Executive Team

Liz Bergeron
Executive Director and CEO

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

Since October 2001, Liz Bergeron has served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, growing the Sacramento, California-based organization from three staff members and a small number of volunteers to a successful and influential stewardship organization.

Under Liz’s leadership, the PCTA has become the primary nonprofit steward of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Today, the PCTA’s 29 staff members manage more than 2,000 volunteers from its Sacramento, California, base and six field offices in California, Oregon, and Washington. The PCTA’s volunteer chapters and hundreds of public and private partnerships maintain the 2,650-mile trail for thousands to enjoy.

Liz’s accomplishments with the PCTA include:

  • Guiding growth of the organization’s trail operations program to enable greater ability to take care of the entire PCT
  • Developing the PCTA’s successful land protection program and leading fundraising campaigns to acquire PCT properties. These once-threatened lands eventually are transferred to public agencies or land trusts for permanent protection
  • Raising public awareness of the PCT as one of America’s greatest wilderness experiences while working to reduce the impact of increasing numbers of trail users
  • Developing an advocacy program that includes an annual “Hike the Hill” trip to Washington, D.C. to communicate with elected officials and agency leaders about the importance of robust funding for the PCT

Liz also serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for the National Trails System and was its president from 2012-2018.

Before joining the PCTA, Liz served as Development 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. She 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.

Teresa Raichart
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

Jennifer Tripp
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.

Justin Kooyman
Associate Director of Trail Operations

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.

Ellen Ginda
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.

Galen Keily
GIS Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Galen joined the PCTA as the organization’s first dedicated GIS Specialist in 2021. Galen grew up in Wisconsin and connected with nature at an early age through canoeing, camping, and cross-country skiing. Galen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire having majored in International Geography and Spanish. After college, Galen moved to Northern California for a Student Conservation Association (SCA) internship and fell in love with the diverse landscapes of California. Prior to joining PCTA, Galen worked for five years as a GIS consultant. Galen has walked some 1000 miles of the PCT, and when he’s not hiking enjoys mountaineering, playing music, and traveling.

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.

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.

Michael DeCramer
North Cascades Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206-295-9359

Michael is from Seattle and most recently worked as a trail crew leader for the Mountains to Sound Greenway. He graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Politics in Environmental Studies and thru-hiked the PCT in 2013. He brings strong communication and collaboration skills to PCTA programs in the North Cascades.

Connor Swift
Northern Sierra Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 530-570-8276

Connor joined PCTA in 2016 as one of our Technical Advisors, overseeing numerous trail projects and working with corps crews up and down the PCT. Before arriving at PCTA, he spent many seasons leading trail crews and working as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. Connor obtained a degree in Parks and Natural Resources Management from California State University, Chico, which is not far from where he grew up. He enjoys spending much of his free time hiking in the backcountry and skiing the peaks of the high-sierra. Connor lives outside Sierra Valley and enjoys good, long winters.

Ben Barry
Southern Sierra Regional Representative

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-847-4393

Ben originally started with the PCTA as a volunteer in 2012, then returned as one of our Trail Crew Technical Advisors in 2015 and 2016. He became a permanent staff member in 2019. A native Californian, Ben traveled far and wide working on trails seasonally, including time on the Appalachian, Florida and New England National Scenic Trails. Most recently he was the trail manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s southern regional office. Ben graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and did graduate work in wilderness management at the University of Montana. Happy to be back in his home state, Ben can be found climbing high in the Sierra or untangling his fly line on the banks of the Kern River.

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.

Cassidy Barkalow
Trail Information Assistant

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1843

Cassidy started work at the PCTA as Trail Information Assistant in 2018, a week after completing a northbound thru-hike of the PCT. She also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail southbound in 2017. Cassidy grew up camping and hiking in New Jersey and Maine but has fallen in love with California since moving to the Sacramento area and hiking the trail. Long-distance backpacking has only increased her passion for the outdoors and she is excited to help others learn about the trail. Other than backpacking, her hobbies include crocheting, gaming, cooking, and long walks with her dog, Zia.

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.

Jen Havener
Philanthropy Manager

Headshot of Jen Stockton
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1855

Jen initially joined the PCTA as an office volunteer in 2019 before coming on board fulltime as the Philanthropy Manager in 2020. Her connection to nature started from a young age, exploring the Sierra Nevada. At California State University, Chico a backpacking course introduced her to Leave No Trace and opened her eyes to opportunities beyond day hikes. She went on to work for two land management agencies, became the Outdoor Ethics Program Director for Nevada Outdoor School, and most recently was California Association, Future Farmers of America’s Membership Director. She’s excited to put her skills to use for an organization that speaks to her heart and passion. Jen’s favorite activities are backpacking, climbing, and cross-country skiing, but is happy with any outdoor activity as long as her adventure pup, Aspen, can come too.

Katherine Eason
Membership 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]

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.

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.


Mark Larabee
Advocacy Director

Email: [email protected]

Mark Larabee is the PCTA’s Advocacy Director. He is the former editor of the “PCT Communicator” magazine and co-author of “The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail” published in 2016. Larabee is a journalist, part of a team who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for The Oregonian newspaper. He hiked the PCT across Oregon for a 2005 series for the paper and has been with PCTA since 2010. He lives in Portland.

Accounting and Operations

Ryan Brizendine
Systems Administrator and Web Developer

Email: [email protected]

Ryan has worked at the PCTA since 2005 and has provided 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.

Gaby Guevara
Salesforce Database Administrator

Email: [email protected]

Gaby joined PCTA in 2021 as a Salesforce Database Administrator. She is a Los Angeles native who has spent most of her career supporting operations and technology for non-profits. Gaby graduated from the University of Southern California where she majored in English and minored in Spanish and Music Industry. When she is not at work, she enjoys trying new foods, cross-stitching, and exploring the trails with her dog, Fumble.

Sandy Ferguson
Accounting and Human Resources Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Sandy joined PCTA the summer of 2020. She has held a variety of employee benefits and administrative support positions, and considers herself fortunate to now contribute to the mission of the PCT. Issues that are meaningful to Sandy include land protection and animal welfare. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, exploring Northern California, and going on walks. Sandy grew up in mostly in Idaho and Oregon and received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Portland.

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