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Tahoe Rim Trail Staff

Mary Bennington - Executive Director
Mary has lived and played the Tahoe area for over 30 years. She brings to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association over 20 years of non-profit experience. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Carson Valley Trails Association as a 501(c) 3 and served on the CVTA board for over seven years. She was elected twice to the Douglas County School Board and served on the board of the League of Women Voters for over 5 years. She serves as both a crew leader and guide and completed her second Thru Hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail last September. Be on the lookout for Mary’s new companion this summer – McLeod the Marmot!
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Laurie Buffington - Office Administrator
Being raised in Northern California in a family that spent most free time hiking, backpacking and skiing in the Sierras, it is only natural that I remain passionate about those pursuits. A degree in Geography from Sac State helped me land permanently at the north shore of Lake Tahoe over 25 years ago. I have lived with my husband Michael in Alpine Meadows for those 25 years where we have raised our three children Tayler (now 20 and a junior at UCSB) Lindy and Tara (both 17 and seniors at North Tahoe High School). I became a member of the 165 Mile Club after completing the trail in 2001, and still enjoy getting out on the trail whenever I can. If I had more free time, I would love to complete the trail on skis?maybe some day!!
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Mikenna Dudley - AmeriCorps Volunteer: Outdoor Education Programs Coordinator
Having grown up on California’s Central Coast, Mikenna was lucky enough to have parents who introduced her to outdoor adventures from an early age. Family vacations always included lots of camping, hiking and backpacking trips, teaching her to love and appreciate the natural world, and develop a thirst for further exploration. After graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with Majors in History and Film & Digital Media, she embraced her desire for adventure, and set out to see what the world had to offer. After conquering mountains in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, and the Middle East, Mikenna returned to the U.S. two years later, ready to share her excitement for the outdoors with a younger generation. She spent two summers leading backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park for Camp Tawonga and Children’s House Montessori School of Atascadero, CA. Now, she is thrilled to continue her passion for introducing people to the backcountry with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
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Morgan Fessler - Director of Operations
An avid hiker and backpacker, Morgan’s adventures with Tahoe Rim Trail started many years ago. Now, as the Director of Operations, Morgan gets to enjoy the Tahoe Rim Trail full time and is responsible for the development, coordination and management of trail operations including trail building, trail maintenance, volunteer recruitment and support, and program administration. Morgan is a native of Northern California and comes to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association most recently from the Sierra Nevada Alliance where she directed the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership which places twenty-seven full time AmeriCorps volunteers throughout the Sierra Nevada each year to conduct watershed restoration, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support. Morgan has also worked with various conservation organizations including the Student Conservation Association, Northwest Youth Corps, and the National Park Service as well as a stint as a professional ski patroller. During her free time, she can be found taking advantage of the snowy playground out her backdoor, attempting to cook something gourmet, or lacing up her boots for her next adventure.
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Lindsey Schultz - Director of Trail Use
Lindsey's first volunteer trail work day on the Tahoe Rim Trail was in the early '90s when she was a foot shorter than the shovel she was wielding. One of the few babies to be delivered in the Incline Village Hospital and graduating from George Whittell High School, Lindsey Schultz spent her childhood split between the north and south side of Lake Tahoe. Like many a Tahoe native, exploring Tahoe's many beaches, trails, coves, and snowboarding routes that contribute to the must¬see reputation that the place holds for so many sports enthusiasts and nature enthusiasts alike was just what you did when you grew up here. After high school, Lindsey seriously considered joining a traveling circus, but an acute allergy to big cats and sequined spandex redirected her career aspirations to plants. With long stops in the Bay Area, Long Beach, Denmark, Florida, and Portland, Lindsey finally returned to the Tahoe area where she spent two incredible years as the Tahoe Rim Trail Association's Trail Operations AmeriCorps. After a short hiatus of working with the Lift Operations Department at Sierra at Tahoe, Lindsey is thrilled to return “home” to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and take on the exciting role of Trail Use Director.
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Shannon Skarritt - Director of Membership and Outreach
Shannon’s adventurous spirit and love for travel led her westward in 2007 from her home state of Michigan. Having previously lived on the Irish Sea and near the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland, she was naturally drawn to Lake Tahoe. Shannon served for two years with the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Senior Programs as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Following her AmeriCorps service she worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Senior Programs. Her enthusiasm for recreation and the outdoors eventually led her to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association as Outreach Coordinator and now the Director of Membership & Outreach. Shannon’s greatest joys in life are having adventures in the great outdoors, playing tennis, traveling, mission work and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of this great organization and the exciting adventure that lies ahead.
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Amy Teeters - Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Amy grew up in Oakhurst, CA, the south gate of Yosemite, and has always had a love for the outdoors and a sense of appreciation for the Sierra Nevada. She moved to South Lake Tahoe when she was 19 and attended Lake Tahoe Community College, where she took all their Natural Science classes and became involved in the geology club. The teachers at LTCC inspired her to continue her education, so she decided to pursue her passion and attend Humboldt State University. She designed her own major which focused on ecological restoration and received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Communication, with a certificate in Environmental Education. After many years of seasonal work and college life, she has found a home at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, where she is excited to meet the hikers and be inspired by the dedication of the volunteers. You may find her out hiking, climbing at the local crags, paddle boarding, kayaking, or enjoying the mountains with her dogs.
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