The Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference is organized by representatives from each of the region’s nine states. Below is more information about the states’ planning committee members.
Diane Banta, Outdoor Recreation Planner
Diane Banta, National Park Service, is an Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Starting her career in the IL DNR Youth Conservation Corps, she then joined NPS (Mammoth Cave, Cape Hatteras, Smokey Mountains, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Cuyahoga Valley NP). With 32 years of service, Diane now works in Illinois with non-profit organizations and state and local government to preserve open space, greenways planning and trail projects.
Amy Madigan, Greenways & Trails Outreach Coordinator
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Amy L. Madigan is the Greenways & trails Outreach Coordinator for the IDNR. She’s served in that role since 1998. Amy has assisted in the planning of several statewide, regional and national conferences, written and edited several newsletters, articles and web sites and given multiple presentations on topics related to greenways and trails. She has recently overseen a statewide economic impact study on trails in Illinois communities. She works closely with DNR’s Division of Grants and other DNR divisions as well as assisting with Illinois’ involvement in the Recreational Trail Program and the Illinois Greenways & Trails Council. She resides in Springfield, IL with her family.
Rory Robinson, Outdoor Recreation Planner
During his thirty-six year career with the National Park Service, Rory has worked in five different NPS units primarily in the fields of interpretation and cultural resources management receiving the 1989 NPS Appleman/Judd award for excellence in cultural resources management.
For the past 21 years, Rory has worked in the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance. His work has included assistance to the Ohio and Erie Canal, Maumee Valley, and Wabash River Heritage Corridors. He has been involved in trails planning efforts throughout Indiana and Ohio and worked on river and watershed projects along the Wabash and Blue Rivers. Rory’s work in Indiana was recognized when awarded the 2006 Mike Carroll Award for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner by the Indiana Planning Association. Rory has provided leadership in a number of national and regional initiatives including six-time program chair for the International Trails Symposium with American Trails, the Towpaths-to-Trails Initiative in cooperation with the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy, the revitalization of the National Recreation Trails and development of the National Water Trails program and the Mississippi River Connections Collaborative.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Rory holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation Management and Environmental Interpretation from The Ohio State University.
Dale Brier, Streams and Trails Section Chief
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Dale began working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 1997. He worked as a Streams and Trails Specialist for the Division of Outdoor Recreation for over 10 years. While his projects with the Streams and Trails Section were varied, his major projects were the Indiana snowmobile program, managing the Knobstone Trail, administering the Scenic River program and working with the Trails Advisory Board. In 2008, he took the role of the Streams and Trails Section Chief and became the Indiana State Trails Coordinator.
The Streams and Trails section that Dale oversees covers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including trails of all types, the state scenic river program, and all of the DNR’s motorized facilities. He also works with the Indiana Trails Advisory Board, the Blue River Commission, and the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission. Dale was instrumental in getting policy changed to allow mountain bike trails on DNR property and received the Governor’s efficiency award for streamlining the state’s snowmobile program in 2006. Currently his time is spent assisting the growing motorized properties, creating recreational opportunity maps for the division, participating in planning the 2015 MATAG conference, and helping local communities coordinate water trails.
Dale is an Indiana native and received his Bachelors degree from Purdue University in Forestry with a concentration in Recreational Resources.
Yvonne Diller, Federal and State Recreational Trails Program Manager
Iowa Department of Transportation
Yvonne Diller is employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames. She has been the Program Manager of the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the State Recreational Trails (SRT) Program for the past six years. She works with a 10-member RTP Advisory Committee and a four-member SRT Program Advisory Committee to review new trail projects annually. She works with the RTP Advisory Committee to host an annual Iowa Trails Summit in June. She also assists with project development activities for Federal Transportation Alternatives Program and Transportation Enhancement projects. These activities include working with project sponsors, consultants, MPO/RPA staff, other DOT offices, and the FHWA. She is a graduate of Iowa State University in Business Administration and is a six-year member of the MATAG Regional Steering Committee.
Andrea Boulton, Trails & Greenways Director
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Andrea Boulton joined the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in 2006. As the Foundation’s Statewide Coordinator, she works with community groups, volunteers, landowners and agencies to plan and develop multi-use trails. Andrea provides support through land acquisition, community organizing, proposal writing, and technical assistance. She has worked in all corners of the state and serves on a variety of planning and development boards such as Mississippi River Trail, Inc., Lewis and Clark Multi-use Trail, and the Des Moines Area MPO Bike-Ped Roundtable.
