Washington State Trails Coalition is governed by a small core of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about trails in all their shapes and forms. They enjoy bringing people together for our conferences and meetings. Interested in joining our team? Learn more about board service and other volunteer opportunities.
WSTC Board of Directors
Lisa Black, President
Lisa grew up in Seattle and was taken hiking by her parents until she was old enough to go on her own, often just with other teenage friends. Now retired from pediatric nursing and living in the Tri-Cities, she has come to appreciate the Ice-Age Floods landscape and the wide open views hiking there offers. She volunteers with the Friends of Badger Mountain trail crew and takes a few Washington Trails Association volunteer vacations each summer. Lisa’s ongoing goal is to do more hiking without heavy tools.
Ben Monte Calvo, Past President
Ben Monte Calvo’s love for trails started in his home town of Darrington, WA. Through the years Ben has helped maintain and construct trails with the USFS, the Mountains to Sound Greenway and Metro Parks Tacoma. Ben joined the WSTC in the winter of 2016 and served as President through 2018. Ben and his wife Amanda and often be found in the Cascades hiking with their pup Béla, Ben can usually be found relaxing on his stoop, picking a banjo.
Julie Cassata, Secretary
Patrick Sullivan, Treasurer
Jakob Perry, Board Member At-Large #1
An open source software engineer by day, trails advocate by night, Jakob has been involved in various Washington communities all his life. He is passionate about community involvement when it comes to trails and finding creative solutions to bring government and community groups together. Jakob is a founding organizer of LinuxFest Northwest, a large annual open source technology conference in Bellingham, WA. When he is not coding and organizing, Jakob loves to get outdoors and enjoys 4×4 technical trails, overlanding, hiking, downhill mtn biking, and skiing. Currently he serves on the board of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance, and has volunteers in DNR areas including Walker Valley, Reiter Foothills, and the Yacolt Burn.
Pete Beaupain, Board Member At-Large #2
Emily Scott, Board Member At-Large #3
Emily grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley, which instilled her passion for exploring open spaces. A die-hard screaming Eagle, Emily graduated Eastern Washington University with a BA in Recreation Management. Currently Working with Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism has been a natural fit when it comes to diverse recreational activities and rural space. A few of Emily’s favorite places to adventure with her husband include the Methow Valley and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. Adventure is out there so go where you feel most alive!
Sujata Goel, Board Member At-Large #4
Sujata has lived in King County since 1978 when her family immigrated to the United States. Sujata was raised in south King County and spent every weekend with family and a community of friends gathering at local parks to run wild, enjoy food and share stories. As a child, Sujata spent most vacations camping and making memories that are truly priceless. It’s no wonder that Sujata choose a career in natural resources. For the past twenty plus years Sujata has worked for King County doing everything from watershed planning to non-motorized transportation. Sujata currently works at King County Parks where she has created successful public/private partnerships and now on the regional trails team working to grow our network of non-motorized paved trails.
Randy Kline, Board Member At-Large #5
Randy grew up in Connecticut but has been living in Washington state for the last 25 years specifically for the trails, the mountains, and the trails in the mountains. Randy works for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission as the agencies Statewide Trail Coordinator. In this capacity he works on development of State Parks long-distance rail-trails as well as in-park natural surface trail systems. With over 1100 miles of State Park trail this keeps him plenty busy. In his spare time he takes full advantage of the amazing trails at Capitol Forest outside of Olympia.
James Moschella, Board Member At-Large #6