Chief Executive Officer
Growing up on the East Coast, my wanderlust started young. At 15 I left home to ride freight trains and hitchhike all over North America. My first motorbike was a 1974 Honda CB550, which I bought after hitchhiking to Alaska for a cannery job. Since then I've explored many parts of the world by moto, including places like Africa, Asia, and South/Central America.
When I left home I also dropped out of school. I finished my education later, enrolling first at a junior college (Simon's Rock) and then at Colorado College, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics. After several years in the finance industry, I went back to school again for a graduate degree in business. By the time I finished grad school nobody asked about high school anymore, and my nomadic teenage years were just an interesting campfire story.
Before Mosko I spent a decade running a consumer product design and manufacturing business. Our products were carried in thousands of retail stores worldwide. I saw again and again how the cost of an item would multiply as it traveled from the factory to retail shelves. I also experienced first-hand the challenge of designing something unique when you face the same costs and use the same factories as everyone else. After 10 years of that I'd had enough, so I packed my bike and headed for Panama. The trip had a few surprises in store (described in this article), and ultimately led to my partnership with Andrew and the founding of Mosko Moto.
My appetite for raw, gritty travel is currently stronger than ever, and motorcycles are still my tool of choice. The places I want to explore are endless. When I'm not on a moto I like to mountain bike, kite/windsurf, freedive, hike/backpack, snowboard, and do pretty much anything else outdoors. The Columbia River Gorge is my home & basecamp.
I was born and raised on the West Coast of BC where I learned to ski, mountain bike, and moto. I traded a pair of skis for my first bike, an SP250 Enduro. I loved long, solo explorations on the logging and mining roads north of Vancouver. Jeans, ski gloves, and hiking boots were my riding kit. I knew nothing about the sport of riding, and none of my friends had bikes, but I was hooked for life.
After high school I went to art college, and from there to a two year apprenticeship with a stone sculptor/designer in France. At 19, being free in Paris with a cash job and a bachelor pad was a very formative experience. As sculptors, we completed large installations all over France. We traveled to Spain and the stone quarries in Northern Italy. We even installed a large sculpture in a Saudi Arabian palace. In my free time between projects, I hitchhiked all over Europe. During this period, while living in France, I realized I was drawn more to product design than sculpture. For me, designing is like inventing: I enjoy creating functional items that people actually use.
When my apprenticeship in France was complete I enrolled at Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, earning a degree in Industrial Design. Since then, working for companies like Burton Snowboards, Gravis, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, I've created many different kinds of action sports equipment, with a particular focus on soft goods. Most recently I spent 9 years as the lead pack/bag designer at Dakine, a soft good company based in the Columbia River Gorge. Designing products for 'peak' experiences like backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and moto really excites me. When Pete and I had the idea to build a business making hardcore outdoor gear for motorsports, I knew it would be a perfect fit.
Oh yah, I also have a very patient wife and two impatient little kids.
Director of Operations & Principal Engineer
I grew up in bush Alaska where my family ran a hunting lodge. Our only access was by float plane, ski plane, or snowmobile. I learned to hunt, fish, trap, and survive alone in the backcountry from a very early age. I also learned to work on motors, because the nearest mechanic was an airplane-ride away.
I was home-schooled through a program created specifically for off-grid families like ours. When I was ready to leave Alaska for college, my interest in motors drew me to Flint, Michigan where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a student I was offered an internship at Insitu, a fast-growing manufacturer of aerial drones for the military, located in the Columbia River Gorge. After graduation, Insitu offered me a full time engineering position in their propulsion department, which I accepted.
The propulsion challenges we faced at Insitu were totally unique, many had never been solved on any prior mass-produced engine platform. My work centered on improving heavy fuel engines, and specifically how to burn heavy fuel in a spark-ignited two-stroke. It was fun to break new ground as an engineer, but as Insitu grew into a much larger company (and eventually became a division of Boeing) I missed working in a smaller, scrappier environment. When the operations & engineering position opened up at Mosko, I jumped at it.
Riding my DR650 - or my Ninja with knobbies - through the NW backcountry reminds me of hunting, trapping, and exploring the Alaskan wilderness by snowmobile as a kid. It's great to work in a business I love, and I'm happy to call the Columbia River Gorge home.
As a little girl in Texas I was kind of a tomboy and kind of a nerd. On weekdays, chemistry and literature courses ruled my life. On the weekends, everything changed! I was raising sheep for the 4-H program, climbing indoors at the local gym (I was ranked 13th in the nation by the USCCA), and ripping around the track on a YZ125. Not to mention a slew of other organized sports like water polo and softball.
