MEET THE BOARD
Terry is a University of Washington graduate and has lived in Pierce County for over 40 years. He retired in 2011 after a 35-year career in state and local government public health. During his 15 years with the Washington State Department of Health, he managed the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and directed the Health Communities Section. He continues to seek ways to make our community a healthier place to live, work, and play and started service on the ForeverGreen Trails Board in 2015. Terry currently resides in Bonney Lake where he is active in coordinating the local community garden and represents the city on the Pierce County Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board.
Roxanne Miles joined Pierce County as the Director of Parks & Recreation in 2017, following a 15-year career with Metro Parks Tacoma. Pierce County Parks manages over 5,200 acres of parkland and maintains the Pierce County Regional Trail Plan. Ms. Miles is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has an MBA in Non-Profit Management from Corban University. She is a life-long Pierce County resident.
Alan Carter Mortimer
Vice President & Secretary
Alan Carter Mortimer has been a field program manager for Washington Trails Association for the last 12 years. Prior to that, he was a volunteer for the organization for 11 years. He supervises volunteer trail maintenance crews working on hiking, equestrian, and mountain bike trails across the state including the Olympic Peninsula, South Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park, and all of eastern Washington. His passion is to spend as much time outdoors exploring new places in our beautiful state and helping to make it possible for others to enjoy these same experiences in the natural world.
George Walk is a native of Pierce County. He graduated from Western Washington University, taught for 18 years, and served as Director of Government Relations for Pierce County for 22 years. George has belonged to numerous community organizations and committees. He was elected for seven terms to the Washington State House of Representatives. In the Legislature, he served six years as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. George has been an advocate for all modes of transportation as important for our economy, environment, and quality of life.
Shawn Phelps has worked as a Transportation Planner for the Pierce County Department of Public Works & Utilities for 24 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Western Washington University, with an extended Minor in Cartography (map making). At the County, Shawn is responsible for bicycle and pedestrian planning for County roads and is the lead staff person for the update of the Transportation Element of the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan.
Bob Myrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Civil Engineering in 1965 and earned a Master's Degree in Sanitary (Environmental) Engineering in 1967 from the University of Missouri. He worked at Tacoma Water from 1969 to 1997 in the Water Quality Section where he attained Professional Engineer registration and became Water Quality Manager. His work included master planning, water rates, and bond sales.
Bob started citizen involvement in transportation matters about 1988 with a particular interest in non-motorized transportation. He worked on Pierce County's non-motorized plan and the Pierce County Trails Plan. He served on Tacoma's Transportation Committee and worked on Tacoma's non-motorized Plan; served on Puget Sound Regional Council's Non-motorized Committee when federal funds became available for non-motorized projects; championed ISTEA funding for Foothills Trail, Bridge of Glass, Thea Foss Esplanade projects and others; and served on present-day Recreation and Conservation Office agency for reviewing recreational grants.
He identified Cushman Powerline, City Water Ditch, and Tacoma Water Pipeline Road as possible trails and worked with Scott Pierson in coaxing WSDOT to build the trail along Highway 16 to the Narrows Bridge. He also worked with Scott Pierson to produce the first modern bike map for Tacoma/Pierce County. Bob worked with Joe Kanan to get the BPA trail built in Federal Way and helped build a single track trail to South Prairie in 1997.
Bob has served as Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club's Director of Community and Government Affairs for about 25 years.
Mary has been with the City of Lakewood for 16 years developing a comprehensive park, recreation, and community services system for the citizens of Lakewood. Her team now manages the maintenance and operations of streets, signs, and signals. Prior to working in Lakewood she spent fifteen years with the Town of Steilacoom directing their parks, recreation, and community service programs. Mary believes in the benefits of parks and recreation and how it can create a healthy and vibrant community. She is thankful for the many residents and organizations always willing to share resources, solve problems, and work together to improve the Lakewood community.
Eric is the Planning and Special Projects Manager for PenMet Parks in Gig Harbor. Beyond capital project and comprehensive planning, he works with volunteers on trail maintenance and development for PenMet’s trail properties including, McCormick Forest, Rotary Bark Park, Sehmel Homestead Park, Cushman Trail, and Harbor Family Park among others.
After over a decade of working for local park system improvements, in 2004, Eric’s volunteer planning efforts led to the voter approval of the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. Once formed, there was a District to get running… and many happy trails to develop and maintain after that.
Terry Lee graduated from Central Washington University with degrees in Chemistry and Zoology, completed post-graduate studies in Nuclear Physics and Radiology. Terry served on the Peninsula Advisory Council for 8 years, the Pierce County Planning Commission for 11 years, and the Pierce County Council for 8 years.
Barbara Skinner was born in Juneau, AK, moving to Sumner in 1942. In 1970, Barbara and husband John started their accounting business in Sumner. She served on the Sumner City Council from 1976-1985, on the Pierce County Council from 1986-1994, and as Mayor of Sumner, from 1998-2005. She represented Pierce County on the Puget Sound Council of Governments Board from 1986-1993, serving as President for three years. From 1986-1994 she chaired the County Council Committee that developed Pierce County’s Solid Waste Program. In 1986, Barbara pushed the County Council and Executive to become involved in the acquisition of land for the Foothills Trail. She is a charter member of the ForeverGreen Council; served as an Officer or Board member of the Puyallup River Watershed Council from 1998-2013; and served on the Lake Tapps Task Force, which preserved Lake Tapps as a water resource for our future.
Kirk Kirkland has served on the Board since 2005 representing the Tahoma Audubon Society. He is a past president and for many years focused on legislation that would have increased trail funding for County Parks and Metropolitan Park districts in Pierce County. Kirk is an avid cyclist who has bicycled on both coasts of the U.S. and in Europe -- looking for good trail systems.
Gary Cooper is the Director of Public Works, Parks & Recreation for the City of University Place. He studied Public Works Administration from 1998-2001 at South Puget Sound Community College. Gary has worked eighteen years as the Public Works Supervisor, Assistant Director, and Director of Public Works, Parks, and Recreation Departments at the City of University Place. He has thirty years of construction and maintenance experience.
Gary has received 12 merit awards from City of University Place, Outstanding Achievement Award from Washington State University College of Engineering, Pierce County DUI Task Force Award for Road Safety, and Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame. He has completed over $7 million in Capital Improvement Projects and obtained over three million in grant funding for the City of University Place.
Chris Beale is an active member of the Tacoma community, serving on the Forever Green board (Vice-chair), Tacoma Planning Commission (Chairperson), South Tacoma Neighborhood Council (Vice-chair) and the Community Transit Advisory Group for the Pierce Transit Board. Chris also volunteers his time at Oak Tree Park, supporting habitat stewardship activities on a monthly basis. Chris graduated from the University of Washington-Tacoma with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies in 2008 and has been a city planner and arborist for the City of Puyallup for over 6 years. Chris is an avid hiker and logs about 200 trail miles a year in the various national park and wilderness areas of Washington state.
Secretary, Chambers Creek Foundation
Lover of trails, being in the great Pacific Northwest outdoors. Kim's passion is growing new trails and finishing the connections of old ones. She is secretary of Chambers Creek Foundation, the non-profit stewards of one of Pierce County's regional parks.
Former Board Member
Chip Jenkins is the Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park.