Board of Directors

 

Nils Miller

Chair of the Board / Events Coordinator

After bouncing around the world Nils ended up in Meyers.  A similarly unpredicted outcome was developing experience in new business development and environmental technology after becoming a Physical Chemist.  But Swiss genes predictably generated a lifelong interest in going up mountains to go down mountains on skis or a bike.  Part of the motley crew that regenerated TAMBA a decade ago, Nils is excited about the future of mountain biking in Tahoe.

Jim McHugh

Treasurer

Jim moved to the Tahoe area from New Hampshire in 1994 and has been riding bikes and skiing for as long as he can remember.  Jim and his partner Genevieve ride bikes and ski together in the area and beyond as much as their professional responsibilities will allow.  Jim is the fiscal director for Sierra Community House and joined the TAMBA board as treasurer in January of 2021.

Jenna Langer

Secretary / Marketing Coordinator

Biking to Jenna has always been about friends, family, and freedom, riding bikes on and off-road around the Bay Area since she was a kid. Since moving to Tahoe she has fallen in love with mountain biking and has a new appreciation for type 2 fun (The Lake Trail anyone?). Her best day in Lake Tahoe is getting in a ski, bike, and SUP session between sunrise and sunset. With experience in marketing and technology, Jenna is helping wrangle TAMBA’s digital strategy to show the community how they can be part of building and maintaining some of the best trails in the world.

Chris Smith

Education Coordinator

Chris grew up in South Lake Tahoe and is the owner of South Lake Brewing Company. Chris joined the TAMBA board in January of 2021 as the Education Coordinator with a passion helping at the Bijou Bike Park.

David Orr

Fundraising Coordinator

In 2014, David purchased his first mountain bike after moving his family to Tahoe from Silicon Valley. A very generous Tahoe local took him out for his first ride on Corral Trail. That ride, although difficult, sparked a lifelong passion. David is always eager to share that passion with others. Currently, he is teaching his eldest daughter to ride and watching her love for the trails grow. When not mountain biking, you can find him at Cowork Tahoe or Untethered, building a community of remote workers, entrepreneurs, and business owners through shared real estate in the Tahoe Basin.

Jess Smith

Events and Culture

Native to neighboring Placerville, CA and a life long skier, Jess grew up with a deep appreciation for the greater Tahoe area. After building her finance and accounting career in other parts of the state, she’s stoked to return and give back to the mountain community she loves! Her affinity for two wheels and digging in the dirt first sparked in the high desert on the fast trails of the Kern River Valley and has evolved into a debatably obsessive relationship with Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride here in the basin.  When she’s not on her bike, or developing M&A Integration strategy, you can find her skiing or working on her home in Meyers, surrounded by her favorite K-9s Zoe, Sasha, and Willow. With endless stoke for mountain biking, Jess is looking forward to contributing to TAMBA’s culture and financial health for a sustainable, successful future!

 

Advisory Board Members

 

Ben Fish

Amy Fish 

Anthony Cupaiuolo: First Tracks Productions

Brian Kelly

Christine Dobrowolski

Chris McNamara

Sandor Lengyel

John Clausen

 

TAMBA Employees

 

Drew Bray

Executive Director

Drew joined TAMBA in 2021 after a 30 year career in the ski industry, where he built teams that delivered a rewarding outdoor recreation experience, and forged strong relationships with local, state and federal government agencies, including the US Forest Service. He spent six years on the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee working with the Department of Agriculture on Federal spending to improve the overall quality of Lake Tahoe. Drew also served with the California Air Resources Board as the Ski Industry Representative, developing programs and actions to fight climate change and protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Drew got hooked on mountain biking in the early 90’s riding in the Pine Nut Mountains of Nevada and the Snowy Mountains in Australia where he competed in the Australian Mountain Bike Nationals in 1991. He has built courses and hosted mountain biking events throughout his career and continues to race and ride to this day with friends and family. Drew is a long-time South Lake Tahoe local and avid mountain biker. His latest biking mission is in the role of Head Coach for the Alta Alpina NICA youth mountain bike team, leading the next generation of trail users. The team has flourished under his leadership and now has about 60 student athletes. He brings a passion for collaborative community partnerships that build and maintain trails for all users!

