Current Board of Directors

Board of Directors  Term 

Committee Assignment 

Edward Saiff 2015-2017 Chair;  Nominating Committee; Governance Committee; Management Committee Chair
Patricia Wooters 2014-2016 Vice Chair; Strategic Planning Committee; Management Committee; Membership & Development Committee, Advocacy Committee Chair
Daniel Chazin 2014-2016  Secretary; Publications Committee; Finance Committee; Conservation Committee; Management Committee
Rick Levine 2015-2017  Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair, Audit Committee; Management Committee
Daniel Hoberman 2014-2016  Counsel; Legal & Insurance Committee Chair; Management Committee
Chris Connolly   2016-2018 Policy Council; Organizational Structure Committee
Walt Daniels 2015-2017 Publications Committee, Policy Council, Strategic Planning Committee, Governance Committee; Technology Committee
John Magerlein 2015-2017  Policy Council Chair; Organizational Structure Committee; Technology Committee
Suzan Gordon 2016-2018 Nominating Committee Chair; Buildings and Grounds Committee
Richard Katzive 2014-2016  Governance Committee Chair; Conservation Committee
Andy Garrison  2015-2017  Conservation Committee
Gaylord Holmes 2013-2015 Strategic Planning Committee Chair; Management Committee
Dave Stuhr 2016-2018 Finance Committee; Audit Committee Chair; Management Committee
Ned Whitney 2014-2016  Governance Committee; Finance Committee; Membership & Development Committee
Beth Ravit 2015-2017 Finance Committee; Audit Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
Ken Posner 2016-2018 Strategic Planning Committee; Audit Committee
Jeff Senterman 2016-2018  


TC Board bios

Christopher Connolly (Tenafly, NJ): Chris, current Chair of the Trail Conference board, is a retired New York City law partner.  He belongs to the Adirondack Mountain Club-North Jersey Ramapo Chapter, where he is Conservation Chair, and is Treasurer of the Palisades Nature Association (Greenbrook Sanctuary).  Chris is a New Hampshire 4000 Footer and a Vermont Long Trail End-to-Ender.  He holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from New York University.  Northeast New Jersey Trail Chair; Policy Council. Trail Conference Life Member.

Eddie SaiffEdward Saiff (Mahwah, NJ): Eddie is Vice Chair of the Trail Conference board. He is Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science at Ramapo College. He is a past president of both the Mahwah Board of Education and Mahwah Environmental Commission, and is an Eagle Scout and past scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 50 in Mahwah. Eddie is a member of the New Jersey Academy of Science, New York Academy of Science, an Elected Member of the American Ornithologists Union, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds a BA and PhD from Rutgers University and an MS from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Nominating Committee Chair.



Rick Levine

Richard Levine (Upper Saddle River, NJ): Rick is Treasurer of the Trail Conference board.   During our headquarters construction, he participated in multiple Darlington School House committees, including construction and fundraising.  Rick’s 27 years of hike leading includes the Appalachian Mountain Club, Adirondack Mountain Club, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and The Nature Conservancy.  He is a retired commercial developer and CEO/majority partner of ITP Associates, LLP.  Rick graduated from the Wharton School of Finance with a BS in Economics and holds a New York University MBA in Accounting and Computer Science. Finance Committee Chair; Audit Committee. Trail Conference Life Member.







Patsy WootersPatsy Wooters (Suffern, NY):  Patsy is Secretary of the Trail Conference board. She has been active in conservation advocacy since 2000, when she joined Torne Valley Preservation Association, working to defeat proposals for two power plants in Torne Valley. From 2005 to 2014 she chaired the Ramapo Highlands Coalition, working to protect mountain forest along the Ramapo Pass. She is a member of the Sterling Forest partnership, the Rockland Water Coalition, the Suffern Revitalization Committee, and co-chair of the Conservation Committee of the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management. She is a member of the North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the ADK, and a regular and winter member of the Catskill 3500 Club. She has a BA from the University of Toronto and an MS Ed from Lehman College. Patsy retired from a teaching career in 2007. Management, Membership and Development, and Advocacy committees. Trail Conference Life Member.


