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Please thank IMBA's World Summit presenters for traveling from across the globe to share their expertise!

Aaron Clark
Aaron Clark, Conservation Manager (IMBA)

Aaron Clark currently serves as the Conservation Manager at IMBA. Formerly with the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance (SRCA), Aaron served nine years as the recreation campaign director, working on land management plans throughout the Rocky Mountains. Prior to his work with the SRCA, he was a middle school science teacher, and a cycling tour guide in France.

Adrian Montgomery
Adrian Montgomery, IMBA Chapter Executive Director (Wood River Bike Coalition)

Adrian has spent most of his 40 years on earth being a cyclist and advocate, the last half a bike industry professional. He is currently executive director of the Wood River Bike Coalition, an IMBA Chapter in Southern Idaho. He works as a consultant for many premium outdoor and action sports brands providing marketing, communications and branding strategy.

Aimee Ross
Aimee Ross, Director of Business Development (IMBA)

Aimee Ross came to IMBA from a previous 8 years of bicycle industry experience in Southern California, with a focus on mountain bike specific brands. Growing up in Michigan, Aimee’s passion for cycling started young. She spent summers building trails and riding dirt on her family’s property. In 2012, she moved to Colorado, making connections to the cycling community by way of founding/directing a high school mountain bike team for the local NICA affiliate. Today she serves on the Board of Directors for the NICA Colorado League.

Anders Reynolds
Anders Reynols, Policy Officer (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Anders Reynolds is a Policy Officer on the U.S. Public Lands team at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. While spending much of his time on Capitol Hill developing relationships with conservation champions, he also travels extensively across the country in support of Pew’s programmatic work on local, partner-driven conservation opportunities. He previously served as Legislative Director for Congressman Marion Berry (AR-01), and has extensive state and federal campaign experience, having most recently directed a 2010 effort for Congress in Arkansas. He has a B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and is completing his M.A. at Johns Hopkins University.

Andy Williamson
Andy Williamson, Director of Program Development (IMBA)

As IMBA's Director of Program Development, Andy will be working with chapter leaders and staff nationwide to design and execute a full range of programmatic strategies and initiatives to support IMBA’s mission, strategic plan and chapter services. Andy previously served IMBA members and chapters as the Great Lakes Region Director where he supported 30 local non-profit trail organizations and numerous land managers in helping to protect, enhance, and create new trail opportunities across Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Whether it was leading trips across the country for a university outdoor program, managing a park district outdoor recreation program, or as a dedicated volunteer and advocate, he has spent the last 15 years working to educate and inspire people to get out and live and has been invested in ensuring everyone has a place to find their own adventure.

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Founding Partner (The Avarna Group)

Aparna has devoted the last six years to helping outdoor and environmental organizations attract and engage a diverse and inclusive base of people and cultivate inclusive cultures. As founding partner of the Avarna Group, she has provided insights and resources to over 25 organizations in this space and facilitated workshops on diversity, inclusion and equity for over 2,000 outdoor educators, nonprofit leaders, outdoor industry professionals, land managers and conservationists. Before launching the Avarna Group, she served as a board member and Director of People and Culture of the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition, and also spearheaded projects that encourage public dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, including Expedition Denali: Inspiring Diversity in the Outdoors. When not at work, you can find her climbing, hiking, running, and mountain biking with her partner Jamie and son Kieran.

Ashley Korenblat
 Ashley Korenblat, Managing Director (Public Land Solutions)

Ashley’s involvement with public land began when she served as President of Merlin Metalworks, a bicycle manufacturing company in Cambridge, MA. During that time she became chair of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) from 1996-2000 and worked  with the organization to establish MOUs with federal, state and  local land managers. Ashley has spent the last 15 years at Western Spirit Cycling, an outfitter based in Moab, Utah who runs multi-day trips throughout the U.S., and is one of the largest holders of recreational permits  in the public lands system. Ashley was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2003. She was appointed to the Utah BLM Resource Advisory Council for two terms, as well as the Outdoor Recreation Economic Ecosystem Taskforce created by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Ashley created IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative and has testified before Congress on the recreation economy. She recently served on The Western Governors Association’s Get Out West Committee.

Austin McInerny
Austin McInerny, Executive Director (NICA)

In his role as Executive Director of NICA, the governing body that provides leadership and services to interscholastic mountain biking leagues across the country, Austin draws on the experiences gained from his five years as head coach of a large cycling team, extensive racing and event production, as well as more than 30 years of riding. Prior to being named Executive Director in 2012, Austin contributed to the creation of the teaching materials used by NICA to launch new state leagues and played an integral role in creating the organization’s Coach License Program. With a background in environmental mediation and a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University, Austin has also been an effective advocate for the mountain biking community in California and he and his wife have toured the Austrian Alps, Greece and the Pyrenees, as well as many locations across America, by mountain bike.

Ben Davis
Ben Davis, Founding Partner

Ben Davis is co-founder and partner of OnSight Public Affairs, specializing in strategy development, communications and creative direction. For 12 years he has employed these skills with organizations in the business, sport and political industries to meet their individual goals. His expertise in public strategy and communications has been successfully used on some of the state’s highest-profile efforts including the USA Pro Challenge and campaigns for both Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper. Following years spent playing and working in the Rocky Mountains, Ben’s professional career started knocking on doors for conservation campaigns. Since then he’s devoted his skills towards protecting Colorado’s environment, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and protecting local brewers and distillers from changes to their marketplace. Most recently, Ben has combined his passion for bikes and his experience influencing public policies to improving life for two wheelers in his home state. He is currently working on the Colorado Pedals Project, starting the Golden Giddyup mountainbike race in Golden, CO, and working with cycling enthusiasts throughout the state to make sure anyone and everyone has an opportunity to pedal happily. And when he’s not working, you can probably find him hanging with his family or riding one of his bikes through the woods. 

Brandee Lepak
Brandee Lepak, Executive Director (Trips for Kids)

Brandee Lepak is the Founder and Executive Director of Trips for Kids Phoenix. Taking over 1000 kids mountain biking yearly who would otherwise not have the chance, her chapter partners with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Phoenix Police department’s gang resistance program, the Gila River Indian Reservation, children who have been surrendered to the state and live in group homes, and those enrolled in special education programs through local public schools. Brandee embraces the theory that every kid should have the chance to experience nature, otherwise they will never fight to protect it and believes wholeheartedly that mountain biking is the best way for kids to enjoy the cycling experience.

Brannon Pack
Brannon Pack, IMBA Chapter Executive Director (Ozark Off-Road Cyclists)

Brannon Pack is the Executive Director of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC), a Charter Chapter of IMBA's South Central Region based in northwest  Arkansas' Ozarks. He is responsible for growing the organizational capacity of the OORC in order to create, enhance and preserve both multi-use trail access and the mountain biking experience in the Arkansas Ozarks and surrounding region. Additionally, Brannon is accountable for achieving OORC's strategic and programmatic goals by cultivating volunteer leadership, increasing OORC's financial capacity with fundraising and membership growth, coordinating regional advocacy and public affairs activities, directing marketing and public communications, and developing and cultivating public land management agency partnerships.

Brian Fox
Brian Fox, Systems Development Branch Chief (United States Geological Survey)

Brian Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for  USGS’s National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National  Map. Prior to leading NGTOC's Systems Development Branch, Brian supported the national Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, including joint military assignments in the United States and overseas. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri  - Saint Louis.

