HWPI Volunteer Spotlight

HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Marsha Mumm
June, 2019

Marsha Mumm

We are pleased to introduce HWPI’s Volunteer of the Month, Marsha Mumm! Marsha just retired this month from 32 wonderful and fulfilling years at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor where she was a PE/Health Teacher and coach. Congratulations Marsha!

She is also a professional musician, plays guitar and sings under the stage name of Marsha Gayle (http://www.marshagayle.net/). You might find her performing several nights per week in the area at clubs and restaurants such as the Aut Bar in Ann Arbor, Captain Joe’s in Whitmore Lake and Wines on Main in Chelsea. In addition to singing, Marsha loves to rollerblade, hike, bike, swim and cross country ski. Marsha stated, “I really enjoy my time on the trails and parks, especially sharing these activities with friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers, and I plan on having recreating become my number one pastime in retirement. No one is more excited about the expansion of the trails than me!”

Marsha has been involved with HWPI for over two years. She was motivated to help build the trail in Karen McKeachie’s honor and for the safety and enjoyment of all community members. Marsha is a huge advocate for health and fitness, and in her mind, nothing contributes more to promote that cause than safe, accessible, recreational facilities such as the Border-to-Border Trail.

Marsha has had many different roles as a volunteer with HWPI. She has used her skills as a teacher, coach and entertainer, by being an outspoken trail advocate at event booths such as The Ann Arbor Art Fair, Dexter Daze and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. When asked about volunteering Marsha said, “I enjoy the face-to-face interaction with folks in the community and I love sharing my enthusiasm with those who are curious and excited about the growth and expansion of the trail. It’s the best product I have ever had the pleasure to ‘sell’ or promote.” Marsha has also written and performed our very own B2B Trail theme song, “The Fabulous B2B!”

When asked why she believes the completion of the B2B is so important for our community, Marsha answered, “For fun, safety, enjoyment, health, well-being … and getting kids off their phones and onto the trails!” Marsha also added, “Everyone I have met and worked with through HWPI have been such wonderful people, and I am really looking forward to building friendships and relationships with them in the months and years to come.”

Thanks for being part of our HWPI team, Marsha!

HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Pons
May, 2019

Erin Pons

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month, Erin Pons! Erin is a proud mom of two girls, ages four and two, and married for six years to her training inspiration, Jamie. They love calling Ann Arbor home. She works on a flexible schedule as an IT Audit Manager at PwC, which allows her to wear lots of hats: mom, wife, and triathlete in training.

As a long time board member of the Ann Arbor Triathlon Club, Erin became involved with HWPI at the start of the Karen’s Trail campaign. Although she did not know Karen personally, she felt it was an important cause to get behind.

The Ann Arbor Triathlon Club has partnered with Karen’s Trail on many events, including online fundraising campaigns, trail education and awareness, social events, training rides and runs, all in the spirit of promoting the importance of creating a safer place for our families and friends to pursue their outdoor passions. Erin has played an important role in the partnership between the Triathlon Club and HWPI, by helping to organize fundraising events, advocating for HWPI and support of our mission.

When asked why she volunteers with HWPI, Erin said, “I am always amazed and motivated by the broad reach and impact that HWPI has on our community, and also at the progress made in such a short amount of time. Trail and road safety is a legacy we can leave behind for generations to come. The people I have met and worked with along the way have made a lasting impression on me.”

Erin believes that the B2B is an important resource for our community because it is a place where we can feel safe to explore, enjoy the outdoors, and stay healthy. A trail system like the B2B is something everyone can take advantage of. Thank you Erin for your tremendous support of our work!

HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Juon
April, 2019

Catherine on Karen McKeachie’s bike at the Minneapolis Women’s YWCA Triathlon.

We are excited to introduce our April volunteer of the month, Catherine Juon! Catherine is a very active trail user and avid triathlete who enjoys competing and traveling with friends to races. Catherine caught the triathlon bug in 2012 when she traveled with her training partners, including Karen McKeachie, to the Louisville Ironman. While she did not compete in the 2012 event, she will be racing the Louisville Ironman this year and is using it as a platform to fundraise for Karen’s Trail.

Catherine’s involvement with HWPI also began because of her relationship with her mentor and friend, Karen McKeachie. Catherine explains, “After Karen’s death, I really wanted to find a way to honor what she had done for me, and to do something to help create a safer environment for my friends and family who cycle.”

Serving as a board member, volunteering at events, and advising on our IT and social media strategy are a few of the many ways Catherine contributes to HWPI. In addition, she has opened her office space at Traction Training Center to host meetings for the HWPI board and staff. Beyond her HWPI involvement, Catherine is a professional EOS Implementer. She lives in Saline with her husband and two sons.

Thank you, Catherine, for your enthusiasm and dedication to HWPI. Your support propels us toward success in achieving the “audacious” goals that take us ever closer toward completing the Border-to-Border Trail.

To see past honorees, please visit the HWPI Volunteer Spotlight History page.