LEADERSHIP

Greg McMillan

Greg McMillan

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

“When I am not involved in organizational work you will find me tending to my olive orchard and grass-fed herd of cattle; traveling to experience foreign flora, fauna & cultures; keeping a close watch on my beloved Carrizo Plain; or (too seldom) just sitting on my patio with my binoculars and a bird book, just waiting for the sunset.”
3rd generation – born and raised in this part of Central California – Greg lives in Northern San Luis Obispo County, on his ranch near Shandon. His background includes: 16 years spent as a filmmaker and lecturer for the National Audubon Society; 12 years as Owner/Producer of Red Hills Films & Natural History Travel; Founding Member & past Board Member of the California Straw Building Association; 4 years as Chair and several more as Member of the Board of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club. At present, he serves as Board Chair of BioDiversity First!
Reed Christy

Reed Christy

VICE-PRESIDENT

“I feel that traveling overland on a motorcycle is like a modern-day form of horseback riding. One really connects with the environment on a much more intimate level through the smells, sights, sounds and feelings. The discovery of new regions and the joy of new friendships further enhance my love of adventure riding.”

 

Born and bred in Arizona, Reed has now lived in Southern California since 1997. After graduating with a degree in International Business from Loyola Marymount University (2001), he then spent the next few years as an English language instructor working with students from all over the world. Having lived and worked in Japan, Switzerland and the UK, he has also traveled throughout over 30 countries. Outside of traveling and riding, soccer has been another of Reed’s passions. He served as a Professional Soccer Referee for US Soccer from 2011 to 2018. For the last 10 years he’s worked for the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Education Consultant. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and 2 daughters.

Meline McWhirter

Meline McWhirter

TREASURER

“In life, I always look for the adventure. Traveling to new places, meeting new people and introducing my son to the world is what keeps me happy and engaged in life. Making meaningful connections with people brings me great joy.”
Meline has a background in accounting, business management and tax preparation for both profit and non-profit companies. She is an outdoor enthusiast with a long-standing interest in habitat and access preservation of the California backcountry.
 
Kimberly Rivers

Kimberly Rivers

SECRETARY

“There is nothing like spending long hours in gorgeous wilderness, on the back of a horse. It is where I feel truly and completely alive. I am wholly grateful for every moment I spend on trail with my horse. In my personal and professional worlds I strive to bring a curious mind to the task of finding pathways that reduce our overall footprint on the earth and bring people together.”
Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1998). Her degree is aimed at examining the interaction between our legal system and the people governed by it; learning she is currently applying in her community reporting work at a local newspaper. She is a Certified California Naturalist and has served on the Committee on Natural Resources & the Environment with Assembly Member Monique Limón (2017-19). She has a background in nonprofit governance both in and out of environmental activism, strategic community organizing, government accountability and coalition building. She is a lifelong horse lover and rider, somewhat recent horse owner, and a newbie endurance, long distance rider with a yearning to learn the art and skill of backcountry packing… and dreaming of someday riding the 2000 mile Pony Express trail. 
Chris Montigny

Chris Montigny

BOARD MEMBER

I am very blessed to be married to a wonderful wife and have three boys that I am very proud of.  I am excited to lend a hand in growing the OAC to be a vibrant and sustainable organization that will be able to serve its mission effectively…”

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Chris earned a BA in International Business from San Diego State University. He also attended the Sorbonne University and the EPSCI Business School in Paris.  Having operated and owned Ajax Refrigeration for the last 35 years, his experience in all aspects of business, from financial analysis to marketing to human resources and management would help any organization both on an operational level as well as the “big picture” level. Chris also has an extensive background in board and committee work in both the non-profit and government sectors.  He started riding off-road motorcycles and ATVs at the age of 13 and has recently rekindled his love for all things motorcycle. He’s looking forward to helping to provide a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to connect in community, and to specifically get out there and responsibly ride motorcycles!

Sasha Panasyuk

Sasha Panasyuk

BOARD MEMBER

“Choosing the road less traveled is a risk, and without risk we don’t grow. I’m excited to join the board and help push the Club’s vision of sharing the experience of adventure motorcycling, while being beneficial to wildlife conservation and sustainability.“

 

Sasha’s upbringing had him embracing nature regularly, when his parents would take the family mushroom hunting in the suburbs of Boston where he was raised, as well as car camping in the surrounding New Hampshire. That experience was incredibly formative and has stayed with him through his later adventures backcountry skiing, Tahoe mountain biking, New Hampshire overnight hiking, and more. Over the last few years, his professional career has been in more desktop-bound roles. from being an IT system administrator at a pharmaceutical company in Boston, to moving out to CA and becoming an independent IT consultant, to managing operations for Riders Share, the AirBnB of motorcycles.  Despite having to be near a keyboard and cell phone reception, he was able to adventure out and help create the 747 Project at Burning Man, as well as numerous side art and creation projects.  Sasha is looking to share with the Club his sense of adventure and entrepreneurialism, yet also an attention to detail and risk management. Manual labor doesn’t bother him, always a fan of playing with heavy machinery. He’s familiar with telescoping boom forklifts and has a scissor lift OSHA certificate.  Comfortable with welding, painting, woodworking and metalwork. 

Deon de Wet

Deon de Wet

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“I find it fascinating how something mechanical, like a motorcycle, can be so useful and effective as a vehicle/device for accessing some states of enlightenment that are so similar to those that one could strive for on a more formal spiritual path.”
Born and raised in South Africa, Deon de Wet has a background in corporate management, marketing & consulting. For the last two decades, he has also made a living out of practicing & teaching Thai-style yogic bodywork.  He has a lifelong passion for wildlife conservation, adventure and backcountry travel via horseback, motorcycles, 4WD vehicles and hiking on foot. He lives in the Upper Ojai Valley, tending to a couple of groves of olive trees (some over 100 years old) and a wide assortment of rescued animals.

Motorcycle Riding

Hiking & Backpacking

Four Wheel Driving

Equine Packing