Brian Riordan
Brian Riordan, Customer Success Lead (Strava)

Brian is the Customer Success Lead of Strava Metro at Strava, Inc. He has been involved with the GIS/GPS industry in transportation and climate change for the last 20 years. He is now actively involved in the global effort to use crowd sourced cycling and pedestrian data to facilitate change and progress within the alternative transportation industry. Strava Metro’s mission is to produce state-of-the-art spatial data products and services to make cycling, running and walking better. Strava believes in the power of data to transform cycling infrastructure across the world. As the CSL of the Strava Metro data product, Brian has been working with cycling advocacy groups, regional planning groups and trail networks around the world to help facilitate conversation and promote action. Brian is an avid XC Mountain Biker and President of his local Mountain Bike chapter while not busy wrangling his four aspiring cyclist-children.

Brittany Caldwell
Brittany Caldwell, Interactive Marketing Consultant (Aristotle, Inc.)

Known for her expertise in all things digital marketing, Brittany Caldwell is an Interactive Marketing Consultant for Aristotle and works with clients such as Silver Dollar City, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Long Island, New York and Kentucky Tourism. In addition to consulting, Brittany creates and manages high ROI and award-winning email, social media and integrated marketing campaigns. Brittany’s integrated marketing campaign to promote dog-friendly travel in Arkansas, “Barkansas,” recently won the DMO Grand Prize at the 2015 NATJA Awards Competition.

Bruce Alt
Bruce C. Alt, Vice President of Government Relations (IMBA)

Bruce C. Alt, CAE, is the Vice President of Government Relations for IMBA. Bruce joined IMBA in 2015 after serving a variety of not-for-profit organizations in the professional association management and government relations communities, including the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Forestry Association, The Nature Conservancy and the Forest Resources Association. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of business management and forestry positions with Westvaco Corporation's Timberlands and Fine Papers Divisions in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Maryland. Bruce earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources Management from West Virginia University. He is a graduate of the Center for Leadership Development's Institute for Organization Management, a six-year professional development program for association professionals sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE); a professional credential from the American Society of Association Executives based on demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs and expertise in association management.

Charlie Coopre
Charlie Cooper, Vice President, Membership and Development (PeopleForBikes)

Charlie joined PeopleForBikes in 2014 after five years at Leisure Trends Group (LTG) where he rose from Sales Manager to President. At LTG, Charlie was responsible for business development, operations and a focus on the bike and specialty run areas. He was instrumental in launching the highly successful Cycling RetailTRAK™ division of the business. Charlie’s background includes stints at NASCAR, EA Sports, and Assent Direct, each feeding his love of sports and his proficiency at marketing and business development. He brings these interests and his extensive network to helping PeopleForBikes grow the grassroots army of people who want better, safer bicycling everywhere.

Christopher Douwes
Christopher Douwes, Community Planner (Federal Highway Administration)

Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA) since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities. Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.

Chris Hoskings
Christopher Hosking, Trails Coordinator (City of Prescott)

Chris Hosking has been the Trails Coordinator for the City of Prescott, Arizona for the last 10 years; working with other land managers to design, build, manage, plan and add to the Prescott area’s 450 mile trail system. Chris grew up cycling in England, started riding mountain bikes in the Lake District in 1982, and has continued to pursue his passion for wheels. He trained and worked as an industrial designer in the UK and, after a spell in Silicon Valley, left the tech industry for California's Eastern Sierra to pursue freelance work designing products for the ski and bike industry. Chris is a founder and board member of local IMBA chapter, Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance.

Chuck Maxwell
Chuck Maxwell, IMBA Chapter President (Ozark Off-Road Cyclists)

Chuck Maxwell grew up in Austin, Texas, terrorizing his neighborhood on his BMX before graduating to a Specialized Rockhopper in 1998. The Barton Creek Green Belt trails were a formative influence, instilling a love for mountain biking and trail development. Chuck moved to Northwest Arkansas January 1996 continuing his devotion to nature while building a career in cardiovascular perfusion, eager to take his passion for mountain biking and trail advocacy further, Chuck joined Ozark Off-Road Cyclists in 1999, helping develop six trails and elected to the Board in 2010.  He remains passionate about creating opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to live healthy active lives.

Claudia Wasko
Claudia Wasko, Business Unit Leader America (Bosch)

Claudia Wasko is the leader of Bosch eBike Systems Americas, a business unit of Robert Bosch LLC. In her position, she is responsible for all operational activities in eBike Systems within North and South America. She is based in Irvine, CA. Since joining Bosch in 1994 Wasko has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of key account sales, original equipment sales and marketing. In 2009 she was the co-founder of the business unit Bosch eBike Systems in Germany. In her position as the head of department for sales and services, she was strongly involved Bosch made it the marketleader in Europe. Wasko earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berufsakademie, Stuttgart (Germany).

Danny MacAskill
Danny MacAskill, Pro Rider

Danny MacAskill is a professional mountain bike rider for Santa Cruz Bicycles, born and raised in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. On April 19th, 2009 Danny released a 5:30 minute street trials video named „Inspired Bicycles“ on YouTube with over 37 million views up to now. Since the video went online, things have progressed really fast for Danny. With growing commitments, he gave up his job as a bicycle mechanic and moved to Glasgow to ride his bike full time. In the following years Danny worked on multiple video projects across the globe, such as “Way Back Home“, „Epecuén“ or  „Cascadia“. In 2014 Danny released his first major mountain bike video, shot on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. More than 45 million people have watched his breathtaking video “The Ridge”. Up until now his YouTube videos got more than 250 million views, with „Imaginate“ being his most successfull clip with more than 58 million views. In 2014 Danny also launched his Drop and Roll Tour – a live street trials show which travels across Europe. 2016 marked another big step for Danny, as two major projects were launched. His first autobiography “At the Edge – Riding for My Life”, shortly followed by his latest clip "Wee Day Out“, with Danny back on his mountain bike again.

Dave Weins
Dave Wiens, Executive Director (Mountain Sports) and IMBA Board Member

Wiens 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 is the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails. A member of the mountain bike hall of fame, Wiens also works in the bicycle industry for Ergon. He created and now leads the Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University, and he is an ambassador for Lifetime Fitness and the Leadville Race Series.

Dave Whittekiend
David Whittekiend, Forest Supervisor (Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest)

Whittekiend is a 2nd generation Forest Service professional who grew up moving from one western town to the next.  He received a B.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State and a M.S. in botany from BYU.  His career with the Forest Service started in 1988 as a seasonal range technician on the North Kaibab Ranger District, AZ.  His first permanent appointment was a wildlife biologist on the Teasdale Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, UT.  From there he went to the Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT, where he worked on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District as the wildlife, timber and minerals staff.  While on the Lewis and Clark he also held positions as a team leader for a mineral withdrawal and acting District Ranger on the Kings Hill Ranger District.  David also served as District Ranger on the Soda Springs Ranger District, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, ID.  After being a District Ranger, he worked in the Forest Service Nation Headquarters in Washington D.C. on the forest plan appeals and legislative affairs staffs. David is currently the Forest Supervisor on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Prior to moving to Utah, he was the Forest Supervisor of the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.  

Dominique Kun
Dominique Kun, Founder & CEO (UNSELF)

Dominique Kun started a non-profit in California that successfully organized young people to serve their local communities in many forms of volunteerism, from trail building to city planning and more. To expand her vision and include better metrics for the organizations being served, she founded UNSELF, a tech company in Boulder, Colorado. The UNSELF technology helps people do good, giving access to participation in the community and outdoors, which Dominique believe’s has significant positive implications for generations to come. Dominique graduated from New York University with honors, made the Dean's List, and was awarded HSMAI's Hospitality Student of the Year. Prior to her studies she attended an international Academic Delegation of Archaeology and Anthropology and was a nationally ranked alpine ski racer. She is in the third generation of a ski industry family devoted to the growth of snow sports and mountain biking. She first got involved with IMBA when she was nine years old by illustrating IMBA’s published coloring book about mountain bike trail safety.

