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. She is a recent graduate of the Vail Centre Leadership Academy and the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certification. Vicki has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is a board member for the Eagle Chamber of Commerce and loves giving back to our mountain community. She loves yoga and spending time outside mountain biking, camping and hiking with her husband, 2 kids and dog. Vicki joined the TCE team in fall 2015 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to hone her MTB skills with our girls!
Carla Decker
Carla DeckerSummit County Program Coordinator
Carla hails from the Midwest and graduated UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Geography and Urban Planning with a Certificate in GIS. Many years as a competitive national sailor led her to a River Ranger career in Kremmling, Colorado for the Bureau of Land Management in 2011. She served four years in the Colorado Army National Guard and simultaneously worked for the Boy Scouts of America in various roles including Special Needs Executive, 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 also brings experience in HR and a knack for Talent Acquisition to the team. Carla has been a part of the TCE team since October of 2017 and calls Silverthorne home. In her spare time you’ll find her in the backcountry with her husband Clint and doggo Stark.
Beth Markham
Beth MarkhamEagle County Program 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!
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.
Olivia Andreozzi
Olivia AndreozziSummit South Head Coach
Olivia Andreozzi is a New England native who grew up on the coast of Rhode Island. She attended the University of Vermont where she studied Environmental Studies, Anthropology and Food Systems. While studying in Vermont, Olivia assisted in starting the University’s first all female ski club called Chicks on Sticks VT. Olivia assumed a leadership role in leading all-ladies backcountry ski clinics and other activities that cultivated a sense of approachability and common ground for women in the outdoors. Olivia also led backcountry skiing and backpacking trips through her university’s Outing Club. Having access to outdoor education and a sense of camaraderie was a big influence in Olivia’s life, and she now wants to participate in offering that to other young women.

Olivia moved to the Rocky Mountains to work as a ski patroller at Copper Mountain, which she currently does during the winter. She is also a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and a self-proclaimed naturalist. Olivia is thrilled to be a part of the Cycle Effect, and hopes to empower young athletes to realize their potential, work hard and have fun playing outside!

Fabiana (Fafay) Grespan-Vial
Fabiana (Fafay) Grespan-VialSummit County Assistant Coach
Fafay grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and is fluent in Spanish, English, and intermediate Italian. Since she was young she has had a passion for sports and enjoys gymnastics, tennis, rock climbing, hiking mountains and working with kids. Fafay has worked as a summer camp counselor, a high ropes technician, and a horse back riding, canoeing, mountain biking and adventure counselor. This has empowered her passion of working with kids while being outside. Since she was young she had come to ski and snowboard in Breckenridge, never knowing that this was the place she would call home. Fafay has been living in the US since 2013, enjoying Colorado and traveling all over the country. While in Colorado, she loves going white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, cross country skiing and exploring. Fafay and her husband built from the ground up, a boutique hotel in Mexico, north of Puerto Vallarta in 2017. They love spending their winters in Mexico surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, snorkeling and exploring. While they are in the US they love road tripping to other states. Fafay is an adventure woman at heart!
Molly Gamble
Molly GambleEdwards Head 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!
Tamara Donelson
Tamara DonelsonEdwards Assistant 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

