Wally joined Adventure Cycling in 1984, then Bikecentennial, and became a Life Member in 2003. He’s hooked on Adventure Cycling tours — having been on several — and he took the Leadership Training Course (LTC) in 1999. Since then, he has led over 45 trips, including the LTC as well as Introduction to Bicycle Touring. “All trips are special because of the people you meet and the great riding, but I have really enjoyed watching new bicycle tourists grow more confident as we take them through the Intro course and they learn that they too can hop on their bike and head out for an overnight or a month. And it’s really great to show new leaders the Adventure Cycling tour model, watch it click with them, and then send them out with their own tour groups.” Wally believes that by offering quality tours and excellent resources, Adventure Cycling is able to attract more cyclists and inspire them to travel by bicycle. “Our mission really resonates with me, and as the organization fulfills its vision with the U.S. Bicycle Route System and other programs, I‘m excited to have the opportunity to help move this work forward by serving as a Board member.” When not on his bike, Wally can be found behind a computer keyboard in Denver, Colorado, working on websites for the clients of his company, the Red Arrow Group, Inc.
Andy Baur found Adventure Cycling in 1993 while planning a bike trip through central Europe. “I am really excited to serve the organization that essentially changed my life with hopes that others will find the same inspiration from bicycle travel that I did.” Working in bicycle and pedestrian facility planning provided the foundation for his current job as executive director of Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena, Montana. Andy has learned the value of building partnerships and community support to address the challenges that face Western towns. His job also includes assisting local government to maintain and develop Helena’s superb 60-mile system of hiking and biking trails. Andy and his wife Betsy have toured in Europe and South America, “but our most memorable was right out our back door through central Montana.” Now, with a three-year-old daughter, they’re getting quite familiar with rail-trails in the area. The Baur family is a life member of Adventure Cycling.
Andrew Huppert is a Montana native who is considered one of Montana's leading attorneys in recreational and adventure law liability. Andy's expertise is highly valuable in helping Adventure Cycling stay on top of the legal landscape and the field of recreational law. Andy and his family moved to Missoula in 2003 and immediately became obsessed with the remarkable mountain biking Missoula has to offer. While road biking is also on Andy’s menu, he loves promoting the unique challenges and joys that only climbing a spectacular 10,000 foot summit on your two-wheeled companion (without cars on your tail) can provide. Andy is also an avid skier, golfer, photographer, musician and writer. He lives in Missoula with his wife Polly and 7-year-old son Matthew, as well as numerous dogs, cats and horses.
Jenny connected to Adventure Cycling after her first bike tour—a thrilling solo ride across Austria in 2014—and wants adventure-seekers from all backgrounds to experience the joy and freedom of traveling by bike. A long-time bicycle commuter, Jenny has been an advocate in her home of Chattanooga, and served on the Board of Bike Walk Tennessee from 2011-2014. She has coordinated a range of bicycle education, policy, and programming events, including the inaugural Tennessee Bike Summit in 2012.
In her work, Jenny serves as the Strategic Capital Planner for the City of Chattanooga. In this role, she coordinates a $100 million annual capital budget, working across departments to plan and budget City investments in infrastructure, equipment, technology, and public spaces. She previously served as a Senior Planner at the MPO, focusing on multimodal transportation planning and funding at the regional level, while doing work with community outreach, grants, and open data policy.
Jenny grew up in a Bed & Breakfast, and values meeting new people through travel. Having traveled in more than 25 countries, Jenny finds adventure abroad, as well as at home in the Tennessee Valley. She also loves hiking, karaoke, and hosting friends. Jenny holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Lee University and a Master of Public Administration from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a Next City Vanguard, a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, and has been featured in Planning Magazine.
Joyce joined Adventure Cycling in 1998 and became a Life Member in 2010. It wasn’t until 2007 that Joyce went on an Adventure Cycling tour, and that experience convinced her she wanted to be more involved in Adventure Cycling. Joyce took the Leadership Training Course in 2008 and has been an active tour leader ever since. She values Adventure Cycling because the organization provides people with tools to realize their own goals and dreams. Our tours are an important way we carry out that philosophy. “My favorite part of leading tours is seeing the group camaraderie and the friendships that form from the seat of a bike.” Joyce has developed new tours and also teaches in the Educational Tours, which she sees as an important part of growing the mission. A long-time federal employee, Joyce has worked with all levels of government and has extensive experience in policy development and issue resolution. “I am excited to serve on the Board because I have seen firsthand the empowerment and personal growth people experience through bicycle travel. I am honored to have the opportunity to help grow Adventure Cycling.” When not on her bike, Joyce is the Branch Chief for Environmental Resources for the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Todd Copley is first and foremost a traveler with a passion for adventure, the outdoors, and travel experiences that impact and change people’s lives. A global tourism executive with an extensive background in the active and adventure travel sector, Todd has spent 12 plus years riding internationally and has pedaled on four continents. Todd began his love affair with bicycle travel in 1991 when he completed a Trans-European bicycle tour to attend Schiller University in London, England, to study International Tourism Management. During this time, he compiled a guidebook on bicycle touring in England and began his travel career as a guide for a leading U.S. bicycle touring company. Todd has led a tourism panel at the National Bike Summit, been a moderator at the 1st New England Bike Summit, and is President of Summit Travel Consulting. In 2009, Todd organized a 600-mile solo bicycle tour in support of the American Cancer Society and currently resides in Redding, Connecticut, with his family. Without a doubt, his proudest moment came when he removed the training wheels from his three-year-old son’s bicycle.
