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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.

Email: [email protected]

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 the Association’s outreach events and communications outlets. As the youngest member of the team, he is often the defacto IT guy. While Jaron grew up in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, he has settled into his new home near the Sawtooth mountains. When Jaron isn’t analyzing data or over-analyzing his word choice, he loves to run, cook, garden, drink hot coffee, and play guitar loudly.

Email: [email protected]

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.

Email: [email protected]

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.

Email: [email protected]

Jody Nonnemacher – Trail Information Center Manager

Jody’s involvement with the SHTA began in 2012 as Volunteer Coordinator followed by the Communications Assistant in Cook Co. 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, planning family adventures, and hiking the entire Trail a section at a time.

Email: [email protected]

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.

Email: [email protected]