Billings TrailNet (formerly BikeNet) is a non-profit, 501c3, grass-roots organization that supports urban trails in and around the Billings community. Our organization increases awareness and encourages use of the trails in our community, and raises money to use as matching funds for trails.
OUR VISION: Billings area as a premier community for healthy lifestyles and active transportation where biking and walking are safe and an integral part of everyday activity.
OUR MISSION: to promote a complete, community-wide trail system.
- Increase amount and connectivity of trails and bikeways
- Advocate the value of trails to the community
- Promote increased use of trails and an active lifestyle
- Develop and encourage community collaboration on active transportation
- Support maintenance of trails system
- Grow Billings TrailNet’s identity
- Develop and expand the organization
Board of Directors
Kathy Aragon helped to organize the City and County’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, was involved with GoPlay campaign, and through BPAC, spearheaded the Molt Road memorial Share the Road signage. Kathy helped start Trail Trek and is heavily involved with Bike Walk Bus Week. She was the Safe Routes to School network director for Montana, and was a board member for School District 2. Kathy is an advocate for smart school siting and collaborative community design.
Kathy is a champion for active transportation. She bikes, runs and with her husband, Chuck, is a very active parent of three girls.
Don Christensen was born and raised in Billings, and owns two businesses in the Billings area.
Jim Downs formerly owned The Spoke Shop is now retired. He has been an active member of our Board of Directors for two years. Jim rides in Billings, and internationally, where his children live in Denmark, Hong Kong and Missoula.
Stella Fong divides her time between Billings and Seattle where she runs, bicycles and sails. In the winter her favorite activity is cross country skiing which she has tried to become more proficient in for over 30 years. For Billings, she would love to see more trails for biking and walking that provide more connectivity and practical functionality for convenient and safe everyday use.
When she is not playing she is a freelance writer and contributes to Yellowstone Valley Magazine, Big Sky Journal, The Last Best Plates and the Last Best News. Her articles have appeared in Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Blue Water Sailing, The Washington Post and Western Art and Architecture. Her first book, Historic Restaurants of Billings just came out in November with another book, Billings Food coming out in March of 2016.
Stella is currently the Chair of the Billings Public Library Board of Trustees and sits on the board of the YMCA. She co-chaired the capital campaign in 2010 to help raise $5 million for the the Billings Public Library towards the construction of a new building.
Stella would like to help bring awareness of the trails to the public through fun and fund events. She believes that having a signature event on the trails would be a nice compliment to the already successful Ales for Trails and other activities.
Heather Gentry grew up in a rural town in Montana. After graduating from high school she moved to Billings and attended Rocky Mountain College, then MSU-Billings graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. In that time she also earned a Paralegal Certificate. She has worked in the field of law for the past 13 years and as a Paralegal for 11 years, currently focusing in the areas of railroad and insurance defense.
Heather has volunteered for many community and non-profit organizations and events over the years, which includes Habitat for Humanities, Billings Downtown Association, Tumbleweed, Yellowstone Animal Shelter, and the Montana Women’s Run. She has since found her focus and passion with Billings TrailNet. Prior to becoming a member of the Board of Directors for Billings TrailNet in 2015, she was an avid volunteer for the organization by offering her time and participation in various events to include contributing as a member of the committee for Ales for Trails since 2012.
In Heather’s free time she enjoys many outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and snow shoeing. She spends much of her time riding her bike and walking her dogs on the trail system. As a frequent trail user, Heather is able to get to know the system and also observe the tremendous amount of use by all ages in many different capacities. Through her trail use, she is also able to see the various trails that are much needed in the City of Billings and Yellowstone County to accommodate the ever growing trail users and pedestrian/bike commuters as the community and the active lifestyle trend continue to grow.
Steve Hudak was born and raised here in beautiful Billings, MT. He graduated from Senior High in 2004 and continued his education at Northwest College in Powell WY as a photography major. He is the proud father of “two awesome kids” that are 7 and 4, which provide him with a lot of entertainment and keep him on his toes.
Steve enjoys cycling, camping, fishing, art, music (all genre’s), and pretty much anything outdoors!
Steve is looking forward to advocating for the trail system by raising funds for potential projects, leading group rides, and also putting on bicycle repair classes for all age groups. Steve has a strong passion to make Billings a better place to live, and raise a family.
Jared LeFevre was born and raised in southern Idaho. He and his wife moved to Billings 14 years ago to work at the Crowley Fleck law firm, where he practices tax and commercial law. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University (undergrad), University of Utah Law School and University of Alabama Law School (tax degree). Jared has five children, ranging in age from 16-8. He is very involved in church activities, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and lots of other family activities. Jared enjoys sports and running, and would also like to take up cycling.
Jared enjoys running and biking on Billings’ bike trails and would like to see them expanded. He has been attending the City’s Rims to Valley trail task force on behalf of the Billings Chamber of Commerce. He sees Billings as a good “career and jobs city,” and would like to see it develop more of its fun and recreational opportunities. TrailNet gives the opportunity to develop fun/recreational resources of Billings.
Kevin Odenthal has been on the Billings TrailNet board of Directors since 2014. He has been the event coordinator for our biggest fundraiser, Ales for Trails; works with the City/County Planning and Engineering Departments to get more bicycle parking in the City of Billings, and has installed many of the bike staples downtown at at Metra Park.
Kevin is also on the City of Billings Parking Advisory Board, is on the ad hoc Kids In Motion Bike Repair Trailer advisory board, and has helped to provide volunteers for the repair clinics that are put on by the Kids In Motion program.
Kevin works at Northwest Scientific and is a former co-owner of the Mustard Seed, a popular restaurant we all miss very much!
Kevin moved to Billings in the early 2000s, has two grown children and enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking and fishing.
Mike Ormsby is our newest board member. He has lived in Billings for eight years and is previously from California.
Tim Pellandini has lived in Billings for three years. He spent the prior fifteen years in Colorado where he and his wife had two children. The Pellandini family enjoys outdoor life and community involvement. Tim’s hobbies include reading, cooking , fitness, fishing and enjoying friends. He works for St. Vincent Healthcare as Director of Operations for Primary Care. His interest in TrailNet is specific to healthy lifestyles and building community.
Paul Strom is a long time Billings resident. He is Billings TrailNet’s treasurer, and makes his living as a CPA. Paul loves skiing, biking and hiking at any chance he can get.
Kristi Drake, Executive Director
Kristi Drake was appointed as Billings TrailNet’s first executive director in November 2012.
Kristi has enjoyed commuting on her bike to work for years, and has enjoyed the active lifestyle the Billings trails and terrain have to offer since she moved here with her family in 2008.
Kristi served on the board of directors from 2009-2011and was the Ales for Trails coordinator in 2010. To see Billings TrailNet develop further, Kristi used her insider’s knowledge of the organization as a focus for her final master’s project on all-volunteer organizations when she graduated with her master’s degree in public relations from MSU-B. Kristi is also a member of the Beartooth Nordic and Hiking Club.
Contact Kristi via email, or call 406-281-1244
Join the biking and walking movement today and bring active, affordable transportation and safer streets to our community. As a member of the Billings TrailNet, you connect our neighborhoods with safe streets and better transportation alternatives.
Annual or monthly contributions through membership provide a continuous funding stream to ensure projects are funded.
Here is an example of what membership can do for the trails:
$10 per month would buy a bike rack or approximately 9 feet of paved trail
$25 per month could pave 23 feet of trail or 40 feet for a bike lane
$40 per month could buy…
You can choose your membership level.