The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail promotes community involvement and
pride in the completion, enhancement and enjoyment of trails and wildlife
corridors in the Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek watersheds.
Kevin Duggan: Honorary Board member 2013 - present Art Takahara: Founding Board member 1992 - 2012, Honorary Board member 2013 - present Roy Verley: Past President, Board member 2004 - 2012, Honorary Board member 2012 - present
As an Encore Fellow, Mathur has been engaged with Bay Area nonprofits for the last three years.
Mathur also volunteers with nonprofits in the area of heart health, environment and
transportation. Prior to moving to nonprofits, Rajiv served in executive leadership roles at
information-technology companies. Rajiv and his wife enjoy nature, walking on trails and
spending time with their friends and family.
Chris Mendible: Associate Director, 10/2017 - present
Chris Mendible first started working with the Friends as a graphic designer in 1993
and has continued to support the organization in expanding roles from volunteer
coordinator for the Trailblazer Race to her current position as Associate Director.
She lives in San Jose, has three adult children and enjoys gardening and travel with
Stephen Garrity: President, Board member 1/2014 - present
Steve joined Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail in 2014 after many years of being a
contributor to the Friends mission. A long-time resident of Mountain View and
Sunnyvale, Steve is a retired aerospace engineering manager, former Sierra Club hike
leader and regional group chairman (formerly the Black Mountain group), and is
currently Chairman of the Thrivent Communities-Silicon Valley charitable arm of
Thrivent Financial. Steve enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, biking and traveling with
his wife Susan. He sees board participation as a give-back to the community after
years of enjoying the outdoor resources available throughout the area.
Andrea is a long time resident of Sunnyvale (39 years!) and considers herself a
“legacy” board member. Her husband Fritz, and daughter Meghan both served on the
board of directors. Andrea first became involved with the FOSCT by volunteering at
the annual Trailblazer Race with her husband and daughters. A bicycle commuter on
the trail prior to her retirement, Andrea now enjoys the trail through bicycling and
walking with her grandchildren. She is a past member of the BPAC, Personnel Board
and Child Care Advisory Board (all in Sunnyvale). She is passionate about extending
the trail through Sunnyvale and to the hills beyond.
Garth Williams: Treasurer, Board member 2007 - present
Garth has been running on the Stevens Creek Trail and in the Trailblazer race since
1997 when he lived in downtown Mountain View. Since moving to Sunnyvale in 2002, he
has hoped to see the trail move closer to his new neighborhood. Garth joined the
board in 2007 to take an active roll in moving the trail upstream. In addition to
running, Garth enjoys golfing, swimming and spending time with his wife, Pamela and
their two daughters, Charlotte and Kaitlyn.
John Brazil: past president, Board member 2000 - present
John began volunteering for the Friends Trailblazer Race in the late 1990’s. In 2001 he joined
the board and has since served as board secretary and board president. A Mountain View native,
John and his wife Libby Dresel live in Mountain View. John works as the Bike/Ped Program
Manager for the City of San Jose.
Ross Heitkamp: Past President, Webmaster, Board member 1998 - present
Ross Heitkamp joined the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail in 1998 after hearing about the possible
extension of the trail into his Mountain View neighborhood. What started as an unofficial
website for the trail extension became the official job for developing and maintaining the
Friends website. Ross has served off and on as president, secretary and treasurer. Ross used to
inline-skate on the trail, but now mostly bikes with his family. His other activities include
teaching kids animation, road and mountain biking, skiing, and playing ukulele.
Anne Ng: Secretary, Board Member, 10/2008 - present
Anne Ng is a 40 year Cupertino resident and a bike advocate whose primary vehicle is her
bicycle. After years of admiring and enjoying the trail as it grew south through Mountain View,
then supporting the multi-use trail concept in Cupertino, she finally joined the board in time
to celebrate the opening of Cupertino's first stretch of Stevens Creek Trail in 2009. She has
served as secretary. Anne also indulges in recorder playing and taiko drumming.
When his children grew old enough to start riding bicycles, it rekindled Scott’s interest in
cycling. The trail was the perfect environment for them to learn to ride and to explore nature.
Their growth coincided with that of the trail, as Mountain View extended it further and further
south. Even without the kids, he enjoys riding the trail as an antidote to the hectic pace of
Silicon Valley. A serial entrepreneur, Scott lived for a decade in Mountain View and now
resides in Los Altos. Scott also enjoys hiking, skiing, windsurfing and travel.
