If you need to contact any board member, email staff for their contact information.
Paul LeFrancois; Spartanburg (President)
Founding board member of the PCC, Paul serves on the Freewheelers of Spartanburg board of directors, chairs the Overmountain Victory Trail Committee in Cherokee County, and is a longtime bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist. Paul has advocated for bike education and access at the local and state level for many years. The Alliance for Biking and Walking honored Paul with their 2010 Advocate of the Year Award.
Curt Rone; Columbia (Midlands Regional; Treasurer)
Curt began riding in 2001 at the age of 55 after a 40 year hiatus when his younger brother convinced him to ride BRAG. He enjoyed it so much that he bought a bike and kept on riding, averaging about 3,000 or so miles each year. This included a yearly 8-10 day ride, organized by his brother Bobby until 2009 when they rode across the country from San Diego to St. Augustine with 11 people, including former board member Will Haltiwanger. Curt has also completed many charity rides (MS150, Tour de Cure, etc.) often on the Palmetto Cycling Coalition teams.
Jim Cox; Greenwood (Upstate Regional; Secretary)
Jim has been an active recreational rider for 25 years. He enjoys road and mountain biking. Jim was a founding member of the Greenwood Cycling Club. He has assisted the organization and operation of the Tour d’Abbeville, the Bee Buzzin’ Tour of Greenwood County and Greenwood Criterium. Jim is a veteran of many organized rides throughout the state, including MS 150, Cycle South Carolina, Festivelo, Ride for the Raptors and Okra Strut Century. He is a volunteer for SafeKids assisting with bike rodeos and helmet fitting. Jim is a tireless advocate for our sport and takes great pride in bringing newcomers to cycling.
Katie Zimmerman; Charleston (Lowcountry Regional; Officer At-Large)
Katie is the Executive Director of Charleston Moves. She is formerly the Director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League’s Air, Water, and Public Health Program in Charleston. She joined the League as a project manager in 2009 after working at the NOAA Coastal Services Center on performance metrics and strategic planning. Prior to her job at NOAA, Katie led several research and outreach projects on environmental justice, community empowerment, green building, and water quality. She earned her M.S. in Environmental Studies and her B.A. in English Literature, Political Science, and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. She is an avid bicyclist and doesn’t own a car.
Laura Ringo; Spartanburg (Upstate Regional)
Laura is the executive director of the nonprofit Partners for Active Living. Partners for Active Living transforms Spartanburg into a healthy, active, and vibrant community with emphasis on all things walking & bicycling, childhood obesity prevention, and trail development. Under Laura’s leadership, the organization launched the Southeast’s first bicycle-sharing program, Spartanburg B-cycle, led the effort for the city of Spartanburg to earn the designation of South Carolina’s first bicycle-friendly community, and created a 40+ member childhood obesity prevention taskforce. Laura started the City of Spartanburg’s bicycle and pedestrian commission, serves on the SPATS Enhancements Committee and City of Spartanburg senior staff development team and City Parks Advisory Committee. Last month Laura was honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award for her work in Spartanburg.
Bill Brewer; Hilton Head Island (Lowcountry Regional)
For several years, Bill assisted PCC with technical matters such as rumble strips and brings a broad expertise in large scale urban planning, bicycle infrastructure design and construction. He is a commuter and competitive cyclist, as well as a professional engineer and alum of University of Connecticut. He worked on the design and development of large scale communities such as Weston, Florida and Sun City, Hilton Head, including the pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure of those communities. A triathlete who competes in swimming, running and cycling, he also participates in charitable fund raising rides and cycling events and is a founding member and director of Hilton Head Cycling, Inc., a USA Cycling licensed club and 501(c)(3) athletic organization promoting the sport of cycling and supporting competitive amateur competing in the sport of cycling. Bill serves locally as a member of the Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Ernie James; Florence (Lowcountry Regional)
Ernie is the Director of Employee Relations in the Consumer Sector, for Sonoco, based in Hartsville. He is also a graduate of the University of Rochester Simon Business School. Ernie sees bicycling as a great means for building communities, and he brings to PCC years of corporate management and board experience.
Jared Draper; Spartanburg (Upstate Regional)
Jared is a Planner in the Southeast Regional Office for Toole Design Group (TDG). His work has enabled communities to realize the value and benefits of planning, designing, and implementing multimodal transportation solutions that are attractive and reflect the local character. Jared has provided leadership for active transportation projects that focus on increasing the safety, comfort, and convenience for all users, ensuring that new facilities are accessible and provide key connections for people of all ages and abilities. He is known for his ability to balance the needs and the context of a community with innovative transportation solutions that improve functionality and address local needs.
Meredith Rigdon; Greenville (Upstate Regional)
Meredith, a Clemson University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing, is a native of South Carolina and a long time Greenville resident. Meredith’s career in Marketing and Public Relations has included time spent working on some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Merrell Performance Footwear, Michelin and Sealed Air Corporation. Meredith founded Narrative Strategic Communications, which specializes in building and executing Marketing strategies for brands in the health, fitness and sustainability realms. Meredith, a long time road cyclist, is now in her fourth season as a triathlete and is training for 70.3 mile races as a Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition athlete. Meredith represents Trek Bicycle as a Women’s Advocate and is a Tiger Ties mentor for students in the Clemson School of Business and Behavioral Sciences. Meredith serves as Board Chair for the local advocacy non-profit, Bike Walk Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina. Meredith is also a contributor to GVL Today, Greenville’s daily email news source, as RealGVLMom, sharing her adventures as a mom, cyclist and professional in Greenville. Meredith is married to Lukas and is a proud mom to Reagan and Luke, a future ballerina and BMX racer.
Advisory Board Members
Kelly Mezzapelle; Myrtle Beach
Kelly has been a planner for the City of Myrtle Beach for 17 years. Kelly has developed transportation plans, roadway design plans, mixed-use pedestrian-friendly zoning districts, and currently staffs the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has her BS in Marketing and Real Estate from USC-Coastal and her MBA from Winthrop University. Kelly and her husband have been cycling on the Grand Strand for 24 years.
Will Haltiwanger; Columbia
A native of Columbia, SC, Will has served on the board of PCC and participated in most PCC events and advocacy opportunities since a few year’s after the organization’s inception. Will serves on City of Columbia’s Bike Advisory Committee, and he also participates in various cross state rides, such as the Tour de Cure and MS Ride. Will is LCI certified to teach bike safety.
Tom Lex; Aiken
Tom has been an active road cyclist for the past nine years. He rides five to six days a week and has averaged over 11,000 miles per year for the past six years. He has been a PCC Board Member for the past 4 years and is currently the PCC Board Vice President. He is also president of the Aiken Bicycle Club and a member of the newly established Aiken County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.