Board of Directors

Rick Thalhammer
  • Rick Thalhammer

  • Chair
  • 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.

  • John E. Crawford

  • Vice Chair
  • Retired, Biotechnology Industry
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Joined board: 2012
  • Third term expires: April 2022

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 grew up in Sequoia National Forest and has been trekking and backpacking for 50 years. He is a section hiker of the PCT and has completed 2,450 miles of the trail.  John is married with three sons and his four young grandchildren are now being introduced to the outdoors.

  • Vicki Kellerman

  • Secretary
  • Retired, Federal Outdoor Recreation & Land Management Planner
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Joined board: 2018
  • First term expires: April 2021

Vicki is retired from government service, with 30 years of experience with Federal land management agencies including the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation. As the Pacific Northwest Regional Recreation Coordinator for Reclamation, she worked on a team to set policy and directives and standards for recreation on Reclamation lands and waterways nationwide. She has worked with numerous federal, state, local, non-profit and private entities providing recreation opportunities on federal lands. In 2016, Vicki finished a multi-year section hike of the PCT. In addition to long distance hiking on the PCT, she enjoys domestic and international travel, road cycling, and visiting national parks and natural areas in a small camper.

  • Scott Jacobsmeyer

  • Treasurer
  • Financial Planner
  • Round Rock, TX
  • Joined board: 2011
  • Third term expires: April 2020

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.

  • Kevin Bacon

  • Adjunct Professor, McGeorge School of Law
  • Davis, California
  • Joined board: 2019
  • Term expires: 2020

Kevin Bacon has over 30 years of experience providing consulting services to public sector organizations. He is retired from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Vice President in its public sector consulting practice. Prior to joining IBM, he was a senior partner and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their government consulting practice. After retiring from IBM, Mr. Bacon was an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. There he taught public management courses in the regular and executive masters degree programs. He recently moved to Northern California and is now an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Kevin has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to his career in consulting, he was a senior consultant to the California Legislature on tax and public finance issues.  He has also served as a legislative advocate for University of California students before the California legislature. Kevin has been an avid backpacker since 1968. He and his wife Kim live in Davis, CA. They have one son who lives in California.

  • Gabe Gundling

  • Owner, Napa Valley Balloons
  • Napa, California
  • Joined board: 2018
  • First term expires: April 2021

Gabe, a Northern CA native and lifelong outdoor enthusiast, grew up backpacking, hiking and camping in the High Sierra. After graduating college with a history degree, he thru-hiked the PCT in 2005. Since completing the PCT, Gabe has established a career in the hot air balloon ride industry. He currently owns and manages balloon ride companies in Napa, South Lake Tahoe, Calistoga, Healdsburg and Dixon, California. Gabe now looks forward to returning to the PCT for a second round, this time to complete it in sections.

Katie Hawkins
  • Katie Hawkins

  • Director of Sales & Marketing, Outdoor Industry
  • Truckee, CA
  • Joined board: 2018
  • First term expires: April 2022

As a global sales director for the outdoor industry with over 15 years of experience, Katie Hawkins leads international sales teams and growth initiatives for key outdoor brands such as Marmot, Black Diamond Equipment, and Gregory Mountain Products internationally. An outdoor industry maven, she also volunteers her time and leadership skills as a mentor with the Outdoor Industry Association, regional manager with Camber Outdoors, and industry advisor with the PCTA. Katie is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, and hiker. Her passions and love of the Sierra led to her current role as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Ice Axe Expeditions in Truckee, California where she lives with her family.

  • Chip Herzig

  • Retired, US Navy
  • Joined board: 2013
  • Second term expires: April 2020

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.

  • Tim McGuire

  • Director of Sales in North America – Eagle Creek
  • Joined board: 2013
  • Second term expires: April 2020

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.

Lisa Naito
  • Lisa Naito

  • Owner, Naito Public Affairs
  • Portland, OR
  • Joined board: 2018
  • First term expires: April 2022

Lisa Naito is the owner of Naito Public Affairs, LLC, a government relations and lobbying firm. Born in Portland, Lisa grew up in Corvallis and graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After obtaining her law degree from the University of Oregon and passing the Oregon State Bar, she served as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County and then in the private practice of law. She was elected to the Oregon Legislature as a State Representative in 1990, later served as a METRO Councilor and also as a Multnomah County Commissioner. From backpacking Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail to rafting the Marañon tributary to the Amazon River in Peru, Lisa is an ardent adventurer and world traveler.

  • Jim Newman

  • Retired, Pharmaceutical Industry Executive
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • Second term expires: April 2021

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.

  • Don Ralphs

  • Retired, Attorney
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • Second term expires: April 2021

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

  • Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch
  • Seattle, WA
  • Joined board: 2014
  • Second term expires: April 2020

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.

  • Ken Schwarz

  • Retired, Dentist
  • Corona del Mar, CA
  • Joined board: 2015
  • Second term expires: April 2022

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.

  • 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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