Brett Donelson
Brett DonelsonFounder and Executive Director
Brett and his wife, Tam, have lived in the Vail Valley since 2005. He has spent over 10 years coaching young athletes and working as a fitness professional. As a certified personal trainer, USA Cycling Coach, and USA Triathlon Coach, Brett realized his passion for helping young people see the benefits that athletics and mentoring can have in their life. His experience as the Cycling Director at the Athletic Club at the Westin and as the Head Women’s Coach at Ski Club Vail has given him the skills needed to turn the dream of The Cycle Effect into a reality.

Brett grew up in Central New York and graduated from Hobart College with a degree in Architectural Design and Primary Education. He loves to recreationally race mountain bikes and be outside with Tam and their dog, Zeke.

Vicki Flynn
Vicki FlynnDevelopment Director
Vicki Flynn moved to the Vail Valley in the winter of 2002 from Chicago. After spending her first summer here, she fell in love with the valley. Vicki graduated from Bradley University with a degree in advertising and marketing and is a recent graduate of the Vail Centre Leadership Academy. Vicki has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She loves yoga and spending time outside camping, biking or hiking with her husband, 2 young children and her dog, Enza. Vicki joined the TCE team in fall 2015 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to hone her MTB skills with our girls!
Carla Johnson
Carla JohnsonSummit County Program Coordinator
Carla grew up hunting, fishing and camping while navigating the deciduous forests and fresh water lakes of the Midwest. Carla graduated UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Geography and Urban Planning with a Certificate in GIS. 10 years as a competitive national sailor led her to a River Ranger career in Kremmling, Colorado for the Bureau of Land Management. She served four years in the Colorado Army National Guard and simultaneously worked for the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in various roles including Special Needs Executive, the Director of Camp Tahosa High Adventure Base in Ward, Colorado and the Director of Learning for Life & Exploring, a character building and career program for boys and girls. Carla has lived and worked in South America for the Denver based non-profit US-Brazil Connect and most recently directed Talent Acquisition for a company with over 600 employees in Denver, Oregon and Canada. Carla calls Silverthorne home and in her spare time you’ll find her in the backcountry with her partner Clint and doggo Stark.
Beth Markham
Beth MarkhamEagle County Coordinator
Beth Markham, native of Dayton, Ohio moved to Eagle County in 2007 in pursuit of mountain exploration and adventure, sunshine, and topography. With B.S. degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Ohio Northern University and an M.A. in Environmental Education from Prescott College. She has taught, developed and administered programming for state and national parks, municipalities, and non-profit organizations from the East coast to the Rocky Mountains. Beth started volunteering with The Cycle Effect in 2017 and was inspired by riding bikes and working with the girls and TCE community. She is excited to transfer her passions and expertise in outdoor education and leadership as well as program development and administration to The Cycle Effect! She loves playing outside and exploring the mountains with her husband Mike and dog Luna while mountain biking, skiing, hiking, backpacking, and nature nerding. Beth also loves traveling, gardening, cooking, yoga, and dancing to live music. She is thrilled to be joining The Cycle Effect family as the Eagle County Coordinator!
Hailee Rustad
Hailee RustadEagle Head Coach
Hailee was drawn to the Vail Valley seven years ago by the lure of outdoor adventure. She has since made Eagle her home and become a small business owner. She is an avid mountain biker, a lover of anything outside and passionate about empowering the youth of our community. Her dedication to service has landed her into four years of coaching basketball at HPS, leading youth bike clubs and volunteering with the Vail Mountain Rescue Group. Her adventurous spirit has led Hailee across the country, on a bike, three times! She also loves new cultural experiences and spent a year in Central America learning Spanish. She started coaching for The Cycle Effect in January of 2017. Hailee hopes to empower, inspire and motivate young female athletes to work hard, have fun and pursue their dreams.
Lea Dreux
Lea DreuxSummit South Head Coach
Lea grew up in Holland, Michigan. She studied Recreation at Central Michigan University and finished up her degree with an internship in the Town of Breckenridge Recreation department in summer 2011. Since moving to Summit County, Lea has been working with the youth at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Timberline Learning Center, and the Town of Frisco. Lea loves mountain biking, trail running, and just enjoying the beauty of nature. Lea can be found at community events mingling with friends, exploring on the trails, experimenting in the kitchen, or snuggling with her husband Marcus and cat Jojo.
Meghan Twohig
Meghan TwohigEdwards Head Coach
Meghan has worked with young people for the last 8 years as a high school biology teacher. While teaching in Littleton, she became actively involved in coaching a high school mountain bike team. In particular, she loved working with the female riders and watching their confidence as riders and young adults grow. After moving to Vail Valley, she learned about The Cycle Effect and the mission truly resonated with her- she immediately got involved. Meghan is passionate about teaching technical riding skills and using mountain biking as a tool for character building. She is a strong believer that humor and perseverance are key to navigating adversity and obstacles. When she is not out riding bikes, Meghan enjoys rock climbing, skiing and type 2 fun with her dog, Luka Thunder, and her partner, Seth.
Sam Streletsky
Sam StreletskySummit North Head Coach
Sam grew up in the Boston area and spent the last several years exploring Vermont before moving her life to the Colorado mountains. While in Vermont, she coached a backcountry skiing program at Sugarbush Resort, volunteered as an interior firefighter, worked in public schools, and taught science camp at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.
While attending the University of Vermont, she led backpacking and hiking trips with the Outing Club and found her passion in connecting people with the outdoors. She began her adventure west when she taught ecology at Camp Granite Lake in Golden, CO, and is currently a sixth-grade paraeducator and alpine race coach for Summit Middle School in Frisco. She also coaches racing for Team Summit at Copper Mountain.
Sam is excited to bring her enthusiasm, humor and leadership to The Cycle Effect and inspire girls to pursue adventures both big and small. When she isn’t skiing or biking, you can find Sam and her sidekick, Kira the husky-shepherd, where there’s great views, good food, books, or live music.
Tamara Donelson
Tamara DonelsonEdwards Coach
Tam grew up in Sydney, Australia and ended up in Edwards, CO after chasing the endless winter for 10+ years while teaching skiing. As she settled in the Vail Valley, Tam quickly took to triathlon and mountain biking. In only her 3rd year racing Xterra Offroad Triathlon, Tam became the Overall Amateur Xterra Regional, National, and World Champion. Tam also started mountain bike racing against the local pro women in Vail.

