Board of Directors
Melanie has lived in Wyoming since she moved to Laramie to get a master’s degree in botany from the University of Wyoming in 1998. She loved riding bikes from an early age. Having traded her 10-speed for a Huffy dirt bike, she practiced wheelies and refined the art of making lengthy skid marks in her dirt driveway. In the summer of her 10th year, she lived in Boulder, Colorado and spent all day every day on her dad’s oversized 3-speed exploring every corner of the city on the wonderful bike paths that were painted with center lines and wound under streets through tunnels. The paths were complete with safety features like 3-way mirrors and stop signs, which inspired a lot of imaginative riding and made her feel grown up. Since then, she has been hooked on active transportation.
Passionate about Wyoming’s biological diversity and data visualization, she is currently employed as the Data Coordinator for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. She has served on the board of Laramie BikeNet, is a lifetime member of the Medicine Bow Nordic Association, and was employed as the Executive Director of the Pilot Hill Project between 2017 and 2018. As a member of Laramie BikeNet, she wrote the grants that funded the first three years of trail building on the Schoolyard Trail System in Laramie. She was one of 23 Wyomingites selected to serve on Governor Mead’s 2017 Task Force for Outdoor Recreation. Melanie is a Bicycle Instructor Certification Program (BCIP) Level 1 certified mountain bike coach and has coached the Rowdy Gowdy and Glendo Endo women’s camps since 2017. Biking remains her number one passion, whether it be a cruise through town on her townie, a fat bike ride in the snow, a group ride with friends, a solo ride to clear her head, or the thrill of a mountain bike race. She also loves hiking, skiing, rafting, camping, map-making, knitting, reading, and quietly observing the natural world.
Cari is a policy analyst by day and in her free time enjoys hiking, biking, trail running, backpacking, and skiing outdoors whenever possible. She grew up in suburban Raleigh, NC and was first introduced to the outdoors by her ecologist parents. After earning a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, she moved to Madison, WI for graduate school. In Madison, she gained a passion for active transport and its benefits to both individual and community health. In 2014, she continued her westward migration, to Cheyenne, WY. Wyoming has introduced her to a whole new world of outdoor recreation via backcountry travel by foot and by ski in the Rocky Mountains.
Cari recently joined the Wyoming Department of Family Services after over five years with the Wyoming Department of Health. She brings a public health perspective to the board and a love of bike commuting and backcountry travel. Cari lives in Cheyenne with her fiancé, Adam, and a flock of very spoiled backyard chickens.
Gordon spent his youth riding bicycles and hiking between fishing holes in northern Wyoming. A strong curiosity for nature led Gordon to his career as a fisheries biologist, based in Sheridan with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
He met his wife, Anna, while each attended the University of Wyoming. The couple enjoyed a few years in New England pursuing graduate studies and a short stint in northern Utah before returning to their home state. They had their first child in July 2013 and are engrossed with introducing her to the natural world.
Mountain and road biking, Nordic skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, listening to music, and studying natural history areGordon’s passions. Gordon strongly supports active living to benefit overall community health. He is committed to enhancing recreational opportunities that improve livability and economic development statewide. He recognizes Wyoming’s potential to develop, diversify, and promote non-motorized trail use.
Gordon is an active member and volunteer groomer with the Black Mountain Nordic Club and supports the Sheridan Community Land Trust. Before moving to Sheridan he held memberships with Casper’s Fat Fish Racing mountain bike team, the Casper Cycling Club, and served the Natrona County Parks and Recreation Board’s Mountain Subcommittee. He is an alumnus of the University of Wyoming and University of Connecticut cycling teams.
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.
A 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.
A Wyoming native, Jerimiah Rieman serves as Executive Director of the Wyoming County Commissioner Association, representing the state’s county commissioners before the Wyoming State Legislature, working collaboratively with the Wyoming governor’s office and other state agencies on local government issues, and providing outreach and guidance to county leaders.
Rieman most recently finished an eight-year stint in the office of former Governor Matt Mead, holding the position of Director of Economic Diversification, Natural Resource Policy Director, Natural Resource Policy Advisor, and State Planning Coordinator. He is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies.
Jerimiah has always found enjoyment on a bike. Although a family of little means, his parents fostered his love of riding, starting with a “Big Wheel” tricycle and later a bicycle local missionaries built from mismatched pieces and parts – narrow mountain bike handlebars, oversized road bike frame. His passion for mountain biking started while in college at Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource, Recreation and Tourism.
At CSU he met his wife Kristen, a Louisiana native, and by the grace of God she has fueled his two-wheeled lust. Their identical twin boys Boden and Potter, started riding before learning to walk. Together they have mountain biked throughout Wyoming, the western United States and Canada. When not riding, the family can be found in Wyoming’s great outdoors camping, fishing and skiing.
My name is Clair Smith, and I am an avid outdoors person. I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. I went to college at the University of Virginia, where I got my undergraduate degree in Biology and my Masters in Elementary Education. When I was a junior in college, I took a NOLS mountaineering course in the Wind River Mountains that opened up a whole new world to me! After graduating, I taught second grade for 8 years in Virginia.
While teaching, I came back out to Wyoming to take a NOLS instructor course, and I began working for NOLS in the summertime when I wasn’t teaching. That just wasn’t enough, so I came out to work for NOLS full-time in 2007, and I have lived in Lander and worked for NOLS ever since. In the past 10 years, I have fallen in love with Wyoming and the wild places it has to offer. I love hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking, and I have done a few long triathlons as well.
Recently, I have participated in Gov. Mead’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force with Melanie Arnette. She introduced me to Wyoming Pathways, which seems like a wonderful organization of which I am proud to be a part of.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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.