Western Wheelers Bicycle Club
 

2017 Board Members


President: Robert Sexton

I grew up in Kentucky, where I became a year-round bicycle commuter at the age of 14. In my teenage years I took up racing, eventually winning a statewide criterium.   My love of cycling has continued and I am blessed to live and ride in such a terrific area.  I believe that social clubs are an important part of a healthy community.

Secretary: Bill Sherwin

I grew up in New York and Pennsylvania and lived in Minnesota for 20 years before moving to California in 2005.  I have been a member of Western Wheelers since 2010. I assisted with LDT coordination for several years and took on leadership of the Fall Fun Series in 2016. A million years ago I filled in sometimes as Secretary for my college Fraternity, Chi Psi. I am employed as the Materials Manager for L3 Technologies in Menlo Park.


Treasurer: Mike Rissi

I have been the Club Treasurer for the past 14 years and built a strong financial foundation for the Club with a healthy reserve. I actively participate in the Club activities, including finance team leader for the Sequoia. I’m a strong advocate for recreational cycling to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I have previously served as Treasurer for two nonprofits - the Portola Valley Schools Foundation and Music for Minors, where I am currently the Chair of the Board. My business background includes 30 years with Accenture, where I retired as a Managing Partner.



Ride Chair: Mindy Steiner

I’m currently wrapping up my 6th year on the board. I was president of the club for 3 years (2011-2013), I held a member at large position for one year (2014) and now I've been the Ride Chair for the last 2 years. (2015-2016) I would like to continue in the role of Ride Chair for the 2017 Board to help keep the club a welcoming place for new members with lots of rides and activities for all.


Events Chair: Cindy Asrir

I started riding with Western Wheelers in January 2012 and have been hooked ever since! I've served as the weekend C ride coordinator since 2014, and was elected secretary to the board in 2015 and 2016. Starting in 2014, I led evening rides for Mike's Bikes in Palo Alto, co-sponsored with Western Wheelers. I currently live in Redwood City and look forward to great rides with my WW family every weekend, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the spring and summer.
I am running for events chair because I love planning events and parties, and am an executive assistant/event planner in my day job. Bettina's shoes will be hard to fill, but I believe that with a fresh perspective and your help and ideas, we will have a great year. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas.


Chief Newsletter Editor: Dave Ziegler


Newsletter Production: Christine Fawcett

I learned to ride a bike as an adult at university in the UK and caught the bug. I came to the Bay Area initially for 2 years but have never wanted to leave. I first joined Western Wheelers in 1982 after my first Sequoia Century, was the Program Chair in 1986 and President in 1987. I dropped out for a few years after my children were born then re-joined with family membership. Currently I have been Newsletter Production chair for 3 years. I enjoy doing the mailings because I get to know folks from all different ride levels. In recent years I also have been an Android app developer and wrote the Android version of the Western Wheelers app.

Membership: Vern Tucker

After spending 40 plus years in the title insurance industry as an underwriter and claims handler, I retired in 2004 and became active in the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club. Beginning by riding on every ride I could find, I was soon asked to start leading a few rides. I began leading some A, B and C rides. In 2006 I was asked to become the Membership Chair, the position I still hold. During my tenure as membership chair I have seen the club more double in size. We have gone from joining or renewing by mailing a check to an online system. We still receive several checks each month which I process by hand. As the membership chair, I will continue to promote the club by reaching out to new cyclists, speaking to strangers while on rides, communicating with bike shops and in general telling anyone who will listen what a great club we have.


Sequoia Chair: Randall Braun

I have been an active cyclist since my early teen years, and my first 100 mile ride was (one of) the first Sequoia Centuries, well over 40 years ago. I’ve been the president of the Davis Bike Club and their Double Century and Foxy Fall Century chairs, then published three route guidebooks called “The Cyclists Route Atlas” As many of you know, I invented RouteArrows about ten years ago and the Sequoia Century was again instrumental in allowing me to test my early prototype to mark their routes. RouteArrows are now my livelihood and my passion to help spread the joy of cycling. I decided to offer to help with the Sequoia to further that goal and for the pride and gratitude I feel to be able to live and ride in such a beautiful and unique place. With your help, I hope to continue to steward The Sequoia as the premier cycling event in the Bay Area and beyond.



Webmaster: Mona Schorow

For the past two years, I've posted and organized the Western Wheelers' website information. I understand how the website provides the organizational infrastructure critical to the day-to-day operations of the club. Technical members in the club help as needed. It's a team effort and one that I enjoy. I like relaxing in front of the computer after a ride and contributing to this great club.



At Large: Brian Feinberg

I've been riding with the Western Wheelers since about 2003 (time flies!), when I started cycling again after a long hiatus while my kids were small. I've made so many great friends in my years with the club, and I hope to help out however I can by serving on the board.


At Large: Frank Houghton

I grew up in New England and spent the following 20 years in Chicago dreaming about hills bigger than overpasses. Inspired by the Tour de France, I bought a road bike, but I only occasionally road it along the lakefront. When I moved to the bay area my third ride was with Western Wheelers and we climbed Tunitas; I never looked back. Since then the club has given me a wonderful outlet to ride, meet people and let go of the day's stress. I am running for a board seat because I think we can do a better job reinvigorating our membership base, creating additional value for our members and advancing the cycling community agenda in the bay area."


At Large: Bettina Vinsant

I have been the Event Chair person for a few years now and would like to pass the torch to someone with new ideas but I would also like to be able to help out the club in other ways. Its been such a great experience for me and I would really appreciate the opportunity to continue my work as a board member at large.

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