2018 Board of Directors
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 am currently serving the club as Secretary and I would like to do so again in 2018.
Having grown up on the east coast, my first big bike adventure was a solo ride across New York state when I was 18. I graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1981, where I was the Secretary and Vice President for my fraternity. I spent three years in the U.S. Marines before making my home in Bloomington, Minnesota for 20 years. I joined Western Wheelers in 2010 when I moved to Belmont. In addition to my current role as Secretary I have led many rides, assisted with LDT coordination for several years, and served as the Fall Fun Series Coordinator in 2016 and 2017. I think Western Wheelers is a fantastic group of people and I have made many good friends on our adventures together.
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 7th 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 3 years. (2015-2017) I would like to continue in the role of Ride Chair for the 2018 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.
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
I've posted and organized the Western Wheelers' website information for the past three years. Understanding how the website provides the organizational infrastructure critical to the day-to-day operations of the club, I work with technical members in the club for 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.
Chief Editor: Dave Ziegler
I took on the job of Flat Tyre editor some twenty years ago and have always had wonderful people to work with. Together, we have worked smoothly and reliably, and produced a newsletter that I am proud of. I understand better than most that our newsletter is more than a method of communication. It is important for club cohesion and spirit. I've cycled over 120,000 miles all over the world over the last twenty years and share my enthusiasm for cycling with club members.
At the end of each year, I create the club calendar for the following year. This guides club activities throughout the year. A photographer for the Flat Tyre, I attend most club events -- like The Sequoia -- to be sure we have photos for subsequent issues. I regularly attend the board meetings; the editor needs to know the club activities.
In 2018, our plan is to stop printing the Flat Tyre, and to provide an online version only. I would like to participate in this transition so the newsletter maintains its level of quality and professionalism.
Newletter 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 and have been here ever since. 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. I have been Newsletter Production chair for 4 years and also developed the Android version of the Western Wheelers app. I am sad to see the end of the newsletter mailing but realize we have to move with the times. If elected I will complete the term (as needed) as an At-Large member after the last Flat Tyre is mailed in March.
Members at Large
I have been an avid mountain and road cyclist since the ‘90’s, and been involved with several cycling clubs in SoCal and Arkansas, and more recently joined Western Wheelers in June 2017. Through cycling and clubs I have met so many wonderful people and forged life-long friendships. Since moving back to CA from Arkansas in late 2016, I rediscovered California’s extraordinary outdoors with incredible forests and hills, and more importantly I’ve met many new friendly Western Wheelers cyclists. I believe that my past cycling club experiences, fresh perspectives, and new ideas can be well applied as a board member to enhance the Western Wheelers membership experience and the club’s standing in local communities.
I joined Western Wheelers when I returned to the Bay Area 16 years ago. Club cyclists quickly became more than just fellow athletes; they became close friends. Through going on bike rides, hosting mailing parties, volunteering at events such as the Sequoia and Oktoberfest, and more, I have met people whom I feel grateful to know as friends. Western Wheelers has enriched my life, and since retiring in 2016, it is time for me to give back to the club. The “Member at Large” position seems like a good way to learn about the inner workings of the club and to discover ways that I can help make it even better than it is already.
I have been an active member and leader in Western Wheelers since 2003, but have never served on the board.
I am regularly one the top ride leaders in the club, having led over 200 rides in just the last four years. I have served the club as C Ride Coordinator, D Ride Coordinator, Email Lists Administrator, and for the past seven years as LDT Coordinator, a period in which annual LDT participation has more than doubled.
The club faces some major decisions over the next few years in modernizing our ride listing and ride management process and I believe its important to have someone with my expertise and history with the club represented on the board. I believe our club's main focus should be on rides by and for our members.