Meet the Team

It takes a team to make a bike ride a reality.  Here are some of the team members who are in on the ground level making it happen.

The Cross-Country Riders

IMG_0304Mindy Ahler of Edina, MN is Co-Director of Cool Planet, creating neighborhood fun and action for our planet.  She is also a regional coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, creating the political will for a livable world.  Mindy is an avid bike commuter and long-distance rider. She has ridden over 10,000 miles on her bike and craves opportunities for long rides that combine her passion for climate change education with her passion for pedal power. Mindy’s concern for the climate stems from her social justice background and involvement with people around the world.  This cross-country ride has been about 7 years in the planning and Mindy is delighted to be making it a reality.

RyanRyan Hall just finished his third year in AmeriCorps, a community service organization focused on building communities and leaders in the United States. He had served with City Year Columbus, OH as a tutor and mentor, AmeriCorps NCCC in Denver, CO  and the Southwest region as a wildland firefighter, and Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Decorah Iowa as a home energy auditor and community organizer for action on climate. He originally hails from Detroit, MI, and hopes to return one day to enact positive change in his hometown.

Support Team and Part-Time Riders

JuliaJulia Besser is a former environmental educator and humanitarian aid worker.  In both of these environments, she saw first-hand the adverse effects of climate change on both our ecological world and on our fellow human beings.  She is passionate about being a part of the climate solution and about supporting others like Mindy who are giving so much of their lives to this cause.  Julia is currently a PhD student of Psychology at Texas Woman’s University, and works to support Mindy and Ryan from afar.  

BrettCBrett Cease is a UT-Dallas doctoral student in Public Policy and is the Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby along the Gulf Coast.  He’s worked the past decade in the field as a canoe instructor, camp program director, and high school social studies teacher.


Paul Thompson lives in Edina.  Paul TFor me, biking is a symbol for the transition to sustainable living. It’s the future that humans must adopt to calm our ‘out of control’ climate of today.  When an idea’s time as come, it’s time to listen carefully….and take the actions needed. I love the challenge and teamwork of our LowCarbon Crossings bikers.