The Peninsula Trails Coalition is governed by a board of directors of up to 15 members. The board appoints a president, vice presidents for Clallam and Jefferson County, treasurer, and recording secretary.
Board responsibilities are divided between Clallam and Jefferson County. The Jefferson Trails Coalition (JTC) is a chapter of the PTC that manages issues surrounding the Olympic Discovery Trail in that area, including the Larry Scott Memorial Trail.
Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. The annual all-PTC membership meeting is held every year in May.
Meet the Peninsula Trails Coalition Board Members
Jeff Bohman, President
Joined the Board: 1991
PTC Focus: Jeff is the go-to board member for PTC outreach, advocacy, and partnership among the broader community, including municipal jurisdictions, related nonprofit groups, tourist boards, and business entities.
Background & Hobbies: Former educator at Peninsula Community College. Jeff enjoys traveling and cycling.
Gordon Taylor, Vice President, East Clallam County
PTC Focus: Trail projects. Liaison to the City of Port Angeles.
Background & Hobbies: Gordon worked in heavy industrial maintenance and military testing for 40 years before retiring from Nippon Paper in Port Angeles. He began bicycling after being advised to pick up lower-impact exercise. This led to riding the West Port Angeles trail before it had a bridge and paving, and then joining that trail’s improvement project and the Peninsula Trails Coalition. Gordon is also into metalworking, motorcycles, and auto racing.
One of Gordon’s favorite quotes: “Those that say a job cannot be done should not interrupt those that are doing it.” ―George Bernard Shaw
John Dolansky, Treasurer
PTC Focus: Provides the PTC with responsible financial management and reporting to enable it to succeed in achieving its mission and vision.
Background & Hobbies: Sixteen years as a controller, assistant controller, and data processing manager in various firms. Owner of John F. Dolansky CPA since 1988. Former Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters; former Jaycee. John enjoys cycling, traveling, and cooking spicy food.
“Ever since I retired to Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula, my hope has been to help finish the length of the ODT and showcase it to all cyclists around the world.”
Brian Anderson, Clallam County
PTC Focus: Implementing the Business Partner Program.
Background & Hobbies: Brian spent his career in sales and marketing. Prior to retiring, he was president of Vision Bankcard, a merchant bank card provider with more than 8,500 clients. He is currently president of the Cedars at Dungeness Men’s Golf Club. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and cycling.
“I want to give others who love the outdoors a means to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula.”
Casey Finedell, Jefferson County
PTC Focus: Trail projects and events, ODT-Eaglemount extension
Background & Hobbies: A career in GIS mapping brought Casey and his family to Port Townsend in 2013. With his wife, Katie, and daughter, Margaret, Casey is exploring the Olympic Peninsula one trail at a time. Running, walking, and cycling are the Finedells’ primary modes of transportation, but they are always open to new adventures and experiences.
“After using the trail almost daily for nearly four years, it was time to get involved. I look forward to helping with events and spreading the word about the value of a trail of this magnitude. The ODT really is a linear community that improves each town it passes through”
Bob Lake, Clallam County
PTC Focus: City of Sequim liaison
Background & Hobbies: Bob’s background is in risk management, business efficiency, and database design. Now retired, he enjoys running, cycling, and rollerblading, and is a self-described “so-so assistant sign board maker.” On why he moved to Sequim: “After New Zealand, where could we go other than the Pacific Northwest? As a business consultant and volunteer, do we ever really retire?”
“We picked our house location because of its proximity to the Olympic Discovery Trail. Have you ever seen anyone on the trail who is not smiling?”
Jennifer Ann “Jeni” Little, Jefferson County
PTC Focus: Bringing visibility to the ODT via events that link existing and future Olympic Peninsula running, walking, and cycling activities.
Background & Hobbies: Jeni is the Port Townsend Marathon Association president, race director for Jefferson Healthcare’s annual Rhody Run, a CrossFit coach at Port Townsend Athletic Club, and a committed recreational runner (2009 Boston Marathon, 2014 NYC Marathon). Her next goal race is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. Former head coach for the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams at Port Townsend High School. Jeni also enjoys playing music with the band Bella Jack.
“We are truly blessed with the scenic beauty along our trails. I want to do everything possible to maintain, sustain, and develop the Olympic Discovery Trail system to its fullest potential.”
Bob Petersen, Jefferson County
PTC Focus: A jack of all trades, Bob is up for taking on any trail project that needs to be done.
Background & Hobbies: Bob’s work life focused on building teams for complex technical project, first as an environmental engineer, and later in automotive software development. Today, Bob teaches people how to move using the Feldenkrais Method and is on the board of wind energy startup Regenedyne.
“Coming from a long line of fisherman, being semiretired and living on Discovery Bay is like coming home in a very deep, satisfying way. I’m looking for a way to build community in my community. Building a trail across the Olympic Peninsula offers a unique opportunity to do that using the skills and interests I have developed over the years.”
Chuck Preble, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Liaison
PTC Focus: Works with the tribe on projects like the Dungeness River Bridge repair and Diamond Point Trailhead. Manages the ODT website.
Background & Hobbies: Currently retired and residing in Sequim, Chuck worked at Honeywell Marine Systems for 33 years. He is a University of Washington alum.
Ron Wheeler, Jefferson County
PTC Focus: Completing the ODT-Eaglemount section in Jefferson County. Marketing, outreach, and messaging.
Background & Hobbies: Ron is a retired aviation safety manager who has spearheaded many successful cycling and bike touring advocacy efforts. He has extensive marketing experience on a national level. Ron enjoys hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, and exploring.
“The Olympic Discovery Trail elevates quality of life within the communities it flows through, bringing people outside and together. When you meet someone on the trail, you already have something great in common. See you on the ODT!”
Jan Whitlow, Equestrian Community
PTC Focus: Representing the equestrian community to cultivate shared-use standards and practices on the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Background & Hobbies: Jan has enjoyed a varied career as an archaeologist, historian, and technical writer for computer and medical device manufacturers. Horses are her passion. She takes care of a small herd at her home in Port Angeles. Jan is also a member of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington—Peninsula Chapter and helps to maintain the trails in western Clallam County.