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 nearly 30 year employee of the American Express Company where he works as a global product marketing 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 and their two four-legged kids, Abby and Rolo.
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
2017 was James Jacobs' 5th year as a NCAC cyclist. In 2013 he became involved with the Organizing Committee & Board of Directors focusing on expanding NCAC's fundraising tools. Jim will again be facilitating NCAC's "Crab Feed" in 2016; NCAC's largest group fundraiser event for both cyclists and crew. Jim owns a Wellness Spa in Rocklin and is celebrating his 17th year of being a Massage Therapist. Prior to this he worked for 12 years as a Project Manager at Hewlett Packard. When not working on NCAC activities, you'll find Jim with his feet up digging into a nice "BIG" bowl of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.
Seventeen years ago Jon Adler met some amazing members of the positive community. It was at that point that he chose to make the positive community his professional target population. He began as a Sexual Health Instructor, Test Counselor and Housing Case Manager. For the past 6 years he has been with Volunteers of America's OPEN ARMS program, Northern California's only Emergency Housing Program for the positive community. He has been with the NorCal AIDS Cycle for the past 4 years and knew from Day 1 that it had changed his life!
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.
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 has ridden the last 4 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 Job Coach and Youth Training Coordinator for a decade.
Past Board Members
A Resident of Elk Grove, Mike McKenney has over 25 years in the utility industry. As the owner of Natural Resources Management, he specializes in third party utility billing and instillation of electric, gas and water sub-meters and electronic meter reading systems. Mike's passion is being a foster parent. He began volunteering for the NorCal AIDS Cycle seven years and is serving his third year on the Board of Directors. Mike has also volunteered for the GearUp for Youth and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events. He loves being outdoors in areas where cell signal is lost. He enjoys camping in the desert or the High Sierras and also spending days or even weeks on the water.
Glenn Rowe first became involved with NCAC when a friend and NCAC founder invited him to participate in 2012 and has been active ever since; crewing twice and cycling twice. He is an active member of the Organizing Committee and a founding member of the NCAC Crab Feed. He also serves as a Mentor and is always looking for ways to improve the NCAC experience. Glenn currently works for the State of California, Department of Transportation, I.T. Management Support Branch. He serves as the I.T. Training Administrator & Contracts Manager, Student Assistant & Volunteer Program Coordinator and Workforce Development Analyst. Glenn has made a career of the information technology field for over thirteen years.
Joy Weskamp was introduced to NCAC by a family member in 2014. She immediately knew she wanted to be involved and participated in the ride in 2016 & 2017. Joy has over 28 years of Accounting and Business Development experience and a background in fundraising. She wants to utilize her experience and help to make a difference in the Sacramento Community. In her free time, Joy trains for endurance racing and works with beginner cyclists, training and leading rides.
Now entering their 11th anniversary season, CCSD offers an exceptional riding and training experience in the United States and around the world. In addition to producing their signature events; St Paddy’s Palomar Punishment, The Dirty Devil and The Great Western Bicycle Rally, 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.