Board of Trustees
Matt Litzler – President
Matt is a lifelong Cleveland area resident and is President and owner of C. A. Litzler Co., Inc., a manufacturer of custom machinery and ovens with customers around the world. Matt has been active in the company since 1992 and held other sales positions with Sherwin Williams Paint prior to joining C. A. Litzler. Matt is Vice Chair of the Centers For Family and Children and is actively involved in YPO (Young Presidents Organization). Matt has been an active cyclist since 1986 including all forms of racing and has visited velodromes in the US, China, Japan, and Europe. He personally sponsors a local bicycle racing team, Team Spin/Litzler Automation. Matt is married with three children and lives in Avon Lake, OH
Pam Semanik – VP/ Secretary
Pam lives in Northeast Ohio, where she is a Program Manager for NineSigma, Inc., an Open Innovation firm in Beachwood. Pam has collected valuable work experiences before and after earning her B.S. in Chemistry from John Carroll University, and likes to think of herself as a “jill of all trades.” Her first job was at St. Alexis Hospital, which used to sit on the property now occupied by the Cleveland Velodrome. In fact, Pam’s family hails from the Slavic Village neighborhood, and she still knows where to find the best pierogi and potato pancakes in the city. Pam has been riding forever and racing locally for the past 5 years, and is currently the women’s team captain for the Summit Freewheelers. She is particularly fond of the Time Trial, but will race road, crit, ‘cross, and gravel, but she often prefers a laid-back towpath ride on her 20-year old Rockhopper to visit the West Side Market with her friends, teammates, and husband, Dave, to sample the new breweries along W. 25th street.
Gary Burkholder – VP
Gary grew up in Northwest Ohio and after college relocated to the Cleveland area to pursue a career in healthcare information technology with the Cleveland Clinic. As a Technical Specialist, he manages projects and computer systems in the Center for Pathology Informatics. During his 8 years at Cleveland Clinic, he also worked as a Remote Access Administrator and as a Network Security Analyst. Gary started cycling for fitness and has since developed into a competitive racer. He enjoys road, mountain, cyclocross, and track racing. Gary is also training for his first Half-Ironman Triathlon. During last year’s cyclocross season he competed in several Grand Prix events and raced in Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Oregon. Mr. Burkholder is currently pursuing a MBA in Healthcare Management at Baldwin-Wallace College and lives in Parma, Ohio.
Brett Davis – Treasurer
Brett was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and has over 18 years of professional experience in property management, commercial leasing, investment banking, and construction lending. During his career, he has worked for a local commercial real estate developer as well as financial institutions including McDonald & Company, Fifth Third Bank and National City Bank. He is currently a partner and President of Ironwood Development Company, a real estate development company located in Fairview Park, Ohio and Director of Acqusitions for The McGowan Companies. Brett previously served as a trustee and treasurer for Ruffing Montessori School and the Epilepsy Association. Mr. Davis is an avid cyclist and among other things enjoys competing in long distance mountain bike races. Brett is married with two children and resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Tom Hlavaty – Trustee
Tom is a lifelong Cleveland area resident and is owner of Hlavaty & Associates Inc CPA in Fairview Park specializing in small and start up business consulting and tax. Tom is currently on the board of the Cleveland Area Restaurant Association, and is the Board Secretary for Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) an organization headquartered on West 25th Street in Cleveland serving people of any age with any disability. Tom is also on various advisory boards for privately held businesses. He lives in Olmsted Township and can be found after tax season cycling in the Metro Parks.
Dave Bartels – Trustee
Dave is a lifelong Clevelander and a graduate of Ohio State University. He owns his own contracting business and is an accomplished woodworker and carpenter. Dave built the grandstands and the infield pavilion at the Velodrome. In addition he is a weekly session leader and assists in teaching Track 101. Dave races competitively in multiple disciplines including track, criteriums, and cyclocross.
