Board of Directors

 

 

Susan Helm-Murtagh – Chair

Year of birth:  1964

City/State of Residence: Boulder, CO

City/State of Birth:  Danville, KY

Day Job: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Susan Helm-Murtagh is a clinical assistant professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches leadership and strategic management. In addition, she is co-founder of The Athletes’ Coalition, a Boulder, CO-based non-profit focused on providing career planning, contract negotiation and post-career guidance for endurance athletes.  She also serves on the board of the Ellie Helm Foundation, a non-profit established in honor of her neice, who was killed in a tragic accident in September of 2017.

Previously, she was vice president at Mosaic Health Solutions (a division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina), where she was responsible for building and managing — through acquisition, investment and development — a portfolio of health solutions products and services centered on information technology, analytics and consumer engagement. Susan has over twenty-five years of health care payer experience, including analytics, information management, strategic development, application development, marketing, and operations.

In addition, she serves on the Board of Visitors for the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is past board secretary for Girls on the Run of the Triangle, past board chair for Triangle Bikeworks, and is past president and board chair for the TriCyclists Bicycle Racing Club in Chapel Hill.

She is also a competitive cyclist, runner and multi-sport athlete; she has been competing in road, mountain, cyclo-cross, and multi-sport events at the regional, national and world level since 1995.

Susan holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and management from Duke University, a master’s of management in marketing and finance from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a DrPH in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently resides with her husband, Rory, in Boulder, CO.

Jerry Pomije – Vice-Chair

Year of birth: 1965

City/State of Residence: Prior Lake, MN

City/State of Birth: Faribault, MN

Day Job: President – Q Enterprises, Executive Vice President – Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.

Jerry has a passion for coaching and mentoring kids and getting them excited and engaged in activities that they can learn and grow from. He has been actively involved in coaching and supporting youth activities including  baseball, football, basketball and outdoor environmental retreats. He is now thrilled to be a part of building the NICA High School Mountain Bike League.

As a Senior Executive for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) since 1997, Jerry helped QBP rapidly grow into one of the most successful and respected companies in the bike industry. He is excited to share his skills in vision, strategy, execution, finance and operations to help NICA grow.

With many mainstream high school sports limited to a select few athletes, Jerry’s vision for NICA  is to see it grow into a new inclusive mainstream nationwide high school sport. NICA brings a great opportunity to engage kids in a healthy life long sport and lifestyle.

The early great success of the NICA League has created a rapidly expanding demand for new leagues. Jerry expects to use his skills to help NICA meet that demand and grow to its full potential.

Timothy P. Rogers – Treasurer

Timothy P. Rogers – Treasurer

Year of Birth: 1969

City/State of Residence: Charlotte, NC

City/State of Birth: Poughkeepsie, NY

Day Job: Chief Financial Officer for Continental Automotive, Inc and Continental Tire the Americas LLC

Tim is responsible for Finance and Controlling for the Tire Divisions in the Americas and is responsible for all Corporate Finance Functions, including Treasury, Tax, Internal Audit, Real Estate and Risk Management for all of Continental in North America. Mr. Rogers assumed this current position in 2008 and works in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Tim was awarded “CFO of the Year” by The Charlotte Business Journal in 2016.

Before his current position at Continental, Tim was Director of Accounting for Continental Tire the Americas LLC and was Vice President of Finance for Continental in North America.  Tim has been at Continental since 2003.

Prior to joining Continental, Tim spent 10 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte LLP  leaving as a Senior Manager.  He is a North Carolina Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

Tim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Tim is also on the Board of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte where he is Treasurer and is Chairman-elect of the Board.  Tim was previously a Board member for Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg from 2005-2016 including serving as Treasurer for a number of years.  He is a volunteer at Alexander Youth Homes and the YMCA (Y-Guides).

