Denny Caneff – Executive Director
Denny has been Executive Director of the Superior Hiking Trail Association since June 2017. In his cover letter of application for the job, he admitted he’d only hiked “a few hundred yards” of the SHT before (not certain when or where). He was hired anyway. He hopes to hike the entire SHT, in bits and pieces, by the end of 2018. His previous organizational experience found him saving family farms, saving farmland, promoting process and quality improvement, and saving Wisconsin rivers. He himself remains unsaved. He is a father of four adult children.
Jaron Cramer – Development and Communications Director
After moving to Duluth from Seattle, Jaron joined the team in January 2018 to oversee the organization’s membership, donor, and business partnership operations, as well as manage SHTA’s various communications outlets. He grew up running wild and hiking vigorously in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, and he’s excited to experience the SHT as it changes with the seasons. When Jaron isn’t analyzing data or over-analyzing his word choice, he loves to run, cook, drink high-quality coffee (and beer), and play guitar loudly.
Tamer Ibrahim – Trail Operations Director
Tamer is excited to serve in the newly created position of Trail Operations Director, where he will be responsible for planning and overseeing construction and maintenance on the trail. He got his start in trail work in 1999 on the Superior Hiking Trail, and after many years as a Wilderness Ranger in the Boundary Waters, it feels right to be coming back to the SHT. He was raised in the city but always knew that he wanted to live a life surrounded by trees instead of buildings. He enjoys doing just about anything outside, playing music, and learning traditional skills.
Lisa Knight – Administrator
Lisa has lived in Two Harbors since 1988, when she moved here with Granite Gear as their Administrative Vice President. After 26 years with Granite Gear, she joined SHTA as the administrator in March 2018. She’s loved exploring and camping along the SHT through the years and has found it’s the best way to spend time with your friends. Lisa lives up the road from the SHT with her husband Jeff and their two sons. When she’s not balancing numbers, she’s always restless to travel and put another stamp in the passport.
Jody Nonnemacher – Trail Information Center Manager
Jody’s involvement with the SHTA began in 2012 when, as a newer Two Harbors resident, she wandered in to the office to investigate. She became a member that day, moved into volunteering and soon became one of the weekend staff in the retail store. Jody’s roles with SHTA have been as Volunteer Coordinator and Communications Assistant in Cook Co. Now back in the Two Harbors area, she is excited to be the manager of the Trail Information Center. The role is perfect – a few of her favorite pastimes are looking at maps (the paper kind that open up, lay flat and give you the BIG picture) AND planning family adventures….which involve maps and making memories! She herself is chipping away at hiking the entire Trail a section at a time. “Its been a good day when I can assist someone in their plans for an adventure on the Trail or pick up something special from our shop as a reminder of their experience!”
Jo Swanson – Trail Development Director
Jo has been a SHTA volunteer since 2007 and staff since 2015. She coordinates volunteers and trail work, manages trail data and mapping, and is proud of being part of the Elite Latrine Digging Squad. After making every possible rookie backpacker mistake on the SHT, Jo went on to hike long-distance trails all over the country. But the SHT is her home trail and she has camped at every SHT campsite. If she’s not hiking on weekends, she’s probably making art maps or reading Astrid Lindgren books.