Director Biographies

Bob Akers, Board President

“Teaching Health and Physical Education has enabled me to learn the importance of good recreation for life. Good parks and trails give all people a chance to relax, as well as working to have good mental and physical health.”

Robert “Bob” Akers, our 40-Mile Loop Land Trust President, coached wrestling and football and taught school in the Centennial School District in Gresham since 1966. Even though he retired from teaching in 1996, after 30 years of service, he only recently retired from coaching football at Centennial High School and still helps with wrestling tournaments as a member of the OSSA state wrestling tournament committee.

Bob has worked to get the City of Portland to develop Powell Butte Nature Park, served on the Citizens Park Advisory Committee for the City of Gresham, served on Metro Citizens Advisory Committee for Parks and Green Spaces, and has served on the 40 Mile Loop Land Trust Board since 1992.

Jim Sjulin, Board Member

Jim Sjulin has been active with the 40-Mile Loop since 2016. Jim uses his local government experience and his contacts with the City of Portland and Metro to get people to the table to problem-solve the remaining gaps in our 140-mile system. His main focus is on completing the Marine Drive Trail and understanding how to close big gaps in the Columbia Slough Trail. Prior to joining the 40-Mile Loop, Jim worked at Portland Parks & Recreation for 29 years, managing the Natural Resource Program, which included portions of the 40-Mile Loop.