Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure

 
Find your rider by first clicking on the route below and then their name, or scroll down to meet everyone.

Meet the Riders: Summer 2011

Aaron Alaman
Aimee James
Allen Slabaugh (Trip Leader)
Alyssa Hostetler
Anne Troyer
Ashley Rae Moore
Ben Abney
Blake Smith
Bob Driscoll
Brett Safran
Carolyn Hinds
Chris Cosby
Cliff and Sue Parrish
David Austin            
David Crane
Don Engelstad
Doug Costlow
Emily Ward
Eric Burgmann



Eric McQuesten
Eric Schweinhart
Graham Houston
Hailey Dady

Heather Skolnick
Hoyt Robey
Ivan Cunningham
Jason Raeburn
Jessica Thompson
Jim McCracken
Joel Petron
Jonas Winn
Karen Warkentien
Kimberly Korzym
Krystal Goodwin

Kyle Halat
Kyle McDowell
Laura Larson
Leonard Pope (Honorary Chair)
Lisa Corsi (Van Driver)


Loyal Mehnert
Martha Joslyn

Matthew Stock
Megan East
Melissa Merril

Michael Tiemeyer
Mike Haiderer
Olivia Kilian
Patrick Smith
Peter Perkowski
Ryan Iafigliola (FCBA Trip Founder)
Sarah Abney
Sarah Doren
Scottie Duclos
Susan Pratt
Tadeusz Dymowski
Tiffany Ellis
Tom Tebbe
Tom Weber   


    

 

Click here to see the 2011 Virtual Riders
Click here to see the 2010 riders


2011 Honorary Chair Leonard Pope

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end shows his support for this year's Fuller Center Bike Adventure:


 
 

Cyclists traveling the full route - Washington State to Washington D.C.

Allen Slabaugh, 23
2011 Trip Leader and returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Fundraising goal: $10,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Allen's personal page!

I never would have imagined leading a cross-country bike trip while I was in college working on a Business Administration and Sport Management degrees. However two years later here I am doing just that.

I arrived in Americus a little over a year ago after I graduated from Bluffton University in 2009. I came down here to serve a year-long term with the Mennonite Voluntary Service program working for Habitat for Humanity. During that year, Ryan (Former trip leader and founder of the event) asked me if I had interest in spending another year down in Americus, but this time volunteering for the Fuller Center for Housing and leading next year's trip.

At the time I wasn't too sure what to think since I hadn't actually participated in the event yet. After thinking and praying about it for a long time I felt this was where God was calling me to be, so I said I would do it. I did get to go on a part of last year's trip and luckily I enjoyed every minute of it.

I'm extremely excited about this year's ride and looking forward to meeting a lot of amazing people along the way. It will also be great to see parts of the country that I have never seen before and I couldn't think of a better way to do that than on a bike, riding to help those in need. This is going to be an amazing summer and one that I'm never going to forget.

Kyle McDowell, 24
Returning 2009 Fuller Center cyclist
Columbus, OH
Fundraising goal: $5,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Kyle's personal page!

Hello! I'm from Columbus, OH - a Buckeye through and through. I love all things music, biking and traveling. I've been riding fixed gear for the past 3 years but I'm going to switch it up for this trip. I did the whole ride in 2009 from Lake Michigan to the Gulf Coast and it was incredible. I still remain in contact and even visit many of the 2009 riders. I've made life-long, close friendships and I've gained a passion for volunteering, particularly with The Fuller Center for Housing. Working to eradicate poverty housing is something that transcends political and religious backgrounds. This truly brings people together to do real, tangible good in the world. So, I'm going to try to eek out one more great adventure before I have to worry about real life and adulthood and all that. (Of course, I said the exact same thing back in 2009...)


Alyssa Hostetler, 21
West Liberty, OH
Fundraising Goal: $7,200 - Where Most Needed

After attending Hesston College in Kansas and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Georgia for a year, I now find myself in a year of constant change and new opportunities.

After considering countless options for what I'm going to be when I grow up and coming up short (no pun intended-I'm only 4' 11") I've decided to instead focus on who I'm going to be as I grow up and how I'm going to affect those around me along the way. Now it's just a matter of figuring out what that looks like in everyday life. That being said-I'm SO excited about the Fuller Center Bike Adventure! I love riding bikes (though I haven't done more than just joy riding around town so this whole "riding across the country" thing should be quite an adventure) and I enjoy traveling every chance I get.

I've worked on volunteer sites, building alongside those who need a helping hand, and have also been a recipient of that work when my family needed a helping hand from others. I believe that if we don't help each other no one else will, so we've got to do our part while we can. I'm really looking forward to hearing the stories of the people we meet along the way, having the chance to be a part of so many lives in such a real way, and I'm anxious to see how I too will be changed through it all. Now let's get this party started! I can't wait to see you all out there!


Lisa Corsi, 22
Oceanport, NJ
Van Driver
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed

Hey everybody! I will keep this short considering my part in the trip this year is not as admirable as the others. My name is Lisa and I am driving the van this year. I rode my bike the whole way two summers ago, and decided this year I wanted to take a different approach.

In lieu of college, I took a different route and decided to work many jobs so that I could follow my passion, which is traveling. I love to backpack anywhere I can get to. I have done a few builds with the Fuller Center, including New Orleans, a few trips to El Salvador, and the blitz build this past September. I figured I should try to squeeze in an adventure stateside before I move to Italy in September, especially being that it is for an organization I believe so greatly in.


