Development Committee

Secures sponsors for mile markers, wayfinding and events; grows the Sustainers Circle of donors and planned giving; and ensures continued support of TART Trails to fulfill our mission and vision.

Members include: Rick Simonton, Dr. Tom Auer, Jerry Jenkins, Nan Ray, Casey Ressl

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact the TART Trails office at 231.941.4300 or

Safety & Operations Maintenance Committee

Strategically plans and applies best management practices for TART Trails’ infrastructure, assets and resources.

Members include: Mike Tarnow, Dick Naperala, Dave Fisher, Richard Kelley, Dave Monstrey, Jim Dombrowski, David Dean, David Edelstein, Chuck Percy, Eric Braverman, Chris Kushman

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Chris Kushman, Planning & Management Director at

Smart Commute Planning Committee

Promotes the use of alternative forms of transportation through collaboration with local businesses, governments and non-profit organizations to develop multi-modal infrastructure for active and healthy lifestyles.

Members include: Michele Howard, Pam DeMerle, Meg Young, Nikole Warner, Bill Clark, Eric Lingaur, Carolyn Ulstad, Carrie Baic, Rick Venner, Art Bukowski, Amy Russell, Jen Teeples, Shea O’Brien, Lauren Dake, Janna Goethel, Jonny Tornga

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Janna Goethel at

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Works to integrate best practices for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into institutional values, policies, and programs.

TART Trails Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Members include: Ross Hammersley (chair), Meg Ackerman, Paul Bussey, Kate Lewis, Caitlin Early

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Kate Lewis at