About Us

Children riding bikes on the Towpath Trail

Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to be a partner with communities throughout Allen County, Indiana, to promote the equitable development, and maintenance of trails. We advocate for a safe, accessible trail system that improves the quality of life, encourages economic development, and connects county residents to their neighbors, nature, workplaces, schools, and other community assets.

Contact us at:

Fort Wayne Trails, Inc.
300 E. Main Street, Suite 131
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone:  260-969-0079
Email:  [email protected]

Nicole Funk-Evard, Development Director

Nicole Funk-Evard became the Director of Development of Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. in March of 2024 and has a Certificate in Fundraising Management through the Indiana University Lily School of Philanthropy. Nicole believes in engaging with donors through authentic relationship building and has a proven track record of passionate community impact. She brings a unique blend of strategic thinking and hands-on experience to her role as the Development Director for Fort Wayne Trails.

Nicole is a Fort Wayne native who has also lived in Las Vegas and Chicago. Nicole and her family are passionate about nature, being outdoors, conservation, and living an active, healthy lifestyle. Nicole is excited to leverage her skills and expertise to enhance the impact of Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. and create a lasting legacy of connectivity and vitality for generations to come.

Email Nicole[email protected]

Photo of Community engagement manager James HolmJames Holm, Director of Community Engagement

James joined FWT’s staff in August of 2019. James is a Fort Wayne native with a passion for cycling, running, and all things outdoors. Prior to joining the FWT staff James was a regular partner and collaborator for over 10 years during his time in the cycling industry.  James is a KPC “20 Millennials Making A Difference” award winner, YLNI Leadership Institute graduate, and FAA Part 107 licensed drone pilot. James is passionate about the positive growth and progress of Fort Wayne and is proud to be a part of the continued development of the beautiful trail network in Allen County.

Email James[email protected]

W. Joy Lucas, Administrative Assistant

Joy Lucas joined FWT’s staff in July 2014. She puts her office administrative skills to good use processing donations and providing clerical and event support to the Executive Director, Development Director, and Director of Community Engagement. Joy has worked in or near downtown Fort Wayne for several years serving as a volunteer in the Mentoring Department at Early Childhood Alliance, as an IT Assistant for VBOS Inc., and employee for the Carole Lombard House as a Tour Guide and Registered Food Handler. She also served as the Office Administrator for the Phillips Team Real Estate firm for several years and is a former Beauty Consultant for Merle Norman Luxe Day Spa and Salon.

Joy enjoys working with her husband as a volunteer minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They devote about 50 hours a month to Bible educational work. Together they enjoy gardening/landscaping, walking, biking, traveling, and cruising. Her time alone is spent drawing, painting, reading, and writing poetry. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends having coffee or tea and the occasional dinner party in person or via Zoom.

Email Joy[email protected]


Fort Wayne Trails Board Members

Kristi Abel
21st Century Bradley

Adam Bartrom
EMCOR Group, Inc

Matthew Bochard
First Federal Indiana Bank

Rhonda Breischaft – FWT Board Secretary
Community Volunteer

Andrew Brooks
Brooks Construction Co, Inc.

Grant Daily
Chief Operating Officer
Minnick Services Corp.

Dr. Lisa Hollister
Trauma Systems Director
Parkview Health

Amy Houston
Recording Secretary
UAW Local 2209

Megan Hubartt
Director of Communications
Indiana Youth Institute

Anthony Juliano
Vice President \ General Manager
Asher Agency

Mike Kelly – FWT Board Chair
Owner and President
Caliente, LLC

Luke Labas
Inclusion Institute Director
The League

Lynn Marbach – FWT Board Vice Chair
Three Rivers Running Company

Amos Norman
District Executive Director

Diane Rogers
Retired FWPD

Chad Shaw
Superintendent of Parks Planning, Landscape and Horticulture
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Paul Spoelhof
Director of Planning and Policy
City of Fort Wayne

Chris Stewart
Stewart Sales Group, Inc

Jenn Storey
MKM Architecture + Design

Robin Strasser – FWT Board Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Lasting Change, Inc.

Liz Unger
Principal Consultant
Capital E, LLC

Lena Yarian
Junior Achievement

Fort Wayne Trails Committees



Resource Development


Trail Users


If you have an interest in one of our committees please contact [email protected]