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2018 Executive Committee (ExCom)

President - Bob Bernstein

I have been riding a bicycle since I was in junior high school. Back then it was transportation even on those days off from the summer job when I used to explore the back roads of Connecticut. I joined my first cycling club while in Michigan. That is when I started to become a cyclist. My latest incarnation began as a get away with friends in 2001and has evolved into a passion. I still enjoy exploring but I also look forward to the social aspects that Club rides offer.

I was the MD/DC B Ride Coordinator for three years and I continue to be a ride leader and marshal. I was an ExCom member for four years, a Chair-in-Waiting for one year and the Chair of the Club in 2012. I ran the Century twice. 

I intend to continue Matt Birnbaum's efforts to put the Club on more of a business footing as I see that as the only way that we will be able to survive and to thrive without burning out those few people who heretofore have volunteered for most of the work. The only way we can continue to operate as a volunteer operation is to break down the tasks into more manageable pieces with clear definitions of what is expected, the responsibilities of which will not frighten people from stepping up and supporting. My goal is an organization which is responsive to the rapidly changing environment in which we now exist, which does not burn people out, and which allows the Club to grow and thrive to become the premier cycling club in the country; the Club which others will want to emulate.


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.


Vice President, Special Events - 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, Century - Sallie Williams *

Sallie recently retired after more than 20 years of support to the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities as a Program/Project Manager.   Her most recent position was as VP of Operations for a Systems Engineering firm in Arlington where she was responsible for finance, contracts, proposals, and HR.  She has extensive experience in customer relationship management, organizational development, and personnel management.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Williams served as District Manager and Account Executive for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg BNA). In this position, she recruited, supervised, and mentored personnel responsible for sales of BNA’s legislative and regulatory publications.
Sallie has enjoyed biking since she was crazy enough to say yes when invited to bike the Trans Am (then Bikecentennial) from East to West immediately after college. Riding a second-hand bike and with little to no training, she managed to log 3,600 miles before her first (and only) flat tire! The decision to ride cross country led to many more adventures on two wheels. Although a relatively new member of PPTC, she’s participated in Mid-Atlantic rides like Bike Virginia, Bike MS, and Alzheimer's Association fundraisers. She likes to combine biking and travel and has toured Germany and Italy by bike. She enjoys the camaraderie and community spirit of small group rides as well as larger events like the annual Pumpkin Ride in Warrenton, VA.
Sallie and her husband live in Annandale and have two children, a daughter who will start law school in the fall and a son who is a junior at Coastal Carolina University. When her children were younger, Sallie served as her daughter’s Girl Scout Leader, led the PTSA Auction Committee for several years and chaired golf tournaments raising many thousands of dollars to support education programs.  While on the ExCom, Sallie is looking forward to meeting new biking friends while serving as Vice-president - Back Roads Century. She hopes to combine her love of event planning and organizing to the BRC in order to achieve a fun and successful event with the least amount of stress. Her goal is to solidify and enhance the Century’s reputation as the premier fall cycling event in the Mid-Atlantic region. 


Deputy to the Vice President, Century - Ed Hazelwood *


Ed Hazelwood is an aviation journalist. I first seriously got into cycling in college with a Peugeot UO8 back in the early 1970s. Loved that bike. I came back to cycling in 2003 and after a couple of years of riding mostly by myself did a club ride out of Harwood and was hooked. Started leading rides fairly soon and have been leading a lot of rides out of Maryland for years. Not bad for a lifelong Virginian. I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Tour de France twice, climbed Alp d’Huez once, and serendipitously ended up at the final stages of the Vuelta a España and Tour of Great Britain courtesy of work schedule. I’m also one of the prime organizers for the Thursday night DC-based Tenley Town Ride and have been for several years. For the last three years I’ve managed the club’s presence at the Rosslyn stop for Bike to Work Day. Have also been a road marshal for the Back Roads Century several years and last year helped with road clean up before the century and managed one of the rest stops the morning of the century. I’ve worked hard to give back to the club I enjoy so much. My goal on the ExComm is to be involved especially with the Back Roads Century in order to help us all make it a sparkling example of what Potomac Pedlars can be.



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 - Mary Ann Breunig

I am a fairly new member of Potomac Pedalers and would like to support our members in our mutual goals to enjoy cycling as a life-long sport! As a retired IT Executive, my experience is in managing large financial software operations and systems for private and government organizations. I enjoy strategic planning, transformation projects, and helping people and organizations meet their goals. Currently I am focused on exploring small business startup. I have held Board level positions including Chair, Treasurer, and member for a local charity and a Home Owners Association 
I took up cycling about 8 years ago to spend time with my husband, Jeff, and continue to support Leukemia research. I am a ride leader in Virginia and contribute a monthly column called "Member-at-Large on the Road."


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.

​* NEW 2018 Members

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