Tahoe Rim Trail Staff

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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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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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Justine Lentz - Volunteer and Outreach 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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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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