Club Leaders | 3/8/2021

2021 Club Officers and Board

 

Position

Person

President

Jim Logan

Vice President

Sarah Quesen

Secretary

Dave Kasparek

Treasurer

Al Gaburri

Board Member

Dave Bialosky

Board Member

Monica VanDieren

Board Member

Brian Schmersal

Board Member

Dave Lusher

Board Member

Lauren Cauldwell

 

Board Member Bios & Statements

 

Jim Logan

Jim Logan has been a member of WPW since 2003 and is a past and current President.  When Jim first joined the club, he complained to the then club Ride Captain (a now archaic position), that there was no weekly ride in his area, the Ride Captain suggested he start his own ride.  He did and led the Harmarville Hilly plus a Saturday morning 7 AM ride series for some years.  He currently leads First Friday 100 kms and Wednesday Wedtopia.  Jim has been ultracyling as a randonneur since 2007.  He has completed Paris Brest Paris (PBP) in 2007 & 2011, plus 7 other US grand-randonnees.  He has officially completed the Dirty Dozen 11 times and led the WPW scouting/training rides for many years.  Jim RAAM qualified at the Tejas 500 in 2012.  He is the founding and former Pittsburgh Regional Brevet Coordinator for Randonneurs USA (RUSA).  He was the Pittsburgh Ride of Silence Coordinator from 2010 to 2015 and continues to coordinate memorial rides in the style of Rides of Silence.  In his career, Jim was an engineer and executive with a successful local high-tech firm (Vocollect), and he holds 16 US patents.  Jim has resurrected his campaign slogan “Jim, he’s better than nothing” as he works keep the club viable, enjoyable, and relevant.

 

Sarah Quesen

Sarah Quesen, PhD, MPH, is a statistician and psychometrician who works as a research scientist at Pearson and teaches part-time at Pitt. She joined WPW shortly after moving to Pittsburgh in 2006 in order to understand the lay of the land in a new city; she has served as club VP for several years now. She is an open-water swimmer and an advocate for river-swimming in Pittsburgh. Prior to being sidelined by injuries, she was a marathon swimmer, distance runner, and long-course triathlete. Once we “return to normal” post COVID, in addition to rides and social events Sarah would like to see the WPW engage with other clubs and community organizations to promote safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Dave Kasparek

I joined WPW so long ago I can’t recall exactly what year it was,  but safe to say it was circa 1984, just prior to the arrival of 6 speed indexed shifting on mass market bikes.   I joined because I am not from the area and needed to meet people who were more familiar with the roads.  Having seen the club posting on the bulletin board down at Scholl’s West View bike shop, I signed up and sent my check via snail mail.   The club was much larger then, maybe 500 members, very active, extremely well organized and well supported by members willing to lead and serve.  Most of what I know about riding safely in a group came from my experiences in the late 1980’s on innumerable club rides in all quadrants at all levels.

Retired since January 2016, my career in local television spanned nearly 4 decades working in television stations in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania.  Starting from an entry level technical position in Buffalo NY, I spent the last 28 years of my career managing technical departments at WPXI and WTAE, retiring as Director of Engineering.  At various times I served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.  I was frequently Broadcast EIC for many Steeler’s Pre Season game broadcasts, Thrift Drug Classic Bike races, Pittsburgh Marathons, Christmas Parades, 4th of July Specials, Telethons and Election Coverage events.

Road bicycling has always been my athletic forte and primary athletic passion but along the way I have engaged in running, mountain bike racing, inline skating and speed skating.  Among my accomplishments are participation in a marathon distance speed skate race from Delaware Park in Buffalo NY to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Southern Ontario.  In May of 1998 I took third place in my category cross country racing the NORBA Nationals at Seven Springs despite having broken my right femur 6 months prior.  I have served as Past Steering Committee Member and Treasurer for the Three Rivers Inline Club.  I have also previously served as a past Board Member for WPW.  Most recently I served as coordinator for the WPW club jersey order.

I would like to see the club become again become a highly valued resource of knowledge and skills to a large part of the Pittsburgh novice bicycling community, as well as a meeting place for highly skilled riders with strong athletic ability.  I am not sure how we do this yet, but I know we wont do it if we don’t put some effort into it. COVID19 notwithstanding, I think we’ll need to devise more club social events that can appeal to riding enthusiasts at all levels.

 

Al Gaburri

I joined in 2000 looking for people of like interests in cycling. I am retired now, working part-time. I want the club to appeal to cyclists of all abilities and interests 

 

Dave Bialosky

I joined the WPW in 1986 and have been member ever since.  In the early years we met at the Church of the Ascension in Shadyside and would have 50 to 70 members at our monthly meetings.  We would assemble a 12 to 16 page newsletter each month and usually have a talk or slideshow by a member on some aspect of cycling or a bike tour the speaker has been on.   

I have been the club’s Secretary several times, was Membership Chairman for about 10 years and have been a board member for most of the years I wasn’t in the other positions.   I have also assisted with the Fall Rally and other club activities over the years.  

 

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