|IMBA Great Lakes Regional Director||
Based out of Yellow Springs, Ohio, our Great Lakes Region Director Andy Williamson works to support land managers in the expansion and preservation of sustainable natural surface trails as well as growing and developing local sustainable organizations to ensure they are around for generations to come. With an educational and professional background in natural resource management and outdoor recreation, Andy enjoys all things outdoors including cycling, backpacking, and fly-fishing.
|HMBA Executive Director and Great Lakes Associate Regional Director||
Tammy 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.
Paul started mountain biking in 1992 while living in Dayton Ohio. He enjoys all types of mountain bike trials from big time flow to hard and Gnarly. Paul moved to Indianapolis in 1998 after meeting his wife Heather at a mountain bike race. In 2004, Paul took over as the HMBA Trail Rep for Town Run Trail Park, and led efforts to reconfigure the trails. These efforts maintained the character of the trail while reducing the amount of required annual maintenance. As an engineer, the technical side of mountain biking and trail building appeals to Paul. But as a mountain biker, real fun is building sustainable trails that are also really fun to ride. In 2005 he took on the role of Project Manager for the $150,000 Brown County State Park RTP grant. Since then, he has managed a $250,000 2008 State Trail Grant, and is currently managing a $127,000 RTP grant at Southwestway Park. Paul became President of HMBA in 2008, and helped HMBA transition from a small mountain bike organization to being a top 10 IMBA Chapter.
Frank managers the SRAM customer support team at the Indianapolis Zipp facility. Frank is taking the lead as HMBA-IMBA contact with the City of Indianapolis, working to ensure that mountain biking is part of Indianapolis’s bicycle friendly plans. Frank is also on the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Board.
Originally from Connecticut, I moved to Indiana in 2009. I am a union electrician, a proud member of the IBEW since 1998. In the past, I have served as President of Hat City Cyclists in Bethel, CT. I began mountain biking in 1997 and have been fortunate enough to have ridden in 14 states. I raced throughout New England and was a 2-time EFTA Sport-Clydesdale champion. I am currently on the Board of Directors of HMBA as well as a current member of IMBA, NEMBA, EFTA and USA Cycling.
Kim Aliff has been interested in contributing to HMBA since the 2013 Brown County Breakdown. She was born and raised on the southside of Indianapolis.Kim has a BS in Accounting & CIS from IU and an MBA from Univ. of Indianapolis. Her day job is as a Regulatory Analyst at Indianapolis Power & Light Company. She has a 7 year old daughter who also loves running and riding trails.
Kim and her husband Jeff enjoy family time, running, riding, boating, camping and good local beer (and wineries). A perfect weekend involves all of those things together!
Jeff is the Executive Vice- President of JBM Contractors Corporation and has over 35 years’ experience in the field of development and construction. One of the 5 founding members of the Becker Woods Trail Club/Indy Spokebreakers in 1993 that has become the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. Avid mountain biker and formerly an avid cross-country racer. Jeff started working for his Father and Grandfather’s construction company, Hammersley Homes, in 1969 as a laborer and junior carpenter. Since then has been involved in commercial construction, management and development for the past 15 years. He has directly been responsible for over $110 Million in development, construction and project management since 1993.
Nate earned his MS in Environmental Science with a minor in Spatial Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in TX in 2012, and his BA in Biology from Wittenberg University in OH in 2003. In 2002, he helped found the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association and directed construction of the first mountain bike trail at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, OH. Before joining the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Nate volunteered with many MTB organizations in several states working on trail development and using his skills with a GPS and cartography software to create trail maps. Professionally, he has worked for the United States Forest Service as a Wildlife Technician, served as a Volunteer Naturalist with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, and has worked in a couple of bike shops. He currently works as the Indy Ride Guide Program Coordinator for IndyCog and works part-time at Nebo Ridge Bicycles.
Mike was an MTB advocate long before HMBA and was HMBA’s first President. Mike has lead the way on trail construction at Fort Harrison, Westwood, and many of the early trails at Brown County State Park.
