I am Julie Fugenschuh and being on this board is extremely personal and important to me. My father, Jim Green “Greenie” helped start this program. Dream Team was a part of who he was as he believed so deeply in youth and the power of biking to create strong, courageous and determined individuals. And he loved RAGBRAI and the state of Iowa. Put it all together and you have a perfect mixture to create powerful outcomes.
My love for biking came late in life as I trained for my first RAGBRAI in my 40’s and now you will see me riding whenever the temperature is above 40 degrees. One fun fact is that my husband and I rode from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 2018 totally 650 miles with no transportation but our bikes. Biking is freedom to see the world in new and fabulous ways. Here at home we love the Great Western Trail and enjoy many of the other trails as often as possible.
It is an honor to serve on this board and my goal is make sure my father’s dream lives on and is able to continue to impact as many people as possible.
Tyler works at Iowa 4-H Youth Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He is the partnerships and engagement manager on the senior leadership team.
Tyler was a volunteer with the Dream Team from 2009 to 2017. He believes in the team's mission and enjoys seeing youth discover their confidence, voice and skills.
Hi everyone, and THANK YOU for jumping on this site to learn more about the Dream Team! My name is Vicky Foresman and I'm proud to serve on the Board in my first official role with this youth development program.
In the late 90's, through my role at the YMCA, I crossed paths with a really cool community leader and youth mentor named Jim Green. As a Y Director, my staff team and I supported him/his program - called the Dream Team - in using the Riverfront YMCA as their training site. Even back then, it was amazing to witness the commitment of the volunteers to the program and watch them shepherd youth through something the kids thought unattainable - riding a bike across the state of Iowa!
Now many years later, through a chance connection to Greenie's daughter Julie, I've been asked to serve on the board to help develop the foundation that will position and sustain this program well into the future. I look forward to honoring upcoming generations in this way and especially honoring my old friend that I, too, got to call Greenie. Wheels up!
I’ve been with Dream Team as a fundraiser since 1996. I come from a retail background having worked for Frankel Clothing 6 years, Reichardt’s Men’s Clothing for 28 years, Badower’s Clothing for 2 years and Mr. B for almost 12 years. I was working for Reichardt’s when Greenie and Frank Owens asked me to help because I knew so many people. It has been a very rewarding experience watching the kids self-esteem grow and make friends as they participate in the program.