Meet the CVTA Board Members
|Sheryl Gonzales, President
Sheryl Gonzales grew up in Reno, Nevada. Family outings and vacations were primarily in the Sierra Nevada Mountains which included fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, snow skiing and water skiing. Sheryl moved to Southern California to attend college and received her degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. With a strong devotion to public parks, recreation and community services, she greatly appreciates how important it is for individuals, families and communities to have access to outdoor spaces and experiences. She and her husband, Gil, and sons Travis and Brad moved from Irvine, California to the Carson Valley in 2005 to enjoy all that the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Carson Valley offer. Their support and involvement with CVTA began in 2005 and continues to this day.
|Lee Elson, Membership VP
Lee has always loved the outdoors so when an opportunity to retire appeared, he and his wife Anne moved to the Carson Valley mainly for the recreation opportunities: skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking and kayaking. After building a passive solar house which later found itself only feet from the Clear Creek Trail, he finds time to be outdoors most days. He is active in his community in several volunteer capacities including the Douglas county Community Emergency Response Team and Angel Flight. Although he left a career in Southern California with NASA, he continues with a second part time job giving flight instruction.
|Norah Gastelum, VP/President-Elect
Norah has lived and taught in the Carson Valley since 1990. Mostly, she loves being out in the woods; running, hiking, backpacking, sketching and building trails with the awesome folks from CVTA.
|Juan Guzman, Outreach and Education VP
After fifteen years of service as a planner in Mono and Douglas Counties and fourteen years as the Carson City Open Space Administrator, Juan retired in September of 2014. He is passionate about the stewardship of open space and sustainable forms of recreation. Jobs Peak Ranch Trail is so far his preferred trail where his Australian Sheppard Shelby takes him for walks almost daily. The non-profit organization, Carson Valley Trails Association, has accomplished so much in a short time. Future growth and strength is tied to collaboration and partnerships with similar organizations and public agencies as expressed in the strategic plan. Based on his past work experience, Juan anticipates that fostering and maintaining these critical relationships will become one of his areas of contribution to the Carson Valley Trails Association.
|Michael Hartstein, Chief Information Officer (CIO) VP
Mike visited the Tahoe area frequently while living in the Bay Area, and finally moved to Carson Valley in 2009. Now he loves the convenience of local skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing. His favorite hike is up to the tops of the three peaks — Job’s Peak, Job’s Sister, and Freel Peak. Previously Mike worked for several technology companies in the Bay Area, and he now manages the CVTA website.
|Joni Jackson, Past President
Joni moved to the Carson Valley in the winter of 2011 after twenty years in the education field as a teacher and guidance counselor. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and being active, so being involved with CVTA was a perfect fit for her. Trailbuilding is her favorite activity because it combines the outdoors with hiking, playing in the dirt and being around amazing people.
|Marcia Kerl, Treasurer
Marcia and her husband Chuck came to the valley the first time in 1997 and wanted to move here at retirement. The more we visited, the more we wanted to move sooner. So in 2005, after our last child left for college, the moving van came a week later. We grew up in the Midwest and have always loved the outdoors so what better place to live. Marcia has worked on trail construction for several years and is now honored to be part of the CVTA board.
|Vickie Kieffer, Fund Development VP
Vickie has been in Genoa for 10 years and appreciates all the hiking opportunities our Valley has to offer. “The CVTA has developed an amazing trail system and I want to be a part of it! I love the fact that I can step out my back door and hike all the way to the TRT.” Coming from Flagstaff, Arizona she was able to do lots of hiking, river rafting, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon. With an education in business and 20 years of experience as an Administrative Officer, she brings behind the scenes skills such as budgeting, fund raising, grant writing, and outreach.
|Carlo Luri, Director at Large
Carlo has been on the board of the Carson Valley Trails Association since 2011. Prior to joining the board he was active in other volunteer organizations such as the National Ski Patrol and Search and Rescue. Carlo’s favorite pastimes are skiing, cycling, kayaking, and just about any other activity that can be enjoyed outdoors. He is passionate about promoting the connection between trails and economic vitality and serves on the boards of the Carson Valley Visitors Authority and Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce.
|Deby O’Gorman, Secretary
A member of and volunteer for many horse organizations in the area, including Backcountry Horseman of America, the Northern Nevada Gaited Horse Club, Nevada’s First Cavalry and the Nevada Division of the Pony Express, Deby has spent her life working with horses in a wide variety of disciplines. As an equestrian, she has previously served on the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Carson Valley Trails Association Board of Directors. Deby is excited to once again serve on the Carson Valley Trails Association Board of Directors. She serves to perpetuate the continued and common sense use of our trails by equestrians and seeks to unite the equestrian community with other trail users–in harmony and safety for all.
|Matt Savage, VP Volunteer Coordinator
Matt grew up in the Tahoe area and spent his summers hiking and backpacking throughout the Sierras. He went to school at UC Irvine, studying materials science and engineering, and now works in Minden as the Materials R&D Manager for North Sails. Matt has coached youth ski racing at many of the Tahoe ski resorts on the weekends for over ten years and loves giving back to the community. He is passionate about the outdoors and joined CVTA to become involved with conserving access to the places that he enjoys spending much of his free time.
|Jeremy Vlcan, Trail Operations VP
Jeremy oversees the planning, design, construction and maintenance of trails around Carson Valley. He has worked and been active in the Nevada outdoors and the west for over 15 years. Jeremy’s contributions to the CVTA are to help establish and maintain a high quality system of trails for the benefit of residents and visitors to experience and enjoy.
| Barb Wilson, Marketing & Publicity VP
Barb grew up and lived in the flat Chicago suburbs until moving “out west” to Southern California in 1981. Since moving to the Carson Valley in 2003, Barb has volunteered for several organizations including Friends of the Douglas County Library, the Town of Genoa (Candy Dance), Genoa Lakes Ladies’ Golf Club and CVTA.