CDTC Board of Directors

The CDTC board members have worked with in the CDT and National Trails community for a combined 40 years.

Josh Shusko

President and Co-Founder, CDTC Board of Directors

Josh is a Founding Board Member of CDTC and is currently serving as President. His passion for trails began as a child when his parents took him hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. He later attended Virginia Tech and hiked nearby parts of the AT in beautiful southwest Virginia before moving to Washington, DC where he worked for a banking trade association as a public relations specialist.

After five years inside the Beltway, Josh packed up his life and quit his job to fulfill his lifelong dream to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, which he completed in October 2006. After a road trip exploring much of the United States, he moved to Denver and worked for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance for five years. He also spent two years working for a small technology firm building websites for fund managers.

In 2013, Josh and his wife decided to take on another adventure, this time internationally, as Peace Corps volunteers in the the country of Namibia in Southern Africa. Serving as a Community Economic Development Volunteer at COSDEC Tukurenu, a vocational training center in Rundu, he taught aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners business skills for two years. He also polished his grant writing and organizational skills, helping to create a local committee that morphed into a nonprofit.

After their Peace Corps service concluded, Josh and his wife traveled for five months exploring 13 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. He currently works for the Social Security Administration in Lakewood, Colorado. Active in his community, Josh also volunteers with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association and in a local community garden.

Barney Scout Mann

Vice President, CDTC Board of Directors

Barney Scout Mann is trail advocate, an author and feature article writer, a retired attorney and avid long distance hiker.

In 2010, Mann retired from a 25-year career as a real estate and business lawyer in San Diego, California. From 2004 to 2007, Mann was the managing partner of Anderson Mann Hilbert & Parker.

Mann served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Crest Trail Association from 2008 to 2017. Mann was the PCTA Board Chair from 2012 to 2015 and he served as PCTA Fundraising Chair from 2008 to 2012. Mann has participated in the annual Hike the Hill trail advocacy effort in Washington D.C. every year since 2008.

Mann’s feature articles have appeared in Backpacker magazine, the Portland Oregonian, the New York Times (online) and the PCT Communicator. Mann co-authored The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail, which was selected “Best Coffee Table book of 2016” by Backpacker magazine.

Mann began backpacking in 1965 with the Boy Scouts. Over 40 year later, in 2007, Mann thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, spending five months trekking from the Mexican to Canadian border. In 2015 Mann thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail.

Mann resides with his wife in San Diego, California. More about Mann: http://barneyscoutmann.com/

Kerry Shakarjian

Secretary and Co-Founder, CDTC Board of Directors

Kerry received a B.A. in Environmental Biology from the University of Montana and a M.S. in Geographic Information Science from The University of Denver. Her natural resources experience is complimented by over 10 years of Geographic Information System (GIS) experience ranging from forestry, soils, vegetation, wildlife, fisheries, and hydrology which includes monitoring and inventory, planning, as well as recreation management.

For the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail she is responsible for planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of GIS, as well as coordinating with federal, state, local governments and private non-governmental agencies to identify location information needs and provide GIS support for a variety of projects along the 3100-mile CDNST. She is responsible for implementing and completing the first ever three-year Global Positioning Systems (GPS) field data collection Mapping Project of the CDNST from 2009-2011 as part of standardizing the CDNST GIS Data while implementing her Master’s thesis project.

Currently, Kerry is a GIS Specialist at the National Park Service, Intermountain Regional Office, Geographic Resources Division located in Lakewood, Colorado.

email: gis at continentaldividetrail.org

 

Chris Nesset

Treasurer, CDTC Board of Directors

Chris brings over 20 years of experience working in nonprofits focused on engaging young adults in collaborative solutions to pressing conservation needs.  Sixteen of those years have been with Southwest Conservation Corps and Montana Conservation Corps on both ends of the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains. She has an extensive background in non profit management, partnership and program development as well as engaging under-served populations.

In addition to her professional experience she has been a Together Green Fellow and served on various boards including the Southwest Colorado Workforce, Colorado Youth Corps Association, Friends of the Animas River, and the Wilderness Recreation Partnership. However, one of her greatest accomplishments has been having the opportunity to build or maintain the Continental Divide Trail in everyone of the 5 states it traverses.

Bryan Martin

Immediate Past President and Co-Founder, CDTC Board of Directors

Bryan Martin is Executive Director of Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling critical life skills in under-resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences. Bryan has over 15 years of experiences working for and leading nonprofit organizations in both the conservation and recreation sector. Organizations that Bryan has worked for in the past include The Nature Conservancy, the Colorado Mountain Club, and the Land Trust Alliance.

Don Owen

Member at Large, CDTC Board of Directors

Mr. Owen has served on the Board of Directors for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition since shortly after its formation.

Don spent 23 years working for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where he specialized in planning, designing, and managing the 250,000-acre protective corridor for the Trail.

He then served as Executive Director of the Land Trust of Virginia from 2008 to 2014, guiding the organization through a six-year period of expansion in which the organization doubled its portfolio and quadrupled its assets. The Land Trust also was one of the first land trusts in the nation to be accredited in 2008 and have its accreditation renewed in 2014.

Don presently serves as a Circuit Rider for the Land Trust Alliance in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut. He also consults regularly for a variety of land trusts and trail organizations, including the Partnership for the National Trails System, the Maryland Environmental Trust, the West Virginia Land Trust, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the National Park Service, and more than a dozen other land trusts, trail organizations, and agencies.

Don began his career in Colorado, where he worked in lands and environmental compliance for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Administration in Outdoor Recreation from the Graduate School of Forestry and Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

Greg Pierce

Member at Large, CDTC Board of Directors

Greg is an active outdoorsman and has been a supporter of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail for well over a decade. He has been active as a volunteer by building trail and by advocating for the trail and the CDTC. He is a charter member of the CDTC and served on the original Advisory Committee to develop the CDTC’s vision, values and organizational pillars. He also participated in the 2016 Strategic Planning Workshop to develop the CDTC’s strategic plan for the next three years. He joined the CDTC Board of Directors in December 2016. He has a background in problem solving, consensus-building, and navigating thorny circumstances in his outdoor and professional careers.

He is a product manager and analyst by profession, working with customers and other stakeholders and technical experts to solve problems and improve processes through the use of technology. Often this requires skills of consensus-building, innovation, and negotiation among a disparate set of stakeholders. Additionally, he develops long-term product strategies and implements them using near-term incremental achievements.

A native Coloradan with ties to Wyoming and New Mexico, Greg is dedicated to completing and promoting the CDT as a 3100-mile long sanctuary for those who seek wild places.