World Ride is continuing to grow and we are beyond thrilled to have an amazing team of women on our Board of Directors this year. This group of women has a lot of experience and passion for what we are doing. A couple of them have been with us since last year, a couple were ambassadors that wanted to help at a higher level, and we have a couple of new faces as well. We can't wait to show you what we have been working on to take World Ride to the next level!
Tina Dutra - Ambassador Chair
Tina first experienced World Ride during the start of the pandemic with their virtual movie nights - a much needed spot of happiness in stressful times. From there, she got connected with Julie because the goals of World Ride really resonated with her - biking had given her so much in life and she wanted to provide the same opportunities for other women. Tina is the Ambassador Chair, managing World Ride’s 20+ ambassadors.
While previously from CT, Tina currently lives in Portsmouth, NH and is a Project Manager at the University of New Hampshire, co-managing a NASA grant, GLIMR, for ocean scientists. She loves loading up her car with bikes and skis and traveling all around New England on weekend adventures.
Jess Hana - Board Chair, Marketing/Brand Chair
Jess met Julie, founder of World Ride, while she was living on the road a few years back. After connecting and learning about all of the amazing things World Ride had been doing to help empower women all across the globe, Jess decided to join the board at the end of 2020!.
Jess loves traveling the world, riding her bike and just having fun! She has made a living for the past 12 years as a creative designer and finds a lot of inspiration in her travels and outdoor adventures. She currently calls Northwest Arkansas home where she’s in the midst of renovating a fixer upper alongside her partner and fur babies.
Jess is a PMBI Level 1 certified MTB instructor and enjoys coaching people who have the desire to learn new skills and challenge themselves.
Heather Kinal - Finance Chair
Heather is also the co-founder and CFO of Cosmic Dirt, a size inclusive mountain bike apparel company as well as the creator of Rooted, a mountain bike festival for women in Western New York.
Joining the World Ride board of directors felt like a great way to serve the global community and to keep on her mission to get #moregirlsonbikes!
Heather fell in love with mountain biking in 2017, at which point she immediately began to seek out other female riders and encouraged many more to join her on the trails. Seeing the mental and physical health benefits along with experiencing the increasing self-confidence, she wanted everyone to experience mountain biking! She created a local women’s group and later the online Sisters in Singletrack community.
Kim McNamer - Fundraising Co-Chair
Kim is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to play bikes and recreate in the mountains. She believes in the power of community and is passionate about getting more humans outside, especially youth and women on bikes. She first owned a mountain bike in college and recalls going out with her brother's friends to ride it, completely oblivious as to what mountain biking was and unaware of the power it would later have over her. Fast forward 25 years, she strives to live and breathe biking.
She is the co-founder of Singletrack Adventures, a mountain bike company focused on providing private and group lessons, guiding, and kids days at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. Kim is also on the sales team at Glacier Cyclery & Nordic. She has worn many hats working with Roam Events at Roam Fest Fruita and Roam Fest Sedona, Roam Rallies, and is a Roam team member for Rebecca’s Private Idaho. Kim is a board member for the Flathead Area Mountain Bikers (FAMB) and World Ride. She serves as a volunteer instructor for FAMB’s women’s and youth clinics, and has been a mountain bike instructor with Whitefish Legacy Partners’ Girls on the Trail program. She has her Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) Level 1 certification, a Wilderness First Responder certification, and has Level 2 Avalanche training.
Annemaria Nicholson - Social Media Chair
Annemaria runs International Operations, Global Brand Marketing at Salesforce, where she helps people and systems work better together. Annemaria has created content operations and social media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. She now specializes in the change management and scaling of global operations.
Annemaria loves outdoor adventures of all kinds: cycling, skiing, backpacking and exploring the world. Originally from Seattle, she’s currently based in Lakewood, Ohio. She rides MTB and gravel with her daughter. She also volunteers for Green Recreation Organization, an informal women’s group that empowers women in nature.
Janie Welsh - Events + Fundraising Co-Chair
When Janie first rode a mountain bike, she knew she had found something special. She followed World Ride on Instagram for a few years; totally in love with their mission to empower women through mountain biking. She then jumped at the opportunity to become an ambassador in 2021, and eventually landed on the Board this year.
Janie works as a Program Manager for an all-women’s adventure travel organization, and has a passion for traveling, meeting people, and eating food all around the world. Janie is a PMBIA Level 1 mountain bike instructor, and loves to show women that can do anything they put their minds to. Her greatest accomplishment on a bike is completing a month-long solo bikepacking trip around her home state of Vermont, or that one time she almost fully did a bunny hop in flats.