Patrick Parsel

Trails Director

Patrick grew up exploring the singletrack trails of the Monterey Bay Area on his bike and entered his first mountain bike race when he was 12 years old, at a then fairly new Sea Otter Classic. He discovered before long he was more skilled on two feet than two wheels and ran competitively at UC Davis. However, his passion for mountain biking was rekindled as his career in trail building developed and he has been able to help build the trails he loves to ride.

Joining TAMBA in 2019, Patrick brings more than a decade of professional trail building and management experience and has worked for the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and the non-profit American Conservation Experience (ACE). During that time he led and managed ACE trail crews working on a number of familiar local trails including Star Lake, Cold Creek, Monument Pass, Mr. Toads, and Kingsbury Stinger. He enjoys continuing TAMBA’s rich legacy of stewardship to mountain biking trails in the Tahoe Region and especially working closely with the dedicated crew leaders and volunteers that devote so much time and effort into building and maintaining a world-class network of multi-use trails.

Melissa Mirabile

Administrative Assistant

Melissa joined TAMBA in 2022 after a successful career in the ski and whitewater rafting industries.  Melissa is a passionate mountain biker and enjoys exploring many of Tahoe’s trails whenever the opportunity arises.  Melissa enjoyed working in several roles in the ski industry including Guest Services and Client Relations.  Melissa is excited to join the TAMBA team and help deliver on more amazing Tahoe trails.

Jake Groce

Outreach Coordinator

Jake joined TAMBA in 2022 in the newly created role of Outreach Coordinator.  Jake is a certified Forestry professional with extensive experience in trail building, environmental conservation, and management. He is also a certified medical professional focused on compassionate patient care having worked for several seasons as a Ski Patroller at a local ski resort. Jake has experience building trails, leading crews and volunteers days working for, and with, the United State Forest Service.  You will find Jake out on the trails leading our volunteer work days or working with paid trail crew to deliver and maintain even more amazing Lake Tahoe trails. Jake is an avid mountain biker and you may well see him out testing the trails he has been working on!

Vince Perry

Trail Crew Member

Vince was TAMBA’s first trail crew member in 2020 and has been instrumental in the work we’ve accomplished the past three years. Often moving rocks by himself that it would take 3 others with rockbars to move, the enthusiasm he brings to work each day might be the only thing more impressive than his ability to move rocks.

Conrad Kempski

Trail Crew Member

Conrad is in his second year on the trail crew and brings years of trails expertise from his time leading conservation corps crews with American Conservation Experience.

Louis Pitschke

Trail Crew Member

Louis is a skilled mountain biker and brings a wealth of knowledge to our trails from his time in Santa Cruz, as well as living on the West Shore and working at Homewood in the winter. He’s often the first to test ride many of the new creations our trail crew builds.

Alec Streuli

Trail Crew Member

Alec is in his first year on the TAMBA trail crew, but is no stranger to trail work having previously worked at Jackson Hole and in 2021 on a Great Basin Institute Trail crew that worked on the Lost Lake Trail on the West Shore.

Past Board Members

Aaron Daniel, Aaron James, Amy Fish, Brian Kelly, Joe Marzocco, John Drum, Judy Weber, Karin Edwards, Katharine Miller, Kevin Crifasi, Kevin Joell, Lauren Lindley, Linda George, Pete Fink, Scott Brown

TAMBA Crew Leaders

Scott Brown, Nils Miller, Kevin Joell, Aaron “Elko” James, Ben Fish, Amy Fish, Ben McGinnis, Brian Kelly, Casey Coffman, Curtis Johnson, Dale Beesmer, David Joseph, Erik Johnson, Jake Dore, Jim Crompton, John Clausen, Jordan Westerman, Kris Morehead, Kurt Gensheimer, Paul Tindal, Randy Collins, Sue Hughes, Bob Ward, Christine Dobrowolski, and Tom Driggers.