|President||Caren Bianco||president at easterntandemrally.org|
|Vice-president||Susan Hollinger||vicepresident at easterntandemrally.org|
|Treasurer||Cheryl Prudhomme||treasurer at easterntandemrally.org|
|Secretary||Maggie Cole||secretary at easterntandemrally.org|
|Historian & Webmaster||Mike Bianco||webmaster at easterntandemrally.org|
|Comptroller & Auditor||Brenda Isherwood||auditor at easterntandemrally.org|
|Merchandise Manager||Mike Bianco||merchandise at easterntandemrally.org|
|ETR Board Member at Large (2015)||Beth Potier|
|ETR Board Member at Large (2015)||Nan Steketee|
|ETR Board Member at Large (2014)||Ross Glasgow|
|ETR Board Member at Large (2016)||Opal Goss|
|ETR Board Member – ETR 2014 Burlington Representative||Cooie DeFrancesco|
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We took up tandeming when I got tired of trying to keep up with my husband, Mike. We live in a hilly area and Mike would just cruise up the hills and have to wait around for me to climb up, huffing and puffing, with a stratospheric heart rate. Now on a tandem, the effort is equalized and I get to go faster and farther than I could ever do alone…and Mike gets to have someone tell him “where to go” … all of the time! We began riding in order to be able to bike together, but it has become so much more than that. We have made an incredible number of friendships with other like-minded couples — many of whom are rally regulars. This has truly changed and enhanced our lives. We ride whenever we can, so I have plenty of time to sit on the back of the bike and dream about how to make the Eastern Tandem Rally even better. I absolutely loved planning the 2013 Eastern Tandem Rally in New Jersey and would love to sponsor another, or help another team do that. I became the president of ETR in mid-2014 and as a new president, I am very excited about the next few years.
You can read more about our tandeming in Mike’s bio below.
Historian and Webmaster
Mike and Caren Bianco decided to buy their first tandem in 2005 without ever having ridden one before. Slow on the uptake, however, it took them six years to discover tandem rallies. They attended their first tandem rally in 2011 in Storrs, CT. Inspired by their new tandem friends, they didn’t think three tandems was excessive and now have a road, S&S coupled and mountain tandem. Whether on or off-road, Mike and Caren try to get out riding every chance they get. They are active members of the Doubles of the Garden State (DOGS) and are the organizers for the 2013 ETR rally in Warren, New Jersey. They have two daughters and are now enjoying being empty nesters — at least when college is in session. They have ridden tandem in France, Germany, Austria, Canada, California and all over the east coast. By day, Mike is an IT guy at MetLife. Caren manages pension assets for PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a “retired” Girl Scout leader.
Comptroller & Auditor
Brenda Isherwood and her husband Larry (TeamBreeze) started tandeming in 1996 on their Burley Duet before they were married. They jumped right into the tandem world, first being volunteers for the 1997 ETR and most recently the 2013 ETR both in NJ. They are founding members of the DOGS (Doubles Of the Garden State) Tandem Club of NJ which was formed after the ’97 ETR and are very active members.
Larry is the artist for the DOGS club jerseys, the 1997 & 2013 ETR jerseys and the Dirty DOGS club jersey with Brenda handling the design portion of two of these jerseys.
They have two children, Amy & Matt, whom are now adults. Their daughter and her husband, Jay, mountain tandem and are also DOGS club members.
Brenda is the Office & Accounting Manager at the same company since 1991. Larry has been a diesel mechanic at the same company since 1978 and is a great bike mechanic.
They still own the Burley and use it to take their shih tzu, Barkley, for trailer rides. They’ve owned two Co-Motions, with their current one being a Macchiato. They also got into off-road tandeming in 2008 and own two mountain tandems, a Ventana Full Suspension and a Fandango Hard tail.
ETR Board Member at Large
Beth Potier has been tandeming since 2002, when she and her boyfriend rented a tandem on vacation, loaded it with 50 pounds of touring gear, and rode it straight up a mountain. Adhering to the wisdom “Wherever your relationship is headed, a tandem will get you there faster,” she married the captain of that ill-advised trip, Brent Bell. They ride a 1985 Bob Jackson tandem they purchased at a garage sale. Several years ago, they kicked their son Holden out of his Burley trailer and made him stoke his own weight, adding a Hokitika triplet to their quiver. In her day job as a writer at the University of New Hampshire, Beth’s office is in the former conference center that hosted the 2008 ETR in Durham.
ETR Board Member at Large
Ross Glasgow, an avid bicyclist since 1990, hails from Bowie, Maryland and been involved with the ETR board since 2005. He and his wife, Donna, purchased their first tandem in 1994 and since 2000 have participated in many multiday tandem events and rallies in various parts of the US and Canada. In addition, they have toured with other fellow tandemists in France, Germany, Italy and New Zealand. Ross and Donna have thoroughly enjoyed attending these tandem events and look forward to many more.
ETR Board Member at Large
Alan Dolan, and his stoker and wife Lee have been attending ETR’s continuously since 1984 in Kutztown, PA.
They haven’t missed an ETR Rally since then – so 2013 will be their 30th. Lee and Alan have been married since 1969, tandeming since 1983, and both have been retired since 2009 – Alan from computer programming and then a bicycle shop; and Lee from 43 years as a teacher. They still ride their first tandem, a Santana, but also have a Trek T100 hybrid. Both love to travel and use ETR as an excuse to see the eastern states. Alan is originally from northern New Jersey, Lee from West Virginia. They met in college in West Virginia. In 2007 the Dolans convinced ETR to come to Dellroy, Ohio – even though eastcoast residents consider Ohio the midwest, the Dolans say they are east of the Mississippi, so Ohio is in the east. They have been active in the past with their local bicycle club, and both are life members of the League of American Bicyclists. Alan has served on the ETR board since 2007.