Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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Who we are

Karen Bohn, President. Carmel

Karen Bohn

Karen is a nurse practitioner, a profession she has enjoyed. Karen’s passions include loving and supporting her family of three children and six grandchildren in their life’s endeavors. She is an advocate for bicycling, physical fitness and a healthy living life style. Karen supported her advocacies by being involved with the development of the Carmel Monon Greenway and continues being involved with the Greenways Foundation, Bicycle Indiana and Gleaners Food Bank. As a Carmel resident, Karen enjoys the trail and bicycling amenities, varied activities and shopping conveniences that the community and surrounding area provide.

Yvette Rollins, Vice President, Springville

Yvette Rollins

Yvette currently serves as the Chair of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Trails Advisory Board, on the board of directors of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and as the President of the Hoosier Back Country Horsemen of West Central Indiana. She is a certified trail crew specialist on trail design and maintenance, a certified Class A Sawyer through the USDA Forest Service, a Trail Trainer through Tread Lightly and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Yvette is a lifetime member of the Indiana Horse Council, the Greenways Foundation and the Indiana Trail Riders Association and a charter member of the American Quarter Horse Association Trail Riding Program and the Red Hats & Purple Chaps. As an adventurous trail rider, she enjoys finding out what is on the other side of the next ridge and taking her grandchildren on trail rides with the hope that they will carry on the tradition of promoting and protecting the trails that remain.

Bill Barks, Treasurer, Indianapolis

Bill Barks

As a certified public accountant, Bill brings a wealth of experience and skills to the treasurer’s position. He has extensive experience providing tax, retirement planning and business consulting services for clients of Katz, Sapper & Miller, where he is a partner in the Employee Benefit Plan Services Group. In addition to serving the Foundation, Bill is active with several professional associations.

Angie Pool, Secretary, Muncie

Angie Pool

Angie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cardinal Greenway, overseeing the development, construction, maintenance and day-to-day operations of this 62-mile rail-trail. Angie, along with her fellow staff and passionate volunteers, also markets and manages the White River Greenway, the Cardinal Equestrian Trail and the Historic Wysor Street Depot. Angie brings more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit arena and volunteer management to her role within the Greenways Foundation board.

Richard Aikman, Indianapolis

Richard Aikman

Richard joined the Greenways Foundation board in 2013, having served on other boards with similar missions including the Eagle Creek Foundation (of which he is a past president and current member emeritus) and the Eagle Creek Park Foundation Advisory Committee (of which he is the current vice chairperson). He is a past president of the Holy Family Shelter Advisory Council and an avid runner and cyclist who especially enjoys running and biking on trails and greenways in local and state parks. Richard is an attorney who has practiced law in Indianapolis for 40 years and is currently affiliated with the law firm of Lewis & Kappes. He and his wife, Judy, (with whom he recently celebrated a 44th wedding anniversary), are the proud parents of two children and equally proud grandparents of four grandchildren. The couple enjoy traveling and have visited all 50 states and five of the seven continents, with plans to visit the remaining two in the next couple of years.

Tabitha L. Balzer, Indianapolis

Tabitha Balzer

Tabitha is an attorney at the law firm of Lewis & Kappes in Indianapolis, where she practices utility law and commercial litigation. She joined the Greenways Foundation because she believes in the power of trails to bring communities and families together, promote tourism and local economies, provide green transportation alternatives, and improve the physical and emotional well-being for users of all experience levels. An avid trail user herself, Tabitha enjoys hiking, cycling, and running. She commutes to work via bicycle whenever possible.

Mitch Barloga, Portage

Mitch Barloga

Mitch Barloga is the Transportation Planning Manager and Active Transportation Planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). His primary duties include working with all governmental entities in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties on developing and securing funding for non-motorized transportation facilities. Mitch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and received a masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago after undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Mitch also serves as the Northern Indiana Coordinator for the American Discovery Trail Society, and is a Board member with Rebuilding Together of South Lake County and the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association. Mitch is a founding member of Crown Point Safe Pathways, and actively participates with the regional non-motorized advocacy group, South Shore Trails.

Kent Castleman, Fort Wayne

Kent Castleman

Kent Castleman is the Executive Director of Fort Wayne Trails, which is a partner and advocate for trail development for a multi-purpose trail system in Allen County Indiana. Kent has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector and is a board governance knowledge leader, nonprofit organization founder, fundraising professional, program outcome creator and professional for nonprofit sustainability. Kent has a business management degree from Indiana University, Fort Wayne and various certifications. He is very involved in economic and community development in Allen County and the Northeast Indiana Region. He serves on various boards and has several appointed committee positions. Outside of his career, Kent enjoys family time with is wife and daughter, gardening and home DIY projects.

Joe Payne, Lafayette

Joe Payne

Joe has been professionally involved with greenways for more than 40 years, serving as the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Superintendent for 21 years after leading the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ long distance trails and scenic rivers programs for 17 years. Coordinating the development of 27 miles of multi-use trails in West Lafayette, the development of the initial 58 miles of the Knobstone Trail (Indiana’s longest footpath, through southern Indiana’s rugged knobs), and, for many years, the conservation and development efforts for the Blue River and Wildcat Creek State Scenic Rivers and the Wabash River Heritage Corridor were some of his endeavors. After obtaining a Master of Environmental Design – Environmental Science degree from the University of Calgary, he returned to Indiana (where he had received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University) along with his wife to enjoy all the family and friends they had “where they grew up.”

Joe was also active in nationwide efforts to promote greenways, serving on the National Trails Agenda Task Force that prepared the “Trails for All Americans” report to help convince Congress to earmark transportation enhancements in federal transportation legislation. He also was a co-founder of the American Trails organization while serving as President of the National Trails Council and on the first advisory board for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Now that he’s retired from full time public service, he continues to enjoy all sorts of outdoor experiences throughout the continent, but he still thinks a hike through the woods of one of Indiana’s special places is “just about as good as it gets.”

Dawn Ritchie, Fort Wayne

Dawn Ritchie

Dawn oversees the 60-mile Fort Wayne Trails network and is involved with the planning, design and construction of more than 100 additional miles of trails in Fort Wayne and Allen County. She strongly supports the local non-profit greenway advocacy group, Fort Wayne Trails, and currently oversees nine federally-funded trail projects in addition to numerous locally-funded projects. Dawn promotes greenways at the regional and tri-state level and works closely with state and national trail committees. Her passions include greenways, parks, conservation and animal rights.

Philip Hooper, Evansville

Contact information

Mailing address: P.O. Box 80091, Indianapolis, Indiana 46280-0091

Or you may send email to the Greenways Foundation at any time.