Steve has spent 30 plus years in the Medical Device Industry working for a large global company. His career has been focused in the areas of Supply Chain and Accounting. He is an avid alpine skier, runner, and has been a Mountain Biker for over 20 years. He is an experienced trail builder and has logged thousands of hours building and maintaining trails in Central Indiana. Steve resides in Fishers Indiana.
Emily started her career as a Science teacher in Fort Wayne. In her role, she was responsible for managing a 26 acre environmental study center for the school district that involved maintaining ~5 miles of trails, 3 buildings, a climbing tower and a zip line.
Justin Whitaker has been a downtown Indianapolis resident and mountain biker for over 14 years now. He coordinates the Hoosier Outdoor Experience every year for HMBA which is an event that brings over 30,000 people during the course of the weekend in September. Justin is a marketing consultant located in downtown Indianapolis specializing in digital marketing and branding. – “Being more involved with HMBA has been something I have wanted to do for quite some time now. The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is something that is very dear to me because it gives people the opportunity to experience and learn about something that people like us are privileged enough to do on a daily basis.”.
Originally from Indianapolis, Tad Armstrong and his wife Sarah moved to Brown County in 2013 to open Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry. The couple also owns and operates the Brown County Mountain Biking website (browncountymountainbiking.com).
Brian came to cycling as a training tool for his motorcycling racing interests. Ironically after a road cycling accident (he was hit by a car in Fishers), he couldn’t successfully race motorcycles so he turned his attention cycling. Living not far from Town Run, he purchased his first mountain bike (used demo bike) and never looked back. He enjoys quick jaunts to Ft. Ben and Town Run when he can sneak out of the office early on a sunny day. Brian’s professional background is in the area of finance. He is currently the CFO for an Indy based international education organization. The overseas travel that comes with the job has given him the opportunity to ride bikes in many interesting places around the world. He holds both an undergraduate degree (Chemistry) and an MBA from Butler University. He was also a former EMT. Brian was most recently a member of Bicycle Indiana where he shared his interests in rider safety. He is excited to be part of HMBA and looks forward to meeting new friends and colleagues while helping to promote Indiana mountain biking.
Chris Brooks is a Noblesville resident, father of four, and came to mountain biking late in life to rehabilitate from several sports-related injuries. The he got hooked. For the past ten years he has cycled trails all over the state – for fun, fitness and fellowship.A longtime nonprofit marketing and fundraising professional, Chris is the Relationships and Advancement Manager for the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, headquartered in the Indianapolis City Market. He assists its 200+ statewide community service organizations with fundraisers, creating and developing marketing and fundraising plans, proposal writing for grant support, and assisting in advocacy efforts.Prior to joining IACED, Chris worked in a variety of leadership positions for leading nonprofits, both local and national, in public relations, marketing, program and fundraising, with an emphasis on membership organizations. He has earned many awards in his discipline. Chris is accredited in public relations (APR) and a past-president of the Public Relations Society of America’s Indiana chapter. He is certified in fundraising management (CFRM) by the Indiana University School of Philanthropy’s Fundraising School and a member of the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Indiana chapter.A Noblesville resident and an Indiana University graduate, Chris has volunteered for many nonprofits and has been active on several boards, most recently Bicycle Indiana, which campaigns for “complete streets” and cycling safety.
