ARC Staff

Ben Nasta, Director of Communications

Ben Nasta is Director of Communications for the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). Mr. Nasta has primary responsibility for the programs informing members and the public about the work of and the views of ARC and plays a key role in ARC programs including Partners Outdoors, Great Outdoors Month and National Get Outdoors Day. He works with Congress, federal and state agencies, and tourism, conservation and recreation partners on topics including the benefits of recreation to health, the economy and communities. He is responsible for managing ARC's digital and social media presence.

Derrick Crandall, President

Derrick Crandall – is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Recreation Coalition, a position he has held since 1981. He also serves as Counselor to the National Park Hospitality Association, as a Steering Group member for the National Park Service Centennial Advisory Committee, and as Co-Chair of both Great Outdoors Month Partnership and the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Among the dozens of public-policy programs in which he has played a central role are the National Scenic Byways Program, Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, Recreational Trails Program, Wallop-Breaux Program, and the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission. These efforts have been recognized in many ways, including induction into the RV Hall of Fame and receipt of the Annual Award of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. USA Today has described him as “the outdoor guru.”

Catherine Ahern, Vice President, Member Services

Catherine Ahern – is Vice President, Member Services for the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). In addition to member services, Ms. Ahern is responsible for program marketing, membership development and administrative services and serves as ARC’s Corporate Secretary. She also works closely with the Coalition for Recreational Trails, a coalition of trail-related groups that was formed in 1992 to ensure that the Federal Recreational Trails Program receives adequate funding. Prior to joining ARC in July 1995, Ms. Ahern served as a senior executive with the International Snowmobile Industry Association, ending her 22-year tenure with that organization as its President. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Vanderbilt University and received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Florida State University.