Board of Directors

President Tom Moberg – North Dakota

Prior to retiring in 2006, Tom had a 40 year career in higher education that included service as a faculty member, IT director, senior administrator, and association executive.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Iowa.  Tom grew up in northern Minnesota, and currently lives in Fargo.   Tom currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and does other volunteer work including trail building and maintenance for the North Country Trail.  Tom and his wife Mary spend as much time as possible at a rustic cabin in northern Minnesota built by her family during the 1940′s.  From that base they help maintain a nearby section of the NCT in the Chippewa National Forest.
First Vice President Jaron Nyhof – At Large
Jaron practices real estate law as a partner in the Grand Rapids firm of Warner, Norcross and Judd.  He is the partner in charge of the firm’s office in Holland, Michigan.  He’s licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Ohio.  As a real estate attorney, he has been involved with land acquisitions, leases, licenses, easements, and land use agreements, and has helped the NCTA with a number of real estate issues on a pro bono basis over the last several years.  Additionally, Jaron has had quite a bit of experience on non-profit boards and committees and formed several non-profit corporations.  He has been heavily involved in his community’s various organizations during his tenure in Holland.  On the personal side of things, he’s been a hiker for almost 20 years and has enjoyed hiking many part of the NCT.
VP East Lynda Rummel – New York
Prior to retiring, Lynda taught at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, and worked at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a professor and academic administrator.  She holds a Ph.D from SUNY – Buffalo.  Lynda became a section maintainer for the Finger Lakes Trails Conference (FLTC), and then one of their Regional Trail Coordinators.  She headed up the FLTC’s NCT Certification Committee and the Maps and Guides Committee, and also became a NPS Gold Star trail evaluator.  Lynda was trained in the Universal Trail Assessment Process, became a certified sawyer, organized a trail building training team for the FLTC and conducted training workshops.  Currently she chairs the NCTA Field Grant Committee, works on the NCTA Board’s Trail Building and Maintenance Committee, and serves as Director of Trail Quality for the FLTC.
VP West Gaylord Yost – Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan
Gaylord was first elected to the NCTA Board in the 1980s while employed by the USDA-Forest Service. He served as their representative on the Board until his retirement in 1994. His tenure with the Forest Service included working as a District Ranger, Job Corps Center Director, Assistant Forest Supervisor, and as Eastern Region program manager for wilderness, scenic areas, rivers, trails, and dispersed area recreation. Since then, he has devoted his time and efforts to building the North Country Trail and its community in Wisconsin. He also has served as volunteer Wisconsin Trail Coordinator and Great Lakes Coordinator and in various officer roles with Wisconsin’s Heritage Chapter. He is the recipient of a NCTA Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and he was chosen Chapter Volunteer of the year several times.
Secretary John Heiam – At Large
John spent his working career in Chicago as a systems analyst, computer systems auditor, and high school math teacher.  He has a B.A. and MBA degrees from Michigan State and a MST (Master of Science in Mathematics) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  John met his wife on a Sierra Club outing, and both were active outings leaders for the Chicago group of the Sierra Club.  When they retired in 2000 they moved to the Traverse City Michigan area, and immediately became active in local outdoor organizations.  John is the webmaster for the Traverse Area Paddle Club.   In 2001 John became president of the Grand Traverse Hiking Club, and has held the post ever since.  In 2007 he was presented with a NCTA Leadership Award.  He was appointed to the NCTA Board in 2009.
Treasurer Doug Thomas – At Large
Doug grew up in Madison, WI., and earned a BA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin in 1978.  He moved to the Twin Cities area in 1979 and spent 8 years there as CPA in public accounting, then 19 years as CFO of a privately held agribusiness company.  During that time he took up marathoning and ultra-marathoning and, in 1991, was part of the group that organized the first 100 mile running race on the Superior Hiking Trail.  Since 2001, Doug has spent several months each year in Flagstaff, AZ, where he became involved in volunteer trail work on the Arizona Trail.  After retirement in 2006, Doug became a Trail Steward on a segment of the Arizona Trail near Flagstaff and took up backpacking. His long term goals include to thru-hike one or more long trails.
Immediate Past President Larry Hawkins – Michigan
Larry Hawkins Larry is a life-long Michigander and currently serves as the president of the Chief Noonday Chapter in Southwest Michigan. He was enticed into the NCTA by a good friend and hiking companion in 1998, became Vice-president for Trail Management in 2002 and was drafted to assume the presidency of the chapter in 2005. In 2007, he was elected to the Board of Directors as an At Large Director. In 2009, he was appointed 1st Vice-president of the Board. He has a long history of volunteerism in various community organizations in his home town of Hastings, Michigan. He is a practicing family physician.
Joyce Appel – Pennsylvania
Joyce is a retired school teacher. Her multiple outdoor interests and activities on adventure trips always left a lasting impression on her students as they watched her slides in class.  Joyce has also been involved in many outdoor organizations such as AYH, Butler Outdoor Club (former president), Sierra Club, Explorers Club, Nature Conservancy, Keystone Trails Assn.,  and Moraine State Park Regatta. She is also a board member of the Butler Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Show. Through the years, she has organized local and state wide events such as the “Outdoor Extravaganza”, worked on fundraisers, led hiking and canoe trips, and has been involved in building the NCT in Pennsylvania.
Larry Pio – At Large
Larry moved to Michigan from Wisconsin to attend Western Michigan University, where he earned BS (Chemistry and Paper Science) and MBA degrees, and met his wife Sue. He worked in operations management and sales in the paper industry, and currently works for a small airlaid nonwovens (a type of paper) research and development facility in Kalamazoo.  He has been a member of the NCTA since 2001, and began serving as President of the Chief Noonday Chapter in August 2011.  He has edited the CND newsletter for many years, and is also a trail adopter.
Brian Pavek – Minnesota
Brian serves as president of the Star of the North chapter. He serves on other trail boards and as a trail volunteer in both state and regional positions. During the great recession he served nearly full time as a volunteer with the NCTA, the National Park Service, the Chippewa National Forest, and with the American Hiking Society. At the present time he works in manufacturing as production supervisor/auditor in the medical devices and semiconductors industry.
Ed Gruchalla – North Dakota
Ed is a native of North Dakota and currently living in Fargo.  Ed has had an interesting career in his home state of ND.  Currently he is serving his second term in the House of Representatives in the North Dakota State Legislature.  He’s been fully engaged in other aspects of North Dakota government and commerce.  After serving 6 years in the US Navy in the 1960s an 70s Vietnam era, he joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol and had a 25 year career until his retirement in 2003.  Following that he joined the firm of Northern Safety Technology in their sales department and also ran his own firm, Ed Gruchalla Investigations.  His venture into North Dakota politics and election to the Legislature resulted in leaving both of those occupations.  He and his wife are long time members of the NCTA and the Dakota Prairie Chapter.  He’s also been an active member of the Sierra Club in the Fargo area and served as its President for a time.  He and his wife Rennae are outdoor people and both enjoy hiking and traveling.
Lorana Jinkerson – At Large
Lorana Jinkerson has been active in the North Country Trail Hikers Chapter in Marquette, since her retirement as a professor of educational technology at Northern Michigan University in 2005. She was appointed to the NCTA Board of Directors in the fall of 2008 and elected to the position of secretary in August 2009. Lorana is currently the NCTH Chapter president, webmaster, newsletter editor, media/communications contact, trail adopter and trail crew member. In 2009, Lorana wrote a, children’s book about the NCT, Nettie Does the NCT: North Country Trail and has donated all profits from the sale of the book to the Association. She is a member of NCTA’s Founder’s Circle, the chair of the NCTA Awards Committee and also the ad hoc Land Protection Committee. In 2009 she received the NCTA Communicator of the Year Award.
Jerry Trout – Minnesota

