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 the 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 Educational Tours, which she sees as an important part of growing the mission. Joyce is a retired federal employee. She 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.”
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 the 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.
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, fundraising, 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.”
Noel is president of Wheel & Sprocket, a nationally-recognized, family-owned bike shop serving communities in Wisconsin and Illinois. Empowering and supporting bike travel and advocating for better bike infrastructure has been at the core of the company's DNA for over thirty years. In high school, his first job at Wheel & Sprocket was to provide mobile mechanical assistance to dozens of organized rides and tours each summer — it was through those experiences across the backroads of the Midwest that Noel learned the real joy that riding brings to us all. Noel firmly believes that bikes make the world a better place, so in turn, part of his responsibility is to work to make the world a better place for bikes. Noel is an avid bike traveler having rolled over roads and ruts, over mountains and through valleys in over thirty countries but loves calling Milwaukee, Wisconsin home.
Elizabeth connected to Adventure Cycling in 2005, when she joined the bike world as an employee of the League of American Bicyclists, which frequently collaborates with Adventure Cycling. In 2006, Elizabeth joined Adventure Cycling on a cross-country trip from Seattle, Wash. to Washington, D.C. Elizabeth spent 11 years working in bicycle advocacy and leadership, ending with a three-year stint as Executive Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle, Wash. Now happily back on the east coast, in Arlington, Va., Elizabeth is passionate about her pink custom Waterford touring bike (a gift from her husband and father when her first child was born), about making biking easier for everyone, and about going on family bike trips. Her family has a week-long camping and biking trip planned for summer 2020, and a cross Quebec Route Verte trip planned with parents, husband and children for summer 2021. Adventure Cycling's ethos of inclusion, great bike routes, and community call to Elizabeth, and she is thrilled to join the board. When not volunteering locally or nationally on behalf of better bicycling, Elizabeth is the development director for House of Ruth, a shelter for women and children survivors of domestic violence in Washington, D.C. She lives in Arlington, Va. with her patient husband, Jason, and their three adventurous children: Oliver, Allyson and Eleanor.
Maria Elena Price (known as M.E. by many of her friends) co-owns ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, an international bike touring company founded by her parents in 1972 and a longtime corporate member and sponsor of Adventure Cycling. Maria Elena manages the company's stateside growth and development from its headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado while her sister manages the European operations in Italy. Maria Elena holds an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado after previously earning a dual Bachelor's degree in Psychology and International affairs from the same university. In 2011 Maria Elena and Monica Price were both selected by National Geographic Traveler to be listed in their Top 10 Guides in the world feature. Although she no longer guides trips each year or even tours by bike as much as she would like, Maria Elena spends time every year planning and developing new trips and helping her sister in the field training guides and dreaming about new types of ways to see the world by bike as she feels strongly that it is the best way to travel and get to know a place. Active in the Adventure Travel Industry and motivated to continually consider how tourism impacts the world, in 2016 Maria Elena was honored to join the Adventure Travel Trade Association's Advisory Board.
Steve loves touring epic destinations where the scenery, food, arts and people allow him to slow down and enjoy the singular focus it takes to push one pedal at a time - Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Rockies. His first tour with Adventure Cycling was Great Parks North in 1990 on a Specialized Rockhopper, which is still his favorite bike. He is technically unskilled and largely out of shape. But his goal is to purchase a bikepacking bike and train to tour the Great Divide route. He is inspired by ACA's new Strategic Plan to share the joys of bicycle travel with people of every age, gender and zip code across America. A native of Los Angeles, he earned his BA from UCLA and MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a career-long marketer with expertise in consumer insight & behavior and Brand strategy. He lives in Hawaii, and enjoys sculling, playing ukulele, and getting around town on his trusty bike.