Foundation trustees (board members), all volunteers, are from the local community. Board members work hard to ensure the 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.
Kelly Gode, Trustee & Vice President. 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.
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.
Heather Andreini, Trustee & Secretary. Heather has been a King county resident and a real estate broker for the last 25 years. She lives with her husband, 6 equines, and her dog in Pike’s Peak. You can often find her in the park on her large black Friesians and she is also the dressage show manager for the Lake Washington Saddle Club. On the trails with her horses is her favorite place to spend time, which has led to a position on the board to preserve this magnificent park.
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 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.
Jeff Grove, Trustee. Jeff is an avid trail runner and considers Bridle Trails to be the best place to go for an urban trail run in the entire US. He loves sharing the trails with horses and riders. He is passionate about helping preserve the character of the park and surrounding neighborhoods. He also likes to encourage new users to come to the park so that they can appreciate all the park has to offer and it's unique nature. As a former Aeronautical Engineer/Software Engineer with both Boeing and Microsoft, Jeff is well-versed in geekery. He is available to help the board with technology-related questions and technology integration in various projects.