Team Members

Alisa Clickenger
Event Organizer

I’m a moto traveler and motorcycle journalist. I used to lead motorcycle tours for a large company, and I now run my own motorcycle touring company, www.WomensMotorcycleTours.com, focusing on motorcycle tours for women. I led demo rides for Kawasaki 15 or so years ago (that’s how I met Sue and Gin) and I’m part of the team that leads them now for BMW. Motorcycling has completely transformed me from a shy housewife into a bold adventuress who has ridden over a goodly part of the world by myself.

I want to give back to the motorcycle community not only by being a responsible motorcycle rider but also by empowering others to ride their own dreams, as I have. My idea of a cross-country ride for women began about a decade ago. When I realized that 2016 would be the 100th anniversary of Adeline And August Van Buren’s historic ride across the united States, I knew 2016 was the year I had to make my dream happen. For me this ride is a bucket list item, a dream I am making come true.

Sue Slate
Ride Leader

Gin Shear and Sue Slate are the co-founders of the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc. (WMF), an all-volunteer charitable/rider education organization. Gin serves as the Executive Director while Sue holds the position of National Programs Chair. WMF’s road, dirt and track programs have raised 2.5 million dollars for breast cancer research. Representing WMF, Gin and Sue also provide Red Cross CPR and First Aid instruction to certify Scout Troops, Motorcycle Clubs and riders in general.

Gin and Sue also love working for the Motorcycle Safety School coaching, teaching private lessons and maintaining the motorcycles at three different MSS sites in Western New York. Gin and Sue have been MSF RiderCoaches since 1992 and have become DMV Motorcycle Instructors too. Two other helmets Gin and Sue wear are as representatives for Riders of Kawasaki, working for Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. which finds them at outdoor rallies and dealer events.

Each woman enjoys not only road riding, but also track days and dual sport riding. And, of course they each have the bikes for every one of these great ways to enjoy life on two wheels!

Gin Shear
Ride Leader

Gin Shear and Sue Slate are the co-founders of the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc. (WMF), an all-volunteer charitable/rider education organization. Gin serves as the Executive Director while Sue holds the position of National Programs Chair. WMF’s road, dirt and track programs have raised 2.5 million dollars for breast cancer research. Representing WMF, Gin and Sue also provide Red Cross CPR and First Aid instruction to certify Scout Troops, Motorcycle Clubs and riders in general.

Gin and Sue also love working for the Motorcycle Safety School coaching, teaching private lessons and maintaining the motorcycles at three different MSS sites in Western New York. Gin and Sue have been MSF RiderCoaches since 1992 and have become DMV Motorcycle Instructors too. Two other helmets Gin and Sue wear are as representatives for Riders of Kawasaki, working for Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. which finds them at outdoor rallies and dealer events.

Each woman enjoys not only road riding, but also track days and dual sport riding. And, of course they each have the bikes for every one of these great ways to enjoy life on two wheels!

Bob Cross
Ride Leader

Bob Cross has been street riding since 1969. In 1996 he joined Women On Wheels® as a support member. This is when he learned the art and fun of long distance touring and helping to organize events. Through WOW® Bob connected with and rode in the 1996 & 1998 Women's Motorcyclist Foundation (WMF) Pony Express Tours as a participant. In 2000 he was asked to join the Pony Express staff in 2000 and has remained part of WMF support staff and participated in events whenever asked; including being part of this incredible journey.

Though the years Bob has taken MSF experienced/advanced rider training courses, Accident Scene Management Basic & Advanced courses, CPR and First Aid. He is happy to lead, follow and scout routes. He also enjoys solo riding (especially in the Southwestern part of the country). He has completed 1,000 miles days and once did 1,512 miles in under 24 hours.

Bob has received many commendations as a valuable support member on many Women led/organized rides and appreciates the capability and strength of women and is humbled by the acceptance of a man in their world. Bob is A proud member of WMF, WOW® and an honorary member of Sisters of Scotia and greatly looks forward to meeting new friends in memory of The Van Buren Sisters.

Christina Shook
Photographer

Christina has been photographing women motorcyclists for most of the 19 years she’s been riding. She considers life to be in perfect harmony when she is able to combine photography, friendships and motorcycling.