Elayna Caldwell
Elayna Caldwell, Director of Brand Marketing (SRAM) and IMBA Board Member

Caldwell, who has more than 15 years of experience in the action sports industry, is SRAM's director of brand marketing for mountain bikes. Prior to joining SRAM in late 2012, she was marketing director at Interbike and, before that, marketing manager at Fox Racing Shox. An avid mountain biker – and formerly an avid racer – she is well versed in the cross-country and downhill disciplines. She serves on the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League board.

Eric Melson
Eric Melson, Advocacy Manager and Associate Region Director (IMBA)

Eric Melson serves a unique position at IMBA, supporting chapters and members in the dual role of Advocacy Manager and Associate Region Director for the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States. Melson is based in Missoula, MT and is a resource and coach for local advocates and IMBA chapter members working on a wide variety of issues that affect the management of mountain bicycling on public lands. Eric graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management. For the last decade, he served as the Program Director for a non-profit stewardship partner to the USDA Forest Service in helping to train and lead volunteers in trail maintenance and construction projects in Idaho and Montana. He has deep connections to the mountain West and is excited to leverage those relationships in the Pacific Northwest Region to serve IMBA’s chapters and members.

Erik Esborg
Erik Esborg, Vice President of Finance (PeopleForBikes)

Erik serves as the vice president of finance for PeopleForBikes, the bicycle industry's group aiming to make every bike ride better. He also oversees all human resources functions for the organization. He has held both roles since 2004, and previously served the same positions at IMBA going back to 1999. A CPA since 1998, Erik feels fortunate to blend his financial management knowledge with his passion for cycling. He is an avid mountain biker, road cyclist and commuter. When Erik isn't out riding, he enjoys spending time with his family along with playing guitar in a casual rock band.

Ernest Rodriquez
Ernest Rodriguez, IMBA Chapter President (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts)

Ernest is president of the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE), and IMBA chapter. Ernest leads a group of highly motivated volunteers in the DC, MD and VA area in support of "Riding Bikes and Building Trails". Volunteers are the key to MORE riding bikes and building trails. As an avid mountain biker, he supports trail liaisons who advocate for trails and raise funds for maintenance and building new trails. Ernie has been mountain biking since 2001 and enjoys the challenges of riding over and through rock gardens.

Frankie Willis II
Frankie Willis, President (The Village at Indian Springs)

Helen "Frankie" Willis is the President of The Village at Indian Springs, Georgia, although she prefers to think of herself as the "Chief Village Idiot"!  She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and a Master's of International Management in Finance, from the University of Denver.  After spending the first six years of her career in banking, the past 25 years has been as half owner of Trucks, Inc, a 300 truck transportation company in Jackson GA.  Ten years ago, Willis began focusing her charitable activities through the Butts County Historical Society, leading a $1 million restoration of an 1823 Stagecoach Inn, next to the oldest state park in the Nation, Indian Springs.  Following the project's completion, she began the private development campaign to save and restore 20 surrounding historic buildings and a blight-filled area which is now known as The Village at Indian Springs.  The historic district is next to Dauset Trails Nature Center which has 23 miles of mountain bike trails and 11 miles of equestrian trails, and she was part of a group to add a 3 mile connector trail.  The Village now has an Outfitter Store with bike sales and repair, a 3000-seat amphitheater, shops, galleries, gardens, and bike-in “glamping-sites” and luxury rental cottages.  As an outlet for her hospitality interests, she hosts weddings and other special events in the nine venues in The Village at Indian Springs.  Willis enjoys traveling and has visited 104 countries, loves the outdoors and spends half of her free time in Naples, FL.  

Gabriel Amadeus
Gabriel Amadeus, Tiller (Limberlost )
Born in a canoe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; learned what good beer was in Duluth, Minnesota; and fell in love with the grandeur of Oregon ten years ago. Gabe brings good spirits, a crooked compass, and contagious optimism everywhere he goes. Founder of Limberlost and author of Roll With It. Gabriel has been described as the U.S.’ preeminent bikepacking expert and is a contributor for Bicycling Magazine, The Radavist, Dirt Rag, Outside Online, Bicycle Quarterly, Travel Oregon, and Bicycle Times. 
Gary Fisher
Gary Fisher, Mountain Bike Pioneer (Trek)

In 1974, Gary Fisher grafted a mixture of road bike and motorcycle parts onto a 1940’s Schwinn Excelsior and created the first reliable, low-maintenance mountain bike. Soon after, Gary founded Mountain Bikes, the first company to build production mountain bikes. Today, Gary’s legacy lives on as one of the most creative forces in cycling, continuing to inspire riders of all types around the globe, from hardcore mountain bikers to urban utility riders, and everyone else who goes by bike. “Anyone who rides a bike is a friend of mine.” 

Gary Sjoguist

Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director (Quality Bike Products)

Gary's been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1990 and has attended all IMBA World Summits since the first at the Biosphere in 1996. He co-founded IMBA chapter Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists and was instrumental in getting Cuyuna built (now a Silver Ride Center) from an abandoned 5,000 acre mine site in northern MN. In 2012, Gary launched the Minnesota High School Cycling Association, a NICA mtb league and also helped launch leagues in PA and NV. Gary was inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame in 2012.

Gary Vernon

Gary Vernon, Program Officer (Walton Family Foundation)

Gary Vernon is a Program Officer for the Walton Family Foundation supporting mountain bike trail projects and all aspects of cycling. He joined the Foundation in 2015 after a 30 year career with Walmart; in his final years he was a Director in the Environmental Division. Gary has been an avid cyclist for most of his life starting with BMX racing at 12 years old and later moved to motocross in high school. He discovered mountain biking in 1990 in his home town of Joplin, Missouri and has been passionate for the sport ever since. He was the President of the NW Arkansas IMBA Chapter Friends of Arkansas Singletrack (FAST) for seven years and is the co-founder of the bicycle charity Pedal It Forward NWA. His other passions continue to be motocross and motorcycle observed trials. Gary has been married for 19 years to his wife Aimee and has 2 children, Abby (15) and Grayson (10), all mountain bike enthusiasts.

Greg Matthews

Greg Matthews, Applied Research (U.S. Geological Survey)

Greg Matthews has been with the USGS since 2008 working as the Transportation National Partner Support lead, project manager for The National Map Corps, and most recently on mapping program research and project lead activities. Previous professional GIS work includes the City of Castle Rock as a database analyst and Parsons Engineering as a GIS Analyst. Greg has a Master's graduate certificate in GIS from The University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Park Resource Management from Kansas State University.

Hans Rey

Hans Rey, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Hans Rey​ needs no introduction among IMBA members. He is a long-time member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and likely the most well-traveled professional in the history of mountain biking. Hans will get the IMBA World Summit off to an inspiring start. He knows first hand how and why the sport has grown beyond that of a niche activity. As well, Hans is a visionary and will present his view of where he sees mountain biking heading in the future. 

Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper, Brand Marketing Director (Bell Helmets)

Heather Cooper has been a Sales and Marketing professional for 20 years.  During this time she has held positions for companies such as Maybelline and 7th Generation. Her love for all things related to Mountain Biking led her to her more recent positions in Clif Bar, IMBA and most recently Bell Helmets where she is leading all things Brand related for Bell and Blackburn.  In 2016, Cooper tried her hand at racing in the California Enduro Series where she placed 1st overall in the Sport class.

