On Tuesday, April 15th Terry Palmeri began serving SORBA as our new Associate Regional Director. "I'm excited and honored to to be serving our members in this new capacity. I'll be traveling to Memphis, TN and Northwest Mississippi to show existing clubs what we offer to SORBA chapters. I'll be working on a new trail project at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Georgia. I'll also be visiting existing chapters, such as Southeast GA SORBA (Savanah), Ocmulgee Mountain Bike Association (Macon), Flint River Area SORBA (Albany) and Chattahoochee Valley SORBA (Columbus). I look forward to meeting our members and leaders in these areas, and I look forward to my role expanding mountain biking in our region," says Terry.
Terry was the President of the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association, one of the oldest SORBA Chapters, and the Office Manager for the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop. Her mountain biking career started in 2004 when she met her future husband, Mike Palmeri. After 12 years of being a roadie, she was introduced to mountain biking on a trip to Wales, England. Touring the premier mountain biking trail systems in Wales inspired her to help her adopted community of Ellijay to become a mountain biking destination. Terry has successfully worked with the US Forest Service on mountain bike projects in the Chattahoochee-Oconee, the army Corps of Engineers on the Carters Lake trail system, and with Georgia State Parks. Paul Farrow, SORBA President says, with her years of experience in both bicycle advocacy and bicycle retail worlds, Terry will contribute enormously in IMBA-SORBA’s efforts to accomplish its mission.