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Meet the ExCom

2019 Executive Committee (ExCom)

President - Anne Hyman

Anne has been an avid cyclist since she borrowed a friend's mountain bike to commute to work during the gasoline crisis of 2008. Since then, she's taken the cycling world by the hoods and has also become a marathoner and Ironman triathlete. Over the past year she was adopted by the Rockville Wootton High School ride group and has forged friendships and calves of steel while climbing the hills and mountains of Maryland. 

Anne holds a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, and is focused on disease diagnosis and prevention. She served on her student government board as the social coordinator of her Doctorate program at Virginia Tech for several years, organizing events that focused on inclusivity and camaraderie between students as well as faculty. As a newly-minted ExComm member, she will strive to improve membership experience as well as invite members of the surrounding community to join us and expand the club. She has diligently volunteered in the DC area at several sporting events, as a Smithsonian Evolution Hall ambassador, and is also an Ambassador for the local nonprofit iControlMyHealth. 
 

When she isn't dreaming of riding or out on her Ruby, you can find Anne at home talking to the plants in her garden, playing mad scientist in her kitchen, or enjoying a moment of free time with her husband and two cats.


 

Vice President, Operations - Deb Reynolds

Deb Reynolds has been a member of Potomac Pedalers since the early 2000’s. Deb joined the club after she and her sons completed riding the C&O canal and she was bitten by the cycling bug. She traded her hybrid for a road bike and never looked back.

Since that time Deb has led rides, volunteered for numerous events for the club, served on the ExCom twice, once as Membership Secretary, and has served as a ride coordinator. Deb also co-led the century once and was intimately involved another year when the ExCom ran it.

Deb has seen the club through many changes and knows there will be more to come.  She wants to see the club grow and would like the club to have a bright future. Deb wants to work to ensure the club has as strong a fiscal and structural plan as possible to take us into the next few years.


 

Recording Secretary - David Whitaker

 

The Frederick Fall Frolic in the early 1990’s drew me to PPTC. An abundance of cue sheets and unexplored roads in and around the Catoctin mountains opened up a wealth of cycling opportunities for me and I became an avid PPTC member. For a decade or more I scoped out and led ​rides for the club and sought new opportunities for cycling outreach and advocacy. Now I finally have the time to lend some of my expertise to the ExComm. ​I have extensive experience in regional transportation and infrastructure planning, as well as in local bicycle and pedestrian planning. I have served on the board of my state professional organization and have organized past bicycle tour events. My cycling interests include introducing and overcoming the perceived barriers of new riders to bicycling, introducing Millennial cyclists to bicycle touring, and building current club events with a particular emphasis on the opportunities afforded by the superb Back Roads Century. Lastly, the great cycling champion Eddy Merckx encompassed my love for cycling with these seventeen words: “Ride as much or as little, or as long or a short as you feel. But ride.”  
 

 

Treasurer - Warren Farb

I’ve been a bike rider since about age six. I delivered newspapers by bike for about 5 years. First joined PPTC in the early 70s. I commuted by bike from Bethesda to various downtown locations for 27 years. I now commute downtown for various volunteer activities and I’ve been leading “The Usual Monday Ride from Glen Echo” for numerous years. I average between 6,000 and 7,000+ miles a year.
 
Professionally I was an economist specializing in macro policy and international tax. I retired in 2004. I’ve worked for the Federal Reserve, Library of Congress (CRS), the Senate Budget Committee, Department of Commerce, and Council of Economic Advisers. After retiring from the Government in 1997 I worked for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte as a tax consultant.
 

 

Member-at-Large - Ed Hazelwood

Ed Hazelwood has been a member of the club for about 15 years and an avid cyclist for many more years. My day job is as Editor-In-Chief Conferences for Aviation Week Network. As a result, I get to travel internationally a lot and often combine that with bicycle riding. However, I will retire soon allowing more time for riding and helping the club. The high points of my cycling life have included two trips to the Tour d’ France, climbing Alpe d’Huez, riding thru much of southern France and northern and southern Germany, as well as attending parts of the Tour of Great Britain and the Vuelta a España. PPTC has given me so much in terms of riding and meeting and making friends. I see being on the ExCom as the opportunity to give back. Help make the club better and responsive to all the members. I have focused so far on helping promote and grow the Back Roads Century as well as other special events. My intention now is to work on driving sponsorship revenue for the club.
 
 
 

 

Member-at-Large - Stephanie Tsacoumis​

Stephanie Tsacoumis is a lawyer and avid bike rider who – as a result of her long-standing work for non-profit organizations – was named by the American Bar Association as the national “Non-Profit Lawyer of the Year” in 2012. Among other non-profit matters, she led the legal teams in major re-organizations of the national American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of the United States and authored an often-cited report on non-profit governance for the 21st century.

Stephanie currently teaches securities law and related topics at Georgetown Law Center. Until recently, she served as the General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she led ground-breaking enforcement and compliance initiatives since joining the agency in 2012. The Washington Business Journal named her as a “Legal Champion” in 2014. 

