Board of Directors

Election of Team Conasauga’s Board of Directors is held each October at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. All volunteers who contribute 20-plus hours of service within Team Conasauga during the previous year (October-September) are eligible to vote.

Robert Edmondson, President

Robert Edmondson

Robert Edmondson and his family have been volunteering with Team Conasauga since 2011. He enjoys day hiking and has logged hundreds of miles of hiking in the southeastern U.S. Robert enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge of wildlife and the outdoors with family and friends. While hiking, he has observed so much evidence of the hard work people have offered to build and maintain our trails. Robert discovered that Team Conasauga was the perfect way to "pay it forward."

John Franetic, Vice-President

John Franetic

John joined Team Conasauga in 2009. Since then he has logged 800hrs of volunteer work. He is a certified crosscut sawyer and crew leader. He also maintains 2.5 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Conasagua district. John has done extensive backpacking in the wilderness. On those excursions he encountered our work crews twice and decided to join them in maintaining the wilderness trails. Trails don’t maintain themselves it takes a group of like minded people to keep them open so everyone can enjoy the wilderness experience.

David Tanner, Vice-President

David Tanner

In 2001 my brother introduced me to the Conasauga Trail organization and I have been involved every since then. Trail maintenance in the Cohutta is truly an enjoyable experience. The rugged terrain and visual history of the logging from last century still quite evident. A Saturday of trail work is an excellent change from the daily routine during the week.

Jim Leatherwood, Treasurer

Jim Leatherwood

Jim joined Team Conasauga in 2009 on the Iron Mt. trail. Since then he has logged 700hrs of volunteer work. He is a certified crosscut sawer and crew leader.He is a collector of crosscut saws,axes and older hand tools. Jim says a day in the wilderness is good for the soul.

Charles McCullough, Secretary

Charles McCullough

Charles is a relatively recent addition to Team Conasauga. He finds mountain silence to be the best cure for work-week blues. Charles enjoys CDTV events not only for the chance to give back, but also for the many stories, tall tales, and historical yarns the volunteers tell about every bend in the trail. Yellowjackets have a curious affinity for him.

Karen Larsen, Forest Service Liaison

Larry Thomas

Greetings! Starting in July I will be the new recreation ORA for the Conasauga RD so I thought I should send along an introduction of myself and my family! To start, I guess you’d have to call me a midwesterner, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where my father was a physicist for the US Air Force, and my mother was a high school teacher. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Albion College in lower Michigan and immediately embarked on what became a wonderful winding career path in natural resources and recreation as a SCA resource technician volunteer at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Since then I have worked at Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Olympic National Forest (Washington) and am currently at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. I have worked a wide variety of positions along this journey including roads and trails maintenance, campground maintenance, biological technician, laborer, equipment operator, naturalist, visitor center manager, and program coordinator for an intensive integrated pest management project. In my current position, I am the district trail, wilderness and dispersed recreation technician with extensive collateral duties in data management as the Forest’s INFRA-Trails and INFRA-WILD Data Steward.