BikeVentura sadly bids adieu to Heidi and John Buccola, two outstanding board members that have been with BikeVentura since its inception out of VCCOOL in 2016. They are relocating to Reno, NV, where we’re sure they will find a welcoming, vibrant cycling community to be a part of.
The Buccolas went above and beyond for this organization, and that benefitted the greater Ventura community in so many ways. Their generosity in giving their time and resources to BikeVentura kept this organization operating through several transitions – renaming and rebranding the nonprofit, moving the bike HUB into a better location, bringing on a new executive director – and it’s why we’re able to do so much today.
Whether it was Heidi organizing our kickoff party at Bell Arts Factory, or driving our Executive Director to Ikea to spruce up the office, or pushing the group to strive for inclusivity above anything else, her spirit was a bouy to our staff when we didn’t know if we were pushing the organization too far into uncharted waters of anti-racist and inclusive work. John was always ready to call a quick email board meeting to get things approved when there was urgency, ready to have hard conversations when necessary, and unflinchingly generous when we needed some help.
We can say without a doubt that BikeVentura would not be what it is without their leadership.
They will be missed!