After high school, it was decided… I was going to be a doctor. That was the plan. I studied chemistry at UTSA, took all the necessary prerequisites, and managed to work throughout college for a small family practice in San Antonio. My family relocated from Texas to California when I was 21, but I chose Washington. I’d always been attracted to the rugged landscapes and expansive wilderness of the Northwest and found it just north of Seattle in Everett, where I landed a position in cardiology, allowing me to further explore my interest in medicine and bolster my qualifications for medical school.
That first year in the Northwest my personal and professional interests began to diverge. On the one hand, my love of science and desire to help others was pulling me toward medicine so I applied to medical schools, ultimately being accepted at my school of choice. On the other hand, my love of motorcycles and thirst for international travel were growing. I logged 15,000 dirt miles on my first street legal bike, a BMW 650 Sertao, and was already pushing the reasonable limits of ‘vacation time.’
Riding through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia resolved my silent internal debate. I wanted to see the world and meet everyone in it, and I still do! I came to the Columbia Gorge and somehow created my own position at Mosko, we're calling it ‘Director of First Impressions' Brand/Marketing Manager. What does that mean? Who knows. Sometimes Pete and I are in the booth at motorcycle shows, sometimes I'm grinding on a new product launch (photos/website/etc.), sometimes I chime in on new product development, and sometimes I’m just riding. Like everything at Mosko, it’s a work in progress.
International Sales Manager
I grew up in Montfort, a small village in The Netherlands. As a kid I spent a lot of my time in the forest, either looking for wildlife or on a mountain bike. At 17 I moved to Eindhoven to study Management, Economics and Law. I started exploring the world with a backpack but only found true adventure when I bought my XRV750 Africa Twin and took it for a test ride to Nordkap, the most Northern point of Europe in Norway. It was here that I met an American rider who had been traveling all over the world on his Ducati Street 2. His stories totally captivated me and planted a seed in my head.
After I had finished my Bachelors degree and had spent some time behind a desk at PWC and Philips I concluded that I needed some more action. I joined the army for a while and then moved on to hospitality. I figured out I had a true passion for working with people and making their days. I set up a big restaurant for a hospitality firm and loved my job. But the seed in my head was growing and at 26 I decided to follow my dream and ride my motorcycle, as far as possible, over land to Australia.
When I made it to OZ 14 months later, having traveled through Europe, The Middle East and Asia, I felt I had a better idea of what life was all about. Seeing the world from atop my bike, meeting the people and learning from different cultures had opened my eyes in so many ways. I decided to keep going, working and riding my way around the world.
Years later I made it to the USA and was invited to present at Overland Expo. At the entrance I met Pete and Andrew. Two guys who had this wild idea about making soft luggage for motorcycles. When I saw their designs it was the first time I considered switching from hard to soft luggage. We somehow stayed in touch and once I circumnavigated North and South America with Mosko Gear, totaling 9 years on the road, it was time to bring “The Lizard” to Europe.
My love of action sports started at age 5 in Ontario, Canada when my dad came home and asked, “Who wants to learn how to ski?” I was hooked. Never one for team sports, I gravitated toward the freedom and expression of skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and mountain biking.
I moved West for college, studying Industrial Design at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Industrial Design presented an opportunity to combine my love of all-things outdoors, with my life-long passion for creating things. Living on the West Coast, surrounded by the beauty and wildness of the mountains, was a dream come true. I spent all my free time rock climbing, downhill mountain biking, and backcountry skiing in British Columbia’s rugged backcountry terrain.
I started out as a freelance designer for companies like Mountain Equipment Co-op, Mountain Hardware, and Outdoor Research. Over time this developed into a full-time position at Dakine in Hood River, where I met Andrew in 2006. In 2010 I traded Hood River’s small-town vibes for the sunny surf scene of Ventura, California, and a job designing packs and accessories at Patagonia. After four great years in California, my wife and I missed the expansive wilderness and unmatched trail access of Oregon, so we returned to Hood River and I rejoined Dakine as Category Creative Director for Mountain Bike and Snow.
I currently ride a DRZ-400 that’s all setup for Northwest trails and offroad camping. I prefer riding gear that’s streamlined and minimalist, without sacrificing performance. There’s an old saying: “The more you know, the less you need.” Sometimes the best gear is that which accomplishes its mission in the simplest possible way. That’s the perspective I bring to creating riding gear at Mosko.
Growing up, I watched computers, the internet, and cell phones transform my generation. While many of my friends fed video game addictions, I played outside, rode my bike or tinkered with yet another RC plane. In 2000 I headed off to study Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Upstate NY felt like an outdoor mecca in the wake of suburban Connecticut, and I was soon mountain biking or skiing almost every day.