Heidi Dohse

Heidi Dohse, Backcountry Lifeline

Heidi is a lifelong heart patient that decided not to be a victim of heart disease and instead live the life she wanted to have. That means riding and racing mountain bikes on some of the world's most beautiful trails. However, she has always been aware of the danger of being in the backcountry and having an emergency. Heidi just always figured it would be her that needed help. Until she was one of the people responding to the incident in Crested Butte. That is when she realized she needed to be prepared to give as well as potentially receive lifesaving help from fellow riders. A Google Program Manager, technology is a passion for Heidi. In the past, she has implemented Wi-Fi networks for cities and worked with Emergency Services in Idaho to develop a portable Emergency Operations Center (EOC) using ICS.

Jamie Malin

Jamie Malin, IMBA Chapter President (Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association)

Jamie Malin is President and co-founder of IMBA chapter Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association (VVMBA) in Colorado. Jamie believes that a World Class soft trail system will get more people out in nature and improve everyone's quality of life. There is a place for Wilderness on public lands but when making these decisions all users input is important and thru an open-minded dialogue we can find solutions that allow bicyclists and wilderness advocates to come away with an acceptable proposal for all users.

Jenn Dice
Jenn Dice, Vice President, Business Network (PeopleForBikes)

Jenn and her Business Network team organize, support and elevate the voice of business to make communities better for bicycling. Jenn also directs legislative efforts at the federal, state and local levels toward meeting that same goal. Before coming to PeopleForBikes, Jenn served as the chief lobbyist for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and directed their national and local public lands policy and access advocacy efforts for more than a decade. Jenn learned her craft working for the South Dakota, Kansas and Colorado state legislatures. While at IMBA, Jenn was recognized in Outside Magazine’s 2011 “power list” of the top 25 people that influence the world outside.

Jeremy McGhee

Jeremy McGhee, Professional Speaker

There is something about feeling small, against the grandeur of nature, that has become addicting to me. This takes getting out there, into the wilderness, exploring and satisfying a deep-seeded need for adventure. Getting off the pavement has proven difficult for me though, while living life in a wheelchair, but now i have this bike and it has taken me places I never would have been able to go and see things i never would have been able to see without it. My mountain bike allows me to be me and is my adventure mobile!

Jeremy Wimpey

Jeremy Wimpey, Ecology Practitioner (Applied Trails Research)

Jeremy Wimpey, PhD. is the sole proprietor of Applied Trails Research, LLC, a trails and recreation research company based in State College, PA. Dr. Wimpey is one of the country’s leading recreation ecology practitioners. His applied field investigations help public land managers understand the phenomena and mechanisms associated with visitor-use-related-impacts to wildlife, water, vegetation, and soils as and impacts to other recreationists (degradation or enhancement of users' experience) in outdoor settings. He combines his research background with on-the-ground trail expertise to develop innovative, science-based, adaptive management protocols that balance visitor use with resource protection. His work and training experience focuses on estimation of recreation demand, wildland recreation classification/resource inventory, public involvement methodologies, social impact analyses, state comprehensive planning, site design, land acquisition, use measurement, impact assessment, and facility operation/maintenance. His unique background— academic, trail enthusiast, entrepreneur—help bring an innovative and holistic approach to providing solutions for recreation management challenges. Dr. Wimpey has collaborated with the National Park Service and US Forest Service, supported the work of research institutions, and published numerous trail impact and trail management works in academic journals and popular sources. His innovations in employing LiDAR technology and GIS analysis in trail planning represent the status of the science and has been employed on multiple projects for federal and state land managers.

Jill Van Winkle

Jill Van Winkle, Trails Program Coordinator (Portland Parks & Recreation)

Jill is the Trails Program Coordinator for Portland Parks & Recreation. Prior to joining the City of Portland, Oregon, Jill worked for IMBA Trail Solutions for over a decade, planning, designing, and constructing trails and educating land managers and trail stewards throughout the United States and around the world. Jill has a professional and educational background in plant biology and natural resource management, including a MS in Environmental Science. Through her work in habitat restoration, invasive species management, botany, and water quality, she has cultivated a diverse background in natural resources that informs all of her trail projects. She is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, and backcountry skier.

Joe David Rice
Joe David Rice, Tourism Director (Arkansas State Parks)

Joe David Rice serves as Arkansas’s Tourism Director, a position he’s held since May of 1987. He and his team of 65 employees have two major responsibilities: enhancing the image of Arkansas and enticing more visitors to the state. Prior to his transfer to the Tourism Division, Rice was employed by the Arkansas State Parks system where he worked on the Arkansas Wilderness Act of 1983, the CossatotRiverState Park and Natural Area, and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Trust Fund. He wrote the Department’s award-winning community park handbook, edited its festival manual, and produced the “Arkansas Floater’s Kit.” In addition, Rice was a partner in a canoe outfitting service on the BuffaloNationalRiver. Rice, who was born in Paragould and raised in Jonesboro, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974. He also obtained a Master’s degree – with an emphasis in environmental planning – from the University of Illinois. He’s received commendations from both the National Recreation & Parks Association and the National Park Service for his work, and was recognized by then Governor Bill Clinton as an “outstanding state employee.” He headed up Arkansas’s delegation to the 1995 White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. In 2003 he was selected by his peers as the country’s State Tourism Director of the Year and also served two terms as Chair of the National Council of State Tourism Directors. In 2008, Rice was inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Association Hall of Fame and is a long-time board member of the both AHA and Travel South USA. In addition, Rice was named to the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 2015.

Joe Jacobs

Joe Jacobs, Marketing and Revenue Manager (Arkansas State Parks)

Since 2005, Joe Jacobs has served as the manager of Marketing and Revenue for Arkansas State Parks. Bicycling has become more than a hobby for Jacobs; he provided technical assistance in the creation of the Arkansas Mountain Bicycling Guide and Arkansas Road Cycling Guide and wrote the Arkansas Bicycle Safety Manual. Jacobs was also the first guest editor for the Arkansas Times publication, Bike Arkansas. He represents the department on the Governor’s task force on cycling, a group with the goal of improving the bicycle friendliness of Arkansas through state agency cooperation. Trails are a passion for Jacobs; he serves on the boards of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, an IMBA chapter; and the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. He has also been instrumental in the design and creation of mountain bike trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Woolly Hollow State Park and Boyle Park in Little Rock.

Joey Klein

Joey Klein, Trail Solutions (IMBA)

Joey “Trail Jedi” Klein has been with the International Mountain Bicycling Association for 19 years — longer than anyone. He was born in Canada, but grew up in Colorado and discovered mountain biking while he was going to school at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He never looked back, and today, his work with IMBA has taken him to 12 countries and 42 states.

Jocelyn Gaudi
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell, Komorebi Cycling Team
Jocelyn's professional and personal life revolves around bicycles. She is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Portland Design Works, a cycling accessories brand. Previously, she worked with Alta Bicycle Share to launch bike share systems in six U.S. cities, including CitiBike in NYC. Jocelyn serves on the board of the Northwest Trail Alliance, an IMBA chapter, and on the Friends of Gateway Green, working to build Portland's first off-road cycling park. Last year, she founded the Komorebi Cycling Team to encourage women to try bikepacking and earned her Professional Mountain Bike Instructor certification. Jocelyn lives, gardens, and rides in Portland, Oregon.
Josh Lawton

Josh Lawton, Content Manager (IMBA)

Joshua Lawton plays a key role in content marketing, storytelling, social media and the membership program for IMBA. His background is in photojournalism and digital media production while embracing the Colorado outdoor lifestyle. He rides a bike for lucidity and joy.

