Board of Directors
Jeff Ritter, President – Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Fisher School of Business. Jeff was a founding member of Bike Buckeye Lake establishing the organization in July of 2015 and currently serves as President. Jeff has built a successful career as a Wealth Advisor for Thrivent Financial and recently became a Certified Kingdom Advisor. Jeff is a national sales and quality award winner for Thrivent and was inducted in the Thrivent Financial Hall of Fame in April of 2018. Jeff has accomplished a Trans-Continental bicycle ride, traveling from Reedsport, Oregon to Williamsburg, Virginia in celebration of the United States Bi-Centennial. Additionally, he has participated in numerous organized bike rides including, RAGBRAI, TOSRV, TOMRV to name a few. Jeff is also a member of Adventure Cycling, a national organization promoting bicycle travel and Rails-to-Trails.
Jeffrey Robb, Sr., Vice President – Jeff graduated from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Jeff is a Graduate of Kentucky Military School and Officer Candidate School. Jeff’s accomplishments include US Army Vietnam Veteran. Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a FAA Certified Pilot with Multi Engine and Instrumental Ratings. Jeff has worked with various financial institutions and has served on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve. A few of Jeff’s current roles include the Director of Commercial & Savings Bank and CSB Bancshares, Inc. of Millersburg, Ohio, CEO of Robbco-LLC dba Robbco Marine / Ohio Yamaha and CEO of Robb Companies, Inc. in Hebron, Ohio.
Michael Anderson, Finance/Grant Writing – Michael graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and furthered his education obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree from Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael has worked in various executive leadership banking roles where the majority of his career was spent working for Mellon Financial Institution. Michael’s various capacities include International Chief Investment Officer, Director of Management, Marketing and Strategy Head, and Bank Operations. Currently, Mike provides Treasury Management Consulting services for Banks across the U.S.
William Collinson, Recording Secretary – William graduated from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia with a major in Physical Education and furthered his education with additional graduate school work at Kent State University. From 1976 to 1980, William was a Teacher, Athletic Director and Transportation Director for Old Trail School, Bath, Ohio. In 1980, William began working for Aetna Property and Casualty Insurance Company where he held various roles including Claims Adjuster, Supervisor of Claim Unit, Training Specialty, and Medical Malpractice Specialist. In 1988, William took a position with Travelers Property and Casualty Insurance Company for twenty-one years where he was the Unit Manager in the Claims Department.
Brendan Underwood, At Large Board Member – Brendan graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business in Columbus, Ohio where he majored in finance with an emphasis in investing. Brendan attended Ohio University’s Master of Financial Econometrics program and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending Program. Brendan began his banking career with Huntington National Bank in 2005, starting in retail banking then transitioning into financial and credit analysis. Brendan is currently the Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager of North Valley Bank. Brendan currently serves as a board member for Bike Buckeye Lake and the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce. Brendan volunteers his time co-chairing The Free Enterprise Academy of Licking County and the Young Leaders of Licking County’s Mentorship program. Brendan is a past Vice President of Business Networking International located in Granville, Ohio.
Jeri Helfer, Marketing Coordinator – Jeri Helfer graduated from Capital University majoring in Communications. Jeri is a 25-year insurance agent in Sunbury, OH. Jeri also owns her own business, New Wave Volleyball Club, with locations in Newark, Zanesville, and Marietta. Jeri has coached volleyball at Otterbein University, and Newark Catholic High School. As a longtime resident of the area, Jeri is passionate about providing safe trails for everyone to experience the magic of Buckeye Lake.
Chad Schrock, Treasurer – Chad graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2018. Chad is currently employed as an Accountant for the Department of Defense at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (“DFAS”) in Columbus, OH. Prior to working for DFAS, Chad was employed for 13 years for the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman. In addition to Bike Buckeye Lake, Chad is the Cashier Coordinator for the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Responsibilities include the management of 120 volunteers at 11 sales sites, to include the disbursement, collection, and reporting of fiscal transactions for the 70,000- spectator event held annually. Chad’s personal interest in cycling includes noncompetitive road tours. His most accomplished tour was the 130 mile one-day Bridge-to Bridge ride from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Monterey, California. Other favorites include the Hilly Hundred in Indiana, Five Boro Bike Tour in New York, Indy N.I.T.E. ride in Indiana, and the Strawberry Fields Forever Century in California.
Activities – Bill Collison
Bike Drive – Kay Morrison
Communications – Jeri Helfer
Finance – Chad Schrock
Membership – Jeff Robb
Route Planning – George O’Donnel
Outreach – Jeff Ritter
Grant Writing Committee/Business Plan Development – Brendan Underwood, Mike Anderson, Richard Waugh
Sponsorship Committee – Tom Hall, Robert Panian, Deb Matesich, Bill Collinson, Jeff Ritter
Social Media Consultants – Jeri Helfer, Deb Mechling