|Michael Barnes is an urban planner with 20 years of experience designing and constructing urban places. He currently works at VDOT managing Charlottesville's state and federally funded road, bridge, sidewalk, and shared use path projects. He has been on the RTF Board since 2011 and can often be found walking his dogs on the trails around the Greenbrier Neighborhood.
| Jay Endahl has been associated with the RTF for 18 years. His association began as a RTF workday volunteer and evolved into becoming a trail adopter for 10 years and eventually as a member of the Board. His other interests besides hiking include gardening and golf
| Allie Hill can be found biking on trails or roads most days of the week. Her dream is to see a greenway through western Albemarle County, encouraging biking as viable transportation. Allie enjoys working with volunteer school groups on the RT, as she believes that getting kids outside is always a good idea.
| Duncan Hill joined the RTF board in 2017. He has lived in Charlottesville since 2002 and works as a physician at Martha Jefferson Hospital. He hikes, runs, and bikes the RT and any other trails he can find in the area.
Michael Holroyd is cofounder of SceneThink and search team leader for the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group. He joined the RTF board in 2016 to focus on completing the urban loop, and has worked on projects including permissions along the Willoughby neighborhood trails and the future bridge across Moore's Creek at Woolen Mills.
Robert LeHeup always wondered where the various Rivanna Trail signs around town led, and one year came across notice of the Loop de Ville and experienced the entire loop in one day. A couple years later he joined the board as Treasurer, and is responsible for keeping the RTF’s business affairs in order--writing donor acknowledgements, depositing donations, filing taxes, and paying the insurance bills. Inspired by his first experience on the trail, in 2015 he took on coordination of the Loop de Ville.
Ned Michie has served on the RTF Board since 2004. He grew up in Charlottesville, on Greenbrier Drive, and spent many hours of his childhood with his brothers and friends playing in what is now Greenbrier Park but was then affectionately known by neighborhood kids as “the Swamp.” He still lives in the Greenbrier neighborhood, and in the 1990s the Park became home to one of the original sections of the Rivanna Trail. The RT has developed into an excellent local hiking option all around the City, but Ned believes the City is behind other localities when it comes to building connected greenways with multi-use hard surface paths that will be used by a wide section of the community. Ned’s day job is as a solo practitioner lawyer. In addition to hiking, he enjoys the outdoors, generally, as well as playing basketball and tennis. He has served on other community service boards, including the School Board for 14 years, and he is currently a member of the City’s Parks and Rec Advisory Board.
Terri Miyamoto moved to Crozet with her husband in 2014, after retiring from careers in information systems and lay ministry. Her love of neighborhood trails led her to the Crozet Trails Crew, where she currently serves as president. Terri is especially interested in pursuing safe and efficient options for biking and walking as transportation alternatives, and in encouraging the development of communities that are affordable and accessible to all our neighbors.
| Todd Niemeier has
served on the RTF Board since perhaps 2008, but it’s hard to know for
sure. He served as RTF president for a few years, but also had a newborn
daughter at the time, so his memory of the duration of said executive
term is also foggy. Todd joined the board because he loves the trail and
wanted to help ensure its long-term future. He enjoys leading RTF work
parties that involve moving large quantities of heavy rocks. He also
assists with similar tasks like conducting the annual internal financial
Rip Verkerke earns
his living as a professor at UVA Law School, but he gets his kicks
spending time outdoors. He’s been an RTF board member for more than a
decade and president since June 2017. His favorite trails include the
Barracks to Old Ivy segment of the RT, the Cedar Run to White Oak Canyon
loop trail, the Foxhaven Farm to Ragged Mountain Reservoir climb, and
the Reservoir loop. When he’s not hiking or biking, Rip loves sailing,
landscape design, and doting on his grandchildren. He was thrilled to
work with amazing volunteers to create the 5thStreet Station bridge underpass and to shore up the trail tread near Ivy Road with about 22 tons of gravel.
Jeff Wilbur enjoys chasing squirrels (none caught). Climbs rocks, mountains and trees. Not at all scared of Red Wine.
| John Woodriff
is a local business owner who enjoys getting out onto the trails after
work, and on days off to relax. He joined the board in 2016 after
walking on the southern sections of the loop for years, and wanting to
be further involved.|
Ex Officio Members
| Christian Dahlhausen loves
to be outdoors and has taken up trail running in 2008 when he moved
from Bonn, Germany to Charlottesville. Christian is one of the founders
of the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners
(CATs). He often uses the Rivanna Trail and Appalachian Trail for
running and outdoor activities. Christian is a DevOps Engineer with
Chris Gensic serves at Parks and Trails Planner for the City of Charlottesville.
His primary role is to coordinate the design and construction of a
network of bicycle and ADA accessible trails to connect City parks,
schools, and other destinations. He is also the primary planner for the
department, dealing with updating park master plans and developing the
larger park network according to the desires of the public and City
Council. Chris is also involved in urban forestry and wildlife planning,
invasives management, parkland acquisition, volunteer coordination,
safe routes to schools, grant writing and grant project management.
Chris has also worked as a regional planner at the Thomas Jefferson
Planning District and as an environmental policy specialist at the
Pentagon in Washington. He has served as the president of Bike/Walk
Virginia, a state advocacy group, and locally as president of the
Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association.
| John Lewis is an avid mountain biker (and ex hiker and runner), and is currently the President of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club.
Shared use trails, and bike/ped issues take up his community engagement
time as he serves on various boards and committees. He loves working
with the RTF community and local governments to grow and improve our
local trail systems for the benefit of everyone.|