Staff

Jeff Halligan

Jeff Halligan, Executive Director – McCall, ID.

Jeff grew up in Idaho, hiking and exploring the backcountry starting at a young age.  When he finally felt he should grow up and find a job, he spent much of his career working for the Forest Service in Recreation and trails on the Payette, Sawtooth and Boise National Forests.  He spent a large portion of his career working in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness where he acquired his love for maintaining trails and the importance of remote backcountry.  Jeff continues to have this passion, and loves to share it with people.  He feels the Idaho Trails Association is a great avenue to share this passion and meet new friends while giving back to the land.  jeff@idahotrailsassociation.org

 

Clay Jacobson

Clay Jacobson, Trails Program Director – 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 (ICT) 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 Idaho Trails Association and to learn what it takes to be a successful and effective trail organization.  clay@idahotrailsassociation.org

Board of Directors

Tom Dabrowski

Tom Dabrowski, President – Sagle, ID.

While working on his professional career in the environmental services industry, Tom also dedicated time to his passion for outdoor adventure. He’s 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, he’s 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.  Tom has served as an officer or board member with numerous educational, civic, and charitable organizations and look forward to helping Idaho Trails Association fulfill the mission of promoting the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.

 

Tim Martin,Vice-President – Boise, ID.

Tim grew up just across the border in Adrian Oregon spending many summers on family pack trips in the Seven Devils and exploring the deepest canyon in the US.  Officially making Idaho his home 35 years ago, he has spent many of those years in the high-tech industry leading multiple teams around the world. Over the years, he has been involved and enjoyed volunteering in leadership roles with several non-profit groups. Tim and his wife Kris along with their three kids share their passion of the outdoors, spending summers growing wine grapes on the beautiful land he grew up on, overlooking the Snake River in Oregon and exploring many of Idaho’s wilderness areas from the Owyhee desert to the mountains of Central Idaho.

 

Pam Bond

Pam Bond, Secretary – Boise, ID.

Pam is proud to call Idaho her home for well over a decade now and there is nothing she would rather do with her spare time than explore it’s many trails and wild places.  After going on her first week long trail maintenance project in the summer of 2016, she was hooked!  It was such an amazing experience and she couldn’t wait to do it again and again.  During the “off-season” (October-April), she puts on a presentation series at REI in Boise called the Trail Master Series with topics ranging from foot-care to Leave No Trace principles.  She enjoys organizing Women-only Weekend trail maintenance projects to encourage women to participate in a somewhat male-dominated activity, so empowering! Pam also volunteer with Idaho Fish and Game doing habitat restoration projects, the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

 

John Wheaton

John Wheaton, Treasurer – Boise, ID

John is originally from rural northern Idaho and appreciate the region’s dark forests, abundant water and fluid weather. Since moving to Boise 26 years ago, he has enjoyed southern Idaho’s blue skies and year round outdoor recreational opportunities. If he is not hiking, floating or skiing, he is on one of his 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. John looks forward to supporting ITA in their efforts to maintain Idaho’s tremendous trail system in a manner that is consistent with the surrounding landscape.

 

Bryan Dufosse

Bryan Dufosse – Boise, ID

Bryan moved to Idaho in 1986 to make a life and enjoy the outdoor opportunities available on our public lands. He loves backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking. Over the years, he has volunteered for organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Idaho and Idaho Rivers United, as well as for various community events. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Bench Neighborhood Association in Boise. He believes 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. Bryan is 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.

 

Dianna Burrell

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.

 

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Tobey Jinkins – Boise, ID

Tobey moved from Chicago to Boise in 2003 to start a new chapter of her life. She traveled out of state nearly weekly for work, so always appreciated coming home coming home to the peaceful pace of Idaho. She has been expanding her outdoor experiences season by season and year by year. Now, she loves skiing, snowshoeing, hot springing, trail running, hiking, kayaking, and camping. When she’s not outside, you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking a family dinner or planning the next family outing!

 

Advisory Board

John McCarthy

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

Matt Clark – Meridian, ID.

Matt was born in Idaho and has been enjoying the great outdoor opportunities that Idaho has to offer all of my life. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, and mountain biker. He feels very fortune to have the recreational opportunities that Idaho’s public lands offer. Idaho offers many options from exploring high deserts, thick dense forests, alpine peaks and lush meadows to soaking in one of many hot springs and viewing a plethora of wildlife. There are so many ways to connect to nature in Idaho! He was a co-organizer and adventure leader for one of the largest human powered recreation clubs in the state, The Boise Trailheads. Matt has a degree in environmental studies with a minor in geographic information systems…who doesn’t love maps? He have volunteered with non-profits for many years and loves that the Idaho Trails Association connects people to nature and helps to protect access and availability to our wonderful non-motorized trail systems. He enjoys being able to help develop stewards of our land.

 

Phil Hough

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.

 

Steve Weston

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.