2018 TCBC Board of Directors Candidates
Biographies of the 2018 Twin Cities Bicycling Club Board of Directors candidates:
I joined TCBC in 2012 and attended Ride Leader School the same year. Before TCBC I had led several rides for bicycle clubs in the Kansas City area and in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I joined with fellow TCBC Ride Leaders to create and lead a ride from downtown Minneapolis on Saturday mornings called the WBG Java Crow Express. We have had the ride for 6 years now. We also added a pre-ride called the WBG Java Jive on Saturday in 2015.
I did not start bicycling seriously until eleven years ago. I used to run a lot and wish I would have taken up bicycling much earlier. I like going long distance and complete several centuries per season. Since starting to bicycle I have completed 65 century rides. This season I purchased a cyclocross bicycle and have been doing some gravel riding including my first event with the 100K Dirty Lemming Gravel Grinder out of Watertown, Minnesota. My first love is Nordic skiing as I have completed 29 American Birkebeiner ski races and a total of 40 marathon distance races. This includes 5 City of Lakes Loppet races here in the Twin Cities. I also stay active with yoga and Nordic walking.
Professionally, I am trained in healthcare administration and have worked for the last 30 years in critical care patient transport. I have had positions around the country including the Washington, DC area, Michigan, North Carolina, Kansas, South Carolina, and Washington state. I am currently the President & CEO of Life Link III, which is a 501(c)3 independent consortium company that serves 9 major healthcare systems. We have helicopter and fixed-wing air ambulance bases in Minnesota and Wisconsin and are headquartered in northeast Minneapolis. Life Link III has been hosting the TCBC Monthly Board meetings since 2015. I also chair the TCBC Technology Committee.
I was born in Western Pennsylvania and grew up in Michigan attending high school in the Detroit area, college at Michigan State, and public health school at the University of Michigan. My two grown sons live in Colorado and Texas. I have been in leadership roles with several professional and volunteer organizations and look forward to continuing to assist and building upon the many great things that TCBC has accomplished over the years. It has been a real honor to serve as a board member when I was appointed to fill a vacancy in January 2015. I would like to continue for a second term as an elected board member.
I have been a TCBC member for 7 years, ever since a friend told me to join, arrived in the parking lot, saw all the spandex and abandoned me there! I enjoy a variety of road rides and love the outreach and overnight rides as well as mountain biking with the club. I am honored to be considered for a board member position in the organization that has made such a big difference in my life! I am grateful for all I have gained from TCBC and the lifelong friends I have met. I think it’s important and unique that our club caters to all levels of cycling and look forward to having the opportunity to continue to ensure that all ages, styles, and levels of biking are represented. I believe we need to be willing to look at new ways of attracting new members while respecting and celebrating what already works well for those that have been longtime members.
I am passionate about TCBC and am constantly bragging about our great club to colleagues, neighbors, friends, or to people in my other athletic clubs. I am also an avid Nordic skier (skate style) and have recently added running to my repertoire. TCBC usually comes up in conversation when I meet someone new….I just can’t help it! Thank you for this opportunity to give back to the club that has given me so much!
When I can’t be on my bike, my skis, or running, I have a day job as a Speech and Language Pathologist with the White Bear Schools.
I am a lifelong Minnesotan from the East Side of St. Paul. I now live in Oakdale with my wife and our two Westies.
I have been bicycling since childhood, even delivering papers and selling Amway door to door and commuting by bike.
I am retired Engineer from 3M after 38 years of inventing and developing new products.
I volunteered at the humane society for 20 years, fixing things, doing outreach and helping with fund raising efforts. I also had trained dogs to be Therapy Dogs, visiting nursing homes and schools for 20 years.
I have been a TCBC member for over 10 years, a ride leader and the volunteer coordinator for a number of years and on the Board for a couple of years now.
I have been doing outreach for the club at various Bicycle centered events in the Twin Cities as a means to grow the membership and awareness of our club. I have also started to get the club involved with Company Health fairs to promote it.
All this also allows us to hear from other cyclists. I plan to continue to do this through more events.
Over the past 20+ years I’ve ridden over 75,000 miles with TCBC, and served as a ride leader for about 19 years. Over the years and the miles, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, seen a lot of wonderful things, and made many lasting friendships. I would like to continue to serve on the TCBC Board of Directors in order to help give back to an organization that has given so much to me. I am interested in working to help ensure the viability and vitality of our club in future decades by attracting and retaining new members of all ages and abilities. I am also interested in working to increase the skill of our riders (at all levels), by promoting safety, and by reducing the number of accidents. Off the bike, I am a licensed attorney and a clinic administrator for a large local health care system.
The last four years I have had the honor of serving on the TCBC Board of Directors. During this 4 year tenure I have spent the last 2 in the role of president. I have been humbled by the opportunity to serve as your president. My two, one year presidential terms, are rapidly coming to a close. This November, an existing board officer will transition into the presidential role.
I would like to have the opportunity to continue as a board member for one additional 2 year term. In this role, my plan would be to facilitate the transition of the new presidential role and to ensure both the short term and long term strategies identified by the board would continue their forward momentum.