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Dick Lemieux

Dick is a retired highway engineer and transportation planner.   He served four years as an elected member of the Concord City Council and is the Chairman of Concord's Transportation Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC). He currently serves on Concord's bicycle and pedestrian committee and the Regional Trails Coordinating Council. He is a past board member of Concord 2020, Groundwork Concord, the NHDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Board, the Central NH Bicycling Coalition, the NH Rail Trails Coalition, the US Transportation Research Board's "Standing Committee on Bicycling" and the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. He wrote the first nationwide bicycle facilities design guide in 1981 and the goals and objectives chapter of the NH statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2000. He was instrumental in organizing and obtaining grant funding for the MRGT Feasibility Study and was a member of the Steering Committee that guided the study. He has been a bicycling enthusiast for over 45 years. In the mid-1970's, he commuted to work by bicycle on one of America's first and premiere riverside bike paths: the American River Bike Trail, in Sacramento, CA, a model for the MRGT. Dick and his wife, Barbara, ride on bike paths, trails and rural roads all over New England.

Trustee since Nov. 2011, President & Treasurer (Term expires Nov. 2020)

Kelly Ovitt Puc

Kelly has lived and worked in Concord since 2006.  She is an attorney at the law firm of Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C., Concord, where her practice includes the representation of businesses, non-profits and individuals in general corporate, real estate, commercial financing and bankruptcy law matters.  Kelly is a recreational runner and regularly participates in local road, trail and adventure races.  She also enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking and skiing and exploring the many ways and places to be active outdoors in New Hampshire.

Trustee, Chair, Board of Trustees (Term expires Nov. 2022)

Craig Tufts

Craig is a GIS and Transportation Planner with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, a non-profit organization that assists 20 communities in the Concord area with transportation, land use, and environmental planning.  At the Planning Commission he has spearheaded regional trails efforts in the Concord area including rail trails that will someday connect to the MRGT, is an author of the City of Concord 2011 Bicycle master plan and the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, helps staff the Program for Alternative Transportation and Health (PATH), and is a member of Concord’s bicycling committee, TPAC-Bicycling.  Craig is a longtime bicyclist and a dedicated bicycle commuter who you have likely seen bicycling Concord’s streets.

Trustee since Nov. 2011, Secretary, Chair, Trail Committee (Term expires Nov. 2020)

Chris Kane

Chris is a consulting ecologist with over 15 years of experience in land conservation and stewardship, conservation planning, resource inventory and field ecology. Prior to consulting he was Easement Steward for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Chris is currently providing a variety of natural resource inventory, botanical survey, land conservation planning and stewardship services to municipalities, agencies and organizations in New England, and is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch New England Graduate School. Conservation and ecology are Chris’s second career, having formerly toured, performed and taught widely as a classical guitarist. For nine years Chris served as trustee and chair of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, during which time he worked on the planning and dedication of early sections of the Heritage Trail. He currently serves on the Concord Conservation Commission.

Trustee since Nov. 2011, Chair, Fundraising Committee (Term expires Nov. 2022)

Greg Bakos

Greg is a Concord resident and active member of the bike subcommittee of Concord’s Transportation Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC).  He is a transportation engineer with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in Bedford and has been fortunate to augment his love of cycling with professional duties that have included planning and/or design of bike and pedestrian facilities in the four northern New England states.  He is also a League Cycling Instructor and is a Board Member of the NH Bike-Walk Alliance, an advisory board member of Manchester Moves and a board member of the NH Rail Trails Coalition.  He hopes to contribute his technical expertise and knowledge of state and federal funding and regulatory programs to the development of the MRGT.

Trustee since Nov. 2011, Vice President (Term expires Nov. 2022)

Roland Berube

Roland is a native of NH and has lived in the Concord area since 1985. He works at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord as an IS Developer/Analyst in support of their Electronic Medical Records system. For many years he participated in Concord Hospital's Rock 'N Race as a Team Captain with his sons and now helps as a race volunteer. He also supports many local land trusts and trail groups, such as the Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Five Rivers Conservation Trust, NH Rivers Council, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway. Roland has owned bikes since childhood and likes to ride both on and off-road. He is happiest being outdoors with his family - whether that be biking, hiking, kayaking, geocaching, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Trustee since Feb. 2018, Assistant Treasurer (Term expires Nov. 2020)

Jack Shields

Jack lives in Penacook in an 1850 Greek Revival house that he and his wife Jo have restored. A running theme in his life is helping people, giving back to the community in whatever way he can.

He spent most of his young life learning various trades. In 1980 he joined the Peace Corps installing and testing renewable energy technologies in Botswana, Africa. Returning to the U.S, he earned a BS in Physical Geography from UMass Amherst. He was a Station Manager for ITT Antarctic Services at Palmer Station, Antarctica. For 17 years, he provided technical assistance to rural water systems under an EPA grant program. He retired as an Assistant Director of the Weatherization Program for the Community Action Program in 2013.

Currently he is a board member of the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail and the Contoocook and North Branch Rivers Local Advisory Committee and a member of the Penacook Historical Society and the Penacook Village Association.

His longest unsupported ride is Anacortes, Washington to Kalispell, Montana. His hobbies are woodworking, motorcycling, traveling and biking the USA.

Patrice Rasche

Patrice lives in Canterbury with her husband and two certifiably gorgeous dogs.  A computer programmer now retired from the State of New Hampshire, she spends her time biking, hiking, skiing, and rabble-rousing as only a tree hugging liberal can do.

Trustee since Mar. 2019, (Term expires Nov. 2021)

Christine Vigneault

Christine, originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts, now calls Concord home.  She lives in town with her husband, Andrew, and her two young and boundlessly energetic boys, Colin and Will.  As a coach with the Concord Crew youth rowing team, she is often on the Merrimack, marveling at Concord's landscape from the water, the hidden gem that will soon be accessible by way of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail.  Inspired by the success and beauty of the rail trail in her home town of Newburyport, she's joined the board and is eager to help showcase Concord's natural beauty and environment as well.

Trustee since Aug. 2019 (Term expires Nov. 2021)

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