Executive Board

  • Chris DeGood

    Chris joined the TART Trails board in 2009 and works as a senior civil site engineer for URS Corporation. In February of 2012 Chris was appointed as secretary of the board and in March of 2016 became President.

  • Susan Vigland


    Susan has been a member of the TART Trails Board of Directors since 2009, and currently serves as Vice President. Susan became interested in TART’s Smart Commute Week when she was commuting 35 miles to work every day. She wanted to participate – be one of those lucky ones who rides their bike to work. She eventually bought a house in downtown Traverse City, landed a job downtown and made a promise to herself to never drive to work. She’s kept her promise and rides her bike to work in every day, year round, in all weather conditions. Since living in TC, Susan has become a competitive cross-country skier and cyclist, as a member of the Hagerty Cycling Team. A native of Cadillac, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently employed by Hagerty Insurance as a training and wellness manager. She and her husband Todd, enjoy our trails year around. She is delighted to be involved with TART.

  • Mike Tarnow

    Mike joined the board in 2008 and is a real estate appraiser for Northern Michigan Real Estate Consultants of which he is both founder and co-owner.

  • Chris Gallagher

    Chris Gallagher joined the TART Trails board in July 2014. He is an avid trail user and enjoys mountain biking, running and triathlons.  In his remaining leisure time, he likes to travel and BBQ.  A native of Traverse City, Chris commutes via bicycle almost daily, year round, from his home in Traverse City.  Chris’ interest in TART derived from his regular trail usage and his desire to be a part of an organization that has a positive impact on the community. Chris is a CPA and works in Traverse City.

  • Brian Fisher



    Brian joined the board of directors in May 2007 and served as president from 2012 to 2016. A TART Trails supporter for many years, Brian is out biking on the trails frequently. Brian explains, “My interest in TART was really formed by my trail usage – I ride a lot. I think it’s great you can get from here to there by using the trails.” One of his most enjoyable trail activities is riding up to Suttons Bay after work, jumping in the water, and then riding home. Brian also values riding as a form of transportation, and wants to continue to promote that aspect of trail usage. Brian is a dentist and resides in Traverse City with his wife Vera.

Board Members

  • John Paul

    John Paul joined the TART Trails board in May 2007. A longtime outdoor and trail enthusiast, he was eager to get involved in the local trails organization. John explains, “So many of the outdoor activities my family and I enjoy involve trails. Hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing are activities we’ve pursued for years.” He has lived in Traverse City off and on since 1985, having most recently returned in 2006 to start The Bank of Northern Michigan’s TC office. He is currently serving as President and CEO of the bank with offices in Petoskey and Traverse City. John enjoys his time on the board and looks forward to adventures on new trails throughout northern Michigan. He and his wife Sue have 4 children, two of whom live in Traverse City. Their oldest son, John, is an ardent year round Smart Commuter.

  • Scott Howard

    Scott Howard was elected to the TART Trails board in May 2005. He is an avid trail user, and enjoys competitive road cycling and mountain biking. A native of Traverse City, Scott resides on 11th Street with his wife, Michele, and their three young children. Professionally, Scott is an attorney and works in Traverse City at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, PC.

  • Wayne Olsen

    Dr. Wayne Olsen, DDS joined the TART Trails board in February 2012. Wayne enjoys bicycling, running, boating, kayaking, gardening, and woodworking. He looks forward to helping TART Trails with trail development, maintenance and community events.

  • Kelley Peterson

    Kelley Peterson was elected to the board in June of 2010. An avid cross-country skier, if there is snow you will find her on the VASA trail. When not skiing she enjoys trail running on our community’s great network of trails. As a longtime TART Trails supporter, Kelley welcomed the opportunity to serve on the board of an organization that has helped shape her outdoor and recreational passions. She is a native of Traverse City and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Management. Kelley worked for several local companies doing underground storage tank removal and site assessments before starting a family. She lives with her husband David and sons Cole and Davis on the peninsula. Kelley enjoys coaching Cross Country and Track at Old Mission Peninsula School and hopes that her love of running and skiing will rub off on her boys.

  • Howard Yamaguchi

    Howard joined the Board in 2009 to help TART Trails close the gap in Acme and join up with trails in Antrim County and Charlevoix. He is a casual trail user who enjoys cycling from Bunker Hill Road to the Traverse Area District Library for a book fix every other week. His idea of fun is making maps for TART Trails. Howard is a semi-retired engineer and GIS hobbyist living in Williamsburg. Howard’s wife, Patricia, is an Elk Rapids native and a specialist in traditional Southeast Asian music. Their son, Justin, is a freelance animator in northern California. Howard and Patricia now split their time between Acme and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Laura Galbraith

    Laura joined our board in March 2015 and has been employed with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for over eleven years.  As the Senior VP of Finance, Laura oversees some of the key operations of the Chamber’s enterprise: financial, accounting, information technology, and human resources. Laura and her husband, John, have three children. They spend most weekends skiing, hiking, biking and utilizing the TART Trail network to commute to the farmers market and the beaches.  Laura & John are also involved in baseball in the spring and have coached little league teams over the past seven years. It’s important to Laura that the trails are safe, accessible and that they promote healthy/active lifestyles in our region.




  • Ross Hammersley

    Ross joined the TART board in March 2016. He has been a frequent user of the VASA Pathway and TART Trail network ever since moving to Traverse City in 2009. He has helped organize the Smart Commute Week team at his law firm (Olson, Bzdok & Howard PC) since 2010 where he is an environmental and land-use attorney. Along with his wife, Kate Madigan, and their two boys, Ross can frequently be found biking around town or on our local trails, exploring forests, rivers and sand dunes, playing and coaching soccer, and trying to get faster as a triathlete. Ross also volunteers with the local legal aid clinic, as Board Member with Conflict Resolution Services and as a Council Member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

  • Rick Simonton

    Rick joined the Tart Trails board in 2016. He and his family have been vacationing in Northern Michigan for decades and finally decided to move to Suttons Bay from Dublin, Ohio in November 2013. When Rick is not managing his wealth management team at Merrill Lynch in Traverse City and Columbus, Ohio, you can usually find him and his wife, Donna, biking, hiking or cross-country skiing on the TART Trails network. His passion and support for the TART Trails organization was enhanced during the 2015 Vasa Cross-Country Ski Race. During the race, he experienced frostbite to both corneas and was the recipient of incredible volunteer support. Fortunately, his eyesight returned to normal and he is on a mission to remind everyone he meets that life is too short and to enjoy every minute.