Board of Directors

HELENE LIEBMAN

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Helene has been involved with Ogden Nordic since 2011, working as a volunteer in the yurt.  After moving here in 1999, I worked as the Weber Pathways Executive Director for 5 years and served on state and county level committees between 2004 and 2016 to award grant funding to build hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trails.  I'm out hiking or snowshoeing in North Fork Park pretty much every day.

MATT GNAGEY

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After growing up insisting that skis should only go downhill, Matt was introduced to cross-country skiing by his Minnesotan wife. I quickly fell in love with the peaceful way of exploring winter landscapes. Nowadays I split my time between backcountry skiing and skate skiing, and I believe there is not a better spot than North Fork Park. While not out recreating on the trails and in the mountains, I am an environmental economist at Weber State University. I am excited to support all trail users, and I hope Ogden Nordic can continue to provide unparalleled winter experiences for all. 

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JEROME BERG

Jerome is an active outdoor enthusiast and grateful resident of Ogden for the past 15 years.  I really enjoy being with like minded people and support several volunteer positions for the betterment of non-motorized trails in and around Ogden.  When the ground is dry, you’ll find me hiking, biking, and running throughout our vast network of trails.  When the snow is flying, you’ll most likely find me at North Fork supporting our other great volunteers while also trying to improve my skating technique.  I’m now working an initiative to assess North Fork trail usage through a series of counters so we can better plan and support your trails.  And although I prefer skis to fat tires, I always look forward to winter so I can help groom our ever growing network of Fat Bike trails.  

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ALAN WHEELWRIGHT

It all started in 2005 when Dave Jenkins asked me to help with grooming.  After spending several weeks grooming, Dave suggested in his kindest voice “Alan you should take up crosscountry skiing, so that you can understand what good grooming looks like”. With that gentle nudge, I started a love for skiing and beautiful corduroy.

In 2015, I decided to try that “stupid” fatbiking thing to prove how dangerous it was to skiers and destructive it was to the trails. Fortunately, neither were true and I became hooked. Since then I have spearheaded the building of 10+ miles of multi-use trails at North Fork. 

Since 2005 I have moved through most of the board positions including a 4 year stint as president. The organization has grown in the last 15+ years into a world class fatbiking and skiing destination. Fortunately you can still find the moments when you are skiing/fatbiking by yourself with perfect corduroy and all the hard work is worth it!

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JOE PAUSTENBAUGH

Joe has lived in Utah for 41years and in Liberty for the past 8 years. I enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities that we have in the Ogden Valley. We all are fortunate to have North Fork Park right in our backyard. Whether we use the park for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, skiing, or biking; we all are responsible to maintain, preserve, and improve it for current and future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. As a board member my goal is to apply my experience in industry to assist in the preservation of North Fork Park and the Ogden Nordic experience.

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Kristen  grew up in Vermont, cross country skiing out the back door and into the snowy woods. She joined her high school ski team and continued racing for Bates College, and still likes challenging herself in citizen races. For the past nine years she has enjoyed being an ambassador for the sport, teaching others how to cross country ski. Currently she and her husband Steve are the Ogden Nordic Ski School directors. North Fork Park is a great place to recreate, especially in the winter. It is awesome to have options for trail users to ski, bike or snowshoe in this beautiful place. As a member of the Ogden Nordic Board, her vision is to promote and preserve North Fork Park for the enjoyment of all..  

KRISTEN BELL

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Trish grew up on skis in Michigan and started XC skiing in 1975 and has moved from the downhill areas to the backcountry and trails.  She has been involved with Ogden Nordic since moving to Utah in 2011, has served on the board and became part of the yurt management team in 2018.  She is out on the trails in North Fork Park nearly every day, all year round.  She is very grateful that she can skijor on the Ogden Nordic trails.

TRISH PAINTER

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DAVE JENKINS

Dave has been with Ogden Nordic from its inception in 2002.  He runs the Swanson's North Fork Environmental Center for the Weber School District.    He is a devoted family man  with 3 married children and 4 grandkids.  He thinks being outside in winter is a fine thing and human powered movement over the winter white brings a Zen all its own.  Glide on!