Becky Afonso Executive Director
Becky is a native Floridian from the Tampa Bay area and has favored bicycle commuting since her grade school days in Clearwater. Her interest in road and off-road riding evolved in the late 1990s, becoming a member of the Suwannee Bicycle Association, SWAMP and a charter member of the Suncoast Cycling Club. She served on each club’s board and within all three took on additional duties as social director, newsletter editor, List-Serve Moderator, volunteer coordinator, and event director.
Becky holds a degree in Mass Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, specializing in television news directing – an intense skill set of time-management and multi-tasking that does not allow for “dead air”. These skills, however, were put to test with the family coffee distribution company after graduation, allowing Becky to travel the Caribbean as the southeast operations manager.
Becky has over 20 years of cycling experience in project management, route logistics, and marketing via her involvement with aforementioned clubs, Sun Cycle Center of Tavares, Bike Wisconsin, Florida Bicycle Association and Bike Florida. She has taken the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Effective Cycling course, is a LAB League Cycling Instructor and is a graduate of CyclingSavvy and Teaching Safe Cycling from Wisconsin Department of Transportation. In 2015, Becky was appointed to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Greenways and Trails Council.
Known as the “Coffee Lady” at the July Michigander and the November BubbaFest Florida Keys bicycle tours, Becky continues to bicycle commute locally in Oldsmar, averaging 1500 miles a year and serves on the City of Oldsmar Leisure Services Advisory Committee.
“The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.”
― Deepak Chopra
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2452, Oldsmar FL 34677
Laura Hallam Administrative Assistant
Laura has nearly 30 years of experience working for non-profit organizations in areas ranging from education and advocacy to marketing, management and event coordination. For 10 years she served as executive director of Florida Bicycle Association preceded by 13 years with the Florida Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sports to promote active lifestyles through a wide variety of sporting events.
She was fortunate to participate as a volunteer at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Laura’s skills include organizational planning and budgeting, legislative and governmental relations, and enthusiasm in everything she does. She is a past board member for Paddle Florida, Bike Florida and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. She loves to paddle, bike and hike, as well as travel and read. Laura lives in Sopchoppy, 35 miles and 100 years southwest of Tallahassee.
“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” -Isak Dinesen