Sarah Doren, 26
Returning 2010 Fuller Center cyclist
Allison Park, PA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Sarah's personal page!

Last year, I rode from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. and I was hooked. I love cycling and helping others. How convenient that the FCBA does both! I am excited for this ride, cross country, because I think it is a once in a lifetime experience.

So before I become a "real adult" (I will get my Master's in Counseling in May), it's time for a big adventure of this kind. I think life is an adventure and a constant reminder of the sovereignty of God and His grace and mercy through Christ Jesus. I have been blessed so much in joys and pain; this is just a small opportunity to serve others, in their joys and pain. It won't be easy but it will be worth it!


Jonas Winn, 23
Moline, IL
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

My name is Jonas Winn from Moline, Illinois. I am excited to be apart of this trip to gain riding experience, raise money for a great cause/help others in need, and build my faith! This will be my first cross country cycling trip, and the first ever done, that i know of, on a tall bike. This trip will have its challenges, and that's what I'm most looking forward to!






Tadeusz Dymowski, 63
Warsaw, Poland
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Haiti

It’s an extraordinary thing that I will participate in this adventure. I have never imagined that I would be able to go by bike across the United States. It’s an extraordinary fact that half a year ago, I didn’t know anything about the Fuller Center for Housing. I asked a friend in Virginia for help organizing a ride across the state of Virginia and he discovered the Bike Adventure. I was enthusiastic to have such an opportunity to take part in this tour.

I am 63 years old, and I am a little bit ashamed to be in this event. I hope that my young friends (riders) will accept me. I enjoyed getting to know young Christians also last summer in the United States. I've been connected to Americans in Poland through a Mennonite church.

I know how many obstacles are before me. Even though I’m not young, I feel that I can do it! All my life I have been practicing sports and my favorite sport is biking. My father died when I was 8 years old, and my mother was too poor to buy me a bike. Now, in the autumn of my life, I have a chance to realize my childhood dream and have been practicing cycling. I feel ready for this undertaking.

It is incredible to me that my dream will be reality—biking across states, seeing beautiful scenic views, biking on the range of mountains in Montana, maybe not far from the beautiful big canyon of Colorado, and the big plains of the Mississippi.

I’m praying to God, He gives me such power, determination, and good health, that I can realize my dream from my childhood. In this ride I will go as far as I can. I’m glad that this ride can help improve the housing situation for many people.


Krystal Goodwin, 29
Returning 2009 Fuller Center Cyclist
Savannah, GA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Krystal's personal page!

Wow! I am extremely excited in anticipation for the 2011 FCBA! This year, I look forward to riding across the country (longitudinally this time) in an intentional effort to end poverty housing. It'll be a new year, a new path, some new Fuller Center friends, armed with the same mission set forth by Millard Fuller.

The 2009 FCBA allowed me to get my hands dirty working on actual Fuller Center homes helping actual people, spreading the Fuller Center message along the way. That's the beauty of this particular "adventure", the rewards are tremendous! In addition to having the most rewarding summer of my life helping fulfill Millard's vision, I met the most wonderful and caring fellow rider who, at the time of this year's ride, will be my husband. Thus, in honor of our AMAZING experiences with the Fuller Center for Housing, we enthusiastically sign up for the 2011 ride together as a dedication to this incredible organization. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to this new adventure!

Michael Tiemeyer, 29
Returning 2009 Fuller Center Cyclist
Savannah, GA
Fundraising Goal: 3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Michael's personal page!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited about joining the ride again. I had such a wonderful time in 2009 that I had to come back for more. The five weeks of riding from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico was the best experience of my life. I was lucky enough to make a difference in so many people's lives by showing them love and compassion in their time of need. The chance to help people fulfill their basic need of a simple, decent place to live is both a humbling and rewarding experience that truly brings perspective to life.

I met too many amazing people to give thanks to in this space, but there is one person that I must recognize. During the bike trip, I met and came to know my future wife, Krystal Goodwin. We will be married on May 20, 2011, and this trip will be sort of a honeymoon for us!

I know that this Summer will be just as great, and I can't wait for it to begin!

Tom Weber, 68
Broomfield, CO
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Tom's personal page!

Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, so naturally, I’m a Cubs fan! I served in the Air Force then returned to Illinois State to get my BS in Education. My wife, Lois, and I raised our two sons in Texas.

During my working life I have taught in both middle and high school settings, have been director of printing services for an association in Texas, and have owned a couple of small family businesses. We’ve now moved to Colorado and I am greatly enjoying my life as a retiree in Broomfield. We are near our older son and his wife (both Lutheran ministers) and our two grandchildren (10 and 12). Our younger son and his wife moved from Alaska to Illinois to run our metal service center in Chicago.

I am experiencing the fantastic opportunity of volunteering at the Raptor Education Foundation (www.usaref.org). I’m also an avid tennis player (bring your rackets for our off days?), have begun playing on a volleyball team with my wife, and we like ballroom dancing.

I’ve enjoyed biking in my past but am really, really enjoying biking now that I’m no longer working long hours; I bike with three groups in our community. I have ridden in a number of one-day biking events since moving to Colorado, and in 2009 had a great time riding across Iowa in RAGBRAI. Since enjoying that experience I have been thinking about a ride across the country when I found info on FCBA; it sounds like a great chance to ride, as well as help folks at the same time.

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Anne Troyer, 21
Goshen, IN
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Anne's Personal Page!

I grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska. This is my favorite place in the world. I am quite convinced that it is the best place in the world but life has taught me not to be arrogant so i want to travel the world and make sure that is the truth.

After graduating high school i have "floated" around, I attended Hesston College in Kansas and following that I did a year of voluntary service in Canada. I am currently a student at Goshen College in Indiana, where I change my major more frequently then anyone should. Someday I intend on earning a bachelors in something and become a "contributing member of society" Until that happens I plan on enjoying where I am and doing my best to work for justice.

Besides the pure awesomeness of being able to say I rode my bike across the country, I wanted to do this bike adventure because I see the Fuller Center as an organization that is really working for justice. We are humans, a broken yet somehow beautiful people striving for wholeness. The only way I know to strive for wholeness is through community. I believe in this world that we can love, learn and liberate, if we only take action. My faith calls me into action. I know this isn't going to solve all the world's problems, but hey, got to start somewhere right?

Ashley Rae Moore, 22
Athens, GA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Jefferson County Fuller Center
Go to Ashley Rae's personal page!

My name's Ashley Rae,
Stumbling across this program is one of the most providential occurrences I've experienced in some time. An incredible opportunity for me to study in India this summer fell through a couple weeks ago and I was really disappointed. But I've really felt this press to do something significant right now, not when I graduate or have more means etc.

I'd been mulling over what to do with my summer, now that it's open to anything, when I absentmindedly clicked on an ad for this. The big issue I'd been praying about was that I could never commit to making anything happen because all of my options seemed to allow only for me to invest in myself. All of them were thrilling opportunities, but I didn't feel settled about spending 1-3 whole months focusing entirely on me, I wanted to have something to offer to the suffering world. This trip, unlike anything I'd looked into previously, would allow me to do just that AND achieve something I've dreamed of for years at the same time. It is just like God to orchestrate something like that. I'm so excited to meet the team, watch the landscape change... watch myself change. This might be brilliant.

 
Jason Raeburn, 20
Beacon, NY
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Jason's personal page!

Hey guys, my name is Jason Raeburn and I love to bike, so when I found out about the Fuller Center Bike Adventure I was blown away! Not only is it a cross country trip, BUT its a trip of faith and service to add. A couple of months ago I was wondering what to do for summer, so I prayed. A few days later I found out about this amazing adventure. I believe this is Gods work.


 
Aaron Alaman, 29
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Piscataway, NJ
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Philippines

Hi everybody! Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to ride the Fuller Center Bike Adventure from Niagara Falls to New Orleans and here I am again back for another adventure! I did miss a week last year covering almost the same route towards Washington, DC so it looks like I get to finally "make up" that section! That was three sentences in a row that ended in a "!"!!!!

Let it be known that I was recruited by none other than Facebook last year!
I saw the ad on the side that said,
"Do you love God?" (Yeah!)
"Do you like biking?" (Yeah!)
"Well, we have an Adventure for you!"
I thought to myself, do you now? *click*

I can't wait to hit the road again with old friends and meeting new ones on the way!

Oyee! 

 
Megan East, 25
Returning 2009 Fuller Center Cyclist
Milan, MI
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Greater Toledo Fuller Center
Go to Megan's personal page!

In 2009 I participated in the Michigan-Florida FCBA ride. It was the summer of my life. I made life long friends, met families that made an extremely big impact on my life, a passion for the Fuller Center and made memories that I think about everyday. Being from Michigan I always hear people talking about the dreaded drive to Florida. Its great to be like I actually have biked that, its not to bad.

I wanted to do last years trip, but had to make some important life choices. Everyday I regret it, Everyday I think about how I wish I would of done it, and everyday I remember how much I loved biking MI to Fl. I talk to someone associated with the 2009 summer of a lifetime almost everyday. I can't wait to meet new faces and see old faces (happy honeymoon Krystal and Michael. Can't wait to see you Lisa, Kyle, Ryan and I know there will be others) during the 2011 ride, that I'm sure will be associated with the new summer of a lifetime.

This trip is a no brainer, I wanted to do it. But...... for all of us involved, it also means a summer of no income. I prayed about what to do. My heart sure wanted to do the trip, but was it the best decision for me. Well..... God answered one day and I figured out a plan to be able to do this trip financially. I can't wait.

Can it be June 10th yet?

Oyee! to all the FCBA riders.

 
Martha Joslyn, 20
Tappahannock, VA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

I'm a junior at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. I'm a psychology major with a neuroscience minor. I love the outdoors, getting to know new people, and helping other people. However there is nothing more I love than epic adventures.

I was planning on making a bike trip across the country this summer until I discovered the Fuller Center bike trip through a friend. I cannot think of a better way to spend my summer than to serve the Lord while do something insanely awesome. I am so excited to meet everyone and share what I know will be an amazing summer.

Patrick Smith, 23
Heathsville, VA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

Hi my name is Patrick. I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I feel a strongly in doing service to others as Christ served us. I heard about this trip from my brother, Blake Smith, who has held on to a long time dream of biking across America. When he heard about this trip it was like a dream come true. I am glad I will be able to share this experience with him. I see this trip as an adventure, a challenge and an opportunity to serve. Even now I can't wait to get started!



Blake Smith, 19
Heathsville, VA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

My name is Blake Smith, I go by Blake Smith, but you can just call me Blake Smith. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, I became pretty sick, I learned that suffering makes a guy pretty humble, and had to give up a lot to get better. Since then my faith in God has never been stronger! I know that we are not in control. Philippians 4:13 "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."

