The 2014 TNT Georgia Chain Gang: Libby Brown, Jeannie Ericson, Dave Gluck, Andrew Johnston, Dave Payne, Jerome Rossetti, Ben Skinner, Lisa Wilson
Libby joined Team In Training in 2010 as a cyclist on the Wilson 100 cycling team. Since that first experience, she served as a Mentor and participated in six centuries with TNT. Being selected as part of the 2014 RAAM Team In Training Georgia Chain Gang is a privilege and tremendous honor. The funds raised will help lessen the physical and financial burden cancer bears on families and provides hope for cures in the future.
Since 2010, cycling has taken Libby all over the United States including the southeast, Hawaii, Colorado, California, Montana, and Wyoming. Cycling also took her on a great adventure to the French Pyrenees. If Libby is on her bike, then she is smiling and full of joy.
Libby was born and raised in Atlanta. She resides in Brookhaven with Charlotte, her partner of 18 years, and their three rescue dogs. Libby graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC where she received a degree in Philosophy. The Philosophy major comes in handy during the long training rides!
As a former professional cyclist both in the U.S. and abroad, Andrew has paid dues he knows will help in his two wheel journey across the country. And the fact that each mile he pedals is another dollar earned for blood cancer research is like a perpetual tailwind for him. The biggest obstacle may very well be finding the time. Author of Holistic Strength Training for Triathlon as well as an app for smartphones entitled Daily Tips for Holistic Health, Andrew is in the midst of his second book due out in 2014. At the same time, Andrew is the owner of Triumph Training where he works as an Exercise Kinisiologist, teaching clients how to think, breathe, drink, eat, move, and sleep properly. All six of those Foundational Factors of Health will be sorely tested during the race from Oceanside to Annapolis. But his knowledge of both health and performance should be enough to help him endure the journey and likely even cross the finish with a smile on his face. Unfortunately for his teammates, he just may have to sacrifice the occasional shower.
Dave first participated with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training in 1999. Since then he and his wife have continued to train, coach, and raise money to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society defeat blood cancers. Although Dave didn’t have a personal connection to blood cancer victims when he started, over the last 10 years he has met many patients, survivors, and families that have been affected by these cancers. He truly appreciates the day to day difference that the money raised makes in these peoples life.
As a crew member in 2010 and a rider in 2012, Dave learned valuable experience that will pay dividends this year. With experience in professional and amateur motorsports as well as experience in coaching and training, Dave believes he has the skill set’s for RAAM and is excited to be a rider with the Georgia Chain Gang again this year.
Dave, his wife Elaine, and their 2 kids have been in the metro Atlanta area for the last 23 years. He studied mechanical engineering at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, GA, is a USA Cycling certified level 2 coach, and a Team In Training certified cycle coach. He is project manager at Brink’s Engineering in Marietta. Follow Dave’s blog as he writes about his training and competing with the Georgia Chain Gang: http://ridemetal.blogspot.com/.
He is excited about the opportunity that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) gave the team. The goal of the team is to help TNT raise money and awareness for the cure of blood cancers.
Jerome grew up in the Atlanta area and attended Woodward Academy where he graduated in 1981. While at Woodward he was co-captain of the 1980 state championship football team. He made all state and was selected to play on the GACA All-Star team.
He then attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics. While at UGA he played on the 1981-82 Georgia Bulldogs football team. They won the Southeastern Conference Championship that year. Jerome had a career ending knee injury spring of his freshman year and retired from football. He then took up cycling to help his rehabilitation.
He is a home builder and developer and prides himself on building eco-friendly “green” homes. Jerome is a partner at Paces Builder Group, a custom home building company in Atlanta, Georgia.
But Ben’s ‘interest’ in the sport became a passion after the tragic death of his daughter, Lauren, in 1998. She had been diagnosed only weeks earlier with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), but despite round-the-clock care and the most advanced treatment available at the time, didn’t survive.
As a result, Ben and his entire family have a never-ending drive to do whatever they can to prevent blood cancer from claiming more lives. Ben rode his first Team in Training Century 10 years ago and since then, has completed 100-mile rides in Lake Tahoe, Tucson, Hawaii and Dahlonega…raising over $120,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2009, Ben and his daughter, Carolyn, crossed the finish line in Tucson together…her first Century and a reminder that supporting the fight against blood cancer can be a family affair.
During the past decade, Ben’s participation with Team in Training has resulted in new friendships, both on and off the Team. Each year, he tries to meet other children and families undergoing treatment by re-connecting with the ‘special friends’ at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Scottish Rite) who cared for Lauren. The hours he chooses to spend in the saddle always remind Ben of the days these children have to spend in their hospital rooms during their fight against leukemia.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Ben and his high-school sweetheart, Nancy, have lived in Atlanta for 27 years. He is a published author, lecturer and Managing Partner of LCS Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm focused on improving sales execution.
They say Race Across America is the toughest endurance race in the world. After watching her beloved grandfather fight and lose a vicious battle against Leukemia when he was just 63, Lisa wonders if that’s really true – and is honored to be tackling RAAM with the Georgia Chain Gang to help find a cure for a devastating disease that causes pain and loss that no one should have to endure.
Lisa originally got into cycling 10 years ago at the advice of her orthopedic surgeon who told her some “light spinning” would be good rehab after knee surgery from too much running. “Light spinning” turned into a lifelong passion – and in recent years alongside her buddies at ATS, tackling the toughest centuries in the Southeast has become a standing weekend activity.
A five-time Ironman, Lisa is so privileged to be participating in RAAM to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – and believes that if the funds raised by the Georgia Chain Gang help get even one step closer to a cure so that no family has to experience the loss that hers did 25 years ago, every pedal stroke will be worth it.
A North Carolina native and UNC graduate, Lisa has called Atlanta home for more than 20 years. A marketing strategist, she currently works with Hothouse – a marketing and promotions company that ideates and executes custom solutions for top companies in the sports and cable industries.
2012 Team: Lee Amlicke, Joe Daniels, Jane Eastham, Frank Fuerst, Tony Myers, David Payne, Jerome Rossetti and Lisa Wilson
2010 Team: Dave Armento, Frank Fuerst, Tony Myers, Jerome Rossetti
2009 Team: Dave Armento, Dave Dowdakin, Tony Myers, Jerome Rossetti