Jason ward, CHAIRMAN/president
Jason is an active rider and serves the needs of riders through education, participation, and advocacy. Since he began his journey in 2013 to cycling fitness he has participated in a multitude MTC3 rides and events. Jason’s goals are to share the sport of cycling with everyone and more generally to support others to attain a healthy lifestyle by their definition.
Jason brings more than 11 years of advisory experience on corporate management, risk management, strategic planning, leadership and organizational development to Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago’s Board of Directors. Jason is the Chief Operating Officer for Carousel Checks Inc., a privately held entity that prints secure documents for financial institutions. Jason firmly believes that passionate people choosing to collaborate and serve for the common good can make the changes in our society that are beneficial and long-lasting.
His position on the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago is his second official board assignment. In 2016-2017 her served as the club Secretary. Jason has also assisted the club with board development and strategic planning support. Jason is looking forward to engaging members of the cycling community to ensure MTC3 meets their sporting needs. He aims to assist members and friends of the club with the opportunity to strengthen their minds, bodies and character through the sport of cycling to build healthy, active cycling lifestyles and relationships that will last a lifetime.
Caliph Jackson, Club Captain
Caliph is a four-year veteran of our wonderful Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago. Like many Club Members, he began a little slower than most on a Trek 7300 Hybrid, barely breaking a speed of 9 mph and completing the distance of 10 miles. But over the years and with the support of MTC3 (particularly “He who shall not be Named”), his cycling skills developed.
Today, Caliph has flourished as one of the Club’s forthright Ride Leaders and a contributing Club Member. He wholeheartedly believes in Club’s mission to include riders of all skill levels and its culture of supporting one another, which parallels his love for the Club, his passion for cycling, and having fun.
Caliph has enjoyed nine years of marriage to his beautiful wife, Dr. Cassandra McKay-Jackson. They love to dine out, relax at home, and just be silly sometimes. Most importantly, keeping God central to their life and celebrating each other has helped them maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.
For a summary of Caliph’s professional trek, please add him to your network at www.linkedin.com/in/caliphjackson.
Jason Easterly, Secretary
Mr. Easterly is a skilled information technology (I/T) professional with expertise in product management strategy, middleware architecture / development & web design. He has the ability to help executives solve business issues using industry leading I/T solutions through the use of excellent verbal communications and teaching skills acquired from extensive experience as consultant / instructor. Over the past 15 + years, Mr. Easterly has designed and implemented complex solutions for Fortune 100 companies across the globe. He has the ability to lead large sized teams in either local or remote settings.
Currently, Mr. Easterly is a Vice President of Enterprise Middleware Systems at the Northern Trust Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the design, implementation and delivery of the middleware infrastructure at the bank. He manages a team of senior level engineers implementing WebSphere MQ and Solace Systems utilizing Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC) process to deliver and administrate the middleware infrastructure for several application groups. Prior to joining Northern, Jason spent 10 years at IBM serving in several roles ranging from consultant to program manager. Mr. Easterly is also the Principal of Easterly Consulting, LLC., TaxTimeChicago, LLC., and EastKickBoxingClub, LLC.
Jason is married to Dr. Kelli Easterly (Assistant Principal, Lindblom Math and Science Academy). He has two children, Gabrielle (senior@ Jones College Prep) and Kendall (7th Grade @ Kenwood Academy). He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Ed Dixon, Treasurer
Long ago, Dr. eD Dixon was “Member #1” for the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago. Back in 2005-2007 Keith Holt, the south side advocate for The Bike Federation of Chicago (now the Active Trans Alliance-ATA) was haranguing eD and several others to take the plunge and organize a Major Taylor Club to carry on the tradition and memory of this premier athlete and to advocate for cycling on Chicago’s south side. The club’s purpose was to serve as biking exemplars, advocates, recruiters into more active lifestyles, and giving back to the community. In October of 2007 eD and seven others each donated $100 as charter members of the new club. After establishing Tax ID and 501-(c) 7 status, the club began meeting around a 6 foot picnic table in an upper room at Blackstone Bicycle works. Among the club’s first expenses was membership in the Major Taylor Association in Worcester MA.
eD served as the initial Chair of the club for two years and has since held several offices, always in support of the club’s growth, health, and mission of service.
In eD’s other life he is a full professor of Management at Robert Morris University where he teaches management, computer science and college-to-career courses. eD is the freshmen mentor for incoming CPS students and the faculty adviser for the Morris Men/Women groups at the university. eD’s personal experiences in entrepreneurship, grant-writing, and non-profit management have informed his teaching philosophy and the careers of thousands of students over the past 14 years of college instruction. eD is happiest when he is facing an auditorium of graduating seniors or 100 miles of bike trails.
Keitumetse Tsotetsi, Membership Manager
I am originally from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg, South Africa. I came to the USA as an AFS exchange student after my high school education in SA. I attended Roosevelt University and completed my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees there. I am the mother of four children that keep me on my toes. I have been a member of the MTC3 since 2015 under the leadership of Shawn Conley. I have grown immensely in my cycling journey. I have traveled and cycled in half a dozen states. I have also established meaningful relationships via cycling and I have had the pleasure of being a co-leader of the ice cream/family ride. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, dancing, reading, cooking, listening to NPR and fine tuning my athletic skills. I am also a triathlete. Most of all I look forward to serving the MTC3’s membership in 2019
Alan Holman, events Manager
Alan Holman serves as the 2019 Events Coordinator for the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago (MTC3). He is a proud father of a 9 year old son, a former military officer and currently works in the public sector. He regularly helps old ladies across the street and retrieves cats from trees. He tells his son that he is a superhero with special powers. His son does not believe him.
Alan started riding because of a coworkers dare to cycle the 32 mile commute 10 consecutive days to work during the hottest days of the year. He won the bet and has been riding ever since. In 2015 he joined MTC3 but was not an active rider. In 2016 he started participating in “Show and Go” ride that is held along the lake shore and was at that time led by Caliph Jackson. The next season he became a ride leader. During the 2018 riding season Alan mentored at least 5 individuals in their attempts to do century rides (A century ride is a ride that is 100 miles or more). At the end of the season he decided to run for board membership in an effort to support the club, internally.
On weekends Alan can be found doing long distance training rides. These rides usually happen in the south suburbs. Always feel free to join him on 2 wheels whether you be fast or slow.