Contact

Email
[email protected]

Fax
503-287-0494

Phone
503-287-0405 x103
800-CYCLEOR x103
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST

Address
2124 N Flint Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Staff

Chris Knott

Customer Service + Volunteer Manager

Chris joined Cycle Oregon in December 2013. He attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Chris moved west to Portland at the insistence of a dear friend, but he stuck around for all the wonderful food, specialty coffee and craft beer. In the past, he has worn a number of hats, most recently helping out at a small brewery and working in development for a local non-profit. He is an avid cyclist, soccer player and a beginner at yoga. At Cycle Oregon, Chris takes care of rider requests and questions, helps recruit and train volunteers, manages the registration system and spends a lot of time with spreadsheets.

[email protected] // 503-287-0405 x103

Tara Corbin

Events Director

Tara Corbin has been in Oregon since 1999 and with Cycle Oregon since 2001. She has the great pleasure of working with all of the communities throughout the state and truly believes that they are what make Cycle Oregon such a special event. During the events, you will find Tara working at the overnight site managing logistics and a variety of other things. When not working, she enjoys reading, hiking, camping and listening to music.

[email protected] // 503-287-0405 x100

Steve Schulz

Executive Director

Prior to joining Cycle Oregon in 2008, Steve was in the fitness and adventure industry for over 20 years as the founder and owner of STRADA, in Portland, OR. Steve’s first Cycle Oregon experience was in 2001, taking a group of cyclists he was training on the week event. From then on, he was hooked.

As soon as Steve was walking, he was backpacking, playing sports and music, and riding a bike—it was all about adventure and discovery. Being active and exploring the outdoors have always been a part of his life. Growing up in a small town in Wyoming, Steve understands the challenges of rural communities and the opportunity for Cycle Oregon to not only provide economic impact, but to help facilitate constructive change for years to come. Steve’s greatest reward in his professional career has been helping to transform people’s lives. When not traveling throughout the beautiful state of Oregon looking for routes unknown, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and trusty Labrador, playing music, over landing through the backcountry, and wetting a line in any available body of water.

[email protected] // 503-287-0405 x101

Brad Kendrick

Development + Operations Manager

Most of Brad’s working career has been related to the management of the sales, marketing, and distribution of consumer products. He has gained experience in a diversity of business cultures that range from large corporations to small family companies. Brad enjoys cycling in his free time, and is a veteran of many Cycle Oregon events. It was during those rides that he realized he was as excited and amazed about the logistics of camp as he was the day’s ride. When a position opened to help facilitate those logistics, he jumped at it. During the year, his responsibilities revolve around equipment, supplies, and the warehouse. He can be found during events staffing the (air conditioned) office RV.

[email protected] // 503-287-0405 x106

Ken Chichester

Route + Permit Manager

Ken started cycling over 40 years ago as an alternative to running. For years he rode solo until he heard about an event called Cycle Oregon. After a few years of procrastination, he finally signed up for Cycle Oregon V. As an Oregon State Police officer during his first ride, Ken saw a need for more involvement with road authorities (city, county, state and federal), so he volunteered to act as the liaison between Cycle Oregon and those public agencies. After a few years of volunteering, he was invited to join the Board of Directors, and served as a member of the board for nearly 14 years. When he left the board in 2007 (after having ridden the week ride for 20 years and every weekend ride), he also retired for the second time, and was asked to join the event management team of Cycle Oregon as a part-time employee. His responsibilities are route planning, securing road-use permits, safety, and “duties as otherwise assigned.”

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Tom Simonson

Operations Director

Tom joined the Cycle Oregon staff at the start of 2017. Despite being the new guy in the office, he’s been part of the larger family as an independent contractor, booking music for Cycle Oregon events since 2012. His new position includes apprenticing with Ken Chichester on planning and permitting all CO routes, overseeing sponsorship, marketing, music booking and other duties yet to be determined.

In his previous work life, Tom had his own artist management company, looking after all aspects of his client’s domestic and international musical recording and performing careers. After living in Asia and loving it for the last 4 years, he’s very happy to be back in Portland, his home of 17 years prior to moving across the Pacific.

