Staff and Board

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 down time.

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.

    Michelle Bowen

    Board Member

    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.

      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.









        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.



          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

          • Location: San Antonio, TX