Meet the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance Board of Directors

Brett Burgess

President


Denise Purdue

Secretary / Treasurer


I have lived in St. George since 2004. When not cycling in beautiful Washington County, I am guiding bicycle tours or playing with my granddaughter. I love to cycle the bike paths and quiet roads with my family.

Gail Artrip

Chair, Community Outreach


Gail is a recent (2020) transplant to St. George from the Chicago area. A geological engineering grad from the U, she recently retired from environmental consulting.

Gail’s favorite road route is through Snow Canyon – a big challenge for this flatlander – more granny gears please!

She has been involved in bike advocacy for the past eight years, with an emphasis on planning Bike to School Day for student riders and on organizing twice-weekly evening rides for folks who may have been away from biking for a number of years. The goal of both of these is simply to get more folks on bikes more of the time through these kinds of low hanging fruit initiatives.

She enjoys riding for fitness and pleasure but most especially likes cycle touring, with recent trips to Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Gail is very grateful for the long, sunny cycling season we enjoy here in St. George.

Jacqualine Grant

Director

Assistant Professor of Biology & Director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History • Southern Utah University


Ryan Gurr

Past President

Owner, Red Rock Bicycles


Ryan has been in the cycling industry over 20 years in various roles and has been active in advocacy in Southern Utah since moving to St George in the year 2000.

He was a founding member of SUBA and has seen the group affect policy and infrastructure to benefit both local and visiting cyclists. As a lifetime cyclist, Ryan’s passion lead his career path from a bicycle mechanic in 1998 to the owner of Red Rock Bicycle today.

Dannielle Larkin

Past President

St George City Council


lifelong cycling enthusiast
•30 year resident of majestic Southern Utah
•St George Bicycle Collective co-founder
•St George City Councilwoman

Arthur LeBaron

Director

City Engineer, City of Hurricane


I will never forget when I received my first bike- a Schwinn for my 8th birthday. It was a fixer-upper that my Dad came up with and I was so thrilled! I used that bike relentlessly to commute to school (about 1 mile each way), baseball practice, city swimming pool, and any destination of interest to an average kid. I remember learning to ride a wheelie on that bike, and I could ride all the way to school on my back wheel without touching down. My older brother and I rigged up some pretty sweet jumps with cinder blocks and plywood that made our mothers cringe.

Over the years I have done a lot of mountain biking, but over the last 12 years I have mostly stuck to road cycling as a daily commuter and Ironman St. George competitor.

I have 7 children, all of whom have been taught, and expected to use their bikes for transportation to school and otherwise. Active transportation is a passion of mine, and as the City Engineer for Hurricane City, I strive to provide public infrastructure that is friendly to all modes of transportation, including cycling.

In my perfect world school children would either be bussed or ride their bikes or walk to school and there would be no traffic jams in the school-yard, or parents idling their cars in the parking lot. Cyclists and motorists would show
each other mutual respect, each observing the others’ legal and practical right to use of the road.

I love living Southern Utah where cycling can take place at least 300 days out of the year, and traffic is not a huge factor on most of our popular cycling routes. It is a privilege for me to serve on the SUBA Board where I have the opportunity to advocate for bicycle-friendly policies and infrastructure across the region and
hopefully make a positive, meaningful difference for future generations!

Marc Mortenson

Past Vice President

Assistant City Manager, City of St George


Marc has been involved in the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 St. George events since their inception in 2010 as both an event organizer and a participant. In 2014 he became a member of the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance (SUBA) Board and helped to create the St. George Active Transportation Committee in early 2015 under the direction of Mayor Pike and the St. George City Council. In 2017 Marc joined the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association Board as the Washington County Representative. Marc is passionate about adding to the St. George brand as an outdoor recreation destination by enhancing infrastructure to encourage more people to ride.

He and the St. George Active Transportation Committee spearheaded the development of the city’s first active transportation plan specific to St. George to be incorporated in the City’s Master Transportation Plan under ordinance in 2017.

Better trail connectivity, more education for motorists and cyclists, increased visibility of cyclists, and improved on-street cycling facilities are of the upmost importance to Marc in making our city more bicycle friendly. His end goal is for bicycling to be seen not only as a fun recreational activity, but also as a viable means of transportation for locals and visitors.

Kye Nordfelt

Past President


Kye Nordfelt is the Director of Health Promotions at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department.
Kye has worked in public health for over a decade on topics ranging from promoting active transportation to discouraging teen drug use. Kye is an avid biker – enjoying his daily bike commute to work. Kye completed his Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
Kye resides in St. George with his wife, 5 children and dog; he enjoys mountain biking and recreating outdoors with his family in southern Utah.

Jon Pike

Director

Utah Commissioner of Insurance


Jon Pike was raised in Salt Lake City and has worked in several positions with Intermountain Healthcare since 1990 — and since 1995 in St. George. He most recently worked as the southwest Utah operations director for SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare.

In 2007, Jon was elected to the St. George City Council and in 2013 he was elected mayor of St. George. He serves on the boards of Dixie State University, Dixie Technology College, the Washington County Water Conservancy District, Encircle — St. George, and previously as the president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He is currently the Utah Commissioner of Insurance serving under Governor Cox.

