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