Daniel ChazinDaniel Chazin (Teaneck, NJ): Daniel served for 24 years as Trail Conference Board Secretary and seven years as Treasurer. He graduated from Yeshiva College and New York University Law School, and practiced law for many years – both as an associate in a large firm in New York City and as a private practitioner in New Jersey. Daniel has written or edited many books on hiking and writes a semi-weekly hiking column in The Record (Bergen County, NJ); over 300 of his hikes appear on the Trail Conference website. He is both a regular and a winter member of the Catskill 3500 Club. Daniel has served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 226 in Teaneck for nearly 40 years. Another of his interests is trains. He has ridden nearly all of Amtrak’s routes across the United States. Publications, Conservation, and Finance committees. Trail Conference Life Member.




Walt DanielsWalt Daniels (Mohegan Lake, NY): Walt has volunteered with the Trail Conference in various capacities since 1979. He is a retired computer researcher from IBM and was instrumental in bringing technology to the Trail Conference; as webmaster he is currently working on a massive upgrade. Since being involved with Appalachian Trail relocations in Putnam County, he has become a master trail builder/crew leader/crew member, and is a certified chainsawyer.  He is on the Dutchess Putnam AT Management Committee and has served on Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Board of Managers. Walt is a major contributor of GPS tracks for many Trail Conference publications, co-authored Walkable Westchester, and was involved with the New York Walk Book (6th edition) and New Jersey Walk Book. He serves on the Town of Yorktown's Conservation Board and chairs the Open Space Advisory Committee. Walt has a PhD in Physics. With his wife Jane, he has section-hiked the entire AT and with Jane and their two daughters climbed all 46 Adirondack high peaks. Publications Committee; Trail Conference Honorary Life Member.

Andrew Garrison (Wurtsboro, NY): Andy has been a long-term, active Trail Conference volunteer with broad experience in building, maintaining, and preserving trails and open space. He is both Supervisor and maintainer of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. Upon discovering the Long Path, he section-hiked the entire trail, completing it in 2006. In 2008, he through-hiked the Vermont Long Trail. With a goal of protecting and preserving the Long Path, one of his volunteer projects includes directing construction of the new 9+ mile route in the Catskill Park. Andy’s successes in trail work leadership have been recognized with the Trail Conference’s Paul Leikin Extra Mile Award in 2008 and the William Hoeferlin Award in 2014. Long Path North Committee Chair.

Suzan GordonSuzan Gordon (Tenafly, NJ): Suzan has an extensive history of volunteer service on trails and with the North Jersey-Ramapo chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. She served many years as co-supervisor in Sterling Forest State Park. Suzan has an MS in special education from Temple University and taught special education for 24 years. She is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. Nominating and Buildings and Grounds committees. Trail Conference Life Member.












Daniel HobermanDaniel Hoberman (Montclair, NJ): Dan is currently Counsel to the Trail Conference board. An avid hiker for over 50 years, he initially became involved with the Trail Conference as the Chairman of Workshops at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference in 2007, hosted by the Trail Conference at Ramapo College.  While a member of the Trail Conference's Publications Committee, he was instrumental in bringing the PDF Map app to our hiking community. Dan received the Trail Conference's Paul Leikin Extra Mile Award in 2007. He is a long-time member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Dan is a 1971 graduate of University of Vermont and a 1974 graduate of Rutgers-Camden Law School. He is a civil trial attorney and mediator engaged in the private practice of law.



Gaylord HolmesGaylord Holmes (Irvington, NY): Gaylord has co-chaired both the Realignment Committee and the Conservation Committee, and is a trail maintainer in Westchester County.  He is a trustee of the Greater Irvington Land Trust and a member of the Irvington Open Space Committee.  Gaylord retired as a director of global aviation at Citibank.  He has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Strategic Planning Committee Chair.











