Dodson started spending summers in Colorado in 1997 as a raft guide in Buena Vista. He quickly found mountain biking in Colorado to be far superior to the short single track rides back in Arkansas and has never looked back. He quickly made the transition over to the Gunnison Valley and put down roots. He is a local business owner and loves to get out and explore Gunnison Country (and everywhere else that beautiful) with his wife Krista. While living at the base of Hartman Rocks for six years, he fell into working on trails with Wiens and jumped at the opportunity to become a part of Gunnison Trails. Dodson loves the fact that biking is such an integral part of our valley, whether its riding your townie to work or the bar, or riding out your front door on your days off-bikes just seem to be everywhere and that is AWESOME!
Originally from Montrose, Lyndsey grew up backpacking, camping and skiing/ snowboarding on the Western slope. In 2003 she came to Gunnison to attend Western State. While earning her degrees in business and accounting, Lyndsey fell in love with the Gunnison Valley and all of the outdoor fun it has to offer. She decided to stay and found her passion for mountain biking as well as backcountry skiing, skate skiing, trail running and paddle boarding. Lyndsey still finds time to play between her accounting practice, Elevation Accounting, and raising three kids (Sage, Knox and Bracken) with husband, Joel. She is happy to be able to support and continue trail advocacy and stewardship.
As a native Coloradan, Gary was always searching for the “dream job” of allowing him to work and play in the mountains of Colorado. After an extended period of living and working in the Midwest, his aspirational goal of living in the mountains came to fruition when he landed a job at Western State College (now Western State Colorado University) in 1998. With twenty (20) years of service and two promotions later, Gary is currently working as the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at the University. He has been involved in a variety of leadership positions in the Gunnison Valley and in addition to currently serving on the Gunnison Trails Board of Directors, Gary serves on the Tourism Association Board. He is an avid mountain biker and skier, a self-avowed endurance and adrenaline junkie, who is supported in his adventure seeking by his wife Shelly, daughter Lily (15 years old), son Jack (11 years old), and dogs Bella and Bruno
Roanne Rouse Houck is a native of Crested Butte and currently lives in Gunnison with her husband and their 2 children. She and her family are committed bike commuters and year-round trail users enjoying mountain trails, dirt touring roads as well as fat bike riders on the frozen winter trails. Roanne also enjoys several other trail activities including trail running, hiking and skiing. Roanne is a naturopathic doctor and owns the Gunnison Main Street Clinic and Acli-Mate Mountain Sport Drink. She grew up on bikes of all shapes and sizes on the dirt streets and trails in and around Crested Butte and is committed to helping maintain and improve the trail systems in the Gunnison area.
Jefe Branham has been involved with Gunnison Trails from the get go. One of the first volunteers to help with trail work, in fact before trail work Tuesdays ever began, Jefe would often spend hours of his time working on trails at Hartman’s. Jefe has a strong connection to trails, and to what being outdoors can do for ones soul. When one finds such a powerful force of good, one has to give back to push it forward. That is what love is all about, making it better for those that follow. Jefe is also an avid bike rider and ultra endurance bike racer with all sorts of crazy events under his belt. Including the Colorado Trail Race and the Tour Divide. Yet he spends most of his time riding all the amazing trails in and around Gunnison.
By way of Wenatchee Washington and Grand Junction Colorado, Joel came to Gunnison to attend Western State. Skiing and mountain biking were the primary attractors but he made time to get a degee in Geology. Not wanting to leave Gunnison or work in front of a computer screen after college, he scored a delivery driver position with UPS. With mountain biking as his number one passion and Hartman’s as one of his favorite places to ride, he started volunteering and becoming involved in the Hartman’s planning process eventually gaining a seat on the Hartman Rocks Committee. Trailwork Tuesdays later came about and was another great opportunity to give back to a place that had given him so much. After a number of years of diligent trail maintenance and trail building, Gunnison Trails’ founder Dave Wiens asked Joel to join the board and he happily obliged. Joel thinks one of the things that makes Gunnison such a special place is having a unique world class trail network right out the back door.
Dave Wiens has been mountain biking since the mid 1980’s and has ridden and raced his bike on trails all over the world. He has been involved in trail advocacy for nearly as long, founding Gunnison Trails in 2006 and serving on the IMBA Board of Directors, before being tapped for his current role as IMBA’s Executive Director. Dave lives in Gunnison with his wife, Susan, they have three teenage boys, Cooper, Ben and Sam and are on the verge of having an empty nest.
Growing up just outside of Washington, D.C., Tim’s passion for trails began while exploring the Shenandoah mountains in central Virginia on bike and foot. After receiving a degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, Tim moved to the Gunnison Valley in 2008 to pursue new adventures in even bigger mountains. He served on the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association board of directors for 5 years before returning to school to earn a Masters in Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University, focusing on recreation and environmental stewardship. He was fortunate to take the reigns of Gunnison Trails in 2017 and feels incredibly lucky to pursue his passion for trails and public land advocacy right here in the Gunnison Valley alongside his wife Lauren and two wild daughters Vivian and Eloise.
Growing up in East Tennessee, Rae’s love for trails started by exploring the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the renowned Appalachian Trail bordering Tennessee and North Carolina. Rae’s love for the outdoors led her to Gunnison where she earned her degree in Outdoor Environmental Education with a minor in Business from Western Colorado University. In 2021, Rae was Trail Crew Lead for Gunnison Trails and has continued her work with the organization in various capacities since. Along with a love for outdoor education and conservation work, Rae also passionately educates as a Risk Management Trainer for the outdoor industry, helping folks sharpen both the physical and emotional tools required to create safe and inclusive outdoor environments.
Jennifer SwiftCreative Design and Marketing Director
Jennifer Swift - Creative Design and Marketing Director
Having previously lived all over the state of Colorado, Jennifer settled on Gunnison for its vast outdoor opportunities. She is raising her adventurous daughter among these hills and couldn’t think of a better place to call home. The area allows for a perfect mix of work/life balance; as Jennifer not only works for Gunnison Trails in a creative & management role, she is also a local business owner of Swifthaus Design digital creative services, and sits on the Gunnison Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and the gO Initiative Board. Her mission is to continue to make Gunnison a rich environment. A healthy life, physically and mentally, is a life worth living. She believes she struck gold upon moving to the Gunnison Valley.
Having previously lived all over the state of Colorado, Jennifer settled on Gunnison for its vast outdoor opportunities. She is raising her adventurous daughter among these hills and couldn’t think of a better place to call home. The area allows for a perfect mix of work/life balance; as Jennifer not only works for Gunnison Trails in a creative & management role, she is also a local business owner of Swifthaus Design digital creative services, and sits on the Gunnison Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Her mission is to continue to make Gunnison a rich environment. A healthy life, physically and mentally, is a life worth living. She believes she struck gold upon moving to the Gunnison Valley. You can find her on the trails (between work projects of course!) on one of her many bikes, skis, or random outdoor equipment.