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IMBA's crew is made up of passionate mountain bikers who also happen to be experienced professionals in their fields. Many of us got our starts as volunteer advocates and trail builders and are honored to work at IMBA. And because we come from all over the country, we understand and celebrate regional differences in riding experiences. Get in touch and let us know how we can help.
Aaron is a gearhead by birth and dropper-post lovin' weight-weenie by choice. Having discovered a lifelong love for all things bikes back in Detroit in the early 90's (aboard his fully rigid, budget-minded Nishiki Crossroads, no less) he began racing his bike all over the Michigan woods. This eventually led Aaron to Colorado and eventually to IMBA in 2012 where he works on backcountry mountain bike trail access, policy and legislation as part of the Government Relations team. In his little spare time, Aaron coaches cyclocross at a local high school. His best rides are with his wife and two boys who, after careful crafting, now share his love for riding.
Adam hails from the hills of Rochester, NY. He has been advocating for land access and building shared-use trails since 2005. He began planning, design, and construction work with his local IMBA-affiliated organization. With an Industrial Design degree and a master's in Recreation and Leisure Management, and a background in skills instruction, Adam has a passion for the challenges of developing diverse trail infrastructure that satisfies needs, supports growth, and enriches lives.
Raised in a small town in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Anthony grew up with an appreciation of the outdoors and the adventures it provides. Anthony came to IMBA in 2014 after an eight-year career in marketing and PR as a graphics project manager and a former president of SORBA Tri-Cities, an IMBA/SORBA chapter straddling the Tennessee/Virginia border. Anthony is based in Tennessee.
Austin was introduced to mountain biking while growing up in Southern California, but his passion for riding and enjoying the outdoors led him and his family to make the move to Bend, Oregon. Austin’s spent five years in the bicycle division of Shimano American Corp. and later served as the General Manager of a home automation company, designing and programming complex home systems. His passion for technology is exceeded only by his love of mountain biking. If he’s not riding his backyard pump track, you can usually find Austin out enjoying one of the many trail networks in Bend.
Avi was born in Westchester, NY, and moved to Israel at the age of 12. There he fell in love with mountain biking and continued to ride and compete in downhill competitions with his local team. The lack of trails in his area pushed Avi to go out and build as much as he could. After volunteering with a trail building crew in New Zealand, he realized his love of building and decided to get involved with Trail Solutions.
Branden's background in architecture and design in the midwest and abroad has fostered a fascination with outdoor experiences and creative problem solving. The grandson of a cartographer, his strengths include hand drawing & illustration, writing, and digital design techniques including drafting, 3D modeling and animation.
In his hometown of Springfield, Missouri he advocates especially for younger designers, artists, and other creatives that seek to balance their creative output with inspiring outdoor experiences through involvement at festivals/events, public art installations, collaborations with educational institutions & other happenings.
About 10 years ago while Caleb was midway through college and in search of an enjoyable way to exercise, he began mountain biking. He has been involved ever since, whether it be through recreational riding, racing, keeping up to date on bike tech, or trail work and advocacy.
Chris is a small town Arkansas native raised in the poultry and cattle farming business. He decided to restore and take hold of his childhood love for bikes around 2015. With that said, he dived headfirst into mountain biking and cycling and has been in love ever since.
Working in trail advocacy and conservation for thirty years, Chris splits his time as a Trail Specialist for IMBA Trail Solutions and as the Assistant Director of the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR), one of thirty nine University of California NRS research and education field stations. For Trail Solutions and trail communities, Chris has specialized in trail system survey, design, mapping, education, heavy equipment construction, and trail impact / storm water runoff mitigation methodologies. As the Assistant Director of VESR, he helps manage the conservation and research on of one of the remaining un-logged, un-grazed montane conifer habitats in the Eastern Sierras. When not on bike, Chris enjoys snowboarding, fly-fishing, leather work, and building prosthesis.
Dave has been mountain biking since the mid-1980s and has ridden and raced his bike on trails all over the world. He has been involved in trail advocacy from the beginning and was the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails, and race director for the Gunnison Growler. A member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Dave also created and leads the Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University. He joined the IMBA board of directors in 2016 as its chairman, and was named IMBA’s executive director in spring 2017.
