Meet Your 2013 Tour Team

Yesterday we introduced you to some of our partners at Backroads who will be at Tour supporting you, our dear riders. However, there’s another group of DaVita teammates who we call the Tour Team that you should get to know. These 40+ DaVita teammates have a variety of roles within the Village, but come together at Tour DaVita to work behind the scenes and make this the Ride of a Lifetime.

This group of teammates works in service of others by coordinating nightly events, making sure riders have access to a massage after each day’s ride, making sure you have a place to charge your phone, coordinating our “Moving Village” from campsite to campsite, working with catering companies, bringing together the look and feel of Tour DaVita, capturing the Spirit of the Ride through video and photos, promoting the Tour to those within and outside of our Village, and much more. Simply said, the Tour Team is there to make sure our riders have the best Tour DaVita experience possible!

Let’s meet a few of the Tour Team leads.

 

JEN COLOSIMO

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Jen Colosimo

I work with the Tour Team from DaVita and the Backroads team to ensure that the Spirit of the Ride comes alive (oh, and that riders are safe, fed, rested, and have the information they need so they CAN feel the Spirit of the Ride).

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my second year with the Tour.

3. Where is your home base?

I’m based out of WHQ in Denver.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

To prepare, I have been approving contracts and reviewing minute-by-minute flows of each day. For example, today I went over the arrival and departure information, looked at campground layouts, and weighed in on where some of the masseuses would stay. No riding, but I did go to boot camp this morning!

5. What are you currently listening to?

I’m listening to Whitesnake, Elvis, Django Django, Gaslight Anthem, Bon Jovi, and my daughter’s affinity for One Direction does have me including some 1D.

 

CINDY COLLINS

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Cindy Collins

I oversee the campsite footprint, ensuring each of our campsites are organized and look festive for this exciting event. I also ensure patient rider logistics,  rider registration and any follow-ups are seamless. I also have an amazing team that works with me on making our Village Square the one-stop-shop for riders. The Village Square houses a Tour Store, Post Office, laundry, customer service (Service Excellence), cell phone charging stations, laptops for Social Riders and more. We look forward to serving our riders!

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Since the beginning.

3. Where is your home base?

Team Music City – Nashville, Tennessee – Wisdom Team

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

In addition to many scouting trips to South Carolina, I’ve been busy working on some continuous improvement elements for Tour. You may have already seen the Tour DaVita website updates; I hope you found these enhancements a much needed improvement from our previous site. Also, we are debuting new cell phone charging towers that will charge 200 phones at once. Exciting, right?

5. What are you currently listening to?

Kit Moore, Brad Paisley, Angela James (my daughter), and a little blues and rock 🙂

 

EMILY TIDWELL

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Emily Tidwell

I handle all rider pre- and post-communication, Tour DaVita.org and onsite registration.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Since the beginning in 2007.

3. Where is your home base?

Team Music City

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I’m sure you all have seen many emails coming from me!

5. What are you currently listening to?

Always country.

 

JAY HAWKINS

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

Jay HawkinsAt Tour DaVita, my role is coordinating the layout of each camp, lunch stop and the clinic visit; all of the big tents at each location; the Audio Visual at each camp; team Paparazzi and all of the videos and photography; safety and security for the entire event; and the convoy boys who move everything each day. Also new this year, I am coordinating with the DaVERT Team to provide all of our power needs for the Tour.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

I have been on every Tour DaVita.

3. Where is your home base?

While the Wisdom Production Services team is based in the Casa del Mundo in Denver, our team is spread out all over the country. We have teammates in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Colorado and California. I am in Denver.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

In getting ready for Tour this year, I have been splitting my time between conference calls with the various teams I am coordinating, and trips to South Carolina. There are a lot of logistics involved with preparing for an event of this size; especially one that moves locations each day. There are a lot of people needed to make this happen as seamlessly as it does.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Lately I have been listening to a lot of Mumford and Sons on Spotify.

 

TERESE PARKER-BLACK

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Terese Parker Black

Patient Liaison – I am lucky enough to assist all of our patient riders with everything from Tour information, treatment logistics and transportation.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

I was a Tour rider for the first three years, and part of the Tour Team the last two years, serving both years as Patient Liaison.

3. Where is your home base?

I am the Director of Registration for the Village, so I have teams in all of our neighborhoods supporting IMT and the field. My home base is Team Evergreen in Tacoma, Wash.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

For months I have been working with our patients answering questions, working with our Tour Team on treatment logistics and supplies, and helping our patients prepare for the Ride of a Lifetime.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Country music.

