President: Valery De Laney
Vice President: Mike Thompson
Treasurer: Ben Meisler
Secretary: Rebecca Cheshire
Valery Wiseman De Laney
A native of Mobile, Valery raised her two children in Spanish Fort, and retired to Fairhope after a short stint with the Mobile County Public School System. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. While raising two children, Valery spent many years volunteering at Spanish Fort Elementary School-designing and maintaining the school grounds and signage, working with the art department on various fundraisers, and helping coordinate Mobile Symphony’s violin program at the school. Valery enjoys cycling around Fairhope and spends most of her “retirement” in service to the Trailblazers.
For the past three years Mike has served as Foley’s City Administrator after having served as Baldwin County Administrator for five years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Auburn University and moved to the Eastern Shore from Atlanta with his wife and two sons in 2000. Mike has 20 years experience in accounting, finance, and procurement with Fortune 500 companies to include Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard Co., and Agilent Technologies. Mike and his family enjoy boating, camping and bike riding.
A Daphne resident, Ben was past president of the Baldwin County Trailblazers in 1998 and has been an avid cyclist for 25 years. Ben owns and manages the Holiday Inn Express in Daphne and received his Certified Property Designation in 1985 and Certified Lodging Manager in 1998. A University of Alabama graduate, he currently serves on the Via Senior Citizens Board in Mobile, Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia, Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, Mobile and The Mobile Area Jewish Federation. Married with two grown children, Ben is committed to the planned growth of Baldwin County allowing for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Rebecca Cheshire is the Executive Director of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. She has over 15 years of experience in managing government, non-profit and commercial businesses. Prior to joining NBCC, she worked as a Management Consultant at Mace Group, an international consultancy based in London, England. Rebecca is a native of Bay Minette and has recently returned with her British husband and baby son after living in London for 13 years. She completed her Bachelor degrees in English and Psychology at the University of Georgia and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Auburn University. She also completed several postgraduate qualifications in Management in London
Tedson J. Meyers
A Bayonne, NJ, native, Tedson and his wife Arden Schell, moved to Fairhope from D.C. in 2007. The move followed Tedson’s 55-year career in Communications Law, with time thrown in as a Marine Corps company commander in Korea; Assistant to the Chairman of the FCC; and a senior staffer in the Peace Corps. In 1972 he was appointed by the President to the D.C. City Council and founded the National Center on Bicycling and Walking which he chaired for 30 years. While he continues to chair the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, Tedson was recruited to help write and pass the enabling legislation of the Alabama Trails Commission. He serves on the boards of Smart Coast, the Baldwin County Trailblazers, and is Vice-Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is a member of AARP’s Alabama Executive Council and joined its National Policy Council in 2012. Tedson graduated from New York University where he also earned a Master’s Degree and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Griffin is a native of Greenville, Ala., and has worked as a city planner for the City of Orange Beach since 2005. He holds a BS degree in Political Science and a MPA degree in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. An avid runner, cyclist and duathlete, Griffin is a member of the Pensacola Runners Association. He resides in Orange Beach.
Molly M. Peterson
Molly currently serves as Librarian and Technology Coordinator at Fairhope High School, and previously worked as the Library Director of the Foley Public Library. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Alabama and a B.S. from Auburn University at Montgomery. Founder of the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore, Molly serves on the Fairhope Library Board and the Fairhope Pedestrian-Bicycle Advisory Board. She also volunteers as webmaster for Fairhope's Local Food Production Initiative. A mother of two teenagers, Molly is married to Richard Peterson and lives in Fairhope.
Jim has been in the Mobile Area in the Transportation Industry for the past decade and is currently working as a Manager for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He obtained a degree in Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he met his wife, Amy, who is a Mobile native. He has served over 14 years on Volunteer Soccer Association Boards including three years as the Southwest Area Commissioner for Alabama Youth Soccer Association. Jim enjoys volunteering as a sports coach and acted as the Baldwin County Cup Tournament Director for the past 5 years. Jim and Amy built their current residence in Quail Creek and are enjoying raising their family on the Eastern Shore.
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