I have run two marathons and about to start my third! And swam the Rappahannock River! I do my best to give my whole heart in everything I do, because our time on this earth is short. I was motivated by my brother and friend Martha to ride this Cross Country Bike adventure! I am happy to give my all this summer to the Lord and help in spreading His word! Perseverance-what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

 

Olivia Kilian, 20
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Ballwin, MO
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

Hi everyone, I’m 20 years young and a junior at Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame (Go Irish!). I rode one week of the bike tour last year and fell in love with the Fuller Center and its mission. I’m passionate about biking, volunteering and adventure and this is the perfect synthesis of the three.

I’ve always been fascinated with throwing caution to the wind, so I was naturally hooked when I heard about this opportunity. There is no better way to experience the world than from a bike saddle. Through the miles, the hill climbs, and the inevitable downpours, this will be an incredible learning experience.

Visiting new cities and meeting extraordinary people along the way is only half the fun. I’m so excited to put my time and energy into something so meaningful. With this bike tour, I’m focusing on developing a greater awareness and support for affordable housing. The Fuller Center and its supporters are united by the common interest of providing clean, stable housing for those who are less fortunate. I sincerely believe that our efforts will pave the way toward ending the global housing crisis that our world is experiencing today.

I can’t wait to start the FCBA with a glance of the Pacific and end with a jubilant plunge in the Atlantic!


Ben Abney, 63
Canton, GA
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed

Long time Habitat volunteer, and long time cyclist. Recently retired and wanting to ride across the country. This ride allows me to both support a great cause and accomplish the ride goal.





 
Laura Larson, 49
Traverse City, MI
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Needed Most
Go to Laura's personal page!

Hi! My name is Laura and I'm a former Project Manager in an IT department in Traverse City, Michigan. Riding across the United States by bike has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. I think I caught the bug while I was planning my solo trip around northern Michigan after graduating high school many years ago.

You can say my life has been dedicated to serving, through a career in the Air Force and also on Christian mission trips to Guatemala, Mississippi, and most recently Haiti. I was looking for a mission trip to replace one that was canceled for May, and I saw the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. What a wonderful opportunity to combine bicycling and serving those in need with the planned builds along the way. I'm looking forward to the adventure!

Mike Haiderer, 24
Saginaw, MI
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Where Most Needed
Go to Mike's personal page!

Hi, I'm Mike Haiderer.
I am trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my life. I heard about this ride on the one and only Facebook, and was like hey that sounds cool. I love Jesus and Cycling so I think this trip would be fun. I also like to build things so when I heard that I get to help build houses I was completely sold!
I attended Concordia University Ann-Arbor and graduated with a double Major in Math and Biology. I ran cross country and track. I originally started cycling as a way to cross train because I hurt my knees, now I just cycle. I have worked at bicycle shops the last 4 summers. Working there further cemented my love for cycling and also made me a pretty good bicycle mechanic. I estimate I have put together over a 1000 bicycles during my time there. I am really looking forward to helping people on this ride and curious for what God has planned on it.



 
Heather Skolnick, 21
Bayside, NY
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Armenia

Hello! My name is Heather Skolnick and I am graduating from Binghamton University with a pre-law major in May. I started volunteering with the Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity in high school with builds in West Virginia and a disaster relief trip in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Since then I have served as President of my campus Habitat chapter and have traveled up and down the east coast and to both Armenia and Indonesia building houses. I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. The ride will be a great challenge and I anticipate building with seven different affiliates and meeting amazing people along the way!


Chris Cosby, 49
Returning 2008, 2009, & 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
West Point, GA
Fundraising Goal: $5,000 - Chattahoochee Fuller Center
Go to Chris's personal page!

Since I was the first rider to sign up for the first FCBA, it makes sense that I am (probably) the last rider to sign up for this summer's ride. I rode the whole distance in 2008 and 2010, but this year I am hoping for more hills and fewer flats (tires and terrain!).

The week after the ride ends, I start a new job with Habitat in Birmingham. What better way to get in shape?


Segment Cyclists

Ryan Iafigliola, 25
Former Trip Leader and Founder of the Bicycle Adventure
Americus, GA
Segment: Seattle - ?
Fundraising goal: $20,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Ryan's personal page.

Creating this event as a volunteer Special Assistant to Millard Fuller in 2008 and watching it grow and develop each year has been one of the most meaningful activities of my life. I've been privileged to participate in every bit of its first 3 years, covering its 24 states, 7,200 miles, and over $300,000 raised.

But like our bike routes, life's road takes many turns, some of which are not entirely foreseen, and now my role with the Fuller Center has changed. My responsibilities include supporting and contributing oversight to our work around the world in places like Peru, El Salvador, Haiti, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Congo, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Armenia. It's a big job that I'm still learning, but thankfully we have so many talented and trustworthy leaders around the world doing the hard parts.

It soon became obvious that with the international programs and the Bike Adventure both fighting for my time and attention, one - or both - would suffer. Thankfully God heard our prayer for help and the incredibly talented and dedicated Allen Slabaugh arrived, agreeing to give up an entire year as a volunteer to organize the 2011 ride. It could not be in better hands.

I remain as passionate about the event as ever; in fact, my new role has shown me all the more clearly why it is so greatly needed, and so I'll be riding for as much as possible this summer. How much that will be is anyone's guess, but hey, let me just say that if someone donates $1million for my ride I'll commit right now to going the whole way!

