An Alabama non-profit dedicated to safe, fun, family-friendly trails, sidewalks, and paths for Walking, Running and Cycling
  Trailblazers logo Baldwin County Trailblazers
Creators and stewards of the Eastern Shore Trail - a National Recreation Trail connecting communities on both shores of historic scenic Mobile Bay

Past Presidents

   Long time Board Members
   Terry Redfearn (L) - BCT's
   2006-2008 President
- and
   Lloyd Turner (R) putting up
   the first Eastern Shore Trail
   signs along Scenic 98 at    Fairhope's Rose Garden.

Jim Gambill

Stanley Anderson

Ben Meisler

Rufus Bethea

Julie Bagwell

Rebecca Byrne

Richard Horne

Terry Redfearn

Walter Ernest

2011-2013 May
Mike Henriksen

Board of Directors


Valery Wiseman De Laney - President

A native of Mobile, Valery raised her two children in Spanish Fort,
and retired to Fairhope after a short stint with the Mobile County Public School System. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in Elementary Education from the University
of South Alabama. While raising two children, Valery spent many years volunteering at Spanish Fort Elementary School where she designed
and maintained the school grounds and signage, worked with the art department on various fundraisers, and helped coordinate Mobile Symphony’s violin program at the school. Valery enjoys cycling around Fairhope while spending most of her “retirement” leading the Trailblazers.

Mike Thompson - Vice President

Mike Thompson serves as Foley’s City Administrator after having served as Baldwin County Administrator for five years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Auburn University and moved to the Eastern Shore from Atlanta with his wife and two sons in 2000. Mike has 20 years experience in accounting, finance, and procurement with Fortune 500 companies to include Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard Co., and Agilent Technologies. Mike and his family enjoy boating, camping and bike riding.

Ben Meisler - Treasurer

A Daphne resident, Ben was past president of the Baldwin County Trailblazers in 1998 and has been an avid cyclist for 25 years. Ben
owns and manages the Holiday Inn Express in Daphne and received his Certified Property Designation in 1985 and Certified Lodging Manager
in 1998. A University of Alabama graduate, he currently serves on the
Via Senior Citizens Board in Mobile, Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia, Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, Mobile and The Mobile Area Jewish Federation. Married with two grown children, Ben is committed
to the planned growth of Baldwin County allowing for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.


Patricia Gail

New Orleans native Patricia Woods moved to Mobile, AL in 2008 after a 30-year career in real estate and mortgage finance. She currently lives in Daphne. Patricia holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management and did Masters Study in Communications at Southern University. Since retiring, Patricia conducts empowerment workshops in real estate and business. In addition, she is a sought-after inspirational speaker - encouraging others not to lose hope and sharing insight into overcoming stressful challenges and maintaining peace of mind. She cycles with the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore and enjoys videography, cooking, water sports, golf, traveling, and writing.

Molly M. Peterson

Molly currently serves as Librarian and Technology Coordinator at Fairhope High School, and previously worked as the Library Director of the Foley Public Library. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Alabama and a B.S. from Auburn University at Montgomery. Founder of the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore, Molly serves on the Fairhope Library Board and the Fairhope Pedestrian-Bicycle Advisory Board. She also volunteers as webmaster for Fairhope's Local Food Production Initiative. A mother of two teenagers, Molly is married to Richard Peterson and lives in Fairhope.

Jim Tabor

Jim has been in the Mobile Area in the Transportation Industry for the past decade and is currently working as a Manager for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He obtained a degree in Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he met his wife, Amy, who is a Mobile native. He has served over 14 years on Volunteer Soccer Association Boards including three years as the Southwest Area Commissioner for Alabama Youth Soccer Association. Jim enjoys volunteering as a sports coach and acted as the Baldwin County Cup Tournament Director for the past 5 years. Jim and Amy built their current residence in Quail Creek and are enjoying raising their family on the Eastern Shore.



             Our Site

Our website provides key information about the Trailblazers' history,
mission, and management as well as news about the pending completion
of Baldwin County's Eastern Shore Trail.  It features other current and
proposed projects, volunteer opportunities, and provides links to related
events, organizations and attractions.  In addition, you can sign up for our
free eNewsletter or contact us via the provided mail and email addresses.



                Contact Us

                Baldwin County Trailblazers
                PO BOX 701
                Daphne, Alabama 36526


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