Discussing the Future of the Trail

Membership Meeting 2023

The 2023 ATC Membership Meeting was held on August 26. Watch the recording below.

Our Membership Meeting is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to discuss the future of the ATC and recommit to educating and empowering current and future caretakers of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

The meeting included brief presentations by the Chair and Treasurer of the ATC Board of Directors as well as the ATC CEO. During the meeting, we also announced the results of the 2023 Board of Directors election. All eligible members received emails with detailed voting instructions.

The meeting recording is also available on our YouTube page.

New Officers and Members of the ATC Board of Directors

The following new officers were appointed in August: Jim LaTorre, Chair; Nathan Rogers, Vice Chair; Katherine Ross, Treasurer; and Rajinder Singh, Secretary. Learn more about them. Thank you to the officers who completed their terms and their service on the board. We are grateful for your leadership.

New Directors

Renee Alston-MaisonetRenee Alston-Maisonet

Renee Alston-Maisonet is an accomplished sales professional with over 30 years of sales, marketing/advertising, and community relations experience. In her current role as Development Director at Greening Youth Foundation, she works with funders, vendors, and community partners to connect under-represented youth to the outdoors and careers in conservation. She previously served as Senior Manager of Corporate/Community Engagement at the Georgia Conservancy. Renee received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University.

Bill HolmanBill Holman 

Bill Holman is North Carolina State Director of The Conservation Fund, where he is responsible for advocating for conservation priorities, protecting drinking water supplies, and helping North Carolina communities recover from hurricanes and tropical storms. He previously directed the state policy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Bill’s public service includes roles as Secretary and as Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from NC State University.  

Roger KleinRoger Klein 

Roger Klein is a private investor who previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Synopsys, Inc., a pioneer of smart technology. Roger’s prior roles include Fulbright Senior Scholar, visiting and adjunct professor at Hastings College of Law, and associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (Associate). His articles have been published in The New York Times, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice Magazine, and various law reviews. Roger has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Gregory MerrittGregory Merritt 

Gregory Merritt is a communications and marketing executive with more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications and product and strategic marketing. He recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications at Smart Electric Power Alliance, where he was responsible for media engagement, thought leadership, digital marketing, and branding, among others. Previously, Greg held senior marketing roles at Cree Inc., a market leader in semiconductors and LED lighting, and at Nortel Networks. He has a bachelor’s in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia and a master’s in Operations Research from University of California–Berkeley.

Current Directors who were Re-elected

Eboni PrestonEboni Preston Goddard 

Led by a call to action, Eboni is a management professional with a background in non-profit administration, program operations, partnerships, and workforce development. She is currently the Southeast Associate Director and National Park Service Diversity Liaison for the National Parks Conservation Association. As she serves as a Board Member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, she is also a Board Member for the Georgia Conservancy and Next 100 Coalition, and the Labor and Industry Chair for the Georgia NAACP. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, a Master in Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration and Master in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, Eboni is an avid hiker and Crossfit enthusiast.

Nathan RogersNathan Rogers

Nathan serves as the SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC), a premier technology integrator solving the nation’s most complex IT modernization and readiness challenges. As CIO Nathan manages information technology (IT) strategic planning, operations, governance, and cybersecurity. Nathan is the Executive Sponsor of SAIC’s Connect and Grow business resource group which is focused on professional and leadership growth among all generational segments. Nathan has over 20 years of diversified IT, financial and operational management experience. He earned a Master of Business Administration at Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed a Southbound thru-hike in 1998.

Rajinder SinghRajinder Singh

Raj is Chief Risk Officer of NewRez LLC.  He also serves as director on the boards of Sagen Canada and India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation. Raj has held senior executive roles in the global financial services sector, including Chief Risk Officer for Genworth’s Global Mortgage Insurance, for Citigroup’s U.S. Mortgage, for Ally Financial (fka GMAC Financial Services), and for GE Money Americas (division of GE Capital). He was also Head of Retail Risk at U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis. He has served on the boards of Genworth Australia, Seguros de Credito a la Vivienda, Mexico and Banco de America Central (BAC) International Bank. Raj holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

View the 2022 ATC Membership Meeting Below

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