Position: Board Member at-large
Q: Please describe why are you interested in becoming a member of the COTA Board of Directors:
I'm interested in becoming a member of the COTA Board of Directors because I'm passionate about bringing the sport of mountain biking to a larger percentage of the people who live in and visit Central Oregon. There are few things better in this world than making memories with others on 2 wheels, so I'm focused on helping more people experience our trails, so we can educate them on how they can assist in keeping our trail networks thriving.
Q:Describe your experience serving on a Board of Directors or comparable experience:
My initial experience with serving on a Board was back in 2012 & 2013 when I served as the President and Vice President of Finance of my fraternity at the University of Washington. Since then, I haven't served on any formal Board of Directors, however, I've taken a leadership role whenever that opportunity was available. By the end of my 4 years working with PitchBook Data in Seattle, I was managing our Methodology Committee as well as New Hire Training for our offices in Seattle and India. As I've just recently moved to Bend, I've started taking on more leadership experience with the Membership and Donor Relations Committee (now the Community Engagement Committee after our merger with Communications) and look forward to continue doing so.
Q:Please note any experience you have overseeing groups of volunteers or other groups of people:
As President and Vice President of Finance for my fraternity, I managed the operations of our Fraternity on a daily basis, ensuring we met educational expectations, deadlines and our budget we set at the beginning of the year. Following college, I managed the new hire onboarding experience for the Seattle and India offices of PitchBook Data in Seattle. We brought on over 75 new hires in Seattle, as well as over 200 new hires in India during my time overseeing this operation. In addition to new hire onboarding, I also managed our Methodology Committee, ensuring issues/questions with current methodology were addressed in a methodical manner and then communicated effectively to the team.
Q:Describe any experience you have in trail design, construction and maintenance including safety, education, stewardship, public outreach, and advocacy:
I've worked with the Trail Maintenance team of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance up in Washington to ensure trails under their jurisdiction were properly maintained. This involved addressing safety concerns on the trail, learning about proper trail construction, improving trails based on rider feedback and sourcing volunteers for work parties. I've also attended the Level 1 Stewardship Training provided by Woody and intend on attending Level 2 and Level 3 this year, hoping to become a Trail Steward and lead work parties before the end of summer 2019.
Q:Describe any other skills that you may bring as a member of the Board of Directors (ex. financial, GIS, etc):
My biggest strengths I'll bring to the Board of Directors are my leadership and project management skills, passion for mountain biking and drive to succeed. In addition, I adapt and learn quickly, have a strong emotional IQ and am a passion-driven person, which is why I quit my corporate job in Seattle, built out a 4x4 campervan and moved to Bend to spend as much time outdoors as possible!