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.
Gordon P. Edwards Jr.
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.
Sarah Stacy Fitz-Gerald
Sarah Stacy Fitz-Gerald is from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Please check back for her full bio.
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.
Margie moved west to Jackson, Wyoming from New England in the mid-1990s for the skiing and stayed for the amazing year-round outdoor activities and sense of community. After beginning her professional career as an environmental lawyer in Washington, DC, Margie applied her passion for reducing the climate impacts of humans to her first job in Jackson as Executive Director of Friends of Pathways, where she worked side-by-side with Wyoming Pathways founder Tim Young for five years to successfully build public support for expanding the multi-use pathways and trail system in Jackson Hole. Margie moved back East in 2005 to be closer to family and worked as the Director of Partnerships for the state parks agency in Massachusetts and also participated as an active member of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Margie currently splits her time between Jackson and New Hampshire and works as a residential energy efficiency program consultant. She also serves on the board of the Jackson Hole Climate Action Collective.
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.
Wyoming Pathways recognizes past board members that have given exceptional service to our volunteer board, with the honorific title of “Emeritus Director”. The following Emeritus Directors were instrumental in the development and growth of Wyoming Pathways and the organization is thankful for their service.
- Cari Cuffney
- Todd Thibodeau
- Bruce Burrows
- Lisa Marno
- Chi Melville
- Tom Easterly - read more for bio and information on his life