An Indianapolis native, Mark started riding bikes before there were “mountain bikes”. Some bikes were fast, some bikes were funky. They were all okay. He still thinks that’s alright.In 1987, the Monon Railroad abandoned its route through Indianapolis. Mark worked with the Hoosier Rails-to-Trails Council to convert the right-of-way into a bike path. He believes that mountain bike trails can have similar success.When his doctor convinced him to abandon sport bikes for something “a bit healthier”, Mark seized upon mountain bikes. Two visits to OrthoIndy ensued. Working with Mike Hufhand, a trail was built and the original “Dirt Days” was held at Avon’s Washington Township Park. In following years, Mark moved it to Town Run Trail Park, and it eventually morphed into the Brown County Breakdown.Several years of racing in the DINO Series proved that Mark is a recreational rider, not a racer. Long days in the woods give him pleasure akin to earlier days on foot and by canoe in the Smokes, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the Mountain West.As the Spokebreakers begat the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Mark’s interest in advocacy and stewardship became focused toward trail access. The foundations of the HMBA were hashed out (endlessly) at the Fire Station Meetings. Relationships with IndyParks and the Indiana DNR were forged, and the sport gained momentum. The HMBA’s work to transform Town Run from a muddy rogue motocross trail into a well-designed sustainable trail helped convince DNR to offer an unused section of Brown County State Park for consideration. The HMBA applied for Recreational Trail Program grants, and quickly grew into the primary mountain bike organization in the state.Mark has been involved with the board of the HMBA for over a decade. He is a printer, and works part-time for a local bicycle shop. He lives in Broad Ripple with his wife, Sandi, who is a potter. Their travels to art fairs throughout the Midwest have given him an opportunity to ride most trails within a day’s drive of Indianapolis, and have generated great sense of pride in the variety and quality of trails that the HMBA has developed.
I work for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, where I have been overseeing the redevelopment of Wapehani Mountain Bike Park. Before transitioning into trail building and natural resources work, I spent fifteen years teaching literature and writing courses at colleges throughout the Midwest (University of North Dakota, Parkland College, IU-Bloomington). Although the two careers may appear unrelated, much of my teaching and academic research was focused on environmental literature and ecological philosophies. In addition, from 2009-2012 I served on the Board of Directors of Bloomington Area Birth Services, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the health and lives of mothers and babies throughout south-central Indiana through childbirth education, postpartum services, and early parenting support; aside from the usual duties of a board member, I worked to educate parents about safe cycling with toddlers and advocated for local adoption of a vulnerable road user law.
Tim is Vice President of Marketing for Batesville Products, Inc. in Lawrenceburg, IN. He has been with the manufacturing company for over 25 years and is part owner. He also owns Weber Sports, a sports shop in Aurora, IN that sells running shoes and bike accessories, but specializes in selling and repairing bikes. An avid bicyclist himself, most weekends find him riding the roads in rural Indiana or the mountain bike trails in Versailles State Park.
|Frank Merritt, Kim Aliff, Dennis Morgan|
|Bylaws/Organizational Development Committee||Chris Brooks|
|Activities and Events Committee||Steve King|
|Fundraising/Membership Committee||Frank Merritt||Tammy Mebane|
|Website/IT/Mapping Committee||Nathan Hawkins||Steve King,
Zachery Gochenour, Matt Hendey
|Marketing/Communications Committee||Justin Whitaker||Jeff Hammersley, Mark Finney, Charlie Revard|
|Trail Development Committee||Paul Arlinghaus||Mike Hufhand, Trail Reps|
|Ferdinand State Forest||Ralph Lueken|
|France Park||Doug Thomas|
|Fort Harrison State Park||Open|
|Harmonie State Park||Timothy Barnes|
|O’Bannon Woods State Park||Pete Kemppainen|
|Southwestway Park||Dave Gardner|
|Town Run Trail Park||Paul Arlinghaus|
|Versailles State Park||Mike Hill|
|Brown County State Park|
|Pine Loop||Tad Armstrong|
|North Gate Connector||Dave Stevens|
|North Tower||Ed Strobel|
|Green Valley||Jeff Fetterer|
|Hesitation Point||Tad Armstrong|
|Schooner Trace||Rob Serbent|
|Chainsaw Lead||Dan Orn|
|Chainsaw Lead||Mahk (Mark) Adams|
|Trail Development||Paul Arlinghaus|
|Trail Development||Alex Stewart|
|Invasive Species Control||Len Logterman|
|Yellowwood Development||Allen Edwards|
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