Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer
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Leadership

Board

Manager / Chair

Daniel Rosenthal
Milestone Aviation Group


Manager

Dr. Raphael Pollock
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center


Manager

Cindy Hilsheimer
Managing Principal, BeecherHill


Manager

Michael C. Eicher
Senior Vice President for Advancement
President, The Ohio State University Foundation


Manager

Robert H. Schottenstein
Chief Executive Officer, M/I Homes, Inc.


Manager

Steve Steinour
Chairman, President and CEO, Huntington Bancshares Inc.


Manager

Abigail Wexner


Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri
Board Emeritus

 

Staff

Kris-AndersonGeneral Manager, The Ride

Kristopher Anderson
614.484.5203

Job Description

Kris oversees the day-to-day operations and logistics of Pelotonia ride weekend, the Ride Safe Initiative Program, rider/volunteer recruitment, and the planning of other Pelotonia events such as Pelotonia on the Patio and the annual Check Celebration.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
“Like a lot of other good things in life, you always remember your first. Even with years of experience in sports management and event operations, nothing compares to my first ride in 2011. Between the start of setup for the Opening Ceremony, thousands of Riders lined up in the chute, the energy of our volunteers, the signs and cheers along the route, watching that last Rider cross the finish on Sunday, the random “thank-you[s]” and hugs from people I had never met, and all the personal stories heard and shared throughout, it was unlike anything I had been part of before.”

 


Joe-ApgarDirector, Pelotonia Momentum Fund

Joe Apgar
614.484.5208
japgar@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Joe is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Pelotonia Momentum Fund (PMF). He directs the allocation of PMF dollars, project manages key initiatives supported by the fund, oversees financial and impact reporting, and keeps investors engaged and informed. Joe also collaborates with the Director of Fundraising to confirm and steward all of the PMF philanthropic investors.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“Pelotonia is the result of amazing community collaboration coexisting with a passion towards a common goal — to end cancer. It represents moving our world to a better future and the hope to see a cure in our lifetime. Both myself and my sister are cancer survivors, so this mission is very personal to me. The opportunity for Pelotonia to be a national and worldwide movement is real, and I’m excited to do my small part in making that become a reality.”

 


Digital Community Manager, PULLL

Simone Attles
614.826.9806
SAttles@PULLL.org

Job Description
Simone is responsible for serving as the PULLL brand ambassador while building, monitoring, supporting, and interacting with the PULLL community to create a engaged community of users.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
“My favorite Pelotonia memory has to be last year’s (my first) Ride somewhere between mile 30 and 40. I had been riding alone for a while and this group rolled up behind me blasting Earth, Wind and Fire on a bike speaker. Instant. Mood. Boost. It was a great reminder that when things get tough in life to not be afraid to lean on others for a little extra motivation.”


Nick DenbyChief Financial Officer

Nick Denby
614.221.6108
ndenby@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Nick is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing all the internal financial and information technology strategies and systems of the organization.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“I am thrilled to be participating in my first Pelotonia this year as a Virtual Rider and a member of the Pelotonia staff! I was drawn to Pelotonia by its reputation, it’s single focus on ending cancer and the overwhelming support in the community. Pelotonia staff, riders, donors and volunteers are an amazing group of people who all share the common desire to do all they can to fund life-saving initiatives at the James. I am honored to be part of the Pelotonia community, where 100% of Rider-raised dollars go directly to life-saving cancer research.”


Janelle-GoldbachGift Processing Manager

Janelle Goldbach
614.484.5201
jgoldbach@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Janelle facilitates the processing of all donations and matching gifts. She also oversees Pelotonia’s financial and administrative processes.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
“During the event weekend, the Riders were in tears as they crossed the finish line. I looked around and saw several signs that said, “thank you for saving my life.” That’s when I knew Pelotonia had so much impact on the community.”

 


Executive Assistant

Tammi Gourley
614.484.5208
tgourley@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Tammi is responsible for providing administrative support to the Leadership team. She is also responsible for supporting ongoing communication with the Pelotonia Board of Directors.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
One weekend a year we gather with tens of thousands of our closest family, friends, colleagues, and total strangers. Months before the event, we set goals, we train and we ride together. The weekend of the event we laugh, we cry and embrace one another. All year long we celebrate and toast our accomplishments and achievements. We all set different goals and ambitions as we work towards showing up and being our best self every day. For the last 10 years during the first weekend in August, we bring that very best self to the stage—as ONE TEAM—working towards ONE GOAL. I am thrilled to be part of that ONE TEAM and being part of an amazing weekend with ONE GOAL in our hearts and souls of fighting to end cancer!