This may be a breakthrough year for the event. I can't wait to be part of it once again!

 
Tom Tebbe, 62
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Northbrook, IL
Segment: Denver to Bloomington, IL (5-7)
Fundraising Goal: $2,000 - Where Most Needed

I enjoy biking alot and rode 3800 miles this year during the outdoor season - I don't bike during Chicago winters! Over 800 of the miles ridden this year were with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. It was great to spend time with a group who shared ideals about making the world a better place through direct action. The enthusiasm of the fellow riders and the support from church communities along the way really motivated me to continue my involvement with the Fuller Center for Housing. I believe that having a decent abode is a fundamental cornerstone for family life, for independence, and for a sense of personal safety. I am eager to participate in the 2011 Fuller Center Bike Adventure.


Bob Driscoll, 45
Moline, IL
Segment: Bloomington, IL - Washington, D.C. (8-9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Bob's personal page!

I am a Youth Pastor who is not (as of this writing) on staff anywhere. My wife and I own and perform with our family entertainment business (www.zanyjanie.com), and this gives a significant amount of flexibility in our schedule. A local rider who is planning to do the entire ride gave us a brochure and God immediately broke our hearts for the cause of helping those who don't have adequate housing.



Hailey Dady, 26
West Lafayette, IN
Segment: Bloomington, IL to Washington, D.C. (8-9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Haiti
Go to Hailey's personal page!

Hello Everyone! My name is Hailey Dady and I was born in Kearney, Neb. I attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for my undergrad where I received a degree in Marketing and minor in Graphic Arts. That’s right everyone I am a Cornhusker and I bleed red! :D After graduation I joined AmeriCorps and moved to West Lafayette, Ind. During my two-year AmeriCorps term I served with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana. While serving, I gained a heart for Habitat’s mission and helping people in need. One of my tasks during this time was organizing a 350-mile bike tour around Indiana called Cover Indiana. I had never biked more than 10 miles before but I knew I needed to experience the ride if I was going to have to promote it in the future. So I joined another Habitat ride called Bucket 100 and in 40-degree weather I got on a bike and rode 120 miles in two days. At the finish I fell to the ground with true joy. I didn’t move much the next couple of days but I gained a love for cycling I never knew I would have. Since then I have ridden in six other rides, including a cross-country ride last year with Bike & Build, another organization which raises money and awareness for affordable housing (Providence, R.I. to Seattle, Wash.).

I am now enrolled in Seminary at Grace in Winona Lake, Ind. I will be receiving a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. I also enjoy volunteering with International Students on Purdue’s Campus.

Riding my bike across the United States this last summer was by far the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. Even though I know the challenge ahead of me, I am looking forward to the long hours on the road and meeting people from all walks of life. I’m looking forward to coasting down the backs of mountains and seeing the sight of the Atlantic Ocean at the end. This journey will definitely leave a lasting impact on my life and I pray on many others. I hope that this experience will be an encouragement to each of you to follow your dreams and to never give up! So together may we DREAM BIG!

David Crane, 54
Pittsburgh, PA
Segment: Seattle to Salt Lake City (1-3)
Fundraising Goal: $5,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to David's personal page!

Like Millard, I too was an entrepreneur in my 20s and 30s, spending time in San Fransisco, Vail, Cape Cod, and Atlanta amassing a small fortune. The key difference was that his totaled in the millions and was given to worthwhile causes; mine totaled hundreds and was lost along with the shirt off my back. For the past 16 years I've worked for the Postal Service, living in Pittsburgh, and renovating a Victorian house. Apparently 16 years is not enough time for me because its still not done! During that time I picked up some mad construction skills, and began riding a road bike after Lance won his fifth Tour de France title for the USPS team.

Sixteen years is a long time (for me) to be settled into a 9-5 life. Time for an adventure! This years W2W route (has anyone trademarked that yet?) will take me through states that I have never visited. The best part will be that, like Millard, I will be raising money, raising roofs, and raising awareness for a great cause.

Lastly, on the surface, it probably doesn't look like this trip is much of a sacrifice for the riders. Fly to Seattle, ride a bike through the United States, meals prepared for you, bags carted to your next location, media attention--like a professional sports team, right? I don't know about that, but I do know that the two hours a day I will spend on my bike this winter is where the sacrifice begins for me. I've never ridden 75 miles a day back to back to back. But I know that without preparing for it, I won't be able to do it. I'm looking forward to being a part of something great!

 
Hoyt Robey, 49
Bellevue, WA
Segment: Seattle to Kellogg, ID (1)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Hoyt's personal page!

I was planning a self supported bicycle tour from Seattle to Crater Lake, Oregon this next summer. When I learned about the Fuller organization bicycle tour I was intrigued. The more I researched the group the more impressed I was. My heart was moved at the thought of directly helping someone with their housing. From the moment I watched the Christmas message video I decided to delay my own tour, I was ALL IN for the Fuller Center for Housing Bicycle Tour!

Doug Costlow, 24
Tallmadge, OH
Segment: Seattle - Denver (1-4)
Fundraising Goal: $3,000 - Haiti
Go to Doug's Personal Page!

I first heard about this bike adventure from some friends who did the trip last year, Brett and Melissa. I was intrigued by the fact that you could raise money for people who need a decent place to live, build and repair houses for those in need, meet new people, and ride a bike across the country. The "drifter" in me has always wanted to travel at a slower pace, like on a bike, but to know I could do that and help people along the way, made this trip seem all the more worth it.

