Marguerite (Maggie) Ellen Ardito, Co-Founder, President and Director
Maggie is an active advocate for trails and cycling. She believes that active mobility and safe, bikable, walkable places, are keys to a healthy, active, self-reliant and sustainable future for individuals and communities. She advocates low-speed pedal-assist bicycles (ped-elecs), cargo bikes, folding bikes and other personal transportation innovations. She believes community advocacy websites and social media are vital catalysts and is now exploring the synergy among these interests to promote positive change in the areas of cycling and trail building. She also serves on the board of directors for the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Florida Scenic Byway, which follows the path of the Loop.
After a long career with high-tech companies such as Harris and Computer Sciences, and owning a government contracting company that specialized in data and knowledge management, she is now enjoying an active semi-retirement. In 2004, after 35 years as a software and systems engineer that included 3 year tours in Munich and Seoul, she founded a company specializing in enterprise information architecture and semantic technologies, providing consulting services to help national intelligence agencies make better use of their information. Since retiring, she and her husband Jim have focused on cycle touring, and trail exploration and advocacy. They have explored many of the destination trails in Europe and North America, studying various approaches to bike-friendliness. (The photo was taken on the "Blue Danube" while cycling from the source to Austria). Maggie hails from Missoula, MT, holds degrees in math and computer science from the University of Denver, with graduate studies at Purdue and Rutgers, and lives in Deland, FL.
Herbert Lewis Hiller, JD, Co-Founder and Past President
Herb is Co-Founder and Past President of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance, and a well-known advocate of ecotourism, trails and bicycling. In the early 1970s as executive director of the Caribbean Travel Association, he became an early leader in ecotourism. In 1977 he led modern-day revival of the Florida bicycling movement. He was the original visionary of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop and has been advocating its development since 2008. His writing and advocacy have launched the Florida bicycling, bed-&-breakfast and urban tourism movements. He has served as Southeast Region Program Consultant for the East Coast Greenway Alliance and consulted with various preservation and tourism companies.
Additionally, he has sat on the boards of the Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns River Alliance and the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation. He’s written 2 top-award winning books and his articles have appeared in American Trails, The Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler, Land & People, and Florida Trend. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and lives in DeLand.
Jason Aufdenberg, PhD, Director
Trained as an astrophysicist, Jason has been a professor of physics and astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach since 2006. He has been bicycling for transportation for over 20 years and has served on the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, representing Volusia-at-Large, since 2012. He is a member of the League of American Bicyclists and attended his first National Bike Summit in 2015. He tweets at @bicycledaytona and blogs at bicycledaytona.org.
Jason thinks cargo bikes are the wave of the future and enthusiastically supports the "Less Car More Go" kickstarter project to document on film the cargo-bike boom! He is interested in safer streets for people who bike, walk and roll, and in traffic-stress maps to help cities create comfortable bicycle networks and direct resources to linking low traffic-stress neighborhoods. Jason supports Cycling Savvy education to build rider confidence and safety when and where infrastructure lets cyclists down.
Emery Jeffreys, Director
Emery Jeffreys retired after 42 years as a news reporter, editor, photographer and news producer. He cycles on a nearly daily basis on the Lake Beresford Park trail and the Gemini Springs trail between Lake Monroe and Osteen. He has worked at Central Florida News 13 as a senior news producer, Bright House Networks, Time Warner, the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
B. Kraig McLane, AICP, Director
Kraig has advocated and actively worked on the expansion of rail trails and multipurpose trails since 1987. Projects and visions include the Withlacoochee State Trail, Lake City to St. Augustine Rail Trail, St. Johns River to Sea Loop Trail, and Putnam County, Florida's Trail Hub and associated trail master plan (2009). He believes that multifaceted community support is essential. While working to promote trails in NE Florida, he has served as board member for Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail, chairman of NE Florida Associated Trails. Inc., facilitator for Leaders of the Lake City to St. Augustine Rail Trail, president and board member, Florida Chapter-Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, co-chair NE Florida Regional Greenways Task Force (DEP), chair Putnam County Chamber of Commerce's trail development committee, and vice-chair Putnam County Trail Council and Working Group, and is active member of Putnam Blueways and Trails Citizens Support Organization. In 2004, he was recognized as the Florida Trail Leader of the year by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He grew up in Tampa, Florida, holds a BS in Geography and MS in Urban and Regional Planning (FSU), historic family ties in Florida and Montana, and has enjoyed hiking, bicycling, and backpacking trails across the U.S., as well as Italy, Scotland, and Canada.
