Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the California Mountain Biking Coalition serve a two-year term, elected by the currently sitting board of directors. We welcome those interested in serving on our board of directors or one of several committees to contact us.
Board of Directors
Board President 2019
Jake Bayless is a resident of Sonoma County and enthusiastic co-founder of REMBA, the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance. He currently serves on the REMBA board and is active in MTB advocacy efforts within REMBA’s zone: Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties. Jake met his wife on a moonlight mountain bike ride; they have two active sons. Their whole family loves to ride mountain bikes in places like Annadel and Salt Point State Park. Jake’s day job is a public servant programmer/analyst for the City of Santa Rosa. In his free time, he helped create REMBA, before going on to help form CAMTB because he saw that trail development and expansion wasn’t happening in proportion to the growth of mountain biking in California. He found that locally it was nearly impossible to get all the various “bike tribes” on the same page to actively influence park and open space decisions, especially without a cohesive group behind them. Jake believes that California has a lot of catching up to do; it has now been 40 years since the invention of the term “Mountain Bike”—in California. It’s high time to get together to ensure that everyone in California has a chance to enjoy all the trails in our beautiful state on a bike. CAMTB is how we’ll do it. You’re always welcome to reach out and say hi.
Board Member 2019
Vernon Huffman learned how to ride a mountain bike while getting his undergraduate degree in Parks Management at Cal State University Chico. The rocky terrain above Chico provided a steep learning curve that Vernon still relies on today to ride the steep chunky style he prefers.
After several years as a seasonal NPS Ranger, Vernon settled in Marin County to raise a family and now works as a Research Nursery Manager at Dominican University. Vernon’s advocacy started in 1995 when he joined his local mountain bike club, the BTC, out of a frustration of the ‘No Bike’ signs on the Mount Tamalpais trails most fun to ride. Vernon’s talents were soon tapped as he became a crew leader for the build out of the trails at Camp Tamarancho.
Vernon was then asked to take over as President of Access4Bikes, which he still serves as today. Vernon has worked tirelessly to help bring Marin’s access issues into modern times. There are many victories to celebrate under Vernon’s leadership at A4B but much work still to be done. As Vernon refocuses his advocacy on CAMTB, he hopes his 25 years of mentoring has created new capable advocates to continue the good fight.
Board Secretary 2019
Susie Murphy started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990’s in order to follow her husband who had taken up riding with their young daughter in a backpack. She wanted to keep on eye on them, but they soon discovered a family pastime that took them on many adventures. Some of their best times were camping at the Sea Otter Classic, traveling to races down in Baja, going to 24 Hour races and many other adventures with awesome friends.
Susie has volunteered in the cycling community for many years with over 25 years with various groups. She currently serves on the San Diego County Parks Advisory Committee and the Otay Valley River Park Citizens Advisory Committee
She is inspired by the dedicated volunteers of SDMBA and other partner organizations and loves connecting with fellow advocates locally, statewide and nationally. Susie gets to ride new trails and dream of even more as SDMBA works as a team to get things done to make mountain biking and trails better for everyone.
Board Member 2019
Matthew serves on the board of the SF Urban Riders.
Matthew Blain grew up riding bikes in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley and has been interested in bicycle and trail issues in the decades and cities since then.
In 2008 he moved to San Francisco and became more involved both in Mountain Biking and bike advocacy, becoming chair of the local MTB group SF Urban Riders in 2015. In addition, he is part of the SF Crosstown Trail Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail SF Trail Advisory Group.
Board Member 2019
Steve’s love of the outdoors began in the 1970s riding and exploring the backcountry trails of his native Australia on horseback, dirt bikes and modified cruiser bicycles. He re-discovered mountain biking after moving to California in the early 1980s and has been riding trails ever since.
In the late 1980s Steve served as assistant director for the Olive View Challenge. The event included the first mountain bike race on Forest Service land in the nation. It was sanctioned by NORBA. In 1993, Steve was among the first members of the fledgling Over the Bars Mountain Bike Club where he continues to help organize rides and events for the active Los Angeles-based mountain bike club.
After more than 20 years riding trails, he saw the trail conditions deteriorating through lack of maintenance. He began doing volunteer work with CORBA’s trail crew in the early 2000s, and before long was leading crews himself. He began working on trail master plans and other public planning efforts as a volunteer with CORBA in the mid-2000s. He joined the CORBA board in 2009, and soon took the VP position. In 2014 he became CORBA’s board president.
As CORBA president, he’s led major trail reconstruction efforts in the wake of the Station Fire, Lake Fire, Sand Fire and Woolsey fire. CORBA continues to do regular trail maintenance days in the Santa Monica Mountains, Conejo Valley and Angeles National Forest. Additionally, he’s led legislative and educational efforts, championed the construction of new trails and at least two bike parks.
Currently the president of CORBA, he also serves as secretary of the California Trail Users Coalition, a multi-use trail advocacy group with a focus on OHV issues in California; as Co-Chair of the Altadena Crest Trail Restoration Group with LA County; and aa steering committee member and Trails Committee chair for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Community Collaborative group.
in 2012 he co-authored Where to Bike, Los Angeles Mountain Biking, an extensive guidebook to mountain biking opportunities in the greater Los Angeles area. Early on, he saw the need for a statewide group, and immediately got involved in forming CAMTB.
Past Board Members
Founding Board Member April 2019 = May 2020