KMTC Board of Directors
PRESIDENT -- Doug Tasse
My high school job was at Downtown Atl YMCA. My coworker & mentor was a man that had worked with the CCC, even edited it's newspaper. Studied 2yrs at Young Harris College, then 4yrs USMC, got my degree from Ga State U. Majors were Sociology & Economics, I wanted a career in conflict management. Did that for many many years; auto service management. Real good career and now retired I have time to volunteer at Kennesaw NBP. Funny, referencing my first job now I mentor volunteers on trails that the CCC first built. As club president I want to help all our departments along with the park staff to make everyone's volunteer experience be both enjoyable and memorable.
VICE PRESIDENT -- Curt Spinney
Curt spent most of his youth years in Lake Park, Georgia where he found a liking to the outdoors. After college, he lived in New York City and Brooklyn for 13 years spending most of his vacation time in Vermont enjoying camping, skiing, hiking and other activities the land had to offer. He earned a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, Master degrees in Operations Management and Manufacturing Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and completed the Financial Planner Certificate Program at Kennesaw State University. He is currently a financial professional with a comprehensive financial services firm in Atlanta.
Curt returned to the south in 1999. After being an active hiker at Kennesaw Mountain for several years, he began volunteering with the KMTC in 2009 and soon afterwards went through Crew Leader training. Curt is quick to note that his involvement with the KMTC is due to being befriended by the Crew Leaders and regular volunteers on his first workday. His interest for the outdoors and strong friendships with volunteers have kept him involved with KMTC. Curt is married to Janet and lives just a short distance down the road from Kennesaw Mountain which allows them to visit the park frequently. TC77688(0114)P
TREASURER -- Thomas Okerberg
HISTORIAN -- Rusty Bradley
Rusty has been enjoying KEMO since 1961, the Centennial year of the war. He moved here in 1959 and his wife Priscilla is an Atlanta native. He is a member of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. Rusty is the President of Property Advisory Corp., specializing in the appraisal of commercial real estate. He is also the director of the courtesy carts of the Emory St. Joseph's Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary. Growing up in Marietta, he has a B.S. in History from Berry College.
Secretary -- Anne Strand
Anne began her career in Georgia as a Cobb County teacher in 1969 after earning a M. A. in English from Michigan State University. She was a teacher and Director at the Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center. From the 1980’s to retirement, she continued her career as an administrator for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice at the Atlanta Youth Development Center and at the Central Office. Anne gained experience with grants and grants management while serving as the agency’s Grants & Contract Manager, a role that she continued as an Education Consultant after retirement.
In 1990, she and her husband David moved into a subdivision bordering Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. After retirement, they become involved with the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club and in 2009 they established the Trail Ambassador program. In 2010, they were named the park’s Volunteers of the Year.
She has written grants for KMTC that were funded by REI and by the National Parks Foundation. Anne took a leadership role in the fundraising campaign to support the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in June 2014.
Trail Ambassador Director -- Janie Brier
Janie grew up on a farm outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. She earned a BS in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and a MS in Nursing, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner from Kennesaw State University. She enjoyed a 24 year career with the Navy Reserves and retired January 2015. In December 2015 she retired from the best nurse practitioner position in the metro area.
After retirement she searched for volunteer opportunities which would benefit the community, not be related to medicine (41 years in the medical field is enough) and would be FUN. Her brilliant husband Bob, suggested she check with the National Park Service for volunteer opportunities and a new Trail Ambassador was on her way.
Janie credits Cam Graham with giving her a superb Trail Ambassador orientation and helping her become more involved with the KMTC. Rumor has it he did such a great job that he recommended her for the Trail Ambassador Director Position. She appreciated President Doug Tasse’s assurance that she would have the full support of the board in helping her grow in this position.
Janie is married to Bob Brier. Their goal is to visit all 58 National Parks. They have lived in Kennesaw for twenty four years. Most Tuesdays you can find Janie hiking in the park with her good friend Karen and her dog Bentley.
Trails Director -- Ken Hale
Ken, wife Phyllis, and 3 kids live near Wade Green Rd and I-75 in the Acworth/Kennesaw area. He grew up enjoying the outdoors; hunting and fishing in South Louisiana, graduating from U.L. Lafayette with a B.S. in Business. Ken worked as an oil and gas well test engineer in the Gulf of Mexico and across Texas to Alabama.
