Board Members

Current Board Members:
President, Charles Lougee | Vice President, Lee Hawn  | Treasurer,  Richard Cain | Secretary, Stu McLellan | Jose Gomez | Chris Eisenberg | Mel Embree | Buz Miller | Ricky Carter | Juan Cruz | Rodney Newby

Emeritus Board Members


CharlesLougeeCharles Lougee
President
San Francisco, CA

Charles is a financial analyst with a software design and consulting firm.  Previous volunteer experience includes:  Under One Roof, SF AIDS Foundation, MCC San Francisco, Metropolitan Community Foundation, and Western Roundup Living Sober.  He has completed three ALC rides (2009, 2010, and 2011) as a rider .  After being diagnosed HIV-positive in January, returning to ALC 2014 as a Roadie was an incredible experience. “When I first starting training in 2009, I rode the Sunday series with the Pos Peds.  It was such a welcoming and affirming group of people, I instantly became a supporter! ”  Dealing with the stigma of the different communities Charles is involved in, has fueled his desire to join the Positive Pedalers’ Board of Directors.




Stu McLellan

Secretary
Los Angeles, CA

Although a Scot by birth Stu spent most of his life living in England before transplanting to the States in 2007. Stu believes passionately in the mission of the Positive Pedalers to eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. He was made aware of the organization through AIDS/LifeCycle which he’s completed three times (2015,16,17), two years as a team co-captain and training ride leader. He intends to ride yearly until the fight against AIDS is won. Through ALC, and fundraising for it, he’s learned of many people, who like himself, thought that they didn’t know anyone HIV positive. By being publicly and visibly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV seems to have enabled some people who may not otherwise feel comfortable sharing (and owning) their (or the friend or family members’) status to do so. That’s how we start to eliminate stigma, and it’s what keeps Stu riding, and now serving on the PosPeds national Board. Outside of cycling Stu enjoys skiing and scuba, and has been volunteer diver at the California Science Center’s kelp exhibit for over54 years. He’s also a bit of a tech, science and nature nerd.


RichardCainRichard Cain
Treasurer
San Francisco, CA

Richard is a CPA with PWC, LLP with more than 19 years of accounting experience, primarily focused on non-profit organizations. He has completed 6 ALC rides, two Seismic Challenge rides, served as a TRL for ALC twice, and volunteered for many local organizations including Shanti, Project Open Hand and Stop AIDS Project. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors of the Gay-Straight Alliance network, and is looking forward to devoting more of his energy and experience to non-profit organizations focused on HIV/AIDS related issues. He strongly believes in the Positive Pedalers’ mission of fighting stigma, and expanding public awareness of HIV and AIDS.  “We are still met with the same fear and ignorance that existed 27 years ago.  I would like to be part of an organization to change that mindset.”


LeeHawnLee Hawn

Vice President
San Francisco, CA

Born and raised in Tennessee, the Volunteer State, Lee comes from a culture where volunteerism comes naturally. He has been continuing that tradition in the Bay Area for nearly thirty years with many volunteer organizations, including work for Shanti, during the earliest years of the AIDS pandemic. This led him to a career in non-profits where he currently supports and advocates on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, including tireless lobbying efforts in Sacramento.After his husband of 22 years died in 2010, Lee decided to continue Randy’s history of community advocacy and found a new passion in cycling and bicycle advocacy. He completed AIDS/LifeCycle in 2012 and signed up as a Training Ride Leader immediately afterwards, volunteering his time to welcome new riders into the ALC community and the world of long distance cycling. “The weekly PosPed training rides are the perfect connection for me to use my teaching and mentoring skills. My heart remembers and honors my husband at the same time that I look to the future of Positive Pedalers and the elimination of AIDS/HIV stigma that plagues our community.”


