Carroll Foster is a professional photographer and owner of Hot Eye Photography, based in Spartanburg, S.C. A native of Spartanburg, Carroll has enjoyed returning to his roots with his wife Lani and two children.
"When I signed up to go on globalbike's 2011 Ride Climb Transform trip, I did not realize the effect it would have on me. Seeing - and being a part of - the positive changes that globalbike is making in a world so in need of real and lasting change, left me wanting to do whatever I could to help move the work of globalbike forward."
Carroll is Director of Art and Imagery.
Curt McPhail took his first trip to Africa in 1996. At the Hartsell Orphanage in Mutare, Zimbabwe, McPhail met a young boy who he has affectionately referred to as the “kid in the red jump suit.” After spending the day with his new friend McPhail left a changed person. That day McPhail made a promise to this boy that through the course of his life he would help kids like him live a better life. Several other trips to Africa followed and with the help of some close friends, McPhail honored that promise with the creation of globalbike in 2006. In his spare time Curt loves spending time with his wife and two boys, ages 9 and 6. Curt is also an avid cyclist, bike commuter, and advocate for community change throughout the world. "For me globalbike is very personal. The kid in the red jump suit transformed my life and thinking. I held onto that image for year's working to honor my promise. To me globalbike is the answer. As we grow I know more and more kids like my young friend are getting the care they so desperately need." Curt is Executive Director and Director of Global Partnerships.
Dudley Brown learned about globalbike while writing for Spartanburg's daily newspaper. He was attracted to getting involved with the organization after quickly understanding the power of bikes and how globalbike was making a difference.
Dudley is Director of Communications.
Eric Turner has a life long passion for cycling. He has dedicated his talents and time to serving cyclists for almost 20 years. He owns and operates Bike Worx, a bicycle shop located on a rail trail in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, SC. Eric is often found riding his bicycle on and off road with his wife, Susan and their two boys, Alex and Dylan
"The globalbike spirit is a very easy concept to adopt and can be contagious when one comes in contact with the many volunteers that have the same passion. Health care workers receive a bicycle that not only speeds up the delivery of their cause but rewards them to know they can be more effective. My reward is to witness the creative and successful approach globalbike has experienced since its inception."
Eric is Director of Retail Operations.
Jean Crow Crowther is an urban planner who specializes in open space, outdoor recreation and multi-modal transportation. She has a B.A. from Furman University and a Masters in City & Regional Planning from Clemson University. Jean currently works for Alta Planning + Design and lives in downtown Greenville with her husband, Joe, and dog, Willis.
"I became involved in globalbike because I found the cause compelling and the solution simple—when you consider the selflessness of the care workers coupled with the limitations and struggles they face daily because of the lack of transportation options, then consider the difference that two wheels would make for each person and each community—it's a no brainer—and it's something that I personally can do.”
Jean is Director of Nonprofit Operations.
Julie Orr Franklin is a policy advisor who specializes in local economic development and strategic planning. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She also is a published essayist and amateur photographer. It was one of her essays that won her a trip to southern Africa, creating a great desire on her part to play a role in the transformative change of our global community. Julie and her husband, Stuart, perpetually continue to build their home, which they share with their dog, Wilson, in Greenville, South Carolina.
“Many years ago, I found myself broke and without a car or public transportation. A friend gave me a used bike. It was big and heavy, and only had three gears, but it got me where I needed to go, and was worth its weight in gold to me! For a year, that bike was my transportation and allowed me to pay my bills and finish school. Today, I enjoy riding with friends in nice weather on my 21-geared specially fitted road bike. Yet, I realize that a bike is more than just a venue for exercise and camaraderie. For many people, a bike makes the difference in whether they can work, get an education, or help others in great need. globalbike is a great example of how something so simple as the gift of a bike literally can transform the lives of people and the communities in which they live.”
Julie is Director of Program Evaluation.
Kelly D. H. Lowry is a lawyer in a small firm in Spartanburg specializing in commercial transactions and environmental law. He currently lives in a restored home in the woods with his wife, Rebecca Ramos, and their two daughters, Cenia and Rosie.
“I became involved in globalbike because it seemed like such an effective way to make a positive change in people's lives through such an easy solution—a bicycle, the same device I use in my personal life for recreation and exercise. I was delighted at the initial success we experienced, and it motivated me to make sure that the organization continued to grow, prosper, and make a difference in the developing world. It was then, and continues to be now, remarkable to me that something that I use for fun and exercise can save so many people’s lives, reduce suffering, provide fresh water, and prevent disease.”
Kelly is Director of Cycling Operations.
Patrick Coffey enjoys time with family and leads North American Product & Market Development for a global manufacturing concern. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and was a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team. Patrick has been cycling since 1987. His commitment was forged during self-supported multiday tours of West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia in the late 80s and early 90s. He has been riding and racing road and mountain bikes ever since. He currently resides in Spartanburg, SC with his wife and 2 children.
“I have partnered with globalbike to give back to a sport that has given graciously and unselfishly to me. Through growth of a network of globalbike Chapter Teams, we will continue to carry and support the globalbike vision and demonstrate that there are simple, low cost solutions to complex global problems.”
Patrick is Director of Chapter Teams.
Thad Dulin works for an investment planning firm in Greenville with a focus on wealth preservation and transfer. He holds a B.S. from Clemson University and previously raced as a professional cyclist. Thad enjoys spending time with his wife, Dixie, and racing for the globalbike Elite team on the weekends.
"My collaboration with globalbike began several years ago as a member of the cycling team. As a passionate cyclist, I have personally seen how powerful a bicycle can be. It provided me with direction, freedom, piece of mind, success, and the realization that the developing world is under committed and blind to its real power – the power of life. This is my opportunity to give back and to educate others of its true strength, and how it can provide for the developing world."
Thad is Director of Corporate Partnerships.