Board of Directors

lmbs_shot-boardMelanie Arnett

Melanie grew up in Bishop, California. She migrated to Gunnison, Colorado to attend Western State College, then to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from CSU. In 1998 she moved to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue a master’s degree in botany from the University of Wyoming. She worked as a field botanist with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) for 10 years, then became the database manager for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database in 2005. She is married and has two sons.

Melanie loves to spend time mountain biking, snow biking, skate skiing, hiking, rafting, camping, and quenching her thirst for the natural world. Locally, she is a member of the Medicine Bow Nordic Association and Laramie BikeNet. She is dedicated to supporting efforts that prioritize quality human-powered experiences within communities and on public lands.


Bruce Burrows

Bruce Burrows hails from Cheyenne.

A former long-distance runner and basketball player, his current passions include skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking.

He is a graduate of the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming, and recently retired from a lengthy career as a public affairs specialist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). He also served as WYDOT’s employee wellness coordinator.

Bruce-Burrows-in-rock-gymBruce was a member of the Wyoming State Trail Advisory Council from 1997-2006 and the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 2009-2015. In addition, Bruce has volunteered with the Cheyenne Running Club, National Ski Patrol, Cheyenne Ski Club, National Mountain Bike Patrol and Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails.

In 2013, Bruce was honored with the “State Trail Worker of the Year” from American Trails in recognition of his contributions to trail building and maintenance projects at Curt Gowdy and Glendo state parks.

Bruce believes that encouraging and promoting recreation and physical activity is an appropriate strategy to improve health and wellness, at both the individual and community level.


Gordon-Edwards-board-photoGordon P. Edwards Jr.

Gordon spent his youth riding bicycles and hiking between fishing holes in northern Wyoming. Mountain and road biking, Nordic skiing, hiking, fishing for anything, listening to music, and studying natural history are his passions.

He’s an alumnus of the University of Wyoming and University of Connecticut cycling teams. He still enters a few mountain bike and Nordic ski races each year, now mostly just for fun.

A strong curiosity for nature led Gordon to his career as a fisheries biologist with the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish.

He met his wife, Anna, while each attended the University of Wyoming. They had their first child in July 2013.

The couple enjoyed a few years in New England while Gordon completed graduate studies at the University of Connecticut.

Gordon-Edwards-xc-skiingAfter a short work stint in northern Utah, Gordon was pleased to return to his home state in 2005, when he took a job with Game and Fish. Based in Casper, Gordon spent 9 years chasing native fish and mussels statewide and now attends to general fisheries management focused in the Casper region.

Gordon is committed to the enhancement of recreational opportunities in his city, county, and across Wyoming to benefit overall community health, livability, and economic development.

Gordon recognizes Wyoming’s potential to develop, diversify, and promote non-motorized trail use statewide. He is committed to the enhancement of recreational opportunities in his city, county and state.

Gordon is an active member of Casper’s Fat Fish Racing mountain bike team, the Casper Cycling Club, and serves on the Natrona County Parks and Recreation Board’s Mountain Subcommittee.


John-Gallagher-board-photoJohn Gallagher

John Gallagher has resided in the little-known mountain bike mecca of Cody, Wyoming for the last twenty years. His travels to more popular biking destinations have made him realize how good the riding is in his own backyard.

John is the Information Technology Manager at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

John-Gallagher-Bike-HuckA desire to protect and expand local biking opportunities has led to a second, non-paying, career in bicycle advocacy. John currently serves on the Board of Park County Pedalers in Cody.

John has two children and a dog that enjoys biking adventures as much as John does.

“The more people we have on bikes, the fewer problems society has,” John claims.


Lisa MarnoLisa-Marno-board-photo

Lisa has lived in Wyoming most of her adult life. After graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona in Anthropology/Geography, she came to the University of Wyoming and received her elementary teaching degree. She has worked for the Forest Service in many capacities including recreation, archeology, in timber, as a youth leader, and most happily as a naturalist and interpreter. The Snowy Range is her backyard playground for skiing, mountain biking, snow biking, hiking, and fishing.

Lisa-Marno-CanoeingLisa’s real joy was raising her son and daughter in the wilds of Wyoming and Colorado. They are adults and exploring their own mountains now. With her husband of 29 years, this next phase in life will include the work of enhancing quality recreation opportunities for those sharing the trails. She is an IMBA certified mountain bike coach and truly enjoys bringing youth and women into the sport.

 


Todd Thibodeau

todd-thibodeau-st8Todd grew up in Wisconsin, and has lived in Wyoming for over 20 years.

Todd has been the Planning and Grants Manager for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails for the past 13 years. In that position, he advocates for trail development in Wyoming state parks.

Todd enjoys the outdoors. He has worked as a river guide and a ski patroller. A former ski racer and long-time bicyclist, he converted to mountain biking in the early 1990s.

Todd is a long-time member of the Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol, and is a board member and chairman of the trails committee for the Overland Mountain Bike Club.

Todd has considerable experience in trail design and construction. He has assisted with projects for the U.S. Forest Service, as well as state, county and municipal trail systems. He has coordinated numerous trail construction and maintenance days and is helping to develop a regional trail plan for the northern Front Range.

Todd was one of the primary players in developing the International Mountain Biking Association Epic Trail System at Curt Gowdy State Park. He is a former FOX/IMBA hero.

Todd loves to get kids interested in biking. He is working toward his NICA head coaching certification and runs a high school mountain biking camp.


Emeritus Directors:

Chi Melville

Chi grew up in Boise Idaho and has lived in Alta Wyoming for the past 30-plus years. He and his wife, Rene,’ enjoy improving the wildlife habitat on their 10 acres in Alta. They recently celebrated 20 years of marriage.

Chi earned a B.S. degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College.

Chi spent much of his adult life as a river guide, professional ski patroller, backcountry ski guide, cross-country ski coach, ski shop owner and Nordic center director before becoming an IT consultant in 1998. He semi-retired in 2012.

Since his “retirement,” Chi has worked to successfully include bike lanes in a Federal Highways rebuild of Ski Hill Road from Driggs, Idaho to Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming .

Chi founded Teton Valley Trails & Pathways in 1998.

Chi enjoys road and mountain biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, racing, coaching and backcountry skiing in the Teton Mountain Range.