The Specialized Foundation Team
Ted Theocheung*, MBA, CEO The Specialized Foundation
A business leader, innovator, cyclist, and parent, the Specialized Foundation brings together many of Ted's passions and interests by integrating academics, fitness, and wellness through cycling. As a Fortune 100 management executive, Silicon Valley startup tech pioneer, and inventor, Ted finds the combination of research, science, and technology that provides life-changing impacts through cycling in education and development for our youth around the world is a great reward and the epitome of “living the dream.”
Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research
Kim is a recovering neuroscientist who's found her calling at the Specialized Foundation. She started her professional career studying and teaching the biology of adolescent brain development at UC Berkeley and UW Madison, but left academics for the bike industry to pursue her passion for riding. She currently heads up the Riding for Focus school grant program and leads our research efforts. An avid runner and hiker, Kim spends her free-time exploring unmapped trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
David Wood, MS/MBA, Director Program Management
David is a logistics and operations professional who brings leadership experience in program management from his previous life as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to joining The Specialized Foundation, he taught at Vanderbilt University while managing the NROTC program and developing new curricula for 78 Universities and Colleges in the NROTC domain. He currently heads up the Riding for Focus program and program expansion. An avid ultra-marathon runner, and a rapidly developing bike rider, David looks forward to cranking out some mileage.
Meagan Daniel, Program Manager
As Program Manager, Meagan supports the operations of The Specialized Foundation team. Meagan is a Birmingham, Alabama native. She wasn't a cyclist, nor did she know a cycling community existed, until she walked into her first bike shop at the age 25 and bought a Specialized Dolce. One month later, she rode the bike across country. She is passionate about fostering positive mentorship and personal and professional development amongst middle school age children through the power of cycling.
The Specialized Foundation Advisory Board
Mike Sinyard is the Founder and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components. Sinyard founded Specialized in 1974 with the premise that bikes can change lives, and he's led the company with the motto “Innovate and Inspire to Improve Riders’ Lives” ever since. In addition to developing bicycles and equipment, Sinyard also founded The Specialized Foundation with the goal of using cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic, health, and social success. Sinyard hopes the work being done by the Foundation will inspire other individuals and companies to join the movement and work to better understand the benefits of cycling for children, specifically those with ADHD.
Jesse Sorenson is an Assistant Principal at Payson High School in Payson, Utah. Jesse played a significant part in creating and sustaining one of the first Specialized Foundation pilot programs. This program has enjoyed success for two full school years and continues to fulfill the mission of the Foundation. The Today Show featured Payson Junior High’s cycling class in October 2015. In addition to his work in education, Jesse is an avid cross country mountain bike racer. He has competed at regional events in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado. Most recently, Jesse has been managing a local race team and training for ultra-endurance cross- country mountain bike races. He developed his love of cycling at the age of 14 and continues to ride with friends from his youth. Jesse currently lives in Payson, Utah with his wife Patty and their four children.
Dr. Patrick Ainsworth, Ph.D
Patrick Ainsworth is an education consultant, whose clients include school districts, businesses, professional associations, higher education, and researchers. His work focuses on education policy, leadership development, career and college readiness, developing organizational capacity, and facilitating business–education partnerships. Pat served for 16 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education within the California Department of Education. Patrick provided statewide leadership to secondary education, including high school and middle school, college preparation programs, adult education, postsecondary relations, career technical education, alternative education, and workforce preparation. Dr. Ainsworth earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Management from University of La Verne (July 2000)
In March of 2001, Mike joined the executive team of Specialized as the CFO. This was during a time of financial crisis for Specialized, and over the next three years, Mike proved to be a key member in the company’s turn-around. In 2007, Mike was promoted to the role of COO. Currently, Mike serves on the board of directors at the Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness through partnerships that provide lasting stability. Mike has been advising The Specialized Foundation since its inception.
Dr. Allan L. Reiss, M.D
Dr. Allan L. Reiss, M.D. is the Howard C. Robbins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his B.A. in Psychobiology from Swarthmore College, and he got his M.D. from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dr. Reiss uses advanced research methods and tools, such as neuroimaging, genetic analyses, and neurobehavioral assessment, to focus on neurodevelopmental and neurogenetic disorders of childhood onset. In particular, he studies how genetic and environmental factors affect brain structure and function, and how this ultimately impacts the development and function of persons with these disorders.
Dr. Michael Edwards, M.D
Dr. Edwards is an endowed Professor of Neurosurgery & Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. He is also the Director of Regional Pediatric Neurosurgery at Stanford University.
Matt Anthony is CEO of Y&R North America, providing leadership for Y&R’s offices in five markets across the region. Matt was one of the four original partners of VML (a Y&R company ranked by Forrester as the #1 digital agency for its offering, and was consistently named as a "Best Place to Work"). In 2011, Matt then became Y&R’s Chief Digital Officer, and he's since served as a member of the Y&R Executive Committee and as CEO of Y&R North America in 2013. Throughout his career, Matt has been a tireless supporter of philanthropic endeavors and community causes; He also recently joined the board of The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
Larry Soler is the Founding Partner at Convergency, a firm "where passion, purpose, and impact meet." Convergency also help its clients navigate complicated advocacy and policy issues and assists mission-driven organizations to operate more effectively. Larry formerly served in senior executive positions at two large mission-driven organizations. As CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America, Larry worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama to work with corporate America to implement the goals of the Let's Move! campaign. Prior to that, Larry was COO at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a $200 million research and advocacy charity.
Dr. Bruno Anthony, ph.D
Dr. Bruno Anthony is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Chief of Psychology for the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Anthony received degrees in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University and Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and post-doctoral internship at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Anthony has been the lead investigator on many large federal and state grants and has served as a member of NIH Study Sections and PCORI Review panels (Health Disparities).
Dr. Scott Kollins, Ph.D
Scott Kollins is a tenured Professor and Vice Chair for Research Strategy and Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Scott is the Global Lead for ADHD and Substance Use Disorders at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). He is also the Director of the Duke ADHD Program. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1995 and 1997, respectively. In 2016, Scott received nearly $2 million in NIH funding for his work, ranking him among the Top 100 Psychiatry faculty members in the US. Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a practice through the ADHD Program’s outpatient clinic. Scott’s research interests are in the areas of psychopharmacology and the intersection of ADHD and substance abuse, particularly cigarette smoking.
* Denotes a member of The Specialized Foundation Board