PAA Board of Directors
PAA is served by a Board of Directors who serve a two-year term and are elected by a vote of the membership at the November meeting for the following calendar year. In addition to duties assigned by the bylaws, Board members also serve other duties within the Club
Peter Rinde | President
Peter developed his love for road cycling after the 2012 Pasadena Triathlon, in which he borrowed a friend’s bike for the cycling segment. He promptly gave up spin classes (except for inclement weather days), purchased his 1st road bike, and joined PAA a few months later. “For me, PAA possesses the wonderful combination of avid cyclists, of all abilities and interests, coupled with the desire to share the sport of cycling with the community.” Peter endeavors to pass his passion for cycling to his two daughters.
Nick Humby | Vice President
Racing his friends round the block when he was a kid ignited a lifelong love of all things cycling for Nick. After joining his local cycling club, he raced on the road for several seasons before his racing career was cut short by health issues. Nick gave up competitive cycling, but continued to ride and when the newly invented sport of mountain biking came along (yes he really is that old), he quickly transferred over to riding on the dirt, travelling far and wide in search of the perfect trail. Since becoming a family man, he has returned to riding and racing road bikes, and following a move to the Pasadena area, joined PAA in 2011. Nick’s passion for cycling is still strong and as a Certified USA Cycling Coach, he endeavors to help new and aspiring racers within the club.
Jim Small | Treasurer & Race Reimbursement Coordinator
Born in Pennsylvania, moved to California when I was about 3 years old, spent early years riding BMX, then graduated to motorcycles and raced motocross for about 7 years traveling throughout California. Switched to road bikes in the early 1980’s and have enjoyed riding ever since. Employed as a CNC Machinist and enjoy my job immensely.
Eddie Ramirez | Clothing Coordinator
Eddie has been involved with PAA for since about 2001 in various capacities, starting with the creation of a development program upon joining PAA. While serving as the Cat 4/5 Team Captain, he joined the PAA Board of Directors, where he quickly took on the role as clothing coordinator. While in this role, he decided to step it up a notch and run for vice president. In 2009, he decided to take time off from PAA leadership and focused on riding and racing… mainly his mountain bike! The year of 2010 brought Eddie back to leadership—this time as the president of PAA (for three years).
Brandon Heflin | Race Coordinator
Brandon Heflin is the founder & owner of CENTRIC BIKES, LLC (CENTRIC), a bike brand and coaching services company. He’s been coaching endurance athletes since 2002, has been USA Triathlon & USA Cycling certified for coaching. Brandon is also a competitive Cyclist, Triathlete and endurance sports enthusiast.
As a young kid, cycling was my first taste of freedom, an escape to areas unknown. And there is still just something about a new machine; I can still remember the joy of a sparkling new Mongoose for my 9th Christmas. As a member of the PAA board and greater cycling community I’d like to share my passion for cycling and give back, as I have received so much. Through PAA (and as a member of MWBA, IMBA, and USA cycling) I have re-invigorated a mountain bike endurance/XC racing passion. Focused on longer endurance events every season I continue to challenge my body and my racing trepidations. Although cycling is my passion my love is for family – my wife, son (9) and two daughters (6,4) – who are just as loving as forgiving when Dad gets home late from a ride. Living in Highland Park and working in South Pasadena I take full advantage of the SoCal climate and look forward to seeing you on the trails/road.
Julie Hale grew up in a healthy and athletic family in Wellesley Massachusetts spending time skiing and hiking. She played 3 Varsity sports through high school and college (soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse) and has stayed active since.
Jogging was the most efficient workout during most of her adult years due to the time constraints of raising a family (3 girls: 17, 20 and 22) and working as a Physician Assistant at Children’s Hospital LA since 1992. She bought her first road bike in February 2014 after being inspired by a friend to sign up for a Climate Ride (300 miles/5 day charity ride). Her 4th Climate Ride will be in Iceland.
She is so grateful to PAA for the support and opportunities to grow as a rider.
She is honored to join the Board and is looking forward to contributing in ways that can help both new and more experienced riders reach their goals.
Johanna Tokunaga | Endurance Team Captain
Johanna started her humble beginnings of daily bike rides while toting a burlap bag to deliver the local newspaper with her brother and family dog. This evolved to riding around the UC Davis campus as a student and then becoming a triathlete in Hawaii where she was born and raised. After moving to California, she realized it was much too cold to swim in races on this side of the Pacific Ocean and decided to stick to cycling. Johanna served as PAA secretary for four years before becoming a team captain the Endurance Team. She is excited about returning to the board and continuing the fun as a team captain.
I began my long relationship with cycling as a young teenager, racing in the 1970’s on the track and road. I grew up in southern California and got a chance to see many parts of the state through my racing experiences. At that time I didn’t know there was a world of cycling open to anyone over 25. I came back to the sport when the Velo Sports Center velodrome opened. Needing a chainring for my antique track bike, I came to Pasadena, left with a chainring and a new house. The majestic San Gabriel mountains quickly became my stomping (or, rather, peddling) grounds and I can often be found there. I’ve discovered a wonderful world open to people of all ages and strength levels that enjoy long distance events. As a board member of PAA, I look forward to promoting this type of cycling for health and appreciation of nature and building on our community spirit within the club and within the cycling community
My claim to fame is my birthplace, Punxsutawney, PA…Home of the Groundhog. As a child we moved a few times before settling in the Midwest. As an adult my wife and I settled in Chicago and worked in the theatre community for several years before transplanting to Los Angeles where I began producing commercials. I’m a resident of South Pasadena and over the years I’ve participated in a few sports, several 5/10k races and a marathon before discovering cycling. I’m loving it. I suppose I’m one of the new wave of MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra). I’ve been cycling for about 4 years now. I enjoy road biking and manage to get in at least 3 rides per week. PAA has given me the support to push my abilities and raise my consciousness about cycling as well as develop a network of fellow cyclist who also do not fear lycra.