Doug is a native Virginian whose early love of BMX and skateboarding transitioned to mountain biking in the late 1980s. Doug is a former State Park Ranger and BLM Recreation Technician who has managed trail design and construction projects in the Mid-Atlantic US with a focus on building innovative, sustainable and fun trail experiences. His experience includes design of shared-use trail systems that minimize user conflict, design and construction of mountain bike-optimized trails, fundraising, grant writing, extensive volunteer training and coordination, work in trail advocacy and stakeholder involvement.
Eleanor was raised a two-wheeled advocate in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. From racing to riding to work and every trail in between, pedaling is her natural state of motion. Prior to joining the IMBA team she worked in journalism and nonprofit communications in Chicago while leading volunteer efforts with Big Marsh Bike Park, co-founding the Chicago Women’s CX Fund and working with inner-city youth to get more kids on bikes.
Heather enjoys life with her husband, two daughters and two dogs in the seven hills (but no mountains) of greater Cincinnati. In her spare time, Heather enjoys running, hiking, brunch, reading and trying new recipes. She is a couch to 5k coach with a local non-profit group. Heather’s mountain biking career is in its infancy but she does have about 15 years of human resources experience and loves helping other people succeed. Heather attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and has degrees in psychology and business. Just for fun, Heather was a substitute high school algebra teacher.
Heather is originally from Michigan but has lived in and around Boulder, Colorado her entire adult life. She enjoys mountain biking (which she has done for more than 20 years), dirt biking, skiing and snowboarding with her husband and two daughters. Heather represents for Masters women at Enduro races across the Rocky Mountains and racks up podiums on a regular basis, earning this former high school English teacher the nickname "Enduro Mama." Her dog, Mazey, can be found at her side most days and is IMBA's unofficial office pup.
James has been working in the outdoor industry his entire career. Born and raised in Atlantic, Canada, he received his outdoor recreation degree from the University of New Brunswick. His more than 25-year career spans working with governments, nonprofits and consulting across Canada. Since 2010, he has lived in California and worked to create space and trails for people to enjoy the outdoors.
Jen has lived and played in Colorado for over 20 years. She loves riding her mountain bike, but also enjoys many of the other things Colorado has to offer including camping, climbing, hiking, trail running and hammocking. Aside from being outside, Jen takes pleasure in cooking and hanging out with her friends, family and pup Teo.
Whether she's commuting everywhere via fixed gear in cowboy boots or finding the nearest trail to ride her mountain bike, Jess understands how important it is to have that outdoor escape and trails close-by. She's a midwest girl who's lived in small-town Kansas, Chi-Town, Sydney and hopscotches all over Missouri. She grew up crossing off as many places on a map as she could and enjoys being a nomadic gypsy. Before joining IMBA Trail Solutions, she was helping create a trail system in rural Missouri for all the surrounding mountain bikers and adventurers. She has over 10 years of experience helping communities with her graphic design skills and what some may think is a freakish obsession with typography. She now aspires to use that creative energy towards creating future trails for communities. She collects dirt and always has a deck of cards handy. Her van is a home on wheels which is normally driving into the sunset, heading to the nearest mountain bike trails.
Joey is IMBA's longest-tenured employee and its ambassador to the world, having planned and built trails and taught trailbuilding across the U.S. and around the globe. He was instrumental in jumpstarting IMBA’s Trail Solutions program in 2002 after a three-year stint with the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew program. He has won the gruelling Montezuma’s Revenge mountain bike race several times, climbed and skied the majority of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and surfed countless breaks.
Josh was born and raised in Nebraska and had a passion for BMX in his teens. He’s always had a passion for the outdoors and discovered mountain biking in his 20's when he fell in love with trails and started advocating locally. That brought him to Trail Solutions and has provided the opportunity to share that love with others. Josh is very proficient on an excavator and loves building and riding rocks.