Connie Carr – Trustee
Connie was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and for the past 11 years has been practicing corporate, finance, securities and commercial real estate law in the Cleveland area with the law firm of Seeley Savidge Ebert & Gourash. Connie is a former board member and chairman of the Lorain Port Authority board of directors and was actively involved in public development projects. She currently chairs the board of directors of Lakeshore Community Credit Union in Avon Lake, Ohio, and is co-chair of the Real Estate Section of the Lorain County Bar Association. Connie is an active road cyclist and lives in Lorain County, Ohio.
Bill Flecher – Trustee
Bill grew up in Western Pa and earned a B.S. in Recreation Administration from Slippery Rock University. Bill came to Ohio in 1978 to work in Elyria and in 1981 became the Parks and Recreation Director in Brunswick until 2003. Bill retired in 2015 as Director of Operations for the Lorain County Board of DD. During his career Bill is most proud of acquiring and developing parks, building facilities and starting new and diverse programs for all residents. Bill has participated in sports his whole life including college Track & Field and Football. At age 45 when his body started to wear out and Bill found bicycling which eventually included racing road, cyclo-cross, mountain, and track. Bill and his wife Kathy live in Medina and have two sons, a daughter in law and granddaughter.
Paul Martin – Trustee
Paul grew up, works and resides in North Royalton, where he is the owner of Pathway Financial Advisors, an investment firm he founded. He has 18 years of experience in the financial planning industry, holds an Economics degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN and a law degree from Cleveland State University. Paul has raced bikes competitively for 22 years, including 4 years as a professional, has won 4 U.S. National cycling championships and is the president of NEO Cycling Development, a non-profit that operated the Netherland Rubber and Panther elite amateur cycling teams from 2009-2014. Paul and his wife Lisa have two children.
Fred Monago – Trustee
Fred has been racing bicycles and skis since Middle School in Pennsylvania. He and the family moved to the Cleveland Area in 1976. The Cleveland Wheelmen introduced him to structured training and Road / Criterium racing strategy. The Ski Industry prompted Fred to move to Vail, Colorado in the early 80’s. Living at altitude and riding over the Continental Divide as a normal training loop was great. A move back to Cleveland, Ohio in the middle 80’s for a more permanent career involving Municipal Water and Wastewater system component marketing was selected. In 1997, Fred formed his own Company, FCM Equipment LLC, which offers representation to Process Equipment Manufacturers. His marketing territory is the Northern half of Ohio. Fred and his wife, Marie-Louise reside in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood with their two loving rescue dogs.
Ryan Pierce – Trustee
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Ryan moved to Cleveland to pursue studies at Case Western Reserve University and hasn’t looked back since. A government relations professional with experience in local, state, and federal advocacy, Ryan has championed local businesses, non-profits, and institutions of higher educations and helped articulate the positive impact these organizations have on the greater Northeast Ohio community. Ryan is an avid cyclist and has raced throughout the Midwest, primarily in Road, Track and Cyclocross. Currently, Mr. Pierce also serves as the staff advisor and volunteer coach for the Case Western Reserve University Cycling Team, helping CWRU’s student athletes build a national-caliber collegiate cycling program in Cleveland, OH.
Beth Rowell – Trustee
Beth lives in Northeast Ohio where she owns a fitness and Spinning studio. A transplant from Houston, Texas she earned her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and was a marketing/promotions manager for many years before pursuing a career in the fitness industry. Beth is an avid cyclist and certified personal trainer specializing in strength and conditioning programs for competitive racers as well as recreational cyclists. Her studio supports numerous riding based non-profit initiatives including Cycle for Life (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), the Wounded Warrior Project, and Pan Ohio (American Cancer Society). Beth lives with her two children in Chagrin Falls.
Peter Gutierrez – Trustee
Pete is long time resident of Northeast Ohio. He is an outside sales representative for several industrial based product lines. He used to own and manage a bicycle shop in Lorain County and was instrumental in the construction of the velodrome. Pete is a great ambassador of the velodrome and helps with Monday Night Youth programs.
Honorary Life Trustees