Pat Northey, Director
Pat Northey served as a Volusia County Council Member from January 1993 through December 2004 and January 2007 through December 2014 as an At-Large member and District 5 representative to the Volusia County Council. During her 20 years of elected service, Ms. Northey represented Volusia County on the River to Sea TPO, twice serving as Chair of the Board. In addition, she served on many local and state regional transportation boards and initiatives including Chair and member of the Central Florida MPO Alliance; FDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Partnership Council and FDOT Strategic Intermodal System Steering Committee.
Pat is a long-time trails advocate and is widely known as “The Volusia Trail Queen”. She was a primary moving force for the selection of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop as a Florida SUNTrail Priority Trail. Many trails bear Pat’s name in Volusia County including the including the Pat Northey Trail that heads north from Lake Monroe Park past Gemini Springs and the Pat Northey Trail in Holly Hill.
Matthew Schrager, PhD, Director
Matt is Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Stetson University. He teaches courses in human anatomy/physiology, the physiology of aging, exercise physiology, biomechanics and research methods. His research focuses primarily on aging, bioenergetics, and functional capacity. He has a secondary research focus on the physiology and biomechanics of mobility and human performance. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Maryland and resides in DeLand, FL.
>In his aging research, Dr. Schrager analyzes large-scale databases through the National Institute on Aging, and he has published with Stetson students research on blueberries as a potential countermeasure to the functional effects of aging. He is also interested in the role that the “built environment”/bicycling infrastructure has on encouraging or inhibiting physical activity. He has a wide range of relevant research interests including understanding and combatting age-related changes in performance and health.
He recently took a sabbatical in the town of Haarlem near Amsterdam where he learned much from the Dutch cycling culture and infrastructure. He traveled to Copenhagen to meet with Mikael Colville-Anderson, CEO of Copenhagenize Design Co. and author of the book Copenhagenize, The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism, who recently lead a panel on “How to Copenhagenize Miami” held at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College. Matt is continuing to communicate with him on ways to make DeLand and other central Florida cities more bike-friendly.
Karl Soderholm, AICP, RLA, Director
Karl is vice president of landscape architecture and graphics at ETM, Inc. He has built a strong reputation as the designer of public spaces. His 19 years of experience in landscape architecture have included the development of parks and recreational facilities, transit planning, trail development, and private developments.
He has overseen many large scale landscape and planning projects. His specialties include: site planning, project visioning, transit planning, trail planning, landscape design, hardscape design, wayfinding plans, graphics, and project sustainability.
In addition to his professional experience, Karl is involved with several local and national organizations including: Trail Council membership for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, St. Johns River Alliance Board, and Florida Water Star Technical Advisory Committee.
Ryan Gravel - Advisory Board
Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is the founding principal of Sixpitch and creator of the Atlanta Beltline, the reinvention of a 22-mile circle of railroads that began as the subject of his master's thesis. A designer, urban planner, and writer, he is increasingly called to speak to audiences across the world on topics as wide ranging as transportation, public health, affordable housing and urban regeneration. Ryan lives with his family in Atlanta.
Atlanta Beltline is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $3.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.
Ryan has received numerous awards and press related to his work on the Atlanta Beltline and tells his story internationally, but an essential aspect of his work is yet to come. Alongside project work at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, he makes a compelling case about what this movement means and why it matters. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,”, Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.
Tony Abbott, PhD - Advisory Board
Tony Abbott is a Professor of Environmental Science and Studies at Stetson University, serving as its director from 2005 to 2014. His eclectic research interests include sustainable agriculture and agrodiversity, landscaping for energy conservation, social conflict emerging from the siting of wind power facilities, environmental and cultural impacts of surfing culture, sustainability in the university setting, and most recently William Bartram as a subject for heritage tourism. His work with William Bartram landed Abbott on the board of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor. His work in Latin America informs his service with the Florida-Colombia chapter of Partners of the Americas. His GIS students have supported the mapping work of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance for years.
