Meet the board
A founding board member of the New Mexico Bike Summit, Inc. Tammy spends her time leading bicycle tours and doing tour research for Adventure Cycling, teaching the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program, serving on the Velo Cruces board, volunteering with the Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program and most recently coordinated the last 8 NM Bike (Ed) Summits. Seeking riding partners in 2003, she co-founded Las Cruces women’s cycling group, the R.O.Y.A.L.S., which led to her desire to become knowledgeable about group riding, bike maintenance, touring and helping her cycling friends. She took the League’s Road One Course and League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in Tucson in 2005. Upon returning to Las Cruces she immediately started teaching Smart Cycling courses. She’s honored to have mentored many individuals towards becoming League Cycling Instructors throughout the state of NM and numerous Adventure Cycling tour leaders throughout the US. She currently serves as an Instructor/ Adviser for Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Courses. Her current local passion is getting US Bicycle Routes designated in New Mexico.
Chris has been an active cyclist for 45 years and has ridden over 230,000 miles all over North America and Europe including five different routes across the US. He has been an officer and board member of numerous bicycle organizations including the League of American Bicyclists. Chris has organized many major bicycle events, 100’s of day rides and currently leads tours with his wife Jan for the Bicycle Adventure Club. He is a retired Engineer where he spent most of his career working for a Federally funded non-profit corporation. Currently Chris is the President of the Sandoval County Cycling Club and a member of the Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation Commission. You can usually find Chris outside riding his bike in scenic New Mexico.
George Pearson – Secretary
George arrived in Las Cruces in 1986 and lives in a historic house in the Alameda Depot Neighborhood. He was a technical support specialist for a software manufacturer providing world wide support for the company’s mathematical word processing system. He continues to work with some of the original people, through company transitions. George began his bicycle advocacy in Las Cruces in 1988 by joining the city’s Traffic Safety Advisory Board where he served until 1997. When the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization formed the Bicycle Facilities Advisory Committee in 1997, George joined the committee and continued on the committee until 2000, which included a term as committee chair. George rejoined the committee in 2011 and was elected committee chair. George was an occasional bicycle commuter, but since 1998 his work commute was almost exclusively by bicycle. A decade later, George attended a Traffic Skills 101 course and was encouraged to become a League Cycling Instructor. He completed the LCI seminar in November 2009 with 8 other Las Crucens, assigned LCI #2614. George teaches and co-teaches several of the League courses, assists with LCI seminars, and volunteers with Las Cruces Safe Routes to School by assisting with bicycle rides with students. He also leads a monthly Visibility Ride to raise awareness of bicyclists to motorists in Las Cruces. The Visibility Ride was noted in 2011 by the League when they awarded Las Cruces a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation. George has been representing bicyclists from Las Cruces and New Mexico at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Advocating for cyclists for almost 30 years, George has a good understanding of the importance of educating the public about “sharing the road” with cyclists. In 2011 George joined the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico’s Bike Education Committee to help increase bicycle education throughout NM. In January 2012, George, Chuck Malagodi (Albuquerque), Wes Young (Socorro), and Tammy Schurr (Las Cruces), formed New Mexico Bicyclist Educators, and they presented several successful statewide bike summits. New Mexico Bicyclist Educators disbanded in 2016 and George was a founding member of New Mexico Bike Summit, Inc.
Lesa Wilson fell in love with bicycling while living near the Puget Sound in Washington State and biked regularly down to the beach and home again; a long, hilly ride. She and her husband Donald have been riding their tandem together for over 30 years with one of their favorite places being the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley of Washington. Lesa has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 23 years and for most of that time has continued to work for and with nonprofits. She loves helping others set up small new nonprofits in her community and is very interested in obtaining grants for organizations. Besides being on the board for NM Bike Summit, Lesa is a board member of Velo Cruces and helps with the Scorpion Bike Club. Her hobbies are bicycling, hiking, and making stained glass art. She and Donald are members of the High pointer’s Club and have reached the summit of 35 states so far. They have an incredible daughter Denali, 24, who also loves to bike!
Stephen Newhall – Board Member
Stephen is an avid bicyclist. He is a manager at Rob and Charlie’s Bike Shop in Santa Fe. He is also a board member of Bike Santa Fe.
Ann Overstreet – Board Member
Ever since riding her first tricycle, Ann has loved cycling. Each bike has been a treasure that brought good memories and adventures. While many on and off road miles were put on her Raleigh 3-speed English racer (which didn’t quite fit at age 8), many more miles were put on her single-speed, banana-seat cruiser – including riding on the beach. (Tip: ride in the hardpack sand right by the water.) Being part of a rural community, it was always fun to ride the dirt roads with friends. As a young adult, her first mountain bike, purchased in Alaska, was ridden there and in a number of states while van-touring around the country. In later years, it was used a bit for commuting to work. She made sure her children had trikes and bikes from early on. She has enjoyed riding around Albuquerque with her family and appreciates the variety of riding areas available. Now, she is a self-described “casual rider” and if you see her out riding, she is usually on their tandem with her youngest daughter.
Ann and her family have been involved in bicycling advocacy in New Mexico since first volunteering with the BikeABQ Bike Swap and Bike to Work Day in Albuquerque as early as 2004. Volunteering with BikeABQ has continued as a family endeavor over the years, with her husband Andy and both of her daughters, Erin & Rachel. And their volunteering roles have expanded. Some of Ann’s roles include BikeABQ Bike Swap Coordinator since 2012, Navigator Coordinator for the Bike Valet at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta beginning in 2016, member of the Albuquerque Bike To Work Day planning team starting in 2017, and current President of BikeABQ. While continuing with these volunteer roles, she also looks forward to helping the NM Bike Summit grow as a statewide bicycling advocacy organization.
Jeff Saul – Webmaster
Jeff Saul got into bicycling after his first 10-speed was stolen in college and learned more about bicycling and bicycle touring as he shopped for a replacement. He started riding his new touring bike in Orange County, California. While living in Maryland, he rode with and led rides for the Potomac Pedalers as well as exploring the many trails in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C . He also rode in the Cycle Across Maryland Ride. He started riding again when he moved to Albuquerque as a Physics and Astronomy Lecturer at the University of New Mexico (now retired). He is currently building up a portfolio as a Web Developer and also works as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Consultant. Since 2012, has completed a dozen metric centuries, 3 full centuries, and rides mostly for fun and exercise. In addition to serving on the board of the New Mexico Bike Summit, he is also a member of the New Mexico Touring Society and volunteers with his wife as a bicycle valet at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. His current bicycling goals include riding across the country and to ride in all 50 states. Jeff enjoys introducing new comers to bicycling, science, and web development.