Jon Korin – President
Jon has been president of BikeAAA since its 2013 launch as a Leadership Anne Arundel project. He also serves as Chair of the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission, member of the Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission and in 2017 was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Bicycle Safety Task Force. In 2018 he led the transportation team for County Executive Pittman’s Transition Process. Jon was awarded the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Community Volunteer Award for his leadership of the inaugural 2014 Lifeline100 bicycle event. In 2017 he was profiled by Wendi Winters of The Capital Gazette as a Hometown Hero for his work in local bike advocacy. Jon lives close to the B&A Trail and rides for both transportation and recreation.
Alex Pline – Vice President
Alex is one of the founders of Bike AAA. The tragic death of Trish Cunningham in 2013 propelled him to organize a memorial ride which lead to his meeting Jon and subsequently becoming involved with the founding of BikeAAA. This memorial ride also lead the partnership with the County to host the Lifeline100 rides. He served on a number of citizen groups such as the 2013 County Bicycle Citizens Advisory Committee, the Annapolis Transportation Board and the County Transportation Commission.
Alex loves everything related to bikes and riding bikes. He can often be found riding his upright bike around Annapolis as cheap and easy transportation and is a long time member of the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team (ABRT). He participates in virtually every discipline of the sport of cycling from road rides, hitting the dirt on the fabulous new local trails and racing cyclocross in the fall. In the last few years he has taken to multiday off road bikepacking trips and aspires to some long distance offroad touring in the future.
He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and has worked for NASA for 30+ years, but is also keenly interested in urbanism. He currently serves on the Annapolis Planning Commission and along with his wife is an active sailor in the Snipe Class. He writes about “Urbanism, Advocacy, Bikes and Boats” at https://teampline.org
Lois Findlay – Treasurer
Lois joined the Board in 2019 as Treasurer. She has cycled and bike-commuted in Anne Arundel County as a resident since 2002. Along with her late husband, Al Homans, she helped coordinate all the Lifeline 100 rest stops for the first 3 years. Together they contributed to the event’s initial and continued success. She continues to support Lifeline and was recognized for this work by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks as a Ron Blake Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient.
Lois has assisted planning other events including Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day and Bykes to Tykes. She completed the transition of BikeAAA and Lifeline 100 accounting records to an online accounting system, and also lends her professional expertise to document financial and event management procedures (she does software implementation consulting and is a certified project manager). A member of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship ’11 class, she previously served as Treasurer, Chair-Elect and Chair of Potomac Pedalers Touring Club in Washington, DC.
Steve Miller – Secretary
Steve has been on the Board of Directors of BikeAAA since 2014. His interest in promoting safer bicycling for recreation and transportation comes from having lived in The Netherlands for several years and having appreciated its remarkable bicycle infrastructure.
As a Director, he has helped to plan Bike to Work Days and Bike to School Days, assisted with grant writing, and has been a regular SAG volunteer for Lifeline 100. From 2015 – 2016, he worked with Bike Maryland to provide bicycle safety education to more than 5,000 third, fourth and fifth graders in 26 Anne Arundel County (AAC) Public Schools. He is presently a volunteer with the co-operative BikeAAA, Wheels of Hope and AAC Food and Resource Bank initiative to repair and donate bicycles to underprivileged children and adults.
Steve is a certified League Cycling Instructor, and a member of the League of American Bicyclists and the Annapolis Bicycle Club. He enjoys self-contained touring on his Surley Long Haul Trucker, and has bicycled the C&O Canal Trail, Greater Alleghany Passage Trail, Erie Canalway Trail and the East Coast Greenway in eight states. He also enjoys hiking and was recognized a “2000-miler” after completing his section hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in 2014.
Jim Black – Director
An avid cyclist as a youth and a marathon runner as a young adult, Jim Black returned to cycling in 2003 as a cancer survivor motivated by Lance Armstrong’s Tour of Hope. After discovering the wonderful cycling of Southern Anne Arundel County he joined the Annapolis Bicycle Club, serving as president of the club for eight years.
Jim takes credit for bringing together Colleen and Jon at ABC’s 2013 Winter Party where they discussed the initial concept of the Lifeline 100. Jim brings to the Board his leadership and club management experience, as well as skills in communications and website management. In his spare time, Jim works as a project manager for ITnova, an IT consulting firm.
Rachel Varn – Director
Rachel joined the Board of BikeAAA in 2019. She brings with her a wealth of experience in bicycle safety education and a lifelong passion for all things cycling. Rachel is the Founder of PedalPower Kids, which works with kids of all ages and abilities, teaching them how to ride safely and confidently. PedalPower Kids partners with Anne Arundel County and Annapolis City Recreation & Parks, as well as local schools and neighborhoods to provide bike programming, from summer adventure bike camps to group learn to ride classes, balance bike play dates and neighborhood bike safety clinics. Over 1300 local children to date have learned to ride with PedalPower Kids. PedalPower Kids has partnered with BikeAAA to provide the Kids Bike Safety Rodeo at the Lifeline100 for the past two years, and a Learn to Ride camp for 30 children through Centro de Ayudo. Rachel spearheads semiannual Bike to School Day coordination in the county, and rides with her youngest daughter to school daily, thanks to an improved trail connection to their elementary school- a direct result of the Multimodal Transportation Bill championed by BikeAAA! She also serves as a Coach for the Anne Arundel Blur Mountain Bike Team, which competes in the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling Association, a mountain bike race league and youth development program open to all students 6-12 grade. Rachel is a certified League Cycling Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists. When she’s not instructing others on bikes, Rachel is an avid cyclist and runner and has completed 2 Ironman triathlons, the Boston Marathon and many other endurance events of every distance.