Doug is a retired social worker who lives in the Hayhurst Neighborhood. He’s always loved the out-of-doors because his father took him hiking, and camping, as well as being involved with the Boy Scouts. He’s been a bird watcher since he was 12 years old, and still loves the world of nature in his backyard, neighborhood parks and the woodsy areas scattered around the hills of Southwest Portland. He says the best way each day to experience all these wonders of nature is just to get out your front door and walk, walk, walk through our wonderful tree-covered hills. SWTrails volunteers have helped to make our many outdoor walks in our neighborhoods even more enjoyable by developing a network of safe routes and trails throughout our area. Working together as neighbors, as volunteers, as friends, we can help our City and our local community be a wonderful place to live!
Debbie Small, Vice President
Debbie is a recent arrival to Portland, having retired from teaching and selecting Portland as her retirement location. Her love of hiking and walking led her to choose the Hillsdale area where she can walk to places like the grocery store, the library, many fine restaurants, and the Multnomah Arts Center, just to name a few. She is vice president of the Board and works with Don Baack to plan the Stroll and Coffee walks.
Don Baack, Advocate
Don Baack was a farm kid who lived on farms in four states. He has degrees from Nebraska University (Civil Engineer), University of Washington (MBA), and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. He has worked in a variety of management positions, mostly dealing with forest products and timber, and ran his own company. After retiring in 1993 he founded SWTrails (1995) and has been advocating for pedestrian improvements and joining others in building connections in Southwest Portland for 24 years. He’s been married to Gaile since 1964. They have two children and two grandchildren and have been residents of Hillsdale/Southwest Portland since 1972. Don can be reached by phone at 503-246-2088
Lee Buhler, Treasurer
Lee has been involved with SWTrails for 14 years. He lives in the Homestead neighborhood and sometimes leads SWTrails walks with his dog Bandit. He is currently Treasurer of SW Trails. He enjoys all SW Trail activities especially trail building, walks, fairs and just being around other people who share those interests.
Rita Fox, Secretary
Rita grew up in Chicago and over the years made her way to the west coast after living in a few states. She settled in the Seattle area, for work and raised a family for 40+ years. She now calls the Hillsdale neighborhood home. Since retiring, Rita is doing what she loves to do – making art. Among other things Rita is an avid walker/hiker and after walking on many of the trails provided by SWTrails, she decided to get involved. Currently, Rita holds the position of Secretary.
Barbara Bowers, Membership
Barbara B. has been membership chair of SW Trails, since 2013. Her initial reason for joining the organization was to become familiar with hiking opportunities in the area. She was a local Sierra Club Outings Leader previously and feels strongly about getting people to connect with nature. Having walks, strolls, and work parties are activities Barbara supports, and being membership chair allows her to do that.
Dave Manville, Trail Construction
Dave has been involved with SW Trails since 2008 working mostly on trail construction, maintenance and advocacy in both our SW Parks and on PBOT right of way. With some former trail experience working with WTA in Washington and the Forest Service he has enjoyed getting involved in PDX trail culture. Dave lives in the Ashcreek Neighborhood where including Crestwood there are over 20 neighborhood trails, and 3 Natural Area parks that connect into an excellent walking environment. Retired from the Telecom Industry as a Developer, Dave enjoys the change of pace working directly in the dirt with the occasional return to administrative and organizational duties.
Hans Steuch, Signs & Audit
Hans grew up in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. His parents lived close to public transportation and never owned a car. There was no school bus. Young Hans therefore learned to use his legs to get around. After two years of compulsory military service in Sweden he met his wife, Jette, and studied in Denmark for six years to gain a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Armed with that degree Hans and Jette set sail for the world and in 1976 found themselves in New Jersey, in 1981 in Iowa, and 1991 in Portland where they have grown their deepest roots and Hans, in retirement since 2008, has discovered the rewarding work as a volunteer for SWTrails.
Glen Bridger, Strategy & Audit
Glenn has enjoyed living in Portland since 1991. His professional career spanned 50 years in the obscure field of acquiring right-of-ways for highway projects. In his community, he has been active with the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI), and the Hillsdale Farmers Market, in addition to SWTrails PDX.
Barbara Stedman, Social Media Manager
Barbara S. moved to Portland from Germany in 2002 and is living in Hillsdale with her husband and two daughters. She likes exploring the neighborhoods of SW Portland on foot and commutes by bike to work downtown. She takes care of the Facebook and Twitter acconts for SWTrails.
Brian Brady, GIS/Mapping Manager
Brian is a native Portlander and an avid walker/trail runner. He has completed 15+ marathons and is always looking to explore more. Becoming involved with SWTrails has allowed him to discover the best routes in Portland while helping to maintain and establish new routes. As a newly minted stay-at-home father, Brian hopes to stay current with ever-changing GIS technology. He is currently working on improving webmaps for urban hiking routes in SW Portland. Brian is a certified Arborist and holds a BS in Forestry from Oregon State University.
YOU (Vacant Positions)
We’re always looking for willing volunteers to help out, and we presently have two vacancies on our board. Click here for information on volunteering.