George Velazquez, Chair
Manager, Chelan County PUD
Favorite Trail-Related Activities: Mountain biking, trail running
Personal: Our family, (my wife Caiti, and kids Maya, Gabe & Cadel) truly loves the Wenatchee Valley's outdoor options. Whether it's summer mountain biking, trail running, hiking, fishing, backpacking; or winter downhill, Nordic or back country skiing, sledding or snowball fights we are all happiest out of doors. I have many other hobbies but my true passion is competing in Ironman distance triathlons. My family and friends advise that I need help for this addiction but there is nothing quite like a 4:30 a.m. trail run with the sun coming up in the backdrop as therapy.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: There are many reasons I want to serve on the Board. I see the possibilities and opportunities in outdoor recreation that have been building for the last 25 to 30 years- opportunities that could bring economic growth and leave our incredible resources intact for generations to come. Simply - to give back and ensure we can all enjoy our natural resources.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 30 years
Also serving on: Washington Apple Education Foundation Selection Team, Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse - Coach, Our Valley Our Future - Action Team, former Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Board Member
Travis Hornby, Vice-Chair
Small Business Owner,
Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt
Favorite trail-related activities: Alpine skiing and mountain biking
Personal: Married with 2 chocolate labs. Hobbies include fly fishing, paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, backcountry skiing, and boating- most just minutes from my front door.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: This is an exciting opportunity to organize outdoor recreation for ourselves and future generations. Building proper infrastructure can protect natural recourses and improve mental and physical health- all while growing our economy.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 11 years
Also serving on: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Board of Directors, Outdoor Recreation Alliance of Wenatchee Board of Directors, Stemilt- Squilchuck Recreation Planning Steering Committee, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study Steering Committee
Jeff Ostenson, Treasurer
North 40 Productions
Favorite trail-related activities: Alpine skiing, nordic skiing, mountain biking, and road biking.
Personal: I am a Wenatchee native, as is my wife, Heather. We returned home after college in 1997 and spend a great deal of time and energy devoted to gradual and thoughtful economic development of the region that is founded in a deep love of this place. We love traveling, listening to and performing music, remodeling our home in the Grandview Historic District, and dabbling in local political campaigns.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: To assist in carefully developing the region’s outdoor recreation opportunities, balancing recreation and conservation, while maintaining our communities character.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 35 years
Also serving on: Numerica Performing Arts Center Board of Directors, Community Foundation of North Central Washington Board of Directors, The Our Valley Leadership Alliance, the Flywheel Conference Steering Committee, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study Steering Committee, Keep it in the Valley volunteer
Bob Bugert, Member
Former Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
Favorite trail-related activities: Nordic skiing, hiking
Personal: I have spent my career working to develop and strengthen community initiatives like TREAD. I was part of the effort to secure the Wenatchee Foothills and Eastside Loop Trail for recreational and economic benefits to our community. In the 20 years prior to that, I led several community planning efforts to conserve important fish and wildlife habitats under the federal Endangered Species Act. My wife Carolyn and I are active four-season trail users in the area and raised three sons in the valley, who are very active trail users themselves.
Reason for serving on TREAD Board: The time is right: TREAD can make a meaningful difference in the quality of life for the citizens of North Central Washington.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 26 years
Also serving on: Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board of Directors, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, Past President of the Icicle Fund, Co-founder/Past President of Washington Association of Land Trusts, Climate Conversations of NCW, and Wenatchee Rotary.
Jennifer Korfiatis, Member
Small Business Owner, Jennifer Korfiatis Marketing; faculty at Wenatchee Valley College
Favorite trail-related activities: Open-water swimming, trail running, Nordic skiing
Personal: Proud wife and mother, yoga newbie, fly fishing enthusiast
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: I moved to this Valley for the outdoor recreation, and feel a deep commitment to protect and grow one of our most notable assets. I feel so incredibly lucky to live minutes from trailheads and swimming spots, and want to help others experience the same.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 22 years
Also serving on: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Board of Directors, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study Steering Committee, Our Valley Our Future “Think Tank”
Alix Whitener, Member
Favorite Trail Related Activity: Trail running, backpacking, AT skiing, and horse camping
Personal: My husband Cy and I grew up in the Wenatchee Valley, and we are happy to be back in the community we grew up in with our trail-loving dog Remi. I love traveling, live comedy, and trying new sports. I also love to share the outdoors with others, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy the trails is solo backpacking.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: I'm passionate about nature and trails, and I believe everyone should have access to a trail area where they can safely enjoy their chosen sport. I'm committed to helping TREAD connect different trail users together to better build, manage, and conserve these natural spaces that are so important to our community. Trails are for everyone!
Wenatchee Valley resident: Not consecutively, but 22 years with college and graduate school in between.
Also serving on: The Entomological Society of America (National and Pacific Branch), 4H volunteer, and looking forward to increasing my involvement locally.
Joel Rhyner, Member
Cardiology Physician Assistant at Confluence Health/Co-Owner RunWenatchee
Favorite Trail-Related Activities: Trail running, fast packing
Personal: I’m married with 2 boys and we all enjoy the diversity of outdoor pursuits in the Wenatchee Valley. I’m a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and a passionate Wenatchee Lacrosse fan.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: I feel that we are at a very important place in our Valley’s trail design and development and I want to be a part of that, shaping our future for years to come.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 12 years
Also serving on: Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse Club, RunWenatchee, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust member
Mat Lyons, Director
Favorite trail-related activities: Mountain biking
Personal: Passionate about being outside- enjoys hiking, biking, camping, snowboarding, rafting, and being on the farm.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: I want to improve the overall outdoor experience. Better, more sustainable trails, access, and continuity. I want a healthier community. I want to leave a place for my kids to enjoy.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 40 years
Also serving on: United Way, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study Steering Committee, and the CW Family Youth and Systems Partner Round Table
Taber Murphy, Member
Recreation Facilitator at Doghouse Motorsports/
Favorite Trail Related Activities:
Off-road motorcycle riding, hiking, hunting, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, Personal: I have been a life-long motorcycle rider since the age of 8. That passion took me to professional off-road racing. I was fortunate to race all over the Western US and down into Mexico. I am now sharing this passion with my wife and two daughters. In addition to motorcycles, we take advantage of all four seasons this valley has to offer. One of our favorite places to go in the winter is the Badger Mountain Ski Hill and in the summer we love biking the Loop Trail.
Reason for serving on the TREAD Board: I was fortunate to be raised by parents that were huge outdoor enthusiasts. They taught me to cherish the outdoors and leave it better than I found it. My hope for TREAD is to work together as a community to develop outdoor recreation opportunities for all motorized and non-motorized users and to carry on the tradition my folks taught me, to leave our valley better than we found it.
Wenatchee Valley Resident: 30 years
Also serving on: Coulee Riders Motorcycle Club, Bavarian Boondocker Snowmobile Club, and many years of volunteer service for the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest. My family is also actively involved in 4H Club, hockey, basketball, and school functions.
Mary Bean, Member
Retired Forest service recreation program manager
Favorite Trail Related Activity: Hiking with dogs
Personal Info: Proud mother of three ‘fur babies’
Why the TREAD Board: Experience has taught me the value of recreation to the quality of life & the necessity to plan strategically in response to ever-increasing demand for a diversity of opportunities.
Wenatchee Valley resident: 11 wonderful years
Also serving on: Wenatchee Kennel Club, Northwest Incident Management Team 12