I have been given the opportunity to take a month off and ride from Seattle to Denver. I’m looking forward to riding through the mountains and think the scenery alone will be enough to keep me going. I have been an avid mountain biker for the past few years but have never done any touring on a bike. I recently graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and enjoy building things so I’m also looking forward to the build day. I know this is going to be a great trip and I’m excited to meet everyone that I get to experience it with.

Kimberly Korzym, 22
Columbia, SC
Segment: Columbus, OH - Washington, D.C. (9)
Fundraising Goal: $700 - Where Most Needed
Go to Kim's personal page!

My name is Kim, I am 22 years old and a History student at the University of South Carolina. I was born and raised just outside of St. Louis, Missouri which is where I got my first experience in affordable housing through volunteering with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Last summer I continued my work on housing, and biking, by riding cross country with a group called Bike and Build. I raised over $4,000 and biked over 4300 miles from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Cruz, California. It was an amazing experience and has changed my life. I am dedicated to using my bike to raise awareness and cannot wait to ride with the Fuller Center this summer.

Susan Pratt, 48
Returning 2009 & 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Poway, CA
Segment: Seattle to Denver (1-4)
Fundraising Goal: $2,000

This is the third time I have done the trip. I rode 1250 the first year and 1750 last year. I always begin the ride with that fear factor...will I make it. With the team work, the positive attitude, the motivation, the cause, and God at your side, I had no problem (yes, there were periods of a sore rear end and shoulders). I have enjoyed it both times and come back to do it again. As a teacher, a tennis coach, a half marathoner, a cyclist and an avid volunteer (Habitat for Humanity and more), this is the perfect way to spend my summer vacation. And, this last October, I went to Haiti and saw how we put our money in action overseas. Go Fuller Center!

 
Graham Houston, 53
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Kansas City, MO
Segment: Denver to Kansas City (5-6)
Fundraising Goal: $5,000 - Fuller Center of Kansas City, MO
Go to Graham's personal page!

I have dedicated myself to helping provide decent, affordable and safe housing to people in need. I helped start the Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO in 2009. We are thrilled that the 2011 FCBA is coming through Kansas City and will help raise money and awareness throughout the metro area.



Jessica Thompson, 25
North Royalton, OH
Segment: Seattle to Denver (1-4)
Fundraising Goal:  $1,700 - Where Most Needed
Go to Jessica's personal page!

Hello, my name is Jessica Thompson. I am a high school English teacher and softball coach in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with teaching, I also like to support my community by volunteering and creating opportunities for young adults to grow as leaders and serve in their community.

I joined the ride because I wanted to give my extra time to others, meet new people and expand my service outside of my community. I think this ride will correspond with my personal philosophy, which is to challenge myself to do good for others and for God.

Cliff & Sue Parrish, 47 & 49
Somonauk, IL
Segment: Kansas City to Bloomington, IL (7)
Fundraising Goal: $2,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Cliff and Sue's personal page!

We started cycling in 2009 as a way to simply spend time together. As our interest in cycling grew, it became normal for us to dedicate every fair weather Saturday to ride the bike paths through out the Chicago suburbs.

The Fuller Bike Adventure is especially exciting to us because of the opportunity for community impact along the trip. Traveling extra miles on a bike is one thing, having the opportunity to help others with a place to live along the way is a trip worthy of going the extra distance.


Peter Perkowski, 25
Randolph, NJ
Segment: Columbus, OH to Washington, D.C. (9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed

Over many years now my bicycle has been so many different things for me, my personal escape, my transportation, my health, and my adventure. Biking has been a great blessing and joy in my life. I decided to join this trip because I'd like to serve and thank God while I continue to improve my fitness by cycling.




David Austin, 38
Bel Aire, KS
Segment: Hill City, KS  - Bloomington, IL (6-7)
Fundraising Goal: $700 - Where Most Needed

Ever since I can remember the work of Millard and Linda Fuller have been near and dear to my heart. As a baby, I used my stroller and participated in one of the very first Habitat walk a thons. My father started the seventh HFH affiliate in Paducah, KY. I can still remember riding around the Midwest with my dad behind the wheel and this really tall skinny energetic guy riding shotgun spreading the word about Habitat. That tall man of course was Millard. At the age of 15 I participated in the 1988 HFH walk from Portland to Atlanta (I walked from NYC to Raleigh). In 1990 it was a walk from Pasadena, Calif. to Tijuana Mexico for HFH.

It has been years (nearly two decades) since I have really done any fund raising events for Habitat or the Fuller Center for Housing. I am excited to see if I can actually do this (two decades has added a lot of weight.)

I am a public relations and special events manager for a NPO in Wichita, KS, the Envision Foundation which provides vision rehabilitation, public education and employment for people who are blind or low vision. I am happily married to my wife Keturah and we have a beautiful daughter who is a sophomore in high school.

Matthew Stock, 21
Hammond, LA
Segment: Hill City, KS to Kansas City (6)
Fundraising Goal: $2,500 - Ginger Ford Northshore FCH in Hammond, LA

My name is Matthew Stock. I work for Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center located in Hammond, Louisiana. I was informed of this journey by Fuller Center bike adventure veteran, Mrs. Tamara Danel and I was very intrigued. With help from friends and family in the community, I hope to be a small part of the solution to eliminate poverty housing. There is plenty of work to be done to make that a reality, but with every dollar and every helping hand, we are one step closer.


