About Us



Preble Trails is a Committee of the Preble County Youth Foundation focused on safe cycling and outdoor activity for all ages. The Preble County community is unique in its beauty and ruralness; we believes that cycling and outdoor activities in the county can be safer and more accessible through the good works of Preble Trials.


Meet our Committee


Dan Schmidt
(Committee Chair)
Dan is a lifelong Preble County resident.  He and his wife live outside of Eaton where they raise their five children on the family farm.  Dan also owns Catron's Glass, Inc. in Richmond, Indiana.  He, along with his dad Keith and brother Jeff are volunteer Group Cycling Instructors at the Preble County YMCA.  Cycling is a passion that is a family affair and Dan enjoys riding through the beautiful Preble County countryside anytime he gets a chance.





Anna Fomin
(Treasurer)
Anna Fomin is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, and mother of two.  She has always enjoyed being active outdoors and began mountain biking in high school.  Anna joined this group to promote healthy outdoor activity in Preble County and hopes that YOU will get involved to make our pathways safe and fun. 




Heidi Bortel
(Grants)
Heidi was born and raised (most of the time) in Preble County and attended EHS and Miami University. She loves travel, reading, movies, coffee, pets, country life, and shopping on amazon. But most of all, she loves walking, running, and cycling alone and with her family and friends. She believes that affordable, healthy transportation modes should be supported and encouraged in all communities, with the belief that cyclists should feel safe and respected on roadways. 


Interesting in getting involved? 
Email us at info@prebletrails.org for more details.
Members with Bios Coming Soon

Joe DuLuca
Kieth Schmidt
Jim Shank


Holly Steele
(Secretary)
Holistically minded, creatively charged.  Holly enjoys encouraging all thing fun, imaginative and creative that brings play and possibly joy to your life. A program dear to her heart is the Youth for Public Art (YPA) Program that provides at risk teens a creative outlet within the community.  Her drive in supporting Preble Trails is safety.  All persons on a bike deserve, and have the right to feel safe within their own community while riding their bicycle.





Gary Hawkins (Outreach)
Gary lives in Lewisburg these days, but has always lived in Ohio. He has a degree from Otterbein University and is now retired from a long career in sales and marketing.
Gary is a widower with two adult sons and loves all thing automotive and bike related and has recently gotten into modern tricycling. Gary is active in his church, the Lions Club and more recently Preble Trails.






Erin Abney
(Marketing)
A long-serving board member, volunteer and instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County, Erin is an artist, web developer and cyclist. She grew up split between Preble and Darke counties and has an appreciation for the area, it's people and making it better. Growing up she spent most of her time riding her bike around New Madison, Ohio and recently started biking again with her husband, spending weekends on Wayne County's Cardinal Greenway. Erin is committed to helping Preble Trails mold our area into an active community for safe cycling and outdoor enjoyment.



Karla McMahan (Press)
Karla is a wife, mother and retired teacher who loves spending time with family, friends, and nature. She has a strong passion for teaching and a creative part of her life includes exploration and adventure outdoors. She finds happiness in opening ways for others to explore. Together with Preble Trails and the community, one day, we may be able to safely explore on newly created bike trails.