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2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Mike Cooper

I joined the SRCC Board of Directors in June 2020 and have been a club member since 2010. I joined after speaking with a member who was participating in a club ride that I happened to catch up to when riding to work one day. He spoke very highly of the club and suggested I look at srcc.com. I did so shortly thereafter and have been a member ever since. I’ll never forget my first club ride which left from the Windsor Town Green. Me on my Marin Hybrid bike trying to stay up with all the road bikes! Some of the riders that day were kidding me about having a kickstand. One member of the club took pity on me and stayed with me even when I had to walk up a steep hill…I’ve never seen him since, but that’s the kind of member I wanted to be. 

Now I hope to continue to fulfill that promise to myself by continuing to give back to the club as a board member.  My background as a long-time business owner of an Internet Development and Programming company is currently being utilized by the board to evaluate and make recommendations for updating the club’s website and the technology used for it.  I’m working with other members to facilitate this and make the SRCC website as good as it can be. 

I ask for your vote to continue my board membership.

Jorge Cruz 

My family and I relocated from the East Bay in 2001 to pastor a church here in Santa Rosa. I am currently employed at Oliver's Market as a Maintenance Technician, and have worked there for about seven years. I joined the Santa Rosa Cycling Club in 2014, and it has been the most amazing experience with people who have taught me that riding a bicycle is not only both extremely beneficial and fun, but it is also a lifestyle. I am glad to be part of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club and to have the opportunity to meet so many great cyclists.

Bridgette DeShields

Bridgette has been a member of SRCC since 2010. She has served on the board since 2014, and is currently the club’s Ride Director. Bridgette is a lifetime athlete with a previous career as an ice skater and ballet dancer and enjoys pilates, yoga, dancing, and hiking. She took up cycling in 2010, started riding with a group known as the “Turtles,” and became a ride leader. Bridgette enjoys traveling and has led private cycling adventures to Spain and Italy as well as “domestic” tours. When not riding her bike, Bridgette works as an environmental consultant for a firm headquartered in Seattle, WA and enjoys fine food (cooking and eating!).

Ed Estrada

I was born and raised in the Peninsula Bay Area. I attended College of San Mateo (CSM) where I studied criminology. I served as a police officer with the City of Menlo Park for 25 years, where I held the positions of patrol officer and detective. I served my last six six years of law enforcement with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office where I retired as a deputy sheriff in April of 2015.  

One of my passions is wine. During my many wine tasting trips to Sonoma County, I fell in love with the area and moved to Santa Rosa soon after I retired. Once I moved to Santa Rosa I studied wine and earned several wine certifications, including my sommelier. I have worked at four different wineries, including Chateau Montelena in Calistoga.  

During the Covid shut down I purchased a bike and gained a love for cycling. In July of 2020 I joined the Santa Rosa Cycling Club and have been very happy with the club riding and have had a chance to meet new friends and great people from the club. I wish to become more involved and give back to to the SRCC club in any way I can.


Kathie Leader, Treasurer

Kathie has been a member of SRCC since 2010 where she has volunteered in various ways including helping to rewrite the rider guidelines, working the WCC and other events, the SoCal Tour and as a ride leader. She is a CPA and has worked in public accounting and in private industry where she was CFO for several organizations until retiring from the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. She now works part time in her consulting business. Kathie took up cycling in 2010 and was a founding member of an informal group of cyclists know as the “Turtles”. In addition to cycling, Kathie’s passions include dance, as a team member of a performing group known as “Latin Elements” as well as a jazz and a hip hop group.  When not cycling or dancing she spends time with her grandchildren or traveling the world. She looks forward to serving on the SRCC board- giving back to an organization that has given so much to her!

Patty Sanders

Moving back to Sebastopol in 2015, Patty joined the SRCC to learn the safe bike routes and make new cycling friends after being a long-time runner and triathlete in Sonoma and Marin Counties. She qualified and finished the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in 2010, a highlight of her athletic career. She has worked in the areas of hunger action and founded a charity bike event, Pedal for Protein in 2014 which has raised over $280,000 for Northern California Food Banks and pantries. She was ride director from 2014-2019, and rode every year in the 5-7 day cycling events in Northern California. She also owns a small pop-up sports business, Tri Sports Jewelry & Apparel focusing mostly on cycling apparel and accessories selling at cycling events such as Tour de Tucson, Tour de Tahoe and others. She likes to garden, cook and spend time with family and friends.


Steve Saxe, President

Steve Saxe joined SRCC in 2012, shortly after returning to Sonoma County following a 37-year absence. Steve is a native of California and attended SRJC in the 1970s, where he started his career in theater and quickly switched to science for its preferred income potential. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the University of Arizona, has lived for good stretches in Texas (long story) and Minnesota (longer story), and is still has a day job as a technical marketing manager for a local optical manufacturing company. In addition to his current passion for cycling, Steve is a lifelong photographer and musician, although he definitely should not quit his day job on their account. If asked why he fancies the club, he will tell you that he loves the companionship of the wonderful and interesting people, and the fresh air and stunning landscapes of Sonoma County. 

Robert Quail, Secretary

Living along part of the starting route for the Levi’s Fondo, Bob would go out every year watch the mass of riders go by, and thought “that looks like it could be fun.” Then, one of his daughters started riding, and, when a local bike shop was closing in October of 2013, and selling off inventory, she, a couple of friends convinced Bob to buy a bike and start riding.  Bob joined the club shortly thereafter in 2014.  Bob is still working full-time and rides mainly on the weekends, most often with the Church of the Bicycle group on Sundays.  Bob has been on the Boards of several local non-profit organizations since 1994, when he moved to Sonoma County from the South Bay. These include the Lattice Foundation  (school for children with autism), Children and Family Services of Sonoma County (day care services for “at-risk” toddlers), KRCB-North Bay Public Media (local PBS radio and TV), Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services (programs for “at risk” teens and young adults), Bob was a Trustee of the Oak Grove Union School District from 2004-2010, and has been on the Board of the Humane Society of Sonoma County for over 10 years. Bob is a regular volunteer for club activities like the WCC and the TT, and helps out at the warehouse on a regular basis.

Charlene Warne, Vice President

Charlene joined the club in 2007 after she sold a business she owned in Sonoma County for 26 years and finally found some free time to ride again. She is a current board member. She has become an avid cyclist and enjoys cycling in our beautiful county and especially enjoys exploring new routes. When not biking, Charlene works seasonally as a tax preparer for H&R Block, loves to hike, and enjoys traveling all over the world with her husband Rick.

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