Tim has been an avid runner and athlete for most of his adult life competing in full and half marathons, triathlons and long distance relay races.  But Tim’s real passion is mountain biking since he was introduced to the sport in 2010 in the hills above Quito, Ecuador.  In learning to mountain bike, he realized that it is a sport mimics life – it’s not how many times you fall, it’s how you get up and overcome. He now shares his love for the sport with all that he knows and has introduced others to the sport at Continental where they have an active riding group.  He believes that mountain biking is a great learning and development tool both physically and mentally.

Tim has lived in Charlotte for over 40 years.  He and his wife Michelle have 2 children, Carrie-Anne (16) and Noelle (12).

Julia L. German – Secretary

Year of birth:  1981

City/State of Residence:  Boulder, CO

City/State of Birth:  Durham, NC

Day Job:  Attorney, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law. Julia began her career in Washington, DC where she specialized in complex corporate litigation, and environmental and FDA regulation. She has since served as research clerk to Justice Edmunds of the Supreme Court of the State of North Carolina, and as in house counsel to Aetna Health Insurance Company. She has expanded her practice to focus on corporate advising, contract law and appellate law through these positions.

Julia also has a passion for pro bono and nonprofit work targeted at providing economic and physical health for underserved groups. To this end, she has served as a member of the board for Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, a North Carolina nonprofit devoted to addressing the challenges of food insecurity, healthy food access and economic wellbeing to the refugee and immigrant communities, and also founded the entity Two Red Wolves LLC, which endeavors to break down financial barriers and provide long-term land access and security to first generation farmers in the larger Durham region. She has recently co-founded The Athletes’ Coalition, a Colorado nonprofit company providing career and post career counsel and other services to under-served athletes.

Julia attributes her love of the outdoors and sports to key experiences with the climbing community and ultimate Frisbee that she enjoyed in her youth, and is passionate about assisting and encouraging access to sport for young people. She is currently an active member of the ultramarathon trail running community and the rock climbing community.

 

Bob

Robert Burns

City/State of Residence: Madison, Wisconsin

Day Job: Vice President & Senior Legal Officer, Trek Bicycle Corporation

Bob is a 23-year bicycle industry veteran who founded Trek’s legal department in 1995 and served as Trek’s General Counsel until 2018. Bob is a past recipient of the Brainy Award for outstanding bicycle industry service and has served on many industry organizations in different capacities over the years such as Dream Bikes, People for Bikes, BPSA, and the European Cycling Industry (CIE). Bob has been active on the national and local level on issues such as model legislation for e-bikes, and trade and tariff issues. In addition to serving as Trek’s General Counsel, Bob helped found BCycle and served as BCycle’s President for the past decade. BCycle has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of public bike share systems and has launched over 52 cities and provided over 17,000,000 rides.

Scott

Scott Chapin

City/State of Residence: Hayward, WI

City/State of Birth: River Falls, WI

Day Job: Risk Manager within Marsh & McLennan’s Bicycle Industry Vertical

Scott has a passion for several aspects of the bicycle industry, whether it is helping bicycle retailers and manufacturers with their risk management needs to bicycle advocacy. Specifically, he enjoys mountain bike/trail advocacy assisting his local IMBA Chapter with fundraising and coordination of their new Fat Bike Trail System. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the 4th largest nordic race in the world (14,000 participants). He started the Fat Bike Birkie, which is now the worlds largest fat bike event.

Scott has been in the commercial insurance industry for over 20 years. He started a national Bike Shop Insurance Program in 2009) which is designed to protect bicycle retailers from risks that are normally excluded from traditional insurance policies. This program is endorsed by NBDA, QBP and Velofix. He also has a lot of experience writing coverage for IMBA Clubs/Chapters as well as events/races.

Scott has spoken dozens of times in multiple states on the Economic Impact of Trails/Mountain Biking. He has helped co-author a couple economic impact studies. The most important study, The Economic Impact of Silent Sports Enthusiasts was co-authored with the help of the University of Wisconsin. The goal of this study was to annualize the regional economic impacts on an annualized basis for anyone who has participated in a local event.

