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Vision

We envision a world where kids from every walk of life, especially those most in need, have the opportunity to know the joy of riding a bike and the freedom of exploring the natural world on two wheels.


Mission

To provide transformative cycling experiences that promote healthy recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities.

Building
self-esteem

We help kids understand the positive value they have in the world and that they can make a difference.

Inspiring
healthy lifestyles

Through cycling, kids learn about the benefits of exercise and the role of a healthy diet.

Instilling
environmental values

Just being outdoors exposes kids to the wonders of nature and their connections to our planet.

Our Story

Trips for Kids has enriched the lives of young people across North America and Israel using a simple yet powerful tool – the bicycle. Founded in Marin County in 1988, social activist and cycling legend Marilyn Price pioneered the practice of bicycle trail riding to deliver lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the simple act of having fun. The Trips for Kids Trail Rides program offers profound new experiences and challenges that can transform attitudes, bolster self-confidence and introduce lifelong values. For some, these rides present pivotal moments of self-discovery that can tip the balance toward healthy lifestyle choices.

The organization expanded dramatically in 1994 with the establishment of the Re-Cyclery Bike Shop and Earn-a-Bike program. In addition to providing bikes, parts, clothing, accessories and affordable transportation for Bay Area residents, the shop funds much of the Trips for Kids program costs. Meanwhile, the Earn-a-Bike program teaches youngsters valuable mechanical, bike riding and life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Starting out as a California dream on a mountain with a handful of volunteers, Trips for Kids has grown into a national movement with over 75 independent chapters running the Trail Rides program. With the formation of the new Trips for Kids national organization in the summer of 2017, the standalone 501c3 will focus on supporting the growth and refinement of the organization’s existing and future network of independent chapters, thus expanding TFK’s national footprint and awareness of its mission.

Board of Directors

Chuck Lesem
President

Chuck Lesem is the Director of Planning and Treasury at the Fremont Group and has been on TFK’s board since 2007. As board President, he utilizes his deep organizational knowledge and project leadership to advance TFK’s fundraising and marketing efforts as well as chapter growth. Prior to his current post, Chuck served as Vice President of Finance & Operations at Consensus Health and Onebody.com. He also worked in the consulting division of Deloitte and Touche for nine years. He currently lives in Larkspur, CA.

Jason R. Davis
Secretary

Jason R. Davis, board Secretary, is a local Marin County businessman and TFK Director. He started his finance career in banking in San Rafael in 1988. In 1998, he formed an accounting, bookkeeping, and consulting firm, DASI. Since then, Jason’s firm has provided hundreds of businesses and individuals with accounting and bookkeeping services. Jason has a degree in Strategic Management from Dominican University of California. His emphasis is on working with organizations to deliver value through efficiently managing the transaction and reporting process. Jason creates partnerships between clients and their CPA firms, legal counsel, insurance companies, banks, and other stakeholders, creating a unique relationship to deliver more value to the client. He is considered to be a transaction expert in helping stakeholders understand and evaluate transactions through reporting and tax compliance.

Thomas Sheppard
Treasurer

Tom is a longtime cyclist who just loves being on his bike. Starting at an early age, to his first bike race in 1975, to recent years as an avid endurance cyclist, a bike has always been a part of his life. In 1982, he setup the first century ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Cincinnati, when they asked him how they could get more serious cyclists into their fund raising events. He also enjoys hiking and sailing.

Professionally, he started The Sheppard Group in 1994 and advises companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to early stage startups, on growing and improving their business and managing change. He has also been the interim CFO, COO and GM for several early stage companies. Previously, Tom started the Strategic Business Services Group for KPMG and held positions as Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager for BA Capital Management and a Senior Technology Analyst for Dean Witter Reynolds.

Tom has an MBA from Xavier University and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor degree in Finance.

Erika Cramer
Director

Erika and her family are relatively recent transported New Yorkers. Through road cycling, she is learning about her new home and scenic state. Erika was introduced to Trips for Kids through one of her cycling friends and is excited to help implement and expand its mission. An investment banker for over 25 years, Erika is a currently a partner and Managing Director for Silver Lane Advisors LLC, an investment banking boutique focused on the financial services industry.

Previously, she and her husband co-founded Alternative Access Capital, a private placement firm focused on raising capital for the alternatives investment sector. She also serves as a Board Director for Atlanta Life Financial Group. She is an active committee member for the Northern California chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and an advocate for awareness of prematurity and pre-term labor for the March of Dimes.