Kabir Kumar
Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Community (Walmart Foundation)

Kabir serves as Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s Community Pillar.  He oversees strengthening local community through over thirty initiatives, ranging from Walmart’s global disaster philanthropic response and resilience programs to  supporting Walmart’s 1.2 million US associates through employee assistance, scholarships, giving and volunteerism to localized community giving through grants, cause marketing and other initiatives at over 4000 facilities around the US. Kabir joined the Walmart Foundation in 2014. Prior to Walmart, Kabir worked with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he helped raise over $2 billion. He supported both individual philanthropists and corporate philanthropic services to over 100 corporations. Internationally, he spent five years living and working in India and London, where he established nonprofit organizations focused on community development and skills based volunteerism. Kabir also worked for several years with an investment house in London, investing in US, UK and Indian markets, and helping create the emerging markets investment strategies.

Kalene Griffith

Kalene Griffith, President (Visit Bentonville)

Kalene Griffith, President of the Visit Bentonville, brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in special events, parks/rec, tourism and management with experience from Walt Disney Company, YMCA, Chambers and City Parks and Recreation. Her focus as a leader is to be a collaborator with Bentonville businesses and community organizations. Our vision is to grow our number of visitors, business and leisure opportunities that promote Bentonville and the regional attractions.  Additionally, Visit Bentonville and Bike Bentonville have designated bicycle tourism as a priority by partnering to offer multiple race, ride and skills clinic events throughout the year. Our team’s passion is to be one of the top destinations for cycling.

Katie Holden

Katie Holden, Pro Rider

Katie Holden is well-recognized in the mountain bike industry as an accomplished free rider and downhiller. Katie is one of the few females that can successfully land a backflip and throw down some of the big mountain lines with the guys. From her experience racing downhill at World Cups and USA national events to winning the 2012 US Grand Prix, being the 2010 UCI Pan American Champion, traveling to more than 50 countries, coaching kids, and being featured in mountain bike media, Katie has a breadth of experience as a professional mountain biker. She is dedicated to using her platform to connect people, break down cultural barriers and share the love of two wheels globally. 

Kerri Salazar

Kerri Salazar, Human Resources & Operations Director (IMBA)

Kerri Salazar is the Director of Human Resources & Operations for IMBA and has worked at IMBA for for almost 6 years.  She has worked in management and as a program director for over 17 years and started her career in the health and wellness industry for corporate, medical and public recreation. She transitioned into the nonprofit industry about five years ago focusing on business needs, increasing efficiencies of the nonprofit, decreasing overall costs, cultural alignment, organizational development and creating the first human resources department at IMBA. She has been teaching pilates and fitness classes and privates for over 20 years and had her own practice for 5 years. She is a Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner, ACSM Health Fitness Instructor/Trainer and Nutrition Consultant. 

Kevin Loomis

Kevin Loomis, IMBA Chapter President (San Diego Mountain Biking Association)

Kevin Loomis grew up in a small town in Connecticut. His backyard literally encompassed thousands of acres. Over time, Kevin’s passion for ‘getting out’ only grew. From the East Coast to the West Coast most vacations were camping focused in remote and beautiful parks. In 2000, Kevin developed an extreme appetite for riding all throughout Southern California. By 2001 he formed the Rock Mountain Bike Ministry with the Rock Church. During this time he continued to volunteer in roles such as Sports Outreach Director, Community Projects Director, Toys for Joy Director and Chairing the North County Human Resources Board. In the Fall of 2013, Kevin saw 20+ miles of his local trails threatened resulting in a 500 person protest ride. Noticing a need for volunteers, Kevin joined the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) and quickly formed an Advocacy Committee. During the Summer of 2014 Kevin became President of SDMBA and is excited to see positive changes taking place. "It’s the SDMBA leadership team I'm the most enthusiastic about - they are awesome!"

Laurel Harkness

Laurel Harkness, California/Hawaii Region Director (IMBA)

Since 2014, Laurel Harkness has served as IMBA's Region Director for California and Hawaii. She was most recently the Executive Director of the nonprofit Snowlands Network, based in Nevada City, California. Previous to that she was the Executive Director of the Mount Shasta Nordic Ski Organization. A 1996 graduate of the University of California, Davis, Laurel has professional experience in land-use policy, government relations, grassroots organizing, fundraising and event planning.

Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez, Director (Colorado Outdoor Recreation)

At age 44, Luis Benitez stands among the world’s foremost high altitude mountaineers and Leadership Development consultants. On May 21, 2007, Luis achieved his sixth summit of Mt. Everest. Benitez has quietly emerged as one of the most experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and Leadership consultants in the world, managing expeditions and Leadership Seminars year-round from the tallest, most remote peaks on the planet to the highest levels of Fortune 50 executives. Consulting in a mountaineering environment is a unique profession, one that requires equal measures of calculation and courage. Benitez strives to tie in the lessons available in the mountains to carry back to everyday life and challenges during his consulting efforts and leadership seminars. In 1992, Benitez was hired by the prestigious Leadership Development organization; The Colorado Outward Bound School. From 1992 to 2005 he initially conducted courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, and avalanche training, as well as teaching skiing, ice climbing and kayaking all with the fundamentals of leadership, effective communication, and problem-solving at the core of the curricula. In 2005 he transitioned to the Directorship of Outward Bound Professional for the Rocky Mountain region, developing and leading innovative domestic and international team building and Leadership development programs.

 

Luther Propst

Luther Propst, Outdoor Alliance Chairman and IMBA Board Member

Luther Propst proudly serves on the board of directors of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.  He also chairs the Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of seven conservation groups (including IMBA) working to protect America’s public lands and waters and the human-powered outdoor experience. He also serves on the board of the George B. Storer Foundation.  Propst has advanced conservation and smart growth in the North American West since 1988; he established the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until 2012.  Propst enjoys exploring wild country on bicycle, foot, or skis, or in a kayak or pack raft.  

Matt Gunnell

Matt Gunnell, President (NICA SoCal High School Cycling League)

As the President and Executive Director of NICA's SoCal High School Cycling League since 2009 (and on the founding group before that) Matt has seen interscholastic mountain biking grow from a single league in NorCal through the founding of NICA and then NICA's push to grow interscholastic mountain biking into the 19 current leagues spanning the country. Currently he is involved in taking the NICA/IMBA "Teen Trail Corps" program from conception to reality in SoCal. Matt has been mountain biking since 1984, has spent time doing everything from law enforcement to drumming to helping found the Prestige Series of Cyclocross in SoCal. Matt holds a BA in Fine Art and an MPA in Public Administration.

Mark McClure

Mark McClure, Trail Solutions (IMBA)

Mark McClure lives in Oldham, England, Mark has worked in the bicycle industry since 1998 when he acquired his first job in a bike store as a mechanic and sales person. Mark attended the University of Central Lancashire and studied product design and fashion brand promotion before breaking out on his own to run night club events in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Ibiza. A change of direction in 2006 lead Mark to follow his passion for mountain biking, working as an instructor for various organizations including British Cycling before setting up setting up his own business; Try-Cycles. Try-Cycles is a non-for-profit cycle training and promotions company which has been working with local authorities, schools and community groups to deliver mountain biking experiences alongside trail design services since 2007. In 2010 Mark took over the role of chairman for IMBA-UK (International Mountain Biking Association) and continued at the helm of the operation until early 2013. Mark now works globally with IMBA Trail Solutions as a Trail Specialist, completing trail projects in the US, Mexico, and Europe in 2013.