Her book Chicks On Bikes is a photographic lifestyle book of women riders of all stripes and the second edition is on the way. She’s a commercial and documentary photographer living in Laguna Beach, California. Christina finds great inspiration from the women of history who have broken barriers in life and motorcycling and she cannot wait to see what the next generation of girls brings to the bike world.

Her oldest daughter Ella, is determined to take possession of her 1979 BMW when she turns 16 next year. But as a mother she is contradictorily less than enthused about it. Christina Shook will be the 24/7 paparazzi on two wheels - she'll be shooting and documenting the event the entire way.

Clark Adams
Ride Leader

Clark Adams is a life-long motorcyclist from Albuquerque NM. Clark got started riding two-stroke dirt bikes in CT forests before graduating to sportbikes on the autobahn and then settling into his current fondness for taking dual sports to more distant corners of the world.

He's been an active duty Army Infantry officer for 18 years, spending the past eight as an operations research analyst and test engineer. Despite the normal constraints of military life, assignments abroad, and numerous operational deployments; he manages to indulge his passion for adventure travel including extended rides across the North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.

Currently stationed at Fort Meade, MD Clark is looking forward to reassignment to the deserts of New Mexico this summer. While a 1994 BMW R100GSPD is his current primary ride, he is something of a motorcycle hoarder and also rides a Kawasaki KLR 650, BMW R65LS and is building a Yamaha Virago café racer. When not touring, Clark is a skier, whitewater rafting guide, metal fabricator, and struggles to keep his (somewhat) trusty '74 international Scout II on the road.

Diane Ortiz
Ride Leader

Diane has been involved in training and safety education for over 25 years. As a motorcycle journalist and editor she has road and track tested an array of motorcycles for various publications including Newsday, Midwest Motorcyclist, Accelerate, Full Throttle (where she has a monthly column) and WomenRidersNow

In 2006 she founded the Big Apple Motorcycle School in Long Island, New York. She has taught thousands of people to learn to ride and improve their skills using the MSF program and private lessons. Diane has given seminars at dealers, motorcycle shows, libraries, schools and events like Americade, where she moderates the Ladies Coffee Club, an interactive breakfast seminar for women riders and passengers.

Diane says she has the “adventure gene” and loves to challenge herself as a rider and volunteer. She has lead the annual Komen Race for the Cure in NYC and been part of the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference, Femmoto, Adventure for the Cure ride in Colorado and Progressive Adventure for the Cures Dual-Sport ride in California, to name a few.

Her commitment to public service includes being an elected officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where she is the Staff Officer for Public Education and teaches boating safety. Diane is also an avid Amateur Radio Operator (ham) and holds the FCC Extra Class callsign 'K2DO'.

Erin Sills
Guest Rider, Emcee

Erin Sills is a 12-time World and National landspeed record holder and 2-time Guinness World Record holder, earning credentials on various types of motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats with a top average mile speed (so far!) of 209 miles-per-hour.

She’s an evangelist for the sport of landspeed racing, serves on the board of the Save The Salt Foundation and is the founder of the sheEmoto Award for women in the sport. In 2014, Erin was named AMA Female Athlete of The Year and earned her lifetime membership in the BUB 201 MPH Club.

With over 250,000 sport-touring miles under her belt, her current passion is the BMW 1200GS with which she’s training as an off-road coach for BMW’s RawHyde Adventure Touring program.

In her day job, Erin is an executive with Facebook and was recently acknowledged as one Advertising Age’s “Woman To Watch”. She dedicates her passion for “enjoying the journey” to her late husband and soulmate, famed landspeed racer Andy Sills.

Jen Muecke
Graphics Goddess

After working with companies like the American Motorcyclist Association, the AMA Hall of Fame Museum, Harley-Davidson, and Buell, Jen decided that 20 years driving a desk as a graphic designer was enough. She has since spent the past two years traveling and working in various corners of motorsports. Everything from a short run as service writer in a motorcycle dealership, to doing contract work as a ride leader and product specialist for BMW Motorrad and Schuberth North America. She has also been assisting photographer Brian J. Nelson shooting various professional racing events.

Her design, writing, and photography has been featured in American Motorcyclist Magazine, Motorcyclist, Road Racing World and Cycle News. Jen spent seven years road racing with CCS and ASRA, and coaching for Sportbike Track Time, teaching new and novice track riders the quickest way around most of the road courses East of the Mississippi.