Erika earned an MBA from Pace University and a BA in finance from West Virginia University. She is also a General Securities Principal. She has completed four marathons, many triathlons and enjoys skiing, tennis and the ballet. She is married with two girls and lives in San Anselmo, CA.

Tayo Fadeji
Director

Tayo is the newest TFK Director, joining the board in 2014. Born in the U.S. but raised in Nigeria where his family is from, Tayo returned to the U.S. after high school and has been here ever since. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Divinity degree from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Growing up as an “average” kid in Nigeria, West Africa, Tayo played outdoors a lot – especially with his friends and his younger brother. He enjoyed biking all over the neighborhood where he grew up. Tayo is thankful that though his parents did not have a lot of money, they made sacrifices to ensure that he and his four siblings had a great childhood which included traveling and biking.

Tayo’s passion for biking has continued to adulthood. He enjoys riding around Marin and Sonoma Counties and is proud to be a member of such a great organization as TFK. In addition to biking, Tayo has a passion for running, traveling, and enjoys working as part of the IT team for a locally based Pharmaceutical Company. Tayo also serves on the board of his church and travels down to Mexico annually to serve at an orphanage. He and his wife Amy live in Marin.

Patricia Gallery
Director

A resident of Marin County since 1982, Patricia is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and believer in social justice. During a sabbatical in 1994, she rediscovered her love of cycling and spent most of the year exploring the trails of Mount Tamalpais by bike. That year she also discovered the Trips for Kids organization and helped it grow from a small garage operation in Mill Valley to what was to become the national Trips for Kids headquarters and Re-Cyclery Bike Shop in San Rafael.

A founding board member since the beginning, she has volunteered her time providing Trips for Kids with diverse expertise in marketing, fundraising and organizational management. Patricia is currently retired after 30 years as a sales and marketing professional in the commercial software industry.

Alan Nichols
Director

Alan Nichols has been a board member and strategic consultant for TFK since 2013 focusing on strategic direction, operations and marketing. In addition to TFK, he works with growth companies as an investor, adviser, and active board member through his own firm, Specialty Media Accelerator Corp. Past experience includes CFO of Chronicle Publishing/co-founder of SFGate, CEO of Spin Media, and CFO of Black Entertainment Television.

Marilyn Price
Director

Marilyn Price is the Founder and Director of Trips for Kids, which she started in 1988 in San Rafael, CA, as a mountain bike ride program for inner city youth. She brought her love of kids, bicycling, desire for a healthy environment and indefatigable devotion to the organization. A visionary with keen entrepreneurial skills, in 1994 she spearheaded Trips for Kids’ first-ever bike thrift shop, a totally “green” business that currently supports 50% of the Marin Chapter’s current Bay Area programs’ operating expenses.

Over the years, Marilyn has received much recognition on national programs including CNN, General Norman Schwarzkopf’s Schwarzkopf’s America news segment; Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News; Sports Illustrated Magazine, among many more.

She has received numerous awards, most recently as a “CNN Hero” for her humanitarian work at Trips for Kids and was also inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Marilyn earned the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award as well as the University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award — the University’s most prestigious alumni honor.

Since 1988 she has devoted 70-80 hours per week to running the organization and since 2015 focuses her efforts on national chapter expansion. Her accomplishments are well known and generously supported by many members of the national bicycle industry.

Neil Sorensen
Director

Neil is a land use and real estate attorney with a practice in San Rafael. He has lived and worked in Marin County since the late 1970s. He served on the Dixie School Board of Directors for two terms, volunteered in the District Schools and currently volunteers with the Marin Community Court helping homeless and disadvantaged residents have a positive experience with the court system while clearing up old citations and violations. He and his wife Pam are avid cyclists and enjoy riding in Marin, Sonoma and beyond.

David Stoll
Director

A commercial partner at the law firm of Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, and a former college baseball player, Dave took up mountain biking after college as a way to escape the gym for the outdoors. Attracted by the open space, trails and great public schools of Marin, he moved to Mill Valley in 2000, where his still lives with his wife and two sons. Since 2007, following the birth of his first son, Dave has commuted daily by bike to downtown San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. On a perfect day, he bikes with his two boys to school and then rides through the Headlands to work – one of the most beautiful commutes in the world.

Dave discovered Trips for Kids through a cycling friend who leads rides for TFK. For years, he has helped TFK with various legal services on a pro bono basis. Given his passion for cycling and desire to give back to the community, Dave was delighted to join TFK’s Board of Directors in 2012.