 

Mark Schmidt, National Trails Analyst (Parks Canada)

Mark began developing trails in the mid-1990’s, while volunteering for several trail organizations throughout Ontario. In 2001 Mark turned his hobby into a profession and now has over 15 years of professional trails experience including trail design/planning, trail construction, trail management, trail assessment and trail restoration. Mark has also lead over 150 trail education workshops focusing on a range of trail topics from trail design to advanced trail construction. He joined Parks Canada, as National Trails Analyst, in January 2010 and is responsible for the creation of national trail guidelines, creating new trail resources, working with external partners, and providing trail support for Parks Canada’s field units. In the last 5 years Mark has worked in over 30 Parks Canada sites across the country. Mark has traveled the world working on trail projects but has spent most of his time working with land agencies in North America. Mark has consulted and worked on trails in almost all the USA States and all Canadian Provinces and Territories. In addition to consulting on trails Mark has experience teaching at Capilano University in British Columbia as lead instructor in the Park and Trail Design courses and as a program convenor. Mark spends most of the time exploring the world with his wife and 3 little girls. Any leftover time is spent mountain biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. 

Mark Torsius

Mark Torsius, Europe Director (IMBA)

Mark Torsius previously led advocacy efforts for the Dutch Tour Cycling Union (NTFU), a cycling organization that counts more than 53,000 members and 470 affiliated clubs. He also founded the NTFU’s Singletracks arm, which focuses on the mountain bike community. The European Union now recognizes IMBA Europe as an NGO and national-level cycling groups.

Marla Johnson

Marla Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (Aristotle, Inc.)

Marla Johnson is Co-founder and CEO of Aristotle Inc., an award-winning, full-service digital agency, and ISP headquartered in Bentonville and Little Rock, Arkansas. Marla is insatiably curious, and she is always reading, asking questions, googling and learning. Her passion for music, yoga, nature, hiking and being on her bike knows no bounds. Marla speaks to industry groups nationwide covering several successful and accountable online marketing, social networking trends, and integrated PR and advertising. Actively involved in research, marketing and tracking methodologies since 1995, Marla designed and conducted one of the first website focus groups and was instrumental in the development of the first online conversion study. 

Marilyn Price

Marilyn Price, Founder (Trips for Kids)

Marilyn Price is the founder of Trips for Kids® a nonprofit that has opened the world of cycling to over 145,000 at-risk youth since 1988 through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. Currently, there are over 70 Trips for Kids chapters operating in the United States, Canada and two are overseas. Marilyn has spent her life pursuing her passions; as a mother, an environmental activist, an admitted "wannabe" social worker, and a life-long bicyclist (inducted into the Mountain-biking Hall of Fame). She has received numerous awards and last year was named a CNN Hero.     

Maxie Carpenter

Maxie Carpenter, Author

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of the People & Training Divisions for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included education, consulting, writing and public speaking. Mr. Carpenter is a member of the Executive Council of Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) for John Brown University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Donald G. Soderquist College of Business for John Brown University. Mr. Carpenter is a member of the Leadership Impact Group (LIG) for Future Achievement International, a consulting group bringing human capital solutions to the for-profit, nonprofit, and academic communities. He's also Director of Operations for theSamaritan Community Centers,  and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. Mr. Carpenter, has written numerous articles for trade journals and other relevant media and has published several books that can be viewed and/or purchased from thePublication Shopping Catalog tab on this site. As a public speaker, Mr. Carpenter is recognized as a subject-matter expert on a number of topics that include, but are not limited to, Servant Leadership, Organizational Culture, Leading Change, Building Teams, Ethical Decision-Making, and Strategic Thinking.

Melissa Werkmen

Melissa Werkman, Michigan Associate Region Director (IMBA)

Aside from her role as Associate Region Director for IMBA's Great Lakes Region, Melissa is a long-time cyclist and former triathlete. She has been a triathlon, running and beginner mountain bike coach for 15 years and is a passionate advocate for women and girls in sports. She is the former director of Kent County Girls on the Run and current board member and coach of the Grand Rapids Dirt Dawgs youth mountain biking team. Melissa has been the race promoter for several cycling events in which she took pride in securing and promoting equal award payouts and all-around parity for female racers. 

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll, Outdoors Program Senior Director (The Wilderness Society)

Michael Carroll is the Senior Director of The Wilderness Society’s People Outdoors Program. He has been with The Wilderness Society since 1999. As one of the architects of TWS's People Outdoors Program, Michael and his team have focused on ensuring that all people can access and share in the benefits of the outdoors from the urban to the wild. This work includes connecting urban areas to wild places, giving young people multiple opportunities to learn, play and work outdoors and supporting and promoting sustainable recreation to foster life-long enjoyment and connections to the outdoors. He is a graduate of The College of Idaho where he earned a degree in French. He is a life-long cyclist and continues to race mountain bikes and cyclocross in Durango, Colorado.

Michelle Barker

Michelle Barker, Director of Chapter and Regional Development (IMBA)

Michelle works with IMBA chapters, members and staff nationwide to design and implement a full range of programmatic strategies and initiatives to support the association's mission, strategic plan and chapter services. She was the former Midwest and Pacific Northwest Region Director for IMBA. Her geographical region included states between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean where she worked with volunteers, land managers, and a wide variety of other partners to achieve IMBA’s mission to create, preserve, and enhance great mountain bike experiences. Michelle worked closely with chapters in both regions to assist with board and volunteer development, membership growth, and trail opportunities. She has been involved in cycling advocacy for over seven years and complements her advocacy experience with many years of experience in education.

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Mike Ahnemann, Co-Founder of Adventure Projects

Mike Ahnemann is a co-founder of IMBA’s partner site, MTB Project – the next generation of mountain bike trail maps. The MTB Project team, under Mike’s leadership, is passionate about data. They have reviewed every single mile of the over 85,000 miles of trail that have been added to the site to ensure that trails are legal, accurately mapped, and well-documented. Now part of the REI Co-op, MTB Project and the rest of the Adventure Projects sites have more support than ever to be the best resources available to help and inspire folks to get outside.

Mike Prichard

Mike Prichard, IMBA Chapter Executive Director (Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association)

Mike is an east coast transplant who's been exploring the trails and mountains of Colorado since 1999. As a founding board member of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association in 2008, he understands the impact that volunteers mountain bikers can make on their communities. With a background as a licensed Architect, he feels fortunate to be in his current role as Ex. Director for RFMBA, spending his time planning and designing trail systems instead of buildings. Mike's role in the bike advocacy world expanded in 2014 when he also became one of IMBA's Associate Region Directors. He's spent a number of years addressing local proposals for Wilderness expansion, playing a key role at the negotiation table for mountain bikers. Current work includes the development of an independent trail stewardship program that will take advantage of volunteers self-reporting work accomplished through an app that IMBA has partnered with Unself to develop during 2016.

Mike Repyak

Mike Repyak, Trail Solutions (IMBA)

Mike Repyak has seen trail development from every angle. Besides being a rider, he’s worked as a land manager, a private consultant and as a volunteer. Being able to see each side of the process makes him ideal for the role. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Repyak spent the next fifteen years working as a planner and landscape architect for SE GROUP in Frisco, Colorado. Meanwhile, he was a volunteer with the Summit Fat Tire Society in nearby Breckenridge and remotely supporting Capital Off-Road Pathfinders (Dane County, Wisconsin IMBA Chapter) with planning and trail mapping. Projects he’s worked on include: developing a multi-use recreation plan for Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; improving trail connections from Diamond Peak Ski Area in Nevada to the Tahoe Rim and Incline Flume trails; working with the Capital Off Road Pathfinders in Wisconsin on trail expansion at CamRock County Park in Cambridge; and planning and developing trail system for ski areas in Colorado, New Mexico, California and Utah. His international experience encompasses projects in China, Norway, Turkey and South Korea.

