On my fifth birthday, Independence Day weekend 1974, my parents gave me a brand spankin’ new Honda MR50. I learned to ride that bike at Indian Campground near Teanaway that weekend. Our family went camping and riding a lot. Mostly at Belfair and Capitol and sometimes at Walker. The annual trips to Cle Elum coal piles were a favorite of mine. There were also trips to Naches and the Cabin Creek Road exit off I-90. I was pretty much away from dirt biking between the ages of 12 to 37. Upon my return to the sport I noted a lot of changes occurred during my “hiatus”, but the biggest thing that struck me was a lack of expansion in riding areas even though the population and sport had grown over that 25 years. I wanted to support an organization that was trying to solve that issue. I began volunteering for NMA somewhere around 2005 I think. I rode my first enduro at the 2008 Sparkplug and got the bug for timekeeping. I climbed up through NMA Enduro Classes to reach Senior A, but the Class Champion jacket has eluded me so far. In 2018 I was elected president and it has been an honor serving dirt bikers in Washington. Since 2018, NMA has been awarded every RCO grant it has applied for. The NMA is the sum of its parts – its membership – and we have accomplished great things for dirt bikers and motorized single track trails in Washington. Together, we have been delivering on our primary objective of preserving off-road motorcycling in Washington.
I started riding at a young age, but wasn’t able to buy my own bike until I was about 10 years old. It was a 1974 Yamaha TY80. It wasn’t new or fast, but I sure was proud to have bought it with my own hard-earned money! Fast forward to the present, and I now own bikes that aren’t so old or slow (even though the guy that rides them is!) I joined the Yakima Valley Dust Dodgers in 2015, and served as the club president for 5 years. I have enjoyed my time in the club, as well as being able to become involved in the planning and execution of various projects with the Naches Ranger District in the Little Naches and Rimrock areas. I have met many wonderful people through riding and working on singletrack trails across the state, as well as the numerous NMA events I have attended. I was elected Secretary of the NMA in November of 2022, and now serve as Vice President since November of 2023. Being a part of this organization is an honor, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together in the present and future!
I started riding dirt bikes nearly 20 years ago at the age of 24. No one in my family rode and we did not grow up around motorized recreation, but I thought it sounded like loads of fun. Turns out, it’s the best life choice I’ve ever made. Through this sport, I’ve met my husband of 15+ years, and all of my closest friends. It has also motivated me to remain physically active and in shape into my mid-40’s. Throughout the years, I’ve raced in many different classes within the NMA, from the Women’s class, all the way up to the 200A class (when it was offered) and have won several class championships. When it comes down to it, this sport has given me so much. Now it is time for me to start working to give back to the sport and riding community. I hope to do this by working within the NMA as a board member to help preserve and expand the sport that we all love so much.
I was born and raised in Seattle. I started riding dirt bikes off and on from the age of 22. I have been fortunate enough to experience a little bit of everything, from trails to track, racing supermoto and enduro riding. About 6 years ago I met an amazing group of friends who encouraged me to start riding more consistently; doing so has had a very positive impact on me. When I’m not on the bike, I can be found adventuring with my Rottweiler, snowboarding or flying in an aerial silk. Additionally, I work as an accountant and volunteer for various local Rottweiler rescues.