Staff

Melanie Vining, Executive Director – Council, Idaho

Melanie moved from Nevada to Idaho as a teenager and hasn’t looked back, calling the Gem State home for the last 27 years. Her best memories with family and friends (including canine and equine) have been made in the backcountry on hiking, hunting, and pack trips.  She, her husband Dave, and their two sons feel fortunate to live close to several of Idaho’s Wilderness areas and plan several trips each year that take them down some of Idaho’s most beautiful trails. Melanie has worked as a wildland firefighter, teacher, and hydrologist; her favorite aspects of all these jobs were when she could help bring people together to do good for public lands, be it building native plant gardens at the local park or implementing a large-scale watershed restoration project on the forest. She is excited to put her love of collaboration, public lands, and the backcountry to work in this new position, and to share this passion with others.

Email: melanie@idahotrailsassociation.org

Clay Jacobson, Trails Program Director – Garden Valley, Idaho

Clay Jacobson

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 Idaho Trails Association and to learn what it takes to be part of a successful and effective trail organization.

Email: clay@idahotrailsassociation.org

Kelly Hewes, Communications Director – Boise, Idaho

Kelly grew up in North Central Idaho and developed a deep love of nature from an early age. She has worked for over ten years in nonprofit marketing and most recently as a photographer and videographer. Kelly and her husband own a media production company and have traveled to over 20 countries as filmmakers. As part of Idaho Conservation League’s Emerging Leaders for Idaho’s Environment Program, she volunteers to bring awareness to conservation issues in Idaho. She enjoys exploring wild places, bicycling, hiking, and looking for bugs. She is passionate about preserving Idaho’s Wilderness for future generations and believes great trails are an important part of that.

Email: kelly@idahotrailsassociation.org

Board of Directors

Tom Dabrowski, President – Sagle, Idaho

Tom Dabrowski

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, Idaho

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, Secretary – Boise, Idaho

Pam Bond

Pam is proud to call Idaho her home of nearly 20 years now and there is nothing she would rather do with her spare time than explore its many trails and wild places. After going on her first week-long trail maintenance project in the summer of 2016, she was hooked! She enjoys organizing and growing ITA’s Women Only Weekend (WOW) program that aims to empower women by teaching them trail maintenance skills. Pam also enjoys contributing to the ITA’s Trail Master presentations and webinars, which topics range from backcountry cooking to footcare to Leave No Trace Principles. Recreate responsibly!

John Wheaton, Treasurer – Boise, Idaho

John Wheaton

John is originally from rural northern Idaho and appreciates 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 – Boise, Idaho

After serving four years in the Marines, Bryan moved to Idaho in 1986 to make a life and enjoy the outdoor opportunities available on our public lands. An alumnus of Boise State U (Go Broncos!), when time permits, he enjoys backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, fly fishing and archery hunting. Over the years, Bryan has volunteered for organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Idaho, his local neighborhood association and on various community events. Still employed with over 30 years in the water quality field, he plans to retire as soon as practical! He believes 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 Idaho Trails Association and to help maintain the backcountry byways which allow us to make those human powered escapes.

Herbert Klein – Sandpoint, Idaho

Herbert is originally from South Africa where he spent many holidays hiking and exploring the many natural wonders and wildlife reserves. Herbert worked in the Enterprise Software industry in a number of global sales and marketing roles involving travel out of state which really made him appreciate the trips home to Idaho and the beauty, tranquility and many outdoor recreation opportunities the state has to offer.
An Idaho resident since 2009 Herbert lives in Sandpoint, enjoys travel, exploring wild places and is active with local non-profit organizations and looks forward to supporting ITA’s important mission of promoting the continued enjoyment of Idaho hiking trails.

Tobey Jinkins – Boise, Idaho

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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 – Boise, Idaho

John McCarthy

John McCarthy was part of 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 as well as a DJ at Radio Boise.

Phil Hough – Sagle, Idaho

Phil Hough

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. 

Steve Weston – Middleton, Idaho

Steve Weston

Steve Weston is an outdoor enthusiast who lives 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 in Oregon. 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 Trails Association of which he volunteers his “Cooking Time” to both organizations as well.

John Platt – McCall, Idaho

John retired to the McCall area after living much of his adult life in Boise. His professional career includes working in outdoor sports stores, teaching outdoor sports, and technical writing for a large bicycle manufacturer. His outdoor influences came from growing up in the Forest Service, earning his Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts, and mountain climbing starting in his teen years. In addition to being a climber, John is also a skier, cyclist, hiker, and backpacker, and he often includes his wife or daughters in his adventures. John is a strong believer in giving back for the opportunities he has enjoyed during his life. To that end he volunteers at local events, and is a member of both Valley County Search and Rescue and Idaho Trails Association.

Leo Hennessy – Boise, Idaho

Leo moved to Boise in 1989 to work as the Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). He worked as ND’s State Trails Coordinator for 10 years prior to coming to IDPR. While at IDPR, he developed rail trails like the Trail of the CDAs, coordinated the Idaho Centennial Trail since its inception, managed the state Park N’ Ski program, and created the Idaho City yurt system. Leo’s interests are backpacking, pack rafting, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and mountain biking. Leo has logged thousands of miles on Idaho trails and has trekked in international locations such as Iceland, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, and Nepal. Leo retired in 2019 but continues to advise on trails and hut systems in the Pacific Northwest.

Julie Kallemeyn – Sandpoint, Idaho

Julie, with roots in Minnesota, has had a lifelong attachment to outdoor experiences – native plants, hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing. She has volunteered with her local planning and park boards, The Nature Conservancy, and now in Idaho with Panhandle Trout unlimited, The Kinnikinnick Native Plant society, and her community radio station in Sandpoint, KRFY.
She got involved with ITA after observing what happens when populations grow and access to quiet outdoor spaces are reduced, adversely affecting how people experience the outdoor environment. She believes Idaho Trails Association will be an active participant in drawing attention to the need for better maintenance and funding of Idaho’s trail system – one of the true gems of the Gem state.

Haley Robinson – Boise, Idaho

A native Idahoan, Haley never tires of the beauty of her home state where she loves to hike and backpack with her husband and friends. Haley earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s in environmental policy from Boise State. While earning her master’s, she worked full time at Boise State as a marketing coordinator. She went on to work in development for the Idaho Conservation League for three years before accepting a job as an account manager for the communications and marketing firm Strategies 360. With a passion for storytelling, a love of the outdoors, and an attraction to adventure, Haley is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the ITA board.