About the VCM Board

Mark Kaufmann – President

Mark is a recent refugee from Silicon Valley, returning to the Monterey area after 20+ years in the Bay Area. Unable to focus on any one thing, he worked in fields as diverse as 3D graphics software, Internet devices and finally co-founded a board game publishing company. If you were around during the late 70’s/early 80’s you may have heard Mark on KLRB or KMBY where he misspent 7 years of his youth as a rock’n’roll radio disc jockey. His hearing has still not recovered… Recent cycling highlights include Levi’s Gran Fondo, Crater Lake Century and a week long cycling trip in Tuscany. Prefers Belgian beers, red wines and steel bikes. View Mark’s LinkedIn profile.

Chris Swainson – Vice President & Membership

Chris moved to the US in 2014 from England and currently lives in Pacific Grove. He enjoys the great outdoors, especially road cycling – socially with the VCM and also by entering various Fondo type events here and abroad. Chris has been around bikes since his father bought him his first racing bike at the age of 12. He is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years experience across mechanical, production, software and systems and is currently the COO of a training company called Walking TALL that he runs along with his wife Lesley. See Chris’s profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisswainson

John (Jack) F. McKenna – Treasurer

Jack moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2010 after a career as a business professor and administrator at California State University, Chico. Jack and his wife Cynthia were always attracted to the Central Coast and feel very fortunate to be able to make it their primary residence. For thirty years they have owned a cabin on the West Shore at Lake Tahoe and spend both Winter and Summer time in the Sierra. Jack is both a mountain and road biker, plays a terrible game of golf and does his best to keep Velo Club Monterey operating in the black.

Keely Clifford – Secretary

After working 28 years for the state of Maryland, US Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department in various environmental fields in the US, France and Eastern Europe, Keely took early retirement when she moved to Ethiopia. There she rekindled her long-lost love of cycling for fun, vs. bike commuting to work, and started doing triathlons with other crazy expatriates. Keely moved to Monterey with her family in 2014. She enjoys road and mountain bike riding, hiking, ocean and pool swimming and usually completes several olympic-distance triathlons each year. Keely also enjoys bike tours including Sierra-to-the-Sea and RAGBRAI.

Edmund Gross – Director at Large

Edmund has been able to join the Tuesday No Real Job Ride over the last year and is loving it!  Prior to this retirement phase he spent 34 years in education, the last 24 in various administrative roles in Monterey and Carmel School Districts.  He has the grey hair to prove it!  He has always enjoyed road cycling but only took it up as his #1 choice of exercise about 10 years ago.  He hopes to contribute to the local cycling scene though this board member role.  He has been active in getting bicycle access to various locales to include Fort Ord Dunes State Park and East Garrison.  Please contact him with your ideas to promote cycling in the Monterey area – kanocabo [at] gmail.com.

Suzanne Kroeze – Director at Large

Suzanne moved to Monterey County in 1987 before starting a family. She grew up riding a bicycle as her primary mode of transportation in Southern California. She only returned to bicycle commuting after a 30 year break when jealous of the gas her oldest son was saving by riding a motorcycle. She tried her first group rides with VCM in 2010 and has since enjoyed many Saturday and No Real Job rides, while also frequently commuting by bicycle to her real job at CSUMB, teaching and managing internships for the College of Business.

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