He feels that NICA is opening a lot of doors for youth to participate in a lifelong sport. ​​​​​​Growing the number of NICA’s teams is the ultimate form of grassroots advocacy. A question he asks himself is “what if I never was introduced to mountain biking?……the quality of my life would be greatly diminished”. He wants to introduce as many kids to the sport he loves so much

Libby

Libby Hurley

Year of birth: 1965

City/State of Residence: Savage, MN

City/State of Birth: San Francisco, CA

When Libby Shea Hurley joined the Erik’s Bike Shop crew in 2004, biking became more than just a hobby for her. When she started at Erik’s, there were six stores in the Twin Cities and upon her departure after 12 years as the Marketing Manager, there were 18 locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was instrumental in leading the interactive marketing design and development for the corporate and e-commerce site. In addition, she managed Erik’s sponsorship support for over 40 charities, foundations and community organizations.

Libby Shea Hurley was also a Founding Leader of the MN League. From the start in 2012 until 2015, she developed and executed the marketing, advertising and PR for the MN League. To date, this has been one of the most satisfying and exciting roles in her career.

Currently, Libby Shea Hurley is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Chandler, Inc., a custom fixture design and build company for leading retailers such as Under Armour, Sony and Target. She focuses her energies on the development and cultivation of new sales opportunities through marketing initiatives and sales prospecting.

Libby is dedicated to ensuring that kids and teens have multiple choices available when it comes to sports or activities. Besides cycling, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, backpacking, cycling, gardening, and seeking new trails.

Mike Kuhn

City/State of Residence: Marysville, PA

City/State of Birth: Harrisburg, PA

Day Job: Executive Director Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League, Bringing Endurance Goodness through regional and national cycling events like the Trans-Sylvania Epic, Iron Cross, unPAved, and the International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin’-Verse!

Mike’s early experiences, from his very first job as a bike shop employee, to breaking a collarbone on the final day of 11th grade off a sweet jump, to forming what was possibly the first high school mountain bike club in PA in 1990(ish), set in motion a life in the sport that has included elite road and mtb racing, national event promotion, and coaching beginner to world class cyclists and triathletes of all ages.

Mike has always believed that bringing this sport to schools was the key to #morekidsonbikes. He even started the first PA interscholastic league in the mid-2000s (non-NICA) before focusing his efforts elsewhere for a time.

Over 20+ years in many different cycling related roles, Mike had the good fortune to meet many incredible people across PA, who shared his passion for this sport. When it was time for NICA’s launch in PA, many of these people, and many more who have come aboard since, were (and continue to be!) key to Pennsylvania’s incredibly successful league launch.

Mike’s goals for PA and NICA are to not just put hundreds of thousands of kids on bikes in the coming decade, but to see NICA leagues better define and harness efforts already being made in youth development throughout the organization and increase those initiatives. From the opportunity for Teen Trail Corps to become a driving force in trail stewardship and community service across the United States, to the opportunity coaches and camps have to mold even more incredible futures for our participants, there is nothing Mike would like to do more than see NICA provide middle and high school students across the country (and beyond?) the opportunity for their lives to be as meaningfully impacted by the bike as has his.

Mike is proud and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as the board representative for NICA’s affiliate leagues.

Mike, Kristine, and their sons, Braden and Ryan live in Marysville in south central PA. Along with their pup, Roxy, they enjoy the great trails of PA as often as possible, and a whole lot of Star Wars.

Eric Russell

Year of birth: 1976

City/State of Residence: San Anselmo, CA

City/State of Birth: Eugene, OR

Day Job: Director of Sales, Clif Bar and Company

As a 16+ year veteran of Clif, Eric, has played many different roles.  Starting out co-managing their sponsored athlete program, he currently heads up their sales efforts in the Specialty Retail and Foodservice segments, which includes the traditional bike/run/snow shops as well as breaking new ground in airport stores, healthcare, corporate campuses, colleges, and other non-traditional outlets.

