Board of Directors

The Fundy Trail Parkway is a not-for-profit and charitable park, run by a skills-based volunteer board of directors appointed on three-year terms by the NB Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


Meet the Fundy Trail Development Authority Inc. Board of Directors

Back row – left to right: Jeff Melanson, Andrew Fry, Andrew Dixon, Greg Turner (Past President), Marc Thorne, James Donald (President)
Front row – left to right: John McNair, Yennah Hurley (NBTCH Deputy Minister, Ex-officio), Natasha Ostaff (Treasurer), Bette Ann Chatterton (Secretary), Elspeth Hagan
Missing – Katie Bowden


James Donald


James is the owner and creator of the Hiking NB website, which has resulted in him and his family hiking most of the trails in the province.  This has also resulted in him meeting the people in the province that are most passionate about our trails.  The Fundy Trail Parkway area is one of James’ favourite places to explore because of the amazing landscape created by the extreme Fundy tides.

James started his career in the forest industry with a strong interest in Information Technology after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Forestry.  He was responsible for implementing several large software projects while managing forestry operations.  James returned to University part time and in 2009 received his Masters in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and technology.  James had the opportunity to go to NB Liquor in 2014 to work on their large project to replace their Enterprise Resource Planning software.  This culminated in him receiving his Masters Certificate in Project Management in 2017 and transitioning into the role of Channel Manager for Grocery in 2019.

Katie Bowden                               


Katie Bowden is the President and CCO of This is Duke. She is an award-winning creative consultant with more than 20 years experience in marketing and brand strategy, creative development and project management.

She is an idea person – imagining the possibilities, stretching boundaries, building brand, and generating results for her clients.

She is author of two children’s books, and is represented by a New York literary agent.



Bette Ann Chatterton


Bette Ann Chatterton was Elected Deputy Mayor of the Village of St. Martins from 2008 to 2011 and elected Mayor from 2011 to present.  After working more than 20 years, she retired from her position as an administrative assistant within the provincial government.

A life-long resident of St. Martins with a special family connection to the Fundy Trail Parkway, she a passion for community involvement and has volunteered on ambulance, fire department, recreation, church, OHW Community Celebrations,  and numerous other non profit boards and commissions.  She and her husband, John, have three married sons and now an extended family with daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and a great grandson.


Andrew Dixon

Andrew Dixon is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1983, joining Sunbury Transport in Fredericton, N.B., and becoming General Sales and Traffic Manager in 1986. In 1991, he went to work for EMCO Distribution in the position of District Branch Manager. In February of 1997, he joined Logistec Stevedoring as Commercial Manager of the forest products and break bulk terminal in Saint John. This initial assignment was expanded to include Logistec operations throughout the Atlantic Region.

In June of 2004, Andrew joined the management team at the Saint John Port Authority, assuming responsibility for all Marketing and Operational activities. He currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Trade and Business Development, and his current responsibilities include Cargo, Cruise, and Venues Business Development, as well as Property Management and Strategic Port initiatives.

Andrew completed the requirements to receive the CITT Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation in 1989. He has been an instructor for “Integrated Logistics” at the local college as well as serving on the National CITT Board of Directors for several years, including a term as Board Chair. In 2015 he was honoured to receive the CITT Award of Excellence for lifetime achievement in the field of Logistics and contribution to CITT.

Andrew is actively engaged with local and provincial economic development agencies, and he also serves as Vice Chair of the Fort LaTour Development Authority. He and his family are avid hikers and have a strong historical connection to the St. Martins and Fundy Trail area.


Elspeth Hagan

Elspeth is General Counsel, Global Compliance at McCain Foods.  Prior to joining McCain, Elspeth handled a variety of complex commercial and compliance matters in the energy, industrial and health-care sectors of Siemens, a global engineering firm. She has also practiced with law firms in Toronto and Saint John.  She has a JD from Osgoode Hall and completed graduate work at the University of Toronto.  Elspeth participates in many committees and boards feeding her passion for strong communities, museums, and diversity and enjoys living with her family in Carleton County.



Jeff Melanson

Jeff is a Civil Engineer specializing in water resources and has experience in stormwater assessments, water balance studies, climate change adaptation and the design of municipal infrastructure. He has engineering consulting experience across Canada and internationally, including a wide range of surface water related projects.  He has been involved in several trail design and restoration projects throughout southern New Brunswick.




Marc Thorne

Marc Thorne is a civil engineering technologist with more than 30 years of progressive technical experience with the NB Department of Transportation & Infrastructure. His expertise is in the design and delivery of heavy civil construction projects including highway and structural components. A skilled mediator and consensus builder, he works effectively to achieve corporate objectives. He has an extensive history of optimizing production while maintaining positive communication with regulatory agencies, adherence to standards, and balancing concerns of individuals.

Marc has strong governance abilities developed from more than two decades of service with local government and non-profit boards. He has served over a decade as Deputy Mayor and almost an additional decade as Mayor of the Town of Sussex. He has developed an extensive knowledge base relating to strategic planning, governance, budget preparation, the provision of public works, administrative services, labour relations and long-range economic planning. He has served as a director of the Kings County Solid Waste Commission/Regional Service Commission and as a board member of Princess Louise Park Show Centre located in Sussex.


Yennah Hurley

As an entrepreneur, Yennah Hurley started Walking Proud Inc. in 2005 bringing the sport of Nordic Walking to be an event in Marathons across Canada and Eastern United States. She continued to grow her business and was the founder of Daytripping@Rockwood an outdoor adventure company in Saint John.  After developing the business over 5 years, Yennah sold Daytripping in 2012.  She then accepted the position as the Manager of MindCare NB with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, preparing her for her role as the Executive Director of the KV Oasis Youth Centre. A start up charitable community organization with 2 social enterprises. Youth ages 12-25 access recreation, entertainment, social interaction and physical, sexual and mental health services and resources.

In February of 2019 accepted the position of Senior Advisor to the Premier for Tourism and in January of 2020 she was appointed to Acting Deputy Minister for the Department of Tourism.


Paulette Hicks

Paulette Hicks is dynamic business leader with over 25 years of experience in the tourism industry where she was recognized for her bold thinking and leadership.  As the inaugural CEO for Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency, Paulette brings a passion for her community and the ability to lead transformational change, drive economic growth, and deliver return on investment for the Saint John region. Paulette leads a high-performing, unified team with a strategic focus on attracting people, business, visitors and investors to accelerate growth for the six municipalities of St. Martins, Grand Bay-Westfield, Hampton, Quispamsis, Rothesay, and the City of Saint John. The Agency is designed to scale and will be one of the largest regional economic development agencies in Atlantic Canada.

Paulette has also led community economic growth initiatives throughout her career.  She initiated the first voluntary hotel levy in New Brunswick which was the catalyst for a public-private partnership with the City of Saint John, resulting in the formation of Discover Saint John. She also was the driving force to secure the $10 Million Social Innovation Fund for community poverty reduction and recently conceived the 20% provincial tourism rebate – designed to generate revenue for the New Brunswick tourism industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  She is also an experienced government relations advocate driving policy decisions at the highest level.

Paulette’s has an unwavering and long-standing commitment to service in the community.  She most recently was a member of the board of the Saint John Airport, the NB Medical Education Foundation- Advancement Committee, Co-Chair of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative and Co-Chair of the New Brunswick Hotel Association.   She was also a founding member of RiseUpSJ, working with other business leaders passionate about the future of Greater Saint John.

Paulette was born and raised in Pennfield, New Brunswick and now lives in Quispamsis with her husband.