Meet the 2017 Riders

 A – E  F – K  L – P  R – Z
Bruce Fournier Henry Downes Mark Valesey
Crystal Anderson Martha Dysart  
Melinda Holloway  
Mike Oliphant  
Mike Rutherford  
Patrick Smith  
1 Trip Leader         8 Riders


13901347_10153959540247874_6612512631617545723_nHenry Downes, 23
2017 Bike Adventure Trip Leader
Returning 2015 and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Fundraising Goal: $750

Riding across the country with FCBA in 2016 was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a graduate student when I began in Seattle, but had decided to become a volunteer with the Fuller Center by the time we finished in Washington, D.C.! I honestly couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful mission and community that had been such an integral part of my summer experience.

Now, I want to contribute in some meaningful way to helping people have that same experience for themselves. So…here I am, back for more! I’ll be leading the first-ever Dirt to D.C. ride, which is sure to be a beautiful route, with lots of good people and a BIG fundraising impact. It’s easy to see why I’m thankful every morning that I get to do this for a living!


Version 2Crystal Anderson, 38
2017 Fuller Center Cyclist
Richmond, VA
Fundraising Goal: $750

This will be my first ride with The Fuller Center, and I couldn’t be happier to have an opportunity to fundraise, ride, and build with those similarly interested in service and biking.

I grew up in a beautiful area of Virginia, and one of my greatest joys was riding my bike.  Other than those early experiences and riding as one duty of college employment, I have not been a consistently active rider.  I’m just now getting back into riding, and pairing that with fundraising and service in support of The Fuller Center is really a delightful scenario.

I will be one of the first riders to participate in the “new for 2017” Dirt to D.C. ride.  The ride will be in September 2017, giving me adequate time to prepare, fundraise, and perhaps even persuade others to join.

In addition to supporting The Fuller Center’s mission, I hope to meet great people and, with any luck, be a bit of a pioneer for friends and family to join a future ride.


Bruce Fournier,
2017 Fuller Center Cyclist
Springfield, OH
Fundraising Goal: $750

Mark Valesey,
2017 Fuller Center Cyclist
Medford, NJ
Fundraising Goal: $750

I`ll be 66 when the ride takes place. My wife says that I am retired, sort of …..

Mike Rutherford, 40
Returning 2014, 2015 & 2016 Rider
Middletown, OH
Fundraising Goal: $750

It’s time to ride the dirt from PA to DC. This should be a great week of riding through the mountains. I’m looking forward to meeting the daring souls who venture off the asphalt and concrete with the FCBA. OYEE!




Patrick Smith, 29
Returning 2011 & 2013 Rider
Radford, VA
Fundraising Goal: $750

In 2011, I signed up to be a whole way rider for the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure summer ride from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. It was, and remains, one of the best summers of my life. I met some amazing people both on the ride and along the way. I was presented with the opportunity to speak about the mission of the Fuller Center, to work with my hands, and help raise money for poverty housing. As I finish up my last year of graduate school I look forward to riding with the Fuller Center again. It will be a joy to help others in need, make new friends and experience the journey that comes with riding with people who are truly committed to helping make the world better for others.


Melinda Holloway, 55
Returning 2015 Rider
Hammond, Louisiana
Fundraising Goal: $1,000

After riding in a cross-country Fuller Center ride two years ago, I decided I had to do another one! I’m looking forward to being a part of the inaugural Dirt to D.C. ride this fall!

Mike Oliphant, 66
Returning 2014& 2016 Rider
Hayersville, NC
Fundraising Goal: $750

I have recently participated in two Fuller Center Trips to Haiti and one to Nicaragua. I am planning another building trip to Haiti in 2017.


Martha Dysart, 57
Returning 2014 & 2016 Rider
Hayersville, NC
Fundraising Goal: $750

 In 2014 I rode the Spring Ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway. I also did a Global Village build in Haiti and volunteered with Midwives for Haiti.