Chris Swainson – President
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
Tom Rolander – Vice President
Tom is a retired engineer, currently mentoring graduate students in circuit design and software for marine science experiments at the Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station. He has lived in Pacific Grove for 40 years. During his career he was a founder of several successful tech industry startups. He is a lifelong cyclist, including unsagged bike tours around the northwestern states, the Pacific Coast, New England, and Italy. Tom is the Past Chairman of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Last year at age 71 he retired from running after 143 marathons/ultras and he is now focused on his passion for road biking.
View Tom’s LinkedIn profile
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.
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.
Patrick Tregenza – Director at Large
Oh Salinas. It’s given us Steinbeck, salad, Kiddie Kapers, and, well, Patrick Tregenza. A second-generation Monterey County native, he ventured westward towards the Peninsula in 1978, only to find that it’s pretty much like Salinas except the land runs out. He decided to stay anyway, though he never forgot his roots, and so, to this day, he is able to identify nearly any vegetable field at 60 miles per hour. In between rides, Patrick operates a commercial food photography studio in downtown Monterey. His participation in Velo Club Monterey has inspired Patrick to increasingly feel that oftentimes two wheels are better than four, and that is why his garage currently houses 22 wheels, though only twelve are considered “his.”