Jenny Kallista, President
Asheville, North Carolina
In the industry since 1992, Jenny is the owner, operator, instructor, janitor and groundskeeper at Appalachian Bicycle Institute. So it's clear Jenny's favorite food is Middle Eastern.
"Don't take yourself too seriously, but take what you do very seriously"
-unknown (but might be Audrey Hepburn)
Follow Jenny on Instagram @jennykallista
Danielle Castelli Strader, Vice President
Fuquay Varina, NC
Danielle owns and runs Torrenti Cycles, an independent mobile business and bicycle shop. She has worked in the industry since 2011. Danielle is a homesteader
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do" - Amelia Earhart
Follow Danielle on Instagram @torrenticycles
Anait Garushyants, Treasurer
Ana is the Co-Owner and Operator of Circle Cycle Bike Shop and has worked in bicycle shops since 2004. Ana is a NICA coach, bilingual and is always excited to learn new things and explore!
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do" - Steve Jobs
Follow Ana on Instagram @ana_8g
An industry insider since 1970, Ric is the Resident evangelist at Wheel Fanatyk. Ric's favorite place is 3mi up west side of Naciamento-Fergusson Rd..
"The bicycle wheel is the cleverest contrivance in all of human engineering," Ric H
Ric on the web: www.wheelfanatyk.com
Les Welch, Secretary
Established East Coast Bicycle Academy in 1987 after working in the industry since 1972.
Courtesy of Bicycling Magazine: "Welch's favorite tool is a pair of chrome-plated miniature Craftsman pliers with offset alligator jaws. "They belonged to my dad," who was a self-taught mechanical genius, he says. "When I was a kid, he used them to pull my baby teeth." Now, Welch uses them for any strong-finger job: pulling cables, overhauling freehubs, and installing valve extensions on triathletes' race wheels."