Board Members

The members of SWTrails PDX’s all-volunteer Board of Directors are people who love the outdoors and believe in the mission of protecting trails so that the community has access to safe pedestrian routes in southwest Portland.  The Board helps establish the strategic priorities for the organization.

BOARD MEMBERS:

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 the front door and walk, walk, walk through our wonderful tree-covered hills. He enjoys being a part of the SWTrails PDX group of volunteers who help make 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!   doug.rogers@swtrails.org

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 as a jack-of-all-trades to support the efforts of hiking, trailwork, the website, and other projects as they arise. debbie.small@swtrails.org

 

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 also 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 ever since.  The Raz-Baack Crossing on the Stevens Creek Trail honors his many years of service trail-building in southwest Portland.  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, or by email at don.baack@swtrails.org

Lee Buhler, Treasurer  

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Lee has been involved with SWTrails PDX since 2006 and is currently our Treasurer.  He lives in the Homestead neighborhood and is one of the leaders of our monthly walks, along with his dog Bandit. Lee enjoys all SWTrails PDX activities, especially trail building, walks, fairs and just being around other people who share those interests. The Buhler Cut-Off  honors his many years of commitment to the activities of SWTrails PDX.  lee.buhler@swtrails.org

 

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. robin.wendlandt@swtrails.org

Hans Steuch, Signs & Audit  

Hans Steuch Bio PicHans 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 new world and in 1976, found themselves in New Jersey, then Iowa in 1981, and finally in Portland in 1991, where they have grown their deepest roots.  Hans, retired since 2008, has discovered the rewarding work as a volunteer for SWTrailsPDX, specifically working on ensuring way-finding signs clearly mark the routes of the 7 Urban Trails of southwest Portland for walkers.  hans.steuch@swtrails.org

Dave Manville, Trail Construction  

Dave has been involved with SWTrails PDX since 2008, working mostly on trail construction, maintenance and advocacy in both our southwest Portland 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 Portland’s trail culture. Dave lives in the Ashcreek Neighborhood.  If you include Crestwood, you will find over 20 neighborhood trails and 3 Natural Area parks that connect via trails to provide 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. dave.manville@swtrails.org

Glenn 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. With his background in transportation he is a valuable asset when we meet with the city to discuss ways to make walking safer in southwest Portland.   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. glenn.bridger@swtrails.org

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 southwest Portland on foot and commutes  to work downtown by bicycle.  She manages the social media accounts for SWTrails PDX. barbara.stedman@swtrails.org

 

Laura Compos

Laura is our newest addition to the Board.  Stay tuned for more information as we update her profile. laura.compos@swtrails.org

Brian Brady, GIS/Mapping, Website Manager

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 PDX has led him to discover the best trails in Portland as he helps 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, and has been the driving force behind our new self-led hikes, developed as a response to COVID restrictions in 2020-21.  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.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Nan Wagner – Walk Coordinator

Nan loves to walk.  It’s her number one favorite mode of transportation.  Pandemic didn’t slow her down but instead changed her focus from hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood to discovering the magic of the Southwest Hills of Portland.  A pandemic project was to hike all 34 of the self-led hikes posted on SWTrails.org, which she proudly accomplished.  She loved those hikes so much she was determined to give back somehow to the folks that made them happen, so she jumped in with both hiking poles to help coordinate the monthly group hikes and walks.  Retirement from a career in respiratory care made room for that.  Now on to the next bucket list items.  Wanna come along? You must love dogs because there will always be at least one along for the journey.  Contact Nan at walks@swtrails.org

Christa Britton – Membership Chair

Christa can be contacted at membership@swtrails.org