The Ozark Trail Association needs the efforts of volunteers for both on and off the trail activities. If you're interested in getting involved with any of the committees or possibly taking any of the positions listed below, we are always looking for new members. Just click on the committee chairperson or any of the positions listed. We appreciate your help! If you are interested in participating in any of our scheduled events as an event volunteer please go to our events page and select an event for you.

Construction and Maintenance

Responsible for managing, planning and executing all trail construction and maintenance activities. The C&M committee works directly with land agencies, land owners and volunteers to create new trail and to keep existing trail open and navigable.

Chair: April Scott
AAT Coordinator: Rebecca Landewe
Sawyer Coordinator: Mark Goforth
Tool Manager: Scott Hayden
Chief Cook: Jeff Goetter
Power Tool Manager: Mark Goforth
Round Springs Project Manager: Mark Seesing
Training Coordinator: Tom Kornberger

Other roles that fall under this area are: AAT Section Coordinators, Mega coordinator, Event Coordinators, Crew Managers, Crew Leaders, and Sawyers.

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Construction and Maintenance committee.


Responsible for publications including the annual magazine, newsletters, and other printed and electronic materials for the OTA. Comm comm also oversees the OTA website, assists in creating promotional materials for events, and press releases.

Chair: Tim Rigg
Editor, email Bulletin: Abi Jackson
Graphics Designer: Abi Jackson
Editor, OTA Website: Ken Kurtz
Editor, Electronic and Print Media: Stephen Meyers
Editor, Twitter and Instagram: Jeff Howell
Editor, Facebook: Editor Needed
Editor, Constant Contact: Mike Kurtz

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Communications committee.


Responsible for all master planning associated with pre trail construction.

Chair: Roger Allison

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Planning committee.


Works on raising money for trail and organization operations including grant proposals, membership funds, sponsorships, donations, special programs from agencies and related funding sources.

Chair: Abi Jackson
Sponsorship Coordinator: Coordinator Needed
Donation Coordinator: Coordinator Needed
Grant Coordinator: Coordinator Needed
Membership Coordinator: Mike Kurtz
Merchandise Coordinator: Coordinator Needed

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Fundraising committee.

Education and Outreach

Manages promotional events, speaking engagements, volunteer recruitment, workshops, and develops, schedules, and staffs educational programs and events.

Chair: Ken Kurtz
Education Coordinator: Dave Tobey
Outreach Coordinator: Ken Kurtz
Scouting Coordinator: Don Schulte
Arcadia Valley Ambassador: Don Schulte
Springfield Area Coordinator: Phyllis Chancellor
College Coordinator: Dave Tobey
Pacific Riverwalk Ambassador: Ken Kurtz
Trivia Night Director: April Scott
OT100MTB Race Director: Ken Kurtz
OT Challenge Hike Director: Steve Liescheidt
Taum-A-Hawk Hike Director: Matt Ankney

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Education and Outreach committee.


Supports the general operations of the association.

Office Manager: Abi Jackson
Volunteer Recorder: Jeff Goetter
Volunteer Coordinator: Ken Kurtz
Facilities Manager: Mark Goforth
Vehicles Manager: Manager Needed
Recognition and Incentives Coordinator: Coordinator Needed

Contact Us if you are interested in working on the Administration committee.