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Board of Directors

Board Member Nomination

We are currently seeking to diversify our board of directors. Individuals with an interest in trails, active transportation, community outreach or advocacy are encouraged to submit a nomination form, regardless of background, education, or experience level.

Directors are elected to three-year terms and may serve up to nine consecutive years before “rolling off” for at least one year. Each year, one-third of the directors are elected. Every two years, one-third of board members roll off. 

If you are interested in joining the board or know someone that would be a candidate, please complete the "Nomination Form" in Step 2.

  1. A matrix of current board member skills and attributes is reviewed and updated at the Q2 and Q4 board meetings each year to ensure it reflects current needs. The identified gaps will become priority characteristics to assess future board candidates to create a diversified board.
     

  2. Names of potential board members are suggested by current board members, staff, or significant philanthropic funders/donors, or are received by self-nomination from members of the public. The Trailblazers Board of Directors Nomination Form is required to be completed for the nominee.
     
  3. Forms that are submitted at least 2 months prior to the next board meeting will be reviewed and discussed by the board governance committee and CEO. Forms received within 2 months of a board meeting will be reviewed at the discretion of the governance committee and CEO, but at least prior to the following quarter’s board meeting.
     
  4. If consensus is reached on a nominee to move on to the next step, then the nominee will be contacted to set up a phone or zoom meeting with the CEO. The goal of this meeting is to determine whether there is any interest by the nominee to serve on the board, share the roles and responsibilities of being a board member, and answer questions that the nominee may have. If the nominee is interested in serving on the board, then they are asked to complete the Trailblazers Board of Directors Candidate Info Form.
     
  5. If the candidate info form is submitted at least 1 month prior to the next board meeting, then it will be reviewed and discussed by the board governance committee and CEO.  If consensus is reached to invite the candidate to the board, then the Candidate Info Form will be sent to the full board at least 2 weeks prior to the next board meeting. Forms received within one month of a board meeting will be reviewed at the board governance committee and CEO’s discretion but will be reviewed prior to the following quarter’s board meeting.
     
  6. At that meeting of the full board of directors, the candidate information will be presented to the board and discussed.  The board will then vote at that meeting on whether to nominate the candidate to the board or not.  If the board approves the candidate by a majority vote, then the candidate will be notified and invited to attend the following board meeting.
     
  7. The nominee must attend the next board meeting, and at the end of the meeting, the nominee is appointed to the board by a vote, formalizing the appointment.

* Each step in this process depends on the successful completion of the previous step. However, once a candidate is invited to attend the board meeting, there would need to be the discovery of extraordinary, unexpected, and negative information for the individual not to be invited to join the Board of Directors at that time.

Current Board of Directors

Joan Glubczynski, President

Director of Recreation & Wellness, Bella Vista POA
Sports Management from Indiana University- Purdue; B.Asc. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Western Illinois University;
Resident of Bella Vista
Term limit date 12/31/23

Glubczynski is responsible for the strategy, operations, and staffing for all recreational and wellness programs, facilities, and amenities at the Bella Vista POA. This includes programs such as fitness classes, tennis, and special events; overseeing facilities like our various fitness/recreation centers, swimming pools; and amenities.

Ammen Jordan

Active Transportation Coordinator, University of Arkansas
B.S Science- Earth Science/Geology
Resident of Fayetteville
Term limit date 12/31/27

 

Jordan grew up in Fayetteville and earned his Bachelor of Science in earth science from the University of Arkansas. He then moved away from Northwest Arkansas to explore a wide range of professions including marketing and creative services for Confluence Watersports, managed the New River Academy for Junior Olympic kayakers, and constructed a social and environmental impact investment portfolio and investment funds for a single-family office in Seattle.  Jordan then moved to Ruston, Louisiana, and was given the opportunity to serve as director of development for the city and while there built more than nine miles of multi-use paved trail, using it to focus on community health and economic and neighborhood revitalization.  In 2018, Jordan came home to Fayetteville and has quickly become an integral part of the Northwest Arkansas community. He currently serves as the Active Transportation Coordinator for the University of Arkansas. 

Jonathan (Jon) Johnson

Walton College Professor of Sustainability, Chair of Strategy, Entrepreneurship Department, and Founder of The Sustainability Consortium.
Ph.D. in Management from Indiana University; MBA from the University of Arkansas, B.S. in Zoology from the University of Arkansas
Resident of Fayetteville
Term limit date 12/31/25

Jon is a native of Northwest Arkansas and has enjoyed a long-time passion for whitewater, cycling (road, gravel, mountain), and camping in the Ozarks. He is a former manager of the Pack Rat (1980s) and joined the faculty in the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in 1996. Jon has been an advocate for many cycling initiatives at the University of Arkansas, including cofounding (with Eric Boles) the Bicycle Advocacy Council and serving as faculty sponsor for UA Cycling Club. He is heading up the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula at UA to prepare students for careers in the cycling and outdoor industries.

Sam Slaton

Cycle Education Specialist and member of English Faculty at Thaden School
MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College; B.A .in Creative Writing and Philosophy from the University of Arkansas
Resident of Bentonville
Term limit date 12/31/27

Slaton serves on the national steering committee for the Youth Bike Summit. Previously, Slaton served as the deputy reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, director of communications at Bike New York, and managing director at BikeNWA.

 

Steve Brooks, Secretary/Treasurer

Founding Partner, Eldridge Brooks Partners
J.D. and C.P.A, from University of Arkansas School of Law; B.S. Business Administration/Accounting, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
Resident of Rogers
Term limit date 12/31/25

Brooks is a founding partner of Eldridge Brooks Partners and a former partner at Arkansas’ largest law firm, Friday Eldredge and Clark. Brooks was a partner at NewRoad Capital Partners, one of the state’s largest venture capital and growth equity investment firms where he oversaw private capital formation and strategy and mergers and acquisitions activities and led investments in retail and e-commerce businesses. Brooks practiced as a CPA in both the private and public sectors in the tax section of Frost PLLC, and was a senior tax accountant with Tyson Foods, Inc. Brooks was admitted to the United States Tax Court and has served as an Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Courts and as a lawyer.

Kim Seay

Co-Founder of Bike.POC; Thaden Cycling Coach, NICA Cycling Coach
B.S. of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology
Resident of Bentonville
Term limit date 12/31/25

As a lifelong exercise and outdoors enthusiast, one of Seay’s personal missions is to foster the growth of cycling and hiking disciplines into the mainstream lifestyles of Northwest Arkansas. Her work as an Arkansas League Coach Supporter with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) allows Seay to provide leadership to coaches.

Seay has a goal of enabling every teen to strengthen body, mind, and character through participation in the sport of mountain biking. Seay also co-founded Bike.POC, which works towards increasing the diversity of people who ride bikes in Northwest Arkansas and strives to create a more inclusive and equitable cycling culture.

Lauren Brewer, Vice President

Director of Policy Governance, Walmart;
J.D., Business Law Certification, and B.S. in Biochemistry, all from the University of Arkansas
Resident of Bella Vista
Term limit date 12/31/27

Lauren Brewer is an attorney and Director of Policy Governance at Walmart, where she is responsible for designing and overseeing the framework of policies that govern Walmart’s global ethics, compliance, legal, security, and investigative functions. She is also part of a team working to enhance the cycling programs and infrastructure at the new Walmart home office campus in Bentonville.

Lauren is active in the outdoors, spending most of her free time sport climbing, riding bikes, and exploring her backyard trails with her husband and two dogs. 

A native Arkansan, Lauren grew up in southeast Arkansas and earned her Juris Doctorate and B.S. in Biochemistry, both from the University of Arkansas.