American Hiking Society Staff

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Kathryn (Kate) Van Waes
Executive Director
Kate joined American Hiking in 2017.  She brings a wealth of advocacy experience from the ONE Campaign, where she was a Policy Director, setting policy and strategic direction for ONE in the areas of agricultural development, hunger and nutrition, climate change, energy poverty, women and girls, trade, and development in fragile states.  Prior to ONE, Kate served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor in Secretary Clinton’s Office of Global Food Security, helping to lead the Obama Administration’s flagship global hunger initiative, Feed the Future.  Kate joined the State Department initially under a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and focused on the intersection of emergency humanitarian aid and terrorism and hunger-related United Nations negotiations.  She started her career as a planetary and glacial geologist, participating in several NASA Mars missions and working with the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland, the University of Copenhagen’s Neils Bohr Institute, and the Smithsonian Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.  She earned her PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2004.  Kate hails from Montana, where she developed a deep passion for spending as much time outdoors as possible.  She and her equally outdoorsy husband live in Silver Spring, MD.
Favorite Hikes
Grinnell Glacier trail, Glacier National Park; White Oak Canyon – Cedar Run Falls loop, Shenandoah National Park; the Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Libby Wile
Senior Director of Programs
Libby joined American Hiking in 2009.  She holds a B.A. degree in Marketing from James Madison University. Prior to joining AHS, she worked for over five years with a consulting firm as a recruiter and marketing specialist. A Navy upbringing has instilled a love of travel in her and she enjoys discovering new cities and landscapes and the cultures that they represent.  Participating in her first “Volunteer Vacation” in college 15 years ago sparked a passion for traveling with a purpose.  Since then she has participated in dozens of stewardship trips across the US. Libby is an experienced and seasoned outdoor recreation group leader, leading volunteer crews with American Hiking since 2010.  Recently relocating to the mountains of western North Carolina, Libby is spending her free time exploring the multitude of trails, river activities, and craft breweries that Asheville, NC has to offer.  Libby continues to be thrilled to be putting her passion for nature and outdoor recreation to good use in her role at American Hiking.
Favorite Hikes
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, MT


Kim Lyons
Director of Development and Marketing
Kim graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Women’s Studies with a concentration on political and social change. Prior to joining AHS, she worked in development and fundraising for more than six years with Martha’s Table, a Washington, DC-based non-profit focused on poverty, education, and hunger issues. As a Canadian that grew up in the Rocky Mountains, family vacations had one requirement, hiking. Kim spends her free time exploring family friendly trails in MD, VA, and DC with her husband and five-year-old son.
Favorite Hikes
Jumbo Pass Trail in Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada
Assiniboine Pass, Banff National Park, British Columbia, Canada


Kelly Snavely
Development Coordinator
Kelly graduated from Towson University with a degree in Theatre Studies and a minor in Business, Communications and the Liberal Arts. Prior to joining AHS, Kelly worked in arts administration at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, development and programming at the Kennedy Center, and more recently in retail management with lululemon. She is fresh off a 17,000-mile solo road trip of 20 national parks, during which she hiked over 600 miles of trail including a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail and the Wonderland Trail. Kelly is thrilled to bring her development experience and passion for following blazes and cairns along dirt paths to the AHS.

Favorite Hikes
John Muir Trail, CA and Presidential Traverse, White Mountain National Forest, NH


Eric Albitz
Finance and Office Manager
Eric Graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. While at Lock Haven was actively involved in the Outdoors Club, doing everything from Day Hikes to Whitewater Rafting. After College Eric Joined the Staff of Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing where he began as a trip leader and over seven years worked his way up to Director of Adventure Camp and Administration.
Favorite Hikes
Black Forest Trail, PA and Dragons Tooth Trail, Roanoke County, VA 


Wesley Trimble
Program Outreach & Communications Manager
Wesley earned a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and spent four seasons working for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Wesley helped build and maintain trails including the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado and Wyoming. In addition to his background in design and conservation, Wesley picked up videography as a way to share his adventures while thru-hiking the Colorado Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  Wesley volunteered as the editor of the 2014 PCT Class Video and his short film, CP and the PCT, won an award at the 2015 Leavenworth Film Festival. With more than 5,000 trail miles under his belt and his expertise in design and videography, Wesley is more than excited to promote American Hiking and its various programs.
Favorite Hikes
Barr Trail, Pike National Forest, CO