Andrea graduated from Drake University in 2004 with a degree in Environmental Policy and Law, Politics & Society. She returned to Drake and graduated with her master’s degree in Public Administration in 2009. Andrea is also a 2013 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
Jodie McDonald, State Trails Coordinator
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Elaine Wilson, Executive Director
Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism
Elaine H. Wilson graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BS in Education. She worked for the Corps of Engineers at Green River Lake as a Naturalist and Interpreter, worked in Human Resources at a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), and managed Visitor Services at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. After graduating from the Marketing College in Georgia, she became the Executive Director for the Paroquet Springs Convention Centre and Tourism Marketing in Bullitt County where she worked for 20 years. She currently heads up the Office for Adventure Tourism for the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as the Executive Director. Elaine has 40+ years experience as an outdoor enthusiast.
John Morrison, Executive Director
West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
In his role with WMTGC, John provides technical assistance to communities, regional groups, and local friends groups on trail acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance. He serves on the Non-motorized Advisory Workgroup as part of Michigan's State Trails Implementation Plan, and served on the planning committees for the 2017 and 2018 mParks Trail Summits, MDOT's Grand Region Non-Motorized Plan, City of Grand Rapids Vital Streets, and more.
Randy Thoreson, Outdoor Recreation Planner
Randy Thoreson is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the National Park Service (NPS) located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Trained in the planning and environmental fields, he has worked in the Mountain West and Midwest as a Director, Administrator, and Project Manager on a wide variety of projects/programs for local, state and federal government agencies. He is involved in trails (land and water) as well as green infrastructure (open space, greenway corridors, etc.) partnership projects. Randy also works on numerous Hydro projects. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and an undergraduate degree in planning and environmental resources. Prior to working with the RTCA program, he served as the Planning Coordinator (Cooperative Management Plan) for the NPS Lower St. Croix Wild and Scenic River.
Todd Antoine, Planning Director
Great Rivers Greenway
Todd Antoine, AICP, is the Director for Planning at the Great Rivers Greenway District in St. Louis, Missouri. The primary focus of his work is to develop and implement The River Ring, a regional interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails. He coordinates effort to establish partnerships with local, state and regional entities in the implementation of The River Ring with projects in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri. Todd is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He received his master’s degree in urban affairs from St. Louis University.
Deb Ridgway, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Deb Ridgway is the bicycle pedestrian coordinator for the City of Kansas City, MO since 2007, where she is responsible for ensuring the City achieves platinum bicycle and walk friendly community status by 2020. Deb oversees the implementation of several citywide plans including: Trails KC, Bike KC, and KC Walkability Plan, as well as managing education and outreach events and campaigns. She is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, American Planning Association Kansas City Chapter, and Women's Transportation Seminar – Kansas City Chapter. Deb was recognized as a “Female First” in KC in 2014, received an "Innovation Award" in January 2010 from the Safe Kids Coalition for her work to establish the Share the Road Safety Task Force and the "Distinguished Service to Missouri Bicycling" award in February 2009, from the Missouri Bicycle Pedestrian Federation. She has presented at regional and national conferences including Kansas Health and Built Environment, National Council of Governments, and ProWalk/ProBike. She holds a masters degree in social and economic development from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis, MO and both a Bachelors and Associates degree from Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI.
D’Juan Hammonds, Policy Coordinator
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Real Estate
D’Juan Hammonds is a native and current resident of Columbus, OH. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Public Administration in Government. D’Juan has managed the State of Ohio’s Recreational Trails Program and the Clean Ohio Trail Fund over the last seven years through the Department of Natural Resources. D’Juan also enjoys Ohio’s many recreational trails and officiating high school and youth athletics. He is an active member in his fraternal organizations and enjoys giving back to the public through work, volunteer services, and mentoring programs.
Eric Oberg, Director of Trail Development
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Eric has been involved in the trail community for over 17 years. Born and raised in Alaska he moved to Ohio 10 years ago after 7 years of running trail construction crews in Denali National Park in interior Alaska. Eric has extensive experience in design, maintenance, and building of trails. Eric assists local communities with trail planning and development through a variety of strategies. He has extensive experience in planning, design and evaluation of Rail-with-Trail projects. Eric has helped design, deploy and report on cutting edge regional automated trail traffic count projects around the Midwest. He has conducted numerous trail design and building seminars, visioning workshops and feasibility studies across the country. He is also co-leading the Route of the Badger project in Southeast Wisconsin as well as serving as the project manager for the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, the largest envisioned multi-use trail network in the Country.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources