I am pleased to announce that, at our annual Board of Directors meeting earlier this week, Brayden Donnelly was elected as a new member of the Board. He joins co-founders Leo Walker, Tom Kennedy and Nancy Kozanecki who will continue their service on the Board.
Brayden is the originator and team leader of our #hikeOctober program, now going into its fifth year. He has been a tremendous addition to the HIKE for Mental Health team, and we are excited for him to assume a role on our Board and to continue to lead #hikeOctober. In accepting the nomination to the Board, Brayden shared his vision for his role with HFMH:
Hi everyone! My name is Brayden Donnelly. I currently reside in Central Oregon, after having grown up in New Jersey. I have been involved with HIKE for Mental Health since 2017, creating, and working primarily on, the #hikeOctober campaign. As an avid outdoor hobbyist, I bring a background in Environmental Policy, alongside self-taught skills in photography, videography, and graphic design, combined with personal experiences of mental illness, in the hopes of building the conversation surrounding mental health and trail conservation.
In my continued role with #hikeOctober, and my new role on the board of HFMH, I intend to build upon the strong connections HFMH currently has with trail organizations, such as the AT and PCT, to grow new ones, so that our community of hikers and volunteers can reach even more people across the country and around the world. I am excited for the year ahead, and for the chance to meet many more of you who are so critical to HFMH’s mission and impact.
Please join me in congratulating Brayden on his expanded role.