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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2005
THE RESULTS ARE IN! NEW LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS BOARD MEMBERS ELECTEDTwo Members Are New to the Board
Washington, DC—Members of the League of American Bicyclists have elected W. Preston Tyree, Ellen Jones, Don Sparks and Harry Brull to serve on the board of directors. Each are elected to serve three-year terms, which will begin September 15, 2005 at the board of directors meeting during Cycle Oregon.
“I am excited about the new directors the membership has chosen,” said outgoing League President Chris Kegel, owner of the Wheel and Sprocket bicycle shops in Wisconsin. “They are innovative leaders and strong bicycling advocates who will help the League continue to grow and exceed expectations in the coming years.”
Tyree was re-elected at-large director, a national seat. He has served on the board since 2003, and is executive director of two bicycle advocacy groups in Texas. He retired from a career in international finance and marketing in 1987 and has focused on bicycle education since then. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Jones was elected to serve Region 2, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She served as executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for 11 years, and is currently the director of transportation for the Downtown Business Improvement District in D.C. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Sparks was re-elected to serve Region 3, which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He is the founding president of the Charleston Bicycle Advocacy Group and helped draft South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Policy. He is a professor of economics at The Citadel and lives in Charleston, S.C.
Brull was elected to serve Region 5, which includes Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. He has a long track record of success in helping non-profit organizations excel. He is senior vice president at PDI, based in Minneapolis, Minn.
“As the League moves into its second 125 years, strong leadership is more important than ever,” said Executive Director Andy Clarke. “Having the voice of these nationally known advocates on our board will be a key part of our success in the future.”
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of 57 million American cyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org or www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org.
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