Nancy Busching, President, is a life-long multi-sport athlete, including competitive play in basketball, volleyball, softball, cross-country cycling, and ultra-endurance mountain biking, including back-to-back wins in Moab, UT, a national championship and second place at the 2002 24-hours World Championships.
Nancy’s passion for sports has grown to include advocacy and education. She initiated the “Bike Rodeo” at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Rapid City, SD, now in its 8th year. She also received a $180,000 grant for “Safe Routes to School,” funding sidewalk cutouts, additional school parking, and a crossing guard. Nancy was also instrumental in organizing the Black Hills Back 40, a charitable mountain bike race which has donated over $70,000 since its inception five years ago.
Jack Lynass, Vice President. In addition to his role on the board, Jack is also the current President/CEO of Black Hills Community Bank with locations in Rapid City and Spearfish, SD. Jack has lived in South Dakota his entire life and has been managing banks in the Black Hills for 30 years. Since 1995, Jack has been the lead in three startup banks: Rushmore State Bank & Trust in Spearfish, BankWest in Rapid City and most recently, the Black Hills Community Bank founded in 2009.
Jack enjoys spending time with family and serving the needs of the Black Hills area. His community involvement includes current and past board service with Black Hills Special Olympics, South Dakota Special Olympics, Rapid City Regional Hospital, South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Game Fish & Parks Black Hills Outdoor Campus, South Dakota Children’s Home Society Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Rapid City Downtown Association, Arrowhead Country Club, Spearfish Lions Club, Spearfish Optimist Club, Spearfish Economic Development, Lookout Memorial Hospital, Matthews Opera House. He has also coached Spearfish Boys Youth Basketball, Baseball and Soccer and Spearfish Girls Youth Basketball and Soccer.
Ryan McFarland, Secretary/Treasurer, is an entrepreneur with a passion for mountain biking and motor sports. Ryan grew up with a grandfather who was a race car engineer and a father who owned a motorcycle dealership. Early exposure to cars, motorcycles and racing influenced Ryan to ride dirt bikes and mountain bikes, as well as race go-karts and stock cars. Ryan invented the U.S. Patented Thudbuster suspension seat post for bicycles and a U.S. Patented suspension system for wheelchairs.
Ryan’s passion for spending time with his family, riding on two wheels, and teaching his children how to ride led to his invention of the Strider Bike. Strider Sports International, Inc. was formed in January 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota and has since sold over 1.6 million Strider bikes worldwide. Ryan McFarland is still the Founder, President, CEO and Chief Enthusiast.
"It was wonderful to watch the kids demonstrate the coordination and balance skills that we’ve been working on through the APE program and achieve a new level of independence when riding the bikes…And because Strider Bikes is donating the bicycles to the students, they can further their progress at home with their families."
Dr. Amanda Young, Physical Education Teacher, KinderFrogs School and Starpoint School
"Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration,” said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. “Starting on a STRIDER Bike can assist children with special needs in transitioning to a regular, two-wheeled bicycle without the anxiety of falling or using training wheels."
Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department
"This is all about the process of learning to ride in the right steps and never contradicting what you’re learning. So, they learn the proper balance and steer techniques that are identical to when you move onto pedal bikes. And what happens is with that success, all that stuff was kind of…that was out of reach or filed away, you say, OK, we just broke through what they told us was going to be the barrier, so now we don’t know how far we can take this."
Ryan McFarland, Founder, President, CEO, and Chief Enthusiast, Strider Sports International
"I currently have 8 bikes for my classroom and a wide variety of students use them. Students with physical impairments, BLIND students, kids with Down Syndrome, kids with autism; basically, anyone who can walk on their own (and even several who are a little shaky). We use them for recreation, social skills, community skills, physical therapy, adaptive PE, language development, and behavior interventions. They’re incredible."
Amy Speidel, Special Education Teacher/Special Olympics Coach
"The training program is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to overcome anxieties about riding bikes in a fun setting with peers. It was so exciting to see such joy and enthusiasm from the youth who participated in our first week of training. We look forward to seeing the youth develop confidence in their abilities in the weeks to come."
Kerry Zingg, Easterday Center Director
"We would often stride to Super America on Lake Street and his goal was to get there in less than 25 minutes and if he did so then he could get a cherry icee! It definitely was a motivator."
Kathryn Jensen, parent of a 9th grade student
"I have 2 students that are twins, 8 years old, and in the Autism Program in Minneapolis. In recent years, the 2 have made significant gains in their motor abilities. I had the opportunity to work with the two using a strider and it was extremely beneficial to their balance and coordination. They were so excited there was a bike their size that was not overwhelming because of the pedals."
Troy Kirby, D/APE teacher