About Us

Bike Buckeye Lake was formed in 2015 when the founders of BBL learned that the plan for the rebuilding of the 4.1 mile Buckeye Lake Dam did not include a multipurpose trail. They felt that the state and the region were missing a great opportunity to create a unique asset for the region that could be enjoyed by all. BBL was instrumental in getting the plan changed and the Buckeye Lake Dam Trail approved and built.

Bike Buckeye Lake Key Milestones

July 2015

ODNR held a public meeting on the status of the BL Dam Project

August 2015

Bike Buckeye Lake was formed

December 2015

BBL’s 1st Christmas Bike event, gifting 40 bikes to 40 children

March 2017

BBL incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit

July 2017

BBL held the first Tour de Buckeye Lake fundraiser

November 2018

The BL Dam Trail was dedicated. BBL’s 1st trail development success

January 2022

BBL 1st Trails Endownment Fund

June 2023

Buckeye Lake Trail (BLT) designated a local cycling route

August 2022 to August 2023

Hosted the 7th annual Tour de Buckeye Lake with over 640 riders

Board of Directors

Terry Fischer, President

Terry Fischer, President

Terry Fischer has an MBA from Duke University, a Bachelor in Business degree from BW College and an Engineering degree from the UA. Terry started his career in technology as a technician on leading edge medical diagnostic equipment, and progressed into project management, program management and executive leadership roles with concentration in operations, marketing, information technology and finance. During the last 20 years of Terry’s career, he led the turnaround of a wide range of companies suffering from financial and market distress as COO, GM, President or CEO. Terry and his wife Vivian are avid cyclists and hikers who enjoy taking advantage of what the Buckeye Lake region and Central Ohio have to offer. Terry has served on the board of Jet Inc. as Chairman, and as President of nonprofits: Project Management Institute (PMI), NEO Chapter, and Independent Information Dealers Association (IIMDA).

Mark Shoneberger, Vice President

Mark Shoneberger, Vice President

Mark Shonebarger, Vice President – Mark is a lifetime runner and biking enthusiast with a deep appreciation for the benefits a trail system brings to the health and well-being of the community it serves. Having lived in the Dayton area for 18 years using the extensive system of connected trails demonstrated for Mark and his family the positive impacts gained by the connected towns and villages as desirable places to live or visit.

Mark retired at the end of 2021 after a 43-year career in the banking industry. He was a branch banking consultant with Verint Systems; Huntington Bank senior vice president for branch operations and supporting technology; NCR banking solutions product manager and an affiliate bank CFO with Bank One (now Chase Bank, NA).

Mark lives in the Buckeye Lake Thornville area with his wife, Becky. They have two children. Mark has a BS in Business Administration from Ohio University after graduation from William V. Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. Mark is involved as a volunteer with the Licking County Park District and serves as a poll worker for Perry County. When living in the Dayton area, Mark served 15 years as race director for a run supporting Centerville High School track and cross country teams.

Pat DiVelbiss, Board Secretary

Pat DiVelbiss, Board Secretary

Pat most recently worked 11 years for National Auto Care in Westerville as a Client Relations Manager before retiring in early 2021. Prior to that, Pat was a District Manager in the Circulation Department for The Columbus Dispatch for nearly 11 years. Pat and her husband, John, have been married 32 years and have raised their blended family of five children in Westerville, now ages 28, 34, 38, 39, and 40. They are blessed with three grandchildren who live nearby, Lyra 7 and twins, Cash and Coda 5. Pat enjoys the outdoors, biking, boating, and skiing. Pat’s parents and grandparents owned lake homes. Now, she and John are looking forward to building in Snug Harbor and living lake life by 2023. John is a chiropractor in Hilliard and might like to open a small practice near Buckeye Lake.

Chad Schrock, Treasurer

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.

Jeff Ritter, President Emeritus

Jeff Ritter, President Emeritus

Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Jeff was one of three founding members of Bike Buckeye Lake, establishing the organization in July of 2015 and currently serves as President Emeritus. After 15 years in Logistics Management, Jeff changed careers in 1996 and has built a successful career as a Wealth Advisor for Thrivent Financial. Along with his financial industry accomplishments, his prize designation is that of being a Certified Kingdom Advisor. Jeff is a national sales and quality award winner for Thrivent and was inducted into the Thrivent Financial Hall of Fame in April of 2018. Jeff has accomplished a Trans-Continental bicycle ride, traveling from Reedsport, OR to Williamsburg, VA in celebration of the U.S. Bi-Centennial. He has ridden in many organized bike rides including, RAGBRAI, TOSRV, TOMRV to name a few. Jeff is a member of Adventure Cycling, a national organization promoting bicycle travel and Rails-to-Trails. He lives with his wife, Cindy, of 40 years on Buckeye Lake. They have two grown children, Sara (Phil) who live in Colorado Springs, Adam (Jessie) with children Gracyn and Kamryn who live in Gahanna.

Brendan Underwood, Land Acquisition for Trails

Brendan Underwood, Land Acquisition for Trails

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.

Jim Roberts, PE, Trail Engineering

Jim Roberts, PE, Trail Engineering

Jim graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and has over 33 years of experience in the engineering industry. Jim is Vice President of Hull & Associates, Inc. and operates its Newark, Ohio office. Jim oversees all civil engineering operations and business

development in a quality assurance/quality control position. Prior to Hull, Jim was City Engineer for the City of Newark. Jim is very active in church and is an Elder at the Heath Church of Christ. He serves on a variety of boards and volunteer organizations, and was a 16-year member of the Heath Board of Education. Jim is an Ohio Stadium usher with The Ohio State University and received the prestigious Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award for his distinguished volunteer service. Jim is a bicycling enthusiast and regularly rides in the Pelotonia Bike Ride with other Hull company associates.

Committee Chairpersons

  • Outreach – Jeff Ritter 
  • Program & Engineering Manager – Terry Fischer 
  • Grant Writing & Strategic Planning – Brendan Underwood 
  • Tour de Buckeye Lake – Terry Fischer
  • Bike Drive – Vivian Fischer & Terrie Miller
  • Finance – Chad Schrock
  • Marketing – Tim Koenig

County Trail Development

  • Fairfield County – Terry Fischer 
  • Licking County – Brendan Underwood 
  • Perry County – Jeff Ritter

Legacy Board Members

  • Jeffrey Robb, Sr., Co-Founder
  • Michael Anderson, Co-Founder 
  • Becky Robb
  • Doug Hartfield 
  • Jeri Helfer
  • Lynne Collinson 
  • George O’Donnell
  • Terrie Miller
  • Bill Collinson