Eastern Trail Alliance Trustees
DEBORAH ERICKSON-IRONS, PRESIDENT
Deborah is a healthcare management and public health professional from York, Maine. As a writer and singer she is passionate about the connection between nature, health, and creativity. Deb is a strong advocate for bringing the off-road Eastern Trail south of Kennebunk. She enjoys cycling and walking on the ET and the many conserved lands in Southern Maine, and can’t wait until her grandbabies are old enough to join her for outside adventures!
BOB BOWKER, VICE PRESIDENT
Bob is an avid cyclist and president of Bowker & Associates, an environmental engineering firm located in Portland. He has been commuting by bicycle from Scarborough to Portland for over 25 years. Bob founded the Maine Lighthouse Ride in 2003, a fundraising cycling event for the Eastern Trail Alliance that has grown to become the largest single-day ride in Maine with 1,200 riders. He also helped develop Commute Another Way Day, an event designed to promote alternative transportation in Maine communities. Bob is a Licensed Cycling Instructor who enjoys cycling, kayaking, and hiking.
RALPH HILTZ, TREASURER
Ralph is a retired accountant with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Husson College. He currently works part time as a Job coach at L.L. Bean. He lives in Saco with his wife Terry and Sheltie Lucy. They have three adult children, two boys and one girl. Two are school teachers teaching special needs children and other child operates his own company doing web page design. In addition to being an accountant Ralph spent 11 years coaching sons Little League teams, and three years as President of Biddeford Youth Hockey. When youngest son decided at age 11 to be a youth hockey referee he became one also and did that for about 10 years. Now in his semi-retirement he enjoys all sports as well as traveling with his wife.
TIM LAMBERT, SECRETARY
Tim started to get involved with the Eastern Trail Alliance in 2008. He has a vested interest in seeing the project completed: he wants to ride the entire 2,900 mile East Coast Greenway once completed, so he felt that getting involved in his home state just made sense. Tim works full time as a system engineer in South Portland. Originally from Biddeford, Tim recently purchased a house adjacent to the trail in Scarborough. Tim and his wife have one son and two dogs. The Lambert family favorite pastimes include walking, biking, camping and hiking.
JOHN ANDREWS, TRUSTEE
John, native Mainiac, some consider "Father of the ET", is long-retired from computer chip and electronic systems design. He served as chair of Maine AMC, Maine Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers, and several engineering organizations. John is a retired registered Maine Guide. When 78 he bicycled from Kittery to Bethel in three days. His proudest accomplishment is raising, with his wife Marietta of 51 years, their two sons John and Mike.
JIM BUCAR, TRUSTEE
Jim's earliest biking was on country roads in Ohio, and he began obsessing about photography first in high school, combining both of those pastimes while teaching English at a private day school in New Haven. He's convinced that photography is a serious art form, and he was equally convinced that putting your life on two wheels— rather than four— was such a compelling idea that he joined a group of faculty who commuted to campus on their bikes. Was it only coincidental, then, that retirement to Maine allowed even closer bonding of those two activities via volunteering for the ETA?
BRYAN GALLANT, TRUSTEE
Bryan is honored to join the Eastern Trail Alliance as a trustee. He is an avid triathlete and outdoor enthusiast. Originally from New Hampshire, Bryan moved to Maine nearly 10 years ago and spends as much time as he can in the White Mountains skiing, hiking and biking. His career has been in the ski and bike industry as a freestyle ski coach and an employee at Rodgers in Scarborough, Maine. Bryan competes in local triathlons as well as Ironman races around the country. You can find Bryan running on the Eastern Trail, swimming along the coast or on his bike in southern Maine.
MARIANNE GOODINE, TRUSTEE
Marianne is the Assistant to the Town Manager for the Town of Wells. She attended Endicott College and has worked for the Town of Wells for 14+ years. She previously worked for Hussey Seating Company in North Berwick, Maine. She currently serves as a board member of the Eastern Trail Management District and Trustee of the Eastern Trail Alliance. Marianne has been a resident of the Town of Wells for most of her life and enjoys walks on the beach, biking, hiking and exploring the many nature trails that the great State of Maine has to offer. She is very excited about extending the Eastern Trail through Wells and further south to the New Hampshire border.
