USA Cycling Board of Directors


Derek Bouchard-Hall — USA Cycling President & Chief Executive Officer

Derek joined USA Cycling as President and Chief Executive Officer in June, 2015, bringing with him a passion for cycling, remarkable business management experience, and deep knowledge of the sport as a former professional cyclist.

Prior to taking the helm at USA Cycling, Derek lived in London where he served as an executive at Wiggle, the world’s largest online retailer of cycling and triathlon equipment. As director of the company’s $100m international business, he was responsible for leading the division serving the needs of cycling, running, and triathlon enthusiasts across the globe.
Derek grew up in Massachusetts and discovered his lifelong passion for cycling as a student at Princeton when he joined its collegiate cycling program.  During his 15-year career in the sport, he won the national professional criterium championship and earned a Pan American Games gold medal in the team pursuit. He also represented the United States in the team pursuit at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and toed the line at European classics like Paris-Roubaix and Ghent-Wevelgem.

After retiring from cycling in 2002, Derek attained an MBA from Harvard Business School and began a career in management consulting - first with Ernst & Young in Boston and then with McKinsey in London. At McKinsey, he focused on change programs and performance transformations across a range of commercial and governmental organizations.  While on sabbatical from McKinsey, Derek led the transformation of the HUBZone program within the US Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. 

Derek is married and has two daughters. 

Bob Stapleton — Chairman

Bob is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high performance organizations in rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Bob’s professional career began at TRW in space technology and information systems business units, and moved quickly into the emerging wireless communications industry in 1985. With a small group of partners, Bob cofounded Western Wireless Corporation (now ALLTEL) and later Voicestream Wireless (Now T-Mobile).

In 2005, Bob founded High Road Sports, Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad and predecessors, which were the most successful men’s and women’s professional cycling teams in the world from 2008 through 2011. Currently, Bob is a director of World Triathlon Corporation, as well as an advisor for leading private equity firms. He holds Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of California.

Alex Nieroth — Vice Chairman

Joining the board in 2012, Alex Nieroth was most recently a Principal at Team Epic/Velocity, one of the leading sports and entertainment marketing services companies in the US, a firm he co-founded in 1999. He started his corporate employment in Brand Management Marketing at Procter & Gamble/Vicks prior to launching a 30+ year career in marketing consulting beginning at Connecticut Consulting Group where he managed the NFL among other clients. His experience in multiple marketing agencies which he started and led has included working with corporate clients such as Gillette, Mars, AT&T, General Motors, and Texaco with such rightsholders as the World Cup, Olympics, NFL, MLB, NASCAR and the Rolling Stones. His more strategically focused and results oriented approach to sponsorship marketing was featured in Business Week magazine as having contributed to a sea change in the sponsorship industry at a time when lifestyle sponsorship investment was not traditionally leveraged, measured and  fully optimized.
He was born in Paris, France and graduated from Georgetown University in 1973 and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1975. He has a daughter and son and resides with his wife of 37 years, Penny, outside of Park City, Utah and in Nantucket, Mass. and is a road and mountain bike racer.

Bernard (B.A.) Anderson — BMX Committee Representative

B.A. is the CEO of the American Bicycle Association where he has served the organization for the past 16 years.  Under his leadership, the ABA has become the world's largest sanctioning body for the sport of bicycle motocross (BMX).  The organization consists of over 70,000 members racing at more than 380 sanctioned BMX race tracks under the brands USA BMX and BMX Canada.  As part of the management team, B.A. has brought innovative ideas to the sport and supported the integration of BMX into the Olympics in 2008.
In addition to his duties with the ABA, B.A. also serves as the Chairmen of the Board for the USA BMX Foundation.  The foundation successfully manages the National BMX Hall of Fame, the USA BMX Race for Life and the Bob Warnicke Scholarship Series.  The Race for Life series annually donates more the $250,000 a year to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of America, while the Bob Warnicke Scholarship Series annually provides scholarships in excess of $75,000 to deserving BMX racers.

A graduate of Texas State University, he holds a degree in business administration with a minor in marketing.  He currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Amy and sons Gavin and Shane.

