Meet Our Founders
Carol & Bob Leone turned their lives up-side-down to move to Maine in 1988 because they wanted to raise their family in a place where people loved the outdoors! They left their jobs with the Appalachian Trail Project in Harpers Ferry WV where Carol worked for the National Park Service & Bob for the Appalachian Trail Conference (a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the Appalachian Trail ~ now the AT Conservancy). Bob was instrumental in designing much of the AT route through New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania and helped to permanently protect that section of the footpath. Bob's love of the outdoors grew from years spent as part of the Appalachian Mountain Club Trail Crew in the White Mountains. He has a BA in English from Hartwick College & a BS in Forestry from the Univ. of Massachusetts. Bob is a builder & carpenter and volunteers as Chairman of the 800-acre Schmid Preserve in his hometown of Edgecomb.
Carol treasures the outdoor experiences that came with her work as a Park Ranger in various units of the National Park System including Assateague Island National Seashore, Lassen Volcanic National Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and later added a MFA in Ceramics. After moving to Maine, she established a successful boat lettering & graphic design business which continues today.
After moving to Maine, the Leone family spent as much time as possible outdoors. All their best family memories are of times spent hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, kayaking or diving together. Their daughter, Lindsay, carried her fond high school Outing Club memories into her college years where she was a member & trip leader for the Dartmouth Outing Club. She is currently a lawyer with the Mintz Levin firm in Boston & continues to be involved with T3 as an Advisor and volunteer. Their younger daughter, Sara, was lost in a car accident in July 2005 and she has been the spark behind Teens To Trails. SEE "Dedication to Sara". In her brief 15 years, Sara developed an amazing passion for life kindled by her connection with the outdoors. She was the perfect combination of self-confidence and humility, passion and compassion. Sara personified all that can be learned from nature - if we just look and listen.
RECOGNITIONS for their T3 work
In 2011, Carol & Bob were honored with an L.L.Bean's Outdoor Heroes® Award that recognizes individuals who have dedicated their time to help conserve, educate and honor the outdoors. These are people who may not make the front-page news, but who change the world around us for the better. The Leones received thousands of votes nationwide. Read more.
In March 2014, Founder Carol Leone was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, these Champions of Change are invited to the White House to share their ideas to win the future. Carol was selected by the White House as a "Champion of Change: Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders" for her efforts to engage communities and youth in environmental stewardship and conservation. Read about White House honor.
watch video of White House celebration (go directly to relevant minutes -> Carol is honored by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at 26:30 minutes; Carol talks as part of a panel at 52:28 to 56:55 minutes)
Check out Portland Magazine's Top 10 Most Intriguing People for 2014! These Mainers have plenty of moxie and dare to be different, November 2014