 


Merchandising Manager

Ashley Ellashek
614.484.5211
aellashek@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Ashley oversees our merchandise program which includes The Shop at the Pelotonia HQ, our online store, as well as merchandise tents on Ride Weekend and throughout the year.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory:
“My favorite memory is the year I decided to push myself to ride 50 miles. I wanted the opportunity to stretch outside of my comfort zone, put the time and effort into training and show my fundraising support by raising even more. Yet, all of my friends and coworkers were only completing 25 miles, so the second half was up to me and my own motivation. As I continued the ride on my own, I was amazed at all the other single riders, pushing and motivating strangers along the way. The sense of community and support was tremendous which is why I continue to participate year after year!”


Susanna-KondrackeAdministrative Ambassador

Susanne Kondracke
614-484-5200
skondracke@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Susanne greets office visitors, assists with merchandise sales, fields telephone inquiries, and responds to general email messages. She also provides support with events and new initiatives.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“Pelotonia means everything. I was among the first 100 riders to sign up the first year. Little did I know that the word “Pelotonia” would come to have great meaning for me and become a mission to which countless others would become exceedingly devoted. I thought that the event would be a good fit; I had been on a cycling team and more importantly, I hated cancer, having heartbreakingly lost my father to it. Pelotonia has created for me a deeply personal and positive outlet for the pain that cancer has caused in my life.”


Jill-LondinoRide Community Manager

Jill Londino
614.484.5207
jlondino@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Jill focuses on supporting corporate and community pelotons. She also helps to recruit Riders and Virtual Riders for Pelotonia.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“To me, embracing the Pelotonia mission means embracing a feeling of empowerment against a scary, senseless disease that has unfairly ended and impeded the lives of so many. At its core, Pelotonia stands for the notion that a group becomes stronger together.” 


Eric OlsavskyDirector of Business Development

Eric Olsavsky
614.484.5213
eolsavsky@pelotonia.org

Job Description

Eric is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with corporations, corporate foundations and private foundations in order to secure significant cancer research dollars, in addition to the funds needed to support Pelotonia’s annual operations budget and the overall fiscal stability of the organization.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“Pelotonia is representative of what can be accomplished when a community aligns for a common goal. Pelotonia means that we will never be alone. I am honored and humbled to be able to contribute to the success of Pelotonia. As the son of a breast cancer survivor, Pelotonia emits a ray of hope for my family… and instills confidence that we will all overcome. Onward we go, One Goal in-mind.”

 


Senior Advisor to the President & CEO

Michael Nestor
614.484.5205
mnestor@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Michael is responsible for leading Pelotonia’s people strategy. He oversees the administration of many of Pelotonia’s human resource functions, including recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training & development, succession planning, etc. Michael is also responsible for monitoring, guiding, and developing the culture of the organization. Finally, Michael provides support to Doug Ulman, managing Doug’s calendar and a wide variety of strategic initiatives.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“Being a team member at Pelotonia gives me the opportunity to connect my passion and profession in an effort to make the world a better place. It allows me to meet and collaborate with an engaged community of grassroots fundraisers and cancer advocates. It gives me a daily dose of hope and inspires me to be my best. But most importantly, my service at Pelotonia gives me the chance to honor my mother and her quiet yet powerful determination to fight cancer three times…and win.”

 


Developer, PULLL

Michael Newman
614.826.9805
MNewman@PULLL.org

Job Description
Michael handles the development and maintenance of the PULLL.org website, the services of the PULLL app, as well as the data analytics of the PULLL users and partners.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“To look at the grassroots beginnings of Pelotonia and to see what it has become in such a short period of time, is nothing short of inspiring. Pelotonia has inspired and given me the chance to serve on a team that is working to make the world a better place for: my daughter, friends and the rest of my family. Pelotonia is more than a team, it is a community of talented people who have the tenacity, ingenuity and resourcefulness to do amazing things. Pelotonia is also the means for our community to come together and collaborate until we find the cure.”


