Three new members named to USA Cycling Board of Directors


Three new members named to USA Cycling Board of Directors
Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 9, 2016) – USA Cycling announced today three new members named to its Board of Directors.
Stephen Ettinger (Mountain Bike), Beth Hernandez (Track), and Arielle Verhaaren (BMX) were elected to the board as Athlete Directors during USA Cycling’s annual elections. USA Cycling’s Board of Directors has four Athlete Directors, one each from the disciplines of Track, Mountain Bike, Road, and BMX.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Stephen Ettinger, Beth Hernandez, and Arielle Verhaaren, as our newly elected representatives,” said Chairman of the Board, Bob Stapleton. “USA Cycling is in an important period of rapid change and progress. Insights from our members, athletes and industry partners are critical to driving further improvement in the services and support we offer. I look forward to their contributions alongside our valued board members.”
The three new members will begin their four-year terms on Monday, Dec. 12.
“I think I have a lot I can contribute,” said Ettinger who has been involved with competitive mountain biking from the grassroots level through to international, professional competition. “This venue for decisions can really have a lasting impact on the sport domestically, and I’m excited to tackle some of the issues we have right now in our attempt to become more relevant to a diverse group of enthusiasts and racers.”  
In addition to Ettinger, Hernandez, and Verhaaren both bring to the board their own relevant experience as members and competitive athletes. Hernandez who is a four-time national champion on the track also brings a decade of experience in public health and the non-profit sector. Verhaaren, who will finish her MBA this February, retired from professional BMX racing in 2013 after starting out as a five year old racer and eventually becoming the first American woman to win a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
"I look forward to bringing my perspective as an elite athlete, as well as my experience in both non-profit management and grassroots cycling volunteerism,” said Hernandez. “It is my opinion that we have an abundance of fantastic and enthusiastic supporters of cycling in the U.S., and that being successful internationally and developing the grassroots are not mutually exclusive, but complimentary endeavors.  I am looking forward to contributing to cycling on a different level."  
"I'm excited to be a part of this board and am especially looking forward to learning about other cycling disciplines and how we can collectively get people on bikes to grow the sport,” said Verhaaren.
“I’d like to thank our board members for their continued service and welcome Arielle, Beth and Stephen to their new roles,” commented President and CEO, Derek Bouchard-Hall. “We really rely on input and perspectives from our community, and during this critical time of progress and improvements we’re fortunate to have such an experienced and talented group of individuals to help shape the future of USA Cycling.”
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