Board of Directors

 

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Heather MacKenzie, President

Heather MacKenzie joined the board in 2013.  Born and raised in Sausalito, she started riding dirt bikes through the hills of Sausalito delivering the IJ and has been riding the hills ever since – Mountain, road, and Cycle Cross.  Heather’s community service has always been her passion, A Volunteer Firefighter in Tiburon for 10 years, 3 years as the President of Marin Cyclist Club,  6 years on the planning team for the Marin Century, and numerous Habitat For Humanity builds, including one in Nepal.  This passion and her dedication to cycling lead her to spearheading the annual donations NorCal graciously receives from The Marin Cyclist Club.  Heather has been a valued advocate, volunteer and contributor to NorCal and NICA events thru the years.   And Heather’s day job as a global events manager at Autodesk allow her to bring those same valuable skills to the league.  Her proud involvement in the NorCal board provide the perfect avenue for giving back to the community she lives in and supporting the sport she loves!

Alexander Price

Alexander Price, Vice President

Alexander Price was elected to the board in July of 2010. Born in New Zealand, he moved to Bay Area in the early 80s, where he lived on the Peninsula and Marin and commuted by bike to High School via the trails on Mt Tam. Alexander graduated and returned to Marin from the University of Arizona with a BS in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a minor in Film and Sound Design. Professionally Alexander is a technology leader and enjoys solving problems and helping others. Currently he works for CMI as the Director of Professional Services. He has also worked for several leading entertainment, technology, and financial companies including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of New Zealand, Mighty River Power, Industrial Light and Magic, IBM, and Hambrecht and Quist. He also runs Irwin Holmes Inc, a technology consulting company for individuals and small businesses in the Bay Area. He became engaged with the league 5 years ago and founded the Branson High School mountain bike team where he spent 4 years as the teams head coach. Alexander also serves on the Board of Directors for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (www.marinbike.org). Alexander is a father, cyclist, businessman, and sailor. When not in the office you can find him on his Mtn bike somewhere in Marin.

Vanessa Hill

Vanessa Hill, Treasurer

Vanessa Hill loves bicycling, whether commuting or running errands, road riding, or mountain biking. Since the mid-1990’s, Vanessa has developed a particular passion for mountain biking. Vanessa is a director at Hemming Morse, Inc., specializing in forensic accounting and litigation consulting. She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Accounting from Pepperdine University. She teaches forensic accounting and business valuation as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University and serves as a Trustee of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) Education Foundation. In addition to her career, Vanessa and her husband Gary have two boys, the older of which is already riding China Camp! She and her husband mountain bike together whenever their busy lives allow– and Gary also rides with the El Cerrito High School team. They also play softball on a co-ed team every Tuesday during the Spring and Summer seasons.

 

Jennifer Sanders, Secretary

Jennifer has been road and mountain biking for over 20 years and during her few years racing has made podium in both  downhill and cross-country races (Downieville), as well as in Xterra triathalons.    An alumni of Berkeley High School (pre- any mountain biking teams) she believes Nor Cal/ NICA are a great organization and opportunity for the students.    She lives in San Francisco where she is an attorney for Nickelodeon’s online games division focusing on intellectual property and privacy (she has also worked for  Sun Microsystems, Veritas Inc., BEA Systems, and Oracle).   Last summer’s cycling adventure was a week  long trip downhilling in Morzine (Switzerland and France) and the previous year a week cycling along the Tour de France.

 Patty Brockley

Patty Brockley

Patty has been passionate about cycling since she was a child, but during the last seven years she learned to love mountain biking. Six years ago she started the Lagunitas Middle School mountain bike class where she develops kids’ strength, skills, and safety on the bike. She was the Safe Routes to School coordinator and secured a grant for the Lagunitas School district. This is her fourth season as a Drake Mountain Bike coach, where she teaches girls to develop their personal style of riding. Patty has been an R.N, for over 20 years working in health care from Intensive care to Labor and delivery. As a Nurse Practitioner she specialized in adolescent health care and wellness. She coordinated and administered care along with Huckleberry Youth Program in the Marin County Teen Clinic. She is honored to have the opportunity to communicate, listen, and encourage youth in attaining their goals as a mountain biker.

Karen Rehder

Karen Rehder

Karen is the proud mother of Bradley and Nicole and has been coaching the Terra Linda MTB HS Team for the past 6 years. She has also been a Luna Chic Ambassador for the past 7 years and has helped encourage women to get on their bikes while raising support for The Breast Cancer Fund. With a Masters degree in Health Promotion / Disease Prevention, she is currently working as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at the SF Medical Center. She has a long history of riding and racing and loves to back country ski as well.

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Hans Kellner

Hans Kellner grew up in central New York, hopped over to Arizona for high school and college, and then to the San Francisco Bay Area.  He calls these moves the ‘too cold’, ‘too hot’, and ‘just right’ transitions. It was in Arizona he began mountain biking and then racing.  He was an early member of ORBA (Off Road Bicyclist of Arizona) and later NORBA.  A job opportunity in Marin County brought him to California and to the birthplace of mountain biking.  Since then he has excelled in his work life as well as his cycling.  Around 2007 he was asked by friends involved with the Berkeley High MTB team to assist in coaching.  Thus began the still ongoing commitment to being an assistant coach with the team.  Besides cycling, Hans also enjoys taking photographs, creating short films, trying new foods, and challenging himself by learning new things (ask him about becoming a CNC Shop Master).

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Jon Francis

Jon grew up in the Sonoma Valley, where he traveled the network of farm roads on classic bikes like a green Schwinn Stingray and red Schwinn Varsity. While studying Electrical Engineering at CU Boulder, he relieved stress by road riding in theeastern plains and Rocky Mountain foothills. Back in the Bay Area, he acquired his first Stumpjumper in 1994 and with it a love of hill climbs, setting out from his Inner Richmond flat to tackle Mt. Tam or find more circuitous routes to the SOMA studio where he worked as a film and video editor. Becoming a husband and father of two, and forming Idle Hands Studio, a Marin-based animation company, put a long hiatus in his riding. Then in 2010 he was conscripted as a ride leader for the San Rafael Bike Dawgs, and was handed the keys to the team in 2011. In 4+ years as head coach he’s discovered many things, not the least of which is that happiness comes from helping others, and no amount of time spent helping kids is ever wasted. Joining the NorCal rules committee in 2013, and the NorCal Board in 2014, he’s eager to help bring high school cycling to young bikers whose schools still don’t have teams, and ensure that all high school riders have a safe, fair, productive, and fun environment to become better cyclists, racers, and people.

           
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