Susan Cooper, MBA, owns CCTRS, a business providing software training and is also employed by UAMS as a clinical computer trainer. Susan has ridden a bike on the river trail since before the Big Dam Bridge was built, so she appreciates the opportunities the bridge provides to all outdoor enthusiasts in central Arkansas. With three active daughters and two grandchildren, Susan has enthusiastically attended and/or participated in hundreds of sporting events, including the BDB 100. Susan hopes her support of the BDBF will help to enhance an active lifestyle for all Arkansans.
David Parker is an attorney in Little Rock and an outdoors enthusiast. He has ridden in multiple century (100 mile) bike rides, including the Big Dam Bridge 100. David is also a founding member of the Little Rock Touchdown Club and a “Big Brother” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. David and his wife, Shelley, enjoy walking dogs and cycling on the Big Dam Bridge and the surrounding river trail system, whenever possible.
Jim Allen is a native of Little Rock and owns a local retail business. Cycling has been his passion for over 30 years. Jim has ridden in each of the 10 years of the BDB 100. “The BDB opened up a new world for cycling, running, and fitness in general for LR & NLR. It is an honor to serve with this awesome Board and be a part of such a dynamic enterprise.”
Mark Rogers is an attorney who grew up in Little Rock and who has been running, biking, and hiking the roads and trails of Central Arkansas for over 30 years. He and his son, Jim, are both graduates of LR Catholic High, and Mark met his wife, Laura, on a bike ride along the trails. Mark hates fundraising but is passionate about our wonderful river trail system so doesn’t mind asking others to join us in improving our trails. He also loves to cook so must pedal.
Bert Parker is a Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Garver, a regional engineering, architectural and professional services firm headquartered in Central Arkansas. While Bert was Director of Bridges and Transportation at Garver, his team designed the Big Dam Bridge and adjacent approaches. Garver was also designer of the 2-Rivers Bridge, the vehicular/pedestrian bridge over the White Oak Bayou, and the Shilcotts Bayou Bridge next to the Burns Park Boat Ramp. Garver has a strong bicycle and wellness culture and have located their offices to be adjacent to the river trail and the lifestyle that affords. Bert has been a BDBF Board Member for seven years and has been an integral part of the BDBF’s efforts to bringing the trail network to the level it is today. When Bert and his wife, Robin, are not traveling, and it’s not hunting season, they can often be found cycling the river trail. He has ridden in each of the last 10 BDB 100’s. If you ever break down on the trail, keep an eye out for Bert; he never travels without a well-stocked tool kit!
Kenny Gober is the Executive Director of several Housing Agencies in Southeast Arkansas and a Riverport on the Mississippi River. My invitation as a member to the BDBF was because I am an avid cyclist and not from central Arkansas. I love encouraging my neighbors to come and enjoy the attributes that Central Arkansas and the BDBF have provided. I feel I bring a different perspective and appreciation for the benefits the BDBF brings to the community as well as the State of Arkansas.
Duane Jackson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Henderson State University and a cycling enthusiast. He has participated in several century bike rides, including the BDB 100, Hotter’N Hell 100, and the Bluff City Blues 100. Duane and his wife, Jacquelyn, enjoy working out and cycling on the river trail system. Duane is delighted to serve on the BDBF board and will continue to promote healthy lifestyles and physical fitness activities with the BDB serving as the focal point for all Arkansans.
Sheila Freeman McDonald is a local corporate attorney who grew up in Pine Bluff competing in softball, track, and basketball. Now an avid enthusiast of all things fitness related, whether as a spectator or participant, she is a self-proclaimed “gym rat” turned cyclist. Since March 2011, as a founding member and Membership Captain of the local Major Taylor cycling Club of LR (Rock City Riders), Sheila has participated in numerous cycling events in the area and continues to ride and promote the use of the Big Dam Bridge and the Arkansas River Trail system while promoting the mission of her Club’s namesake, African-American world champion cyclist Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (1878-1932). She enjoys traveling, charitable opportunities with her church and, above all else, spending quality time with her beautiful daughter.
Leah Thorvilson is a development officer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she graduated from and was a member of the track and cross country teams. She is a transplant from Minnesota who has called Little Rock home for the last 17 years. Leah is a former competitive marathoner, who transitioned to cycling after multiple surgeries caused her to give up running for a while. When she isn’t working or riding a bike, Leah enjoys painting and patronizing the local craft beer establishments.
Graham Cobb is a Little Rock lifer. Graham would start every day with a pre-dawn ride around his hometown region if possible. He may not be the fastest guy out there but he makes up for it with an impressive lack of fitness. When he is not riding or wrestling babies, he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. His wife Lisa is an awesome lady and he answers directly to her, his 6 year old son William, and 3 year old daughter Cecilia.
Lawren Wilcox is a Senior Project Manager at Garver Engineers. In his day-to-day responsibilities, Lawren leads a team of engineers which includes several individuals who were directly involved in the design of the BDB. Lawren has been a Little Rock resident for over 45 years and has served as a BDBF board member for four years. He has been cycling central Arkansas for over 20 years and uses the Arkansas River Trail and Big Dam Bridge on a daily basis. When not cycling Lawren enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Ellen, and two daughters, Mallory and Katie.
Dan Lien works for a local wealth management firm and loves the outdoors. A native Minnesotan, he is a summer biker, a winter hiker (seen frequently at Pinnacle Mountain State Park with his dogs)…and year-round hockey player. In addition to the BDBF, Dan is an active member of Partners for Pinnacle, and several national environmental organizations. He believes we need to give back to our community and leave our environment a better place for future generations. Dan and his wife Gail, (a Little Rock native) enjoy traveling and an active outdoor lifestyle. He is a retired U.S. Navy officer.