Announcing two new PCTA Regional Representatives!

2023 Regional Rep Hiring Announcement

The PCTA is very excited to announce our two new Regional Representatives. Allissa Brush will serve as the PCTA’s Southern Sierra Regional Representative, and Michelle DiMeglio will serve as the North Cascades Regional Representative.

 

Allissa Brush – Southern Sierra

Allissa Brush joins PCTA as our Southern Sierra Regional Representative

Allissa joins us following over a decade of experience of trail maintenance, guiding, and running volunteer crews in Yosemite and the High Sierra. Originally from the foothills of the Northern Sierra, she has been fortunate to enjoy a life fueled by big granite traipses, beckoning swimming holes, and the quest to see familiar mountains from a dozen different angles. Her personal ambition in life is to be able to trace a topo map of the Sierra Nevada and have a familiar vision, in mind and heart, of what the landscapes look and feel like between those curvy lines. Her professional goal? To strike a healthy balance between upkeeping backcountry trails while preserving surrounding ecosystems and increasing accessibility and inclusion in the outdoors for marginalized communities. With the PCTA, she aims to bridge the opportunity gap for those that may not yet have been invited to the “table” of outdoor recreation and conservation and to create not just users but stewards out of every hiker that passes miles on the beloved Pacific Crest Trail. When not in our National Parks, Allissa deeply enjoys spending time outside with her dogs, or any dog for that matter, working on her land in the foothills, exploring deserts of the Southwest, or enjoying a good read on a sunny deck.

 

Michelle DiMeglio – North Cascades

Michelle using a crosscut saw and smiling

Michelle DiMeglio joins PCTA as our North Cascades Regional Representative

Michelle has worked in various outdoor leadership positions since 2009, including many seasons leading volunteer and Corps trail crews throughout the country. She has a strong background in partnership coordination from her time with the Corps Network and National Park Service. Her background also includes a wide range of field-based technical skills, as well as team-building and soft skills. She has worked in multiple regions for the PCTA as both a Field Project Specialist and Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator, and is honored to step into the Regional Representative Role. Facilitating meaningful experiences in the outdoors and contributing to a culture of trail stewardship on the PCT are what she enjoys most about her work.

The Regional Representatives play a crucial role in carrying out the PCTA’s work managing, maintaining, and protecting the PCT and trail experience. The Reps coordinate partnerships, work with federal, state, and local land management agencies, coordinate and support PCTA’s dedicated volunteers, and promote PCTA’s mission. More about PCTA’s six Regions can be found here. Additionally, the Regions can be explored through the PCTA’s interactive map by turning on the “PCTA Regions” layer: PCT maps.

Author: PCTA Staff

The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands.