Board of Directors and Staff
Jeff Halligan, Executive Director – McCall, ID.
I grew up in Idaho hiking and exploring the backcountry starting at a young age. When I finally felt I should grow up and find a job, I spent much of my career working for the Forest Service in Recreation and trails on the Payette, Sawtooth and Boise National forests. I spent a large portion of my career working in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness where I acquired my love for maintaining trails and the importance of remote backcountry. I continue to have this passion, and love to share it with people. I feel ITA is a great avenue to share this passion and meet new friends while giving back to the land.
Clay Jacobson, Trails Program Specialist – Boise, ID.
While studying English Literature at Boise State, Clay left to pursue his own Walden-esque adventure on the Appalachian Trail. After a few years of fighting fire and a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, he returned home to Boise to finish his degree. Unable to resist the call of a home-state hike, he set out on the Idaho Centennial Trail in 2015 which put him in a unique position to help guide the ICT in its development, utilizing his experiences on some of America’s other great long distance trails. Since finishing his ICT thru-hike, he has been raising hiking awareness and campaigning on behalf of the ICT across the state. He is very excited to work with the ITA and to learn what it takes to be a successful and effective trail organization.
Board of Directors
Tom Dabrowski, President – Sagle, ID.
While working on my professional career in the environmental services industry, I also dedicated time to my passion for outdoor adventure. I’ve been fortunate to hike and climb in some of the most beautiful places in the world, especially right here in Idaho. To help others enjoy outdoor adventures, I’ve led hundreds of hiking and climbing trips and served as an instructor for classes in rock, snow, and ice climbing, wilderness first aid, leadership, backpacking, wilderness survival, and avalanche avoidance. I’ve served as an officer or Board member with numerous educational, civic, and charitable organizations and look forward to helping ITA fulfill our mission of promoting the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.
Lana Weber,Vice-President – Boise, ID.
My family moved to Idaho in 1979 and I grew up in the Boise foothills, exploring the rocks and river of my backyard. Often enough, I would come home with mud between my toes and springs of rabbit brush in my pigtails. Working in the environmental and conservation non profit sector, I’ve received the gift to take my personal love of the outdoor landscapes and make it my profession. For me, Idaho will never loose its magic, whether that is the rolling hills of the Palouse or spring runs on the Middle Fork. You’ll often find me exploring with my adventurous kids, looking for the best opportunity for moss-staches, jumping photos and high alpine lakes.
John Wheaton, Treasurer – Boise, ID
I am originally from rural northern Idaho and appreciate the region’s dark forests, abundant water and fluid weather. Since moving to Boise 26 years ago, I have enjoyed southern Idaho’s blue skies and year round outdoor recreational opportunities. If I am not hiking, floating or skiing, I am on one of my mountain bikes riding in the Boise foothills or neighboring area trails. There is absolutely nothing like getting off the bike and spending time exploring new trails in Idaho’s amazing wild lands. As I near retirement this year, I look forward to supporting ITA in their efforts to maintain Idaho’s tremendous trail system in a manner that is consistent with the surrounding landscape.
Susan Giannettino, Secretary – Boise/Hailey, ID.
I retired in 2010 from a rewarding natural resource stewardship career with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. I have managed and played in our public lands all over the west, beginning with my high school participation in an Explorer Scout troop in New Mexico. My education is in the social sciences (cognitive anthropology). I spent the last dozen or so years of my career in Idaho and now live in Hailey, Idaho. I am on a couple Boards (the Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Boise State Public Radio Advisory Board, and the Idaho Trails Association). My husband and I hike and backpack spring, summer and fall and Nordic ski in the winter. I volunteer, knit (poorly), and read (avidly). Also my husband and I travel as much as we can because there is so much to see and so little time.
Bryan Dufosse – Boise, ID
I moved to Idaho in 1986 to make a life and enjoy the outdoor opportunities available on our public lands. I love backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking. Over the years I have volunteered for organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Idaho and Idaho Rivers United, as well as various community events. I also currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Central Bench Neighborhood Association in Boise. I believe that in an increasingly populated and electronically connected world, it is more important than ever to have wilderness and wide open spaces to escape to. I am excited to be part of the Idaho Trails Association and to help maintain the backcountry byways which allow us to make those human powered escapes.
Diana Burrell – Boise, ID
Diana moved to Idaho in 2009 so she could hike, snowshoe and backpack in some of the most beautiful places in the country. As the Director of Programs for the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Diana works closely with many nonprofit organizations across the state providing training and education to help them build sustainable business models to support their missions. In addition to volunteering with the Idaho Trials Association, Diana volunteers with Ridge to Rivers and is the Co-Chair of the Ambassador program for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. When Diana is not on the trails, you can find her in the kitchen concocting fun and delicious delicacies.