After selling her last race bike, she went back to her original love of long distance touring, and started spending more time on dirt. Current responsibilities keep her on the road, so her apartment in Milwaukee, WI is known less as “home” and more as “the place where I keep my stuff”.

Joanne Donn
Tech Leader

Joanne has a passion for learning all about women’s motorcycle gear so you don’t have to. For the past 10 years, she's spent most of her free time understanding the ins and outs of the women's motorcycle apparel industry. If you need help finding proper gear that fits right and works for you and your motorcycle, she's the one who can help. No one else has dedicated this much time into figuring out how everything fits, who makes and it where you can find it. Joanne also likes to show the world what short riders can really ride, challenging stereotypes and common misconceptions. Her tips for short motorcyclists has given many vertically challenged riders like herself new ways of looking at what's possible. She also found another way to get the information out there by starting the Moterrific Podcast, where she and her cohost Cristi Farrell talk about gear, motorcycles and everything in between.

Up until 2014, she and her husband were living in San Francisco, but Joanne decided to take on a new challenge and move to a very different city to pursue her passion. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she works as a Retail Sales Associate in the Revzilla Gear Boutique educating and informing customers about motorcycle gear.

When she's not working, you can find her riding all over the East Coast on her 2012 Triumph Street Triple R. You can read more about her and the world of motorcycle gear at GearChic.com

Jenny Lefferts
Party Planner

Jenny Lefferts is making sure all of San Francisco knows the Sisters are arriving that the female motorcycle party of the century kicks off in grand style.

Jenny is also the Founder of MAD Maps, and has been a motorcycle and back roads enthusiast for years although her passion began long before she was licensed to ride.

Her dad's idea of a summer vacation was to load up the family in the '72 VW bus and take to the road. Jenny moved to San Francisco in 1987 and purchased her first motorcycle. She was instantly hooked and began searching the Bay Area for the best scenic roads: the seed for MAD MAPS was planted.

Karen Thomson
Ride Leader

Alisa brought up this ride idea to me in 2008. I am very excited to be part of her endeavor to promote women riders. Having ridden for 40 years and close to 400,000 miles, I am as involved as ever in the sport. I consider myself a professional motorcyclist and an ambassador of the sport. I taught motorcycle safety for 16 years. I have been leading and creating tours since 1996 and own AVID MotoTours LLC. I have also worked with BMW Motorrad as a product specialist and demo ride leader.

I enjoy riding on my own or leading groups in outstanding locations within North America and Europe. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to kick up my heels on some of the best riding roads those places have to offer. I can be an aggressive rider, but will tailor my riding style to those I’m riding with. My “spare” time is spent with my husband Burt, dog Max, and cat Silvie; traveling; gardening; and jewelry making.

Being semi-retired (retired from non-motorcycle related work), I concentrate on accomplishments that enhance both others’ and my own knowledge and enjoyment. This is a rare opportunity to do that.

Lisa Malachowsky
Sponsorships/Event Planning

Lisa Malachowsky learned how to ride a motorcycle at the age of 12. She did a lot of trail riding on small dirt bikes then started street riding during college. She fell into a dedicated motorcycle riding group and typically would take 4-6 tours with them in different parts of the US each year.

In 2005, after a twenty year IT management career, Lisa combined her passion with her profession and started to work in the motorcycle industry full time. Starting at San Jose BMW as their parts and service director, she quickly worked her way up to general manager. Since then Lisa has worked for a variety of motorcycle companies, most recently traveling around the US representing Schuberth North America/Held USA at major motorcycle rallies.

Lisa, her wife and family moved to Phoenix in 2010, where she changed careers again and began organizing and leading tours for motorcyclists who scuba dive, Lisa’s second passion. She considers herself an avid sport-touring rider and is a member of the AMA, the Iron Butt Association, the BMW MOA, and the BMWRA along with several local Arizona clubs. She also authors motorcycle product review articles for the BMW MOA Owners' News magazine and the AMA magazine.

Peg Preble
Volunteer

Peg has been riding since 1974, when she was given a bike that came in three boxes. She assembled it and hasn’t had clean hands since. Peg has worked on all her own bikes through the years. In the 80’s, Peg discovered road racing, and is entertained by the fact that the bikes she rode then are considered vintage now.