Tam took the leap to race Xterra Triathlon professionally in 2012. She has her own coaching business, Donelson Coaching, and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach. Tam is a leading personal trainer, triathlon coach, and cycling coach at the Athletic Club at the Westin, in Beaver Creek, CO. To learn more about Tam, you can visit her website here: www.tamaradonelson.com

Courtney Walters
Courtney WaltersSummit South Assistant Coach
Courtney grew up in Littleton, CO. She received a Bachelors degree in Human Services and International Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston. After working for a year at a Boston-based outdoor education program, she wanted to move back to Colorado to be closer to outdoor opportunities and continue to pursue her passion of outdoor education.
Since returning she has been involved in youth development as a ski instructor at Keystone, logistics coordinator for the Colorado Outward Bound School, naturalist, and teacher at Timberline learning center. Courtney loves skiing, snowboarding, biking, and searching for the best tacos in Summit county. She can also often been found studying or doing homework for her Master’s in Nonprofit Management program.
She is thrilled to be joining The Cycle Effect team to use outdoor activities as a way to build confidence and inspire leadership for young women as well as to connect to more members in the community.
Autumn Isleib
Autumn IsleibSummit North Assistant Coach
Autumn Isleib hails from Needville, Texas and moved to Colorado Springs in 2014. Autumn recently relocated to Summit County and loves competing in ultra trail race. Autumn ran her first 100-miler (Silverheels 100) within a few months of racing ultras and was the first female to finish!

She is a busy body that works multiple jobs in Summit County and keeps the busiest trail running with her dog, snowshoeing, hiking 14ers, reading, listening to music, going to hot yoga, exploring biking and being outside. Autumn loves to help others, work with youth, and utilize the outdoors to present opportunities for all.

She looks forward to being an Assistant Coach for Summit North and helping young girls overcome any obstacles they may face.

Molly Gamble
Molly GambleEagle County Assistant Coach
Molly made the move from the East Coast to Colorado in 2009. She worked as an outdoor educator for four seasons in Telluride. It was there that Molly fell in love with working with young people in the outdoors while skiing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and biking. Molly made the move to the front range to earn a teaching license and master’s degree and now teaches middle school math in Eagle County. She is thrilled to be a part of The Cycle Effect community and is so excited for the season and the adventure!

Our Board of Directors

Holly Strablizky – President

Assistant County Attorney for Eagle County Government

Andy Littman – Vice Chair

Attorney and Partner – SLB Law

Paul Wible – Treasurer

Former Executive Vice President First Bank

Erik Garcia – Secretary

Estimator – RA Nelson

Rob Parish

Principal at Battle Mountain High School

Jen Kaplan

Owner of Vail Pilates / Former Attorney

Susan Rosenbach

Masters Degrees in Educational & Career Counseling and Health and Wellness Coaching

Alex Esclamado

Rockridge Building Company – Operations Director

Summit Cycle Solutions – Owner

Mark Thompson

Chief Judge 5th Judicial District

Janelle Blessing

Community Volunteer

Brendan Addis

Principal of Utility Revenue Services & Vail Rotary Member

 

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