Greg joined the board after his 2011 retirement as an aerospace engineering manager. He has
been a frequent runner in the Trailblazer Race since the mid-90’s and makes frequent use of the
trail for running and biking. Additionally, he enjoys sailing, kayaking, swimming, skiing and
hiking. Greg has lived in the valley since 1980 and in Mountain View since 1998. He is married
to Pamela Baird, who is his best workout partner. Greg also has two grown children who live in
far northern California. Greg was a member of the Mountain View Environmental Sustainability
Task Force and is a member of the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) and the
Mountain View Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Kevin Duggan: Honorary Board member 2012 - present
Kevin was the city manager in Mountain View from 1990 to 2011.
Thus, he oversaw the development of the Stevens Creek Trail from its beginnings
out at Shoreline Park through to its crossing of Highway 85 to land at the
corner of Dale Ave. and Heatherstone Way.
A journey of about 5 miles over 22 years.
Upon retiring from his city manager position, Kevin, an avid jogger, said
"To build a trail is good, but to build a trail and walk or run on it as a citizen is even
Art Takahara: Founding Board member 1993 - 2012, Honorary Board Member 2013 - present
Art Takahara is one of the founding members of the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and has
served on the Board of Directors continuously since its founding in 1993.
Art was instrumental in making the Stevens Creek Trail a priority in Mountain View
when he served on the City Council and as Mayor. During that time, Mountain View developed
its first feasibility study and plan for the trail and built the Reaches 1 and 2.
Art is an active runner and hiker and has run in all of the Trailblazer Races.
Roy Verley: Past President, Board member 2004 - 2012, Honorary Board member 2012 - present
Roy joined the Friends Board of Directors in December 2004.
He was elected vice president in June 2005 and president in December 2006
and served as president for 3 years.
He lived in Mountain View for 38 years, but had to give up his work with the friends
when he moved to Aptos.
He still enjoys biking on the trail as
well as many other outdoor activities.
Semi-retired after 26 years in corporate communications,
he now works as a communications consultant.
He is married with two grown daughters.
Alan Ross was a 30 year resident of Mountain View, currently living in Santa Clara, and has
been involved with the Friends for 25 years, including as a board member. He also volunteers
with other local, community-based organizations. He enjoys hiking, biking and swimming while
his hobbies include photography, astronomy and travel. He graduated from the University of
Phoenix, and currently works in Fremont in sales and technical support for a high- and
ultra-high vacuum supplier.
Aaron joined the Friends board in 2000 and has served as secretary, VP,
President, Executive Director, and Trailblazer Race Director. He worked 2
decades with Hewlett Packard, several years as a teacher, and now is a
hospital X-ray tech. Personal interests include bicycling, skiing,
backpacking, photography, and international travel.
Rhonda Sherber: past President, Founding Board member, 1992 - 1999
Rhonda Sherber, along with Art Takahara, founded the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail in December
1992. For the following 7 years she served on the board of directors and in various other
positions including President and Trailblazer Race Director. Rhonda's energy and enthusiasm was
amazing and she was a magnet for drawing people into the trail movement.
She left the Friends in 1999 when she and her family moved to San Diego, though she has kept in
constant communication and been back to enjoy most all of the continued successes of Stevens Creek
A Sunnyvale resident since 1989, Tim is a passionate bicycle and sustainability
advocate. He believes in balancing human and environmental need—we need more
walkable and bikeable communities to reduce the use of fossil fuel, get exercise,
meet our neighbors, and have fun! After a 30-year career in high tech he now does
public service and advocates for Zero Waste. His household is down to about a quart
of trash per month. Tim looks forward to the day when bicycling/walking/running
trails ring the bay and the ridges and “spoke” trails connect them along the Stevens
Creek corridor and elsewhere.
Husam follows his sister, Sarah, in serving on the Friends board as an associate board member
and taking care of our social media Twitter activity.
He attends Monta Vista High School in Cupertino in the class of 2019.
He became interested in joining the Friends board after volunteering
with us at our Art & Wine festival booth and Trailblazer race and is enjoying developing his
team building and leadership skills.
Kathy is a long-time downtown Mountain View resident.
