning. She retired from the National Park Service in 2013 after 15 years as a Recreational Planner. As part of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, her project work included plans for community trail systems, riverfront redevelopment, farmland preservation, youth development, and partnership and team building. Her specialties include equestrian trails, conflict resolution and meeting facilitation.
Mary now is enjoying competing in competitive trail riding, carriage driving, and working on Nebraska equestrian trails. She services as a technical advisor for Equine Land Conservation Resource and is the North American Trails Conference’s Trail Advocate.


Bill Hodge
Southern Appalachian
Wilderness Stewards

Main Conference: FRI 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bill Hodge Bio (click to expand)

Bill’s passion for stewardship began has a Field Organizer for Tennessee Wild, a citizens campaign supporting new wilderness designation in the Cherokee National Forest. Bill founded SAWS in November 2010. Bill came to conservation work in 2009 after a twenty-five year career in college athletics and broadcast media management and is a graduate of the University of Evansville.
Bill is currently the chairman of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. Bill also retains the following certifications: Class C USFS Sawyer, Wilderness First Aid, and Leave No Trace Master Educator.
Bill and his wife Laura have also spent many years using their photography skills for conservation efforts, and are thrilled to call Coker Creek, Tennessee home.


Joe Meade
US Forest Service

Main Conference: FRI 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Joe Meade Bio (Coming Soon!)

Bio Coming Soon!


Claire Miller
City of Phoenix

Main Conference: SAT 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Claire Miller Bio (click to expand)

Claire Miller started her Natural Resource Management career in the City of Phoenix in 1987 as a Park Ranger – one of the first mounted patrol rangers in a newly developed program for the City of Phoenix mountain parks and preserves. She is a nationally certified mounted officer. In 1999, she left the City of Phoenix to become the first Preserve Manager for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. In the Scottsdale manager position, she was integral in the development of several trailhead facilities and a network of approximately 200 miles of natural surface trails. She returned to the City of Phoenix in 2014, as a manager for the 21,000-acre Phoenix Sonoran Preserve system. Public outreach is a very important aspect of Miller’s Preserve Manager job – working with closely with the public at large and many regional agency and other stakeholder groups.


Dot Moyer
Equine Land
Conservation Resource

Main Conference: SAT 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Dot Moyer Bio (click to expand)

Dorothy (“Dot”) Moyer was raised on a large cattle farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Riding, foxhunting, boarding and training horses and showing 4-H steers, she developed a lifelong interest in horses, agriculture and nature. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she kept her OTT TB in Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia, and learned about the challenges of keeping horses in a city environment. In 1990, her family relocated to Flat Rock, North Carolina. When the equestrian trails were built over there, she moved down the mountain to the Tryon area, where she met people from around the country also looking for places to ride and keep their horses.
Dot has represented and served on the boards of many community based non-profits during her career. Now retired, she focuses her efforts on preserving land and equestrian access. She is an active member of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy, serving on its Land Committee, as well as the Polk County Soil and Water District Advisory Committee. She has serves on the Board of Foothills Equestrian Trails Association, and focuses on its easement program to protect the trails.


Allen Nicholas
US Forest Service

Main Conference: SAT 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Allen Nicholas Bio (Coming Soon!)

Bio Coming Soon!


Randy Rasmussen
Back Country Horsemen
of America

Main Conference: FRI 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Randy Rasmussen Bio (click to expand)

Randy Rasmussen is BCHA’s Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation. He succeeded BCHA’s legendary Dennis Dailey of Pinedale, Wyoming, who recruited and endorsed securing Randy as his replacement.
Randy began with BCHA in 2012, and shifted to full-time with BCHA in 2014. One of his primary roles is assisting BCHA’s Executive Committee and state organizations to advance initiatives and strengthen partnerships in order to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses and pack stock in America's back country and Wilderness areas.
Randy has been successful in strengthening BCHA’s partnerships with federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He often is greeted warmly when meeting new agency personnel as a result of BCHA’s reputation and amazing record of volunteer service developed over the organization’s 42 years of existence (including over 4 million volunteer-hours in the past 20 years alone!).
Randy is a key player in BCHA’s efforts to promote solutions to the trail maintenance crisis on our national forests. He works closely with partners from The Wilderness Society, American Horse Council and other organizations to demonstrate the groundswell of public support for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (a bill introduced in Congress at the request of BCHA and these partners). Randy also works closely with BCH chapters and state organizations engaged in recreation and wilderness planning efforts among the national parks, including plans affecting Yellowstone, Olympic, Bryce Canyon, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. He currently is involved in negotiations with the BLM to craft a national 5-year Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate partnerships between BCHA chapters and BLM field offices, with the objective to promote and expand the system of trails for hiker and horse use on BLM lands throughout the western states.


Jim Thomas
Bar T Horsemanship

Rolling Conference:
SAT 9:30am - 5:00pm
Jim Thomas Bio (click to expand)

A native of Chatham County, NC Jim has spent his entire life surrounded by horses. From his first horse at age 10, he as enjoyed riding and training horses, and sharing his love and knowledge of equines with others. Along the way, he has encountered many different training techniques and several different trainers—all of which have proven influential on his training. Among his most respected are Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, Martin Black, Clinton Anderson and Craig Cameron.
Jim has been fortunate enough to spend substantial one-on-one time with Martin Black, Craig Cameron and Clinton Anderson. All of which have contributed greatly to his growth as a horseman.
In 2007, Jim’s horsemanship was put to the test—he was selected to compete in the inaugural Extreme Mustang Makeover. The competition, which is sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management, pairs trainers from across the country with an untouched wild mustang. These experienced trainers are given 100 days to gentle their mustangs, and then compete against the other selected trainers. Jim was hooked after the first event, and continues to compete annually.


