Board of Directors

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  • John E. Crawford

  • Board Chair
  • Retired, Biotechnology Industry
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Joined board: 2012
  • Second term expires: April 2019

John Crawford was an executive in the biotechnology industry for 32 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  John also serves on the Board of Directors of The Clearity Foundation for ovarian cancer.  John grew up in Sequoia National Forest and has been trekking and backpacking for 45 years. He is a section hiker of the PCT and has completed two-thirds of the trail.

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  • Scott Jacobsmeyer

  • Vice Chair
  • Financial Planner
  • Round Rock, TX
  • Joined board: 2011
  • Second term expires: April 2017

Scott “Stormtrooper” Jacobsmeyer holds degrees in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from MIT.  He worked in a variety of Operations Management positions at Alcoa and Dell before taking a sabbatical to thru-hike the PCT in 2004.  Upon returning from the PCT Scott founded Argent Wealth Management, a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory practice in Round Rock, Texas where he currently serves as President. Scott is married with five young children.  He enjoys long distance backpacking, traveling, and introducing his kids to the great outdoors.

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  • Denise Gilbert

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Semi-retired, Biotechnology
  • Industry Executive
  • Portola Valley, CA
  • Joined board: 2010
  • Third term expires: April 2019

Denise is a retired senior executive having spent more than 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. Denise has a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology and spent her professional career focusing on biotechnology most notably as a Chief Financial Officer, as a Wall Street biotechnology industry analyst, and before her retirement, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of a number of biopharmaceutical companies. She lives in Northern California and enjoys the outdoors including hiking, backpacking and bicycling. Denise is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for PCTA’s board of directors and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Priscila Franco
  • Priscila Franco

  • Retired, U.S. Forest Service
  • Ashland, OR
  • Joined board: 2015
  • First term expires: April 2019

Priscila Franco is retired from a 27 year career with the U.S. Forest Service, with an emphasis in recreation & wilderness management, having worked on many of the units through which the PCT passes. Most recently, she was the District Ranger for the Shasta-McCloud Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. She has previous volunteer leadership experience with organizations such as the Mt. Shasta Trail Association and the Great Shasta Rail Trail. Priscila has residences in Ashland, Oregon and Weed, California.

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  • Chip Herzig

  • Retired, US Navy
  • Joined board: 2013
  • First term expires: April 2017

A long-time PCTA member and volunteer, Chip is a past president of his local Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) chapter, and has also been involved in the State Board for BCHC, including serving as statewide president for three years. Through his involvement with BCHC, he has generated much support for volunteer packing in general and for PCT packing projects. Chip is retired from the U.S. Navy and, until recently, taught computer science at Riverside Community College. He also served as the computer science department chair for three years. After moving to Nevada, Chip now serves as President of the Carson Valley Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of Nevada.

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  • John Hoffnagle

  • Retired, Nonprofit Executive
  • Portland, OR
  • Joined board: 2010
  • Third term expires: April 2019

John formerly served as the Executive Director of the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Land Trust of Napa County from 1988-2012, during which time he worked to protect over 52,000 acres of important agricultural, natural resource and recreational land as well as spearheaded a $25 million capital campaign. In 2012 John was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the California Council of Land Trusts. John holds a BS from the University of Oregon and an MFS from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. John, trail name Daddy-Longlegs, has over 2,000 miles of the PCT under his backpack straps. John is married with two adult children who also love backpacking.

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  • Barney Mann

  • Attorney
  • San Diego, CA
  • Joined board: 2008
  • Third term expires: April 2017

Barney “Scout” Mann is a lawyer (recently retired from a 25-year San Diego practice), a long-time PCT hiker who completed a thru-hike in 2007, and is entering a new phase of life as a writer. His articles often appear in the Communicator, as well as in the Portland Oregonian and Backpacker Magazine. Barney has served in leadership capacities for the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and other volunteer organizations. He has served as PCTA fundraising committee Chair since fall 2008 and the last three years he traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of PCTA’s “Hike the Hill” advocacy team.

