Executive Team

Liz Bergeron
Executive Director and CEO

Liz Bergeron
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1846

On October 1, 2001, Liz Bergeron became the Executive Director of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Although the position was new to her, the world of charitable, nonprofit organizations certainly was not. Quite the contrary, Liz brings more than ten years of nonprofit administration and fundraising experience to her PCTA post.

Prior to joining the PCTA, Liz served as Developmental Director for the Stanford Home for Children, Development Director for the American Red Cross, and Development Director as well as Interim Executive Director for the Sacramento Society for the Blind.

Liz earned a B.A. in Government from California State University Sacramento and an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her credentials, however, don’t end there – Liz is also a past board member and president of the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Originally from Southern California, Liz moved to Sacramento in 1989 to pursue an internship with the California State Legislature. Along the way she fell in love with the area and decided to make it her permanent home.

Today, if you’re looking for Liz you can expect to find her either out campaigning to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest Trail, or hiking sections of it. Of course, if you don’t happen to bump into Liz on the trail, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here, she’d love to hear from you.

Teresa Fieth
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1848

Teresa grew up in North Dakota where she spent many weekends with her family hiking, sledding, and skating on ponds.  In 2000 she graduated from California State University Sacramento with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  After graduating, she worked for a startup telecommunications company and then for Sacramento’s Capital Public Radio.  Teresa joined PCTA in 2005 as the Accounting Manager and has grown with the organization.  Working with the PCTA team has made accounting more fun than she could have imagined.  In her free time, Teresa loves camping and spending time outdoors with her family.

Leslie Sabin
Executive Assistant

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1852

Leslie was happy to join the PCTA in 2007 as an administrative assistant, after spending two years in corporate office jobs. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a B.A. in Philosophy. As a native to northern California, she has spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the northern Sierra Nevada with family and friends. Leslie tries to get out on at least one trail work project per year, and she volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, where she has been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to get her “little sister” interested in hiking.

Trail Operations

Mike Dawson
Director of Trail Operations

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206-463-9087

As the Director of Trail Operations, Mike is responsible for formulating and implementing PCTA policies related to management and protection of the trail, overseeing management of PCTA trail maintenance program, and coordinating protection of the PCT experience including land protection activities. “I am highly motivated to help make the PCT the best possible trail and the PCTA the best possible steward of this important resource,” says Mike; and with 21 years of experience as a Regional Representative for the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC), and later as the Director of Trail Management and Protection for the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, he certainly brings a wealth of relevant experience to the task.

While at the ATC, Mike was responsible for the management of 390 miles of trail and the Central and Southwest Virginia regional office.

He lives on Vashon Island in Washington with his wife Tina. His interests include backpacking, canoeing and restoring old cars.

Jennifer Tripp
Associate Director of Trail Operations

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1853

Jennifer started with PCTA in 2007 as Coordinator of Volunteer Programs to help PCTA’s Regional Reps build and grow their volunteer programs. Before coming to the PCTA, Jennifer worked in Michigan for the North Country Trail Association, another long-distance National Scenic Trail, as Director of Development and Communication and has a background in business and communications. When she’s not at home with her two cats, Puck and Bean, Jennifer enjoys hiking, traveling and, in general, exploring.

Ellen Coyle
Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1838

Ellen joined PCTA in 2015 as Volunteer Programs Assistant. A three-time AmeriCorps alumna and proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Ellen is passionate about engaging individuals in meaningful and memorable volunteer work. She credits her time with AmeriCorps NCCC with her love for the outdoors, as she had the chance to spend several months as a volunteer Wildland Firefighter with the US Forest Service. When not at work, she’s typically out exploring central California or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.

Emily Bauska
Volunteer Programs Outreach Assistant

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1817

Emily Bauska joined the PCTA staff in August 2017 and brings experience working with volunteers and planning events. A passionate advocate for trails, she formerly worked for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, where she encouraged people to experience 370 miles of the ridgeline trail circling San Francisco Bay. Other prior work experience includes community outreach for REI and AmeriCorps VISTA in Bozeman, Montana.

Emily grew up hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in her native state of Oregon and completed a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada in 2013. When not on the trail, you can find her bicycling or gardening.