His interest in cycling and cycling activism emerges from his lifestyle as a pedestrian and cycle commuter. Abbott’s dedication to cycling culture developed through owning a crate bike as a child and, as an adult, cycle-commuting in Atlanta and Athens, GA, Minneapolis, MN (year-round) and in Ecuador. He continues to commute by foot or bicycle year-round.
Dan Burden, Advisory Board
Dan Burden is the Director of Innovation and Inspiration at Blue Zones, as well as cofounder and former Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute, a nonprofit organization that works throughout North America and the world to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities, and better built environments. In his work, Dan brings together many disciplines and issues, such as street design, public safety, economic development and land-use planning, to create a holistic vision for healthy communities that are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. He is considered an international expert in walkability, bikeability, traffic calming, and road diets. Burden has spent more than 40 years helping to get the world 'back on its feet.' His efforts earned him the first-ever lifetime-achievement award, issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Additionally, in 2001, Burden was named by TIME magazine as 'one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.' Also that year, he became Distinguished Lecturer for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009, a user poll by Planetizen named him one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers of all time.
In the 1970s, Burden co-founded Bikecentennial which later became Adventure Cycling, along with his wife Lys, and he led a bicycling expedition from Alaska to Argentina. He and Lys also worked with 90 governmental agencies to develop the longest recreation trail in the world: the 4,300-mile-long TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. In 1977, Burden worked to create the Bicycle Federation of America and served as its director for its first two years of operation. Beginning in 1980, he served as the country's first statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, which soon became a model for other statewide programs throughout the nation. Dan lives in Port Townsend, WA.
Linda Crider, PhD, Advisory Board
Linda Crider has been advocating cycling and trails in Florida for nearly 40 years. She is the former Executive Director of Bike Florida and former FBA president and board member. In 2012 she was honored with Rails To Trails Conservancy's National Trail Champion Award. She studied at the University of Florida and resides in Palatka.
Steven Davis, PLA, CLARB - Advisory Board
Steven Davis is a landscape architect with the City of Jacksonville Planning & Development Department and a lifelong advocate of cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism.
Mr. Davis served for three years on the East Coast Greenway Alliance Trail Council where he assisted with route identification, trail designation, and grant writing.
In 2011, Steven's work on the Florida Civil War Center was published by the American Society of Landscape Architects when he combined a trail-supported tourism destination (TSTD) with green infrastructure and stormwater management. He is also the landscape architect of record for two award-winning Jacksonville TSTDs: Castaway Island Preserve and Camp Milton Historic Preserve.
Steven lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL where his daily multi-modal commute includes bike, bus, and skyway transportation.
Education: Michigan State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Edyie McCall, Correspondent, Brevard County
;Edyie McCall is City of Titusville Economic Development Director responsible for leading Titusville’s business attraction, retention and expanding existing businesses. Edyie establishes partnerships in the community, region, state, country and internationally to further the economic growth of the City of Titusville. She is also Titusville’s Trail Coordinator and an active member of the Brevard C2C/SJR2C Leadership Group and an active trails advocate. Previously she was Business Development Administrator for Pam Bay, and Senior Business Attraction Manager for the state of Arizona, Florida Recreation and Park Association and Florida Department of Commerce in Tallahassee, FL. She is a Florida native and graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science.
Deb Chapin, Correspondent, St Johns County
>Deborah is the Executive Director of the PV Greenway Alliance, Inc. formally established in 2017. She is a board member of the St. John’s County Recreation Advisory Board. She is an advocate for outdoor recreation and works with SJC to develop successful public / private partnerships that will improve and broaden the recreational aspects of SJC. In 2009, she established Green Gate Solutions, LLC, with a focus on exploring and sharing information on sustainability and establishing localized networks. Previously, she worked with Encore Marketing International and served as Senior Director of Business Development establishing joint ventures and membership programs. She has owned and operated an equestrian center, and is also an avid supporter of multi-use trails that can align with equestrians and other user groups. Deb has been involved in numerous cause-related endeavors including brain cancer research and COTA.