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 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.
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.
John Heiam – At Large
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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.
  Tim Mowbray – At-Large
mowbraypix Tim has been trying to retire from 30 plus years of healthcare administration since 2008 but keeps finding too many interesting work projects that just need a little more time.  Currently Tim is the President/CEO of a small medical research organization in Minneapolis Minnesota, Excelen – Center for Bone & Joint Research and Education.  Tim has a Doctorate in Management specializing in Organizational Leadership and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He has been in senior leadership positions in healthcare for 30 plus years, served on and participated in leadership of a number of community organizations and is still an active Rotarian in the City of Lakes Rotary in Minneapolis.  Tim, his wife Sue, and Golden Retriever Max, live just about a mile off the North Country Trail on Upper St. Croix Lake in Solon Springs WI and use the trail many times each year.
Dennis Garrett – Pennsylvania
 Garrett Married to Catherine Ann for 47 years and the parents of two sons, Bill & Steve, Dennis is now partially retired from his business as a manufacturer of industrial process equipment.  He has been a member of the NCTA, originally as a landowner, for 8 years and is currently President of the Wampum Chapter.  He is actively involved in several ministries of the St. Monica Catholic Church of Beaver Falls, PA and the Knights of Columbus.
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
Formerly the President of the Star of the North Chapter, Brian serves as trail volunteer and advocate. He serves on other trail boards and as a trail volunteer in both state and regional positions. Taking an early retirement, his commitment is nearly full time as a volunteer with the NCTA, the National Park Service, the Chippewa National Forest. At the present time, he works to incorporate family participation in a binding relationship to health, happiness, and the NCNST.
Jerry Fennell – At-Large
 FennellSmall Jerry Fennell is a lawyer who practiced mostly in Kansas and Nebraska, frequently on Federal disputes over consumer protection, plus criminal law. He is a volunteer with the Red Cross who has organized emergency shelters for hundreds of people, and has been a successful fundraiser for millions of dollars. He is retiring and winding down his office in Omaha. Jerry is an avid bicyclist on back roads as well as a hiker in such locales as Guatemala, Spain, and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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.
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.
Kirk Johnson – Pennsylvania
IMG_2868 Kirk earned his BA from Albion College in Albion, Michigan in 1992, where he did frequent trail work in the Whitehouse Nature Center on campus, where he was employed. He earned a Master of Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1999. While living in Washington he was a volunteer trail maintainer for the National Park Service in Olympic National Park. Kirk serves as executive director for the Warren, Pennsylvania-based Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, which he founded in 2001 and which seeks to have qualifying portions of the Allegheny National Forest designated as wilderness areas under the Wilderness Act of 1964. These include areas that the North Country Trail passes through such as Minister Valley, Tionesta, and Tracy Ridge. Kirk has been an NCTA member since 2000, and for the last ten years the volunteer adopter/maintainer of the 5.5-mile segment of the NCT through the proposed Minister Valley Wilderness Area.
Paul Spoelstra – Michigan
 PaulSpoelstra[1] Paul is an independent wealth management advisor and is the founder of Milestone Wealth Management as well as the Medical Mile Resource Group, both located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Residing in the Association’s hometown of Lowell, Michigan, Paul’s interest in the NCTA has been stoked through the years by his contacts with some of the NCTA staff. He attended Davenport University and is certified as a Financial Planner and Tourism Ambassador. He brings to our board his expertise in wealth management strategies, comprehensive financial planning, and other skills related to financial asset management and protection. Paul loves that the NCTA is a multi-state organization and connected with so many chapters and affiliates.
Mike Chapple – At-Large
 IMG_6268 Mike is Senior Director for IT Service Delivery and Concurrent Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame.  He earned both BS and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Notre Dame and also holds an MBA from Auburn University. He’s been an avid hiker for over 30 years, starting when he was growing up in New York and Mike tries to get on the trail as much as possible.  Mike and his wife Renee live in Granger, IN with their three boys and one of the family’s favorite pastimes is taking backpacking vacations together.  There isn’t much elevation change in Northern Indiana, so he escapes the flat cornfields to the relative heights of the North Country Trail in nearby Michigan for both day hikes and extended backpacking trips.  Mike also serves on the Board of the South Bend Parks Foundation and is a speaker and author specializing in information security.
Jeff VanWinkle – Michigan
 JeffVanWinkle A long time member of the NCTA, Jeff brings to the Association a wealth of experience in management of non-profit organizations. Jeff is a business attorney for Clark Hill and shuttles between his firm’s offices and Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he provides general counsel services, public and securities counseling, private company law guidance and transactional legal services to clients throughout the Midwest. He has been a board member of seven international, national, and local non-profit organizations. He and his family have hiked the NCT in both Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas as well as segments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Jeff says that he is “most interested in helping to continue the effort to strengthen the sustainability of the NCTA as the steward if the trail.”