Dana Hendricks
Columbia Cascades Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 541-844-9133

Dana’s trail crew experience includes several seasons leading volunteer crews for organizations including AmeriCorps, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and American Hiking Society. Before opening PCTA’s Columbia Cascades regional office in 2007, Dana spent a season training AmeriCorps and Landmark Volunteers. Her resume also includes five seasons as a camp counselor, naturalist, environmental educator, and backcountry youth trip leader; and she has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon.  Dana has solo-hiked much of the PCT through Oregon and taught college courses that focused, in part, on natural resource issues in the Pacific Northwest.

Ian Nelson
Big Bend Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 541-778-3252

Ian joined the staff in 2005.  Before that, he had served as Associate Regional Representative in the Mid Atlantic Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conference. Over the years Ian has also been a trail crew leader for the Student Conservation Association and has taught environmental education. Ian graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Resources with an emphasis on wildlife science. When not hiking or maintaining trails, Ian enjoys traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. He is an avid birder and an ultimate frisbee fanatic.

Justin Kooyman
Northern Sierra Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 530-414-3422

Justin came to PCTA in 2008 after working as the Seattle Program Manager for the Student Conservation Association (SCA), managing the Seattle Leadership Conservation Corps, and SCA’s National Conservation Crews in Washington. Prior to that, he served as SCA’s Southwest Program Representative. His work history also includes time spent as a biological science technician for the U.S. Forest Service and as a teacher, naturalist and assistant director for Westminster Woods. Justin holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. Outside of work, Justin loves being on the trail and spending time in the backcountry hiking and climbing.

Anitra Kass
Southern California Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 951-257-4100

Anitra joined the PCTA staff in 2009 after spending two seasons working for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Anitra has her Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Kinesiology and Recreation Management from James Madison University in Virginia.  She is a Triple Crowner having hiked the AT in 2004, the PCT in 2005 and the CDT in 2007. Anitra has also worked in the classroom as a teacher in Hesperia and Apple Valley, CA.  Anitra and her father have spent time volunteering with the Southern California Trail Gorillas on various projects.

Bill Hawley
North Cascades Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 425-888-8798

Bill joined the PCTA as a volunteer in 2006. His construction and land development background found a home in trail maintenance. As a Caretaker with the Mt. Hood Chapter, he tended Indian Heaven Wilderness. His experience with both chainsaw and crosscut was a perfect fit in helping to develop PCTA’s Volunteer Saw Program. In addition he has been instrumental in curriculum development for Trail Skills College courses.

Bill has worked for the PCTA as Technical Advisor, Wilderness Crew-Leader, and Associate Regional Representative. His degrees in Environmental studies and Regional Planning are a great fit with PCTA goals.

Beyond hiking and camping, Bill enjoys his seasonal volunteer work with Little League Baseball/Softball as an umpire. At home, he is an avid gardener, dabbles with woodwork projects and dreams of having time for pottery.

Philanthropy and Membership

Angie Williamson, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1849

Angie Williamson brings more than twelve years of experience in the field of not-for-profit management and fundraising. Prior to joining the staff, Angie worked as a special projects consultant for PCTA since 2002.  She is excited to join the team full-time to help the organization protect the PCT. In her consulting work with other organizations, she has led numerous projects to support board development, Capital Campaigns and capacity building.  She is a former Administrator of the Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter and a former Director of the BoardLink program at the Nonprofit Resource Center.  Angie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as the Membership Chair for the California Capital Chapter. Angie lives in Grass Valley, California and enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Shari Hansen
Associate Director of Philanthropy, Membership

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1851

Shari had always wanted to work for an organization that shares her passion for the outdoors.  As luck would have it, she encountered some trail magic and joined the PCTA as Development Associate in February, 2008.  A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shari has worked in development for KVIE Public Television, the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Millennium Advantage.  She loves hiking the PCT but enjoys any trail that allows her to spend quality time with her family.

Mark Waters
Associate Director of Philanthropy

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1902

As the Associate Director of Philanthropy, Mark enjoys helping supporters engage with the mission and vision of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Mark says he was first “smitten” by the Pacific Crest Trail 28 years ago after moving to the US from his native England. He has been an enthusiastic hiker ever since. Mark comes to the PCTA with many years of non-profit experience that includes time working with international relief and development organizations overseas. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Pitzer College, CA and a MSc. in International Development from University of London, UK. In his free time Mark is an avid sailor and also enjoys cycling, camping with family, and playing his accordion. Mark joined the organization in 2015.

