Andover native Steve Paradis, former chief operating officer of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, has been named interim executive director for the organization while the board of directors seeks a permanent replacement.
Paradis has served the ATC for the past 10 years, initially as a member of the board and later a senior staff member.
He first became involved with the ATC after hiking the trail over the winter of 1992-1993. In an effort to give something back, Paradis volunteered with the Dartmouth Outing Club as a corridor monitor and ultimately as the club’s monitor coordinator.
He has also served on the ATC board of managers, Finance Committee and Stewardship Council as well as on the boards of both the Appalachian Trail Museum Society and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. In addition to his life membership in the ATC and an honorary life membership in the ALDHA, Paradis values his continued memberships in the Dartmouth Outing Club as well as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, his local Appalachian Trail club.
Paradis grew up in Andover and attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence. He went on to pursue his mechanical engineering degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
Founded in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is headquartered in Harpers Ferry, W.V., and has regional offices in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. The nonprofit organization is both a confederation of 31 local trail-maintaining clubs, with assignments to maintain the trail, and a membership organization with support from all 50 states and more than 15 foreign countries.
Under agreements that date back to the 1930s, buttressed by federal legislation, the ATC leads a cooperative management system for the trail in close cooperation with federal, state and local agencies and trail-maintaining clubs. The organization’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its natural beauty and cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed for centuries to come.
The ATC board intends to name a permanent executive director by the end of the year. For more on the organization, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.