About Us

The mission of the Eastern Trail Alliance is to build, maintain, and promote the use of the Eastern Trail, a recreation and transportation greenway from Casco Bay to the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine. We do this by inspiring individuals and private and public organizations to partner with us to support this incomparable resource.


We are friends of the Eastern Trail, working together in a variety of ways to develop the fantastic resource between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and South Portland, Maine. We are citizens of Southern Maine, frequent visitors, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and outdoor enthusiasts. We are family members, commuters, municipal employees, and just plain interested folk.

Listed below are some key online resources that describe who we are, what we’ve done, and what we are currently doing to build and promote the Eastern Trail:

former ETMD Executive Director Carole Brush supervising trail construction in Arundel



Meet the Team:

Board and Staff Aug 2022


ETA Staff:

Jon Kachmar, ETA/ETMD Executive Director  |  Patti Poole, Office Manager |  Mckenzie Penton, Events & Stewardship Coordinator | Patrick Conlon,  Trail Program Manager | Larry Glantz, Website Manager

ETA Trustees

Name Affiliation Term Exp.
Eric Wright, President Saco
Town & Country Federal Credit Union
Bob Hamblen, Vice-President Saco
Retired City Planner
Ralph Hiltz, Treasurer Saco
Retired Accountant
Deb Erickson-Irons, Secretary York
Healthcare Management and Public Health Professional
Bill Dehais Cumberland
Kennebunk Savings Bank
Tom McCullom South Berwick
South Berwick representative to the ETMD | Retired Professional Land Surveyor
Jen Steele Skillings Scarborough
Event Planning/Fundraising Professional
Kelly Whetstone Scarborough
Foreside Financial Services
Joe Yuhas Biddeford
Retired Biology Teacher

Click here for more information on the dedicated trustees and staff who work closely with members, sponsors, volunteers and so many others who share the vision of the Eastern Trail.

Emeritus Officers/Staff

Name Affiliation
John Andrews President Emeritus (1937-2017)
Founder of the Eastern Trail
Bob Bowker President, Vice-President Emeritus
Retried Saco City Planner
Bob LaNigra Vice-President, Secretary
Running enthusiast; Organizer of annual Snowy Egret Race
Tim Lambert Secretary
Carole Brush Executive Director Emeritus (2006-2020)

Trustees Emeritus

Name Affiliation
Tom Daley Scarborough
Mayor of Scarborough Marsh
Ethan Davis Arundel
Owner, Wildfire Human Powered Vehicles
Larry Glantz Cape Elizabeth
Eastern Trail web site administrator 1999-2006; 2011 to present
Bruce Wakefield Saco
Accomplished Trail Rider, Electrician, Musician
Maggie Warren Hallowell
Bicycle Coalition of Maine


Advisory Trustees

Name Affiliation
Rev. John Balicki Former Maine DOT Bike/Ped Coordinator
Eric Cote, Esq. Saco City Councilor
Diane Doyle Doyle Enterprises
Judy Haley Co-founder, Southern Eastern Trail Alliance (SETA)
Alix Hopkins Author of “Groundswell”; Founding Executive Director of Portland Trails
Don Lauzier Vice President Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank
Burnham Martin National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Program
Nathan Smith, Esq. Founding member of Portland Trails, ETA advisory on easement issues