HWPI Volunteer Spotlight


HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Kathryn Beauchamp
September, 2018

HWPI was very fortunate to have a fabulous volunteer intern this summer, Kathryn Beauchamp. Kathryn is currently an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major at Michigan State University, and a Chelsea native. She is an avid runner and hiker, with a passion for trails.

Over the summer, Kathryn assisted in the HWPI office with everything from social media outreach to research to general office support. She was most helpful working at community events, including the Tri Goddess Tri and the Oberun. Kathryn’s willingness to jump in and try something new, her positive attitude, and her work ethic were great assets to the HWPI team during our busiest season.

When asked what motivated her to volunteer with HWPI, Kathryn said, “I love working on a project that is so beneficial to our community. It’s really rewarding to see the great progress on the B2B. I feel fortunate to have worked with HWPI and learned from so many amazing people. I can’t wait to start using the trail!”

Thanks to Kathryn for her great contribution to HWPI!


HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Rob Mahan
August, 2018

As one of the original founders of HWPI, Rob helped kick off the very first meeting of the group in November of 2014, at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, and he has not stopped supporting our efforts to build the trail since!

In HWPI’s early days Rob wore many different hats as a volunteer, to say the least. He served as HWPI’s Supporters Coordinator along with his wife Linda, who coordinated public events. Rob also acted as merchandise manager, website developer, social media guru, and newsletter publisher. As the scope of HWPI’s mission has grown, Rob is now focusing on providing technology support for HWPI, including website management, newsletter publishing, email and file management, and perhaps most importantly for the HWPI staff, key troubleshooter and problem solver for the organization’s IT challenges. Rob’s behind-the-scenes role is critical to HWPI’s success, and to our ability to support trail construction.

When asked about his motivation behind his volunteer efforts, Rob said, “A robust network of non-motorized trails will provide county residents of all ages with safe opportunities to be healthy, active, and connected with one another. Accessible trails have a positive impact on property values. Businesses in communities connected by trails will see enhanced revenues. Once completed, The Loop, forty-four miles of contiguous trail through Washtenaw and neighboring counties, will attract events and participants from near and far. I am excited to play a small part in providing safe trails that will be enjoyed by neighbors and visitors now, and for generations to come.”

Regarding his role a dedicated volunteer, Rob shared, “Volunteering with HWPI has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to work with and get to know many passionate and talented people. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed Border-to-Border Trail with each and every one of them, and soon!”

Thanks to Rob for his incredible dedication to HWPI for many years. He is truly changing the landscape of our community!


HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Susie Paisley
July, 2018

Susie Paisley, a friend of Karen McKeachie, wants to do whatever she can to help complete the B2B and honor Karen’s legacy. Susie is an avid runner, all-around athlete, compassionate soul, and a whiz with spreadsheets and numbers. She has turned her CFO skills and a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude toward supporting HWPI and the B2B by serving on the HWPI Executive Committee as Treasurer. She is also a regular volunteer at HWPI events.

When talking with Susie about why she loves to be involved with HWPI, she shared multiple times that people involved in the project have energized her and made her so proud to be a part of the mission. THANK YOU, Susie, and all of our volunteers and supporters, who generously give their time, passion, expertise, and money so that our communities will have this amazing resource for years to come.

Stay tuned for future Volunteer Spotlights. There are many talented people involved in this project!