Morgan Lommele is a mediator and policy analyst. She’s a rider of all stripes, but her most memorable experiences by bike are those spent with friends and family (and Cheez-Its) in the woods. She works for a national organization supporting local, state, and federal government agencies problem solve with the communities they serve around environmental policy issues. She spent more than three years organizing local mountain biking groups and communities on behalf of the International Mountain Biking Association, and another six as a policy director on bike policy issues with PeopleForBikes. Morgan is a Belgian-American who grew up in France, but has lived in Boulder, Colorado for almost 25 years. She has two kids who love bike adventures as much as she does.
Chris Case (Niwot, CO) is a journalist, writer, and founder of Alter Exploration, which creates challenging cycling and bikepacking adventures in the Dolomites, Iceland, the Piedmont Alps, Colorado, and beyond. He is a lifelong endurance athlete with a diverse academic and professional background, with degrees and research experience in neuroscience and clinical psychology, and a master’s degree in journalism. Chris served as managing editor of VeloNews magazine for eight years before co-founding Fast Talk Labs, an endurance sports training community and knowledgebase. He served as operations director for DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. before founding Alter Exploration in 2023. He is also the author of The Haywire Heart, the first book to delve into the relationship between long-term endurance athletics and heart health.
Wendy (she/her, Hood River, OR) was born in South Africa and grew up traveling through remote parts of Africa. She has since lived in different parts of the world and after traveling through many more, remains at heart an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel by any means possible, preferably a bicycle. While based in Southern California Wendy was a Professor at The University of California Los Angeles studying the addictive properties of opioids. She has also worked with different environmental nonprofit organizations and is now a Board member and Officer of a biological research station and a land trust in California. Wendy currently spends her time, if not biking all over the Cascades, crafting grants and fundraising opportunities to expand equitable access to healthcare for underserved communities. With a wealth of experience in nonprofits and their financial stability, Wendy brings a depth of knowledge to Bikepacking Roots.
Helena (she/her, Warriors Mark, PA) is a central Pennsylvania native who is happiest traversing landscapes by bike, boat, foot, or ski and makes moving outside daily a non-negotiable part of her lifestyle. She believes that backyard adventures are just as important as the epic ones, and is passionate about getting more people outdoors in whatever way they can. Helena has worked for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for the past six years, where she does GIS and map-making in addition to managing a variety of projects related to trails and outdoor recreation. She is also a writer and previously, she worked at Dirt Rag Magazine and still does some freelance work on occasion.
Member: Regional Advisors
Katherine (she/her, Denver, CO) is a proud Texas native who grew up exploring the suburban wild and living for family trips to Big Bend National Park. Katherine first grasped the power of two-wheeled travel after crossing the U.S. by bicycle in 2008. It was a transformative experience that introduced her to new cultures, communities and landscapes at a pace of appreciation and learning. Katherine has worked extensively in the outdoor industry in marketing and communications roles—including for the International Mountain Bicycling Association and Dirt Rag Magazine—and previously served on the parks and recreation advisory board for the city of Golden, CO. She has a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Denver, where she now works.
Kristen (she/her, Nederland, CO) is an unabashed bike nerd who lives for long adventure rides and bikepacking excursions throughout the Southwest desert and high alpine trails of the Rocky Mountains. She’s a former racer who still needs to scratch the competitive itch every once in a while but would rather stop and enjoy a sunset and eat too many snacks along the way. When not dreaming and scheming about quiet dirt roads and trails, she leads PR and content strategy at Dispatch Communications and works with endurance athletes of all kinds through her coaching company Rambleur.
Mike Teachey (he/him, Simpsonville, South Carolina) is the co-owner of Noble Aim Consulting focused on helping communities and non-profit organizations achieve challenging goals. Mike learned the value of pushing past one’s own perceived limitations as an Outward Bound student and later as an Outward Bound instructor. This lesson helped Mike complete a full Ironman in 2017 and the Great Divide Classic, riding from Rooseville, Montana to Antelope Wells, New Mexico in 2021. Mike enjoys all form of cycling; however, he has a passion for bikepacking claiming that he feels like he is his best self when traveling by bike.
Grant (he/him, Lopez Island, WA) has a passion for protecting the western landscape and connecting people to the natural environment in a meaningful and sustainable way. As a conservationist and attorney, he has worked at the nexus of conservation and public access project management and policy development for and with local land trusts, non-profits, and municipalities in the West. Grant has practiced land use and property law, led the open space and conservation program in Missoula, Montana, and now works to develop and promote climate change and sustainable transportation policy on the San Juan archipelago of western Washington. He finds solitude and inspiration in pedaling through remote and challenging landscapes, paddling wild rivers, skiing deep powder, and sleeping under the stars.