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New Associate Region Director Melissa Werkman to Focus on Michigan

New Associate Region Director Melissa Werkman to Focus on Michigan

For Immediate Release 3/29/16
Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

IMBA is pleased to announce that Melissa Werkman has accepted the position of Associate Region Director (ARD) in the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio), focusing on the state of Michigan. Werkman will coordinate efforts with fellow ARD Lori Hauswirth, who is based in the Upper Penninsula, and Great Lakes Region Director Andy Williamson. 

Werkman will work closely with the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and other Michigan-based IMBA chapters. "This is an exciting opportunity to use my experience with non-profit management to support mountain biking in Michigan and around the region,” said Werkman. “I look forward to engaging with chapter leadership, trail managers, stakeholders and IMBA members across the state."

Werkman’s prior work experience includes starting three different non-profit organizations, as well as serving on multiple non-profit boards. A dedicated mountain biker, she founded a race and event management company and participates in events frequently herself.

"Melissa brings to the position a passion for mountain biking, but also a diverse background in non-profit leadership, fundraising and community development,” said Great Lakes Region Director Andy Williamson. “We are excited to get her on board to support the amazing work IMBA’s chapters are doing and take the mountain biking movement to the next level."

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association. Its mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA represents our members, supports our chapters and our work benefits the mountain biking community. Learn more at IMBA.com.

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As IMBA's communications director, Mark Eller publishes newsletters (both print and electronic), special reports and web pages to illuminate all of the organization's activities. Eller has worked for IMBA since 2005. Before that he was a magazine editor, working for publications ranging from Rock and Ice to Vegetarian Times.

As IMBA's communications director, Mark Eller publishes newsletters (both print and electronic), special reports and web pages to illuminate all of the organization's activities. Eller has worked for IMBA since 2005. Before that he was a magazine editor, working for publications ranging from Rock and Ice to Vegetarian Times.

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