Board of Directors
Ben Fish – President & Chair of the Board: Ben caught the passion for mountain biking as a young kid in the early ’90s in Connecticut riding old railroad corridors and scratching in a small trail system behind his parents’ house. A few years after college he moved to South Lake Tahoe, bringing an arsenal of bikes in tow and a love for the outdoors. Now the adventures continue with his wife, Amy, and young son, Max, at his side. Ben brings a passion for trails and a diverse background from racing downhill, cross-country, some road, and now epic trail rides. During the day he can usually be found in an office that looks out towards Van Sickle Park working as a registered landscape architect for Design Workshop.
Kevin Joell – Trails Director: Kevin started mountain biking in 1993 in the Bay Area and within a few months was recruited to help with monthly trail work sessions at the local park. Out of that grew a love for giving back to the trails and the sport. Within a few years he was organizing trail work days, serving on the board of the local cycling club and promoting races. Having raced competitively for several years, he turned his efforts into putting on races and advocating for better mountain biking opportunities, spending many years serving in leadership positions for several cycling organizations in California and Nevada. When he’s not riding, building, or dreaming about trails, he works as a professional firefighter and has been involved in many aspects of fire service and emergency management throughout his career.
Amy Fish – Board Member/Web guru: Amy likes to ride her bikes, A LOT. Juggling life responsibilities, including coaching her young son to ride bikes and ski, means making the most of each minute of the day. Hailing from the East Coast and moving from Connecticut over a decade ago with her husband, Ben, she has a wide background of different riding types from downhill to road to cross-country. Amy is a web and tech-savvy guru with years of work as a computer programmer. She currently works as the GIS Manager at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. In short, she loves maps and loves bikes.
Katharine Miller – Treasurer: Katharine started riding her bike along the Des Moines River bike trail as a kid, and has believed in public trails ever since. You can find her exploring paths, both dirt and paved, on her days off. Otherwise, you’ll find her pushing books and information as a public librarian.
John Clausen – Board Member: Ever since John’s dad gave him that faithful two-wheeled push in their driveway at age five he’s been hooked on bikes. U.C. David fed that hunger with its cycling community, albeit on skinny tires. Once in Tahoe, however, the lure of unpaved trails and knobby tires took over his drive. Life was not only good on a trail but better with two wheels. With decades of trail use, John came to TAMBA, as well as the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, as a means of giving back to the Tahoe community and its environment. When not coordinating trail efforts on the north side of Lake Tahoe John enjoys catching up with his son, Will (the once-student has now become the master), and balancing two careers – one in sales and marketing for the outdoor world and the other as a professional photographer.
Elko James – Board Member: Elko is shop manager at Village Ski Loft in Incline Village, Nevada, and family man. He is a TAMBA crew leader, putting in many days of trail work on Tyrolean DH each year.
Brian Kelly – Board Member: Brian is a physical therapist at Barton Health and keeps everyone on the TAMBA board in check.
TAMBA Crew Leaders
Kevin Joell (Trail Director), Aaron “Elko” James, Ben Fish, Ben McGinnis, Brian Kelly, Casey Coffman, Curtis Johnson, Dale Beesmer, David Joseph, Erik Johnson, Jake Dore, Jim Crompton, John Clausen, Jordan Westerman, Kris Morehead, Kurt Gensheimer, Paul Tindal, Randy Collins, Sue Hughes, Scott Brown, and Tom Driggers