Tiffany Ellis, 26
Muncie, IN
Segment: Bloomington, IL to Columbus, OH (8)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Tiffany's personal page!

I'm Tiffany and I love being active and using my recreational time to draw closer to the Lord. Currently I'm studying Linguistics and TESOL at Ball State University. For Summer 2011 I'd like to get my feet wet with one segment of the ride in hopes that I will be able to participate in the full journey summer of 2012.


Carolyn Hinds, 62
Alsea, OR
Segment: Kellogg, ID to West Yellowstone, MT (2)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed

My name is Carolyn Hinds. I have been involved in helping with builds for many years. I have had the pleasure to speak with Millard Fuller during workshops he presented in Seattle, Washington. Also, had the opportunity to speak with Linda Fuller as well. A friend gave me the latest book of Millard Fuller's thoughts which Linda compiled. The book is autographed by Linda, She wrote,"Keep the dream alive to eradicate substandard housing." So in keeping Linda and Millard's dream alive I am optimistic in taking on this new adventure.

Emily Ward, 26
Las Vegas, Nevada
Segment: Salt Lake City to Denver (4)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Emily's personal page!

My name is Emily Ward and I am 26 years old born and raised in Las Vegas. I go to school at Nevada State College and am studying Elementary Education. I love biking and did my first race last summer, but this is more ambitious from my last biking adventure. I am doing this to show my family and friends that you can't let fear stop you from experiencing life and once you put your trust in the Lord anything is possible.



Aimee James, 34
Overland Park, KS
Segment: Denver to Kansas City (5-6)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Aimee's personal page!

I love God, I love my husband, I love people and I love biking! God gave me the ability to ride and enjoy riding, so it's time for me to use that gift to help others in His name. I also love a challenge and can't wait to spend July on my bike. I am a special education teacher, so July is my month off between summer school in June and the new school year in August. I am also a fencer and I play the saxophone in the band at Crest Bible Church. My husband Eric will be supporting me by dropping me off in Denver and praying for me the whole way.



Melissa Merril, 24
Returning 2009 & 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Stow, Ohio
Segment: Salt Lake City to Denver (4)
Fundraising Goal: $600

I was a Fuller Center Bicycle Adventurer in 2009 and 2010, and it continues to be one of the coolest things I've ever done! I fell in love with the Fuller Center, and its cause, so I wanted to stay involved and continue to impact the lives of so many who are less fortunate than me. Now that I've graduated from college and participate full time in the working world I only have a week to contribute to this wonderful cause, but I'm in need of a new adventure more than ever and I can't think of a better way to spend my vacation! I'm also excited to share my ride this year with one of my favorite FCBA recruits :).


Brett Safran, 24
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Seven Hills, OH
Segment: Salt Lake City to Denver (4)
Fundraising Goal: $600

Riding from Niagara Falls to New Orleans last summer was one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced! I feel passionate about the work and mission of the Fuller Center, and want to stay involved. Unfortunately, I've graduated from college and I can only sneak away from work for a week this year. I'm excited to ride from Salt Lake City to Denver and to be reunited with my friends from the ride last year! I'm also excited to share my ride this year with my favorite FCBA recruiter :)


Joel Petron, 21
Americus, GA
Segment: Bloomington, IL to Washington, D.C. (8-9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000

I grew up in Americus, with both parents working at Habitat for Humanity and Millard Fuller being a close family friend. I am wanting to be a part of this ride mainly to be a part of the great work he started, but also to enjoy the fellowship of everyone involved. I have been wanting to get involved with the Fuller Center and this seems like a great place to start.



 
Scottie Duclos, 22
Tucson, AZ
Segment: Seattle to Denver (1-4)
Fundraising Goal: $2,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Scottie's personal page!

I am a statistics major at the University of Arizona, originally from the great state of Washington. I love doing recreational riding around Tucson, especially in some of the more mountainous roads.

When I saw this, I about freaked out. I've always wanted to do something like this and to be able to help out by raising money and through working, I couldn't refuse. I am a Christian and my main goal is to glorify and honor my God through any and all of the skills that he has given me. He told me to love others as He loved me with everything that I can, and I plan on doing that to the best
of my ability.
 
Karen Warkentien, 46
Arlington, VA
Segment: Columbus, OH to Washington, D.C
Fundraising Goal: $2,500 - Where Most Needed
Go to Karen's personal page!

Hi, I'm Karen, but most people call me Toolie due to the wide assortment of tools that I bring to builds. I've wanted to do the Fuller Center Bike Adventure ever since I first heard about the inaugural ride from San Diego to Tybee Island.

This trip allows me to do two things I really enjoy: riding bicycles and building houses. It will test my stamina as I've never ridden in a multi-day event before but I'm up for the challenge and can't wait to get out there and ride the last segment from Columbus, OH to Washington, D.C. But I probably won't bring quite as many tools this time since I'm not sure my panniers (or, more importantly, my legs) would appreciate it. :-)

Eric Burgmann, 55
Cincinnati, OH
Segment: Columbus, OH to Washington, D.C. (9)
Fundraising Goal: $3,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Eric's personal page!

I’m an avid endurance cyclist with visions of someday riding across country. I also have some construction skills being the chair of my church’s buildings and grounds committee and having renovated the four houses I’ve owned. The fuller ride seemed like a perfect fit.

