Foundation Directors

Foundation Board President, Chuck Manley, has lived in central Illinois his entire life. He began riding BMWs in 1974, and in 1976 he joined BMW MOA. He married wife (and pillion) Julie in 1977 and they ride an R 1200 GSA. For his day job, Chuck owned a promotional marketing company for over 25 years and retired several years ago.

He served on the BMW MOA Board for seven years as a Director and served as a Director for the BMW MOA Foundation Board in 2010 and 2011. Chuck was the Rally Chair for the 2012 BMW MOA rally in Sedalia, Missouri, and most recently served as BMW MOA President from 2013 to 2016.

Helping the Foundation promote and expand rider safety, education and training opportunities, along with advancing the fundraising efforts of the organization, are his top priorities.

Mark Austin (Vice President) is a professor of sociology and also serves on the program faculty of the Urban and Public Affairs PhD program at the University of Louisville. A good deal of his published research has focused on more traditional academic work, such as issues related to community and urban sociology. However, he has also published a number of academic works focusing on motorcyclists. Some of the titles include "Commodification and Popular Imagery of the Biker in American Culture" (with Patricia Gagne and Angela Orend) and "Community in a Mobile Subculture:  The World of the Touring Motorcyclist" (with Patricia Gagne). Here is a link to one of his projects, Ritual and Boundary Distinction in a Recreational Community: A Case Study of Motorcycle Rallies and Riders.

Mark began riding motorcycles at about the age of thirteen when his mom let him get a motorcycle so “that he can get it out of his system.” He has been a member of the MOA since 1996 and has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including rally chair. He currently rides an R1200GS-ADV and an F800GS, although his garage has a few other bikes in various stages of disrepair.

Bex Becker (Treasurer) started riding road bikes back in her hometown of Bristol, England, at age 15 and has never looked back. Now settled in Monument, Colorado, and having enjoyed every make and genre of bike possible, she recently paired with a Scrambler and feels more connected than ever to her roots on the road. With her new-found love of dirt, she also rides a large dirt bike and her husband Lee's 2013 R 1200 GS. They are often found exploring the back country together either on motos or on foot with their dogs.

Bex helps run the GS Girls, and is involved with all kinds of mentorship, support and encouragement of safer, more confident riding as well as finding ways to give back to the community. She is proud to be the Women's Program Manager for non-profit Motorcycle Relief Project.

Greg Straub (Secretary) resides in Portland, Oregon where he retired as a district manager with the Social Security Administration after a 30+ year career that took him to a number of duty stations around the Pacific Northwest including Alaska. Greg has been a committee co-chair at the national rally.

In addition to motorcycling, Greg is also a passionate follower of Formula 1 racing. He says it provides a great excuse for a 6,000 mile ride to Montreal and back every June for the Grand Prix du Canada.

Greg rides an F 800 ST and an R 1200 RT as well as a Lemond Buenes Aires (bicycle) that he has ridden on tours to every corner of Oregon. Greg’s home club is the BMW Riders of Oregon, #83 and he is also a member of the BMW RA.

Tom Gary (Director) resides along with his wife, Debbie, in Saline, Michigan. Tom is retired after a 38-year career with Norfolk Southern Corp., where he managed Automotive Operations and Damage prevention efforts for the corporation. In addition to wife Debbie, Tom has two grown sons and two granddaughters. Currently, he is serving as a Planning Commissioner on the York Township, Michigan Planning Commission, where he resides.

Tom has been riding since purchasing his first motorcycle in 1971, a new Honda CB 750 K1, and started motorcycle touring with his wife. He joined the BMW MOA in 2000 after purchase of his first BMW and quickly realized that being a Life Member would insure he would always be part of the BMW community. He is also member of BMW Touring Club Detroit (Charter Club #1), were he was Vice-President and President. He is also a member of the BMW RA where he is serving as a Regional Director. In addition he is a past Director/Treasurer of Curve Cowboy Reunion (Charter Club #282). Other memberships include AMA and local club Michigan Sport Touring Riders.

In addition to his passion for riding Tom can be found in his woodworking shop creating furniture and other wood projects for his family. Tom is excited to serve on the MOA Foundation Board and believes that promoting rider training and safety is the best way to insure the future of motorcycle riding.

Vance Harrelson (Director) and his wife Mari reside in Helena, AL where he owns and operates a specialty construction company serving industrial and manufacturing clients. When not riding, they enjoy spending time with an ever-growing family of grown children and eight grandchildren.

Vance has been riding some sort of motorized two-wheel vehicle since the age of nine. His first BMW motorcycle was an R 1100 R purchased in 2001. At that time he joined the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama (Chartered Club #5) and the MOA, in which he is a life member. He currently rides an R 1200 GS Adventure and enjoys sport touring and long distance riding as well as getting dirty with dual sport and off-road riding. Vance has held offices in his local club, including Safety Director, Co-Rally Chair, President and Vice-President and also served from 2010-2016 as Director on the MOA board.

Vance says, "I have believed in and supported the MOA Foundation since becoming an MOA member. I am pleased to have been appointed to the Foundation board and look forward to working toward its mission of rider safety, education and training."

Randall Logan (Director) currently works as a Marketing Director for a global manufacturer of home automation control systems and audio-video products. He resides in northern California with his wife, Jackie, two grown children and one grandchild. Randall has been riding motorcycles for over 40 years and belongs to several local motorcycle clubs including BMW MC of Northern California (Chartered Club #9).

Randall has served on non-profit foundation boards, held many committee chair positions, and is serving as president for a local motorcycle club. He has spent his last eight years focusing on giving back to the sport through developing programs to enhance and develop riding skills and teaching sportsmanship to youth, fundraising to support riding rights and working on national programs to support veteran and youth quality of life.

Randall currently owns a BMW R 1200 GS, several dirt-oriented bikes and several racing motorcycles, used when he was a competitive racer on- and off-road. He has a passion and zest for adventure and routinely takes groups on one- to five-day rides all over the western states. He is looking forward to adding value to the Foundation by utilizing a combination of professional and non-profit leadership experience and passion for motorcycling.

Will McHardy (Director) now makes his home in the Tampa Bay Area after 35 years in northern Nevada and 11 years in southwest Missouri.  With 37 years of law enforcement experience, Will has completed police motor school, supervised a law enforcement motor unit and devoted some of that time to develop POST Certified riding courses.  He has trained hundreds officers and Search and Rescue members to ride both motorcycles and ATVs off-road.  Will has ridden for over 45 years and has focused on BMWs since 2004, when he joined the MOA.  He is also a past president of Chartered Club #8, the Springfield (Missouri) BMW Road Riders.

Peter Perrin (Director) is semi-retired from a career as a pharmacist services consultant. He has been riding motorcycles for over 50 years and loves his BMW motorcycles. Peter’s first BMW motorcycle was a 1959 R 60 that he wishes he still owned. He currently has three BMWs – a 2000 GS with 170,000 miles, a 2007 RT with 160,000 miles and a “new-to-me” 2012 K 1600 GT. Peter has managed to double the odometer reading in two months of ownership.

Peter became interested in the work of the Foundation through his son, Tyler, who was a GEARS Training participant. Peter says, “I’m hoping to bring a simple approach and an experienced rider’s perspective to the Foundation.”

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