HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Ken Fischer
We would like to introduce our August Volunteer of the Month, Ken Fischer. Ken is a husband, father, and grandfather who retired in 1987 after 30 years as president of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Ken currently teaches Arts Leadership at U-M, does a bit of consulting, serves on a few boards, volunteers with various community organizations, and tries to keep up with his two pre-teen grandsons in the San Francisco Bay Area as much as possible.
Ken Fischer’s HWPI involvement came through his connection to Karen McKeachie. He first met Karen back in the 1960s when she was in intermediate school and he was in U-M grad school, moonlighting as her French horn teacher. His friendship with her and her family grew when he returned to Ann Arbor for the UMS job. Devastated by her tragic death in 2016 when she was cycling on the Dexter-Chelsea road, he wanted to do something that would both honor her and provide a safer way for cyclists and runners to train. When he learned that Karen’s Trail would be a part of the larger B2B effort, he wanted to get involved.
According to Ken, “I had no idea when I asked the B2B folks ‘What can I do to help?’ that I would come to know such an exceptionally dedicated, talented, savvy, and successful group of people determined to get the B2B trail built in record time. They recognize that to accomplish their — now our — goal we must work together with others, urging everyone to put their best effort forward for the benefit of our community. Our approach is working amazingly well. HWPI’s vision is for healthy, active, and connected communities. How can someone who believes as passionately as I do in ‘Everybody In, Nobody Out’ not be an enthusiastic volunteer with the B2B project that connects communities and will be welcoming to all for generations to come?”
Thank you, Ken, for your tremendous support of our work!
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Corynn Myers
We would like to introduce our April Volunteer of the Month, Corynn Myers. Corynn is the Digital Marketing Manager in the central Marketing & Communications office at the University of Michigan. She has been in the field of marketing and communications her entire professional career and enjoys putting her skills to good use to support nonprofit causes she believes in.
Corynn was connected to HWPI through her network at the University of Michigan and instantly fell in love with the dedication, passion and mission of our organization. Corynn leads HWPI’s Communications Committee, and assists HWPI in the development of communications strategies and implementation of effective outreach to our supporters through social media, email and our website.
After four years of living in various states while her husband served in the U.S. Army, Corynn is excited to put down roots and become an active member of our southeast Michigan community. She looks forward to exploring local green spaces and new hiking trails with her two young children and her husband.
“We love having a trail and park right behind our house,” says Corynn. “In fact, it was one of the main reasons we decided to move to the area. That trail has been used countless times. It was where my daughter learned to ride her bike, where my son and I had our first walk together after he was born, where we take family pictures together every year and a place for my kids to run and play when our yard just isn’t enough. Every family and individual should have these types of experiences and memories and what a better way to be part of those memories than through HWPI.”
Thank you, Corynn, for your tremendous support of our work!
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Lynn Driver
We would like to introduce our February Volunteer of the Month, Lynn Driver. Lynn is a pediatric speech pathologist at Michigan Medicine, having worked there for 32 years. She is an avid runner, with 30 marathons under her belt, both domestic and international. She is also an avid cyclist, and enjoys cycling in the mountains. Lynn has cycled the globe, touring extensively in Colorado, Utah and California, as well as in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites.
Lynn’s love of running and cycling has compelled her to help create places that are safe and convenient to train. She has supported development and expansion of the Border-to-Border Trail for many years, and learned of the HWPI effort through Lew Kidder. Since then, she has provided tremendous support for both for Karen’s Trail in particular as well as the B2B overall. She believes that the B2B expansion is the perfect tribute to Karen, ensuring that her legacy will endure.
Lynn believes strongly in the importance of community involvement and collaboration with organizations to support and promote the development of safe, accessible alternatives for recreation such as walking, running, and cycling. Thank you, Lynn, for your tremendous support of our work!
To see past honorees, please visit the HWPI Volunteer Spotlight History page.