Advisory Committee and Staff

The Connecticut Trail Census Advisory Committee was formed in 2018 to provide guidance and connections for the program and staff. The Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteers from local and statewide trail advocacy and use groups, trail users, and constituents.  The Advisory Committee meets quarterly. Subcommittees have also been formed to work on specific issues related to the project.  These include the Counter Deployment Subcommittee, Survey Development Committee, and the Fundraising and Development.  The Census depends almost entirely on volunteer support and your participation is welcome in any way!  Contact us to find out how you can get involved.

Meeting Documents and Minutes

Roles of the Trail Census Advisory Committee:

  • Provide feedback to staff about programs and administrative decisions
  • Assist with program outreach including disseminating relevant program resources, media, and general information about the program to communities and organizations around the state
  • Assist with identifying and securing new funding opportunities
  • Generate new program ideas based on emerging needs and opportunities
  • Help others understand trail census data by understanding the data yourself,  helping staff identify possible audiences and appropriate type(s) of communication
  • Assist with training and mentoring new sites as opportunities arise
  • Oversee the work plan
  • Assist with advocacy, communications, education or infrastructure that supports sound, informed trail decision-making


  • Attend quarterly meetings
  • Participate in a workgroup or committee
  • Be familiar with the Trail Census goals and workplan
  • Contribute your personal expertise and ideas to improve the program!

Current Advisory Committee members- 2020  *= Indicates staff

Barbara Amodio
Bike Walk Bolton*Aaron Budris
Senior Regional Planner
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments


*Laura Brown
Community & Economic Development Educator
UConn – Department of Extension


Clare Cain
Trails Stewardship Director
Connecticut Forest & Park Association


Martha Conneely
Park Development Associate
Riverfront Recapture


*Bruce Donald, APBP
Tri-State Coordinator
East Coast Greenway Alliance


Beverly Duncan
Bike Walk Bolton


*Ryan Faulkner
Trail Census Data Specialist


*Laurie Giannotti
DEEP Trails & Greenways Program
State Parks & Public Outreach Division


*Kimberly Bradley
CT Trail Census Statewide Coordinator


John Kochinskas
Thompson Trails Committee

Michael Puglisi, PhD, RD
Assistant Extension Professor
Nutritional Sciences- University of ConnecticutSteven Mitchell
Board of Directors, East Coast Greenway


Anita Morzillo
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
University of Connecticut


Charles Obert
Thompson Trails Committee


Virginia Raff
Shoreline Greenway


Katherine Rattan, AICP
Southeast CT Council of Governments
Transportation Planner III/Program Manager


Alice Shea
Bicycle Enthusiast/Consultant


Susan Smith
Bike Walk CT


Stacey Stearns
Program Specialist
UConn Extension


Jack Walsh
Derby Greenway


Emily Hoffhine Wilson
Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR)
University of Connecticut


Miriah Russo Kelly, PhD
Evaluation Specialist
University of Connecticut