Katherine Eason
Development Data Entry Clerk

Kathy Eason headshot
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1842

Kathy joined the PCTA in October 2016. She brings with her over 25 years of clerical experience that began in Silicon Valley Semiconductor industry and the past 9 years in the medical community. She was a dance major in college, has been practicing Transcendental Meditation for 40 years, and is now an avid runner. Kathy enjoys time spent with family, running, scrapbooking, quilting, camping and enjoying the peace and beauty of nature. She hopes to one day thru hike the PCT.

Land Protection

Megan Wargo
Director of Land Protection

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415-516-3126

Megan Wargo became the PCTA’s first Director of Land Protection in January, 2015, and will oversee the expansion of a program dedicated to protecting the landscape and trail miles that are still held by private landowners. Megan brings 12 years of experience leading teams and managing landscape-scale conservation projects. She has a background in resource and environmental economics, conservation planning, real estate and contract negotiations, grant writing and coalition building. Megan has worked for the Pacific Forest Trust, the Trust for Public Land and the Piedmont Land Conservancy. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Economics & Politics from Claremont McKenna College.

Communications and Marketing

Scott Wilkinson
Director of Communications and Marketing

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1841

Scott Wilkinson is the PCTA’s Director of Communications and Marketing. A Juilliard School graduate and former professional musician (percussion), Scott has 20+ years of experience in almost every marketing role. Before joining the PCTA he was a marketing/creative director at West Virginia University and the University of Oregon. An outdoor addict, Scott is an experienced whitewater paddler, hang glider pilot, flyfisher, mountain biker, and (of course) hiker and backpacker. Scott lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Mark Larabee
Associate Director of Communications and Marketing

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-880-5987

Mark Larabee is a nationally recognized journalist who spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently for The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. In 2007, he was part of team of reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. In 2005, he spent four months researching a 13-part series about the Pacific Crest Trail, which included a month-long hike across Oregon. Other than hiking, he spends his free time rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering and back country skiing.

Jack Haskel
Trail Information Manager

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1846

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack is honored to help people experience the trail. He is a thru-hiker (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and a weekend warrior. Jack is a second generation PCT hiker and has been obsessed with backpacking since childhood. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Nature and Culture from U.C. Davis, Wilderness First Responder, and LNT Master Educator certifications. Jack previously worked in the backpacking industry (guiding, publishing, retail) and devoted years to backcountry and international travel. He started at the PCTA in 2011.

Chris Mejia
Trail Permit and Information Assistant

Headshot of Chris Mejia
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1843

Chris joined the PCTA in December of 2016. He is currently pursuing a degree in environmental science at Cosumnes River College, and also works at the Sacramento Zoo. He was a Boy Scout and has always been interested in the outdoors. In addition to hiking and backpacking, Chris enjoys time with family and friends and working on projects at home.

Daniel Carmin
Communicator Magazine Design and Production

Daniel Carmin
Email: [email protected]

Daniel has been an artist since childhood and received his Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in 1976. He graduated from Platt College with a computer graphics diploma in 1999, and took a position creating advertisements for the Los Angeles Times and the L. A. Daily News. He went on to work for a full-service advertising agency and later became a freelance graphic designer. He started doing design work for the PCT Communicator in 2002 as a volunteer and then happily transitioned to contractor status in 2008 so he could devote more of his time to PCTA projects.

Accounting and Operations

Ryan Brizendine
Systems Administrator and Web Developer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1847

Ryan has worked at the PCT for several years providing assistance in fundraising, website development, and information technology.  Camping and backpacking as a child, along with working at the PCTA has brought him closer to the outdoors and its importance for everyone now and in the future.  In his spare time he enjoys golfing, hiking and biking in the summer time, and snowboarding in the winter.

Tammy Marsh
Accounting Manager

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1837

Tammy joined PCTA in August, 2012. After working for a large corporation for 10 years, she decided to use her accounting skills in a more meaningful way and has now been working in non-profit accounting for 11 plus years. Tammy enjoys spending time in nature and believes everyone should have the opportunity available to them. When she is not at her desk, you will find her at a yoga class or on a long walk.

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