PNTS Welcomes New Board Members May 2021


Returning board member, Steven Gonzales, is Executive Director of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. In addition to his work with the Partnership, he has promoted National Parks and the Camino Real in two PBS documentaries and has served as an advisory committee member for the creation of the Texas Historical Commission’s Hispanic Heritage Guide of Texas.



Andrea Ketchmark has been the Executive Director of North Country Trail Association since 2017, following eight years as their Director of Trail Development. She has a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University. In addition to holding several leadership roles within PNTS, she is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.



Kristin Murphy is the Government Affairs Associate for Audubon Great Lakes based in Chicago, IL. Prior to that, she was the Campaign Coordinator for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition in DC, and got her Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University. Kristin was an inaugural member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Next Generation Advisory Council. 



Tony Richardson is the Director of Public Lands Engagement at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) in Washington, D.C. In that role he is responsible for managing National Public Lands Day, one of the largest single-day volunteer efforts for America’s public lands. Tony is passionate about connecting people to nature, particularly people from underrepresented communities. 

Tony previously served on the ATC’s Next Generation Advisory Council, and has participated in multiple Hike the Hill® events.



Liz Thomas has logged more than 20,000 miles on the trail. She completed the Triple Crown and held the record for Women’s self-supported Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail from 2011-2015. 

Liz is the Editor-in-Chief for Treeline Review, columnist for Backpacker Magazine, and frequent public speaker on the topic of long-distance hiking.