Jeffrey C. Petersen
President, term expires November, 2014*
Jeff is one of the founders of 3RBC, along with John Ittner. Jeff is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Petersen-Hastings investment firm. As the first President of the Lourdes Health Network Foundation, he was a signatory to the documents that established the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Jeff is also very active in world-class cyclist Lance Armstrong's Cancer Foundation program. He is a member of Chinook Cycling Club and Tri-City Bicycle Club. Jeff and wife, Marj, are avid tennis fans, love travel, and have two sons.
Secretary, term expires November, 2015*
Aaron works as the Performance and Wellness Director for Therapeutic Associates in Kennewick. He taught cycling and mountain bike classes at Brigham Young University while doing his graduate work and has been coaching cyclists, triathletes and runners for the last 10 years. He comes from a mountain bike and cyclocross racing background, but calls himself a “cyclist.” As a father of 7 kids, Aaron and his wife Amy are active in promoting cycling as a lifelong activity and the benefits of a cycling lifestyle. Aaron is a member of the 3rrr and Chinook cycling clubs.
Carl Berkowitz Director, term expires November, 2014*
Growing up in Southern California, Carl saw the damage that cars do to the environment, their limitations as an effective mode of transportation in urban areas and the reduction in health of individuals who rely on them. As a staff scientist working with Battelle’s research aircraft operation he had many opportunities to literally look down on urban areas across North America and Canada as he and his colleagues investigated the impact of emissions and land use on air quality, clouds and climate. He believes the transportation sector plays a major role in defining urban air quality and global scale climate change, and that building more roads results in more traffic but not less congestion. Carl joined the 3RBC to work with others who feel that planning for the Tri-Cities should move towards policies that include transportation strategies in which cycling and pedestrian access play an important and officially recognized role.
Russ Burtner Treasurer, term expires November, 2015*
Russ is retired from the City of Kennewick, where he served as Executive Director - Municipal Services Department, Parks and Recreation Director, and Facilities and Grounds Manager. Previous to that, Russ worked as an Urban Planning and Engineering consultant. Russ is a Founding Board Member & Past President - Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties; Past Member and President - Kennewick General Hospital Foundation, Member and Past President - Kennewick Kiwanis and Kennewick Kiwanis Foundation, Past Chairman (2010-2011) and member - Tri City Regional Chamber Small Business Resource Committee, and Member - Tri City Visitor and Convention Center Rivershore Enhancement Committee.
When he's not busy making things happen, Russ is a cyclists, sailor, skier, hiker, and grandfather of four.
Position 9 is OPEN
Vice-President, term expires November, 2015*
Dave Berkowitz is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain climbing, skiing, cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and backpacking. As a manager at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), he has been inspiring, educating and outfitting others for adventures in the great outdoors for more than 16 years. “Recreating outdoors changed my life for the better. It is my passion to help others experience the joy, the peace, the wonder and the level of physical fitness that recreating outdoors provides.”
John P. Ittner
Treasurer, term expires November, 2015*
John is one of the founders of 3RBC, along with Jeffrey Petersen. John is a member since 1990 of the Tri-City Bicycle Club and has been the TCBC Treasurer and webmaster. He is retired from Energy Northwest. John is also a member of the League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, and Adventure Cycling Association.John and his wife, Ellie, enjoy tooling around the Tri-Cities on their tandem, attending tandem rallies and club tours, and visiting their two children and two grandchildren.
Laurel Strand Director, term expires November, 2015*
Laurel, Richland Recreation Program and Facility Manager, has been with the Parks and Recreation Department for over 10 years. Her primary responsibilities include the development and administration of diverse recreational programs, events and activities to meet the needs and interests of a growing community. She is a graduate of Washington State University and more recently, Leadership Tri-Cities. She and her husband Clint Andring are avid cycling enthusiasts, love to hike, travel, and have a combined total of eight children.
Director, term expires November, 2014*
Andy is the Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and an avid cyclist and swimmer. He is also well known around the Tri-Cities for his participation in the Polar Plunge and other fundraising events.
In addition to raising funds for child welfare organizations, Miller is also a strong advocate for programs which reduce the probability of young people ruining their lives with drugs, alcohol or gang activities.
Damion J. Miller Education Director, term expires November, 2014*
Damion has worked as a Bicycle Advocate for fifteen years offering certified bicycle education programming through his business Bike Well out of his home in Richland, Washington. In 1998, Damion became a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI# 719) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and has facilitated BikeEd programs for: public schools “Safe Routes to School” programs; non-profit associations; corporate bicycle wellness programs; Bicycle Magazine’s “Bike Town”; and has done commentary work as a bicycle safety expert for Court TV.
Damion has exposed more than 15,000 cyclists to the virtues of cycling for recreation, transportation, and transformation. Damion received the “LAB League Cycling Instructor of the Year Award in 2001” for outstanding contribution to cycling in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Damion and his wife, Ghislaine, are members of the Chinook Cycling Club and Tri-City Bicycle Club and are raising two beautiful children. Damion attended Washington State University/Tri-Cities, earning a teaching degree in Elementary Education.