Thomas Baxter’s experience working to develop Pennsylvania’s Trail systems makes him an ideal match for the September 11th National Memorial Trail (911 Trail), the nonprofit organization responsible for advocacy and development of a Trail that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Baxter joins the organization in the new position of President.
As President Tom is responsible for implementing the 911 Trail vision, which includes completing sections of the September 11th National Memorial Trail. He works with public and private stakeholders, as well as partnering organizations, to make sure the trail moves forward smoothly, duties include community outreach engagement with elected and municipal leaders within the multi state network.
Prior to coming to September 11th National Memorial Trail Thomas Baxter spent 14 years as Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront focusing of the continued development, planning and construction of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh Region. Prior experience includes several successive positions with Fayette County Redevelopment Authority, Riverlife Taskforce, Allegheny Conference and Carnegie Mellon University focusing on public trail access as a means of economic development and community connectivity.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300 mile system of trails and roadways that are a symbol of resiliency and character that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It serves as a tribute to the fallen men and women who perished on September 11, 2001. The multipurpose trail system provides cyclists, hikers and walkers a valued public resource and an opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes, meet new towns and engage in this unique historic trail. Through the efforts of The September 11th Trail Alliance, along with cooperation of local and state governments, assistance of federal agencies, and great friendships of East Coast Greenway, the trail is real today.
Amy Valenty became involved with the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance in 2017. Throughout her accounting career, nonprofit organizations have been her focus. Although each organization’s mission is slightly different, they all have worked toward bettering the local community. Partnering with 911 NMTA has been gratifying to Amy. She enjoys supporting the mission & focus of the dedicated volunteers, board & staff as they work diligently to establish a system of trails, which connect these important memorial sites. In addition, she is very involved with local scout groups and uses those opportunities to pass along a love for the outdoors and a clean environment.
Marlee Gallagher joined the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance as grants administrator in March 2019. A grant writer, fundraiser, and designer with over 10 years of experience, Marlee has helped raise funds and develop messaging, identity, and community connections for non-profits, corporations, and artists around the U.S.
Marlee studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her degree and a certificate in public and professional writing, she began consulting with local environmental nonprofits, working to develop trail systems and repair waterways. Utilizing her writing and design skills, Marlee began creating both communications and fundraising materials to help these nonprofits further their missions and goals, build cohesive identities, and engage more people. Through this work, Marlee became involved in community development, creating fundraising, marketing, and branding strategies to promote revitalization in Pittsburgh communities, where she lives, and beyond.
In 2017, Marlee was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, an award that recognizes 40 people under age 40 whose creativity, vision, and passion enrich the region. Beyond her work, Marlee volunteers with the Pitt Alumni Association and ACLU and enjoys spending time with her family and many rescue pets.