This experience with breaking new ground is something that Eric believes he can bring to NICA, which in June 2010 did not have a template for operating at the national level.

Back in 1999, Eric worked in marketing for Clif Bar and sponsored the Berkeley High team, which Matt Fritzinger used as the model to create the NorCal League. “We’ve stayed in as a sponsor ever since. To see what it’s grown into and what Matt’s been able to do with it, it’s phenomenal. I have an emotional attachment,” he says.

Eric’s vision for NICA is an organized network of competitive high school cycling teams, coast to coast, with recognition and support by school districts, that results in fostering a supportive and positive environment for both the student-athletes and their families. “There’s a great empowerment in getting kids on bikes. Lots of people have no access to outdoors and nature – just to be that connection would be huge.” And while he acknowledges the need for a structure, he sees sufficient flexibility within that to encourage regional differences. “We’re 50 states, not one big state. There are going to be different dialects, accents and flavors.”

In Eric’s view, early priorities for NICA will be creating a structure that will accommodate the growth of demand. “We’re figuring things out, but new things will come up. We need to get a good structure in place.”

Lisa Sher

Lisa Sher brings impressive athletic achievements, strong coaching skills, and extensive professional design experience to the NICA board.

Lisa’s background includes 11 years of racing mountain bikes professionally on the World Cup and National Series circuits and 10 years on the U.S. National Team. She’s a US National Downhill Mountain Bike Champion as well as a Junior Olympic swimmer and three-time NCAA All-American in lacrosse. Lisa also starred in Ice Hockey and soccer at St. Lawrence University.

Lisa has shared her sport-specific knowledge and healthy approach with developing athletes in her work as a youth ice hockey coach and as a BICP Level 3-certified mountain bike coach and instructor trainer, where she aims to set the global standard for mountain bike instruction.

Lisa’s widespread experience leading design teams in global brand strategy and product development enables her to provide creative direction, content, and marketing expertise through her design shop, Fluxx Collective. A Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University was fortified by a second degree in Design and New Media from Platt College.

Lisa knows firsthand the life-changing impact that sports participation can have, and how those experiences translate into empowerment, leadership, and community contribution. Inspired by mountains and fueled by good coffee, she joined the NICA board with the goal of supporting, influencing and serving NICA’s mission of getting #morekidsonbikes.

Lisa currently lives in Gunbarrel, CO where she loves riding trails, skiing, surfing, adventuring, and working on her two-wheel drifts.

Mel

Melissa Walker, CPA

Year of birth: 1979

City/State of Residence: Portland, OR

City/State of Birth: Remer, MN

Mel discovered cycling as a sport in 2005 and raced with Team Oakland for many years primarily in road and cyclocross, but also enjoyed mountain biking on the array of trails around the Bay Area.  She also led Team Oakland’s women’s no-drop ride every Saturday for 2 years, encouraging women (and men) to discover new geographical areas, gain independence and skills to improve their riding as well as their confidence both on and off the bike.  Her passion for biking, teaching, and empowering people are part of her motivation to join the NICA board.

During her time working at GU Energy Labs in Berkeley, CA, Mel acquired her CPA license through the California Board of Accountancy.  She has worked primarily in the food manufacturing industry, but has enjoyed working in the leasing and outdoor industries as well.  Her business experience includes creating budgets, forecasts and other analytical models, managing audits ranging from local to federal in nature, implementing new processes and systems to improve reporting and efficiency, and developing her staff.  From 2011 through 2013 she was a treasurer and board member for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO), a pedestrian and cycling advocacy group.

Mel earned her Certificate in Accounting from UC Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts degree in international business, double majoring in Spanish and minoring in Japanese from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  Through the post-secondary enrollment option, she also graduated with her Associate in Arts degree, summa cum laude from Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN.  She is a lifelong enthusiast of outdoor sports, learning and growth through body, mind and spirit.