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.
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.
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.
Kyle Draganov; Charleston (Lowcountry Regional)
Kyle has 20+ years of experience in geographic information systems application development. Currently, he works in application security for The Baldwin Group, on contract with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Kyle’s passion for cycling began in his teens while competing in road races and triathlons. Later in life, realizing the environmental and health benefits of cycling, he sought out opportunities to advance the cycling movement. Kyle is an active volunteer in local cycling organizations, including Charleston Moves. He annually participates in charity and group rides such as Ride to Remember for Alzheimer’s, Cycle for Life Cystic Fibrosis, and Hell Hole Gravel Grind. He also co-founded a work cycling club that has grown to 20+ members. Kyle resides in James Island with his wife Kelly and daughter Bella.
Tim Rollings; Myrtle Beach (Lowcountry Regional)
Following a 35 year career, and multiple moves, with the YMCA, Tim and spouse, Nan, relocated from New England to Myrtle Beach in 2016. Initially a competitive runner (including the Olympic Marathon trials), Tim moved into cycling both as a competitor and commuter. He was the Masters State and District champion for Pennsylvania and he has directed cycling and road running races. Currently, Tim rides his bike each day and serves as a member of the Myrtle Beach Pedestrian and Bike Committee. He is a lifelong advocate for healthy living and is interested in promoting cycling as an activity and way of life in a safe environment.
Beth Javener; Conway (Lowcountry Regional)
Beth loves cycling, so much so that in her role as Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, she directs a free bike share program with over 600 bikes. She loves to mountain bike, road bike, commute to work on two wheels and do an occasional triathalon and road race. She believes that riding a bike can change your community, state, and your life. She is a graduate of Idaho State University where she received her Masters Degree in Athletic Administration and Sports Management. Beth is also a League Cycling Instructor through The League of American Bicyclists and teaches beginning road cycling courses on campus.
Dionne Fleishman; Columbia (Midlands Regional)
Rip Sanders; Columbia (Midlands Regional)
Sarah Franco; Greenville (Upstate Regional)
Josh Boggs; Greenville (Upstate Regional)
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.