Even today, the bikes in Peg’s stable have miles and history behind them. As far as she’s concerned, the older the bike, the better. She’s been staff on many of the Pony Express rides, and has worked the Boston-NY AIDS rides and many other charity events.

She is a ride leader for Kawasaki demo rides. Peg rides year round, with a sidecar in the winter for riding in the snow, and a Kawasaki, a BMW and a Moto Guzzi for riding in the season (the Guzzi followed her home one day). She is the founder of the Motorcycle Humane Society, dedicated to making sure no motorcycle is left unridden.

Pete Athanas
Ride Leader

Pete Athanas is our go-to guy. A licensed electrician and owner of the Kilowatt Bar in San Francisco, he is our certified jack of all trades. By the numbers Pete's been riding for nearly forty years, owned the bar for twenty-one and worked for BMW for seven years as a Certified Master Technician (he still keeps his hand in it by occasionally working at Marin Moto Works in San Rafael, California). His personal bikes are a 1999 BMW R1100RT and a 2004 R1100S.

Pete has been a long-time volunteer with the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation and has participated in numerous Pony Express rides. He was a volunteer at the 2009 and 2012 AMA Women & Motorcycling events. Pete has been a motorcycle escort rider for other events as Tour De Cure, Bike MS and Bike 2 Breath. For the past nine years he’s been on the Motorcycle Safety Team for AIDS Lifecycle (a bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles). His wife is the best passenger he could ever want having ridden at least 100,000 miles on the RT with him.

Porsche Taylor
Rider Leader

Porsche Taylor serves as the publisher and editor of Black Girls Ride (blackgirlsride.com), a premier motorsports magazine.  She blends her passion for riding and writing to help grow the amount of women in motorsports through education, information, and motorcycling events.  With 13 years of riding experience, she enjoys riding across country and building a growing network of female riders. 

Porsche currently serves as the Vice President of Steel Horses MC, Los Angeles Chapter.  When not riding or producing events, she can be found spinning at the hottest parties in LA as a Celebrity DJ, and enjoying family time.

Sarah Moreau aka SeCCRet
Ride Leader

SeCCRet spelled S-E-C-C-R-E-T and pronounced SECRET. The C-C-R stands for Cross Country Rider.

SeCCRet always had a love of motorcycles as a child. After graduating with her Master’s Degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, she wanted to take a break from being inside all day between working and studying full time. She wanted something to allow her to escape and break free temporarily from the realities of her education and career.

So she decided to learn how to ride a motorcycle by taking a riding course with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at Cerritos Community College in September 2005. SeCCRet secured her endorsement and has never looked back! Her very first motorcycle was a brand new 2006 Yamaha Silverado 650. By the following year, she was already doing solo long distance trips.

A 4,854 mile road trip led her to realize she needed a motorcycle with more power so she purchased a Yamaha Stratoliner 1900. Since then, she’s completed the USA Four Corners Ride to the lower 48. Fast forward to 2016 and now she’s aboard a 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide. SeCCRet is currently planning her 9th cross country round trip in 2016 taking in the 3rd Annual Bessie Stringfield Ride."

With all the experience she’s gained riding around the US, she shares her passion for long distance touring to fellow riders who are ready to take on their own adventures.

Susan Dragoo
Wordsmith

Adventure comes in many forms and Susan embraces the variety, with exploration being the goal, and the vehicle the means. Motorcyclist, backpacker, bicyclist, runner -- she longs to experience the outdoors and documents her experiences through writing and photography.

Numerous magazines have published Susan's travel writing, and her scenic photography is featured in publications and tourism guides and serves as artwork for state lodges in her home state of Oklahoma. Susan also serves as copy editor for ADVMOTO and OUTDOORX4 magazines. Motorcycling has long been a part of Susan's life, from the proverbial "rode dirt bikes as a kid" to traveling across the roads of the United States and the trails of Oklahoma and Arkansas with her husband, Bill.

She has owned or ridden a variety of motorcycles -- everything from mopeds to Harleys. Her current favorite is a 2003 Kawasaki Super Sherpa 250. For Susan, travel is a thing that demands flexibility. She has learned that Steinbeck is right in his assessment. We can set the wheels of a journey in motion, then we must be open to where the trip wants to take us. Where the Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride takes us will be an adventure indeed.