Miguel-PerezChief Operating Officer

Miguel Perez
614.484.5209
mperez@pelotonia.org

Job Description

Miguel is responsible for developing and overseeing all strategic efforts to increase awareness of, participation in, and support for the Pelotonia movement, as well as ensuring the strategic and responsible utilization of Pelotonia funds. Miguel oversees the Ride, PULLL, merchandise, marketing and communications, and all mission related projects and initiatives.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
Pelotonia is a way forward. Pelotonia is always looking for next. Pelotonia brings us all together, because it recognizes that the power of all of us, together, will get us to a world without cancer faster. Focusing on this one goal is so important to me. I have lost three siblings to cancer (breast, kidney and leukemia) and late last year cancer took my sister-in-law. Too many loved ones gone too soon. Too many fighting every day. We can and must do something about this.


Olivia-RozsitsRide Community Coordinator

Olivia Rozsits
614.484.5212
orozsits@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Olivia is responsible for supporting the strategic planning, recruitment, coordination, and ongoing communication with all Pelotonia riders and virtual riders.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
While I can’t choose just one Pelotonia memory, from the famous PB & J sandwiches, to the Granville parade there is one that was the major turning point for me. My first-year riding in Pelotonia, I rode alone. I was incredibly nervous and remember having the biggest fear of entering the chute. From the moment I left the chute, I realized I would never be alone for the next 50 miles. From joining many different groups of riders to the countless spectators cheering us on, I began to understand the community that Pelotonia has brought together. Those 50 miles were the quickest I have ever ridden and at the finish, I wasn’t ready for the ride to be over. I have since been a rider for each year after my first, and campaign to all beginners that Pelotonia is a life changing movement. Pelotonia has inspired me to chase my passions and challenges me to reach for more.


Head of Product, PULLL

Wes Sims
614.484.5204
WSims@PULLL.org

Job Description
Wes is responsible for setting a clear vision and strategy for PULLL, managing day to day operations and ensuring that the PULLL team works collaboratively—as we grow our digital community in support of the Pelotonia mission.

What does Pelotonia mean to you?
“Pelotonia symbolizes the world I wish for my children and for the generations that follow—a true community—coming together and rallying around a goal and a purpose. It’s a powerful force that’s all-inclusive, warm, welcoming, brave and idealistic—a team of friends, family, neighbors and strangers willing to tackle a problem together as one. Most importantly, it’s a movement that recognizes that no contribution is too small, no effort is wasted and that we all have an opportunity to be the “one more” person that helps us all forward.”


Emily SmithCommunications Manager

Emily Smith
614.484.5214
esmith@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Emily is responsible for developing content that supports all aspects of our organization in an effort to increase awareness and participation for Pelotonia. She also manages our social media and public relationships strategy, as well as our email communication.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
“I have been a Pelotonia Rider for the past few years and my favorite memory is seeing a man along the route who holds a sign that says, “Thank you for saving my wife.” He is there every year, rain or shine, with a smile on his face, cowbell in hand, and that bright yellow shirt. Each year I look for him and he pushes me to ride harder for his wife, and anyone else who has been impacted by this dreadful disease.”


Stephani-SmoluchaDirector of Philanthropy and Donor Experience

Stephani Smolucha
614.484.5202
ssmolucha@pelotonia.org

Job Description

Stephani leads fundraising and stewardship strategies, with the primary focus of securing investments for the Pelotonia Momentum Fund and preserving Pelotonia’s 100% commitment through the cultivation of individual and operational partners.

Favorite Pelotonia Memory
“My favorite Pelotonia memory so far was the 2015 Check Presentation. It was only my third week on staff, so the check presentation was my first “official” Pelotonia event. It was amazing to look back as we celebrated more than $100 million raised for cancer research, and to look ahead at our exciting future.”


Doug-UlmanPresident and Chief Executive Officer

Doug Ulman
614.221.6162
dulman@pelotonia.org

Job Description
Doug is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What does Pelotonia Mean to You?
“Pelotonia symbolizes the best in humanity. It represents a broad, global community of people coming together to tackle one of our greatest challenges. A community with one goal. A community who believes that together we can end cancer. As a cancer survivor myself, and the son of a breast cancer survivor and a prostate cancer survivor, Pelotonia is very personal. Being a small part of a movement that is impacting the lives of so many people is an honor, and I am excited to see all that the Pelotonia community can accomplish in the future.”