Membership and Grants Coordinator
Eric manages the Alliance’s customer relationship management (CRM) database system, administering the Alliance’s membership program, executing donor acknowledgments, and assisting in a broad range of activities related to the Alliance’s grant-writing efforts.
Eric caught the Ice Age Trail bug while hiking the McKenzie Creek Segment in May of 2005. He was volunteering as a field editor for the Ice Age Trail Companion Guide (now the Ice Age Trail Guidebook) and trekking with his girlfriend (now wife). Over the course of one day of hiking they saw countless wildflowers, a patch of morels, a porcupine, a fisher, and three black bears (or possibly one, hiking in the same direction).
Eric joined the staff in 2006 and coordinates the Alliance’s membership program, member and donor communications, and grant-writing efforts. He is a half-time employee, switching from full-time in 2011 to be a stay-at-home father with his two girls. From previous roles, he remains involved with communications (website, guidebooks, Mammoth Tales) and volunteer support.
Eric has a keen interest in promoting the Ice Age Trail as a wellbeing resource, especially as it relates to mental health and community-building.
Favorite Ice Age Trail Segment:
The Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment in Waupaca County.
As Eric states, “My parents semi-retired to Waushara County and then fully retired to Waupaca County. Before I started a family of my own, my folks and I did a lot of ambling in those areas. Skunk-Foster is emblematic of a time in my relationship with my parents when I finally started to feel like I had something to teach them. (That’s my mom at Skunk-Foster on the cover of the 2014 Guidebook and Atlas…glorious day.)”