JoseGomezPosPedsJerseyJose Gomez
Los Angeles, CA

I first learned of my status in 2004. As a Hispanic gay male I thought it was the worst thing that could happen to me. A few years later I found myself in a hospital bed when I came across a quote, “Do something – either lead, follow, or get out of the way.” – Ted Turner. It took me some time to decide which I was going to do… until I joined my first ALC ride. I remember that first opening ceremony, the bike without its rider, and the Poz Ped team with their heads held high. I wanted to be one of them, proud. It has taken me seven completed ALC rides to realize that I am not willing to move out the way, or follow. I want to lead in the fight against stigma – even if at times it is your own. I look forward to extending the love and support to those that are still finding their own way.


Mel Embree
Los Angeles, CA

Mel Embree became actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS in 2001 when he rode in California Aids Ride 8 (CAR8) in memory of a friend who had died from the disease. Two years later, Mel became a Training Ride Leader (TRL) and rode in AIDS LifeCycle 2 (ALC2). He has been a TRL and rider for every ALC since then to support all of the people he knows, and doesn’t know, who are living with HIV and AIDS. ALC 12 will be his 12th ride and 10th year as a TRL. To support the Positive Pedalers’ mission of eliminating the ignorance and fear that lead to stigmatization, Mel brings his experience as counsel to other non-profit entities and as the first Board Chair and long time board member of Youth Employment Systems, a Youth Build affiliate, providing educational and vocational opportunities to at-risk youth in the greater Los Angeles area.


chrisChris Eisenberg
Los Angeles, CA

In 2005, Chris signed up for AIDS/LifeCycle as a challenge and to support a good cause, but was convinced that she didn’t know anyone who was HIV positive. She met Paul Serchia and soon learned just how wrong she had been – and how much of a stigma there still is to living with HIV/AIDS. Throughout her first ride, watching the Positive Pedalers inspired her to conquer even the steepest hills and the longest days, and she was determined to return that favour by getting more involved. Since then, she has been training new riders (especially beginners), teaching workshops and packing clinics, organizing rides and special events, and training/mentoring new ride leaders every year. A long-time bike commuter, she loves cycling for the joy and fun and freedom it brings, the opportunity to share and teach – and to offset her other favourite hobby of baking and cooking! She is excited to join the board and the communications committee, and put her photography and media skills to good use (and bring the cookies).



Buz Miller
San Francisco, CA

Buz lives in San Francisco. He believes strongly in the mission of Positive Pedalers. A nine year participant in ALC, Buz is employed by FedEx, one of the major financial supporters of ALC. As part of AIDS LifeCycle, Buz’ contribution to the PosPeds Board is experience based. He has served as a training ride leader and in that capacity mentored new riders over the past eight years. With his history of community involvement Buz will be a great asset to the Board.


Juan Cruz
Los Angeles, CA

My name is Juan Cruz, I learned about Positive Pedalers through my friend Stu McLellan as well as through participating in the ALC ride in 2017. Although I am not HIV positive myself, as a gay man there is no way to avoid the reality of HIV and its impact. There has always been a taboo and lack of information around the subject of HIV that led me in the past to make judgements and be hurtful towards HIV positive individuals. Through my involvement in ALC and friendships with HIV positive people I started learning how ignorant I was, and educating myself on the reality of HIV. This is the reason I wanted to join Positive Pedalers, to help educate and remove the stigma that exists.

I have been volunteering in LGBTQ organizations for about 5 years, starting by volunteering in the Trevor Project as a lifeline counselor. I was at the Trevor Project for about 3 years, helping youth at risk of suicide. From there I did my first ALC ride in 2017, starting training and fundraising in 2016. An amazing life changing ride, that led me to amazing people and also to Positive Pedalers. I am very proud of completing the ride, but mostly for the money that was raised and the little part that was done to fight end HIV/Aids.

On my personal side, I am a Marketing Director for an insurance agency. Recently moved down to the OC, grew up in Los Angeles but originally from Colombia. I am a passionate traveler, with hopes of seeing as many countries and places as I can possible can. I am currently around 23 countries and counting. I love spending time with my friends and family, and always up for new adventures. I am a fan of music, and you will never find me without music in my life, its just not possible. I give free concerts in my car, so if you’re lucky to ever be in a car with me, you’re in for a treat. Besides that, I love to scuba dive, watch movies, eating, and singing.