Josh is a trail builder born and raised in Colorado who has been building mountain bike trails for over 15 years. Cycling has always been a big part of his life. Some of his favorite memories include his dad building him his first bike and riding trails all over Colorado on his family camping vacations. Silverton Mountain, CO is where his trail building career began and since then he has built trail all over the country. Josh has worked and managed several different bike parks and enjoys going fast and jumping his bike. When he is not riding or building trail you can find him riding his Harley, working on his truck or camping.
Kent’s mountain biking roots run deep. First introduced to mountain biking in college, he was instantly hooked. His passion led him to be a founding member for both his collegiate cycling team as well as IMBA Local club T.H.O.R., while working to build local mountain bike trails close to his home. Ultimately he wrapped up his college career serving as Director for Psycowpath—the Nebraska state mountain bike championship series. After graduating college, Kent turned his passion into a career in bicycle retail, founding Midwest Cycling—a top 15 Trek retailer he sold to Trek Bicycle Corporation in 2017. During this time he co-founded a Omaha Devo, a youth mountain bike skills program, and cranked out 10 years of sub-9-hour Leadville 100 finishes. He currently sits on the board for a social enterprise in Omaha, NE, The Bike Union & Coffee, that serves foster youth aging out of the system. Kent is based in Nebraska.
Kristine brings two decades of sales and marketing experience to the IMBA team. Her past work includes; Gannett owned newspapers & magazines, a regional craft brewery (a natural fit, mountain bikers love beer) a tech start-up and Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network.
Raised in New Hampshire, she moved quite a bit covering nine cities and towns in five states and both coasts before settling in Roanoke Virginia in 2009. It was here that she picked up mountain biking again in earnest when she started riding with a group of moms who would make the most of their mornings while their children were in pre-school. In 2012 she joined the board of the newly chartered Roanoke IMBA Chapter as the founding communications board member. Six years of dedicated volunteer work culminated in the award of IMBA's Sliver Level Ride Center designation for Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Mike was born and raised on bikes in Wisconsin. He received his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then headed west to live in Breckenridge, CO, to work as mountain resort planner on projects throughout the worldwide ski industry. Currently, Mike and his wife are back to their Midwest root, living in Madison, WI. Mike has extensive experience in resort and recreation planning, resort/facility capacity analysis, trail network and facility layout, and detailed site design and grading plans. His project management experience includes master plan processes, public outreach plans, project stakeholder partnerships, federal/state/local permitting, project implementation, and project budget oversight.
Patrick is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied geography at John Moores University in Liverpool, England and started mountain biking there in 1992. Patrick lived in Vermont for 11 years, working for the Youth Conservation Corps and volunteering with several mountain bike clubs. He became Executive Director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association in 2007, establishing access in the Green Mountain National Forest, furthering access on state land and presenting trainings to ski resorts. Since moving to Prescott, AZ, Patrick has been working with the BLM, USFS, and city and county partners to develop trail networks in many communities.
Randy is a legend of mountain biking and an icon of freeride. He is a veteran of Red Bull Rampage, competing in the first few events and then serving on the official build team and judging panel. He has helped design and build several bike parks across the U.S. and has been with IMBA Trail Solutions since 2011.
Richard has travelled the globe spreading the message of better trails and good stewardship. He has led trail projects, done assessments, and taught trail building clinics in 33 U.S. states and eight countries. Richard’s depth of experience includes teaching the latest in trail design, construction, and management practices. His expertise is in the creation of multi-use trail systems that accommodate a variety of trail users and skill levels. Richard presents on and often consults on the topic of sustainable, risk-managed trails. He has assisted numerous community trail planners and managers in developing interurban trail facilities.
Sam has been an outdoor recreation enthusiast for most of his life. An avid rock climber for many years, he turned his attention to mountain biking after moving back to Northwest Arkansas. When not riding or working on XC trails, Sam can be found hosting trivia nights at his local bar or zip-lining through the trees in Eureka Springs.
Shane has been a trail builder and an advocate for mountain biking since 1992. He has focused on the design and planning of trail systems that integrate destination quality mountain biking into growing communities. Shane’s planning work is known for it’s imaginative use of terrain and careful attention to managing users by providing opportunities and progression. He has extensive experience guiding the development of destinations all over Europe and North America.
