TrailsforYouth.Org adds a distinguished Board of Advisors to support our efforts for sustained positive impact on the communities, families and youth we serve with our programs. A position on our Board of Advisors is one of honor and responsibility through which we will ask individuals to help ensure that TYO continues to serve our community’s children while also shaping the direction of the organization. Responsibilities include providing strategic counseling to our Board of Directors and our Executive Director, reviewing our annual report, and attending a Board of Advisors meeting once a year. This new strategic effort is just beginning. We will continue to add our BOA throughout the year
Mark Russell is co-owner of Metro Run & Walk, an independent specialty retail store serving runners, walkers, and people who are active on their feet. Prior to Metro Run & Walk, Mark was Executive Director for a nonprofit that specializes in weekend recreation programs for kids with disabilities. Other experience includes leadership positions in other nonprofit organizations, management positions for several professional services firms, and serving on numerous boards of directors. Mark is a life-long distance runner with a love for trails.
Joe Dombrowski is a professional cyclist with the newly formed Cannondale-Garmin team. While he now lives and trains in Nice, France, he is originally from Marshall, VA where, as a youth, he was a keen swimmer, lacrosse player and cross-country runner. In fact it wasn’t until his early teens that he discovered his passion for cycling. Joe began riding competitively as a Fauquier High freshman in 2006, but concentrated mainly on mountain biking (just like TYO’s youth) and cyclocross. Joe quickly added road racing to his repertoire in 2009 after joining the Haymarket Bicycles team where he competed in races around the Mid-Atlantic. In 2010 he burst into the limelight with a string of impressive rides in regional events, including a win at the Virginia State Hill Climb Championships, where he beat pro mountain biker Jeremiah Bishop by more than two minutes.
Jay is a nationally-recognized reporter with ABC7/WJLA-TV & News Channel 8. He is also an avid mountain biker having raced at the 2012 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships. Jay and his family live in Springfield, VA near TYO’s headquarters and can frequently be found on the same local trails that our youth ride each weekend. Jay brings communications expertise to TYO and looks forward to helping TYO continue to gain recognition for the unique mentoring experiences we provide to at-risk youth