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.

Thomas Lowery, Treasurer, Indianapolis

Thomas Lowery

Tom is a tax accountant at Katz, Sapper, Miller in Indianapolis focusing mainly on real estate and business aviation. He joined the Greenways Foundation with the hope to get more people involved in the outdoors and less connected to phones, laptops, and the internet. Tom also believes in the economic impact that greenways can have on a community. In his role as a real estate professional, he has been able to see the enormous impact trails like the Monon Trail can have on a community. Outside of crunching numbers, Tom enjoys spending time outdoors partaking in yardwork, hiking, and gardening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Yoder, Goshen

John Yoder

John was the founder and president of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc., the non-profit organization that spearheaded the purchase and development (in cooperation with local park departments) of the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, a rails-to-trails linear park that connects Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana, Indiana. He retired from that board in 2019 and jointed the Greenways Foundation the same year.

Prior to retirement he worked as director of continuing education and later director of communications at Goshen College and Mennonite Mission Network. He is a former League Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and for several years wrote a cycling column for the Goshen College web site, the Elkhart Truth newspaper and the Road Bike Rider online newsletter. He received a M.A. in English from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa.

Advisory Board

Richard Aikman, retired attorney
Bill Barks, CPA, past Greenways Foundation treasurer
Bob Bronson, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
Karen Bohn, past Greenways Foundation president
Alan Hamersly, Butler, Fairman & Seufert
tom mcCain, crittur dot com
Joe Payne, retired City of West Lafayette Parks director
Dawn Ritchie, City of Fort Wayne
Rory Robinson, retired National Park Service
Jane Santucci, Terre Haute
Alex Shortle, Meridian Street Capital

Contact information

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

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