Steve grew up playing in the New England forests. He came to Trail Solutions with a civil engineering background focusing on stormwater management and stream restoration, and a love of riding. He has lived and pedaled up and down the Appalachians. His passion for rocky trails and technical problem solving have made him a key team member in design development, master planning, project management, and construction implementation. Steve’s knowledge of low impact design, erosion and sediment management, and environmental permitting needs help ensure regulatory compliance and natural resource protection in a variety of trail projects.
Like most kids growing up in the '20's, bikes were a means of transportation to Stephen. Dry heaving off the gravel climb on his first ride on a mountain bike, he was hooked! After moving back east and getting involved with SORBA, he discovered he didn't know anything about trails until serving as a chapter president. Several years as Trails Director led him to IMBA Trail Solutions.
Sunny grew up on the North Shore of Vancouver, Canada and has spent most of her adult life in Utah. She loves riding in the forest, the desert, and everywhere in between. Coaching the local NICA high-school team allows Sunny to share her love of mountain biking with kids—including her own. According to her, mountain biking is the most inclusive and beneficial high-school sport around. Sunny got into the world of trail advocacy as a volunteer on her city trails committee and is now expanding her trails crusade with IMBA. She graduated with a degree in English and writes and edits for the outdoor industry. When she’s finally worn out from biking, skiing, hiking or playing outside, she’ll relax and read a good book.
Terry was born and raised in South Florida in an era when kids could roam free. As a young girl, bicycling was a form freedom to explore Miami just as riding horseback was her way of exploring the Everglades. After 12 years of being a roadie, her mountain biking career started in 2004 when she went on a mountain biking tour of Wales with her future husband, Mike. This experience inspired her to advocate for mountain biking in the community of Ellijay, GA, as president of the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association and the office manager for the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop. Terry brings her experience of building community to support great mountain biking experiences to the rest of the Southeast.
Tiffanie’s love for adventure and the wild outdoors led her, early on, to uproot her life and book it to Colorado, where the mountains waited and the trails beckoned. She has been with IMBA since 2010 and in addition to handling the finances, she’s a volunteer coach for the Little Bellas program and loves seeing little girls gain strength, courage and self-worth through mountain biking. When not on her bike in the Colorado high alpine, you can find her trail running, skiing, wrapped up in a book or tinkering with recipes in her kitchen. She probably will never mention it, but she earned a stars-and-stripes jersey from winning a national endurance mountain biking championship early in her mountain biking career, and has degrees in economics and political science.
Todd is a twenty-plus year veteran of public policy, legislative affairs, and issue campaigns, having worked with conservation non-profits, the renewable energy industry, and outdoor recreation organizations among others.Throughout his career he has worked to promote a healthy lifestyle by ensuring access to public lands, funding for outdoor recreation, and promoting cycling in all forms. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
Born in Maine, Tom has lived in Michigan, the Marshall Islands, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and currently resides in Greenville, SC. During his 32-year college teaching career, Tom began riding mountain bikes with his students and joined SORBA. He later became a chapter president and, in 2000, executive director of that organization. Tom has worked at developing trail systems in the southeast and has guided the growth of the SORBA from an Atlanta mountain bike club to an effective seven-state regional organization of chapters. Tom joined the IMBA staff in 2008.
Tylor became an advocate for the cycling world at the age of 4 when he first threw a leg over a bike. From throwing the training wheels away early to being the fastest kid in the neighborhood to getting on a Factory Trek team in middle school, the bike has always been a staple to his life. Beyond racing Tylor has spent time as a bike shop rat, holding youth classes on bicycle safety and maintenance classes, and being a local trail steward. After acquiring his grandparents’ land in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest, he started to build a trail system for the surrounding mountain bike community to enjoy. He eventually found his way to IMBA's Trail Solutions.
Alden is president and CEO of Oxford Finance and a long-time advocate, fundraiser and board member for The Campagna Center, a non-profit organization serving children and families in need. An avid mountain biker, triathlete and runner, Alden regularly participates in racing events.
