Untitled Document Tahoe Rim Trail Staff



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Morgan Fessler - Executive Director
Morgan’s adventures with Tahoe Rim Trail began many years ago hiking, biking, and skiing on the trail. Now, as the Executive Director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, she gets to enjoy the Tahoe Rim Trail full time. Morgan previously served as the TRTA's Director of Operations where she was responsible for the development, coordination and management of the Trail Operations Program including trail building and trail maintenance as well as supporting fiscal and administrative programs and projects. Morgan came 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. Morgan holds a B.A. in Sociology and Global Peace and Security from U.C. Santa Barbara. She is passionate about trails and preserving all of the unique and awe-inspiring qualities and features that make the Tahoe Rim Trail experience world class! 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 - Outdoor Programs Director
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 Lift Operation's Administrative Department at Sierra at Tahoe, Lindsey is thrilled to return “home” to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and take on the exciting role of Outdoor Programs Director


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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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Justine Lentz - Operations and Marketing Manager
After graduating from California State University Chico in 2011, Justine traveled back to her Midwest roots and served on an AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps team. Her passion for environmental stewardship led her to join a river cleanup organization based on the Mississippi River after completing her term of service. She is now thrilled to call the Lake Tahoe area her new home! As the newest member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Justine is eager to accept new challenges and is looking forward to putting her skills to good use on the TRT! In her free time, she can be found kayaking or recreating with her two dogs.


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Chris Binder - Director of Trail Operations
Chris Binder joins the Tahoe Rim Trail Association with a professional background in recreational trail design and construction, landscape architecture, volunteer engagement, and resource management. He holds undergraduate degrees from Boston College and an MLA from Utah State University. His passion for long-distance hiking led him to a career in conservation and trail management that over the past seven years has taken him from the high peaks of Maine to the rugged mountains of northern Utah and into the temperate rainforest of the southern Appalachians. Chris is thrilled to be joining the TRTA team as Director of Trail Operations and is honored to be responsible for one of the most beautiful and significant long-distance trails in the country.


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Maggie Brandenburg - Outdoor & Youth Programs Manager
Hailing from the Midwest, Maggie has always been a passionate outdoor adventurer and enthusiastic animal lover. After spending the summers of her youth as a Girl Scout camp counselor on the shores of Clear Lake, Iowa, Maggie took her curiosity on the road, leading backcountry trips and undertaking animal research from Arkansas to Zambia. Maggie spent two summers working with Broadreach, an international study abroad company, leading biology-based service trips in South Africa, Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands. For a change of scenery, Maggie packed up her life (and her dog!) and meandered down to the US Virgin Islands, where she spent a year as a kayak/snorkel guide – and getting a wicked tan. Never one to stop adventuring, Maggie then followed her heart out west where she landed on the shores of Lake Tahoe. After spending a while as Great Basin Outdoor School’s Program Director, Maggie is now stoked to join the talented TRTA team as their new Outdoor & Youth Programs Manager, leading the Youth Backcountry Camps boldly into the wild!