Dick KatziveRichard Katzive (Irvington, NY): Dick is a retired attorney with experience in real estate, economic development, land use and environmental practice, and a former official of New York State and municipal development agencies. He holds a BA from Brown University and an LLB from Yale Law School. Governance Committee Chair; Conservation Committee. Trail Conference Life Member.








John MagerleinJohn Magerlein (Yorktown Heights, NY): John retired as a physicist from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center after 37 years in a variety of technical and managerial positions. He has been a Trail Conference Supervisor since 1992 for Fahnestock State Park, where he led the construction of new trails and bridges, and is a certified chainsawyer. John set up the first on-line registration system for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference as registrar in 2007. He is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Adirondack Mountain Club. He holds a BA from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Policy Council Chair; Technology and Organizational Structure committees. Trail Conference Life Member.



Ken PosnerKen Posner (New York, NY): Ken has been Chief of Strategic Planning and Investor Relations at Capital Bank Financial Corp. since 2009 and was previously an analyst at Morgan Stanley. He through-ran the Long Path in 2013 in nine days, establishing a new record, and subsequently organized the Long Path Race Series to promote awareness of the Trail Conference's activities. A graduate of Yale and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Ken served in the U.S. Army and has earned the Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and Financial Risk Manager designations.

Photo credit:  Steve Aaron Photography











Beth RavitBeth Ravit (Park Ridge, NJ): After three decades as a corporate executive, Beth entered graduate school and earned her Masters (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. She joined the Rutgers faculty in 2005 and is currently a member of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Having successfully led scientific and design teams working on wetland restorations in the Hackensack River watershed, her specific research focus is rehabilitation of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, with emphasis on the region’s wetlands and urban coastal resiliency. A research priority is the re-introduction of native Eastern Oysters to this urban ecosystem. Beth is co-founder and Environmental Science Co-Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES), a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture.  She is a board member of the Closter Nature Center and Hackensack Riverkeeper and is a past Chair of the Closter, NJ, Environmental Commission. Audit, Finance, and Strategic Planning committees.





Jeff SentermanJeff Senterman (Platte Clove, NY): Jeff is a long-time volunteer with the Trail Conference; he was previously on the staff as program coordinator for the Catskill region and manager of regional trail programs. He began volunteering with the Trail Conference with his father at age 11 and continued in many capacities throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskills. He is currently Executive Director of the Catskill Center. Jeff has worked as an environmental planner for the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission; Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission; and for Waterman Design Associates.  He also worked as a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation assistant forest ranger in Greene County.  He is an avid hiker and outdoorsman who has hiked in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and New England and who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Hiking Society.  He holds a BS from Lyndon State College in Vermont, with a concentration in environmental science.  


Dave StuhrDavid P. Stuhr (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ): Dave has been an active Boy Scout leader since 1973. As an adviser to the Order of the Arrow he helped develop the Palisades Historic Trail that includes portions of the Shore Trail and the Long Path. He has been a member of the Faculty of Business of Fordham University and has held several administrative posts, most recently associate vice president for academic affairs. He retired in 2011, but continues on a part-time basis as senior faculty adviser and emeritus associate professor of finance and economics. Audit Committee Chair. Trail Conference Life Member.








Ned WhitneyEdward B. Whitney (New York, NY, Garrison, NY, and Barton, VT): Ned Whitney is a retired investment banker. He is a member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of American Rivers; a member of the President’s Council of The Wilderness Society; President of the Early Music Foundation of New York; a member of the Board of Advisors of the European Institute at Columbia University; a member of the Advisory Board of the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Garrison, N.Y.; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. Ned grew up in northern New England and has been active in outdoor activities, particularly hiking, biking and skiing, for all of his life. He has been hiking in the Hudson Highlands for over 40 years. Finance, Membership and Development, and Governance committees.