Officers, Directors and Action Teams


Tim Wright

President (2024)

Adventuring - on bikes, kayak or afoot - is Tim's second favorite activity after spending time with family.  A retired teacher from Stevens Point and long time lover of the Northwoods, Tim says, "I am excited to help connect Eagle River to some of the best trails in the state." Tim and his wife, Betty, live in the Town of Washington.

Laura Van Valkenberg

Laura Van Valkenberg

Vice President (2024)

Laura was born and raised in Cambridge, WI.  Laura and her husband, Gary Meister, moved to the Eagle River area in 2008.  She enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, gardening, baking and quilting.  Laura has served as the volunteer ride director for the Ride with Leinie since 2022. 


Mark Olson

Treasurer (2024)

Mark and his wife, Karen, live in the Town of Lincoln. He is a retired CPA, and moved to the Eagle River area permanently in 2014. Mark enjoys biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Gary Meister

Gary Meister

Secretary (2024)

Gary and his wife, Laura, live in Sugar Camp, just a few yards from the Eagle River border. Gary was one of the co-presidents when GHT was founded in 2010, served as Vice President until 2018, Director-at-Large until 2024, and is now serving as Secretary. Gary enjoys hiking, biking, camping and gardening.  He is currently segment hiking the entire Ice Age Trail and hopes to complete the 1,200-mile trail by 2025.


Neal Adams

Director (2026)

Neal and his wife, Cheryl, are residents of the Town of Conover and key members of the new Friends of the Trail group for the Conover-Phelps Trail. Neal has many childhood memories of his outdoors adventures in Conover.


Mike Robillard

Director (2024)

Mike was one of GHT's founding board members and is the River Trail Project manager. Mike is the property manager for Tara Lila, LLC., and president of the Three Eagle Trail Foundation. 


Joe Panci

Director (2024)

Joe is passionate in his love of the outdoors and in connecting people with the land so we all become better stewards of it. He worked in natural resources and outdoor education at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River, the Conserve School in Land O’Lakes, and for the U.S. Forest Service in the Ottawa National Forest in Watersmeet as their Conservation Education Coordinator. Joe lives in Lincoln Township. He can be found biking, paddling, XC skiing, and hiking in the Northwoods.

Action Teams
Conover-Phelps Action Team Manager Neal Adams
Government and Public Relations Action Team OPEN
Marketing Action Team Managers Cindy Burzinski, Gary Meister and Laura Van Valkenberg
Ride with Leinie Action Team Ride Director Laura Van Valkenberg
River Trail Action Team Manager Mike Robillard
Septimber Ride Action Team Ride Director James Meiers
Sustainable Funding Action Team OPEN
Volunteer Action Team Coordinators Joy Turpin and Laura Van Valkenberg

To contact an Action Team leader, email or call 715-303-4483.

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