Our Team

Grant Wieler

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work of our Chapters, members, partners, and staff. Thank you to all the incredible people that work behind the scenes to keep our organization running smoothly.

Nick Bennette

Executive Director

Nick is a dad, environmentalist, recovering consultant, and passionate mountain biker. He’s most happy out in the woods, popping off roots and rocks and searching for fun lines. Outside of work, Nick is either keeping up with his 9-year old or out on the trail, typically combining those things as much as possible. Once the weather turns,
Nick tries to get in as much skiing and fat biking as he can, and his family has (mostly) converted him into a cozy-weather board gamer. Nick’s favorite thing about working for VMBA is the people. “Every single person in our organization is passionate about strengthening access and sustainable stewardship. It’s awesome to work so closely with Chapter leadership, partners, and volunteers rooted in that same passion.” Most importantly, favorite trail snack. There’s no one answer for Nick, regardless, he strongly prefers ‘real’ food and the default is to whip together a ‘mega sandwich’ – peanut butter, banana, honey, and chia seeds.

Krysy Steckler

Operations Director

Krysy, originally from Oregon, attended UVM and fell in love with the Green Mountain State so much that she stayed. She dove deep into the world of nonprofits through her time as an AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteer and received her MS in NPO Management from Northeastern. Krysy pursued a career to mix her passion for the outdoors and npo management and found her way to the VMBA team. Outside of VMBA, you’ll find her playing outdoors and volunteering in the community, whether it is on her bike, snowboard, or the water. She’s especially passionate about coaching, leading and supporting women and young girls to build confidence and feel empowered through outdoor recreation. Krysy loves working for VMBA because she’s “able to combine my love for recreation with my passion to support my community – and working with incredible people who are here to grow our mountain bike community (and ride bikes).” Her favorite trail snacks? Starbursts (or candy of any kind).

Joe Gaynor

Programs & Events Coordinator

Joe originally grew up in Connecticut and moved to Vermont to attend Champlain College. After college he had the opportunity to work for some great Vermont brands. Then was fortunate enough to start a family here and show them all the reasons why he moved. During Joe’s spare time, he likes to ride bikes with his family and snowboard during the winter. Joe’s favorite thing about working for VMBA is “the positive impact on the trails I have enjoyed for years and hopefully make it an even better place for my kids.” And his favorite trail snack? Sour gummy bears!

Kenzie Fuqua

DEI Coordinator

Originally from Michigan, Kenzie moved to Vermont after falling in love while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Kenzie’s educational background is in psychology and sociology of recreation. Her passion for DEI work started from a young age and is a common thread through her day job, her volunteer work with WATA, and her work with VMBA.  She resides in Stowe with her partner and dogs. During her spare time, you’ll find her out on the trails riding or running during the summer, or in the backcountry skiing in the winter. She loves spending time with her two dogs and partner exploring all Vermont has to offer from peaks to bakeries, and beyond. She loves working for VMBA because, “It’s exciting to be a part of an organization that is making a broad impact in recreation. I love hearing the ideas, dreams, and insights from all walks of life associated with mountain biking in Vermont.” Finally, Kenzie refuels with fruit leather or a pocket cookie!

Jennifer Wefers

Membership Associate

Jennifer, a mother to Joshua, is a native Vermonter who grew up embracing Vermont’s recreational landscape, from biking and hiking to skiing. She brings over 15 years of marketing and customer service experience to VMBA. She loves to get outside with family and friends in her spare time, exploring Vermont’s expansive trail systems no matter the season. In addition, she has a love of photography, often capturing memorable experiences to share with others with her camera. Jennifer loves working for VMBA. “It is a pleasure to work for an organization focused on sustaining one of my favorite activities, mountain biking, not just for me but for all. I love that I get to play an active role.” Jennifer’s favorite trail snack is O.W.L Energy Bars and Garuka Bars!

Adam Morse

Fellowship of the Wheel Director

Since the age of 3, stories of burning holes in shoes and busted “Big Wheels” from sliding around the neighborhood ruled his childhood. A lifetime lover of all things bicycles has led him to the role of Director for FOTW. He lives in Richmond, VT, and began his journey with FOTW as a board member in 2016. Throughout his time prior to FOTW, cycling has taken many different paths from bicycle sales & service to trail building, multi-discipline competition, event promotion and volunteerism. Mountain biking has made such a positive impact in Adam’s life from connectivity with nature, to social outlets, world travel, personal limits, relaxation, endless smiles and so much more. As such, his favorite part about working for VMBA/FOTW is the opportunity to contribute to the creation of any number of these experiences for all those who use our trails. With his spare time, Adam has been really into planning out and tending to a garden. Harvesting crops throughout the summer and transforming it into new recipes has been rewarding! For his favorite trail snack, any variety of the sugar-coated gummy family, quick burning fuel to keep the legs burning and the pedals turning

