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.
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 3 years. Shaun resides in North Sacramento and has worked for the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency as a Job Search Workshop Facilitator and Job Coach for the past 8 years.
Joan Purser first joined NCAC as a rider for the 2013 & 2014 rides. In 2014 she became a member of the Board of Directors and after working closely with Jim McCann, founder and past Treasurer, Joan took over officially as NCAC Treasurer in 2015. Joan helped develop the successful NCAC Crab Feed fundraiser and served on the committee for two years. She owns and operates Purser Bookkeeping & Administrative Services. Her clientele included non-profit organization and for-profit businesses in the greater Sacramento area. She resides in Folsom with her family.
2017 will be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joy Weskamp was introduced to NCAC by a family member in 2014. She knew she wanted to be involved and participated in the 2016 ride. With 28 years of Accounting and Business Development and a background in fundraising, she wants to utilize her experiences and help 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 10th 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.