PCTA Director of Trail Operations Jennifer Tripp to Take a Leave of Absence

Jennifer Tripp with a volunteer at a PCTA Trail Skills College in Darrington, Washington. Photo by PCTA.

The PCTA’s Director of Trail Operations Jennifer Tripp announced she will be taking a three-month leave of absence to help care for her partner, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Associate Director of Trail Operations Justin Kooyman will temporarily lead the program as Acting Director of Trail Operations during Jennifer’s leave of absence.

“As you all know, the last few months have been extremely challenging with Bill’s cancer,” said Jennifer. “The decision to take a leave of absence didn’t come easily; however, it is the right choice. This time will allow me to focus my energy on being healthy so I can support Bill on his cancer journey. Bill and I are extremely grateful for PCTA’s support in making my leave possible.”

“I’m sad to be stepping away; however, it’s an exciting opportunity for Justin to lead the trail operations program. Knowing the team is under his thoughtful leadership makes it easier for me. I appreciate everyone’s support, and I’m thankful for such an amazing and talented team who have been so patient while I’ve been in and out the last few months and who are all stepping up to help while I’m out.”

Megan Wargo, Acting Executive Director, also expressed her gratitude for Jennifer and the PCTA’s Trail Operations team: “Jennifer has been a dedicated leader for our PCT Trail Operations program since assuming her role as director in 2018. In recent years she has been a huge advocate for the PCT on a national level—helping us and partners secure Great American Outdoors Act funding to grow the capacity of our team to maintain and take care of the PCT.”

“I’m equally appreciative to Justin and our outstanding trail operations and volunteer program staff, and have no doubt they will keep things running smoothly in Jennifer’s absence, allowing her the time she needs to focus on her family.”

“Between advancing our highest priorities, putting some items on hold, and caring for our staff’s wellbeing, I am confident that the PCTA and our incredible group of volunteers and partners will have another successful year of managing and maintaining the PCT.”

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.