Northern Conference Leadership

Philip Hynes

Northern Conference League Director


Phil started racing Mountain Bikes in 1998 and currently races MTB, Cross and Road at the Elite Masters Level. He was a founding member of the Nevada League Truckee MTB Team and Head Coach for the last 4 seasons. He stepped into the role of Coach Supporter for the Nevada League in 2018 and has trained over 100 Coaches on Bike Skills 101 and 201. He previously was IMBA Level 1 and 2 certified while working as an Instructor at Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar for 2 seasons. Phil is the current President of the Truckee North Tahoe Junior Cycling Team. He resides in Truckee, CA with his two daughters and enjoys coaching, riding, snowboarding, surfing, cooking and reading.

Kevin Joell

Race Director and Board Member


Ann Miers

Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member


I am pretty much a local gal, not born here but raised here. I am the mother of two boys, whom are the reason my husband and I helped start the Galena High School team in 2016. I have a huge passion for this sport and getting more kids out on bikes.  My favorite thing is to ride with the “newbies” and watch them soar at the end of the season. I am still coaching for the Galena team, kids call me Mama Ann and they know they can count on me to keep them organized and well fed during the season 🙂 I love every minute of it!!!

Paul Miers

Board Member


Paul  is a born and raised Nevadan, father of two boys who raced/race in the league. Paul is an experienced and accomplished cyclist who has competed nationally and internationally.  He is level 3 USA cycling coach, has been coaching the Reno Devo team for 7 years and Galena high school team for 5, also one of the founders of the Galena High School team.

Colleen Wanty

GRiT Coordinator and Board Member 


Colleen brings over 20 years of experience riding and racing mountain bikes and cyclocross. She has competed in a range of cycling endurance events:  cross country, time trial, hill climbs, 24 hour, gravel, stage, and cyclocross. She won a master’s national championship for mountain biking and has had numerous national podiums in both mountain biking and cyclocross. Colleen served on the Board for the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League. She started coaching women’s mountain biking as the lead of the Bay Area Luna Chix Ambassador Team. She is a founding member and coach on the Galena Mountain Bike Team and is the Girls Ride Together (GRIT) Coordinator for the Northern Nevada League. She is a mom to two mountain bikers, Sam and Cole, and wife of Steve, her partner in the adventure of life. In her spare time, she runs a marketing consulting business.  

Steve Ouzounian

Board Member


Steve “Oz” Ouzounian has been riding and racing mountain bikes for over 30 years. He’s been an assistant coach to the Berkeley High team, a Director for the NorCal league, and assisted with NICA operations. Steve is now the Chairman of the NV NICA League Board of Directors and is a level 3 coach with the Galena team. Steve is the father of two mountain bikers, Sam and Cole,.and is married to a national mountain bike champion, Colleen Wanty. Steve has been Oracle’s Global Retail Consulting lead and a partner at Accenture before taking the past few years off to spend more time with family.

Lane Swall

Board Member


Brent Ruybalid

Board Member


Sam Echo

Board Member