Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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Who we are

Mitch Barloga, President, Crown Point

Mitch Barloga

Mitch Barloga is the Active Transportation Manager for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). He has worked over 20 years in the public sector, primarily focused on planning and developing ped, pedal & paddling facilities in “The Region.” At NIRPC, Mitch has championed the NW Indiana Greenways+Blueways program which has spurred the construction of over 150 miles of regional trails as of 2018. These efforts have been sustained by several planning initiatives, policies and the regular updating of a map detailing regional non-motorized facilities.

Mitch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and received a masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago after undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. Mitch also serves as the Northern Indiana Coordinator for the American Discovery Trail Society, and serves as Board President of Rebuilding Together of South Lake County. Mitch is a founding member of Crown Point Safe Pathways, and actively participates with the regional non-motorized advocacy group, South Shore Trails. As a third-generation resident of The Region, Mitch continues to strive to improve the quality of life for those living in Northwest Indiana and throughout the state with the Greenways Foundation. He resides in Crown Point and his son, Sam, is currently enrolled at Ball State University.

Tabitha L. Balzer, Vice President, Indianapolis

Tabitha Balzer

Tabitha is an attorney at the law firm of Lewis & Kappes in Indianapolis, where she practices utility law and commercial litigation. She joined the Greenways Foundation because she believes in the power of trails to bring communities and families together, promote tourism and local economies, provide green transportation alternatives, and improve the physical and emotional well-being for users of all experience levels. An avid trail user herself, Tabitha enjoys hiking, cycling, and running. She commutes to work via bicycle whenever possible.

Bill Barks, Treasurer, Indianapolis

Bill Barks

As a certified public accountant, Bill brings a wealth of experience and skills to the treasurer’s position. He has extensive experience providing tax, retirement planning and business consulting services for clients of Katz, Sapper & Miller, where he is a partner in the Employee Benefit Plan Services Group. In addition to serving the Foundation, Bill is active with several professional associations.

Angie Pool, Secretary, Muncie

Angie Pool

Angie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cardinal Greenway, overseeing the development, construction, maintenance and day-to-day operations of this 62-mile rail-trail. Angie, along with her fellow staff and passionate volunteers, also markets and manages the White River Greenway, the Cardinal Equestrian Trail and the Historic Wysor Street Depot. Angie brings more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit arena and volunteer management to her role within the Greenways Foundation board.

Tom Bruns, Fishers

Tom Bruns

Tom is a geologist by education (Ball State and Indiana University) and currently serves as the President of Aqua Indiana, a water and wastewater utility serving parts of 14 counties in Indiana. He served as Deputy Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the 1980s, and has been active in water issues in the state for nearly 40 years. He was a charter member of the Greenways Foundation when it originally formed in 1991 and is anxious to be involved in energizing greenway efforts in Indiana once again. As a Fishers resident, he spends frequent mornings walking along the Fall Creek Trail at Geist Reservoir. He and his wife, Sandy, have eight grandchildren and are avid world travelers and look forward to new adventures in the years ahead.

Steve Hollander, Westfield

Steve Hollander

Steve is a high potential mechanical engineer and manager with 14+ years program and project management, lean, six sigma, manufacturing, design, development and project engineering experience. His current role is a Program Manager for the Rolls-Royce M250 SGTF (Small Gas Turbine) program, a new series of helicopter engines developed for the next wave of gas turbine engines in the Defense and Commercial aerospace industry. Steve’s educational background includes a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Finance. His personal interests include spending time with his young and growing family, participating in and following several sports. An avid distance runner and trail enthusiast, Steve finds that he is at his best while spending time outdoors, on or near a well-developed trail.

Megan McClellan, Syracuse

Megan McClellan

Megan McClellan joined the board in 2018. While completing her master's degree in Environmental Policy at Bard College, Megan became interested in community involvement with construction of new parks. During an internship with a rail-trail organization, Megan realized how many new trails were being created and how many benefits trails had for a community. After completing her thesis on trail management techniques, she moved to Northern Indiana to become the Trail Director for the Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation. As the sole employee of the Foundation she gets to wear many hats, in order to maintain the existing 11 miles of trail and continue building trail around Indiana's largest natural lake, Lake Wawasee. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at Loveway, a therapeutic horse-riding center.