Mike is a long-time resident of Silicon Valley where he lives with his wife and three children. In 2010, when the company where he worked was acquired and he lost his job, Mike embarked upon a 3,600 mile solo ride across the U.S. For him, the ride was a life changing experience which he described in a book he wrote about his travels called Changing Cadence. “As I pedaled each day, I became reconnected with the richness and diversity of the country and regained a sense of perspective that we often lose in the stress of our daily lives.” In preparation for the ride, Mike became a member of Adventure Cycling. “Adventure Cycling is not just an organization, it is a community of people who are passionate about adventure and cycling. It is also a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to go for a long ride.” Mike and his wife are active road and mountain bike riders. He tries to get in sufficient mileage each year to offset the calories resulting from his deep love of IPAs. When he’s not on a bike saddle, Mike is general counsel of Adobe Systems.
Jennifer Garst has been an Adventure Cycling fan since the early 1990s when she wandered the U.S. for over a year on a solo bicycle tour and shortly thereafter participated in Adventure Cycling's North Star trip to Alaska. Jennifer relied on Adventure Cycling maps when she moved via bicycle from Washington, DC, to her home state of Iowa and when she circled Lake Michigan. "Adventure Cycling is wonderful. It has always provided me with the resources I need to feel safe as I travel by bicycle." Jennifer is Development Director of Story County Community Foundation in Ames, Iowa. She serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards. "I am sought after as a board member because I can raise money, read a financial sheet, and make sure that the organization remains mission-driven." During her tenure on Adventure Cycling's board (beginning in 2007) Jennifer has chaired the Development Committee.
Adventure Cycling inspired Rami 10 years ago to travel by bicycle, and he still does! “The memories of that trip along the Great Parks North Route are still vivid: majestic mountains, emerald lakes, hot springs, open roads, and passing by the Adventure Cycling office in Missoula where it all started,” he said. Little did he know that he would become Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and join the board in 2017.
A technology consultant by profession, Rami does not leave home without his outdoor electronics combining GPS and maps. Hence, he started contributing to the GPS forum, helped launch digital maps, and most recently introduced mobile map apps.
“By now, I am hooked, wanting to get involved ever more and help where I can to further the organization’s mission,” he said. Rami continues to push our agenda for digital navigation, closer connection with our members, and support for the Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel.
Starting at the age of six, Rami’s kids joined him on trips, which turned out to be an annual family event. The idea is to have at least one trip from the steps of the house to their destination and back, all self-supported and car-free, combining train, bus, and ferry options to visit many local treasures of New England and beyond. He is often organizing such trips to include friends, neighbors, and local clubs.
George Mendes lives in The Woodlands, Texas, and was introduced to Adventure Cycling when it provided George with the information and inspiration to successfully complete his first solo cross-country cycling adventure in 2006 on the Southern Tier Route. George has been cycling for over 30 years and rides for fitness and fun, but found that his self-supported tours were also a journey of self discovery. This self-discovery came from the interesting people you meet along the way, to the places you see, and the time spent on self-reflection. “I’ve been lucky to have experienced firsthand Adventure Cycling’s mission and values. I am honored to be considered for a board position and fully understand the importance board members have on organizations in being advocates for and representatives of the organization in the community, along with providing advice and counsel on the organization’s direction,” George says. “If selected, I can commit to devote sufficient time to doing the board’s work and bring some key business skills in organizational and process effectiveness, fund raising, and technology that can help complement the skills of the other board members.” “As I reflect back on my life experiences, it’s evident that my best memories weren’t made on a cell phone; or sitting in rush hour traffic; or tackling that endless to-do list. My best memories were made in the moments when I slowed down, doing the things I love, with the people I love, and cycling.”
Jeffrey joined Adventure Cycling in 1990 while planning his first bike tour, combining three of Adventure Cycling’s routes for a 5,000-mile solo bike tour from San Francisco to Bar Harbor. That 10-week tour inspired his career in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. In 1992-93, he bicycled around the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship studying bicycle policy, infrastructure, and programs in 15 countries. “I learn best by exploring our amazing world by bicycle,” says Jeff who has been on the Board since 2004. “I am passionate about Adventure Cycling’s mission and projects like the U.S. Bicycle Route System.” Today, Jeff is based in Washington, DC, where he is the President/CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking (PeoplePoweredMovement.org), the North American coalition of more than 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. Prior to heading up the Alliance in 2008, Jeff was Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for nearly 12 years. A graduate of College of the Atlantic, he has a B.A. in Human Ecology. In addition to bicycling and walking year round for transportation, competition (mostly triathlons), and recreation, Jeff serves on the boards of America Bikes and America Walks.
Bonnie discovered Adventure Cycling in 2007 while planning her coast-to-coast bicycle trip across the U.S. Adventure Cycling was a great resource for her trip planning, and since then, Bonnie has learned that Adventure Cycling is that, but also so much more! “I’m happy to share some of my experience and skills with an organization that is advocating for two-wheel travel and adventure. Cycling has been an integral part of the best parts of my life — from learning how to mountain bike in Crested Butte, CO, to honeymooning in Italy on a bicycle tour of Tuscany, to pulling my two-year old daughter in a Burly across Iowa for RAGBRAI. These experiences have shaped who I am, and I look forward to helping Adventure Cycling inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.” Bonnie's expertise is in fundraising and outdoor adventure. Her experience ranges from serving as Executive Director of the Crested Butte Nordic Center, to Director of Development for the Grand Canyon Association, to her current role within University Advancement at Northern Arizona University. Bonnie has also served as a volunteer for a variety of community non-profits, including land trusts and support services for women in crisis. Bonnie lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where year-round opportunities exist for bike touring the national parks of the southwest, mountain biking the Sedona Red Rocks, or just riding to the Flagstaff farmers market with her six-year old daughter. Bonnie is a proud Life Member of Adventure Cycling.