Mimi Mathers

Mimi Mathers, Principal (Root House Studio)

Mimi is the founder and principal of Root House Studio, a Boulder, Colorado-based communication and environmental design firm. With a mission to "Design for the Greater Good," Root House works with folks who share their commitment to being good stewards of the land, connecting kids with nature, and/or making a difference in their community.  These days, Mimi is increasingly focused on video productions for these change makers and crafting short films that tell compelling stories, garner attention, raise new awareness, and propel change. Mimi also works regularly with land management agencies to design and plan for outdoor recreation and has served on the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance board since 2010.
Morgan Lommele

Morgan Lommele, E-Bikes Campaigns Manager (PeopleforBikes)

Morgan manages the joint partnership between the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes to improve access for people who want to ride electric bicycles and electric mountain bikes. This work involves coordinating strategic state-by-state advocacy campaigns; representing the bicycle industry in policy negotiations; building relationships with and between policy makers, non-profits, academia, and industry partners; writing letters, blog posts, planning documents, and memos; and tracking electric bicycle-related legislative and policy issues.

Nathan Woodruff

Nathan "Woody" Woodruff, President (Progressive Trail Design)

Nathan “Woody” Woodruff is the founder and president of Progressive Trail Design, a professional trail building company connecting riders with world-class trail experiences. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from an early age Woodruff developed a love for mountain biking and hasn’t looked back since. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Teaching in 2007. Woodruff has always been an entrepreneur, owning and operating a landscaping business for eight years during his schooling. It was his entry into downhill mountain bike racing in 2003, however, that helped spark his decision to commit to riding and building full time. From 2003-2007, he began producing races in the Midsouth Downhill Series featuring some courses built by Woodruff & himself. Fueled by his love for building and riding, in 2007 Woodruff and his wife, Kelly founded Progressive Trail Design to catalyze the trail building community and extend the options for riders across the nation, particularly in his home region of the Ozarks. For Woodruff, trail building is an expression of his passion and art form. He builds what he designs, and rides what he builds.

Patrick Jansen

Patrick Jansen, Director (Probos Foundation)

Patrick Jansen (1968) studied forestry for 7 years and has worked as a forester since. He started mountain biking in the early 90’s and is multiple master Dutch champion and he was master world champion in 2013. As director of Probos Foundation, a knowledge center on sustainable forest management, he started doing research on the environmental and social impacts of mountain biking. He was very much inspired and still is, by IMBA to start building sustainable mountain bike trails. He was key in introducing purpose build singletrack into the Netherlands. He has built over 25 mountain bike trails and skills parks in the Netherlands with a total length of more than 500 km. He started his own trail building company in 2009 (Tracks & Trails) and recently he founded his own business in sustainable forest management. Unique is his expertise on both forest management and trail building. This helps him to solve nature conservation issues and to better communicate with landowners. 

Patrick Kell

Patrick Kell, Southwest Region Director (IMBA)

Formerly the director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), Patrick Kell now lives in Prescott, AZ, and facilitates IMBA activities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. In his five years as the Executive Director of VMBA, Patrick directed its growth from eight chapters to 18, with over 4,300 individual members. This notable capacity growth was the path forward for many new trail projects and more robust funding, including over $200K for the development of a Vermont Ride Center. Patrick also served as the Grants Program Director for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

Paul Stahlschmidt

Paul Stahlschmidt, IMBA Chapter President (Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance)

Paul resides in Boone, NC and is the president of the Northwest NC MTB Alliance. He works as an instructor and advisor at Appalachian State University, where he teaches courses focusing on recreation, sports management, outdoor leadership, and public lands. He holds instructor certifications in three sports: mountain biking (IMBA ICP), snowboarding (AASI), and soccer (USSF). As chapter president of the “Alliance,” Paul has been involved with many trail advocacy projects in Northwest NC, and in March, he was presented a “SORBIE” award from IMBA-SORBA for work with the Pisgah National Forest plan revision process. He has previously participated in IMBA Chapter Leader Training last fall, where he lead a session on earned media.

Paxton Roberts

Paxton Roberts,  Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks

Paxton Roberts as Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks leads the organization’s advocacy efforts to create safer and more purposeful bike infrastructure and to increase the cycling culture of Northwest Arkansas. The BCO has for over 15 years worked to increase the number and quality of bicycle education programs in schools throughout the region, including communicating safety and etiquette to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Paxton is an avid cyclist, commutes by bike when possible and has for the past 10 years raced mountain, road and cyclocross. Paxton has an M.A. in Geography and is working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Arkansas.

Peter Prince

Peter Prince, Vice President, IMBA Chapter Santa Fe Fat Tire Society (SFFTS)

Peter Prince is currently between careers after spending over three decades providing engineering support and program management to the effort to solve some of the biggest scientific challenges faced by the nation. While working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Peter’s ability to manage the complex technical terrain of the scientific effort undertaken in support of the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile he received a National Nuclear Security Administration Silver Star for Distinguished Service in the National Security of the United States of America. Currently serving as the Vice President of the Santa Fe Fat tire Society Peter is devoting his efforts to advocating for continued access to public lands by all recreational users and also is interested in changing the methods used to fund and perform trail construction and maintenance. His first MTB ride was a rigid Stump Jumper circa 1985 and he has a passion for trail work that has been developing for over 30 years. All trails for all users, all the time!

 

Randy Spangler, Trail Solutions (IMBA)

Randy Spangler's status as a mountain biker is legendary, but not everyone realizes that his building skills equal his riding chops. His previous work includes a large number of community and resort bike parks, including Valmont Bike Park, Tolkan Campground Skills Park and the trails at the Seven Springs resort. He is currently contributing to two flow trail projects in the Sun Valley area: Punchline Trail in Croy Canyon and Forbidden Fruit in the Ketchum Ranger District.

Rich Edwards

Rich Edwards, Associate Director of Field Services (IMBA Trail Solutions)

Richard Edwards is a nationally respected trail design expert who specializes in creating trails that are environmentally sustainable, cost-effective, safe, shared use, and fun to ride and walk. Mr. Edwards developed his skills during three years as a leader of the professional Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew. He has assessed, designed, constructed and maintained trails in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Wales, Scotland and England. He has served as the lead instructor at more than 50 IMBA Trailbuilding Schools – teaching both trail professionals and volunteer leaders the latest techniques of sustainable trail construction.

Ross Martin

Ross Martin, Professor (Texas State University)

Ross Martin is a researcher, Ph.D. student, and lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He has been riding mountain bikes for nearly 20 years. His research deals with exploring how physical environmental conditions determine trail erosion, condition, and impact. He has worked in the private sector as a geologist and geomorphologist. He is most interested in evaluating mountain bikes as geomorphic agents. For his current research project, he is teaming up with the Austin Ridge Riders (ARR) IMBA Chapter to document trail condition and rider impacts. This research will evaluate the relative environmental sensitivity across the range of environmental conditions (soils, vegetation, geology, etc.) on (ARR) managed trails in the Austin area and central Texas.

Ryan Leech

Ryan Leech, Pro Rider

Ryan has performed thousands of bicycle stunt shows around the world including Cirque du Soleil, and been featured in dozens of mountain bike films including a variety of skill coaching projects. He credits a dedicated yoga and meditation practice as strong contributors to a thriving career as an athlete. As an avid explorer of human potential, Ryan earned his certification as an Integral Master Coach™ to gain a stronger ability to take the perspective of riders at a variety of skill levels, which has been crucial for developing skill curriculums.

