FORT WAYNE — Megan McClellan, executive director for the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails, will be leaving her post and taking a position as executive director with the Fort Wayne Trails. The Fort Wayne Trails board of directors announced her appointment Thursday, May 23. She will join Fort Wayne Trails June 3.
Kay Young, president of the trails committee, stated the board has received her resignation and will be accepting her resignation at its meeting Wednesday, May 29.
Fort Wayne Trails Board Chair Marty Pastura said McClellan is well positioned to help Fort Wayne Trails build on its significant momentum.
“Thanks to our staff and volunteers, Fort Wayne Trails has been extremely successful in recent years,” Pastura said. “Accordingly, we set the bar very high for our new executive director. Megan met that standard based on her unique combination of leadership, governmental relations, fundraising, and project management skills. That, plus her passion for trails, makes her an ideal choice.”
Prior to joining the Syracuse – Wawasee Park Foundation, McClellan served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, as the communication and outreach coordinator for the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail in New York, and as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a graduate of Earlham College and Bard College.
McClellan says she is eager to get started at Fort Wayne Trails.
“I appreciate the opportunity provided to me by the Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation and thrilled that I can continue working with those who advocate for trails in northern Indiana,” she says. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the board members, volunteers, staff, and community partners who have helped Fort Wayne Trails grow and thrive.”
Created in January 2011, Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. acts as a partner and advocate in the development of a connected multipurpose trail system in Allen County, Indiana. There are currently 115 miles of trails in our community. For more information or to donate, visit the organization’s website, www.fwtrails.org, or contact Sustainability Director Angie Quinn at (260) 969-0079.