Champlain Area Trails hires communications manager

Essex woman selected

Joanna Bateman

Joanna Bateman

Champlain Area Trails has hired Joanna Bateman to manage its communications and administration.

Bateman’s responsibilities will include devising communications strategies, website renovation and streamlining organizational workflow.

"We are delighted to have Joanna on board,” Chris Maron, CATS executive director, said. “Her graphic design and organizational skills combined with her interest in nature and land conservation make her a great addition to the team.”

Katherine Preston, CATS board chairwoman, agreed.

“Joanna is a perfect fit; her background and interests complement our group and will bring Champlain Area Trails and the benefits of outdoor recreation into clearer focus both within and outside the local community,” she said.

Maron added, “A recent survey showed that people who visit and live in the Champlain Valley want to get outdoors and hike, so it is the perfect time for Joanna to publicize the area’s trails and how they connect people with nature, link our communities and promote economic vitality.”

Bateman and her husband Bill relocated to Essex last June from the Albany area. In addition to working with CATS, she will continue operating her own business, Joanna Bateman Studios, which provides full-service graphic design and communications services to small businesses and non-profits since 1997.

CATS is a local non-profit organization whose purpose is to develop hiking/skiing trails that link Champlain Valley communities, connect people to nature, promote economic vitality, and protect habitat and scenic vistas. For more information, go to www.champlainareatrails.com/contest.

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