Foundation trustees (board members), all volunteers, are from the local community. Board members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the Foundation and the park. They care passionately about the security and future of Bridle Trails State Park. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Erckmann, Trustee President. Bridle Trails residents for more than 20 years, Jim and his wife rode their horses in the park for many decades. A professional ecologist with a love of nature, Jim's passion is promoting appreciation of this incredible natural area through environmental education and interpretation. Jim leads many of our school programs and weekend nature walks. Before he retired, Jim was Watershed Ecosystems Manager for the City of Seattle, where he managed a group of biologists, foresters, and other professionals doing habitat restoration and conducting research on species and ecosystems.
Anne Hill, Trustee & Treasurer. Anne is a small business owner and has lived in the Bellevue area for over 15 years. On sunny days she can be found meandering around the trails on her gray Andalusian or leading her seven-year-old daughter on a chestnut pony. Her initial involvement in Party in the Park led to a position on the board in 2012.
Momi Henne, Trustee & Secretary. Momi grew up in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Pike’s Peak, riding her pony down the power line to the park with her sister. She later worked in high tech for Microsoft and Silicon Graphics, then ran a horse farm in Virginia for 10 years where she competed in Three-Day Eventing up to the 4-star level. She now lives in Pike’s Peak again and loves riding in the park with her daughter. She looks forward to doing whatever she can to help look after this amazing treasure.
Ken Hite, Trustee. Ken and his wife were Bridle Trails residents and enjoyed the park for many years, riding their two horses and taking long hikes with their dogs. Being strong advocates that the park is core to the fabric of their neighborhood, they have plunged into the Foundation’s efforts to preserve the park for future generations. Professionally, Ken has served as senior business executive and consultant for several major companies.
Mary Decher, Trustee. Mary is a 40-year resident of Bridle Trails, making use of and enjoying the Park almost daily. Her two daughters grew-up on park trails and arenas with their ponies, then horses. Her husband, Reiner, and their dog Sigi walk daily. Their love of the Park runs deep! It is a unique asset to our environment, ecologically offering a resource for native plants and animals as well as offering a retreat for its human neighbors. Its value is priceless, worth all efforts to protect and preserve.
Kelly Gode, Trustee. Kelly and her family are 17 year residents of Bridle Trails and find themselves exploring the park daily on long runs or on walks with their golden retriever – always happily on a leash! After working with the Bellevue School District to create meaningful curriculum enhancement opportunities for outdoor education when her children were small, she now finds herself excited to be planning park events for the greater community. Kelly believes that the ultimate goal of preservation lends itself to infinite opportunities to engage and share the role the park plays with others. Kelly’s work places the park at the center of not only our community recreational health and happiness, but also that of our local and regional natural ecosystem.
Mary Welborn, Trustee. Mary is the former Bridle Trails Park Ranger, recently retired after 32 years working at the park. Unwilling to walk away from all that history, she has agreed to serve on the board. She has a strong interest in the continuation of the partnership between the state and the community, and a passion for the preservation of the park. A resident of Sammamish for over 30 years, Mary can be found regularly on the trails in the park, riding or driving her Haflinger, Libby, or running with her dogs.
Kelly Mooney, Trustee. Kelly was originally drawn to the horse community and park riding over 30 years ago, and has cherished every moment spent in the park since. A regular runner, dog walker, explorer with her sons, and horse rider, Kelly values the uniqueness of the Park and its history within the surrounding communities. She is honored to have the opportunity to play a fundamental part in preserving the Park for many more generations to come through her work with the Foundation.