It takes a village: The East Coast Greenway Alliance relies on a unique collaboration between staff members, elected officials, and volunteer advocates to advance the Greenway.

Our Greenway Team

Meet the staff members and volunteer leaders who ​are spearheading the development of this ambitious, 3,000-mile linear park.

Meet the East Coast Greenway Alliance

Staff Members

Our staff works from our headquarters on the Greenway in Durham, NC, and from five remote locations along the route.

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Executive Director

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

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Deputy Director

Niles Barnes


South Carolina & Georgia Coordinator

Brent Buice

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Tri-State Coordinator

Bruce Donald

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Florida Coordinator

Paul Haydt

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New England Coordinator

Kristine Keeney

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Communications Consultant

Marissa O'Neill

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Mid-Atlantic Coordinator

Daniel Paschall


Special Projects

Dominique Pericles

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Communications Manager

Lisa Watts

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Office Manager

Cheryl Ann Welsh

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Development Manager

Debbie West

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Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator

Kathryn Zeringue

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees holds overall responsibility for governance, fiscal oversight, and financial development for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The board sets policy and ensures the financial health and viability of the Alliance.

Advisory Board

Members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance Advisory Board are specialists in a variety of fields who lend their expertise and experience to support the Alliance's mission.

Patricia King, ECGA Co-Founder, Newton, MA, Chair

Deborah Apps, President & CEO  Trans Canada Trail, Canada  

Silvia Ascarelli, Cycling enthusiast, Princeton Junction, NJ

Dr. J. Herman Blake, Executive Director Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, St. Johns Island, SC

Nathan Burrell, Manager James River Park System, VA

Lori Bush, Mayor Pro Tem Cary, NC

Wayne Clark, Retired Computer Engineer  Cisco Systems, Washington D.C.

Ramzi DabbaghDirector  C2 Electronics, New York, NY 

Nedra Deadwyler,Safety Education Program ManagerGeorgia Bikes, Atlanta, GA

Azish Filabi, CEO, Ethical Systems New York, NY

Chuck Flink, President Greenways Inc., Durham, NC, 

Sarah Hancock, Nonprofit Leader,  Cambridge, MA

Kevin Hicks, IBM Engineer, Co-Founder, Spoke'n Revolutions, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Patty Huff, President of the Florida Bicycle Association, Everglades City, FL

Diane Jenks, Host/Producer "The Outspoken Cyclist," South Euclid, OH

Dr. Stanley Katz, Director Princeton Univ. Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton, NJ

Keith LaughlinPresident  Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington D.C.


Ed McBrayerExecutive Director  Path Foundation, Atlanta, GA 

Jeff OlsonPrincipal, Alta Planning + Design, Sarasota Springs, NY

Bill O'Neill, Retired President  Fuss & O'Neill Engineering, Manchester, CT

Michael Oppenheimer, Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International AffairsPrinceton University, Princeton, NJ

Shaunak PatelPresident, Parks Hospitality Group, Raleigh-Durham, NC

John PucherProfessor Emeritus  Raleigh, NC

Hannah QuimbyExecutive Director  Quimby Family Foundation, Portland, ME

Diane RobertsonCommunity Engagement Consultant, Carrboro, NC

Shaheen Syal, Communications Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC

Pablo TorresInternational Development Professional  Crown Agents USA, Washington D.C.

Karen Votava, ECGA Co-Founder, Retired Executive DIrector, South Kingstown, RI 

Judy Walton, Program Administrator  Portland State University, Portland, OR

Eric Weis, Sustainable Transportation SpecialistProvidence, RI

Kenneth Withrow, Senior Transportation Planner, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Raleigh, NC 

Greenway Council

Our national body sets route standards and reviews new Greenway segments to ensure they meet those standards.

Jean Crowther, Oregon; Co-Chair

Anne Maleady, Colorado; Co-Chair

Bret Baronak, North Carolina

Chuck Barrowclough, Florida 

Jeff Behm, New York 

Scott Bogle, New Hampshire

Sue Ellen Bordwell, Maine

Eric Brenner, Washington, DC

Champe Burnley, Virginia

David Connelly, North Carolina

Heather Dunigan, Delaware

Lisa Fernandez, Connecticut

Robert Gaston, Maryland

Matthew Johnson, New Jersey

Tom Kaiden, Virginia 

Jack Keene, Maryland

Shawn Megill Legendre, Pennsylvania

Chris Linn, Pennsylvania

Megan Massey, New Jersey

Matthew Moldenhauer, South Carolina

Melissa Miklus, Maryland 

Sarah Mitchell, Rhode Island 

Bethel Paris, North Carolina

Janine Peccini, Massachusetts

Stuart Popper, Connecticut

Dave Read, Massachusetts

Mary Roth, Delaware 

Phil Riggan, Virginia 

Tommy Sailors, Georgia

Boaz Shattan, New York 

Karl Soderholm, Florida

Larry Stuber, Georgia

Iona Thomas, North Carolina

Join the Greenway!

Your support helps to develop this ambitious, 3,000-mile route, Canada to Key West. Your membership gift builds more protected miles that we can all enjoy, today and for generations to come.