Joe Payne, Lafayette

Joe Payne

Joe has been professionally involved with greenways for more than 40 years, serving as the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Superintendent for 21 years after leading the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ long distance trails and scenic rivers programs for 17 years. Coordinating the development of 27 miles of multi-use trails in West Lafayette, the development of the initial 58 miles of the Knobstone Trail (Indiana’s longest footpath, through southern Indiana’s rugged knobs), and, for many years, the conservation and development efforts for the Blue River and Wildcat Creek State Scenic Rivers and the Wabash River Heritage Corridor were some of his endeavors. After obtaining a Master of Environmental Design – Environmental Science degree from the University of Calgary, he returned to Indiana (where he had received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University) along with his wife to enjoy all the family and friends they had “where they grew up.”

Joe was also active in nationwide efforts to promote greenways, serving on the National Trails Agenda Task Force that prepared the “Trails for All Americans” report to help convince Congress to earmark transportation enhancements in federal transportation legislation. He also was a co-founder of the American Trails organization while serving as President of the National Trails Council and on the first advisory board for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Now that he’s retired from full time public service, he continues to enjoy all sorts of outdoor experiences throughout the continent, but he still thinks a hike through the woods of one of Indiana’s special places is “just about as good as it gets.”

Yvette Rollins, Springville

Yvette Rollins

Yvette currently serves as the Chair of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Trails Advisory Board, on the board of directors of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and as the President of the Hoosier Back Country Horsemen of West Central Indiana. She is a certified trail crew specialist on trail design and maintenance, a certified Class A Sawyer through the USDA Forest Service, a Trail Trainer through Tread Lightly and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Yvette is a lifetime member of the Indiana Horse Council, the Greenways Foundation and the Indiana Trail Riders Association and a charter member of the American Quarter Horse Association Trail Riding Program and the Red Hats & Purple Chaps. As an adventurous trail rider, she enjoys finding out what is on the other side of the next ridge and taking her grandchildren on trail rides with the hope that they will carry on the tradition of promoting and protecting the trails that remain.

Jane Santucci, Terre Haute

Jane Santucci

Jane Santucci owns and operates a full service marketing and public relations firm. Her company focuses on the environment and tourism. She formally worked in the television news industry for nearly a decade in Southeast Florida and Indiana. She has spent the last ten years as a dedicated servant leader making people more aware of the fragility of our planet. Her specialty is storytelling in a business framework. She earned her undergraduate degree in Multimedia Journalism from Florida Atlantic University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her greatest ideas come to her when she is exercising on the Heritage Trail in Terre Haute. She is also a hobbyist beekeeper and enjoys trying things that make her feel uncomfortable.

Lorie Ann Van Hook, Evansville

Lorie Van Hook

Lorie serves as the Executive Director for the Evansville Trails Coalition (ETC) in Evansville, Indiana and describes herself first as an advocate and life-long volunteer — working to connect community through partnerships and collaborations. Lorie promotes ETC’s mission to connect people and places, to promote active lifestyles and to advocate for the development of multi-use trails. Lorie endeavors to support city and county leaders and the positive initiatives that bring focus to the importance of trails within city neighborhoods.

Seeking to improve the quality of life for Evansville’s communities, Lorie’s goal is to grow the coalition of trailblazers in Evansville and to help build awareness and support of the Evansville bike and pedestrian trails network for the benefit of all people. Providing a means for active transportation for all community members is vital. Trails support people, neighborhoods, community and economic growth.

A proud alumna of the University of Evansville, Lorie has a background working in higher education and spends much of her free time serving and supporting nonprofit organization boards. Volunteering has been a part of Lorie’s life since childhood and she encourages others to find a way to make a difference in their communities through volunteering.

In her personal time, Lorie enjoys spending time with her family, biking, walking and hiking and is now working to become an Indiana Master Naturalist.

Contact information

Mailing address: P.O. Box 80091, Indianapolis, Indiana 46280-0091

Or you may send email to the Greenways Foundation at any time.