For the purpose of consideration as President of the North Georgia Mountain Bike Association
Mountain Biker: I bought my first mountain bike in 1993, a purple Bridgestone MB-2, with a crown fork and friction shifters, and I was hooked from the first time I rode down Repack on Mt Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area. In those early years, I served on the Mount Diablo Mountain Bike Patrol, bike commuted across the Golden Gate, eventually relocating to Georgia where I rode the Civil War breast works on Dug Gap Mountain and Snake Gap, helped build and race on the trails at Carters Lake (Woodring Branch and the Downhill course running alongside the Dam), raced at MOE at the Downhill Dual Slalom course, and rode Bear Creek for the first time around 1993 with Jim Parham’s first edition Off the Beaten Track. Since then, my bride and I have ridden from Molokai to Chocolocco, now spending time showing our kids the same trails that have enthralled us for over 20 years.
Professional: As a career active-duty Commissioned Officer with the United States Public Health Service (CAPT, O-6) for 19 years, I have responded to health crises around the world. Currently stationed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, I am responsible for a chronic-disease prevention portfolio that targets Type 2 Diabetes prevention in American Indian populations. A Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, I have served in varied roles including providing direct patient care, Clinic Manager, Project Officer, Grant Reviewer, author, and Team Lead. My passion for cycling stems in part from sharing the salutary effects of the sport with others and seeing the power of chronic disease prevention manifest in those who cycle regularly.
Personal: Married to my bride Laura Lea for 23 years, we have six children and have lived in Ellijay for 10 + years, though we have been visiting and riding in Gilmer County for over 24 years. Grounded in our Christian faith, we are members of Grace Community Church in Dawsonville. In 2017, Laura Lea and I started the Gilmer Composite Youth Mountain Bike Team. Team Cartecay has grown in size to 25 student riders, and currently enjoys a ranking of 8th (Division II) in the Georgia NICA League.
Platform: As a prospective President of the NGMBA, I would seek to bring organization, leadership, commitment, and vision to the Club. As a working platform, I would emphasize the following priorities:
Broaden club membership and community voice through a shared constituency and building of collaborations with other outdoor user groups.
Ensure local control over resource development decisions.
Ensure intentional club synergy with local businesses whose livelihoods are connected with local trail resources and related events.
Herald local trail development and the hosting of key events as prime directives for the club. Calendar, publicly announce, and assist in leading advance preparation for community signature events.
Build club cohesion through clear communication, organized dissemination of information, and a commitment to establishing a club culture of enjoyment, as well as promoting enjoyment in the out of doors.