Kristin Bachochin Klein — At-Large Representative
Kristin Bachochin Klein Recently honored as a “Woman of Inspiration” by the Los Angeles Chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events), Bachochin Klein was named the Executive Director of the Amgen Tour of California in 2010 and is responsible for the overall production and management of the professional stage race considered to be one of the most prestigious and important annual cycling events in the United States. She has been a member of the event’s senior management team since the race’s 2006 inception. Under her direction, the men’s and women’s races have grown and expanded every year while consistently attracting the strongest and most decorated field of participants including a who’s who of Olympic medalists, Tour de France stage winners and World Champions.
Bachochin Klein joined AEG in 2004 as the Director of Marketing for AEG Events where she was responsible for overseeing a variety of national and international sporting events and championships including the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships, UCI Junior Track World Championships and UCI Track Cycling World Cup, among others.
She attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and currently resides in Chicago, Ill., with her husband, Eran, and their two children.
Matt Barger — Development Foundation Representative

Matt Barger is the managing member of MRB Capital, LLC and a senior advisor at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, a private equity firm with over $25 billion assets under management. Mr. Barger serves on the board of directors of Hall Capital Partners LLC and Artisan Partners Asset Management. Formerly, he was a director of Brinson Partners, Inc., General Cellular Corporation (the predecessor to Western Wireless Corp. and VoiceStream Wireless), Hoyts Cinemas, John Fairfax Holdings Ltd., Mitchell International, Inc., Mondrian Investment Partners, National Radio Partners, L.P., Neverfail Springwater, Ltd., Oechsle International, L.P., and Thomas Weisel Partners Group.

He graduated from Yale University Magna Cum Laude with distinction in the major in 1979, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Barger currently serves on the advisory council of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, as a member of the board of trustees of the California Academy of the Sciences, and as a director of the San Francisco Free Clinic and USA Cycling Development Foundation.

John Bucksbaum — Development Foundation Representative

John Bucksbaum is the founder of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC. He previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space.

Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past worldwide chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); trustee and member of the executive committee of ICSC; past chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition, Bucksbaum serves on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals, The Field Museum, the Chicago Sports Commission, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team, the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Young Presidents Organization and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

John and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of Max and Eli Bucksbaum.

James Carney — Track Committee Athlete Representative; USOC Athlete Advisory Council Representative

James Carney, a Fort Lewis College Graduate (Exercise Science), began racing in 1976 at racing age 8 with the Wolverine Sports Club of Michigan. He has been a professional cyclist since 1994, has made two Olympic teams (1992 Barcelona Games and 2000 Sydney Games) and three Pan American Games teams (1991 in Havana, 1999 in Winnipeg and 2003 in Santo Domingo). He placed fifth in the points race in 2000 and has won three Pan American Games medals (silver in 1991 in the team pursuit, silver in 1999 in the Madison and bronze in 2003 in the Madison). Carney is also a two-time track world cup champion (2001 points race, 2002 scratch race).

Most recently, Carney won his 22nd national title at the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships at racing age 43, making him the oldest elite national champion in U.S. history in an individual event. In 2011, Carney founded C.A.R.E. for Cycling, Inc (CARE), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CARE's main objectives are to promote bicycling safety, gender equality, awareness and health. In 2012, he directed the RideClean/ Elite Women's Team to earn the USA CRITS Series team and individual overall titles as well as the National Criterium Calendar individual overall title. In 2008, Carney directed the Cheerwine Women's Professional Cycling Team to the National Racing Calendar overall team title.

Lea Davison — Mountain Bike Committee Athlete Representative

As she has climbed through the ranks of mountain biking, Lea has experienced many different facets of USA Cycling. She started racing mountain bikes as a junior and notched a seventh place in the 2001 UCI Junior World Championships in Vail, Colo. From there, she was determined to make mountain bike racing a career and reach the highest level. She was part of USA Cycling’s women’s road development program in 2008 and raced the Tour of Flanders and a handful of road world cups, adding diversity to her cycling experience. Last summer, she notched one of her biggest achievements to date by representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games, racing to eleventh place. Other career highlights include eighth at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, a 2012 UCI World Cup podium finish, and several national championships.

In 2007, she founded the nonprofit Little Bellas with her sister, Sabra. The Davison sisters saw a lack of females on mountain bike start lines and aimed to change this by starting an all-female, mentoring-on-mountain-bikes program. This program has grown exponentially since its inception, with five different national camps around the country and expanding options in its Vermont home base. Lea is extremely passionate about getting more women on bikes and thrilled to bring this energy to USA Cycling’s women’s committee, mountain bike committee, and the board of directors. She graduated in 2005 from Middlebury College with a B.A. in environmental studies. Read her full athlete bio.

