Advisory Board Established

As a first step in the path to becoming a Chapter League (NCICL is currently a Project League) NCICL has established an Advisory Board.

Becoming a Chapter League is the next step in NCICL’s growth. As a Chapter League NCICL will continue to enjoy our working relationship with NICA National. One aspect of being a Chapter League is NCICL would establish its own 501(c)3 in the state of NC and establish a Board of Directors for which our League Director, and any other paid staff, would then report.

While NCICL currently enjoys non-profit status under NICA National, becoming a NC non-profit does increase our ability to partner with some sponsors, and increases eligibility for some grant opportunities as well.

Our new League Director would be the 5th member of the Board, and in the coming years we would look to add additional members to ensure we have a staggered onboarding/offboarding process for future stability and growth.

President

Heike Biller is a mountain biking mom.  Supporting her son’s passion for the sport, she joined NCICL in 2016 as the League’s Registration Manager and because of the incredible community, continued her involvement even after he aged out. 

After assisting the league grow over the years, Heike is excited to join the Advisory Board.  She brings with her extensive experience in the nonprofit world and looks forward to assisting NCICL move to the next level as a NICA Chapter League. 

Heike enjoys organizing events, gardening, hiking, and generally any activity that gets her outside. She lives in Charlotte with husband Kurt, whom you will see assisting in various roles during race weekend.

Vice President

Michael Eastwood has been with the league since its launch; starting as the Director of Coaching and Team Development while working as a school counselor and coaching a team for Lake Norman Charter. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons Michael worked for NICA National as the Coach Licensing Senior Manager before returning to NCICL as the Associate League Director for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Michael has been a Coach Supporter for the league throughout his tenure and has greatly enjoyed being able to work with so many awesome coaches across North Carolina.

Michael’s drive to support the league comes from his background as a school counselor, and his own experience with mountain biking. Back in high school Michael was a member of his school’s mountain bike club in Connecticut. After returning to the sport in 2009, Michael quickly realized the power of mountain biking as a personally, physically, and mentally rewarding sport. The personal challenges that the sport presents, as well as the supportive community (socially, in racing, and in advocacy) that it provides, gives an amazing opportunity for adults and kids alike. Mountain biking with NCICL presents a great opportunity for our youth to find their identify and connection within their school community.

While Michael does not have children himself, mountain biking has become a family activity and you can find his wife Annie (Assistant GRiT Coordinator) and their dog Tater at league events.

Treasurer

Ken Clark joined NCICL in 2016 as the Treasurer.  He and his wife, Holly, also volunteer in the merchandise tent at race events.  Ken has worked in numerous financial positions with Price Waterhouse, IBM and Blue Cross NC.  He has degrees in both accounting and finance and is a CPA.  Ken enjoys cycling both on the road and off.

With many years already spent with NCICL, Ken has seen first-hand how passionate student athletes are about mountain biking.  He wants every young person who is interested in cycling to have a chance to experience it in a fun environment that gives them a chance to grow as far as they want to in the sport.

Ken started seriously riding bikes as an adult in the early ‘80’s before there were helmets! That soon changed and Ken brought Holly into the cycling fold so they could enjoy the open road together.  Before kids arrived, they enjoyed summer bike tours exploring northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. They are still riding together today.  Ken and Holly reside in Carrboro and have 2 adult daughters who live and Raleigh and Lawrence, Kansas.

Secretary

Chelle Frost is the GRiT Program Director and a Coach Supporter for the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League, as well as a Level 3 coach for the William Lenoir Middle School, Hibriten High School and Caldwell County Composite teams. She first became involved with the league in 2016.

As GRiT Coordinator for the NCICL since 2019, Chelle has worked closely with female student-athletes, coaches and parents to create a strong, empowering and inclusive community and culture within the league. Through GRiT Ambassador training events, preseason events, a mentorship program, Senior Ambassador Projects, race weekends, a mechanical program, coach trainings and standalone GRiT events, Chelle provides guidance and support – leading our student-athletes, coaches and teams towards gender parity through personal growth, leadership opportunities, friendships and a shared love of mountain biking. 

In addition to the work she provides for GRiT, Chelle also serves the NCICL as a licensed Coach Supporter, helping to lead OTBS 101 training courses and creating curriculum and resources to support the growth of coaches across the state. 

Chelle will be fulfilling the role of Secretary on the NCICL Advisory Board, and will bring the same level of expertise, work ethic and creativity we have all grown to expect from her in each of her roles supporting the league and its mission. 

When Chelle is not working in her various roles within the NCICL, you can find her running her own business since 2012, or spending time with her two children and her nephews – with whom she loves to share her passion for mountain biking and exploring nearby Wilson Creek and Pisgah National Forest.