Leaders in Grand Rapids 2014

Staff

Staff

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Caeli Quinn

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Caeli graduated from Northwestern University and then hit the road on two wheels. After running a backcountry refuge next to a glacier in Patagonia, her interest in languages and culture led to ten years traveling the globe, working for Backroads, the active travel company. After her experience bicycling through China and Myanmar, Caeli turned her attention to active transportation and environmental issues. Inspired to promote understanding and to help drive philanthropic impact for sustainability, she co-founded Climate Ride. Caeli resides in Montana with her family, near Glacier National Park.

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Blake Holiday

National Events Director

Blake has been in love with the bicycle since he was a kid riding on his blue beach cruiser. Since then, he's pedaled all over the world as a bike tour leader. Blake has a strong affinity for the arts, entertainment, the environment, and building community. He has headed up many organizations the world over, with experience in corporate development, strategic marketing and event management. In 2005, he won First Night International's prestigious Prism Award for Creative Excellence for his vision and commitment. He holds a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University.

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Michelle Levitus

Office Manager

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis before moving out west to Montana. After earning her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Montana, she joined Climate Ride as the office assistant and trip leader. Ever the quick study, Michelle soon took on the role of Hiker Manager and Beneficiary Manager, helping to manage our expanding Beneficiary Program. Michelle lives in Missoula, Montana where she enjoys all the area has to offer: rafting the rivers, great farmers markets, snowboarding and hiking in the mountains, and mostly flat bike commutes.

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Patrick Colleran

Logistics and Rider Manager

Patrick has organized the logistics for Climate Ride for over three years. His work at Climate Ride blends his love for bicycles and his passion for sustainability. He is over half way to riding his bike in every state and enjoys tending to his small yet growing herd of steel framed bicycles. 

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Russ Mendivil

Rider Representative, Fundraising Guru

Russ is a native Californian who has been involved with cycling and fundraising for the past ten years! He's ridden his bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles three times, but his favorite ride is around Lake Tahoe. Russ recently moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento and is just starting to learn the bike trails in his new town. He raises chickens, grows vegetables and is currently working on turning his home into a mini sustainable farm. Russ was married on Earth Day many (many) years ago and is now a grandpa who wants to leave a better planet for his grandchildren.

Climate Ride Leaders

The Climate Ride leaders have strong backgrounds in bike, travel, and guiding industries. Their professionalism, passion and hard work make the Climate Ride experience unforgettable. Climate Ride simply couldn't happen without the people who work night and day during our events to ensure that all the details of the ride are taken care of so the riders can focus on pedaling the miles and creating an impact.