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Staff

Chris Ingui

Executive Director

Chris Ingui is a professional trail builder, designer and project manager with 12 years of experience in the field. He is a founding member of the Jolly Rovers and has been the driving force in cultivating the vision and growth of the organization. Chris started his career in the trail world as a volunteer coordinator and program manager for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and would continue its development with Tahawus Trails LLC as a project manager and trainer throughout the United States. In 2014 Chris dedicated his efforts entirely to his passion for the Jolly Rovers and in 2015, developed the group as an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. Apart from his work with the Jolly Rovers, he is also in the process of becoming a Landscape Architect at Rutgers University. 

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Board of Directors

Emily Hague

Chair

Emily Hague grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and has been finding any excuse to be outside ever since.  Emily is an alumna and former Trustee of Antioch University New England, and she has applied her master’s in natural resource management and project leadership skills in the field of land conservation for over 12 years. She is currently working to protect some of the Hudson Valley's most important places as a Land Project Manager for Scenic Hudson. Emily has served on numerous boards as well as the Keene NH City Council, where she practiced grassroots community-building and outreach. Emily trained with the SCA in 2012 and began working with the Jolly Rovers through her coordinating role as a lead host site in 2013. She officially joined the crew in 2016 and has been volunteering ever since. 

Vic LaPira

Vice Chair

Vittorio LaPira is a partner with the law firm of Fogarty & Hara. He is a 1998 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center where he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree. Specializing in commercial litigation, construction law, and employment law, Vic brings his knowledge to the table when participating as the Vice Chairman of the Jolly Rovers. His expertise lends to the integrity and effectiveness of the 501(c)3 organization, adding useful tips and knowledge in all professional aspects. He is also an active crew member, volunteering many hours in the field on various hiking trails.

Karen Nelson

Secretary

Karen Nelson, a professional laboratory manager, has recently earned her master’s in business administration. Her management skills coupled with her in-depth business knowledge and committee leading experience is a well-received asset to the administrative development of the Jolly Rovers. Prior to her election on the board as Secretary, Karen has been a long-time volunteer for parks and other trail crews. She was recruited on the Jolly Rovers Trail Crew at its inception in 2011, making her one of our most valued veteran crew members.

Matt Decker

Matt Decker joined the Jolly Rovers as a crew member in 2013 and as a board member in 2018.  He loves to hike and run and he has always appreciated the vision, time and skill that it takes to build trails.  Matt is Director of Conservation and Stewardship with the Orange County Land Trust, and he has previously worked with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Trust for Public Land.  He holds degrees from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  

Leigh Draper

Leigh has worked in various leadership capacities for the YMCA, Red Cross, Student Conservation Association, Outward Bound, and the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Her role with the NY-NJ Trail Conference allowed her to partner with hundreds of recreational land managers in the Hudson Valley and metro New York. She has presented at many practitioner conferences including the Wilderness Risk Managers and the Association of Experiential Education.  Leigh served on the Peekskill Conservation advisory committee from 2010-2016 and earned an MPA degree from Pace University in May 2019. Through her thirty year career in outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship, Leigh has demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, and encouraging people to play, learn, serve and work in the outdoors. Leigh has been an ardent supporter and promoter of the Jolly Rovers since the crew’s earliest projects and is pleased to contribute to the organization as a board member.

L. Nichols

L. is a graphic artist with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Media Arts & Sciences, both from MIT. L. has served as an associate member on the Council for the Arts at MIT for the past 8 years, and also participates in the Council's Grants Committee. L. volunteered with NY-NJ Trail Conference as a trail maintainer in the Catskills for 5 years, and joined the Rovers in 2017.

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A special thank you to all of our past board members; Artie Hidalgo, Robert Brunner, Debbie Melita, Andy Wong, Kerry Andrews,

Roch Boucher and Doug Comeau, for their contributions

in the launching of this organization.