2019 Ambassador Team
The Venus de Miles Ambassadors are women just like you. They are healthy, they are active, they are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, they are always on the go, and they are passionate! Their enthusiasm for Venus is rooted in the personal challenge it presents, but also in the opportunity to encourage other women to achieve their goals while supporting Greenhouse Scholars.
Our Ambassadors help us to expand our supporter base so that Greenhouse Scholars can fulfill its mission of supporting exceptional students from Colorado who are creating change in communities at home and across the globe. Ambassadors are spreading the word, hosting events, and fundraising.
We hope you'll attend some of the events hosted by Ambassadors leading up to event day (join our MeetUp group for updates) and be sure to say hi when you see them at athletic expos this summer or at Venus de Miles!
Brooke's love for outdoor adventures started at a young age growing up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Surrounded by water and tree forts, pulling crab pots was a daily activity. Brooke went on to play Division 1 softball at Towson University. Now in the glory days of adulthood Brooke's adventurous spirit lives on. She relocated to Colorado with her partner after their first visit to the rocky mountains, and the fresh mountain air has made their dreams come true.
Kay is a native of Alabama and a Colorado transplant, via Illinois. She is an avid cyclist and has been cycling for more than 30 years. Kay learned about Venus de Miles by seeing the posted route directional signs, the summer before she moved to Colorado. As a retired professor, supporting Greenhouse Scholars is especially important to her. Kay has volunteered for the Venus Bike Club, Venus de Miles, and for the selection committee for Greenhouse Scholars. She is excited to continue her support of Venus de Miles and Greenhouse Scholars as an Ambassador.
Meghan has been in education for more than 20 years as an outdoor educator, camp director, and public school teacher. She currently works for BVSD as a Language Development Specialist where she supports teachers and principals to develop best practices for emerging bilingual students. Meghan grew up on her bike, riding with her dad on the trails outside Washington DC. In the 19 years she’s been in Colorado she’s enjoyed road and mountain biking, as a way to stay fit and spend time with friends. Meghan has participated in almost all the Venus de Miles rides, always with a group of teachers who support the mission of Greenhouse Scholars. She loves to celebrate the amazing achievement of these scholars through this powerful all-women event.
An Arizona transplant by way of California, Delia is a self-proclaimed city girl, but she has completely embraced the outdoor active lifestyle that she has come to know and love while living in Colorado. Delia was introduced to Venus de Miles by a friend. They rode as the Queen Bees that year and she has been seen riding in costume every year since. As an educator, supporting the Greenhouse Scholars mission resonates deeply with her. This year will be Delia's 8th Venus de Miles.
Linda is a 3rd generation Colorado native living in Golden, CO. Married with two children, Linda learned to ride a bike as a child but didn't ride for several years until her late 40's. She was quickly hooked and now rides as much as she can. At 50 Linda started racing road, mountain, and cyclocross. Linda will be participating in her 10th Venus de Miles in 2017!
Irma Edwinson was born in Guadalajara. She is married and has a BS in Business Administration. Irma started taking road biking more seriously in 2014 where she participated in several endurance races such as Elephant Rock, Circle Summit at Frisco, Tour de Ladies and much more. She has worked for Crunch fitness as a cycling instructor since Feb 2018 and is excited to work for Centura Health this year. Irma loves encouraging women to get more involved with cycling and is so excited to be selected as an Ambassador for Venus de Miles 2019!!!
Mary Claire was born in Milwaukee,Wisconsin with bike shoes on her feet making her an avid bike rider from a very young age! Her first organized ride was in Brittany, France where she fell in love with the camaraderie and free feeling of cruising through beautiful landscapes with a group of like-minded riders. She moved to Colorado 16 years ago to practice her other passion, teaching young children at La Escuela Bilingue Pioneer,a dual-language English/Spanish school.She supports Greenhouse Scholars and volunteers on their selection team and is happy to continue that support by being a Venus de Miles Ambassador.
Katie recently graduated with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Her passion is working with individuals to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially in the area of rehabilitation and strength training. Katie has been running since the 6th grade and started competing in triathlons and bike races in 2014. Katie loves any activities that get her outdoors with her dogs.
Dawn discovered her love for cycling when she joined Team in Training and began raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society near her home on the east coast. Drawn to the mountains, she moved to Colorado 10 years ago and has continued fundraising and riding for charity in numerous local Colorado rides such as the Tour de Cure and Bike MS. She loves a good challenge, having completed several weeklong Ride the Rockies tours, the grueling Haute Route Rocky Mountains, and a nine day trip across the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. She is currently the team director for the Denver based Revolution Women's Cycling team. She loves the camaraderie of other women on bikes and is excited to be an ambassador for Venus de Miles, one of her favorite local events!
Jessica is a proud Colorado native and although she has only been cycling for three years, she has fallen head over bike shoes for it and never plans to stop. Her bike’s name is Thunder and her cat’s name is Klaus. Although Jessica’s 2017 goal is to podium at least one race she loves the relaxed and supportive vibe at Venus de Miles: one that encourages fun and camaraderie. She's thrilled to be back for another year on the Venus de Miles Ambassador team!
Amy, a ten year resident of the Prospect neighborhood, has made Venus de Miles an annual event and will participate in her 11th consecutive ride this year. She is retired from General Electric and now works two days a week as an RN at Life Care in Longmont. Feeling blessed to be married 27 years to her husband Mark, cycling is a major part of the healthy lifestyle they live. She ardently believes that the work Greenhouse Scholars does is critical to helping young people get the boost in life that they dream of. She is proud to be part of Greenhouse Scholars, especially in a fundraising capacity and delighted to be back for her 3rd year on the Venus de Miles Ambassador Team.
Erin enjoys getting outside in a variety of ways, but being on a bike has always offered its own special fulfillment. Raised in northern California and Boulder, Colorado, Erin is passionate about exploring and protecting the wild places that nourish us and expanding access to these enriching environments and experiences. Erin races for the Revolution Women's Cycling Team and is excited to serve as a Venus de Miles ambassador to spread the word about women's cycling and the powerful way it can uplift and connect us!