Ricky Carter
Los Angeles, CA

One of the newest additions to the board, Ricky is currently the Major Gifts Officer at GLAAD, the nation’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. With expertise in corporate partnerships, experiential marketing, and individual fundraising, one of his main passions is raising necessary funds for LGBTQ and HIV & AIDS organizations. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Ricky originally hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He graduated from the University of Florida, where he is a distinguished member of the Hall of Fame. His hobbies include long distance cycling, competitive dodgeball, and performing in drag as his alter ego Sunset Marmalade.


Rodney Newby
New York, NY

Emeritus Members

David Duncan
Emeritus Member + ALC Training Ride Leader
Portland, OR

David Duncan has been on the Board since 2002, and served his first stint as Co-Chair with Wilfredo Ortiz from 2003-06. David, along with fellow Board member Scott Campbell, was a San Francisco “spokesmodel” for HIV Stops With Me, a nationwide campaign to promote the active participation of positives in preventing HIV. David worked at UC Berkeley on the design and development of campus facilities for fourteen years; in 2005 he was diagnosed with an HIV related brain disorder and went on long-term disability. David was elected to a second stint as Co-Chair along with Shirley Jaglowski at last summer’s retreat.


Bob Katz
Emeritus Member + ALC Training Ride Leader
San Francisco, CA

“I have been HIV-positive since 1981 and have known my status since 1985. I’ve been a member of Positive Pedalers since my first California AIDS Ride in 1999, and was on the Board of Pos Peds from January 2001 through December 2003. As a “Board Member Emeritus;” I stay involved by maintaining our membership roster, trying to stay in touch with our members, particularly the newer ones, by email and leading AIDS/LifeCycle training rides as a Positive Pedaler.”

 


 

Beau Thomson
Emeritus Member + ALC Training Ride Leader
San Francisco, CA

“I was motivated to to get involved with ALC 5 when I lost my partner Robert Hale. Now I consider this the best gift Robert ever gave me. Because of him, I’m a part of an organization that has changed my life. I am a Training Ride Leader and thrilled to be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle until there is a cure. I’m honored to be a part of such a dedicated and hardworking group of people: the Board of Positive Pedalers. For me, this is a gift that keeps on giving.”

 


Dale Freeman
Emeritus Member
San Francisco, CA

“I tested positive in 1987. I took up cycling in 1993 shortly after my wife died of HIV-related causes. I rode my first AIDS Ride in 1998, and joined the Positive Pedalers Board the following year. Positive Pedalers, like the disease that brings us together, has gone through many changes over the years, but has always remained central to my personal struggle with HIV. I’ll soon be leaving the Board, but expect to remain involved with this very valuable organization.”

 


Paul Serchia
Emeritus Member (1958 – 2010)
Los Angeles, CA

Paul Serchia (excerpt from Paul’s obituary) A bright, beautiful flame flickered out on March 6, 2010. Paul Serchia died this morning at a convalescent facility in Los Angeles. He was 52 and had been battling cancer since being diagnosed in January 2009. At his side were his father, Paul Serchia, Sr. and his sister-in-law Lisa. HIV positive since 1999, Paul faced his HIV and cancer diagnoses without anger or self-pity. In his blog, Thinking Positive: a Blog About Cancer and AIDS he honestly and clearly chronicled his treatment and his thoughts about his life. “If you didn’t know Paul you might think he’s putting on a brave face,” said close friend and former co-worker Dean Micheli, “but that’s really him.”Despite illness that left him without the ability to speak, Paul never lost his quick wit and mastery of words. A stickler for good grammar, he never used abbreviations or short cuts in the notes he needed to write to communicate.Before his diagnosis with cancer, Paul had been living with HIV, and he was active in organizations and causes relating to AIDS. Along with his position at APLA, Paul was an active member of the Positive Pedalers, a group of HIV positive cyclists who raise awareness and funds for AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and other bicycle rides around the country and the world.Paul is survived by his father, Paul Sr., his brother Michael, a sister-in-law Lisa, and two nephews, Philip and Stephen. And Paul leaves his two best friends, Dean and Ed, who have been stalwart in their support.


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