GSRTA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association:

April Gray, Chair
Tina Peluso, Vice-Chair
Ben Miles, Treasurer
Jerry Harmon, Secretary

Bill Campbell
Elizabeth Norton
Evalee Nelson
Trey Sherrell


Beth Freeman
Henry Patterson
Joe Stedenicka
Pat Thomason
Mike White
Bob Polkinghorn

Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
Board of Director Bios
June 2016

Jerry Harmon (resides in Mt. Shasta)

  • Retired from U.S. Forest Service, Construction and Maintenance Superintendent
  • Education: California State University Sonoma, B.A. History
  • Previous employment highlights: Smokejumper, U.S. Marines, Project Engineer Pacific Crest Trail, and Division Boss in fire control
  • Other volunteer projects: Senior archivist, Shasta Division Archives – Dunsmuir Depot Historical Society

Ben Miles (resides in Kentucky)

  • Owner and principal consultant, Shire Environmental, Lexington, KY
  • Education: M.S. Environmental science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; B.A. Philosophy, University of the South
  • Previous employment highlights: Executive director of Shasta Land Trust, Redding, CA; Crew Leader and Interpretive Ranger, Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
  • Other volunteer projects: Sierra Cascade Trust Council, Bluegrass Conservancy, Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project, Shasta College, Youth Soccer

Elizabeth Norton (resides in Susanville)

  • Retired from Forest Service, Public Services Officer
  • Education: M.S., Forest Management, Syracuse University and BA, Spanish
  • Other volunteer projects: Director on the Lassen Park foundation, Lassen Land and Trails Trust, Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership, and Recreation Outdoors Coalition

Tina Peluso (resides in Fall River Mills)

  • Freelance business development consultant, fly fishing concierge, event planner
  • Education: studied Enology at U.C. Davis, certified yoga teacher, hospitality event management leader, Long Beach Fashion College
  • Past employment highlights: Spinner Fall Lodge/Circle 7 Guest Ranch manager/CEO; Franciscan Estates, retail operations vice president
  • Other volunteer projects: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association, 4-H club, American Heart Association, Napa Wine Auction, Sonoma Valley Wine auction

April Gray (resides in McCloud)

  • Retired Economic Development Director, City of San Ramon, CA
  • Education: Master of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; BA, History, U.C. Berkeley
  • Past employment highlights: Administrative Director, Progress Foundation, San Francisco; social worker, San Francisco and Alameda Counties
  • Other volunteer projects: McCloud Local First Network

Bill Campbell (resides in McArthur)

  • Reporter, The Intermountain News, Burney, CA; Real Estate Agent, Century 21 Big Pines Realty, Burney, CA
  • Education: Master, Public Administration, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho; BS, Journalism, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Past employment highlights: BBC Communications, marketing, public relations, video production, public television President and CEO.
  • Other volunteer projects: Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Intermountain-Modoc Shrine Club, Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association (founder)