Board of directors
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.
I spend my days working with riders from all of the world, bike shops, charters, vendors, and communities across the state of Iowa planning the greatest bicycle ride in the world, RAGBRAI®. I feel luckily to be apart of a world class event that showcases the beautiful state of Iowa and its’ wonderful communities. I am honored to serve on the inaugural board for the Dream Team and play a role in preserving the mission for years to come.
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 have been involved with the Dream Team since October of 2001. I started with the team as a mentor and instantly found a way to share a love for cycling with a new generation of cyclists. Since my introduction to the team I’ve served as a lead mentor for the team, as a member of the Leadership Group, and now have this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. I’m excited about the future, and happy to play a part in the continued growth of this program. It’s been a true joy year after year as I’ve watched team members dip their front tire in the Mississippi River to complete their journey.
I’ve recently relocated to Mesa Arizona and work as a Business Analyst for the Admissions Department for Arizona State University. Prior to that I was Assistant Ride Director for Iowa’s Ride and RAGBRAI. I participated in the ride 15 times prior to working for the event. My experience as a participant and as a ride organizer has given me an appreciation for the difference we are making in the lives of the youth as we teach them that anything is possible.
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.
I'm Bif Ridgway and it's an honor to serve on the board of directors for the Dream Team. Our family owns Bike World so we've been involved in the Iowa cycling community since our founding in 1979. It is very important to me personally as well as for the business to give back to the community that has blessed us over the years.
We strive to grow the cycling community each and every day as we know how powerful of a tool the bicycle is and how it can change peoples lives. We have been involved with Dream Team since the beginning in some capacity and will continue to be a cog in the machine as kids and adults' lives are transformed through this program. Hearing the positive impact stories from people involved makes it all worthwhile!