Chris is the president and general manager of Yeti Cycles, which has long supported both IMBA and local advocacy efforts. He is also a past president of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter in the Denver metro area.
David is the global marketing director for SRAM, one of IMBA's top-level supporters. He is also a past board member of Chicago's largest cycling advocacy group, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Ernie has spent several years serving the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), an IMBA chapter serving the Washington D.C. metro area. He has volunteered as a ride leader, trail liaison, advocacy director and, since 2014, the group’s president. He was invited to join the IMBA board in 2017 to offer the valuable perspective of an IMBA chapter leader.
Howard is the CEO and founding managing partner of BCM, LTD. an investment management firm. He is an avid cyclist and regular volunteer trailbuilder.
Jazmin has worked at The Conservation Fund (TCF) as Associate Director for Conservation Services since 2016, and was previously the Strategic Conservation Planning Information Manager at TCF (since 2007). She is interested in large landscape conservation and engaging communities as active participants of conservation outcomes. Her work focuses on sustainable food systems, land loss prevention, community based conservation planning and helping conservation organizations be more strategic.
Jazmin was born and raised in Costa Rica. She lived there for 20 years and has made her home in North Carolina for the last 23 years. She earned a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences with a certificate in geospatial analysis. She also serves on the board of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Jazmin first started mountain biking when she attended Appalachian State University. Her passion is in expanding the diversity of trail users, especially women and people of color.
Jessica is Manager of Commercial Business Development at Flatirons Field Services. Prior to joining the energy business, she worked in various positions in energy and environmental policy, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Wyss Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation. A Colorado native, Jessica's true love is rolling down any of the state's alpine trails or skiing the backcountry during off-season.
“Mountain biking soothes my soul and regenerates my spirit. The intense concentration and the physical surprise accomplishments are drugs that keep me coming back. The mountain bike community has always been the social fabric of my life.”
“I know maintaining access and conserving lands to fulfill my passions outdoors requires service and stewardship. I am committed to preserving our beautiful landscapes while increasing the accessibility of mountain biking to all. I've been thrilled to see so many women out on trails and racing, and it's important to me that we are part of the conversation.”
Jim is a past president and active member of the Tarheel Trailblazers, an IMBA chapter in Charlotte, NC. He also has more than 25 years of career experience as an officer and legal counsel for insurers and reinsurers in the life and health industry, as well as direct experience in marketing and sales.
Luther Propst was elected in 2018 to the Board of County Commissioners in Teton County (Jackson Hole), Wyoming. Before diving into local government, he founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and directed its operations throughout Western North America until 2012. Previously, he practiced law, where he represented local governments and organizations nationwide in land-use matters and worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. Luther also currently chairs the board of the Outdoor Alliance, of which IMBA is a founding member.
Mike is the founder, owner and CEO of Jenson USA. He started the business while still in high school to fuel his passion for mountain bike racing and has turned it into one of the largest and most successful bicycle retail companies in the country.
Ximena and her husband, Dov Torenberg, founded MicroEdge Inc., a company dedicated to developing software to manage the grant making process of foundations and corporate giving programs. She served as the President of MicroEdge and was primarily responsible for sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development. When they sold the company in 1998, this software was the leading program used by over 2,000 grant giving organizations.
Once retired, Ximena was introduced to mountain biking and immediately fell in love with it. She has experienced first-hand the benefits that come with it: good health, staying in shape, and great comradery and friendships.
In 2007 Ximena and Dov bought a failing local bike shop and restored it back to health. In the process, introducing a new generation of riders to mountain biking. From 2011 thru 2014, Ximena, together with the bike shop and a group of volunteers organized and led a charity ride (Ride to Fight Hunger), which raised close to $250,000 for the Jewish Family Service Foundation. In 2013 Ximena joined the board of that non-profit and served on its strategic planning and development committee until 2015.
Ximena’s goal in joining the board is to use her position to continue to encourage more women into the sport and to use her experience with grant making to assist IMBA with its fundraising. She lives in Prescott, AZ.
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