Hi there! My name is Carlee and I am 26 years old. I am absolutely thrilled to be spending my 2016 summer with Bike & Build! Some of my fondest memories growing up are of me and my dad riding bikes to the local general store for lunch and then cruising along the river gorge. There's something about feeling the wind in my face and the power of my legs that gets me back out on my bike, time and time again. Cycling has been my passion from a young age, and I cannot wait to use a bike tour across America as a means to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing.
I studied Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. While at Tech, I spent my free time rowing on the crew team, playing with the marching band, and working with Engineers Without Borders. My time as a rower reminded me of the joy I experience while riding a bike. Those early morning practices on the river taught me how to work with a unique set of individuals to become a powerful team; how to to push beyond my own physical and mental limits; and the sheer joy of being part of something larger than myself. One of my proudest moments in life was placing second in the Dad Vail national championship regatta; it took months of hard work, sweat, and discipline for my teammates and I to become the most competitive women's rowing team in recent Tech history. I will leverage that same work ethic and perseverance this summer biking across the country with my Bike & Build team.
After graduating in 2011, I moved across the country to work at Boeing in Seattle. While there, I worked with a team to develop composite fabrication techniques for 787 primary structures, and I spent my free time climbing in the Cascades. I also participated in my very first century (on a mountain bike!), and soon after bought my first road bike. In 2013 I transferred to Boeing in Phoenix where I currently work as a materials engineer on defense applications. I am proud to work at a company that allows me to take a 3 month sabbatical to volunteer for a great cause. My weekends in the desert are typically filled with racing road bikes, exploring new mountain biking trails, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
I first learned about Bike & Build from the friend of a friend. When I heard there was an organization that uses cycling as a means to raise awareness for such a great cause, I was hooked. As a member of the Arizona chapter of Habitat for Humanity, I am excited to take my volunteering to a new level. The beauty of cycling across the country for affordable housing is we will make an impact at local communities and eventually across the entire nation. I am most excited to meet different individuals from all over the country, and to watch the terrain change as we pedal across America. I look forward to riding through acres of farmland, climbing up challenging mountain passes, and dipping my wheel in the Pacific ocean. Adventure is out there, and I will pedal my way to it!
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me as I prepare for the summer, and to everyone who has donated - you helped me pass my $4500 minimum fundraising goal (*virtual high five*)! Now you can help me reach the new goal of $8000! Every dollar that you contribute truly makes an impact to confront and fight the affordable housing problem. Thank you, awesome people!
Peace, Love, P2S
|Carlee has currently raised $5,733.|
That's 72% of her $8,000 fundraising goal.