Mariah grew up in southern Vermont and set her first step stone on the Long Trail with the VLTP near Stratton Pond at the age of 15. After being told by the GMC trails director that the LTP didn’t hire under the age of 18, she went across the lake to do trail work, returning to the GMC as soon as she was old enough to be hired. This kicked off a trails career that has lasted over two and a half decades and spread over 10 states, eventually landing her back in Vermont as a trail designer/planner and partner in Sinuosity, LLC, a professional trail building firm based out of Morrisville, VT. Throughout her seasonal and then year-round trails career, Mariah has returned to the GMC periodically as a summit caretaker on Mt. Mansfield, consulted on various trail projects, led tool safety/maintenance trainings for the LTP and caretakers, and eventually became a Trail Management Committee member after returning to Vermont full time in 2013. Mariah has also served on the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council’s Board of Directors since 2014, in between traveling around New England for trail projects. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University and continues her professional development in the service of trails whenever possible, recently completed a Wetlands Delineation course, and is a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association. When not immersed in the trails world, she supports students and teachers in planning and executing projects to reduce carbon emissions in schools and communities as the Energy Action Projects Manager for Vermont Energy Education Program.