Mike Day — BMX Committee Athlete Representative

Having competed in BMX racing for nearly two decades, Day has raced his bike all over the world. He was part of a historic event in the history of the discipline when he won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first Games where BMX was contested. Day has also been a medalist at several BMX World Championships. Read his full athlete bio.

Adam Duvendeck — Track Committee Representative

Adam Duvendeck currently works for AEG as the manager of the VELO Sports Center velodrome located on the The Home Depot Center campus in Carson, California. Duvendeck oversees all operations, marketing and programming for the nation’s only 250-meter indoor track cycling facility. Most recently, Duvendeck was instrumental in the planning and execution of the 2012 UCI Paralympic Track Cycling World Championships at the VELO Sports Center.

Prior to working at The Home Depot Center, Duvendeck coached the U.S. Paralympic track cycling team, where he worked with riders from development stages to the elite level, and founded Momentum Coaching Group, a coaching company dedicated to all cycling disciplines, as well as triathlon. He has also served as the head sprint coach for the Canadian national track cycling team and the head cycling coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

An experienced coach, athlete and local community leader, Duvendeck has served for many years as an Olympian Mentor for community organization Ready, Set, Gold!, a program targeting fitness education at local elementary schools. On the track, Duvendeck is a decorated track cyclist. A 2004 and 2008 Olympian, he is also a five-time U.S. track cycling national champion and a five-time U.S. track cycling world championship team member. He currently resides in Long Beach, Calif.

Alison Tetrick — Professional Committee Athlete Representative

Alison Tetrick has been a professional cyclist for the last five years and currently races for Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. Tetrick helped Astana-BePink to a 2014 World Championships bronze medal in the team time trial and has represented the United States at the Pan American Games, Tour of Qatar, Giro Rosa and the Tour of New Zealand.
Tetrick serves on the Board of Advisory for the Women's Cycling Association and works with Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer. She is passionate about advocacy, and growing the sport of cycling through increasing awareness and professionalism. Tetrick is also in graduate school for neuropsychology.

David Helfrich — Development Foundation Representative

David Helfrich is cofounder and managing director of Garnett & Helfrich Capital, a $350 million Venture Buyout fund that invests in technology start-ups and in corporate spin-outs. Prior to Garnett & Helfrich Capital, Mr. Helfrich was one of the three managing directors who started ComVentures, a $1.5 billion technology venture capital firm.

Mr. Helfrich has spent the past 15 years launching and managing these two private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to that he spent 10 years as a technology entrepreneur. Mr. Helfrich played a key role in founding and leading four networking start-ups, three of which resulted in multi-billion dollar IPOs (Newbridge Networks, Ascend Communications, and Copper Mountain Networks) and a fourth (Centrum) that was acquired by 3Com (acq. by HP).

Mr. Helfrich graduated from California State University with a degree in Business Administration and holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He’s currently on the board of directors of Actian Corporation and MTI Technology.

Gina Kavesh — Road Committee Representative

Gina Kavesh has actively followed local and national bicycle racing for the past two decades. Her focus has been on encouraging newcomers (specifically women), teaching skills, and mentoring. She has helped create and instruct women's clinics in Washington and California, and has been a leader in a Washington State race series aimed at beginner women.

Beyond her women's initiatives, Kavesh has served as president of the Washington State Bicycle Association's (WSBA) Junior Committee and the co-founder of the WSBA Junior Cycling Camp. Outside of cycling, Kavesh has worked as a CFO and CIO for a regional retain chain for 25 years and is currently an operations and systems consultant for small businesses.

Nancy Leon — At-Large Representative

Nancy is the executive director of Morgan McKenna & Associates, consulting in strategic sales management and business development. She has worked with global technology companies including Cisco Systems, EMC, VMware, Systems Management Arts, Splunk, SITA/Equant and several software start-ups in Australia/New Zealand, Asian-Pacific and global markets. Nancy has an MBA from Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (Sydney) and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Denver.