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  • Tim McGuire

  • Director of Sales in North America – Eagle Creek
  • Joined board: 2013
  • First term expires: April 2017

Tim is a longtime outdoor industry executive who lives in the Carlsbad, California area where he is Director of Sales in North America for Eagle Creek. Because of his experience, Tim is helping the PCTA connect with the outdoor industry. His love of outdoor adventures has taken him around the world; from the summit of Denali in Alaska to running the rapids of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Tim is very passionate about hiking as much of the PCT as he can and he hopes to someday thru-hike all 2650 miles.

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  • Jim Newman

  • Retired, Pharmaceutical Industry Executive
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • First term expires: April 2018

Jim recently retired from executive corporate life after 34 years. He started, grew and sold several companies. He is a CPA who earned a BA from University of Illinois and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Jim is a life-long outdoors enthusiast, having trekked in the Himalayas and section hiked on the PCT. Jim and his wife, Lynne, have traveled the globe, visiting all seven continents. Although born in New York and Chicago respectively, Jim and Lynne moved to California the day after Jim’s last exam in 1970. They spend their summers in Wisconsin. Jim enjoys all outdoor activities including running, hiking, boating and golf.

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  • Don Ralphs

  • Retired, Attorney
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • First term expires: April 2018

Don is a native Californian who grew up in a family living an outdoor lifestyle. Backpacking and ski touring trips in the Sierra Nevada were a regular part of growing up. Don is a lawyer having practiced 20 years representing clients in real estate, business and attorney malpractice cases. During his practice, he was the head of his firm’s pro bono practice committee and in semi retirement continued to represent children and the indigent in pro bono cases. With more time off for recreation, Don aspires to hike the whole PCT, section by section.

Tom Reveley
  • Tom Reveley

  • Managing Director of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch
  • Seattle, WA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • First term expires: April 2017

Tom is a Managing Director of Wealth Management with Merrill Lynch. He was a founding director of the Bainbridge Community Foundation. A loyal alumnus of the University of Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management, Tom just retired from the Foundation Board but continues as an active member of the investment committee. He is also a Fellow with the National Tropical Botanical Garden. After attending the NYU Graduate Schools of Business, where he majored in investments, Tom moved to Seattle in 1971 with his wife, Teita. Tom is an avid PCT section hiker and backpacker, and has climbed all of the Washington glacier peaks, including Mount Rainier. Two years ago he successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and is planning a hike in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of California for next summer.

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  • Ken Schwarz

  • Retired, Dentist
  • Corona del Mar, CA
  • Joined board: 2015
  • First term expires: April 2019

Ken Schwarz is a retired dentist who has completed section-hiking the PCT twice. He has served on PCTA’s Hike the Hill advocacy team for many years, and has worked with the Warrior Hike program, helping veterans with hiking the PCT. He has served on the boards of the Orange County Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and Orange County YMCA, as well as chairing the Newport Beach Parks Beaches and Recreation Commission. Ken volunteers as a Master Gardener and donates his dental services to CDA Cares clinics. Outside of hiking, Ken is an avid tennis player, and enjoys his grandchildren along with his wife Kathy.

Rick Thalhammer
  • Rick Thalhammer

  • Retired, Attorney
  • Sacramento, California
  • Joined board: 2016
  • First term expires: April 2020

Rick has returned to the board of directors after having previously served from 2006-2014. He retired from 31 years as a Deputy and Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the State of California where he focused on land use, land acquisition, natural resource protection and land use planning. Rick has been part of PCTA’s “Hike the Hill” advocacy team along with his children for several years, and he recently worked with PCTA’s team on mountain biking issues. He has a lifelong passion for the outdoors through hiking, camping, mountaineering, skiing, and fly-fishing, among other hobbies. Rick has hiked the entire John Muir Trail with his son Korbi, and has hiked more than 300 miles on the PCT in California and Washington with his daughter Katie. At 71, he is attempting to complete section hiking the entire PCT before he turns 80.

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  • Andy Basque

  • Portland, OR
  • Joined board: 2008

The PCTA mourns the loss of Andy Basque, a beloved member of our Board of Directors, a mountaineer, thru-hiker, and friend. Andy died in a climbing accident on August 7, 2008. Please join us in honoring her memory.

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