Board of Directors

Meet your elected officials who work hard to maintain relationships and perform daily duties to help keep Houston's trails open and in great shape.

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Ricky Kleinsmith

President

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Former Marine, guitar player, and avid cyclist, Ricky spends most of his two-wheel time bikepacking or gravel grinding, while occasionally hitting the local singletrack. He feels there’s nothing better than loading his tent and gear on his rigid mountain bike and spending the weekend on the back roads.

Cj Bernard

VP and Trails Director

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CJ started biking in Houston in early 70’s. Raced W. Columbia track in 73, has been MTBing since and has ridden trails around the globe. Was a “pioneer” trail and jump builder in SW Houston area in 70’s timeframe and carried that passion since. He is ready to serve the GHORBA trails groups and bring those experiences and passion to where the “rubber meets the… dirt”.

Eric Henao

Secretary

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Graphic Designer/Marketer, mountain biker, trail runner, cocktail maker, foodie, art appreciator, music lover & tech geek. Bit of Maven-Connector type personality, love crowds, connecting with people and getting people the information they are seeking. Believe in continual self-development.

Gene Ronchetto

Treasurer

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Charlie Gioielli

Events Director

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Kevin Highfield

Director-at-Large – Advocacy

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Kevin has been a trail rider since 2002 and first joined the GHORBA board in 2005. His trail advocacy started in 2003, when he started work to save Cypresswood Trail. He’s been an active racer since 2003, competing in events all over Texas. He also serves on the board of the Sam Houston Trails Coalition as the cycling representative.

Chris Brown

Membership Director

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Chris has been involved with GHORBA since 2001 when he rode up on some trail gnomes and felt guilty for not helping. He eventually became Trail Steward at Memorial. Later, he joined the Board as Trails Coordinator. Chris’s real passion is teaching Skills Clinics. He is currently rewriting the curriculum for the intermediate classes and is excited for the future of the Skills Clinics.

Jason Burton

Communications Director

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Growing up in NC and VA Jason started riding BMX and MTB as a kid. Moving to Texas 11 years ago he was thrilled to discover there were trails in this flat land and ran out to buy a bike and got back into riding immediately. Working with DirtChurch TX, Dirt Therapy Project and Operation Yellowbird, MTB as a form of therapy is a large interest especially for treating PTSD and anxiety among Veterans.