HWPI Volunteer Spotlight

HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Morey
September, 2019

Karen Morey, enjoying the newly opened Dexter-Chelsea B2B Trail segment

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.

HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Draffen
August, 2019

Susan Draffen, with four of her seven grandchildren

We are pleased to introduce HWPI’s August Volunteer of the Month, Susan Draffen! Susan volunteers with HWPI every chance that she is able and was one of the top individual fundraisers for the Karen’s Trail teams at the 2019 Dexter Ann Arbor Run.

Susan’s connection to Karen’s Trail is profound. It began when she started running with the Ann Arbor Running Goddesses, where she had the tremendous good fortune to run and work out with Lew Kidder and Karen McKeachie. Susan developed a close friendship with Karen and Lew over many years. She is committed to HWPI’s work to insure that the B2B Trail is completed to honor Karen by helping creating a safe, scenic nature pathway where everyone is able to participate in outdoor activities.

Volunteering for HWPI is just one of many ways that Susan has had an impact on her community. She was a founding mother of the Back Door Food Pantry, Hope Clinic nurse volunteer, school and community programs and coach for Saline Women’s Cross Country. She works as a Nurse Case Manager at the University of Michigan. Blessed with four wonderful daughters, and now with their spouses, she says she considers herself a lucky Grandma to seven little cherubs. She “… married my wonderful hubby, Jimmie Lee, and we live happily in a log cabin in the woods, where we will dwell until we dwell no more.” An athlete herself, Susan loves to be on the B2B Trail. “The active lifestyle is my elixir of life, as the late great George Sheehan has been known to write about. Marathon running and Triathlons previously with hiking and a wide variety of outdoor interests currently are at the heart of my daily desires.”

Susan shared, “Working toward the completion of this pristine, precious, marvelous trail is absolutely a meaningful and worthwhile investment of time and self. Anything that will make the world safer for the generations to come and encourage an active, outdoor lifestyle is purposeful mission work for me and exactly what I hope to contribute to the continued growth and completion of Karen’s Trail and the B2B.”

Thank you, Susan, for your passion and commitment to supporting the work of HWPI and the legacy of Karen’s Trail. We are so grateful for all that you do!

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!

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