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

Wayne Patillo

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."

Larry Thomas, Vice-President

Tom Owens

While Larry just began his trail volunteer service in 2013, he has been quite active with Team Conasauga since its inception in 1990. In the role of a Forest Service recreation program manager, he co-led the creation and development of the Conasauga Ranger District volunteer program. In his 34-year government career, Larry considers the Team Conasauga program and its success his crowning achievement.
Maintenance and development of the Conasauga District's trail system, particularly in the Cohutta Wilderness, remains his passion. "The quality of the national forest trails in northwest Georgia is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Team Conasauga volunteers," Larry says. "It's all about the people who give of their time and energy to protect the integrity of the trails. However, more trail volunteers are needed all the time to keep the 24-year program alive and well." He asks, "if not you, who? If not now, when?"

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

Wayne Patillo

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.



Mark Voykovic, Secretary

Mark Voykovic

Mark joined Team Conasauga in 2006 as a volunteer wilderness ranger focusing on the Beech Bottom/ Jack’s River area and heavily used trails in the Cohutta Wilderness. Prior to joining Team Conasauga, Mark volunteered for 5 years as a wilderness ranger, fire tower host, fire education volunteer, interpreter, and trail crew volunteer in the San Bernardino National Forest, San Gorgonio Wilderness, and San Jacinto Wilderness in Southern California. The hard work of Team Conasauga volunteers is experienced by may forest visitors on a daily basis leading to wise saying that “a bad day in the woods beats a great day in the office”.

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.