The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect is dedicated to empowering and changing the lives of young women through mountain biking, racing, mentoring, education and community service. Help our athletes realize that what they thought was impossible is, in fact, possible through hard work, determination and perseverance.

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Vicki Flynn, Development Director
Start Date: 2015

Vicki Flynn moved to the Vail Valley in the winter of 2002 from Chicago. After spending her first summer here, she fell in love with the valley. Vicki graduated from Bradley University with a degree in advertising and marketing. She is a recent graduate of the Vail Centre Leadership Academy and the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certification. Vicki has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is a board member for the Eagle Chamber of Commerce and loves giving back to our mountain community. She loves yoga and spending time outside mountain biking, camping and hiking with her husband, 2 kids and dog. Vicki joined the TCE team in fall 2015 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to hone her MTB skills with our girls!

Carla Decker, Summit County Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Carla hails from the Midwest and graduated UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Geography and Urban Planning with a Certificate in GIS. Many years as a competitive national sailor led her to a River Ranger career in Kremmling, Colorado for the Bureau of Land Management in 2011. She served four years in the Colorado Army National Guard and simultaneously worked for the Boy Scouts of America in various roles including Special Needs Executive, Director of Camp Tahosa High Adventure Base in Ward, Colorado, and the Director of Learning for Life & Exploring, a character building and career program for boys and girls. Carla has lived and worked in South America for the Denver based non-profit US-Brazil Connect and also brings experience in HR and a knack for Talent Acquisition to the team. Carla has been a part of the TCE team since October of 2017 and calls Silverthorne home. In her spare time you'll find her in the backcountry with her husband Clint and doggo Stark.

Jason Peck, Eagle County Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, Jason graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After working as an admission counselor and coach at the Hillside School in Boston, he packed his truck with the essentials and headed to Colorado in pursuit of sunny skies, abundant snow and new adventures. A position at Kent Denver School brought him to the front range for a number of years.
While serving as the Director of Middle School Admission, he mentored middle school students, coached lacrosse and co-directed the outdoor education program.
Having the opportunity to move back to Eagle County in 2012, he joined Eagle River Youth Coalition as the Program Director.
Jason has joined The Cycle Effect in 2019 as the Eagle County Program Coordinator. Having a passion for mountain biking and recognizing the tremendous emotional benefits of outdoor education, he is excited to be aboard the TCE team. In his spare time, Jason enjoys ski touring, running rivers and chasing his dog, Thor, around mountain trails.

Sophia Gianfrancisco, Development Associate
Start Date: 2019

Although she's a Florida girl at heart, Sophia loves standing on top of mountains. Her other passions include playing outside, helping others, empowering youth, drinking coffee and eating bagels. During her college years, she took numerous trips to Medellin, Colombia to teach workshops focused on self-care, life skills, goal setting, and career-building. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, she took a road trip with a group of friends and moved across the country.

When she reached Colorado, she began working within the community to connect people to the outdoors. It was here that she gained a deep appreciation for our natural environment and believes these mountains have the greatest healing powers.

Upon discovering The Cycle Effect and their shared values, Sophia couldn't wait to jump on board. She is stoked to join the TCE community and spread their mission.

Brett Donelson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Brett and his wife, Tam, have lived in the Vail Valley since 2005. He has spent over 10 years coaching young athletes and working as a fitness professional. As a certified personal trainer, USA Cycling Coach, and USA Triathlon Coach, Brett realized his passion for helping young people see the benefits that athletics and mentoring can have in their life. His experience as the Cycling Director at the Athletic Club at the Westin and as the Head Women's Coach at Ski Club Vail has given him the skills needed to turn the dream of The Cycle Effect into a reality.

Brett grew up in Central New York and graduated from Hobart College with a degree in Architectural Design and Primary Education. He loves to recreationally race mountain bikes and be outside with Tam and their dog, Zeke.


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