Staff

  • Julie Clark

    Executive Directorjulie@traversetrails.org

    Julie is responsible for day-to-day administration, trail planning and development, maintenance, and fundraising efforts. She most recently led Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Greenway Planning & Development Division in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was responsible for the design and development of over 35 miles of urban trail. Julie, her husband Bill and two little girls live near downtown Traverse City and use the TART Trail system for work and play.

  • Casey Ressl

    Development DirectorCasey@traversetrails.org

    Casey joined the TART Trails staff in 2018 and is responsible for developing and overseeing TART’s fundraising strategies. Casey grew up in Traverse City exploring the exceptional rivers and trails of northern Michigan. She traveled back to the area as an AmeriCorps member and spent the last decade working in the nonprofit sector. She now resides downtown with her husband and three children where she enjoys spending time on the trails, in the water and exploring the garden.

  • Brian Beauchamp

    Communications and Policy Directorbrian@traversetrails.org

    Brian joined our staff in the fall of 2014 after having served on the TART Board for five years prior.  He has more than a decade of experience in non-profit program management and has a passion for trails and trail use. In his spare time, you can often find him riding his bike with friends skiing the VASA trail.

  • Chris Kushman

    Planning & Management Directorckushman@traversetrails.org

    Chris was born and raised in Traverse City. After college and several years working away he was fortunate enough to return to Traverse in 2006 with his wife and son. Chris is responsible for the development and management of trail planning, local partnerships and maintenance efforts at TART. His work experience includes over fifteen years of environmental planning and resource management projects throughout Michigan. Contributing to efforts for non-motorized transportation and local connections is a top priority of his and one he is excited to work on with local partners. Away from work, he can often be found biking, cross country skiing or kayaking.

  • Deb Westphal

    Office Managerdeb@traversetrails.org

    Deb joined TART in November 2010. She is responsible for the general operations of the office and coordinating volunteer activities. Deb served on the VASA board for six years. She and her husband, Steve, are very active with cycling and cross-country skiing and enjoy using the TART trails throughout the year.

  • Chris Deyo

    Administrative Assistant & Ambassador chris@traversetrails.org

    Chris Deyo spent 25 years teaching high school physics in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She retired and moved to Traverse City in 2013. Chris entered the TART Trails world as an office volunteer and began working as an administrative assistant in 2014. Chris also administers the database. Chris and her husband enjoy biking, hiking and skiing all the area trails.

  • Kate Lewis

    Community Engagement Managerkate@traversetrails.org

    Kate officially joined the TART staff in December 2015 as Marketing & Event Coordinator after serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She began as a volunteer to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety at local elementary schools, assist with snow removal efforts and organize special events such as Smart Commute Week. Kate now serves as TART’s Community Engagement Manager and her current responsibilities at TART include managing TART’s Volunteer and Ambassador Programs, as well as the Smart Commute and Sponsorship Programs. She also manages digital and print content and communications and is the staff lead for special events. When not in the office you can find her on her bike, kayak, SUP, or hanging with her partner Casey and fur baby Page.

  • Caitlin Early

    Annual Gifts & Special Events Coordinatorcaitlin@traversetrails.org

    Caitlin joined the TART Trails team in September 2019. Her work supports fundraising, donor relations, and special events. Caitlin grew up in Indianapolis, and was fortunate enough to spend her summers in Leelanau County. She has spent the better part of the last decade working in arts and culture-based nonprofit organizations. When not in the office, Caitlin can generally be found in the woods or the water, on a bike, chopping vegetables, or with her nose in a book.

  • Kerry Winkler

    Communications & Outreach Specialistkerry@traversetrails.org

    Kerry Winkler has joined our team for the fall season! She’s a native of the area and a life-time user of TART Trails. She loves to bike and hike with her dog, Bobby, and her 2 teenagers (although it is sometimes under protest).  She’s also an active member of the community with her local publication Grand Traverse Woman Magazine and women’s events. She’s looking forward to being a part of TART’s communications team.

  • Don Cunkle

    Recycle-A-Bicycle Program Directorycunkle@charter.net — (231) 649-3443

    Don Cunkle is the founder and tireless program coordinator of Recycle-A-Bicycle. Since the program’s beginning in 2007, Don has collected, repaired and distributed more than 800 bicycles throughout the community. In 2010, the program merged with TART Trails while maintaining its partnerships with Goodwill, Cherry Capital Cycling Club, Father Fred, Child & Family Services, Women’s Resource Center and other community organizations. In June 2011, the program hosted Traverse City’s first bicycle swap as a fundraiser. The event was an overwhelming success and provided new homes to more than 200 used bicycles. Don’s passion and enthusiasm for the program keeps Recycle-A-Bicycle’s wheels in constant motion. (photo credit: Sustainable TC)

  • Emily Sherwood

    TART Trails InternEmily@traversetrails.org

    Emily joined TART Trails as a winter/spring intern in the beginning of 2019. Her work mainly centers on a study of the economic and health benefits of local trails, but she also works around the office to help enter data and plan events. Emily grew up in Leelanau county and thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of the local trail system there before leaving for four years to study Environmental Sustainability at Sewanee University in Tennessee. Now back up North, she enjoys spending her free time paddle-boarding or hiking with her dog Sophie.