On a bike is truly Tom’s happiest place, but he also greatly enjoys playing bass guitar, home remodeling/construction, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and traveling with his wife Julia.

[email protected] // 503-287-0405 x105


Board

Jonathan Nicholas

Board Chair

Jonathan Nicholas was born and raised in the coal-mining valleys of Wales. He was 14 years old when his grandfather, a coal miner, first took him 1500 feet underground. The experience, Nicholas says, gave him a renewed interest in schoolwork.

He graduated from the University of Bristol, taking honors in political science and sociology, then spent four years working on a series of international aid projects in the Himalayas. In 1982, he joined The Oregonian newspaper where he spent 25 years writing a column that served as a breakfast staple for the state.

In 1988, Nicholas invited readers to join him on a week-long bicycle ride he planned to make across Oregon. He’s been pedaling ever since.

In 2008, Nicholas decided the time had come for him to stop writing about what ought to be done and start actually doing something. He joined Moda Health where he serves as a vice president and strives to transform the way Oregonians provide and pay for healthcare.

J.S. May

Board President

J.S. (John Stuart) May is the Chief Advancement Officer for the Portland Art Museum, where he leads the development, membership, marketing and government relations efforts. He is seasoned fundraising and communications professional and has worked with a wide range of local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations. He has helped raise more than $500 million. He has been with the museum since May of 2007.

Prior to thePortland Art Museum, for seven years J.S. led the fundraising practice for Metropolitan Group, a Portland-based social marketing firm. For the six years prior, he led the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation at Oregon Health and Science University through a highly successful capital campaign that created a new children’s hospital. Prior to Doernbecher, J.S. spent six years as the director of corporate support for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, J.S. has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations and has served multiple terms as president of the board for both the Portland Schools Foundation and the Portland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He currently serves as president of the Cycle Oregon Board and is board member for the Creative Advocacy Coalition. J.S. is an avid yogi, cyclist, and reader.

Scott Towsey

Board Treasurer

Hooked after his first day of Cycle Oregon #10 in 1997, Scott has participated in over a dozen Cycle Oregon rides.

Scott is Director of Internal Audit at The Greenbrier Companies, an international manufacturer of freight railcars headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He has also worked in finance and accounting at other Portland based public companies such as Cascade Corporation and InFocus. Scott began his 25 year career working as a Certified Public Accountant for Deloitte in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scott has been a guest lecturer at Portland State University School of Business Administration presenting on Global Financial Accounting to graduate students. He has also served as Treasurer for the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Scott holds accounting degrees from Brigham Young University.

Scott and his wife Cody live on and manage a small forest tract in Yamhill County.

Roopal Patel

Board Vice President

Roopal has been a Cycle Oregon board member since December of 2011. She has served in various roles from finance committee member to Board President. Cycle Oregon is not only a connection to this beautiful state, but also her community. June 2016’s Joyride was one of the most memorable moments for her. The ride included women who were first-time riders to well-seasoned racers. Being on the road with over 700 women was a highlight and truly demonstrated Cycle Oregon’s mission to transforming individuals & communities through bicycling.

Outside of Cycle Oregon, Roopal launched her firm Lilu Financials, LLC. after 15 years of experience from management consulting, public accounting and industry positions. She works with startups and other dynamic companies to shape their financial operations. Roopal is a licensed CPA in Oregon and holds a B.A. from Haverford College and a MBA in international finance and management from Thunderbird & Arizona State University. Roopal also tested tolerance for snow when she attended McGill University’s graduate accounting program in Montreal, Canada. 3 years into the snowy winters, Roopal realized that she prefers rain gear over snow tires.

Chad Davis

Board Secretary

Chad Davis catalyzes increased connection between people and place. Currently he is employed as the Director of the Partnership and Planning Program at the Oregon Department of Forestry. His professional experience has introduced him to many community leaders in rural Oregon and vested a passion for these places deep within – both for their natural beauty and the people that are the stewards of our forests, ranches and farms.