 

JEANIE KELLEY

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

Jeanie KelleyI am part of the core team with a fantastic team running food and beverage, the clinic visit, Red Shirts, our Village Service Project, transportation and anything in between.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Six years.

3. Where is your home base?

Denver, Colorado

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Lots of planning meetings with the core team and my own teams. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with local teams and vendors in the area.

5. What are you currently listening to?

John Mayer

 

SALLY KILLEEN

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Sally Killeen

I keep the detailed agenda and work to organize events during the ride.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Since 2008 – so I guess that’s 6 years! Time flies when you’re having fun.

3. Where is your home base?

Team Liberty – Malvern, PA

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

A whole lot of typing, emails and conference calls.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Sadly… The Wheels on the Bus, or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star these days.

 

STEVEN CASEY

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Steven Casey

Wisdom Production Manager – you will see me running around with a video camera at camp and/or hanging out the back of a SUV filming you on your ride.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Seven

3. Where is your home base?

Team Music City (Nashville)

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Planning video shooting and editing.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Sigur Ros, Stravinsky, Nine Inch Nails

 

MEREDITH MERRILL

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Meredith Merrill

I will be running the Service Excellence table within the Village Square.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my first year!

3. Where is your home base?

Denver, Colorado

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I’ve been researching the surrounding areas to make sure I have information that the riders might find useful.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Dave Matthews Band – You & Me

 

RYAN KILLEEN

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.R Killeen Pic

Convoy Boy Leader – the Convoy Boys move the Village from site to site and are there to serve the Tour in whatever capacity is needed.  Our job description ranges from putting up flags and banners, to directing traffic, hauling gear, to cheering riders on – we do it all.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

6 years

3. Where is your home base?

Team Liberty in Malvern, PA.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I’ve been playing a lot of Tetris and practicing my packing and unpacking skills. I’ve also been staying up late and getting up early, preparing my body for the early mornings and late nights that come with Tour DaVita.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Like Sally, I’ve also been listening to a lot of children’s music. That’s just comes with the territory when you have a two-year-old girl.

 

LAUREN CLARK

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

Lauren ClarkI am responsible for the Village Service Day project, massage tent and the clinic visit.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Four years

3. Where is your home base?

Team Music City – Nashville

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Over the last couple of months I have been working with the local United Way and American Red Cross Chapters to coordinate donations for our Village Service Project and recruiting massage therapists so our riders can enjoy a nice, relaxing massage after a long ride. I’ve also been working with the local teammates to prepare for the clinic visit.

5. What are you currently listening to?

It’s been a toss up between Imagine Dragons and Amos Lee.

 

JASON COREA

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita. Jason Corea

I am responsible for the Safety and Security of the event – this includes: Freshman Rider Orientation, Contracted EMT and Security coverage, Emergency Response Protocol, parking coordination, contingency communication and generator installation.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This will be my first year working in support, but I have been a rider the last five years!

3. Where is your home base?

Team Liberty in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Working hard to make sure I have everything I need to be successful in managing my areas of responsibility.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Counting Crows and Jimmy Buffett – I like to mix it up with my “Jersey Shore” mix…

 

BIANCA VIOLANTE

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Bianca Violante

I handle media outreach for Tour DaVita, sharing the Ride of a Lifetime with local and national media outlets. I also support the Social Riders and hand out fancy swag.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my third year supporting Tour and my second time being on the ground at Tour DaVita.

3. Where is your home base?

Denver, Colorado

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I’ve been practicing my camping skills in the Rocky Mountains (I’m a champion tent-sleeper), preparing media lists and interviewing riders about their journey to Tour DaVita. I also mastered showering in unique settings.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Currently jamming to the Black Keys, Chromeo, The Vitamin String Quartet (it’s like modern classical music, perfect for work hours) and the Talking Heads. Oh, and of course Beyoncé for spontaneous dance party purposes.

 

 

GINGER PELZ

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.GP for Tour Blog

I get to lead the coolest group at Tour DaVita – the Social Riders! This is a group who has volunteered to share Tour DaVita happenings during the ride. Follow hashtag #tourdavita on Twitter and Instagram, and regularly check the blog to see what great things they have to say.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my third Tour DaVita.

3. Where is your home base?

Denver, Colorado

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I’ve been tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, Instagramming, emailing, scheduling and typing as fast as humanly possible on my iPhone and iPad. Oh, and practicing my quick-draw photography skills.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Currently a lot of country and bluegrass. Can’t deny my southern roots!

 

 

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