Board of Directors
John has lived in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, since 2003, and in the Reno-Tahoe area since 1994. He is currently working part-time from home for Ascent Environmental, Inc., a forward-thinking, full-service, environmental planning and natural resources consultancy in Sacramento, CA. He is the former executive director of the Sierra Business Council (SBC), a member-based, non-profit organization located in Truckee, CA, dedicated to creating vibrant, prosperous and sustainable communities throughout the Sierra Nevada. Prior to SBC, John served as the executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for five years. Before that, John spent 25 years as a planner and manager for the Bureau of Land Management, the last nine years as the District Manager in Carson City, NV. John enjoys hiking, mountain-biking, skiing and kayaking.
Jim Crompton has been actively involved with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association as a trail builder since 2012. Jim moved to Carson City from the mid-West in 1988. At that time Jim purchased his first mountain bike. He has been a bicycle referee for both road and off-road for more than 30 years and a race organizer. After more than 30 years with the U.S. Geological Survey as a hydrologist, he retired in 2012. Jim is also involved with trail building with Carson Valley Tails Association, Poedunks in Reno and Muscle Powered in Carson City. He is over half way on reaching the county highpoints in Nevada and the state highpoints of Nevada’s neighboring states.
Ande is originally from Peoria, IL and came to Reno 42 years ago, after 10 years in Southern California. Not enamored initially, the years, the people and the environment have created home. After retiring from administrative staff positions at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine and the College of Education, Ande began volunteering for the Friends of the Library as well as working at Sundance Bookstore. Over the years she has enjoyed, jogging and volleyball, but now spends more time walking, hiking and other opportunities to be outside. She defined a desire to become more involved in the TRTA after becoming a member of the 165 Mile Club and providing volunteer time for the Trail Challenge and the silent auction for the annual meeting.
John and his wife, Diane, both 165-milers, have lived in Zephyr Cove since 1999. He has been a TRTA board member since 2003 and is currently Treasurer of TRTA and a Crew Leader. John was born in Michigan, grew up around Washington DC and received a BA in Physics from MIT in 1959. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory until 1987, mainly developing information systems. Along the way he received an MS in Physics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s. After an early “retirement”, he and Diane formed their own consulting company. They also become part-time Tahoe residents in the mid-1980s and worked on the trail in the early days (1985 on). John’s interests, other than hiking and computers, include classical music, opera and duplicate bridge. In addition to the TRTA, John has been active in other Tahoe activities. He was elected to the Lakeridge GID Board in 2000 and was Chairman until the was termed-out at the end of 2014. He served on the Pathway 2007 Forum and was Treasurer of Nevada Opera where he and Diane served as Board members. He has recently joined the Board of the Reno Philharmonic Association.
Vice President of Trail Operations
Don and his wife Cheryl, both retired from federal civil service in 2009 in the Washington DC area. Don retired with 37 years with the Department of the Air Force. While certainly enjoying hiking on the east coast, they really embraced hiking after moving to South Lake Tahoe, just a few days after retirement. In 2010 they attended their 1st National Trails Day event in Tahoe.
Originally from the Midwest, Don started his move to Northern California in 1975, transferring from NKP Thailand to McClellan AFB in Sacramento. While working for the Air Force as an engineering technician he was able to obtain his A. S. in Computer Science, complete certification programs in Network Management from UC Davis, and a certificate in Project Management from McClellan AFB. As McClellan was closing due to the 1995 BRAC decision, in the 2000’s Don transferred to a Program Management position within the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia, after receiving his B.S. in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.
Since that 1st fateful National Trails Day, they continue to enjoy hiking in Northern California, having completed the 165 miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail in segments in 2013. They also enjoy maintaining the TRT (as crew leaders) as well as spending time working on the Pacific Crest Trail. They repeatedly enjoy introducing the TRT to visiting family and friends as this trail is truly a “trail like no other”.
