The Hill Country Ride for AIDS would not happen without the dedication and hard work of our volunteer Production Team. The numerous hours that the Production Team provides enable us to keep expenses to a minimum. We are honored to work with this amazing group all year not only to make the Hill Country Ride for AIDS the best it can be, but also to make sure the money raised goes to help those who need it most.


Staff

Name: Prentiss Douthit
Years Involved in Ride: 4
Area of Specialty: The Ride Director
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Of course it’s the spirit of the ride. Everyone has worked so hard preparing for the day – training, raising money, volunteering, planning – and then it’s all right there in front of you. It’s like the anticipation of a very big trip, and once you’re there it’s almost unreal. Everyone there loves someone affected by HIV/AIDS, and everyone can feel a sense of accomplishment. That we’ve come together and made a difference. That love really does win this beautiful race.
Random FUN Fact: As they cross the finish line, I will greet every rider with a smile, their medal, an ice-cold bandana and possibly a handstand. You’ve worked hard! You deserve your own personal cheerleader.

Name: Duncan Hicks
Years Involved in Ride: 1
Area of Specialty: Office/Ride Assistant
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: The feeling of community is incredible. Everyone is there for one purpose – helping others.
Random FUN Fact: I’m a professionally trained opera singer!


Volunteer Crews

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Name: Rick Astray-Caneda
Years Involved in Ride:
Area of Specialty: Recruitment Team/JoyRides
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Name: Dale Atkinson
Years Involved in the Ride: 14
Area of Specialty: JoyRides
Favorite Thing on Ride Day:
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Why Should People Join Your Crew: The training rides are the start of our community feeling. It starts the momentum of meeting people who are helping others fight a terrible disease which has impacted so many. Also, the training rides show the spirit of Ride! Come out and be part of the spirit.
Random FUN fact: I grew up in Big Nellie Lake.

Name: Aaron Garcia
Years Involved in Ride: 5
Area of Specialty: Logistics
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Name: Catherine Gonzalez
Years Involved in Ride: 14
Area of Specialty: House Parties/Recruitment
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: The people, the stories, the burst of good will I get every year participating and seeing the friends I have made along the way. I also absolutely love reading the story of who I am riding for each year. When I think my legs can no longer move my bike, I look down and remember their struggle and that gives me that extra jolt I need to continue! It’s a beautiful thing!
Why Should People Join Your Crew: It’s easy and fun!
Random FUN Fact: I dance with a small dance company in town! Feeds my soul!

Name: Dara Gray
Years Involved in Ride: 7
Area of Specialty: Board, Logistics, Volunteers
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Being around all the incredible people involved in the ride and having so much fun on ride day.
Why Should People Join Your Crew: We make all the behind the scenes thing happen so that the race is is flawless. You should join us because we have so much fun!!
Random FUN Fact: I used to own an Extras Casting company and danced with John Travolta during a break on the set of a movie (Michael).

Name: Vickie Grier
Years Involved in Ride: 2
Area of Specialty: Pit Stops
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: I love how well-planned everything is. It’s a great feeling to be around positive people who are working so hard for something they care about. (Oh, and pickle shots!)
Why Should People Join Your Crew: You get to be silly, wear costumes, and make people smile.
Random FUN Fact: I don’t even know how to ride a bike, but I will have my little red trike at the ride again this year.

Name: Michael Hulse
Years Involved in Ride:
Area of Specialty: Recruitment Team/Volunteers
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Name: Reed Jackson
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Area of Specialty: SAG
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Name: Seth List
Years Involved in Ride: 8
Area of Specialty: Recruitment Team
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: The calm before the storm! Getting there early in the morning and seeing all the riders, families, and volunteers getting ready for the day ahead. The energy in the air is amazing, and it’s a great opportunity to grab a breakfast taco and meet some new people.
Why Should People Join Your Crew: Because we can totally be the biggest AIDS ride in the country! And we need your help to get there.
Random FUN Fact: I love me some Gaga!

Name: Ken Martin
Years Involved in Ride: First Year!
Area of Specialty: Check-In/Registration
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Since this will be my first time (HCRA virgin!), I will have to say the incredible people I have met that are involved with this ride. I am constantly amazed by everyone’s dedication to the cause and am in awe of the amount of time many of them spend in making sure this is a quality ride. I know my favorite thing about ride day will be cheering on the incredible heroes that will be riding!
Why Should People Join Your Crew: Because I am a fun guy and I guarantee we will have great fun while we are working hard to make this the best ride ever!
Random FUN Fact: My husband and I live on a farm and we have actually helped goats have babies.

Name: Amanda McDonough
Years Involved in Ride:
Area of Specialty: Recruitment Team
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Name: Tracy McKinley
Years Involved in Ride: 5
Area of Specialty: Pit Stops
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: The riders are amazingly dedicated, and it’s so rewarding and fun to support them along the route!
Why Should People Join Your Crew: We have a BLAST being cheerleaders for the amazing riders!
Random FUN Fact: My husband and I are a Facebook love story. . . We went to college together, lost touch for 20 years, reconnected on FB, and voila! (And he introduced me to this fabulous ride!)

Name: Dubbs Mosty
Years Involved in Ride: 1
Area of Specialty: Medical
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Name: Mark Peters
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Area of Specialty: Joy Rides
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Name: Paul Scott
Years Involved in Ride: 8
Area of Specialty: Friday Night Ceremonies
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Meeting such incredibly wonderful people and riding!
Why Should People Join Your Crew: Especially meaningful to be part of the Ride that honors the people affected by HIV and AIDS and our riders, crew, and supporters who support thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Random FUN Fact: Spilled sour cream and ginger ale on Vice President Dan Quayle.

Name: Torsten Weirich
Years Involved in Ride: 1st year
Area of Specialty: Signage
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Bikes
Why Should People Join Your Crew: You get to tell people where to go!
Random FUN Fact: I am in fact am an alien

Name: Jonathan Wells
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Area of Specialty: Logistics
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Name: Tony West
Years Involved in Ride: 5
Area of Specialty: Route Troupe
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: Closing ceremonies – celebrating after a great day and a great ride season.
Why Should People Join Your Crew: We will have fun.
Random FUN Fact: Polar bears are left-handed!

Name: Scott Wahl
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Area of Specialty: Route Troupe
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Name: Bryan White
Years Involved in Ride: 9
Area of Specialty: Route Logistics
Favorite Thing About Ride Day: The energy and love.
Why Should People Join Your Crew: It’s the most fun I have all year.
Random FUN Fact: My wife rides up hills that I have to walk my bike up