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.
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.
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 in the dirt with an 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
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 accounts for SWTrails.
Brian Brady, GIS/Mapping
Brian 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Gallagher, News/Media
Bill most recently served as editor of the Southwest Community Connection. Since 1983, he’s worked in news and talk at five radio stations and two television stations in Portland. He grew up hiking the hills and streets of San Francisco, where there were a lot more side-walks but no urban trail system like SW Trails PDX. A Multnomah resident since 2008, Bill walks whenever possible so was quick to volunteer when Don Baack called. His favorite SW Trails are 1, 3 and 7. When he ran, Bill was a three time finisher at the Boston Marathon and two time finisher at the New York Marathon. Bill currently serves as president of the Portland chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Father of three sons and grandfather of three, he’s currently responsible for writing stories and spreading the word about SW Trails PDX via local newspapers and websites. Got a good story idea, news tip or comment? Please send it to Gallagherw828@gmail.com.
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