Board of Directors
Director, Bridget Ferris
When she isn't out riding, Bridget is a lawyer at a mid-sized Pittsburgh law firm. She and her boyfriend live on the Northside with their dog and a growing collection of bikes.
Director, Ray Brodersen, Ride & Ride Leader Coordinator
I have been cycling for many years and continue to find it an enjoyable way to add exercise to a healthy lifestyle choice. Cycling has been a great way to get outdoors, socialize, meet people, and make friends. And sometimes it can be quite the adventure. It's great if you can make it in New York....But if you can cycle in Western PA, you can cycle anywhere.
Director, Mark Jopling
Now retired, Mark founded and was president of a small investment banking firm, which focused on corporate acquisitions and divestitures. He and his wife of 41 years recently moved from Wexford to a new condominium development in Mars. They have two sons, one living in San Antonio and the other in Brooklyn.
Mark has been cycling since 1970, fairly seriously since 1985 (2500-5000 miles per year). He finds cycling to provide many mental and physical health benefits. He also tries to follow a whole foods, plant based diet. He does yoga and also meditates.
He hopes this new bike club will encourage others to bike and further develop healthy lifestyles. He believes that associating with like-minded people with respect to diet and exercise makes it easier to resist the many unhealthy temptations of modern society. He also believes that such association allows for a kind of socialization that is healthy unto itself and profoundly life enriching.
Director, Corinne Vano
Riding takes me away from the everyday stress of life.", states Corinne. She continues, "Cycling helps me feel like I accomplish things for myself. While every ride has its challenges, I feel good knowing I did it!". Corinne has completed the Pittsburgh to Washington, DC trip on the GAP and C & O Canal Towpath trails twice. She also rode at RAGBRAI in Iowa (where she is from) and in the Finger Lakes region at the Bon Ton Roulet. She specifically enjoys weekend events that offer multiple days of riding because she likes seeing different places and new scenery while on two wheels.
Director, A. Javier Lopez
I got my first road bike in 1973 and have been riding ever since in Spain, in the Caribbean, and throughout the East and West coasts of the US. For many years I have enjoyed it with an increasing amount of passion as a practical means of transportation and as my favorite form of exercise and stress reduction. I joined the recently founded Premier Bicycle Club in summer 2017, having been attracted by its statement of mission and active schedule. I have enjoyed the group cycling experiences, the welcoming spirit of camaraderie, the mutual support, and the diversity of events offered by the club even more than I anticipated. It is an honor to give something back by serving on the board of directors and contributing to the further growth and development of the club
I am a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where I have conducted research in genetics and molecular biology and have taught undergraduate and graduate students since 1990. I have eight years of relevant experience as a member of the board of directors of Moraine Sailing Club, where I have also been director of the Community Sailing Program, Vice-Commodore and Commodore, as well as a USSailing-certified instructor in the club’s education program.
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