Action Cycling Adds New Board Members, Announces Date for 2015 Event

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All-volunteer organization that produces annual AV200 cycling fundraiser adds board members and continues planning its 13th event, slated for May 16-17, 2015

Leon Morales

Leon Morales

The 13th annual AV200 is slated to take place May 16-17, 2015.

Action Cycling Atlanta, the all-volunteer group which produces the annual AV200 fundraiser, recently added four new Board Members: Chris Arrington, First Vice President, Treasury & Payment Solutions, SunTrust Bank; Scott Drinkard, Director, Learning Technical Training for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Drew Plant, a public relations strategist who is the principal of Plant Communications, LLC; and Chuck Podgurski, an independent consultant specializing in Organizational Transformation for Fortune 500 companies.

AV200 – which stands for AIDS vaccine 200, noting the 200-mile ride that is its central event – benefits AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center and local AIDS service organizations. In its 12-year history, the events have cumulatively raised more than $1.8 million for the Vaccine Center, AID Atlanta, AIDS Athens, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact. The 13th AV200 is slated to take place May 16-17, 2015.

“We’re excited to welcome these additions,” says Action Cycling Board President Leon Morales, “particularly because they all have prior experience with our organization and can therefore hit the ground running. We are a relatively small, lean, all-volunteer organization and these four gentlemen complement our other board members well with their exceptional business and community experience.”

The four new board members join existing members Chris Bess, Senior Technical Manager, Medical Information Contact Center, UCB; Tina Chang, Director of Communications and Web Development, Office of Residence Life and Housing, Emory University; Stephen Frangis (Board Treasurer), Director, Finance, Emory University; Bryant Gresham (Board Secretary), a Realtor with Re/Max Metro Atlanta; Adrian J. (A.J.) Long, who works in marketing/communications for TowBlazer, Inc.; Ken Mallernee, an attorney with the Real Estate, Development & Construction group at Taylor English Duma LLP; and Leon Morales (Board President), Vice President, Relationship Management Solutions, DNA Behavior International.

Three board members are rotating off: Bret Busch, Operations Development Manager at The Coca-Cola Company; Paul Saros, Clinical Team Leader, Grady Health System; and Greg Shoemake, Flight Attendant, Delta Airlines. “We’re tremendously thankful to these three for their board service,” Morales says, “and are heartened by the fact that people tend to stay involved with Action Cycling and AV200, so we hope we will be seeing more of them and continuing to benefit in new ways from their talents and institutional memory.”

About the AV200: The two-day, 200-mile bicycle event travels from Emory University to Eatonton, Ga. in the Oconee National Forest and back to Emory. Participants include individual riders and relay teams, with support from a volunteer crew. In 2014, Action Cycling added two one-day rides, which it expects to continue: One was a 30-mile Rally Ride and the other a 62-mile Metric Century. The organization donates 100 percent of all funds raised by participants to local AIDS service organizations and AIDS vaccine research.

About the Emory Vaccine Center: The Emory Vaccine Center is one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world and is renowned for its expertise in cellular immunity and immune memory.

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