For Immediate Release 12-17-2013
Contact: Andy Williamson
IMBA Great Lakes Region Director
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), an IMBA chapter based in Indianapolis, have jointly hired a full-time professional advocate in the role of IMBA’s Associate Regional Director and the executive director of HMBA. Tammy Mebane will work closely with Andy Williamson, IMBA Great Lakes Region Director, helping him serve the more than 20 IMBA chapters in his territory of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan.
A growing number of region-based staff positions indicates IMBA’s focus on enhancing its grassroots network of chapters. IMBA and HMBA will share the costs of this position, which will allow HMBA to solidify and strengthen its already impressive track record of trail work in Indiana, and its vision for the future.
“HMBA has been building world-class trails in Indiana for the past decade as an all-volunteer organization,” said Paul Arlinghaus, HMBA’s president. “HMBA is adding staff to help support our volunteers and members as we try to keep up with the increasing demand for single track trails and mountain bike programs. We are excited about Tammy taking this position and see it as important step for our organization.”
Mebane has significant professional experience in grant writing, public relations, fundraising and conservation. She was most recently the Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator at REI and, prior to that, served as Stewardship Director for the Sacramento Valley Conservancy.
About the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
Founded in 2000, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) has contributed $1.9 million toward the construction and maintenance of 77 miles of purpose-built trails in Indiana State Parks and Forests. HMBA has built and currently maintains 125 miles of trail. Thanks largely to the group’s efforts, the trail system at Brown County State Park near Nashville, Ind., with 25 miles of trails ranging from easy to extremely difficult, was named an IMBA Epic in 2011.