Angus McCusker

Ridgeline Outdoor Collective Director

Angus feels fortunate to live in the heart of the green mountains of central Vermont with his wife and two boys. He loves getting to know every corner of this state and has lived in northern and southern Vermont as well.  Proud 251 club member here! Outside of work, Angus loves to ski, all different kinds. Whether it’s going fast on skinny skis or earning fresh backcountry powder on the fat boards. He loves working for VMBA for “Being part of a community!  I love being part of a small town community and the greater outdoor recreation community.” His favorite trail snack? Well does a maple creemee count? Though more of a post trail snack…

Bec Wojtecki

Richmond Mountain Trails Director

A former New Yorker, Bec discovered the fun of mountain biking after moving to Vermont in 2019. After working for years as a pediatric nurse and taking a break to hang out with her two awesome kids, Bec returned to the workforce with an interest in non-profits. She was able to combine a love of outdoor recreation and interest in community-based non-profits when she took on the role of Director of RMT in 2022. When she’s not working or riding her bike, Bec loves hiking in the woods with her dog, skiing in the winter with her family, and building Lego masterpieces with kids. Bec has found working for VMBA/RMT to be an incredible experience thus far. With the camaraderie of the outdoor community and time on the trails, collaborating with board members and volunteers to reach the trail-building and fundraising goals for the season hardly feels like work! Bec is proud of the work VMBA/RMT is doing to create inclusive trails and is grateful to be a part of that mission. Bec doesn’t have a favorite trail snack; she’s more focused on the après ride food! Bring on the tacos.

Carolyn Lawrence

Stowe Trails Partnership Director

Carolyn has been lucky enough to be in Vermont for 12 years now. Prioritizing skiing, biking, hiking, climbing, etc. over the years has shown her how valuable outdoor recreation is to both individuals and communities. She loves waking up every morning to help lower barriers to the outdoors and realizing the physical, mental, social, and economic value playing in nature has. She can be found outside of work on her bike, paddleboard, camping, or mushroom/plant foraging with her dog. She loves working for VMBA/STP because “the community that comprises VMBA and the Chapters (and outdoor enthusiasts in general) in Vermont is inspiring. I’m constantly in awe of how willing folks are to help one another out, and how dedicated people are to trails and all that goes into them. I feel honored to be included in this community and grateful to have so many passionate be a part of it.” Carolyn’s favorite trail snack? Cheez-Its, forever and always.

Courtney Behnken

Slate Valley Trails Operations Manager

Courtney was an art teacher for 15 years in Maryland before joining VMBA/SVT. She fell in love with VT when she first did a 1K-mile bicycle tour from MD to VT with her (now) husband and VT has remained a special place in their hearts and are so excited to be living here, being part of our community, and planting roots. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys going on long gravel rides, mountain biking, working in her garden or cooking delicious food with friends. Courtney loves working for VMBA/SVT because she has met some incredible people and has really loved being able to get out there and engage the local community. To see people and kids empowered by moving their bodies outdoors in nature on trails has got to be one of Courtney’s favorite things about working for VMBA/SVT. Her favorite trail snack is probably peanut butter crackers.  If she needs a sugar hit, her go to is maple syrup, of course.

John Duston

Waterbury Area Trails Alliance Programs Director

John is originally from Colorado and came to VT in 2017. He immediately jumped into the bike scene in Waterbury. He’d describe himself as generally quiet until you get to know him. Outside of work, he does more work. As a workaholic, he has another job with the Stowe Fire Department. When he is not busy working, he is typically camping, riding his bike, hiking, skiing, and he loves to cook; all with his partner JoHannah. John’s favorite thing about working for VMBA? “When people give feedback on our networks. It’s incredible to hear what people think and how it compares to other places in the world. The vast majority we hear is praise and thanks. Having the trails as an outlet means a lot to the people in our community whether it’s for them to use personally or the visitors from elsewhere that patronize the local businesses. And with the incredible growth of mountain biking there is a clear and inspiring path forward. Not sure how I got lucky enough to move here and be a part of something this special.” John’s favorite trail snack? Gushers and fruit by the foot.

Steve Petrik

Southern Vermont Trails Association Director

One of Steve’s main goals at SoVTA is to provide recreational life experiences that people might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in due to barriers of entry. A fun fact about Steve is that he got frostbite on his hands while using a flamethrower. Outside of work, he is building more trails and backcountry zones for everyone to enjoy. When he has the time, he can be found fly fishing on the many streams and rivers in the area. Steve loves working for VMBA because, “I wanted to find a way to share my love the outdoors with the people of our community and visitors to the area.” His favorite trail snacks? Cured Italian meats and fruit.

Huge thanks as well to all the seasonal staff that help our Chapters build and maintain trails, run youth programs, engage their communities, and more! Interested in working for VMBA? Keep an eye on our blog and social media for any open positions.