Celebrating 50 years of the PCT
as a National Scenic Trail.

Staff

Executive Team

Liz Bergeron
Executive Director and CEO

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

On Oct. 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 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.

Emily Bauska
Volunteer Programs Outreach Associate

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.

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 Hanley
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.

Evan Morgan
Trail Operations Intern


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1816

Evan started interning with the PCTA in August 2017. After working in the tech industry for a year as a GIS technician, he decided to shift his focus into the environmental field. Evan graduated from UC Santa Cruz where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environment Studies with a focus in policy. Originally from Santa Barbara, he has been able to explore the beautiful state and national parks throughout California. In his spare time he likes to boulder, swim, cook, and explore his local scene. His interest in philosophy and the environmental field has shaped his perspective of land stewardship, and remains an important cornerstone in his lifestyle and career.

 


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.

Donna Cline
Donor Relations Coordinator


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1855

Donna joined the PCTA in April 2017 after raising a family, and is thrilled to work for an organization that promotes the outdoors. Previously, she spent ten years in the technology industry as a customer service manager and in account and program management—so she’s very comfortable working closely with people solving problems and providing support.

Chris Mejia
Membership 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.

Stephanie Plunkett
Development Assistant


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1869
Stephanie has worked in the outdoor industry for more than 15 years, so it’s no surprise she has a passion for the environment and outdoor stewardship. She joined PCTA in 2017 to expand her involvement in the outdoor community and to share her enthusiasm with other like-minded people and organizations. Stephanie enjoys long distance running, backcountry skiing, mountain biking and spending free time with her husband and adventure dog in Tahoe.

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.

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.

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 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.

Kristin Prado
Administrative Assistant


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-285-1823

Kristin joined the PCTA in May 2017 after previously working for the State of California. She graduated from CSU Sacramento in 2015 and holds a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Born and raised in Woodland, she grew up camping and fishing with her family and has she has a deep appreciation for local wildlife. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her nieces, birdwatching, and has recently taken up pottery.

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