New Board of Directors Elected to Guide the Protection of the Appalachian Trail’s Greater Landscape

Date Published: Aug 13, 2018

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (Aug. 13, 2018) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has elected its new board of directors to guide the organization in its mission to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The board of directors has the task of helping protect the largest continuous landscape in the eastern United States through its decision making.

 ATC membership elected three new board members on Sunday, Aug. 12, who will join the current board and leadership in their mission to protect the A.T. landscape. Top row (from left): Vice Chair Greg Winchester, Colleen Peterson, Daniel Howe, Chair Sandi Marra, Treasurer Mary Higley, James LaTorre, Shalin Desai, Beth Critton, Rubén A. Rosales. Bottom row: Grant Davies, Colin Beasley, Secretary Ed Guyot, President & CEO Suzanne DIxon, Robert Hutchinson, Thomas Gregg.

The three new members possess a variety of professional skills that will be an asset to the ATC board. Grant Davies is a risk and crisis-management consultant with previous board experience. Thomas Gregg has for-profit and nonprofit board experience and an extensive business background as president of a private investment company and restaurant co-owner. James LaTorre is a partner at a professional services firm where he has spent his entire 38-year career. All three members are outdoor enthusiasts and have their own unique experience with the A.T.

“The board is thrilled to welcome new and returning members who will play such an important role in protecting the Appalachian Trail and the scenic values of its broader landscape,” said Sandi Marra, ATC board chair. “Having an experienced, diverse board will allow us to guide the policies that affect the Trail today and the next generation of users. As the Trail continues to become more popular, the decisions of the board become even more important in protecting it for the future.”

The new board of directors will allow the ATC to continue preserving and managing the Trail as a destination for all to enjoy and admire for centuries to come. The new board is a part of the larger group of guardians of the A.T. who help educate users of the Trail, protect the Trail and its broader landscape, and empower the next generation of A.T. stewards.

New members Grant Davies, Thomas Gregg and James LaTorre will join returning board members Chair Sandra Marra, Treasurer Mary L. Higley, Vice Chair Gregory Winchester, Secretary Edward R. Guyot, Colin P. Beasley, Shalin B. Desai, Beth Bryan Critton, Norman P. Findley, Daniel A. Howe, Colleen Peterson, Robert E. Hutchinson Jr. and Rubén A. Rosales.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy:

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. On October 2, 2018, the ATC will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which protects the A.T. and other scenic trails as part of the National Park System. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
 Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 Washington Street | P.O. Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Tel: 304.885.0794
Email: [email protected]


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