She has been on the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail board since 2001?
and has served as secretary and vice president during that time.
She regularly runs in our Trailblazer Race.
Michelle Hocker: Programs and Media Manager 2015 - 2017
Michelle Hocker has over 15 years of experience in the High Tech industry working as an Engineer and Marketing Executive. She also is an Entrepreneur and started her own company in 2007. She grew up in Silicon Valley, and put herself through Engineering School at San Jose State University. She has a B.S. Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an A.S Degree in Interior Design. Michelle is passionate about community issues and serves on a non-profit Board of Directors. She is a creative soul who enjoys sharing her artistic talents and work experience to help organizations achieve their goals.
Phillip Hocker: Associate Board member 2015 - 2017
Phillip joined the Friends board as an Associate Board Member after meeting us and then
volunteering with us at our Art & Wine festival booths.
He has also been the finish-line announcer at our annual Trailblazer Race.
He is a student at Monta Vista High School class of 2018 where he plays on the Water Polo and
In his past work he has been a sailing intern at Shoreline Lake.
He is eager to create more bikeways and improve the safety of biking around town and to/from school.
Tom Bornheimer: past president, Board member 2000 - 2016
Tom Bornheimer joined the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail board in 2000
while he was living in his hometown of Los Altos.
Tom now lives in San Francisco and works for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland.
Personal interests include running, skiing, hiking, travel and photography.
Geoff's childhood on a ranch in the Palo Alto foothills gave him a deep love of the out of doors.
He has worked as a park ranger, open space planner, and public health manager before retiring.
He has managed his family's 380-acre forest in Mendocino County for 26 years.
Geoff is Vice-Chair of the Cupertino Recreation and Community Services
(formerly Parks and Recreation) Commission and on the Board of two other nonprofits:
Canopy (tree planters) and the Bay Area Section of the Mercedes Benz Club of America.
He enjoys prescribed burning, hiking, bicycling, writing, history, church leadership,
and tinkering with old Mercedes cars. He and his wife, Janine, a school nurse,
have four adult children.
Geoff holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation and a Masters in Public Administration.
Meghan Stawitcke: President, Board member 2011 - 2016
Meghan has been a member of the Board since December 2010,
but a fan of the Friends for much longer.
Meghan is a Sunnyvale native and has been using the Stevens Creek Trail
since she was little.
Now, she often bikes along the Trail or walks her beagle, Maddie,
on weekend mornings.
She originally became acquainted with the organization
and their mission when her father, Fritz Stawitcke,
encouraged her to come out to a creek clean up activity.
Meghan is passionate about raising awareness of the
Stevens Creek Trail among her peers and spreading the
message through wider mediums, especially using social media
to further the mission.
She is very excited at being a part of an organization
that works to get people outside and interacting with
the environment in which they live.
In her free time, Meghan enjoys swimming, softball, golfing and kickball.
Bridget Steele is a Los Altos resident and joined the board of Friends of Stevens Creek Trail to get involved in promoting the use of the trail and exploring trail extensions and connections throughout her community. Bridget has daily access to the trail which runs directly behind the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View where she works and enjoys participating in the Trailblazer Race and weekend bike rides on the trail with her husband and daughter. Bridget and her family also enjoy biking and hiking through Rancho San Antonio and being active in the St. Simon school and parish communities.
Joe is a long time cyclist who served on Cupertino's Bicycle Pedestrian Commission for many
years and represented it on the VTA Bicycle Advisory Committee.
His interest in cycling came thanks to his daughter, at age 8, asking him to quit smoking.
He responded to the urge for a cigarette by pumping up the tires of an old bike in the garage
and riding aroudn the block. As Joe reports "Upon dismounting, I discovered that my longing
for a cigarette was completely gone. That week I bought a 10 speed, and in a matter of days
had completely transferred my addiction to cycling." He has racked up over 18,000 miles since
Fritz was an R&D engineer and a Sunnyvale resident since 1980. He enjoyed recreational
bicycling around the Santa Clara Valley and Baylands, and believed the Trail would provide a
richer life for all of us as well as a legacy for our children. He saw the process of
bringing the Stevens Creek Trail through Sunnyvale as a community-building opportunity, and
that the experience of residents working together would build habits & friendships that would
serve us all well in a future with many more challenges.
Fritz passed away suddenly at the end of 2010, but his memory and vision live on.