John McCarthy – Boise, ID.
John McCarthy worked trail crew in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the late 1970s, working up to trail crew foreman. After working on ranches and doing carpentry for a few years, John was a reporter at the Lewiston Tribune for 10 years. He then spent 20 years as an environmental organizer and advocate, working for Idaho Conservation League and the Wilderness Society on wilderness campaigns and forest management. He is now an active participant in ITA and Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation trail projects and a DJ at Radio Boise.
Matt Clark – Meridian, ID.
I was born in Idaho and have been enjoying the great outdoor opportunities that Idaho has to offer all of my life. I am an avid hiker, backpacker, and mountain biker. I feel very fortune for the recreational opportunities that Idaho’s public lands offer. We can explore high deserts, thick dense forests, high alpine peaks, lush meadows, soak in many hot springs and view a plethora of wildlife as we explore. There are so many ways to connect to nature in Idaho! I was a co-organizer and adventure leader for one of the largest human powered recreation clubs in the state, The Boise Trailheads. I currently work full time as a floor covering estimator and go to college part-time. I’m working on a degree in environmental studies with a minor in geographic information systems…who doesn’t love maps? I have volunteered with non-profits for many years and I love that ITA connects people to nature and helps to protect access and availability to our wonderful non-motorized trail systems. I enjoy being able to help develop stewards of our land.
Pam Bond – Boise, ID.
I am proud to call Idaho my home for over a decade now and there is nothing I would rather do with my spare time than explore it’s many trails and wild places. I am currently a GIS analyst for Idaho Fish and Game and hope my skill set can further ITA’s mission of promoting the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails but providing geospatial representations of their work and cartographic products for education and outreach. After going on my first week long trail maintenance project in the summer of 2016, I was hooked! It was such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again and again. It feels good to give back and help care for this resource I value so much. I also volunteer with Idaho Fish and Game doing habitat restoration projects, the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, and the Treasure Valley Land Trust.
Phil Hough – Sagle, ID.
Phil’s love of and commitment to wilderness and trails is evident. He is a long distance hiker and has walked the entire lengths of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Pacific Crest Trails, and paddled the length of the Yukon River. He is a past President of American Long Distance Hikers Association – West and has led back-country trips for the Galena Ridge School for troubled teens. In recognition of his environmental leadership on behalf of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, in 2009, Phil was awarded the Montana Wilderness Association Brass Lantern Award for outstanding leadership. In 2007, he received Idaho Conservation League’s highest award for environmental activism for his work on the proposed Wilderness Area, the “Keith and Pat Axline Award for Environmental Activism”. Additionally, Phil is past-president of the Kinnikinnick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.
Sally Ferguson – Boise, ID.
Sally has lived and hiked in Idaho for 35 years and is passionate about trail stewardship and access. Her background is in non-profit management, organizational development and conservation advocacy and she currently serves as the Executive Director for the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation. Sally was the founding president of the Idaho Trails Association.
Steve Weston – Middleton, ID.
Steve Weston is a rabid outdoor enthusiast living in Middleton Idaho, growing up in the Pacific Northwest he began his outdoor cooking in snow caves while Nordic/Mountaineering Skiing in the Cascades Mountain Range close to Eugene Oregon. The camping culinary crusader’s quest to save legions of hungry campers from freeze-dried doldrums, Steve wrote a bestselling cookbook, In The Wild Chef, a roadmap and culinary bible for all of those who demand Backpacking Gourmet Snob Cookery! Steve loves the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and golf. He currently serves as a Co-State Coordinator for Reel Recovery in Idaho and Wilderness Cooking advisor to the Idaho Trail Association of which he volunteers his “Cooking Time” to both organizations as well.
Talasi Brooks – Boise, ID.
Talasi Brooks is an Associate Attorney with Advocates for the West, a nonprofit environmental law firm in Boise, Idaho. She earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies along with her J.D. from the University of Montana and spent a year clerking for Justice Michael E Wheat at the Montana Supreme Court. Before embarking on her current career, Talasi worked for the U.S. Forest Service and various nonprofits building trails in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, California, Washington, and Idaho. In her spare time, Talasi helps maintain Boise’s trail network as a volunteer with the City of Boise’s Ridge to Rivers program and the Treasure Valley Land Trust. She is a voracious reader, a local agriculture supporter, and dog-enthusiast.