Kevin Carter, CHAIRMAN
Kevin is a lifelong Chicago area resident coming from a background in both high school and college sports. Kevin is not a stranger to demanding physical activates, team work, commitment and fun. Nine years ago after he decided it was time to tackle a new sport he purchased his first bike from “Walmart” and in 2012 Kevin realized cycling was not only fun but a way of life. He then purchased his first roadbike from “Kozy”. After training and strengthening with others and on his own Kevin was able to step it up to the ultimate level and join Major Taylor in 2014. Two years and three bikes later. Kevin is now serving his second year as our Major Taylor President.
When Kevin is not planning and taking part in ride events you can best believe he is still active. After attending Illinois State University (ISU) majoring in marketing/engineering, Kevin realized he wanted a career that provided him with an active lifestyle and the ability to create his own path. In 2011 Kevin graduated from Cortiva Institute School of Message Therapy. Kevin works for Spine and Sports Center of Chicago where he is the Sports and Medical Therapist. He also serves as a private therapist to several businesses and personal accounts both in and around the Chicagoland area.
Outside of work and cycling you can find Kevin as many would say “bargain shopping”. Kevin enjoys building and updating not only his own bikes but others as well. He is also known for blowing off steam at the gun range as well.
Annastasia Walker, Treasurer
Annastasia has been a member of Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago for three years and has gained a tremendous amount of ability and knowledge of cycling as a direct result of this club and its members. As a Half Ironman triathlete with sights set on doing a full Ironman in 2018, Annastasia knows the true value of being a strong cyclist. She is looking forward to continued activity with the club, in addition to serving on the club’s Executive Board.
In her professional life, Annastasia the Chief Administrative Officer of the Chicago Fire Department, which is the second largest fire department in the country. In this capacity, she is responsible for the payroll activity for 6000+ employees, contract administration for the department, and, its $632M budget, in addition to serving as senior advisor to the Fire Commissioner. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a MPA degree, with an emphasis in public sector finance, from Northern Illinois University.
Bill Gaston, Club Captain
Bill has been a member of Major Taylor for 2 years. He is an Application developer by day and a weekend warrior in his free time. Bill met Chuck Irven on the lake front path and during their ride Chuck told him about Major Taylor and MTC3. After Bill found the Facebook fan page he got a good feel for the club and its members and knew he wanted to be a part of this club.
Several years ago Bill used to be the Illinois Chapter President and the Midwest Coordinator for the Christian Sport Bike Association. In his time of leadership Bill learned how to lead a social group, how to plan motorcycle rides that were safe and exciting for riders of various skill levels. Bill also learned how to grow their organization throughout the Midwest region where the club didn’t existed. He enjoyed time as president in the CSBA and that is why he decided to run for Club Captain for the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago.
His position on the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago is his first official board assignment. In the past, he has assisted the club with board development and strategic planning support. Bill is looking forward to helping the Club President meet his goals and meet the needs of the membership. He is committed to providing the membership value and an enjoyable riding experience every time they come out and ride.
dian sourelis, Club Secretary
Dian is a lifelong Chicago resident, growing up in Hyde Park, attending South Shore High School and graduating from Loyola University with a degree in Art Education.
A cyclist for over 25 years, Dian joined the sport when her son Sabin, then 16, built her a road bike and introduced her to long-distance metric and century events. Since then she completed a number of 600 mile cross country events, cycled from Amsterdam to Paris, tries to get in 3-4 century rides per season and averages
4000+ outdoor miles per year.
Dian has been a proud member of MTC3 for four years, and in the past several years has served on the finance committee, steering committee and ride committee. In addition, she serves as a ride leader and co-ride leader on many MTC3 rides and encourages everyone she meets to take up the sport and come out and ride!
Professionally, for over 16 years Dian was a founding partner, and co-owner, of Brainforest , a marketing and communications firm, and founded a non-profit, Creative Pitch, that redistributes unwanted art materials to programs in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.
Dian currently works as a consultant to a number of Chicago area small businesses, cycles, is an artist and spearheads a number of community service initiatives.
brenda dixon, Events manager
Brenda was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and is a graduate of Lindblom Tech HS. She started cycling four years ago because she hated running but needed to lose weight. Brenda started riding her son's old mountain bike and could not stop. Brenda now reminisces about the days when she was excited about riding six miles at a pace of only 5-10mp as if it were a part of of her distant past as she now glides through a 50 mile ride with ease.
Within two years she purchased her first Trek carbon cyclocross road bike (named Pepper) and finished her first metric century. The next year she purchased her second road bike and named her Spice. Brenda completed her first century ride last year in Maryland at the Salisbury Century ride and looks forward to many more.
Brenda leads a ride every Monday night that is a great ride for the advanced rider as well as the novice rider. She will personally will stay with and ride with any beginner rider that comes out for for the first time on her Monday night no matter how slow their pace. .
Brenda brings over twenty years of experience as a K-12 educator and administrator to her role on the board. Her position on the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago is her first official board assignment. In the past, she has served as the chair for the Cycling Advocacy committee and as chair of the Membership and events Committee. Brenda is looking forward to helping advance club membership and plan engaging activities that meet the vast variety of riders in our club membership. Brenda continues to be committed to promoting cycling advocacy throught the city of Chicago and the neighboring suburbs.
Anthony Spencer, Membership manager
Anthony was born in Gary, IN, but spent his early years in Auburn Gresham. He attended Simeon, and graduated from Thornridge High School, in Dolton, IL. In his early years, he spent a lot of time running track & field, and playing baseball and football.
After graduating in 1990, Anthony joined the United States Army. During his 22 years of military service, he received his Associates of Arts Degree from American Military University. He served in many duty positions, including Infantry Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Personnel Services NCO, Division Plans/Operations Sergeant, Equal Opportunity Rep, Instructor/Trainer, and Recruiter. He spent most of his down time tinkering with computers, or serving as President and/or Road Captain for multiple car clubs.
In 2005, while still on Active Duty, Anthony began riding bikes as an alternative to cardiovascular fitness. His first bike was a Trek Hybrid 7.2Fx, which served its purpose very well. After living out of state for many years, he moved back to Chicago in 2012, here through some mutual acquaintances, he was introduced to MTC3 member Shawn Conley. Even though Anthony got dropped on many rides in the beginning, he knew he found a home, and has been an active member of MTC3 ever since. He has served as a ride leader and co-ride leader in the past, but most members know him for his love of doing “century” rides. He now assumes his first role as a board member.
Anthony is now retired, and spends much of his time catching up on unfinished degree work. He continues to work towards a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, with a focus on Information Systems Security, and also hopes to attain his certifications for Project Management, Lean Six Sigma (Green and Black Belt), and CCNA in the near future.