Ashley Rethemeyer
Ashley RethemeyerEdwards Assistant Coach
I grew-up in Missouri and loved exploring outside and playing sports year-round. It wasn’t until college, while studying psychology and art at Truman State University, that I found cycling (as more than a fun way to get around town). Not long after finishing college, I return to school for bikes… I mean, for my masters in Counseling. I got to race for Lindenwood University competing around the country at collegiate events while completing coursework in St. Louis. In college, while working at a summer camp in Colorado, I caught the mountain bug and was determined to get back, full-time, to the mountains after graduation. I’ve been a school counselor in Colorado for 5 years now and have been in the Vail Valley since 2017. In my free time, I love being active- riding bikes, hiking and bagging big peaks, backpacking and exploring new areas, constantly being humbled by CrossFit, and trying to figure out all of the winter sports (that I didn’t get to master as a child in the Midwest). As much as being active in the mountains is the best, nothing beats a lazy Sunday with a good book, working on an art project, or cooking a new recipe. I am very excited to join The Cycle Effect and combine my interests of mentoring youth with the skills and confidence to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Kelsey Head
Kelsey HeadEagle Assistant Coach
You should know something about Kelsey: she can’t seem to sit still. Growing up in Vermont she was constantly playing in the Connecticut river, or building forts in the woods. As she got older, she wanted to adventure further beyond her home state, and found science and sports to be a powerhouse combination that allowed her to investigate and explore the world. In her junior year of high school, her science curiosities took her to a marine ecology program in the Bahamas (where she lived, ran a half marathon, and scuba dived – a lot!). Continuing the adventures, in her third year of college she snorkeled her way down the peninsula of Thailand researching coral reefs and other aquatic ecosystems.
Turning her attention from the ocean to the mountains, Kelsey came to Colorado to pursue her Masters of the Arts Degree in Science Education through the University of Northern Colorado. Lucky enough to now be teaching at Colorado’s first micro school, Zealous Schools in Eagle, she’s thrilled to spend her days exploring science concepts and getting outdoors with her middle school students. Through it all, Kelsey is happiest when she’s engaging with her community through women’s athletics, having coached girls’ soccer from 7th grade indoor, to assistant coaching high school varsity.
Kelsey loves being outside, making observations about the world around her, and exploring on her bike, in her hiking boots, or on her snowboard, and always, with friends.
Jill Rubenstein
Jill RubensteinEagle Assistant Coach
Jill left the East Coast in 2001 to learn how to ski powder and she hasn’t looked back. After a few seasons in Jackson Hole working as a waitress, gardener, ski instructor, pizza maker, and more she decided to settle down with a teaching degree. Her masters degree brought her to the front range in 2005 and by 2013 she was completing her doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity and ready to make the move back to the mountains. Eagle County has been her home for the past 5 years and she couldn’t be happier. She began mountain biking as a volunteer with The Cycle Effect in 2016 and her time spent on the trails with the team has her hooked! Riding with these young women is the best part of her day!
Carly Bierman
Carly BiermanEagle Assistant Coach
Originally from the coast of southern California, Carly Bierman moved to Vail in 2016. Trying to keep up with her two adventurous older brothers, Carly grew up biking, hiking, surfing, horseback riding, & backpacking. She has a love & a passion for the outdoors, but even more so for people. Carly graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2015 with a BA in Liberal Studies. She studied abroad in South Africa where she worked with local orphanages in the area & saw the reward of giving back to the youth in your community. She worked as a high adventure guide & served as a high school counselor for Hume Lake Camps from 2013-2015. Working with the high school girls at this camp, Carly found a passion for empowering young women to be confident in themselves & in being outside. Carly taught herself how to ride a bike when she was six years-old, & she has been in love with the sport ever since. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, ski, skin up mountains, hike, mt. bike, read, & camp! Carly is beyond excited to have the amazing opportunity to be a part of the TCE team, & to connect with girls through her favorite sport!
Jenn Fortin
Jenn FortinSummit North Assistant Coach
Jenn loves bikes. She grew up pedaling, camping and hiking around the vast woods and coastlines of Maine. She found her people at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, with new trails to explore. Finding the joys of exposing others to the outdoors through the Wilderness Program, she became a student guide and fell in love with teaching mountain biking, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing. Spending her time climbing in Bolton, skiing Smuggs and biking Kingdom Trails, she found time to double major in Elementary Education and Anthropology and Sociology. After teaching at an arts-integration academy, she realized her need to work outdoors and never be told to “use her inside voice.” Assured in the power of outdoor education and unconventional classrooms, she moved to Colorado to teach skiing (and ski pow!!). She found summer work at the Dillon Marina and returned to direct the Sailing School; taking daring folks of all ages onto the exciting waters of Lake Dillon. Now in her fourth year in Summit County, she has moved to Ski Patrol at Keystone and misses the energy and goofiness of working with kids! Jenn loves fun of all types and will be whooping and hollering no matter the slog. She is the lead singer of a band (Zuma Road), an avid collector of fanny packs (owning five or six) and mom to a three-legged dog (Piper or Pipeeeey).
Jodi Fairbanks
Jodi FairbanksSummit Assistant Coach
Jodi likes climbing, skiing and bikes! But mostly she likes being outside and having an adventure. Her favorite bike trail is the Monarch Crest. Jodi has been a ski patroller in the winter and a bike patroller in the summer at Keystone resort for 5 seasons. She an EMT, and is currently in nursing school in Breckenridge. After school, Jodi can be found skiing, biking or climbing with her dog Skyler, aka “The Bird”. Jodi is super excited to be coaching and sharing new adventures with the Cycle Effect girls!