Board Members

SWTrails Board of Directors is a volunteer board of people who love the outdoors and believe in the SWT mission to protect trails and ensure everyone has access to safe pedestrian routes in SW Portland.  The SWT board helps establish the strategic priorities for the organization.

Doug Rogers, President

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Doug is a retired social worker who lives in the Hayhurst Neighborhood. He’s always loved the out-of-doors.  His father took him hiking and camping.  He was also involved with the Boy Scouts and has been a bird watcher since he was 12 years old.  Doug still loves the world of nature he finds 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. He enjoys being a part of the SWTrails volunteers that help our many neighborhood walks even more enjoyable by developing a network of safe routes and trails throughout our area. he believes that, working together as neighbors, volunteers, and friends, we can help our City and our local community be a wonderful place to live!

Debbie Small, Vice President


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Debbie is a recent arrival to Portland, having retired from teaching and then 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  

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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.

 

Robin Wendlandt, Secretary

Robin is a lifelong Oregonian except for a wonderful six-year adventure living in The Netherlands.  As a resident of the Johns Landing neighborhood in South Portland, she loves exploring all the hidden nooks and crannies in the Southwest Hills – many of which she discovered while following SWTrails PDX’s self-led hikes.  Robin is a passionate hiker, runner and walker, and enjoys planning outdoor escapades for her family and friends.  A recent favorite adventure was walking the world-famous Camino de Santiago, a distance of 500 miles, and this photo shows the culmination of that journey at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Hans Steuch, Signs & Audit  

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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.  Hans, in retirement since 2008, has discovered the rewarding work as a volunteer for SWTrails.

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 rights-of-way. Dave has 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 of working in the dirt, with an occasional return to administrative and organizational duties.

Glen Bridger, Strategy & Audit  

Glen Bridger Bio Pic Glenn has enjoyed living in Portland since 1991. His professional career spanned 50 years in the obscure field of acquiring rights-of-way for highway projects. In addition to his work with SWTrails PDX, he has been active in the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI), and the Hillsdale Farmers Market, in addition to SWTrails PDX.

Barbara Stedman, Social Media              

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Barbara 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  to work downtown by bike`.  She takes care of the Facebook and Twitter accounts for SWTrails PDX.

 

 

Laura Compos

Laura is our newest addition to the Board.  Stay tuned for more information as we update her profile.

Brian Brady, GIS/Mapping

   Brian Brady Bio PicBrian is a native Portlander and an avid walker/trail runner. He has completed 15+ marathons on four continents, and is always looking to explore more. Becoming involved with SWTrails has allowed him to discover the best trails 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.  Map or website inquiries can be directed to: brian.brady@swtrails.org.

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