Alexis Favis, Member at Large

Alexis comes to the El Grupo board with a deep passion for community involvement, serving on multiple boards whose mission is to support Tucson youth. She has been involved with the Tucson advertising community since 2009 where she has supported pro-bono marketing campaigns for several Tucson nonprofits. She is a NextGen Award recipient recognizing advertising professionals age 40 and younger who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements, and personal qualities, which also inspire others to excel. Professionally, she is the Director of The Agency by SANDOW, a leading force in the architecture and design space, where operational excellence and digital marketing are her areas of expertise. She loves to cycle, hike and travel, all hobbies that pair well with her affinity for photography

Eric Thomas, Member at Large

Some of my earliest memories involve trikes and bikes. I still remember the day I received the silver Schwinn Scrambler! I launched from every curb, driveway, and kid-built jump within my boundaries. I have been enamored with bikes since. As my boundaries expanded, I explored much of Tucson, delivered countless newspapers, rode to school, work, and the UA on two wheels. I still ride for enjoyment and commute nearly every day to work on a bike.

I try to subtly pass on the same reverence to the students I teach at Tucson High, and I’ve tried a less subtle approach with our two children. Our son, a former El Grupo rider and employee is working to get kids on bikes that might not otherwise have the opportunity. My son’s experiences and my own as a parent volunteer have made me aware of El Grupo’s impact and its nearly boundless potential.

I believe that bikes can solve some of our biggest problems. It’s important to teach and model this to all in our community and especially to our youth.

I’m proud to be part of an organization that empowers youth (and future adults) through bicycles and the spirit and guidance that is El Grupo.

Joe Delgado, Member at Large

Joe Delgado has been working as a sales/consulting executive in the IT Industry for the past 30 years for various companies including IBM, SAP, and Microsoft. Joe is a Tucson native and grew up in the Tucson Mountains trail running/cycling and eventually running cross country and track in college. Having spent most of his life as an endurance athlete Joe made the connection of using the same skills to perform well in endurance events for work and life. Joe is excited to be a Board Member of El Grupo so he can help support an organization where kids can learn these same lifelong skills while being a part of the Tucson cycling community. Outside of work Joe is a certified professional coach with a passion for performance and helping people reach their personal and professional goals. Over the years Joe has been a volunteer coach for various Tucson youth organizations. Joe met his wife at the University of Arizona where they both earned their accounting degrees. They have two children ages 20 and 18. His daughter is a distance runner at the University of San Diego while his son is a senior in high school hoping to run at the college level.

Charlie Everett, Secretary

Charlie is an executive director in Digital Technology (DT) at Raytheon.  In this position, Charlie is responsible for all operational aspects of Program DT Computing Environments, as well as for the career growth of 600 team members. With the goal of becoming a great ancestor, Charlie supports his family and the community in various ways. He has… Read more »

Matt Donaldson, Member at Large

Matt Donaldson grew up in Rochester, NY, and made the transition to Tucson, AZ in 2001. Since then he has been an educator in the Vail School District, where he currently serves as principal of Empire High School. Matt’s passion for cycling began when he moved to Tucson and has continued ever since. Matt is… Read more »

Brenda Kazen, Member at Large

Growing up on the far Northeast side of Tucson, riding a bike was the only way to go anywhere. I loved the freedom of riding “into town” and buying an ice cream or going to the mall. As an adult I rediscovered cycling by commuting to work. A friend convinced me to buy a road… Read more »

Paul Durham, Member at Large

Within 48 hours of finishing my first bar exam, I was on a plane from Seattle to London to begin a two-month solo bike touring trip from London to Athens. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I had read some books on the subject! I’ve loved cycling all my life and bike… Read more »

Doug Friman, JD, Board Chairman

I joined the Board of El Grupo because I wanted to be involved with an organization that is devoted to helping Tucson youth learn lifelong skills as well as experience the joy that comes from riding bikes. My personal bike history began when I was tearing around Edinburgh, Scotland (where I grew up) on my… Read more »