Gabe is a fifth-generation resident of Bethel, Maine. Gabe was a founding board member of Inland Woods + Trails, and since 2014 has served as Executive Director. He holds a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is a senior fellow in the Environment Leadership Program, and the Community Practitioners Network. He serves as co-coordinator of the Maine Trails Coalition and lives on Mason St. in Bethel with his wife, Jessie.
Andy has been living in Albany Township for a “few years” sharing his home with his wife and 23 sled dogs. Originally from the U.K. he moved to the Maine to work in Outdoor Education, leading multi day trips in the back country; hiking, canoeing, climbing, skiing, dogsledding, snow shoeing, sea kayaking and sailing. If you are an early morning skier at the Bethel Village Trails you may have seen him out grooming trying to catch sunrise on Grovers’ Grind. As well as enjoying riding the summer mountain bike trails himself, Andy appreciates the reaction of fellow trail users as IW+T improves and expands the system.
Eric developed a passion for cross country skiing through 35 years of family business at Sunday River Inn. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine and has owned a wood products machining business for 12 years. He is excited to apply his experience, education, and skills to help build and operate recreation trails for all abilities. Eric’s roles at IWT include financial operations, BVT Trail Center management, trail grooming, and equipment repair. During non-snow months, Eric enjoys boating, biking, and hiking.
Eliza Hazen (she/her) grew up in southern Maine and was lucky enough to spend time hiking and skiing in the western Maine area she now calls home. With a background in emergency medicine and public health, she spends winters as a ski patroller at Sunday River. As Recreation Technician, Eliza is immersed in trail building and maintenance and is also developing emergency plans for IW+T’s trail networks. In her free time can be found swimming, hiking, gardening or enjoying an ice cream cone.
Karla is the newest team member of IW + T with over 20 years of experience in non-profit management and development with a variety of grass-roots organizations in Maine. Originally from Connecticut, Karla moved to Maine after graduating from Boston University and subsequently received her master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine. An avid mountain biker and hiker, Karla is excited to be part of Maine’s rapidly expanding outdoor recreation economy. She lives in Auburn with her husband, Erik, and their four cats and two chihuahuas.