                           

Don Engelstad, 67
Broomfield, CO
Segment: Denver to Hill City, KS (5)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000

I'm Don Engelstad, a retired chemical engineer, originally from Canada. My wife, Judy, and I split our time between suburban Houston and the Denver area, where two of our three grandchildren live. Although I frequently ride 30-50 miles, I've always wanted to attempt a longer distance over a period of several days. Riding a segment of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure gives me an opportunity to do this. And from what I have learned about the Fuller Center and its goal of reducing poverty housing, it is a pleasure to participate in such a worthwhile cause.


Tobie Kniess, 55
Indianapolis, IN
Segment: Bloomington, IL to Washington, D.C. (8-9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed
Go to Tobie's personal page!

I am a retired family law attorney with five grandchildren. I met the Fullers at the first Blitz Build in Shreveport. My life has never been the same. Millard could set a room ablaze with his enthusiasm. I will never stop trying to improve my neighborhoods, or helping others do the same. I will support Fuller Center and its mission as long as I can still stand up.



Eric Schweinhart, 21
Returning 2009 Fuller Center Cyclist
Amelia, OH
Segment: Columbus, OH to Washington, D.C. (9)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed

Riding from Michigan to Florida in 2009 with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure ignited a passion within me and answered a lot of questions that I was dealing with at the time. That is why I am back! I really enjoy riding, meeting amazing new people, and being able to serve the Lord in such a tangible way. I will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

Before continuing in graduate school in the fall I have a few months to do whatever I please which just so happens to include riding from Columbus, OH to Washington D.C. with the other Fuller Center bikers. It is very clear to me that God is strengthening those who are looking to serve Him in this capacity and he finds this mission very pleasing. I am very excited to be a part of another adventure!



Jim McCracken, 54
Clarkston, WA
Segement: Kellogg, ID - West Yellowstone, MT (2)
Fundraising Goal: $500 - Where Most Needed
Go to Jim's personal page!

I work at the Center for New Directions at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. This event looks like a great opportunity to contribute to affordable housing and highlight the bicycle as a healthy, efficient and sustainable means of transportation. I would love to participate in the whole trip across the country but can only get away for one segment. Micah 6:8 is my inspiration for joining this group: "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to [ride] humbly with your God."


Kyle Halat, 23
Returning 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Lancaster, PA
Segment: Seattle to Denver (1-4)
Fundraising Goal: $3,600 - Jefferson County Fuller Center

Hi, I'm Kyle Halat and I like long walks on the beach and gorgeous sunsets. Wait a minute... this isn't a dating profile. This is the FCBA 2011 bicycle adventure profile.

I was able to complete a dream of bicycle touring North to South throughout the United States last year when I went from Niagra Falls to New Orleans with FCBA. I get another chance to complete a dream with the 2011 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. I will be able to go west-east going through a semi-northern tier of the United States. I cannot wait to see friends from FCBA 2010 again and getting to meet new riders along the way. This will be a great trip to complete before I have to become a real person and get a full time job.

I am donating all of my money to an economically disadvantaged section of the United States known as Jefferson County, Georgia. They have a wonderful FCH covenant partner that I was able to go to and would eventually like to go see and help out with.


Eric McQuesten, 24
Columbus, OH
Segment: Columbus, OH - Washington, D.C. (9)
Fundraising Goal: $500 - Where Most Needed
Go to Eric's personal page!

Hi, My name is Eric. I am 24 years old and I am excited to be joining this ride. I have always wanted to do something like this, but not only that but to do it with people who follow Christ. I have decided to do this because I want to use my time and energy to help others and to build myself with endurance to know that I can do anything that I put my mind to.








Loyal Mehnert, 34
Milwaukee, Wi
Fundraising Goal: $7,200

Loyal Mehnert, the award-winning “Everyday Journeyman,” has traveled to over 20 countries across 5 continents spreading his message of travelanthropy. From racing the 4,000 mile England-to-Africa Plymouth-Banjul Road Rally, to hikes along the historic Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago, Loyal has gone the distance to raise both money and awareness for charitable causes. He has also been honored for his unique (and adventurous) approach to fundraising and volunteering by People Magazine, Outside Magazine, Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball, PETA, Amway’s Positivity Project, former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and current United States President Barack Obama.

In addition to his volunteering and fundraising efforts, Loyal has served as the National Field Media Spokesperson for both The Avon Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. He's looking forward to biking coast to coast for charity to raise money and awareness for the issue of poverty housing.



Ivan Cunningham, 28
Returning 2009 & 2010 Fuller Center Cyclist
Lawrence, KS
Segment: Denver to Kansas City (5-6)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Fuller Center of Kansas City, MO

I am a firm believer that, as human beings, we have an obligation to do everything within our power to help one another, especially those who may currently be less fortunate than ourselves. If you stop to think about all the insane coincidences and chance meetings that had to occur since the dawn of mankind, everybody on the planet today is pretty amazing and worthy of compassion.

I first got involved with the Fuller Center when I saw an ad on Facebook in 2009, for that year's Bike Adventure. I'd been involved with Habitat for Humanity off and on over the years and the FCBA seemed like something worthwhile and different from anything I'd done before. I rode on the first segment and a half of that trip, from Lake Michigan to Louisville, KY, and was hooked. I came back last year to ride the whole thing, but I knew that that would be the last year I'd be able to do that for a while.

I'm super excited to see friends from both 2009 & 2010 on this year's FCBA!


 


Sarah Abney, 50
Canton, GA
Segment: Salt Lake City to Denver (4)
Fundraising Goal: $1,000 - Where Most Needed

Joining my husband Ben to ride across Colorado!!