HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Charlie Borgsdorf
We are honored to introduce our March volunteer of the month, Charlie Borgsdorf. Charlie has been involved with HWPI since 2017, when he was asked by his friend, Lew Kidder, to support HWPI to help to finish the Border-to-Border Trail and to honor Karen McKeachie’s remarkable legacy.
Charlie is an attorney with Hooper Hathaway. His primary areas of practice are business and commercial law. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Linda. Both are very active, enjoy spending time in nature and world travel.
Charlie serves on the HWPI board and provides legal counsel. He has provided valuable assistance by revising the Articles of Incorporation, developing the bylaws, completing the application for tax exempt status, and addressing any legal questions that arise. Recently, he has also been helping to get the Bandemer Tunnel / Barton Pathway underway. He has assisted by contacting elected officials, reviewing City financial documents and working with people at the City of Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission and the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. Charlie is an amazing B2B advocate. We are incredibly fortunate to have his help and support.
According to Charlie, “I’m committed to the expansion of non-motorized pathways as a means to provide safe ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, people with disabilities and others to explore the county and experience the out-of-doors. The B2B will bring the various communities in the county together and provide economic benefits to them all.”
Thank you, Charlie, for your leadership in our community!
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Stead
We are very fortunate to receive incredible support and leadership from HWPI volunteer Christine Stead. Christine serves on HWPI’s Executive Committee and assists in a wide variety of capacities, including providing leadership to the board and helping with community events. She is an avid runner who is regularly seen in local races wearing her Karen’s Trail t-shirt to raise awareness of the trail project and to honor the legacy of Karen McKeachie. As someone who has trained along Huron River Drive for more than 30 years, Christine is passionate about developing safe recreational spaces. Christine credits Melissa Sundermann–long time triathlete, ultra-marathoner, marathoner, and dear friend–for making her connection to HWPI.
Native to Michigan, Christine grew up in the village of Emmett and now lives in Ann Arbor with her husband of 20 years, Jim. She has two boys, Aidan who attends Michigan Technological University, and Conleth, who is a junior at Skyline High School. In addition to volunteering with HWPI, Christine is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan where she teaches a graduate level class on healthcare systems and organization. Additionally, she owns a healthcare consulting firm, Headlamp Advisors, and focuses on planning exciting futures for health systems across the United States. Christine previously served on the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education for almost 9 years.
Christine’s commitment to volunteering with HWPI stems from her dedication to investing in opportunities that provide safe recreational and work-commute routes for everyone to enjoy. She believes that it takes partnerships across public, private and nonprofit entities to create vibrant, healthy communities. Christine is also motivated and inspired by working with people dedicated to improving the world around them, especially the HWPI Board and volunteers.
Thank you, Christine, for the many contributions you have made to HWPI! Your support brings us closer to realizing a vision of safe, accessible trail networks that connect the communities of Southeast Michigan and beyond.
HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Peter and Patti Feeney
HWPI is very pleased to introduce two amazing volunteers, Peter and Patti Feeney. This couple has made immeasurable contributions to HWPI and the B2B over the last few years. Their interest in building local trails began while biking in Colorado. They were impressed by the fabulous trails and paths around the country and wanted to bring them to Washtenaw County. While out on a western trail, Patti suggested, ‘Somebody should build trails like this in Michigan.’ That somebody soon included both Peter and Patti when they joined the effort led by Jeff Hardcastle, Tim Eder and a team of others who began exploring how to bring trails to Chelsea.
While they are quick to downplay their efforts, both have made a huge impact. Peter has played a critical role in fundraising, serves on HWPI’s Board of Directors and has been instrumental in engaging other leaders in our work. Patti recently became immersed the development of an Interpretative Master Plan (IMP) for the B2B. She has lent her creative perspective to develop interpretive opportunities and design features across the B2B. All of these activities, combined with sponsorship of the trail, has advanced the trail project.
According to Peter:
“This is already a fantastic area to live and raise a family. The B2B will raise the areas visibility and really help attract young families to a community with great schools, arts and recreation. Two of the largest state recreation areas are right on our doorstep. They have been our playground for years and we can now access them by the B2B. What a great place to live!”
Community support is in the Feeneys’ DNA. In addition to volunteering with HWPI, they provide leadership to several community organizations and manage a local insurance provider, Chelsea Rhone. Thank you, Peter and Patti, for bringing your time and talent to HWPI. You are truly helping bring active, healthy lifestyles to our community!
To see past honorees, please visit the HWPI Volunteer Spotlight History page.