Meet our Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors and learn about what drives each of them to make BMA all it can be. Questions, concerns, points of view or otherwise? firstname.lastname@example.org
A.J. is a relationship builder who brings divergent thinking into every organization he works with. While fully immersing himself in the communities of Colorado he has helped to launch and run a guided Bike Tour Company, connect members of his network with each other to develop collaborative initiatives, and get more people riding bikes through programs like Group Rides and Skills Clinics. He enjoys all things two wheeled and on dirt, whether that be bikepacking, trail riding, or simply exploring our public land.
Rich is founder and Managing Director of Focus Outdoor Advisors, LLC, and was formerly the Director of Development for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). He also served as General Manager of the Eldorado Climbing Wall Company, as Executive Director of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, and in various management roles at Copper Mountain. He’s worn many hats including teaching for Outward Bound, guiding in South America, founding the Breckenridge Crest Mountain Marathon, and performing trail stewardship in Summit County, Colorado.
Ryan has been on a bicycle for as long as he can remember, it being the vehicle which carried him around the farmland in southern Idaho growing up. Eschewing a car through college and several years following, the bicycle remained an important fixture in his life. Ryan joined the cycling industry in 2011 and moved to Boulder in 2013. Ryan is an active patrol person, one of our ride guides, and a familiar face at our trail building days. You never know which bike you’ll catch him on but it’ll likely be in the dirt when you do.
Lauren’s circuitous path started as a singer and dancer in New York, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience, and was on faculty at Harvard Medical School. She moved to San Francisco to climb the biotech executive ladder, then headed to Boulder where she became CEO of a medical device company. She had been riding and racing mtbs and cyclocross throughout all of this time, but always dreamed of making cycling a career. After 5 years as CEO, she resigned and started P.E.D.A.L. Mountain Bike Adventures. Lauren continues to coach kids and adults with the goal of making everyone fall in love with mountain biking! She is on the Scientific Board of the Davis Phinney Foundation as well as numerous other Boards – both biotech and non-profit – over the years.
A native of Queens, NY, Raf grew up riding the concrete vertical of NYC staircases before making the move to Colorado in 2004 in pursuit of true singletrack. In 2018 Raf became involved with BMA, serving as a ride guide, skills clinic assistant, trail building volunteer and MTB trail advocate. On the bike, Raf can be found racing Enduro or XC, and forgo baggies for speed suits or jorts – there is no middle ground.
Off the bike, Raf enjoys snowboarding, trail running with his dog Ahab or fulfilling his duties as Director of User Experience at TransPerfect Translations.
Colin became involved in BMA through the Erie Singletrack Advocates trail projects in eastern Boulder county. He works with and supports sales teams and their customers to grow their businesses efficiently. He brings a background in data and analytics to BMA. You can find him on the trails believing the uphills make the downhills possible.
Deb is an avid mountain biker who tolerates the climbs to get to the sweet chunky downhills. She’s been a passionate volunteer for many causes over several decades, most recently feeding the trailbuilding crews of BMA because swinging a McLeod is way harder than shlepping coolers of food. When she is not mountain biking or skiing, Deb stays busy as a dietitian and food service manager feeding healthy food to local school kids.
Marcus has been working his way through different mountain bike clubs as he moved around the US to earn a breadth of knowledge from being the shovel bum on build projects up through founding an IMBA chapter and handling all aspects of club administration. Marcus takes his organizational experience from running a 50-person tech company and melds that with his experience in the world of mountain biking to support his passion for more trail, better trail, and a larger, more diverse riding community.
Kelsey is a South Boulder transplant from small town Nebraska. Extreme sports are her calling, she started racing dirt bikes at age 9 and was competitive in Muay Thai for over a decade. Now she is an avid trail rider and competitive downhill mountain biker. She is a physical therapist, and manager of Ability Physical Therapy in Longmont. During the week you can usually find her on Bitterbrush after work, and on the weekends at the downhill park in her favorite Hawaiian shirt. Her favorite way to be involved is leading rides and working with BMA volunteers.
Wendy has been an avid cyclist since her first two-wheeler at age 6. She loves all types of cycling, from touring to triathlon, mountain biking to commuting, and even a brief stint on the track. As a Colorado native, she started mountain biking in the 90’s. Wendy worked at IMBA from 2012 to 2016, where she became even more passionate about creating more and better places to ride in Boulder County.
TRAIL PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Mike was born in Burlington, Iowa and began his passion for riding BMX bikes in the wooded hills above the Mississippi River valley in the late 70’s. He graduated to road and mountain biking in high school and then found himself building trails for the Forest Service in Idaho during college in the mid-90’s. That eventually led Mike to Colorado where he worked another summer building trails for the Forest Service before finding himself in Boulder, a burned-out roadie looking for a way back to the woods. He found what he was looking for with a position with Boulder County Parks & Open Space where he spent 2005-2020 building and maintaining trails. Mike now find himself in his dream job of building bike specific trails with his friends from BMA as we raise the bar for mountain bike trails in Boulder County and across the Front Range.