William Symons is married with two young Children.
He works as a technician at BMW of Mountain View and also as an indoor cycling instructor at the YMCA.
His home is in Mountain View adjacent to Stevens Creek, but he became familiar with the trail when
commuting to work from his previous home in Redwood City.
He and his family really enjoy the outdoors.
You will often find them on the Stevens Creek Trail cycling, scootering, skating, or skateboarding.
Billy feels strongly about trail advocacy, and the benefit of trails for safe fun,
exercise, and alternative commute options for ours and, especially, future generations.
He joined the Board in 2006 to support the trail and its expansion, and to offset the opposition
voiced by a few of his neighbors,
whom he feels are mistaken in the belief that the trail is not beneficial to the neighborhood.
Jeannie Bruins is a south Los Altos resident.
In 2006, she responded to the call for resident participation in Los Altos's
Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study and ended up becoming co-chair of the Task Force.
In 2008, she joined the board of Friends of Stevens Creek Trail.
But Jeannie and her family's enjoyment of Stevens Creek Trail goes back much further.
When her two sons were old enough for a "long bike ride", they would take
Stevens Creek Trail out to Shoreline Park.
Her older son later used the trail to commute to his internship at Microsoft.
Jeannie looks forward to seeing the Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor
extend to the Los Altos border and on to Cupertino and, ultimately,
achieve the complete vision established over 40 years ago.
Tom Cronin joined the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail as the Executive Director in July 2006
and served through September 2007.
Previously he has served as
an Organizational Consultant for Earthome - Hooked on Nature,
Executive Director at Committee for Green Foothills,
and Program Director at Foundation for Global Community.
This all follows a long management career with Hewlett Packard that ended in 2002.
Tom first discovered Stevens Creek Trail years ago and used it extensively for training
for running races and marathons.
Tom Frankum had a long tenure with Friends of Stevens Creek Trail before moving south to San Diego.
During his time, he served as President and was always eager to speak around town to any
of the groups that might be interested, including the Rotary, Kiwanis, or Leadership groups.
Tom was not alone in his volunteer work to support the Stevens Creek Trail, though. His wife, Jan,
was usually along to help staff the Friends booth at Art and Wine festivals, trail work days or other events.
Jan also served as the Head Volunteer coordinator of the Trailblazer Race for several years.
Shreyas Bharadwaj currently attends Lynbrook High School in West San Jose, class of 2012.
He enjoys photography, mountain biking, classic literature, and piano.
In his free time he likes to listen to music & read.
When he graduates from high school,
Shreyas hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, or UC Berkeley
and pursue a career in the medical field as a neurosurgeon.
Deepa Kollipara: Associate Board member 2007 - 2010
Deepa Kollipara joined the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail as an Associate Board Member
in 2007 when she was a sophomore at Monta Vista High School.
Her passion with biking and biology drew her to the Stevens Creek Trail.
As time went on, she became more interested in the environment and began to
volunteer at the Trailblazer race where she got acquainted with the Friends.
Her goals are to make the trail more accessible to students and to promote
the rich wildlife that is so essential to the trail.
Also, she hopes to promote the trail and get it into the public eye of students and residents near the trail.
In her free time she enjoys playing badminton, biking on the trail, volunteering, and tae kwon do.
Christopher Lee was a high school junior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino when he joined the
board of The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail in 2005.
Chris's passion for environmental biology and his desire to make a physical
difference in the environmental world drew him to
The Friends, and his position as an associate board member.
In his spare time he enjoys riding his bike and hiking on and off the trail.
Chris looks forward to the trail's extension into Cupertino,
and hopes that trail brings the city as much gratification as it has brought to Mountain View.
Joe served on the Friends Board of Directors in 2007 and is still enthusiastic
about the trail's potential for both recreational and commute uses.
Following a finance career at Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and Stanford University, he now
serves as a volunteer in various capacities within the Mountain View Whisman
School District and other communty organizations.
He has lived in Mountain View since 1991 and is married with a son and twin daughters.
Deepti's training in urban and environmental planning is what first drew her to the race in
the summer of 2006.
She was quickly drafted to help with the Trailblazer Race as a volunteer
Since October 2007, a new baby boy has been keeping Deepti and her husband busier
In 2008, Deepti took on a staff position to help out the Executive Director in the
office and with record keeping at meetings.