Tom Thomas
Back Country Horsemen
of North Carolina

Main Conference: FRI 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tom Thomas Bio (click to expand)

Happily Married to Brenda W. Thomas for 44 years.
Live in Pisgah Forest, NC
Have one son: David R. Thomas. Assistant Prof. at Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Studied at Western Carolina University and Chapel Hill University
Attended a BFA and Educational Certification. Master of Arts Degree and Advance Certificate in Administration and Superintendents certification.
Worked as a teacher for 7 years and as a principal for 28 years in Transylvania County Schools.
Retired after 35 years.
Currently: A member of the North Carolina Horse Council serving on the Executive Committee, President of Back Country Horsemen of NC, Vice-Chairman of Back Country Horsemen of America.
Leave No Trace Master Trainer, First Aid Instructor, Certified Trail Builder and Instructor in wilderness Packing with Mules and Horses.
Mottos: "Nothing Replaces a Positive Attitude." "Together WE make a difference."


Bud Wills
Pennsylvania Equine Council

Rolling Conference:
SAT 9:30am - 5:00pm
Bud Wills Bio (click to expand)

Bud and Gwen both grew up on the back of a horse. No longer involved in showing, they have enjoyed trail riding throughout the country. Becoming concerned about the loss of public lands to the equine user across the country in 2001, they became involved with the Pennsylvania Equine Council to develop the PEC Trail Stewardship Program. They present 3-Day and 1-Day Programs to non-motorized trail volunteers as well as agency personnel about trail layout, construction and maintenance as well as 2-Day Packing Clinics. Both Bud and Gwen are Leave No Trace, LNT, masters. Traveling throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states they present LNT/ Ride Smart land ethics and outdoor skills programs.


Gwen Wills
Pennsylvania Equine Council

Rolling Conference:
SAT 9:30am - 5:00pm
Gwen Wills Bio (click to expand)

Bud and Gwen both grew up on the back of a horse. No longer involved in showing, they have enjoyed trail riding throughout the country. Becoming concerned about the loss of public lands to the equine user across the country in 2001, they became involved with the Pennsylvania Equine Council to develop the PEC Trail Stewardship Program. They present 3-Day and 1-Day Programs to non-motorized trail volunteers as well as agency personnel about trail layout, construction and maintenance as well as 2-Day Packing Clinics. Both Bud and Gwen are Leave No Trace, LNT, masters. Traveling throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states they present LNT/ Ride Smart land ethics and outdoor skills programs.


Chip Wilson
Arizona Horse Council

Main Conference: SAT 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Chip Wilson Bio (click to expand)

Chip has recently retired from the Boeing Company facility in Mesa, Arizona, where the Apache Helicopter is assembled, and he is now working diligently to promote and protect the equine industry. Chip became involved in equine activities after moving to Arizona in 1990, after serving and retiring from over 22 years in the Air Force and fulfilling a promise to his wife that they would find a place to live where she could have her first horse.
His equine involvement grew into the realm of political involvement concerning the equine lifestyle and industry. Chip became one of the founding members of the East Valley Back Country Horsemen chapter and he has served for over 12 years in several positions with the Arizona Horse Council and its predecessor, the Arizona State Horsemen’s Association. He is currently serving as the Arizona Horse Council's president. His interest in preserving the equine lifestyle drew him into his commitment and desire to have influence in his community and he was elected and has served as a City Council member in his home City of Apache Junction, Arizona for the past 8 years.
Chip has also lead Arizona’s efforts to establish equine emergency training for law enforcement officials and equine owners and riders to help them be prepared for any emergency whether it is natural or man-made events. He is a strong advocate for establishing an emergency and potential rescue plan for not only individuals and family members, but he emphasizes the plan must also include your animals.


Matt Woodson
Okanogan Trail Construction

Main Conference: FRI 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Matt Woodson Bio (click to expand)

Okanogan Trail Construction (OTC) started when the founder, Matthew Woodson, began contracting and completing independent trail work for the U.S. Forest Service in the North Cascade Mountains. Throughout the 1980's, Woodson and his crew repaired and restored trails in the Northwest, learning the idiosyncrasies of sustainable trail design and repair. At the time, OTC was repairing trails that had been improperly designed by other trail builders, and over years Woodson became familiar with the problems and issues inherent in improperly built trails.
In the early 1990's, OTC began reconstructing sizable sections of deteriorating trails. Through large-scale reconstruction, Woodson and his crew were able to implement design modifications to better ensure trail sustainability; however, confined by the parameters of reconstruction alone, they were only able to exercise a limited number of design concepts. By the mid-1990's, OTC began building new trails from design to finish. Starting from the very foundation of each project enabled Woodson to actualize improved sustainable design throughout his work, assuring durable outcomes.
For the past sixteen years, OTC has been building new trails in the diverse regions of the Western United States, specializing in the rugged and remote terrains of national forests, wildlife preserves and private lands. Recently, the company has conducted business in urban areas as well, such as college campuses, suburban mountainous areas and outer city neighborhoods, giving OTC a well rounded expertise in every aspect of trail building. Through suburban and neighborhood trail system construction, OTC has become skilled in ADA accessible stabilized trails in addition to the hiking, biking and equestrian trails that it knows so well.