Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring that the mission of NCAC is achieved.
Jerry Mitchell has been an active participant with the NorCal AIDS Cycle since first riding in the event in 2008. Jerry is a 31 year employee of the American Express Company where he works as a global proposal strategy manager. Jerry's focus in his role as Board Chairperson is on growing event participation levels, raising as much as possible while spending as little as possible and ensuring that the many voices of riders and crew are heard and acknowledged as NorCal AIDS Cycle looks to the future.
William Gruenloh is currently serving as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures after helping to found the program nine years ago. In this capacity, he oversees all university and federal regulatory submissions for the stem cell therapies development in the university's multi-million dollar stem cell program as well as assisting in grant writing and research project management. Involved in NCAC since 2012, he has cycled for the event four times and has served as a member of the NCAC Organizing Committee. He currently lives in Sacramento with his fiancé Garrett and their dog Dolce.
Jason Russell is a certified public accountant (CPA) with his own firm, Russell CPAs, located in Sacramento, CA. Jason's clients consist of small to mid-sized not-for-profit organizations and for-profit small businesses located through the greater California central valley. These clients utilize Russell CPAs services for tax preparation, consulting, staffing and audits. Jason first became involved with NCAC as the Treasurer of the Capital City AIDS Fund (a former parent organization of NCAC) in 2008. Jason also serves as the treasurer for the Sacramento Zoological Society. He lives in West Sacramento with his husband Steven Walker.
Nicki Hill (Also known as Hugger) has been an educator and social justice advocate for more than 16 years. As a member of Athena Women's Riding Club and as a part of TEAM MOTO, she has been an active participant in the NorCal AIDS Cycle for more than 5 years as a crew member and SAG specilist. Nicki's passion is helping others, especially the community that need help the most. The regional HIV/AIDS patients are in dire need of support as funding for AIDS programs across the nation are being cut. These cuts have created the ONLY organization in the Sacramento region that monetarily support this community. She and her wife are avid travelers to ocean shores along with having an acute interest in computers, so much so that their favorite shopping trip is to any store that sells computers.
Robyn Learned first became involved in NCAC in 2014 when she was asked to attend an Org Committee Meeting by her former employer (a benefiting agency). She was unable to participate that year because of conflicting HIV Test Counselor Training, but was very excited to join the Crew in 2015. It took very little time for her to realize that her heart was calling her to ride. The Riding Bug bite on her first training ride of the NCAC 2016 season and she hasn't looked back since. Robyn is looking forward to being a part of the NCAC Board of Directors and to continue riding and raising much needed funds for all the great organizations the NorCal AIDS Cycle serves.
Janet Smith was introduced to the NorCal AIDS Cycle in 2014 by founding member Jim McCann. Originally Janet rode in memory of her brother-in-law, Gary, who succumbed to complications from HIV/AIDS. It is likely Gary would still be alive with the help of medications available to those living with this disease today. After joining NCAC Janet's passion for the cause grew as she experienced the loving family atmosphere of the NCAC cyclists and crew. She now rides in memory of Gary and in support of her fellow HIV Positive NCAC participants. Janet owns and operates Lucky Buddy Patcare, a Sacramento based pet sitting and dog walking business that employs 20 employees. Lucky Buddy Petcare is a member of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and actively supports the LGBT community.
Jerry Prettyman became a member of the NCAC family during the 2016 training season. Missouri born and breed, Jerry moved to the Sacramento area in March 2011 from Miami Beach, Fl. He has also lived in Denver, Houston and St Petersburg. He has always had a passion for volunteering and supported HIV/AIDS events wherever he lived. Jerry participates in NCAC to honor his late partner of 16 years whom he cared for until his passing. He has seen first-hand the struggles and hardships of those who live with HIV/AIDS. He also serves as a Peer Advocate at Cares Community Health. Jerry loves providing much needed SAG support to cyclists during NCAC Training Rides in addition to the Benchmark and Main NCAC Rides.
Richard Benavidez decided to join NCAC after speaking on behalf of a benefiting agency at the 2015 NCAC Crab Feed. The unity, strong sense of family and the energy he sensed, imprinted on him and he knew he must be a part of this unique group. He started as a crew member in 2016 and transitioned to a cyclist in 2017. Born in North Dakota and raised in Texas & New Mexico, Richard chose to move to CA, specifically Sacramento, in 1995. Richard has an extensive background in corporate Human Resources management. He is a strong supporter and advocate for the HIV/AIDS community dating back to the start of the pandemic in the 1980s, and finds himself involved with several organizations, all committed to the cause. Richard endeavors to learn from those he interacts with and make a tiny difference in their lives.
BOARD ADVISORY TEAM
Shaun Fitzgerald started his journey with NCAC in 2011 as a SAG (Support and Gear) Navigator. He quickly fell in love with the organization and joined the Board of Directors in 2013. Shaun enjoys tackling challenges and does so on a regular basis as the NCAC Webmaster & Online Fundraising Platform Administrator. In addition he is the Team Leader Liaison and guides NCAC Mentors as they ensure that all participants have a voice in the organization. He made the transition from Crew to Cyclist in 2014 and rode for 5 years. Shaun resides in North Sacramento with his Fur Baby, Artemis 'Arlie', and has worked for the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency as a Analyst for the Employment Services Division.
CCSD offers exceptional riding and training experiences in the United States and around the world. In addition to producing their own signature events, CCSD provides logistics management for a variety of one-day and multi-day events throughout California and the United States. Often their logistics management focus on charity events, giving back to the community that has given us so much.