Ian Bearden – Chairman, Board of Directors

Ian: victim of bike accident 8/28/2011. Hit by a car, Ian sustained critical injuries and recovered. Bike Safe I M is created in honor of Ian. He’s been active in the initial development of the foundation and plays a major role in the on-going activities of the foundation.

Jan Vrtiska – President and Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Jan Vrtiska, an RN has a BS in education.  Jan served as Clinical Development Coordinator at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE.  As a nursing educator, Jan has developed and presented seminars, s well as organized and coordinated programming on nursing units. She has researched all aspects of bicycle safety for children. Jan will be active in all areas of foundation operations and fundraising, including providing event education.

Bryan Bearden – Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

Bryan Bearden is a 25 year veteran of the US Air Force, and is currently a Vice President (VP) for The Ambit Group located in Reston VA.  He has led numerous organizations, both internationally and domestic, including a 3000-person wing with assets and infrastructure worth $2.9 billion.  Additionally, he was the Chief Operating Officer for a 56,000-person organization responsible for organizing, training, and equipping all Air Force combat units west of the Mississippi River; and for Air Force operations, engagement, and partnership building activities in Central and South America and the Caribbean.  As a VP, Bryan is directly responsible for managing the company’s accounts for the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the Department of Education directly influencing P&L and Business Development.

Janelle Bearden - Treasurer

Janelle is a 26-year Veteran of the US Air National Guard and the US Air Force Reserve. She is currently an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) in the Greater Washington DC area.  An award winning specialist in the Intelligence Community, Janelle has managed information and intelligence flow throughout a major theater of combat operation. Over a stretch of 6 years, both in uniform and as an Associate for BAH, she has managed accounts that provide funding for global commitments of intelligence specialists ensuring that limited resources are maximized to meet mission needs.

Ava Bearden - Member, Board of Directors

Ava Bearden helps the Foundation by being a consultant and child perspective adviser.

Brenda Blackman - Member, Board of Directors

Brenda Blackman, USAF (ret.). Brenda’s service includes the Joint Staff-USAF,  the Secretary of the Legislative Liaison, the Department of Defense Officer Warrior, and Family Support Regional Director-North.  Currently, she serves as Associate Vice President of the Ambit LLC. Brenda received her MBA from Troy University.  She will provide direction and organization support in event planning in Virginia for Bike Safe I M.

Chris Gorman - Member, Board of Directors

Chris Gorman, BA – University of Nebraska at Kearney. Chris currently serves as the Director of Sports and Entertainment for Hurrdat, Hail Varsity and The Railyard. He’s an avid cycler and indoor cycling instructor in Lincoln, Nebraska. With a passion for bike safety and social media, Chris will be assisting with Bike Safe I M marketing efforts.

Patti Gunther - Member, Board of Directors

Patti Gunther, BS-University of Nebraska-Kearney, Business Admin. Patti has been actively involved in bicycle and pedestrian safety in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Lancaster County for almost three decades. She’s worked in fundraising and event development, blog site and web site management, as well as publicity material editing and production. She currently assists within the office of the Nebraska REALTORS Association in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Katy Martin - Member, Board of Directors

Katy Martin, BA-University of Nebraska Katie currently is the Customer and Membership Services Manager at Madonna PROACTIVE, Medically Based Health and Fitness. Katy served as Event Coordinator for the National Amputee Golf Championship held in Lincoln Nebraska.  Katy is active in community event planning, and will be assisting to set up and coordinate foundation events.

Sue Nunnally – Member, Board of Directors

Sue Nunnally, MFA (historic preservation) – Savannah College of Art and Design. Sue is currently working as a citizen archivist at the National Archives on the Civil War Widows Pension Digitization Project. One of Sue’s Bike Safe I M goals is to help grow a local presence in the Washington (DC) Area.

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