Management Team

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Vanessa Hauswald, Executive Director

Vanessa graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in 1998 with a B.A. in English as well as a great education in the sport of mountain biking. She eventually went on to receive her secondary teaching credential in English from Sonoma State University and in 2008 she was nominated “Teacher of the Year” in her school district. After teaching English at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, CA for a few years, she started a high school mountain bike team, which is competetive within the NorCal League. In addition to coaching, Vanessa was a NorCal board member for three years, and board president for one year. Vanessa races for the Soulcraft Bicycles team, and she and her husband Yuri enjoy both mountain and road cycling. Vanessa is now running the NorCal League full time as Executive Director.


Robert Ramirez, Programs Director

Robert joined the NorCal High School Cycling League in 2012. He brings a great deal of management experience to the NorCal Cycling League, his role as a Program Director is to promote an outstandingeducational-athletic organization which provides a high-quality experience to every student athlete, team director, coach and volunteers. Robert’s passion for his work has motivated him to find more ways to get kids on bikes.

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Heather Pugh

Back in 2006, Heather found her way from a very swampy Florida to the big and beautiful California. A few years after arriving, she did a bike touring trip from Alaska to Alberta (dog in tow) and promptly began racing cyclocross and mountain bikes upon her return, which she still does. Heather has been working side by side with her boyfriend, Kurt Wolfgang, since 2013 to help grow and develop the San Francisco Composite team. She believes that cycling has the potential for youth and adults to explore not only their internal challenges and feats but also the workings of the woods and the outside world.

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along
grass­stained sleeves to the heart.” ­ Richard Louv


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