Chris Hart – West Coast Organizer
Chris Hart graduated from the University of Colorado in 2006 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. His interest in cycling peaked when he took several months off to ride his bike across the United States while raising funds for charities dedicated to alleviating global poverty. Since then, he has spent a fair amount of time thinking about the role of energy and energy efficiency in international development. He recently completed a project designing a micro-hydro electricity grid in rural Peru. He recently received his MS from Stanford University in Civil Engineering and resides in San Francisco.
Andrew Trlica – West Coast Organizer
Andrew Trlica holds an M.S. in soil science from the University of Washington, and now works as an environmental scientist near Vancouver, BC. His work involves using soil to combat climate change and promote ecosystem recovery. His involvement with the Dream Ride crew started during his days working as an environmental surveyor in Colorado, where he met the Dream Ride founders. As an organizer for the Ride he has helped organize advertising and has acted as an organizing committee member to help guide the 2012 ride. Andrew is a long time urban bike commuter and participated in the 200 mile Seattle To Portland ride in 2009, one of the largest annual cycling events on the west coast.
Ivy Schultz – East Coast Organizer
Ivy received her BA from Reed College in International Relations and her MA from Georgetown, where she focused on technology policy and international development. Ivy is a program manager at Columbia Engineering’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Community Engagement where she works on a wide range of projects with students and organizations. She is also a part-time CU student. Prior to her current project, Ivy worked at Columbia Business School where she co-authored a report on broadband deployment for the FCC’s development of the National Broadband Plan. Ivy enjoys traveling and volunteering abroad, especially in Kenya.
Karen Jernigan – Mountain Region Organizer
Karen recently graduated from the University of Denver with an MA in International Studies. She ventured off to DC to launch into the international consulting and non-profit sectors. She also is in the start-up phase of an NGO to benefit youth in the West Bank. As a roadie, Karen bikes to work and rides for fun. Her passion for raising money and awareness for international causes traces back to her overseas experiences that have opened her eyes and showed her great need… and this is what brought her to Dream Ride.
Eamon Aloyo – Mountain Region Organizer
Eamon Aloyo co-founded the Dream Ride after working in Kenya in 2005 in order to continue to support people like those he met there who deserve opportunities to improve their lives. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 and holds a B.A. with honors in economics and an M.A. in political science from Lehigh University. As a Research Associate for the One Earth Future Foundation, he conducts research on global governance. He serves on the boards of an NGO based in Kenya, the International Peace Initiatives, which works to “mitigate the effects of poverty, disease, discrimination and violence,” as well as the Common Language Project, a journalism NGO based in Seattle that reports on pressing global and local issues, and teaches journalism. He has worked on several different NGO projects in East Africa and Latin America. In recognition of his work, Aloyo was awarded one of the University of Colorado’s most prestigious honors, the Thomas Jefferson Award.
Walter Scheirer – Webmaster & Mountain Region Organizer
Walter Scheirer received his B.A. and M.S. from Lehigh University, where he studied both international relations and computer science, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he continues his work in computer science. Walter has much experience in activism, including political campaign and party organization on the east coast, and a bid for Pennsylvania’s state congress in 2005. Development and education are Walter’s primary interests, with a progressive focus on science and technology. For the DREAM Ride, Walter is serving as Webmaster and technology coordinator, as well as a mountain region organizer.