2021 Board of Directors
President: David Schorow
I’ve been bicycling for enjoyment and fitness since I was an undergraduate in Boston. I was introduced to California cycling when I came to Berkeley for graduate studies. Cycling and other outdoor activities have been my passion for most of my adult life. I even met my wife Mona on a group ride at The Bicycle Outfitter. In June, 2017 I retired from a long career in the computer industry, with the last 10 years as a manager and director of software development. Retiring gave me more free time to cycle, and the Western Wheeler Bike Club provided me the means to do a variety of beautiful rides with fun people, many of whom have become good friends. I typically ride two to four club rides every week.
I’m finishing my second year as club President and have the desire and energy to do it again. This was a very difficult year for the club, as we had to make a lot of painful decisions in the face of the COVID pandemic. I’m looking forward to working with our talented and dedicated board of directors to get the club’s rides, events, and programs fully back on track in 2021.
Secretary: Patty Koel
I am pleased to be the new Secretary for 2021 this year. 2020 was my fist year on the WWBC board in a Member at Large position, and that year was quite atypical due to the pandemic. With any luck, this year will be the year that we are able to (safely and over time) add more rides, events, and bicycle safety classes to our calendar, as health concerns diminish and restrictions are lifted. Like most of you, I can’t wait to get back to normal! I’m looking forward to serving on the board this year, and to playing my part in restoring many of the activities of the past. I’ve been a club member for a few years now, enjoying the club rides, safety classes and social events. Hope to see you soon out on rides!
Treasurer: Mike Rissi
I have been the Club Treasurer for several years and built a strong financial foundation for the Club with a healthy reserve. I actively participate in 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 served as Treasurer and President for several local nonprofits - including the Portola Valley Schools Foundation and Music for Minors. My business background includes 30 years with Accenture, where I retired as a Managing Partner.
Ride Chair: Guy Shuman
I have been an active member and leader in Western Wheelers since 2003 and am regularly one the top ride leaders in the club, having led over 350 rides in just the last eight years. I have served the club as C Ride Coordinator, D Ride Coordinator, Email Lists Administrator, Sequoia Transportation Captain, Board of Directors Member, and for the past eleven years as LDT Coordinator, a period in which the LDT series has expanded and annual participation has more than doubled. I believe our club's main focus should be on rides of all levels by and for our members. Board members should be active club participants in all aspects of the club's activities and it is my privilege to serve on the Western Wheelers Board in 2021.
Events Chair: Fran Williams
I’ve been cycling for about 13 years now. It has become my passion, as well as my social outlet. What better way to enjoy our beautiful area, than to combine exercising and socializing with fellow cyclists?
I love riding with friends new and old and attending Club Events and Activities, such as the Spring Picnic, Ice Cream Social, and Oktoberfest.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being on The Board this year, and serving as your Events Chairperson. Needless to say, 2020 has been a very unusual year. I feel like we have had to cancel more events than plan for them. So I really haven’t had the opportunity to fully embrace the task of being the Event Planner and Chairperson for Western Wheelers. We are all hoping that things will open up in 2021, and allow some of our favorite events to happen once again.
I look forward to continuing to serve as your Events Chairperson and planning all these fun activities in 2021.
Membership Chair: 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. I began by riding on every ride I could find and was physically able to do. A short time later I was asked to start leading a few rides and then I began leading some A, B and C rides. In 2006 I was approached 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 as we have gone from the membership paying their annual dues by check and moving forward to a computerized system where the majority of the members now join and or renew on line. We still receive several checks each month which must be processed by hand.
As membership chair I will continue to promote the club by reaching out to new cyclists, speaking to strangers while on rides, in bike shops and in general telling anyone who will listen what a great club we have. I have also held several board positions, including Commodore in the two different sailing clubs. I have also been a Explorer Advisor for a BSA Explorer Post, Merit Badge Counselor and was one of four male co-leaders for a Girl Scout cadet- senior troop specializing in backpacking for 20 plus years.
Sequoia Chair: Randall Braun
I have been an active cyclist "forever", and my first 100 mile ride was (one of) the first Sequoia Centuries, well over 45 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 twelve 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.
Chief Editor: Peggy George
It has been a great experience working for the club this year to get the monthly Flat Tyre newsletter published, and to serve on the Board. For the coming year, I look forward to publishing a fun newsletter filled with engaging articles, photography, travel "blogs", and relevant stories related to cycling submitted by members.
As a life long cycling enthusiast, I recalled this summer how as a child, I completed my first long distance ride, about two hundred miles in Upstate New York, coinciding with the Landing on the Moon! We rode into the campground with our bikes and gear and with all ears tuned into the broadcast of the event coming from every direction and every campsite. I was hooked on cycling ever since.
I have been a member since before 2000, and in my first years, worked as the Sequoia Workers Ride leader, making sure all riders were well fed at lunch and rest stops, supported by a team of enthusiastic helpers. More recently, I have worked as the Chocolate Milk finish line captain. I look forward to continuing the work of the Flat Tyre Editor in 2021. Thanks for your support!
Webmaster: Vito Mazzarino
I discovered the freedom of biking at 5 years old, riding to school and cruising the neighborhood with friends. Later my bike proved to be the best way to commute to work or relax on the weekend. In October of 2017 I retired from a 40+ year career in Silicon Valley Tech and discovered the freedom again with the Western Wheelers. I retired on a Friday, joined the club over the weekend and showed up to the Social Paced Coffee Ride on Monday. I value the way I was welcomed and the way the ride leaders invested in teaching me how to ride in a group safely while having fun. Over the past 3 years I’ve learned a lot while logging over 9,000 miles and meeting many new friends on weekly rides, the Long-Distance Training series and the Fall Fun series.
The Western Wheelers is a special club, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to start giving back as a board member and Webmaster.
Members at Large
I started riding with Western Wheelers in January 2012 and have been hooked ever since! I served as the weekend C Ride Coordinator from 2014-16, Secretary in 2015, 2016 and 2020, and Events Chair 2017-2019. This year, I organized yoga for cyclists classes and monthly bike film nights, both in person and online. Besides leading rides for Western Wheelers, I led weekly evening rides for Mike's Bikes in Palo Alto for three years, and helped to forge the current partnerships with REI and Sports Basement. I live in Redwood City and always look forward to great rides with my WWBC family.
I am running for member at large for 2021 because I enjoy helping to make our bike club not only the best recreational cycling club around, but also a fun social network where people bond over cycling and forge lifelong friendships. I appreciate your vote and welcome your suggestions for making our great club even better. Thank you!
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 serving as Secretary I have led many rides, assisted with LDT coordination for several years, and served as the Fall Fun Series Coordinator three times. I think Western Wheelers is a fantastic group of people and I have made many good friends on our adventures together.
As a Member at Large, I hope to continue to be able to focus on coordinating our Training and Safety programs that will help all of to be better riders.
After retiring in 2015, and joining Western Wheelers, my cycling “career” moved on a new wonderful, fun trajectory. This Club has expanded my knowledge of local routes, created new adventures, and most importantly, introduced me to a terrific group of new friends. Giving back to the Club is important to me, be it as a Ride Leader, a member of the Skills & Safety Team, or best, as a ride participant. Joining as a At Large Board Member has been an ideal opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of the Club.