Chad prefers to climb out of the saddle. When he’s not on his bike, he is either toting a backpack through alpine meadows or generously supporting Oregon’s craft brewing industry.

Dan Eller

Board Member

Dan Eller is a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he leads the Firm’s Tax Practice Group.  Dan advises clients with both transactional and controversy matters, helping them structure their affairs in a tax-efficient manner and resolve disputes with taxing authorities.  Dan has worked with many tax-exempt organizations, including Cycle Oregon.

When Dan thinks back over many of the fun times he has enjoyed, a bike is usually found somewhere in the story.  Although he would prefer to forget those early memories of riding a steel-framed bike with a huge Evel Knievel plastic gas tank mounted over the top tube, Dan knows those early rides made him the cyclist he is today.

Dan enjoys time in the saddle on the roads of the Willamette Valley and the single-tracks of Central Oregon.  Above all, Dan looks forward to his next adventure with Cycle Oregon.

Diane Isaacs

Board Member

After 5 years as a producer on the TV series Miami Vice, Diane served as President of Don Johnson Productions, based at Universal Studios. She went on to join Antonio Banderas as his producing partner at Warner Bros.’ Green Moon Productions. For over 25 years, she has traveled to Africa, India, Japan, China, the Middle East, North and South America and beyond producing films and television with industry talents. In addition to her current documentary filmmaking, Diane creates story content for marketing and advertising, managing accounts and campaigns for clients including Microsoft.

An advocate for accepting diversity, Diane co-founded The Miracle Project, a theater arts program featured in the Emmy-winning, HBO documentary Autism: The Musical. She authored a book for educators and parents; facilitated trainings in India and Africa; and presented at the United Nations. Diane produced a live concert called Autism is Awesomism, airing on ABC with Jack Black and Stephen Stills, as well as an album with top artists such as Chaka Khan and Babyface.

Diane has competed in seven Ironmans, with a PR 4th place finish at the World Championships in Kona. She holds a BFA in Film and BA in English from New York University. While she still holds onto her New York roots, Diane happily lives in Lake Oswego, OR and is a mother of two sons, Jackson and Wyatt.

Martin Moll

Board Member

Martin works with a large variety of organizations including hospitals, health plans, multi-specialty and single-specialty clinics, long-term care providers and related healthcare providers. With over 20 years of experience, Martin is nationally recognized as an expert on best practices for clinic administration. His particular area of expertise lies in compensation arrangements and ownership succession issues. He also assists clients with issues related to hospital and clinic mergers and spin-offs, and tax and business planning.

Martin is involved with several organizations. He is on the Board of Trustees at Pacific University, Board of Directors at Cycle Oregon, Treasurer and Board Member at New Avenues for Youth, Adjunct Professor of Business at Washington State University, and Member of the American Bar Association Tax and Health Law Sections.

Martin received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon. He also holds a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark.

Michelle Poyourow

Board Member

Michelle is currently a Principal with the public transit planning firm Jarrett Walker + Associates. Previously, she worked for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, for her own consulting company, and for public electric utilities in Oregon and Washington.

Michelle joined the Board in 2012. On Cycle Oregon rides, she is particularly interested in the human history and natural history of small towns and rural areas. She can often be found at the back of the pack, with a large souvenir lashed to her bike rack.

With the rest of her free time, she enjoys surfing, bike touring, and home repair.

Jackie Yerby

Board Member

Jackie Yerby is a long-time social justice and active transportation advocate.

Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for Bradley Angle, a non-profit that works with survivors of domestic violence to achieve safety and long-term stability.

In addition to serving on the Cycle Oregon board, Jackie is also on the boards of the Community Cycling Center and Basic Rights Oregon. She had previously served on the boards of Catholic Charities and the Cascade AIDS Project.

Jackie lives with a dog and two cats in the Alberta neighborhood in NE Portland. She started riding Cycle Oregon Week Ride in 2010 and has no plans on stopping. She likes to garden, but tends to spend most of her free time training for Cycle Oregon. She is an occasional bike commuter but strives to do better.

She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.