Hiking experiences include – Arizona, while stationed there in the U.S. Air Force, the Guadalupe Mtns in West Texas, and 1000 miles on the Appalachian Trail from Ga to Va, and Maine and hiking on Kennesaw Mtn .
Ken knew he had found something very special the very first trail day that he and his daughter volunteered for.
I credit Scott McKay, Doug Tasse, and Anne Strand for encouraging me to join and become a crew leader.
Director -- Donald Olds
Donald grew up on a farm outside of Wyanet, Illinois, earned a BS in Finance at Illinois State University,
and moved to the Atlanta area over 25 years ago. As one of the luckiest Eagle Scouts alive, earning his
award on 7/7/77, he has been a Boy Scout Leader for almost twenty years and a trail club member the
He credits Fred Feltmann, a co-founder of KMTC, for getting him involved with both the trail club and
the local Boy Scouts of America Foothills District.
While responsible for Eagle Scout projects and troop or pack volunteer activities in the park, he is
also a trained KMTC crew leader. Donald is the current Foothills District Membership Chair, a past
Foothills District Advancement Chair, and is a volunteer on three district and two Atlanta Area Council
committees. He serves as a Troop 277 committee member at the First United Methodist Church in
Marietta. He is a past Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster.
Donald is an active jogger and backpacker. While he jogs to the top of Kennesaw Mountain each
weekday morning in an attempt to stave off old age, he has also enjoyed Scouting and personal trips in
the past few years which include climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome, traversing Rocky Mountain National
Park’s Andrews Glacier, and climbing Robson Glacier, Mt. Robson Provincial Park, in the Canadian
Rockies. Donald is married to Leslie, has two children, Preston and Madison, and has lived in Kennesaw
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR -- Fred Feltmann
Fred is a retired Software Engineer, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ), retired from the Department of Defense. He is married to Andrea and has 3 children, all grown and married, as well as 1 granddaughter. Fred and his family have lived in the Atlanta area since 1985.
Fred holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Missouri (inactive since retired).
He has been active in the Boy Scouts for over 25 years, and serves
as Chartered Organization Representative for Pack, Troop and Crew 75 and High Adventure Coordinator for Troop 75. Fred has been to Philmont Scout Reservation 15 times during the last 18 years and is planning his next trip for June, 2009.
In addition to his involvement with Boy Scouts and Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club as a charter member since 2002, Fred serves on the Foothills District Staff as a Member-At-Large and Newsletter editor. His talent as an amateur photographer has also been an asset to the club. He is also an active member of his church, and serves as Historian for the American Society of Quality, having served two terms as Section Chairman.
Some of Freds achievements include:
District Award of Merit Recipient (Foothills District – 1994, Atlanta Area Council)
District Award of Merit Recipient (Northeast District – 1998, Greater Birmingham Council)
Silver Beaver Recipient – Atlanta Area Council (1996)
Fred is currently serving as Communications Director and Newsletter Editor for Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club. He has also served as Chairman for the National Trails Day Event for the last 4 years.
Fundraising Director -- Bruce Rugg
Information to be added shortly...
Webmaster/I.T. Director -- Jerry Givan (past president)
Jerry is a retired Integration Consultant with Unisys Corporation. His career included
working at First American National Bank in Nashville, Tn., software design and implementation at
Martha White Foods in Nashville and working for Sperry Corp which later became Unisys.
His 35 year career with Unisys include assignments as mainframe OS specialist, application design, project management, pre-sales support, corporate presenter and trainer, web application design and implementation, and Integration Consultant.
Work experience with Unisys, included assigments in Denmark, Canada and Germany.
spans a degree in Accounting from the Western Kentucky University to system analysis training at the
University of Tenn. and Fortran programming at Vanderbilt University. He is one of the co-founders of KMTC.
Director of Program Planning – Currently Open
In the process of forming a committee..
Membership Director -- Position to be filled
Information to be added...
Plants Director -- Danny Leigh
Danny is a life long resident of Cobb County. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Accounting and while he enjoys working behind a desk during the week, he loves being in the outdoors in his spare time with his wife and 2 boys. He loves hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and gardening and has always enjoyed learning about plants.
Danny started volunteering with the trail club in January 2014 and became a crew leader in March 2014. He's been working with small groups to help control the many non-native invasive plants in the park but is working to expand the monitoring and eradication of the invasive plants.