 Sam Benedict

Sam Benedict, Brand Manager (Specialized) 

Sam joined Specialized straight from university in 2007 after taking a shot at being a pro downhill racer.  Enamored by bikes, the fun & challenge of riding has continued after nine years.  Starting in Specialized’s education program, SBCU, Sam then became their first product marketer and now leads the mountain brand team.  Sam is proud to work/play for a living and works with local high schools to educate youngsters that you can and should love to go to work. Sam and his wife Lauren are raising their two year old son Hunter, so wish them luck.   

Sherry Copeland

Sherry Copeland, Board of Directors (Back Country Horsemen of America)

As a life long equestrian trail user and second generation trail advocate, Sherry currently serves as Board Chairman of Missouri Back Country Horsemen and as a National Director to Back Country Horsemen of America, serving as a member of the Federal Public Lands Committee and Co-Chairman of the State Public Lands Committee.  With diverse experience working with user groups, public and private organizations, and state and federal agencies, Sherry offers a fresh and innovative perspective in establishing partnerships, combining forces and keeping trails open for all.

 Scott Bricker

Scott Bricker, Destination Development Manager (Travel Oregon)

Scott Bricker joined Travel Oregon as a Destination Development Manager in March 2016. Scott is spearheading Travel Oregon’s bicycle tourism, outdoor recreation, and visitor transportation options programs. Prior to Travel Oregon, Scott worked as a contractor, delivering 18 Bicycle Tourism Studios and helped develop the Bike Friendly Business Program. A former non-profit leader, he worked at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for 11 years and America Walks for six years. Scott earned a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelors of Political Science. Scott lives on an urban farm with wife, daughters, chickens, bees, various pets, and gardens.

Shane Wilson

Shane Wilson, Project Manager (IMBA)

Shane Wilson has been a trail builder and an advocate for mountain biking since 1992. Since becoming a part of the IMBA Trail Solutions Team in 2010 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 opportunity and progression. He currently serves IMBA’s mission as a Project Manager, creating new trails and educating trail builders all over the world.

Steve Watts

Steve Watts, IMBA Chapter Executive Director (Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance)

Steve Watts is the current executive director of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance. Watts brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in community development, business planning, fundraising, marketing and advocacy, with 15 of those years managing retail food co-ops in Los Alamos, N.M.; Asheville, N.C.; and Las Cruces, N.M. He has served as president of the Los Alamos Singletrack Association and vice president of the Bath Tub Row Brewing Co-op board. Watts received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. He, his wife and their dog Gia recently located to Boulder, but have been visiting and mountain biking in Boulder since the mid 1980s.

Steuart Walton

Steuart Walton, Board Member (Walton Family Foundation)

Steuart L. Walton is the chief executive officer of Game Composites, Ltd., a company he founded in 2013 that designs and builds small composite aircraft. He previously worked for the London office of Allen & Overy, LLP handling matters related to debt equity offerings by non-U.S. entities. Steuart also worked for Walmart’s international Division focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He serves on the board of directors of Walmart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Leadership for Educational Equity and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 

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Steve Messer, President (Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association)

The Gabrielino Trail in the Angeles National Forest has been one of my favorite places to be since I first rode it in 1987. These days I spend much more time with my hands on the grips than on the steering wheel. Bicycles are freedom, mobility and health...things that make people thrive, especially in a natural outdoor setting. I see cycling, and especially mountain biking, as more than just recreation, sport, or transportation: bicycles are a key to changing lives.

 Taldi

Taldi Walter, Government and Community Affairs Manager (REI) and IMBA Board Member

As REI's government and community affairs manager, Walter oversees REI's national giving program and fosters collaborative partnerships with national non-profits to ensure access to and infrastructure of inspiring outdoor recreation opportunities. Before that, she worked for the National Audubon Society as their assistant director of government relations in Washington, D.C. Walter serves on the Board of Directors of Bike Works in south Seattle, and is on the steering committee of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, and the Outdoor Alliance for Kids. An avid cyclist, she races for Team Group Health in Seattle.

 Tania Lowen-Hecht

Tania Lown-Hecht, Communications Director (Outdoor Alliance)    

Tania Lown-Hecht is the Communications Director for Outdoor Alliance, a national coalition of membership groups that represent paddlers, backcountry skiers, mountaineers, climbers, and mountain bikers (including IMBA). In her role at Outdoor Alliance, Tania gets to tell the funny and engaging stories of why people love getting outside through campaigns, social media, website, newsletters, and emails. Tania lives in Washington, DC and is passionate about the slowest-speed outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, backpacking, and cross-country skiing.

Ted Stroll

Ted Stroll, President (Sustainable Trails Coalition)

Ted Stroll is president and co-founder of the Sustainable Trails Coalition. A mountain biker since 1991, he lives and works in San Jose, Calif. Ted was a judicial staff attorney for the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeals before retiring from full-time work in the judiciary in 2013.

Terry Palmeri

Terry Palmeri, Associate Southeast Region Director (IMBA)

Terry Palmeri joined the IMBA staff in 2014 after a 5 year stint as President of her local IMBA-SORBA chapter.  A cyclist for many years, it was a mountain bike trip in 2004 to Wales, UK that inspired her to advocate for mountain biking in the Southeast.  She co-owns the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop in Ellijay, Georgia, with her husband Mike and lives with their 3 dogs and 1 cat in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia.  

Tim Babcock
Tim Babcock, Bike Park Development Manager (Progressive Bike Ramps)

As a Bike Park Development Manager, Tim has dedicated his time working with communities everywhere to plan, design and develop all kinds of sustainable bike recreation areas from Bike Parks and Trails to Bicycle Playgrounds. He specializes in working with Municipal Parks and Recreation at the local and state levels in coordination with local IMBA Chapters and Advocacy Groups. He has spent the last 4 years with Progressive Bike Ramps, a Bike Park Design and Build company and manufacturer of Sustainable Bike Ramps.

 

Tom Walton

Tom Walton, Home Region Program Committee Chair (Walton Family Foundation)

Thomas L. Walton is the managing principal of RopeSwing, a Bentonville, Arkansas-based hospitality company dedicated to creating unique culinary, entertainment and cultural events. Born and raised in Bentonville, Tom has a special interest in giving back to his home region through both personal support and the Walton Family Foundation’s Home Region Program. Tom has been instrumental in revitalizing Northwest Arkansas' downtown areas with a desire to create collaborative spaces for the region’s growing population. In 2016, he was named Arkansas' Tourism Person of the Year.

Yvonne Kraus

Yvonne Kraus, Executive Director (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)

Yvonne discovered mountain biking 20 years ago and immediately knew she had found a new passion.  She began racing off-road XTERRA Triathlons, began competing worldwide, and soon expanded into long distance mountain bike marathons, 24-hour races, and multi-day adventure races. In November 2015, Yvonne turned her passion into full-time occupation at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, to build and protect sustainable mountain bike trails in Washington State.  She now directs Evergreen’s trail crew and staff, as well as 7 statewide chapters, to build and maintain progressive new mountain bike trails in Washington.  Yvonne brings 16 years of experience in non-profit management, green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency consulting to Evergreen.  She is now navigating the organization through its biggest growth year since inception, in 1989.  

 Zach Jarrett

Zach Jarrett, Regional Outdoor Recreation Planner (Bureau of Land Management)

Zach Jarrett is a regional outdoor recreation planner based out of the BLM's State Office in Portland, Oregon.  Zach is responsible for regional planning efforts throughout western Oregon providing technical expertise related to recreation management and motorized and non-motorized trail development. Zach administers regional trail agreements to plan, design, and construct mountain bike opportunities throughout the Pacific Northwest and serves as the BLM’s National Mountain Bike program lead where he provides technical expertise for mountain bike related policy development, partnership creation, trail planning and management strategies across BLM lands throughout the United States.  

 

 

 

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