Previously, Stephanie served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Georgetown University, coming from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she was co-partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington D.C. office.  Named the “Outstanding Chief Legal Officer” in DC, the “Top Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer in D.C.” and a top businesswoman in D.C., Stephanie also has been consistently named a “Leading Corporate Lawyer” by Chambers and Partners, Inc. and as among “The Best Lawyers in America.” 

Stephanie sees the Potomac Pedalers as a valuable community resource and seeks to use her background in non-profit matters and in governance to contribute more fulsomely.


 

Special Counsel to the ExCom - Paul Huey-Burns

I first joined PPTC perhaps 20 years ago. I was active in the club for many years, but then family and career obligations intervened, and I had to de-prioritize cycling. Now that I’ve accomplished what I needed to accomplish for my family and career, I have reconnected with my bike and the biking community. I rejoined the club 5 or 6 years ago, and I generally ride B/BB and lead B rides in northern MoCo, from Laytonsville, Riley’s Lock, and elsewhere, including my annual Birthday Ride from Riley’s in November. (I also am a committed runner, and I’ve run 3 marathons in the past year. I’ve recently added swimming to my workout schedule, and I’m hoping to begin competing in triathlons this spring, because “why not?”)

I think that I would bring valuable skills to the ExComm. I have practiced corporate law for 33 years, first in government (at the Securities & Exchange Commission, where I was Assistant Director of Enforcement), then as a partner in the DC office of a global law firm. Three years ago, in part to provide more balance to my life, I joined a smaller but still substantial law firm in Potomac, MD. (I believe that, if I were elected to the ExComm, I could provide not only my own expertise, but access the expertise of my colleagues as necessary.)

I also have substantial experience with non-profit organizations. I have served on the Executive Board of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for almost 20 years, including a substantial tenure as General Counsel to the NCAC, and as a member of several standing and ad hoc committees (the former including the Endowment and Investment Committees). As General Counsel, I was involved in a wide variety of issues (including the BSA’s change in membership standards (I was a strong internal advocate for the change), governance issues (including revising the Council’s corporate documents), and contractual and employment issues.

I believe that the primary responsibility of ExCom members is to be responsive to the needs of the membership. This is a member-driven organization, and personal agendas should be secondary. It is important that we maintain the high quality program that PPTC offers to its members, including the club century and other club-wide events. Having said that, I would like to see the club undertake more programs that involve outreach to the community, including raising the club’s profile to “new rider” events and programs for “at risk” kids.


 

Secretary - Carol D. Linden *

Carol Linden has ridden with the Pedalers for about 20 years, eventually becoming a CC ride leader.  Her involvement with the club expanded when she served as an at-large member of the ExCom for 2 years, and then as the editor of the late, great paper version of the Pedal Patter for 4 years.  After stepping down as editor, she took on the position of MD/DC CC Ride Coordinator and has continued to lead rides frequently, mostly in her favorite locale, the Montgomery County MD Agricultural Reserve, and often in conjunction with ride leaders in faster categories.  When not riding one of her bikes, Carol is the director of a small office within the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration and has had an over 40 year career in various agencies of the federal government.


 
Member-at-Large - Stephen Krill*
Since rejoining the Club about 6 years ago, I served in several roles:
1. Recording Secretary
2. BRC Committee member
3. VA Ride Coordinator for BB/B
4. Ride leader for various group rides
5. BTWD and USAF Classic volunteer
 
I initiated relationships with vendors, such as Kind, and did outreach to local bike shops.
I tried to support the Club to the best of my ability.
The Club means much to me. It's given me lasting friendships, memorable adventures, and even a few  misadventures.
I want this Club to thrive.
For me this means to responsibly service our members and our communities. To grow our membership and strengthen our relationships with other organizations. To keep cycling fun and create lasting memories.
In addition to our own events, I rode large rides, such as RAGBRAI, Mt.Dora, Mt. Mitchell, Five Boros, Seagull Century, and most recently CAAM 200. Next year is Natchez Trace. (Anyone care to join us?)
Professionally I serve as a senior executive for a government contractor. I also support a few local charities advocating for improvements in education, nutrition, and housing.
 

 

Member-at-Large - Catherine Kitchell*

Catherine was the editor of Pedal Patter, the former print newsletter of Potomac Pedalers, from 2003 to 2005. She was the Chair-elect and Chair of Potomac Pedalers from 2006-2007. She ran the Lewes weekend for many years as well as the Shenandoah weekend and has run the tomato sandwich rest stop for the Century as long as she can remember having a crazy excessive amount of cutting boards in her kitchen to attest to that. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Linda Tischer PPTC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. She works for Bloomberg Law and has had a variety of positions in her professional association, Special Libraries Association. She currently is Chair of the Legal Division of SLA.

* NEW 2019 Members

 

 

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