Jerry was instrumental in forming the Itasca Moraine Chapter and completing the NCT between the Chippewa National Forest and Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota, a 45 certified mile, 8 year project.  Jerry has a BS degree in Business Administration from Drake University.  He completed flying training in the US Air Force and flew jet fighters seven years for the Iowa National Guard.  Jerry had a 34 year career in private industry in information systems, including managing computer programming and operations.  He retired in 1995 to take a 5300 mile ride across America on a tandem bicycle with his wife, Beth.  Jerry has been active in many clubs, civic and church organizations, serving as president of several.  He has held all the officer and board positions in the Itasca Moraine Chapter and has received the NCTA Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Call to Service Award.
Ruth Dorrough – New York
RDorrough Ruth grew up in the Boston area. She received her nursing education at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Health Services Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She spent seven years in the remote Pacific Islands of Micronesia before settling in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. There she raised a family while working in long term care nursing administration. She is an inveterate traveler. Walking has always served as a grounding influence in both her work and recreation. Since retirement she and her husband, Dan, have been section hiking the North Country Trail.
Peter Nordgren – Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan
Peter Nordgren
Peter grew up in a family of canoe builders near Hayward in northern Wisconsin, not far from where he lives today in Cornucopia. As a planner, engineer, and manager, he spent a decade helping expand public radio in rural areas of the upper Midwest. He then returned to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, for a 27 year career as a faculty member and technology administrator, retiring in 2013 as associate vice chancellor for outreach. He also earned a Ph.D in higher education from the University of Minnesota. Peter has served on the boards of Wisconsin Citizens for the Arts and Wisconsin Public Radio Association, and is a board member of the UW-Superior Alumni Association. He is a founder of the Brule-St. Croix Chapter of NCTA, now serving as its membership coordinator, and an active trail maintainer.