Appalachian Mountain Club

Meet the Chapter’s New Hiking Chair Elizabeth Rodano

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

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The New York-North Jersey Chapter is excited to announce a new Hiking Chair: Elizabeth “Liz” Rodano. The Executive Committee unanimously approved Liz’s appointment during its February meeting. She replaces Vlad Rud, who recently stepped down from the post.

Liz is an avid hiker, sometimes backpacker, runner, and lover of the outdoors. She is originally from Buffalo, but has lived in the New York-North Jersey area for the last ten years. She currently lives in  Orange County, NY.

Liz is a teacher by trade and holds a Doctorate of Education. After completing the Nature-Based Teaching Certification program with the Eastern Region Association of Forest & Nature Schools, Liz launched a nature-based early childhood program at the German International School in Westchester, where she serves as both teacher and coordinator.

Liz has a passion for sharing the outdoors with others, especially families and children. “I am especially interested in launching more hiking programming for families, especially those with young children,” she says. Liz is also a member of the Chapter’s DEI Committee, and she is involved in some cross-committee brainstorming on how to get more families outdoors. 

Having had the opportunity to live and work in both Europe and Asia, Liz has hiked trails in Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Austria, South Korea, India, Japan, and Cambodia. She now primarily hikes and camps in the Hudson Valley region with her husband Matt, and 6-year-old daughter, Ariana.

Another goal? “To increase our number of hike leaders and offered hikes, especially as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, and we start to return to normal,” Liz says. 

Please join us in congratulating Liz on her new role! To learn more about the Hiking Committee, visit here.


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