Management Team

R. Christopher Mileski

Founding League Director;
Race Director

 In 20-plus years, Chris Mileski has accomplished more on the front of human performance than most could even think possible. He has used passion and tenacity to excel in all aspects of health, wellness, and sports performance as he’s traveled the globe coaching some of the world’s greatest athletes. His cutting edge, detail oriented, and individualized programs make him not only the ideal fitness professional—but have also allowed him to form lasting and personable bonds.

After earning his degree at the University of Arizona, Chris continued his rise to prominence at Gold Medal Rehab and Fitness working as an exercise physiologist influencing the likes of Olympic track legends Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers, as well as NFL Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, and more. While most would be satisfied with this prestigious position, Chris continued to seek more, working with International Management Group (IMG) as a Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning Consultant. Chris gained valuable experience traveling with and training tennis legends Monica Seles, Lindsey Davenport, and James Blake.

Chris’ passion and visionary ideas later led him to aposition on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission and as Vice President of the Missouri Bicycle Racing Association. Controlling logistics and managing major sporting events in the greater St. Louis area, Chris developed crucial skills that will be utilized now as the MIMB League Director. Moving on from Gold Medal, Chris continued to impress as he worked as CEO and Director of Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance at the company he co-created, Sports Enhancement Group (SEG). At SEG, Chris personally coached other noteworthy athletes such as Isaac Bruce, Aeneas Williams, Ryan Howard, and Mike Matheny, along with providing performance consulting to numerous professional teams including the St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Braves.

In 2004, Chris founded Off The Front Performance, coaching road cyclists, mountain bike athletes, cyclocross racers, BMX athletes, runners, and Olympic and Ironman Triathletes. Chris also served for seven years as Program Director and Head Coach of the nationally-ranked, Division I cycling team at Lindenwood University.

Chris continues to coach athletes nationwide, giving each athlete his full attention and commitment to their success. His current position as Director of Corporate Wellness and Benefits at Medical Transportation Management speaks volumes to his aptitude for health improvement. It only seems right that now Chris’ career would come full circle. After coaching a myriad of professional and Olympic athletes, he looks to the athletes of tomorrow. His passion, drive, leadership, and experience have all led him to finding the best in each person he encounters and ultimately in his quest to get more kids on bikes.

Ralph Pfremmer

Chair/President Founding Committee

 After a successful career in business, and having been an advocate for health and wellness most of his life, Ralph Pfremmer became the CEO of Trailnet in 2014. For more than 30 years, Trailnet has brought together cross-sector organizations from the community to create positive change in the St. Louis bi-state region. As an innovator and entrepreneur, Ralph has helped expand Trailnet from being a special interest group of bicyclists to a civic organization centered on transformational projects using the platform of walking, biking, and place-making. Trailnet is the leader in engaging the public to redefine mobility in St. Louis from moving cars to being about people. Ralph is a former competitive cyclist, event promoter, and community champion, and has experienced the life-changing benefits of an active lifestyle. He is well-known for his motivating and optimistic spirit.

Jill Heneghan

Budgeting, Finance & Treasury Co-Chair

 As the Chief Financial Officer for MTM, Inc., Jill Heneghan is an expert in accounting and finance. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of MTM’s accounting and finance teams, including accounts payable, accounting operations, payroll, and reporting. Her more than 12 years of experience in financial planning, auditing, and analysis will help her ensure MIMB remains fiscally responsible. Jill holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri.

Dana Wilkerson

Budgeting, Finance & Treasury Co-Chair

 Dana Wilkerson is currently the Vice President of Financeand Data Intelligence for MTM, Inc., overseeing the organization’s treasury, financial planning and analysis, contract analysis, and internal audit teams. With her more than 13 years of finance and accounting experience, she is a pro at directing financial strategy, planning, and forecasting, and managing annual budgets. Dana is a Missouri Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Dana earned her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri.

Greg Wittner

Legal Counsel Co-Chair

 Greg Wittner is a passionate, dependable legal counsel with a proven track record of exceptional performance based on trust and strong communication. He has more than 24 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney with St. Louis Law Group in general civil practice. In 2004, he was selected as one of the Top 10 Attorneys under 40 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Greg earned his juris doctor degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

Lindsay Firestone

Fundraising Committee Chair

 As Director of Stewardship for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, Lindsay is responsible for strategically creating and managing a core platform of donor relations and stewardship activities to support an ambitious fundraising agenda for programs and initiatives. Lindsay develops and consistently delivers exceptional donor experiences, care, and touch-points that build trusted and loyal relationships. She leads and inspires a growing team of stewardship professionals and work collaboratively with colleagues across the Foundation. In her previous role at the American Heart Association, Lindsey served as VP of Development for the St. Louis Heart Walk from January 2014 – July 2018. She built relationships with corporate sponsors to retain and upgrade their financial commitment. Prior to her work at the American Heart Association, she began her career in development and fundraising with the Muscular Dystrophy. There, Lindsay developed and implemented strategic business plans and drove new income opportunities by engaging and recruiting sponsors, volunteers, and community members.

Michelle Bagwell

Fundraising Committee

 Michelle Bagwell, the first Executive Director of the St. Louis Police Foundation, has helped the foundation raise nearly $13 million since 2008. For the past 10 years, she has led the foundation’s strategic, financial, operating, program, and administrative activities. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations, and brings these skills to her successful fundraising efforts. She is a lifelong St. Louis resident. Michelle is on the Board of the National Police Foundation Network, and actively participates in national and individual training/technical assistance with other foundations nationwide. Outside of her professional career, Michelle enjoys spending time with her two teenage boys and traveling to compete in triathlons.

