|IMBA Great Lakes Regional Director||
Based out of Indianapolis, IN, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
|Finance Committee||Kim Aliff|
|Fundraising||Frank Merritt||Tammy Mebane|
|Marketing Committee||Justin Whitaker||Jeff Hammersley, Mark Finney, Charlie Revard|
|Trail Management Committee||Paul Arlinghaus||Mike Hufhand, Trail Reps|
|Ferdinand State Forest||Ralph Lueken|
|France Park||Doug Thomas|
|Fort Harrison State Park||Mike Huffhand|
|Harmonie State Park||Timothy Barnes|
|O’Bannon Woods State Park||Jason Wise, Pete Kemppaninen|
|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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