She also works with nonprofits including the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), The Murie Center, and Womentum (Wyoming Women’s mentoring). Nancy has lived in Jackson Hole since 2008 where she volunteers at several community organizations, as well as skis, bikes, hikes, and fishes. She has also lived in Australia and France, where she worked as a ski instructor in Chamonix and did international public relations for Les Arcs, as well as executive roles in travel and technology. She has a lifelong love of cycling, nature and wilderness, and is married with three grown sons.

Dorothy Nichols — Mountain Bike Committee Representative

A well-recognized figure in the mountain biking industry, Dorothy Nichols is currently the national sales manager for Shebeest. She has also managed the Yeti Mountain Bike Team, operated an industry leadership conference with Catalyst Communication, and worked as director of event marketing for Todson brands.

Previously, Nichols played a role in founding the former National Off-road Bicycle Association (NORBA) and helped the series' eight events gain momentum. She also assisted in drafting the policies to start negotiating with the UCI to establish mountain biking as an Olympic sport.

Currently, Nichols is a UCI International Mountain Bike Commissaire who regularly works at national and international-level events. She is a member of USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Sport Committee and Women's Sub-Committee. She also works with the Executive Women in Cycling and OIWC advisory panel.

Michael E. Patterson — Development Foundation Representative

Michael E. Patterson is the former vice chairman of JPMorgan, working with the financial giant from 1987-2009. Prior to his employment with JPMorgan, Michael practiced law in New York and Paris as a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton. He is a member of the boards of The Trust for Public Land, The Hastings Center, and the USA Cycling Development Foundation, and also serves as chairman of the board of The Child School.

A native of New York State, Michael completed his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. He lives with his wife, Elena, in New York City and Connecticut and is a bicycle racer.

Dean Peterson — Collegiate Committee Representative

Peterson has been racing bikes and coaching cyclists for more than 33 years. He is a USA Cycling Level 2 coach and a three-time national champion. As Marian University's head coach for the past decade, Peterson has grown the school's cycling program into one of the largest and most successful in the nation, and has led the Knights to multiple national championship titles, as well as overall USA Cycling Collegiate Team Omnium awards.

Peterson is also Executive Director of the Indy Cycloplex (home to the Major Taylor Velodrome), and the founder and director of Power Booster, Indianapolis' premier indoor cycling studio. He has served on USA Cycling's Collegiate Committee since 2010 and has also served on the boards of the Bicycle Action Project (1998-2004) and The Orchard School (2009-2015).

Peterson completed his undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 1988 before serving two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He completed his post-graduate studies at Butler University in 1999 while teaching at the Orchard School in Indianapolis. Dean, and his wife Shari, live in Indianapolis and have two children in college.

Sean Petty — Professional Committee Representative

With several decades of experience in the cycling industry, Sean Petty joined the board of directors in September 2014 after 20 years of employment with USA Cycling, including nearly seven years as its chief operating officer. During his time as the managing director of athlete performance, Sean was responsible for implementing USA Cycling’s fledgling European development program, hiring its first European director, and opening the program’s Belgian base of operations.

Sean has been a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road Commission, which oversees elite, U23 and junior road racing for the international federation, since 2005 and is the only member of the UCI Road Commission from outside of Europe.

His experience in cycling dates back to 1985 when he joined The Southland Corporation, the parent company of 7-Eleven, where he managed the 7-Eleven Cycling Team program, which was the first American team to compete in the Tour de France and earn the yellow race leader’s jersey. He also managed 7-Eleven’s sponsorship of a national road race series and a national track cycling race series as well as their involvement with the 1986 World Cycling Championships.

He has attended five Summer Olympic Games, 44 world championships, and one Pan American Games in various capacities. He was the team leader for the 2000 U.S. Olympic cycling delegation in Sydney, Australia, which included 27 athletes and 16 staff members, and won three Olympic medals. Sean, a proud, native Texan, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University in 1980. He is married and has four children (three girls and one boy).

Brook Watts — Cyclo-cross Committee Representative

Brook is a longtime marketing and promotions executive with more than 35 years of sporting events production experience, particularly with a strong emphasis on cycling. In 2011, he was elected to USA Cycling's Cyclo-cross Sport Committee, and is a member of the board of directors of AIOCC, the Association of International Cyclo-cross Organizers.

Watts is a graduate of the University of Texas and an avid cyclist who proudly — or embarrassingly — claims to have cyclo-cross shoes older than any current professional racer. Watts' lifelong passion for cycling is infectious as he continuously raises the bar to expand the sport.

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