Sarah Lawrence-Lohse

Legal Counsel Co-Chair

 Sarah hails from Troy, Missouri and resides with her husband and two cool kiddos in O’Fallon. As an attorney of 15 years, she currently works for Equifax Workforce Solutions in the legal department as a contract manager by day, and professionally chauffeurs the two above-mentioned children by night. When not reading legal fine print or mumming, Sarah squeezes in cycling as much as possible – she fell in love with it late, but fast and hard! Most importantly, Sarah wants her daughters to pedal young because, with the opportunity, the love of cycling is a given.

Amanda Lappe

Team & Coach Development Chair

 Amanda Lappe has more than ten years of experience working with children and adolescents in the mental health field, and as worked as a coach for St. Louis Mountain Bike Camps for three years. Since beginning her adventure racing mountain bikes in 2014, she has truly enjoyed seeing people’s excitement the first time they cross a finish line. Helping youth improve their confidence and self-esteem by learning new skills, conquering trails, and forming positive relationships is her passion—which makes her an excellent proponent for high school mountain biking in Missouri. Amanda is also a BICP Certified Level 1 Ride Guide and Fundamentals Instructor and is excited to lead our NICA GRiT program.

Brad Kovach

Communication, Branding & Social Media Chair

 Brad Kovach is a professional writer, editor, content director, and creative project manager. He has more than 20 years of experience working across multiple media platforms for a number of industry-leading publications. Notably, Brad is the founder and editor/publisher of Terrain Magazine, a St. Louis-based outdoor recreation publication focused on the Midwest region. He is also an avid mountain biker and occasional trail runner.

Jay Thomas

Venue Development Chair

 Jay fell in love with mountain biking over 25 years ago and never looked back. Growing up in rooty, rocky New England, he honed his technical riding skills and developed his love of the mountains. After graduating from Plymouth State University with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching, he set his sights on the great Rocky Mountains of Colorado and began his professional career in the cycling industry. Jay has been a part of several influential cycling companies over the past two decades, such as Wheels Manufacturing, Specialized Bicycle Components, and Quality Bicycle Products. With his background in education, he is able to provide clear, precise instruction to help riders of all abilities accomplish their personal goals. He is currently Midwest’s only BICP Certified Level 3 Skills Instructor. In 2014, Jay established his clinic business, Roots Mountain Biking, LLC, specializing in beginner and intermediate skills clinics and women’s specific mountain biking weekends. He and his team of instructors conduct these skills clinics throughout the Midwest and beyond. When he is not teaching for Roots, he is probably training new instructors as an Instructor Trainer for the Bicycle Instructor Certification Program.

Kerri Mileski

Program Development Chair

 Kerri Mileski has been racing and riding mountain bikes for more than 25 years. She grew up locally in Missouri and spent time studying Nutrition and Sports Science in Colorado before moving back home. Kerri currently serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer for MTM, Inc., focusing on staff engagement and organizational design. She has more than 10 years of experience in corporate compliance, employee relations, strategic planning, and new business implementation—all of which will support the structure and foundational development of the Missouri NICA League. Kerri holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and is also a BICP Certified Level 1 Ride Guide and Fundamentals Instructor.

Ben Nagy

Co-Central Regional Coordinator

 For most of the last decade, Ben Nagy has dedicated his life to promoting bicycling for commuting, racing, and general health and wellness. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Ben could be found riding BMX bikes through the woods. When he moved to Missouri and worked in the field of fisheries research, he continued to commute by bike daily and hit up trails as often as possible. In 2010, he fell in love with racing, and has since raced competitively throughout Missouri and Kansas. Ben is also an advocate for trail building and maintenance, and has designed, built, and maintained trails in local city and state parks. He is currently the Sales Manager and resident mountain bike expert at Walt’s Bike and Fitness, and founded, opened, and operates the Como Bike Co-Op, a no-cost bike shop focused on getting and keeping disadvantages individuals on bikes. He is also the Recreation Leader at Columbia Parks and Rec, focusing exclusively on bicycle education; has spent the past four years as the Show Me State Games MTB race commissioner; and is a League of American Bicyclists league-certified instructor.

Bill Plank

Co-Central Regional Coordinator

 As the father of two kids, Bill Plank understands the importance of physical activity for a child’s physical, psychological, and social development, and believes kids should spend more time outside. A busy husband, father, volunteer, and Type 1 Diabetic, he has seen firsthand how cycling reduces stress and leads to a healthier lifestyle. He began riding without training wheels at the age of three and has not stopped since. Bill has a passion for improving his hometown, which happens to be the capital of Missouri, Jefferson City. He has held many volunteer leadership roles, including Young Professionals Chairman and Rotaract President, where he was the race organizer for the area’s first ever trail race, Kicks in the Sticks. An active member of his community, Bill currently serves as the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commissioner, a Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation Board Member, the Salute to America 4th of July Festival Chairman, an Environmental Quality Commission Member, a Jefferson City Cycling Subcommittee Member, and is a MYSA Certified Soccer Coach. With a background in commercial banking, risk management, and organizational leadership, he has acquired skills in sales, strategic planning, organizational structure, and management. Bill looks forward to bringing mountain biking to high schoolers across Missouri and getting more kids on bikes.