Vice President of Sustainable Funding
Alice grew up in a family that appreciated the outdoors and always thought the word “vacation” meant a camping trip. She has lived in Washoe Valley, Nevada for 14 years, moving there from Susanville, California where she raised her son. Alice loves this area and now that she is retired, is looking forward to spending more time in her own backyard which includes the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Alice is married to Wade, a professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, and has a wonderful son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren who live in San Diego. Professionally Alice has a BS degree in Nursing and a BA degree in Social Work. She loves working with people in the health and wellness arena as she strongly believe that in order to do good work one has to feel good. She has spent the last 30 years working in management and then at the executive level in two non-profit health care agencies. Alice is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors of the TRTA where she is able to share her love for the outdoors, experience with non-profits and background in grant writing. She believes in the potential to create partnerships with the health arena and facilitate engaging underserved and minority communities in the benefits of getting outdoors and enjoying the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Vice President of Trail Use
Raised in Boulder City, Nevada, Carl graduated from UNLV and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. After receiving a law degree from the University of Idaho and passing the Idaho bar, he spent the next 29 years on active duty with the Marines, mostly in practice as a military attorney. He spent time in Europe, Japan, and Haiti, made two deployments to Iraq, and obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia with a concentration in International Law. At various times during his career, Carl was also a company commander, battalion commander, Acting Chief of Staff of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, and Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Installations, West. He retired as a Colonel in 2009. Since leaving active duty, Carl has devoted most of his time to volunteer pursuits, including volunteer work with the TRTA. He has been a hiker since his early teens, primarily in the western U.S. Other than the Tahoe Rim Trail (of course!), his favorite hiking locales are Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Carl has completed several of the TRT segments, as well as the thru-hike twice, once as a participant and once as a guide. He and his wife, Donna, currently live in Gardnerville, Nevada; their daughter resides in Sacramento.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt” John Muir. Lorilyn is a lifelong resident of Nevada, horsewoman, and outdoor enthusiast with two wonderful daughters. She was a founder of the Carson Valley Trails Association at a time when trails access in the Carson Valley was nearly non-existent. This limited access inspired her to take action and fight for trails and a community which supports access to public lands. Horses have been a passion from an early age and she has been involved in multiple horse associations throughout her lifetime such as the United States Equestrian Federation and Sierra Nevada Dressage Association. Lorilyn has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nevada Reno which has provided her with the opportunity to pursue her passion in the horse community. For the last 10 years she has succeeded in a career in real estate, which allows her to utilize her interpersonal skills to help people find the perfect home to build their lives in. Trails, horses and helping the community have been her passion, her career and are her future with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. A trail is a legacy for future generations and Lorilyn is excited to be a part of an organization that works so passionately to protect that legacy and to make sure a few of our future paths are dirt.
Jim first visited Tahoe in 1967, stopping by on his way to the Oakland Army base after just graduating from Transportation OCS in Virginia and from the University of Kansas the year before. He was able to ski at Heavenly a couple of times and realized he loved the mountains which he had not experienced while growing up in Illinois. After a year in Oakland and a tour in Vietnam, his service obligation was fulfilled and he luckily landed a job in San Francisco. In 1971 he met Nancy on a Christmas Tahoe skiing trip to their respective group cabins and they continue to ski in winter and hike in the summer. Jim’s career included 2 large corporations, a small private business and his own business with expert skills in planning and organization. In 1979 he obtained an MBA from Cal in night school, the year the first of their 2 sons was born. He was active in organizations dedicated to youth sports (swimming and soccer) serving on 3 boards and president of one. Along with this busy schedule they camped, hiked, skied and backpacked around swim meets and soccer tournaments. In 1992, they bought their first vacation home in Truckee and in 1999 moved to their present location in Kings Woods West above Tahoe Vista. Those years were filled with trips back and forth to Truckee/Tahoe to ski or hike. They have been members of the TRTA since 2000 and completed the rim trail in 2009. Jim is a hike leader in two Tahoe/Truckee hiking clubs and was a member of the Tahoe City Rotary Club for seven years.
Since retiring Dave has been an avid hiker and backpacker. He is a member of the 165 Mile Club, having completed the trail three times. Dave holds a BS in Geology, an MS in Geochemistry and an MBA. He had a highly varied career including mining geology, budget/capital project analysis, strategic/tactical planning, financial analysis, and wholesale natural gas purchasing. Dave has served on the Washoe County School District’s Financial Advisory Committee, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Committee and as a volunteer at various schools in the Reno area. Dave serves as a Master Trail Builder with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and has worked as a trail construction/ maintenance volunteer on the Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and other regional trails.
Dave started camping and hiking at an early age with the boy scouts in the San Gabriel Mountains and eastern High Sierra where he developed his passion for the mountains and outdoors. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Geology, moved to Northern California in 1958, and built a house in Tahoe City in 1966. In 1959 he entered the real estate field as an appraiser specializing in the valuation of geology related properties, open space, and government projects (eminent domain) for over 40 yrs. He with his wife Sue have enjoyed hiking outstanding trails including the Tahoe Rim (#55 & 56), John Muir, Tahoe-Yosemite, Pacific Crest (portion only), Appalachian (portion only), Incan (Peru), Chilkoot (Alaska), and Cinque Terra (Italy). Additionally they have skied in all Seven Continents including Antarctica and gone to the high points in 45 of the 50 states. He is past president of the Tahoe Trail Trekkers and board member of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
Kristen is a born-and-raised, near life-long Nevadan, growing up in south Reno and attending the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned a BA in photography. As a communications professional, Kristen has worked in hospitality and tourism marketing and public relations managing clients ranging from Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative and Reno’s Artown, to the towns of Lovelock and Tonopah, Nevada. She briefly stepped away from her desk with a move to southern Utah to care for rabbits at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill animal shelter, before returning home to become communications director for the non-profit Nevada Cancer Coalition. She serves on the board of Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition and volunteers as a “Big” mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. In her leisure time she enjoys road-tripping, backpacking, hiking, cycling, and snowshoeing. Most recently she hiked to the summit of Mt. Whitney and backpacked 185 miles of the John Muir Trail. Kristen and her husband Dan live in south Reno with their dog Winnie.