Staff & Board


Board Member Photos - Brenda

Brenda Mikec

Executive Director

“When human beings are raised in poverty and do not have access to resources to better themselves, they fall into unhealthy life patterns and habits and struggle to escape.” Brenda’s passions include building genuine relationships and helping others in difficult situations. Other passions include nature, spending time in the outdoors, volunteering, traveling, photography, cycling and reading in her downtime.

Brenda is a business professional with experience in the Nonprofit sector, Volunteer management, Outreach, Outdoor recreation, Human Resources, Marketing, Recruiting, Event Planning, Fundraising and Development. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree with a double major in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Brenda is honored and excited to combine her love for reading and cycling and to continue pursuing Ride for Reading’s mission to help children become healthy and literate.


Board Member Photos - Michelle

Michelle Bowen

Board Chair

Michelle Bowen is currently Corporate Services Director at Fridrich and Clark Realty. As Corporate Services Director, Michelle proactively fosters relationships within the business community while working collaboratively with agents to meet the relocation needs of Middle Tennessee. Prior to real estate, Michelle spent many years building strong relationships in the business community through her roles in various nonprofit community and economic development organizations.

After working with many nonprofit organizations in Chicago, Kansas City and Nashville, Michelle attended Middle Tennessee State University to obtain her Master’s in Not-for-Profit Management and Organizational Leadership. Michelle uses this degree to continue to assist community nonprofits thrive throughout Middle Tennessee through volunteering and various board positions.

As an outdoor enthusiast, foodie, and city-girl at heart, Michelle can often be found on the weekends kayaking, biking, and hiking during the days and enjoying a new restaurant and live music in the evenings. Michelle lives in Spring Hill with her husband, Derek, and four dogs.


Board Member Photos - Stephanie

Stephanie Ward

Board Chair – San Antonio

Stephanie Ward is a Professor of Management and Department Chair with the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Houston, an MBA from the University of Houston, and a BBA in Accounting from Angelo State University.

After growing up in San Angelo, Texas, and spending 15 years in Houston, she and her family moved to San Antonio in 2004. She has been an avid reader and cyclist her whole life. Her first job, at age 9, was selling eggs via her bicycle in the mornings before going to school to neighbors. Her second job, at 14, was shelving books in the local library.

Being involved in Ride for Reading SA combines her loves of education, literacy, and cycling and provides the opportunity to foster those loves with the San Antonio community children. Stephanie is married and has one son.


Board Member Photos - Syreeta

Syreeta Butler

Board Member

Syreeta Butler is the Library Manager of the Thompson Lane Branch Library of Nashville Public Library. Syreeta joined the board of Ride for Reading in October 2019. Syreeta, coming from humble beginnings, has an affinity for serving the underprivileged. She is an advocate for literacy and wants to do her part to ensure every child has an opportunity to succeed by assisting with book deliveries, sorting books, and reading to children. “Some children will never have a book bought for them and will lack the enjoyment and fulfillment of reading, so I support Ride for Reading because they are bridging the literacy gap by putting books in the hands of those children.”

Syreeta grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and began her career in libraries at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Her love for libraries and people lead to her obtaining her Masters of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She enjoys reading, traveling and singing in her spare time.


Board Member Photos - Jason

Jason Campbell

Board Member

As a Music City native, Jason Campbell has seen Nashville’s growth firsthand, and he is proud of the continued progression that erupts from his hometown. He is even prouder to be a part of a community with a history of volunteering and helping others.

After earning Eagle Scout, graduating from MBA, and heading off to college, Jason’s life path changed when he joined the US Army six months after the 9/11 attacks. He found his way back home after his service, and currently lives on the west side of town.

Jason now works daily to improve the lives of others as the owner of Surplus Strength and is humbled to be a member of the Ride for Reading Board of Directors.


Board Member Photos - Jeff

Jeff Eck

Board Treasurer

Jeff is the Compensation and Benefits Manager at Nashville Electric Service and has lived in the Nashville area for six years. After starting his career in accounting, Jeff found his second career in human resources 15 years ago. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA from West Chester University.

As a child, Jeff was a voracious book reader and is excited to help ignite that passion in others. As a Christian and a teacher at heart, he loves teaching English as a Second Language classes at his church. Jeff loves challenges and will confess to a fondness for competing in triathlons. Jeff lives in Mount Juliet with his wife and two teenage daughters.


Board Member Photos - Jon

Jon Kniss

Board Member

We first met Jon as he volunteered with Ride for Reading in Nashville. He loves seeing the faces of the kids as we ride up to a school… and these days you can see Jon as our regular photographer for each delivery! Following up on that, Jon plans to launch a business in this space photographing people, places and events.

Jon is consulting with PJ Library of Nashville and is on the Board for Kiwanis of Nashville. Prior to moving to Nashville, Jon was an elementary teacher in NYC and also worked in the public and media relations business.

He loves taking his kids to the park and teaching them the importance of community service. Jon and his wife enjoy anything that involves a break from the kids… and a few things that don’t!

Jon recently moved to Austin, Texas and is looking forward to helping out the San Antonio chapter as well. When not doing “grown-up things,” Jon loves to play softball, collect baseball cards… and yes – ride his bike!


Board Member Photos - Dave

Dave Perreault

Board Member

Dave Perreault is a Scrum Master at Onlife Health in Brentwood, Tennessee. Dave has been volunteering for Ride for Reading since 2012, and was volunteer of the year in 2015. Dave joined the board of Ride for Reading in 2018.

The monthly book deliveries are what keeps him coming back. Dave says “The only thing better than hearing and seeing hundreds of children gathered together to get their books, is the ‘Thank yous’ from the teachers. He adds, “If you can ride a bike, come on a delivery, I guarantee you will be hooked.”

Dave grew up in Connecticut, where he graduated from Hartford State Technical College and the University of Hartford with a BS in Computer Engineering. Dave and Marty live in Mount Juliet, and they have a dog and 3 cats. He enjoys cycling of all types and participates in Mountain Bike, Criterium and Cyclocross racing.


Board Member Photos - Maureen

Maureen Sanderson

Board Member

Maureen is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College. Maureen has been volunteering for Ride for Reading since 2015 and joined the board in 2019. Maureen says “I remember my first delivery and the joy I experienced riding up to a school with my bubble machine blowing and hearing the kids shouting with excitement.”

Maureen is from Ohio and has degrees from Ohio State University, University of Texas and University of Washington. Maureen and Mary Kay live in East Nashville with their two dogs. Maureen competes in mountain and road bike races with Tennessee Women’s Cycling Project, but her passion is off-road triathlons.

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