Kara Wooldrik, Executive Director
Kara is thrilled to be part of an organization so committed to transforming Portland into one of the most livable communities in the country. She has been the Executive Director of Portland Trails since 2012, and has used the trail network as a runner, cyclist, commuter, dog-owner, skier, and self proclaimed “nature nerd” since 2000.
For 10 years, Kara was the Education Director at Maine Audubon, overseeing all education initiatives of the state’s largest Conservation and Education organization. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Bowdoin College for 8 years in the Environmental Studies Program, helping students learn how to engage children and adults in activities that build healthy and sustainable communities. Kara is the Co-Chair of the Trails and Cities Task Team of the World Trails Network. She also serves on numerous international and regional boards and committees focused on creating healthier communities for people and nature. Kara sees trails as tools to realize the community's vision of a more resilient, healthy and equitable world.
Jaime Parker, Trails & Transportation Manager
Jaime has been exploring the wild lands of Portland since moving from the western foothills of Maine to Munjoy Hill in 2000. With a degree in Natural Resource Management, a graduate certificate in Community Planning and Development, and practical experience in landscaping and contracting, it was only a matter of time before Jaime found Portland Trails. In his years with Portland Trails, he has worked with thousands of people in the community to build and maintain some of Portland’s favorite spaces. Jaime has spearheaded placemaking and walkability projects throughout the city, and is an active voice in making Portland a more vibrant, walkable, and livable place.
Daniel Bishop, Trail Stewardship & Volunteer Coordinator
Having grown up in the foothills of the White Mountains, Daniel has spent majority of his life in the woods and was often on a trail, in a canoe, or on his bike as a kid. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Environmental Management and Policy, minoring in Adventure Recreation Management, and worked at a number Land Trusts and other stewardship non-profits while in school. After college he moved to the mid-west to work for the National Park Services, advising and educating park staff on trail maintenance and stewardship. He moved back to Maine to work on a Masters Degree with the Muskie School at USM focusing on Urban and Environmental Planning.
Daniel currently resides in Westbrook with his wife and sons. He’s an avid hiker, skier, and home brewer. (He’s also the resident beer expert in the PT office and gives great advice on what beers to try next.) Daniel is, without a doubt, the guy with the shovel you saw on the trail that one time, so when you see him next time, say hello and give him a high five!
Nancy Grant, Advancement Officer
When Nancy moved back to Portland in 2007 after 20 years in the suburbs, she initially missed the wild, green and quiet outdoor spaces that had become a part of her daily diet. Happily, she discovered the Portland Trails network and the trails provided her fix for the outdoors. She quickly became a regular trail user, whether on foot, bike, or skis, and especially enjoyed the diversity of our trails and the proximity to and accessibility from almost every neighborhood in the city.
She eventually became a major Portland Trails cheerleader and served on the Board in 2009 and 2010. As Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, from 2011 to 2017, Nancy regularly crossed paths with Portland Trails staff and board members and increased her appreciation of how integral the trails and the Portland Trails organization are to all that makes Portland great, including quick and easy access to nature, a small-town community, shared appreciation of outdoor recreation and active transportation. She is thrilled to be joining the staff as the Advancement Officer and hopes she can help expand Portland Trails’ visibility in Greater Portland and beyond along with its financial capacity so we can continue to grow. As Advancement Officer, she will cultivate and steward potential and current private and corporate donors and oversee the strategic communications plan. She loves to share the trails with others so feel free to reach out to Nancy for a guided walk and talk.
Alison Violette, Office Administrator
A native Mainer, Alison has extensive experience working with non-profits. She has held positions in HR and Training departments, as Volunteer Coordinator and Supervisor of seasonal staff, as well as various program and administrative positions at organizations such as Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Friends of Baxter State Park. She joined us in January, 2019.
With a BA in Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Alison began her lifelong love for volunteering and environmental conservation straight out of college through an AmeriCorps program with the Northwest Service Academy in Portland, OR, called EnviroCorps. More recently she did another AmeriCorps stint with the Maine Conservation Corps as an Environmental Educator on Mackworth Island. She’s also volunteered with the Maine chapter of Leave No Trace’s Steering Committee and participates as a citizen scientist in a Mountain Birdwatch with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, collecting information about Bicknell’s Thrush. In her free time she hikes local and regional trails, kayaks nearby waters, enjoys cross-country skiing, sings with Renaissance Voices, knits, and helps her husband plan their next big climbing adventure abroad. Alison and her husband live in Portland with their cat, Nilla.
Bailey O'Brien, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Maine in 2014 with a degree in English, Bailey has spent the past six years working on communications projects for a variety of businesses and nonprofits, including The Telling Room and WinterKids. She considers herself a writer above all else and is deeply interested in the power of interview-based storytelling. In fall 2018, she graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies with a certificate in radio and podcast production. When she’s not in the office, you can find her hiking, kayaking, walking around with her microphone, or enjoying nature out on the trails!
In addition to helping plan and manage Portland Trails’ events, Bailey is the person behind the organization’s social media posts, newsletters, and all other external communications.
Board of Trustees
Kate O'Brien, President
Matt Forsyth, Vice President
Yvonne Mummé, Treasurer
Laura McHugh, Secretary
Wendy Suehrstedt, President Emeritus
Tom Jewell, Co-Founder
J. Peter Monro
Eliza Cope Nolan
Nathan Smith, Co-Founder
Richard Spencer, Co-Founder