Jeff works with volunteers and agency partners to coordinate trail construction, maintenance, protection, gap closures, and outreach efforts. He also engages volunteers in stewardship events on the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Previously, Jeff worked with the Student Conservation Association (’06 – ’13), as both a seasonal trail crew leader and a full-time staff member. For 4 years he managed a large SCA program and maintained 100 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. He has led crews in Alaska, the US Virgin Islands, Arizona, Colorado, and Kentucky.
Jeff is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied environmental education and outdoor leadership. An avid hiker, he loves to spend time out on the trail with his kids and the best trail dog around, Strawberry, as well as playing music, fermenting food, and organic agriculture.
Over the past decade, Van has backpacked several sections of the Appalachian Trail as well as other hikes throughout the country and abroad. She has served as an outdoor guide for youth & adults and has a background in organic farming. Of all the wilderness settings she has explored, Van finds her greatest happiness when she is immersed in the natural Florida landscape where she was born and raised. She considers the Florida Trail to be one of the state’s greatest gems and is enthusiastic to ensure that it is enjoyed by a diverse community of current and future recreationists and stewards.
Van’s professional background includes work at a Florida-based nonprofit organization directing a food access program and years of experience managing volunteers in an organic farm setting. As our Community Outreach Manager, Van is responsible for building and improving outreach programs for the FTA by ensuring that volunteer stewardship events are inclusive, fully promoted, well-coordinated, engaging and rewarding.
Van is a graduate of the University of Florida (class of 2011) where she studied Horticultural Science and was actively involved in the university’s outdoor leadership, Travel and Recreation Program (TRiP). In addition to hiking, Van enjoys chasing sunsets on her bicycle, gardening, surfing and finding humor in day-to-day life.
Now immersing himself in the unique environments found along the Florida Trail, he’s working to ensure this exceptional resource is developed, maintained, and protected for current and future generations of users.
Adam grew up in northern Indiana. He studied biology at Indiana University, European studies at Jagiellonian University, and environmental law at Vermont Law School. Previously he worked with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Randolph Mountain Club, and Green Mountain Club. As the FTA’s Panhandle Regional Representative, Adam coordinates trail building, maintenance, resource protection, and volunteer work along the Florida National Scenic Trail from to Suwannee River State Park to the Northern Terminus of the Florida Trail at Fort Pickens in Gulf Islands National Seashore.
He has enjoyed developing his hiking, woodsman and horseman skills. Abe recently was awarded The FTA’s “2018 John Weary Trail Worker Award,” which he was surprised and honored to receive. He is very passionate about using his acquired skills to increase awareness of the Florida National Scenic Trail and helping the FTA in any way that he can. In his free time, Abe enjoys traveling to the beach, touring zoos and going on long walks with his wife and dogs.
Kayla Mae became a Tallahassee resident in 2010. In 2013, she completed her BA at Florida State University for French language studies; she remained in Tallahassee working in finance until she returned to academia to study Urban Planning. In 2018, she will be graduating with her Masters of Science in planning with a focus on transportation and developing areas.
Her recent projects include working with regional planning councils to create economic development plans for local communities and partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation for risk management programs throughout the state of Florida.
While working with the FTA Gateway Communities program, she hopes to gain more experience working with towns along the Florida Trail and to develop new insights into creating more multifaceted relationships between outdoor recreation and communities.
Meghan has had a passion for the outdoors since her childhood. Her free time was and still is consumed by building campfires, hiking trails, and just being out in nature. Meghan hopes that she can spread her passion to others, helping them foster their own love of the outdoors in any way possible.
She grew up with a passion for wildlife and conservation, all starting when her dad would send her to Maine every summer for 5 years to an outdoor summer camp. From there, she also discovered her love for hiking, camping, scuba diving, biking, and much more. She ultimately hopes to give back and to gain some more knowledge of the environment that surrounded her as she grew up.