GLORIA LEGERE, TRUSTEE
Gloria Legere, RN, MS, JD, CPHQ is a hospital accreditation and patient safety consultant. Her focus is assisting hospital in developing practical, long-term strategies for continuous readiness for accreditation compliance. She lives on a lake in Lyman. Gloria is an avid biker (on trail and road), hiker, skier and photographer and the Eastern Trail provides an excellent resource for all of those. Last summer, biking from Kennebunk to Bug Light (and back) in a day, allowed the opportunity to vividly understand the need to “Close the Gap” and to extend the trail to southern regions as well.
ROB LISCORD, TRUSTEE
Rob is a new South Portland resident but lifelong Mainer, who moved to town specifically to access the Eastern Trail. Rob and his wife Brittany use the trail every day to safely commute in to Portland for work, walk their dog Arlo and spend as much time as possible outside and out of a car. He is a Bates College Alum and the Veteran Services Coordinator for Pine Tree Legal Assistance. As an avid runner, his favorite thing about the Eastern Trail is taking in the sunrise from Bug Light park on an early morning run.
JIM MUNROE, TRUSTEE
Jim has been member of the Eastern Trail for 7-8 yrs. Currently a Trustee, Jim is part of our outreach team participating in various corporate presentations and events. He is busy keeping many of our Kiosk information boxes full, and helping with our Maine Lighthouse Ride. He’s retired and enjoys volunteer work; Big Brothers, ETA, Mercy Hospital, working with patients who are in Detox for Drug & Alcohol abuse. Jim mentored a young man for Sweetsers Home and is still looking for other areas where he can help. Jim has resided in OOB for 20 years.
JOE YUHAS, TRUSTEE
Joe leads the monthly full moon walks on the Eastern Trail and has been doing so for 4 years now. A biker both on and off the trail, he can also be seen snowshoeing and x-c skiing during the snow season. He has a background as a naturalist and is very interested in environmental issues and teaches courses on Climate Change and Natural History at York County Senior College. A retired teacher/professor, when not on a bike, he volunteers as a train host on the Downeaster, works with youngsters at Community Bike Center and enjoys singing with his church choir and with Harbour Singers.
Eastern Trail Alliance Staff
CAROLE BRUSH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Carole has been the Executive Director of the Eastern Trail Alliance and the Eastern Trail Management District for more than eight years. An avid outdoors lover, she is a Registered Maine Guide and enjoys cycling and hiking throughout the region. She managed major improvement projects for the Eastern Trail, such as the Turnpike Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge and current Close the Gap campaign, adding significant trail extensions. Carole has been leading workshops and retreats for over 20 years, sharing her passion for wild, natural places, the practices of Pilates, Yoga, meditation and mindfulness, as well as the study of wellness and complementary energy therapies.
NANCY BORG, ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nancy joined the Eastern Trail as a volunteer in 2013, and became a part time employee in 2015. Although she’s not a seasoned bike rider, she is a walker, and enjoys using the trail as a method of finding peace and wellness. You will find Nancy at most Eastern Trail events enthusiastically sharing the vision of the trail. When she’s not doing a trail event, she sings in a Jazz group, loves to travel and spending time with her husband, Charles and their dog, AJ.
LARRY GLANTZ, WEBSITE MANAGER
Larry got involved with the Eastern Trail after reading John's Feb. 1998 article in the Press Herald. In those early years he served as a founding Trustee and Vice President of the ETA. He created ETA's first web site in 1999 to showcase the Eastern Trail vision to the region, state and beyond. The web site won American Trails' best local trail website award in 2003. Leaving the ETA board (designated as one of the first Trustees Emeritus!), he continued as a volunteer but returned as a part-time staff member in 2011 to manage the ever-growing ETA website. Larry lives in Cape Elizabeth and works for L.L.Bean.
JEN STEELE SKILLINGS, MLR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
A Scarborough native and resident, Jen became a stay-at-home-mom after the birth of her son in 2013. She has a background in event planning and fundraising for non-profit organizations and is excited to join the ETA team! Jen enjoys biking, running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the Eastern Trail with her husband James and son Andrew. "My favorite experience on the ET: I love the annual Lighthouse Ride! Everything about the day from the gorgeous scenery to the friendly volunteers and rider camaraderie makes for a great day!"