The freedom of college prompted me to question other priorities, and I ended up graduating with an undergrad degree in Business. That was just the beginning of a string of career changes that spanned Tech Consulting, Portfolio Management, Yacht Design, and EV Power Train Development. I guess I have a bit of Millennial in me, but I’ll never regret risks not taken!
In early 2016, I finally concluded that I was mature enough to ride motorcycles without rendering my kid fatherless, and I got my endorsement. Around the same time, we also decided to embark on a family adventure. Eleven months in a 13’ Scamp trailer tested our family bonds, turned us all into expert cat-hole diggers, and opened our eyes to the spectacular beauty of North America.
Along the way, we fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge and eventually settled in Hood River. I immediately bought a Honda Grom for my new back-road commute. Those 10 horses proved fun as hell and led to discovering our thriving ADV community and vast expanses of forest land best accessed by off-road motorcycle. In January of 2019, I bought a KTM 350 EXC-F and added another career change to the list. Not too long after, the faithful Grom was sold to make room for an Aprilia Shiver 750.
I was fortunate enough to be born in Colorado and to have parents that love the outdoors. As a kid I spent endless hours in the backcountry, often bouncing around in the back of a Willys Jeep. Then, one day my father came home with a Yamaha 250 and a Suzuki 185. I believe I was about five years old then, and I would have my first motorcycle ride with my mother while she was learning to ride the Suzuki. It was a different time then.
Some years later, when I was 11 or so, one of my friends' grandparents brought home a pair of Honda 75’s. We each threw a leg over the bike, and made quick work of transforming the estate’s windy dirt roads into an epic race course. There was no question; I was hooked!
As soon as I graduated high school I would purchase a brand new Honda 600 XL complete with pro lake suspension. Yes indeed, it was a dream come true. Since that time I’m proud to have only purchased one other brand new bike - a 2014 BMW 1200GSA.
In that same time I would buy some 40 used bikes - trying the different shapes and sizes and realizing all of them are fun, each in their own way.
In 2014, I was struck with an idea for what would become my next big passion and personally-developed project - ‘Expedition Electric'. I set the goal to ride from Alaska to Argentina on custom electric motorcycles. We converted three KTM 950 Adventure bikes into electric-powered machines, and in 2016 we would head toward Alaska to put the bikes on the ground for the big attempt. Unfortunately, as we made our way through British Columbia we suffered a major battery failure that left us completely out of juice and unable to continue.
It was an amazing experience, and I look forward to the possibility of eventually setting out for another big attempt. I still want realize that dream, I’ll complete the journey on electric motorcycles someday, I just know it.
There’s a certain joy to riding two wheels; it has long been a freedom for me and I suppose it always will be. Sharing that joy and freedom with others is a wonderful gift, and I now get to do that alongside the growing Mosko team.
As an Oregon native, the outdoors were ingrained in me as a child but organized sports were too. I had dreams of playing college basketball and was on my way to doing so when I discovered snowboarding. Without pause, I decided to retire from my 10 year ball career and seek my independence on the mountain. Snowboarding was life.
With a family full of professional artists, I was always involved in some sort of art-focused camp or class during the summer months. That summer of my big decision, after I stopped traveling for basketball, I attended a week-long program through the Art Institute of Portland. There, everything started coming together for me; I realized that my passions were aligned. I wanted to find my way to college, study Design and make snowboard gear. So that’s exactly what I did. I was accepted into the Art Institute and during my coursework, I quickly found that every project I loved was focused in technical apparel design, or was action sport related. I completed my program, earning a BA in Apparel Design with a minor in Sustainability.
I landed my first Design job at Adidas, before I even walked the stage. Next I joined a contracting firm where I worked for innovative companies like Trew Gear, Kuiu, and Lululemon - all the while going to school full time and bartending. I know my crazy schedule and competitive drive helped me develop my intense work ethic, which eventually helped me land my dream job at Dakine, where I worked as a Technical Designer. After working for three years in that role, I knew I was being called in another direction and my time would come to an end. I achieved what I believed was my dream and never thought about what was next. So, last summer I decided to move into my car with my dog and relieve myself of major responsibilities in order to reinvent myself.
A few weeks into this new adventure I was invited by an old Dakine colleague, Scottie to do some contract work for Mosko Moto. It didn’t take long for me to realize Mosko was a place I wanted to work permanently. I knew this could be the perfect opportunity to discover a new world and embark on challenges that would shape and form the new side of me that I was seeking. I was in my car for only 3 months when I landed a home in Hood River and then set my next goal: to obtain full time employment with Mosko. And so it was, I got the job!