Jon and his wife are active bicyclists.

Kim Pollock

Director


Kim had polio when he was five and has been biking / handcycling since the age of eight when his Dad finally relented and bought him an Indian Scout 3 speed road bike.

Kim is a retired Informations Systems executive in the Biotech and Consumer Products industries. In addition to this position, he also serves on the Boards of the Intermountain Hospital Foundation and the Utah Public Lands Alliance.

He and his wife Shelly settled in St George in 2016 after 14 years of wanderlust while on the road in their Motorhome and Jeep.

They both love St George and all that it has to offer including an incredible network of Bike trails which they routinely explore.

Craig Shanklin

Past President / Interim CWA


After retiring from the healthcare industry, Craig and his wife Di, have pursued cycling in almost every form…commuting, century rides, social rides with friends, mountain biking, and regular shopping trips to the grocery store. Craig also competes in the Huntsman World Senior Games and other road races and is an active triathlete competing in all 4 distances including the full Ironman. Craig and Di also love exploring and touring by bike and have mountain biked the 2500 mile Great Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada. Craig was one of the founders of SUBA and served as it’s first President for nearly 5 years. He also serves on other non-profit boards including the Healthy Dixie Council, Snow Canyon State Park Citizens Advisory Council and the St. George City Active Transportation Committee.

Lloyd Sutton

Director

Active Transportation Coordinator, City of St. George


Lloyd is an active cyclist and commutes to work by bike most days and is the go-to guy for local cycling infrastructure issues. Lloyd is a member of the city Public Works team.

Patty Wise

Director

La Verkin City Council


I moved to La Verkin in September 2016 and was immediately interested in the city happenings, especially anything outdoors. I decided to run for city council in 2018, my four year tenure began in January 2019.

Part of my council duties are reporting on the planning commission meetings, promoting and reporting economic development, tourism and trails-related recreation.

In the last three years, I have been heavily involved in La Verkin formalizing a Master Trails Plan as an addendum to the City Master General Plan and Transportation Plan. The city is already improving one trailhead and starting work on a new pocket park.

I am also on the Zion Regional Collaborative Board and Committee for the 22 mile multi-use Trail Feasibility Study from Springdale to Hurricane. My passion is keeping trails open and building new trails where people will have easy access to thrive in the outdoors.

It is an honor to serve on the SUBA board; a group that gets things done!

On a personal level, I hike and mountain bike as much as I can. I enjoy traveling and exploring with family and friends.

And our Advisory Council Members

Tom Dansie

SUBA Advisory Council Member


Leslie Fonger

SUBA Advisory Council Member


Nick Geyer

SUBA Advisory Council Member

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)


Kevin Lewis

SUBA Advisory Council Member

Director of Tourism - Washington County


Kevin Lewis is the Director of Tourism for Washington County, Utah. Kevin’s influence has helped transform the area’s brand from a quiet golf and retirement community into an exciting destination for adventure, sports and outdoor recreation. He played the lead role in bringing major events like the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship and Tour of Utah to the St. George area, and developed innovative advertising campaigns and marketing strategies to showcase the variety of activity, scenery and recreation available.

Kevin is a graduate of Southern Utah University with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and English.

Della Lowe

SUBA Advisory Council Member


Scott Messel

SUBA Advisory Council Member


Tracy Munson

SUBA Advisory Council Member

UDOT rep


John Reed

Director

Bike Utah Rep


My history of bicycling:
Like most people when I was a kid I was an enthusiastic cyclist. My first bike was a World War II vintage Rollfast that was a handed down from my dad. Naturally I couldn’t reach the seat and had to do all my pedaling standing up. I decorated it myself with red and blue spray paint. I come from a cycling heritage. 30 years after I traded it for motorized transportation my father still used it, commuting 10 miles across Salt Lake to where he worked as a music teacher. I tried to get him to buy a new bike but his response was “I can just lean this up against a tree anywhere and don’t have to worry about it. And even if someone steals it for a ride the police know who it belongs to and return it to me.

I took up cycling later in life when I was in my mid-20s. First it was for fitness and then enjoyment. I have been an avid cyclist ever since. Road at first and then mountain when they came out. I cycle back and forth between the two now.

On advocacy:

Improving the cycling environment in Washington County has always been important to me. I believe that bicycles have the same right to the road as cars and that the roadways should reflect that. All projects that improve roadways for motorists should also include improve facilities for cyclists. Accomplishing this works best when we can work with government instead of just pointing out what they do wrong. I have been excited to see bicycling
being given an emphasis by local and state governments.

Another aspect of improving cycling opportunities had been to work with children to educate them in biking safely and helping create an environment where they feel comfortable riding. I have been happy and proud to be a part of the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance that has been a key in these efforts.

What I would like to see in the future:
There has been really good growth of bicycling infrastructure in Washington County. One prospect that excites me a continuous paved trails system from Ivins to Zion National Park.

Nate Weinberg

SUBA Advisory Council Member

Five Counties Association of Governments


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