HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: George Sedlak
We would like to introduce our January Volunteer of the Month, George Sedlak! George is new to HWPI, having volunteered for two events since November of 2019. Although he is new to us, he is not new to the B2B Trail. We look forward to seeing what impact George has as he continues to share his time with HWPI!
George lives in Dexter by way of the outskirts of Cleveland where he grew up exploring the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area and the local Metropark system. He is married to his high school crush after getting reacquainted at their 20th reunion. When he is not out on the B2B Trail, George works in the automotive industry with a background in mechanical engineering and product development.
An avid cyclist, George regularly logs over 10,000 miles a year on his bike. He formed a cycling team at his place of employment to compete in charity events and is even considering competing in this year’s Senior Olympics after participating as a volunteer last year. In addition to cycling, George is also a runner. He has run the world’s oldest annual marathon, Boston, multiple times. He has also volunteered for organizations like Girls on the Run to further support the running community.
George views volunteering for HWPI as a natural fit for his interests and experience. He sees it as a way to reinforce the importance of safety, especially as a cyclist. Thank you, George, for your enthusiasm and dedication to HWPI. Your support brings us closer to realizing the goal of expanding the safe, accessible trail networks that connect the communities of Washtenaw County and beyond.
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Pegouskie
Matt Pegouskie has lived throughout Michigan, including several years in Lewiston and Sault Ste. Marie. He received his degree in Political Science from Lake Superior State University. These experiences taught Matt to appreciate the outdoors and the benefits open spaces can provide. He’s been involved with HWPI as a Board Member since trail talks began. His role as the Community Investment Manager with 5 Healthy Towns Foundation allowed the Foundation to bring state partners and local stakeholders together, as the idea of connecting all five healthy towns (Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge).
He most closely works with the northern component of the trails, especially in the Stockbridge area. He worked with Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition to develop a walking strategic plan and authored a grant application to obtain an $800,000 grant from Ingham County Parks and Recreation. These efforts assisted in the process to upgrade Mike Levine Lakelands Trail in Ingham County, including paved sections within Village of Stockbridge limits.
Matt currently lives in Green Oak Township with his wife Brittany, where they enjoy using the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail and kayaking along the Huron River. They make it a point to walk new trails every chance they get.
Thank you, Matt, for your contributions of coalition building, trail facilitation and leadership. Your efforts will help us realize our vision of healthy, active and connected communities!
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Morey
We would like to introduce our September Volunteer of the Month, Karen Morey! Karen is an avid all-season cyclist and passionate trail user. Most weekends and some weekday evenings you can find her out for a spin on regional trails, including the B2B. She loves cycling because of the freedom she feels while on her bike. She also enjoys discovering new routes, meeting interesting people and trying new cyclist-friendly businesses – the ones with the bike racks and friendly smiles to welcome her!
Karen first became aware of HWPI through her favorite bike shop, and home away from home, Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors in Chelsea. When she learned of the B2B Trail, she couldn’t wait for the proposed segments to be completed, so she volunteered right away! Karen has helped with a variety of HWPI’s events, from serving beer at the Oberun to staffing groundbreakings and trail openings. Karen has been an invaluable support. Karen says, “I enjoy meeting the other volunteers who share my passion for trails and eagerly look forward to the day the Border-to-Border Trail is completed!”
Thank you, Karen, for the support you have given to HWPI! Your dedication brings us closer to realizing the goal of safe, accessible trail networks that connect the communities of Washtenaw County and beyond.
To see past honorees, please visit the HWPI Volunteer Spotlight History page.