Although the moto world is relatively new to me, my passion for technical design and desire to be outdoors mean I’m well suited for more two-wheeled adventures. Every time I get on a bike I’m left wanting more. I know this will be another life changing chapter, and I am beyond stoked to experience it with this team. Dare I say it? Moto is life.
Customer Experience Manager
Growing up in Oregon with my brother and Dad, I was a total tomboy. Climbing trees, jumping off sand dunes, and camping almost every weekend during the summers. During those same years, my Nonna taught me a different set of valuable skills… one being how to sew. This trade kicked off my passion for textiles: discovering new materials, pattern designs, and colors. This passion followed me all the way into my college years, where I studied Fashion and Design at George Fox University.
After college, I traveled for a bit with family to our homeland in Sicily, where I would meet extended family for the first time. I completely fell in love with the culture in Sicily, and from that day forward, traveling the world became very important to me. When I returned home I desired more change and decided to move to sunny California. Grinding through the LA fashion district, I ended up opening a small business designing and selling beachwear and accessories. After 4 years of running a business and learning the darkness within the fashion industry, my partner and I decided to close the business.
Soon after, I started working for a retail/tech company as a Project Manager in Santa Monica… 4-blocks away from the beach. It was there that a group of guys from the office who rode their motorcycles to work every day would change my life. One day I decided to get my endorsement and buy my first street bike. Just like that, I was all in. I gained my confidence riding on HWY 1 and maxing out at turtle speeds around steep curves, but becoming a better rider every day.
Customer Experience Rep
Originally from Southern California, I grew up in a vast, open environment that allowed me to experience an inspiring sense of freedom at a young age. I spent most of my time in Yucca Valley, where I learned how to ride a dirt bike at the age of 8. My Aunt and Uncle (who had all the “toys”), let my cousins and me explore on our 100cc bikes nearly unattended. We’d make ourselves PB&J sandwiches, toss them into our backpacks, and ride the trails up to the water-tower overlooking our modest desert town. If we fell or got stuck, we helped each other. We maintained our old trails and created new ones. We considered ourselves to be little pioneers. Being introduced to this lifestyle during my childhood instilled in me an everlasting need to explore, preferably on two wheels.
That sense of exploration eventually brought me up to Oregon, where I have now resided for 8 years. Here, I easily connected with like-minded people who had similar passions. Dirt biking, hiking and camping quickly became part of my regularly scheduled program. These connections led me to my career in the outdoor industry, starting at Poler Outdoor Stuff, then moving on to See See Motorcycles. My work life has become a pursuit of my passions. I’ve found working for smaller companies, where I am treated more like an asset than an employee, to be really gratifying. Everyone on a small team wears a number of different hats, from sales and customer service, to event planning and marketing and everything in between. I’ve always felt very enthusiastic in a role where I can share my experiences with others in a way that encourages them to explore their hobbies and interests. It’s all this history and experience that has landed me in the perfect place to start my next chapter with the adventure-driven team here at Mosko Moto.
Community + Marketing
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, enamored with the outdoors from an early age. I remember passing rainy afternoons reading wilderness survival manuals and dreaming of romps in the woods. As a teen, I was exposed to Krakauer’s "Into the Wild," and it was akin to pouring gas on a fire. Growing up, I did plenty of car camping and a handful of overnight backpacking trips, but those experiences didn't do much to satiate my appetite for the unknown. My father had climbed mountains, done epic solo hikes and had stories of bear encounters, summit pushes, and sleepless nights weathering storms in neoprene shelters, but by the time I reached my formative years, he was nowhere to be found. I badly wanted to follow in his footsteps, but I lacked the resources and chose a path of self-destruction instead that consumed me until I emerged nearly a decade later.
That’s when I discovered motorcycles in my mid-twenties, at a time when I really needed an outlet. Before long I was obsessed with the freedom that two-wheel travel had to offer, and was riding whenever I got the chance. Upon returning from my first extended motorcycle trip I stumbled upon an issue of ADV Moto Magazine and my mind was blown. Adventure Motorcycling combined my love of motorcycles and backcountry travel, rekindling my connection with the great outdoors and the pursuit of untold adventures. Prior to my indoctrination into this culture I always thought I was destined for lesser peaks, but the most rewarding aspect of my journey down the rabbit hole has been discovering that I had my own mountains to climb, and that they were all within reach.
In 2015 I started writing about my motorcycle exploits and sharing adventures through social media. After five years of freelance writing, photography, social media management, and digital marketing, kismet found me working for Mosko Moto. I am extremely excited to carry over my passion for this emerging segment of the motorcycle community to this awesome company that is uniquely aligned with my values.