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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ten appointed to PA Wilds Artisan Trail Advisory Committee

Ten appointed to PA Wilds Artisan Trail Advisory Committee

Ten men and women have been appointed to serve on a newly formed Advisory Committee to help shape the PA Wilds Artisan Trail program going forward.

The PA Wilds Artisan Trail Advisory Committee replaces the less formal “Artisan Workgroup,” which since 2006 brought together various stakeholders to help get the Artisan Trail off the ground.

“The artisan workgroup was a great resource, but as the trail program has grown in popularity and complexity we needed a more structured set up,” said Tataboline Enos, who oversees the program. “The Trail has doubled in size in the last two years, so we wanted the organizational side to evolve with that. The Advisory Committee will provide a great way to get regular feedback from within the membership on how things are working and how the program can improve.”

The initial Advisory Committee was appointed; future seats will be filled through an application to the committee and a vote by sitting members. Terms run three years and are staggered.

The founding committee consists of: Abbi Peters, ECCOTA; Brandi Hanes, Elk Country Visitor Center/KECA; Joe Lanich, Laughing Owl Press; Jody Fresco, Gateway Lodge; Merry Ryding, PA Route 6 Coordinator; Doug Firestone, Firestone Forge; Tina Johns Solak, Cameron County Artisan Center; Steve Getz, Station Gallery; Marilyn Blackmore, Art in the Wilds; and Stephanie Distler, Artisan.

“Most of these people are longtime members of the trail, the artisan workgroup or both,” Enos said. “Many have earned ‘Champions of the PA Wilds’ awards and all have demonstrated a deep commitment to their communities and to revitalization efforts in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Together the group brings a wide variety of experience to the table – in the arts, business, licensing, events, education and managing other membership programs. I’m very excited to work with them.”

In addition to the 10 appointees, Potter County Education Council Executive Director Bob Veilleux, one of the program’s founders, will serve on the Advisory Committee in an ex officio role. DCNR PA Wilds Director Meredith Hill will serve as the trail’s DCNR Liaison.

To learn more about the Advisory Committee’s members, or the group’s role, visit the "Trail Leadership" link at www.pawildsartisans.com

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