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Oregon Trails Coalition Welcomes New Staff, Advisory Council, and Steering Committee members!

Everett Ó Cillín, Program Coordinator, Coalition Staff

Everett (they/them) is a curator, organizer, and adventure cyclist based in Eugene, Oregon. As a Bikepacking Roots Community Steward and ambassador with WeGotNext and Ride with GPS,  Everett seeks to foster community, connection, and creativity through bike travel and trail stewardship. They seek out the narrative in the landscape, routing exhibitions and expeditions that connect people, places, and ideas. Everett fell in love with the state's public lands in 2021 when they raced over 400 miles on the iconic Oregon Timber Trail. In joining the Oregon Trails Coalition, Everett is excited to collaborate with individuals and organizations whose work advocates for and celebrates our relationship to the lands on which we live, travel, and connect.

Everett will be supporting Coalition training programs, our Oregon Signature Trails initiative, the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit, and other coalition programming.

New Advisory Council and Steering Committee Members

Gavin Mahaley, Steering Committee (he/him), co-founder of projects like Love, Oregon, and the Oxalis Group and deeply involved in the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant cultural and political landscapes, is excited to join the Oregon Trails Coalition’s steering committee. Currently serving as the Communications and Development Director for The Salmonberry Trail Foundation, Gavin’s dedication to enhancing Oregon’s trail experiences is what drives him. His passion for travel, storytelling, and photography enriches his approach to connecting communities with their natural surroundings. Gavin looks forward to supporting the already-amazing Oregon Trails Coalition’s efforts to make Oregon’s trails accessible and enjoyable for all. His Duolingo streak is at 3107 days as of now.

Katie McFall, Local Tourism Rep Katie is an experienced destination stewardship professional that supports rural communities through community-based stakeholder engagement, strategy development and facilitation. Professionally, Katie brings the perspective of tourism and destination development to the forefront as all stakeholders have unique perspectives. This includes focusing attention to livability in the development of signature experiences around Oregon. Katie’s deep connection to the outdoors began white water rafting river guiding along the pristine Wild & Scenic rivers in Oregon and through that has deep admiration and respect for this place we call home. In her free time, she enjoys sampling local artisan foods, hiking in the winter, and chasing long summer nights on the river.

Wesley Heredia, Central Oregon Rep

Wesley is the Vamonos Outside Program Director and has worked as a wilderness instructor all over the West, an environmental educator in national parks, a university outdoor program instructor, a local rock climbing guide, a mountain guide, and a dedicated snowboard instructor at Mt. Bachelor. He loves trails and what the Oregon Trails Coalition is about.

Michelle Emmons, Water Trail Rep

Michelle currently serves as Oakridge Trails Alliance, Executive Director, Willamette Riverkeeper, Upper Willamette Program Manager, and Oakridge Westfir Chamber of Commerce, President. She looks forward to the OTC advisory council providing an opportunity for all of the organizations she is affiliated with to collaborate in a meaningful way, with other colleagues across the State of Oregon.

Ahmed Yusuf, Portland Metro Area Rep

Ahmed works as Stewardship Coordinator for Portland Parks and Recreation and leads events on soft surface trails around Portland. Ahmed has been working on and off with Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) since 2011, first as a crew member with the Youth Conservation Crew and then as a crew leader. Before this position Ahmed was a trails technician for PP&R, helping to maintain and improve over 120 miles of soft surface trails throughout the city.

Steve Roti, Member at Large

Steve Roti is the President of the Meissner Nordic Ski Club in Bend, Oregon. Our club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded entirely by donations from individuals, families, and sponsors. Meissner Nordic grooms 47 km of Nordic ski trails seven days a week, making us the largest non-commercial Nordic trail system in the state, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with other trails organizations state-wide on common goals.

Daveed Fleischer, Member at Large Daveed is a NWTA trail steward at Powell Butte, works with Portland Parks doing trail maintenance, a Johnson Creek watershed volunteer, and a Trees for People volunteer. His volunteer work and interest in being part of the Oregon Trails Coalition is rooted in wanting to help the various outdoor trails in Oregon be maintained, improved and available to as many people as possible.

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