Norma is a currently a software engineer by day and a mountain biker by … later that day. She started cycling at the age of 25 and completed her Masters in Computer Science around that same time. She is an avid advocate for STEM education for women and minorities, as well as closing the gender gap in mountain biking. Aside from computers and bikes, she loves anything outdoors, her family and friends, and her two four-legged companions.
Fernanda is 24 years old and has dedicated 20 of them to cycling. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2020 with a Bachelor of Art in Media Advertising and Communication, and a minor in Graphic Design. She also works and is the part owner of Handske, a brand dedicated to creating art and community in cycling. Throughout her cycling career, she has raced and won many state and national championships, and participated in many international races as a professional cyclist. Due to an injury her cycling career concluded before planned, but this led her to focus on her work both at Last Sundays Ride and Handske. "Thanks to LSR and Handske my passion and love for cycling are still being transmitted to other people. I have experienced a lot of barriers and limitations as a woman who rides mountain bikes, and together, with these amazing women that I call my team, we will be breaking those barriers and limitations showing everyone how women are as capable and skilled as any other rider."
El Paso born and raised. She is a U.S Navy disabled veteran, who used to work in the operating room at a local hospital. She is a mother of two, and likes creative arts, gardens and anything outdoors. Her hobbies are traveling, swimming, hiking, helping the community and of course she loves mountain biking! She started her mountain biking journey less than a year ago and has already competed in very tough local races and helped us lead some of the intermediate groups!
Ever since she was a child, Rocio has always shown an interest in sports and health, which has propagated into her adulthood. She is now a physical therapy assistant currently working at a county hospital, and has practiced tennis, swimming, rock climbing, cycling, soccer, among other sports throughout her life. She was introduced to the sport of mountain biking by a close friend of hers, around seven years ago and loved it. Since then, she has been participating in local races and other cycling events. Rocio strongly believes on the positive impact LSR has made on our community, and wants to continue being and advocate of health and inspire our women to a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life. You will often spot Rocio enthusiastically teaching our groups, motivating them to tackle difficult sections in the trails, always with a positive, outgoing and happily contagious energy.
Fernanda is an editor, writer, and digital producer currently residing in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design. Fernanda has over eight years of experience in the media industry, working for radio, print, television, and, now, digital media. Before her professional career, she spent much of her time organizing and serving as staff of different cycling events in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. When she's not writing or editing, you can find her at local coffee shops, having brunch with friends, or traveling
Dr. Andrea Tawney is the Vice President for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso where she oversees marketing and communications and fundraising. In four years, she has led a team to raise over $27 million and expanded the visibility of TTUHSC El Paso’s mission by growing strategic marketing, partnerships and community engagement. Before joining TTUHSC El Paso, Dr. Tawney served as NMSU’s Vice President. Under her leadership, the foundation launched the most ambitious cash campaign in the system’s history. Within five years, her team raised more than $100 million. In 2016, Dr. Tawney was named one of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 under Forty and a 2019 Women of Influence. In 2022, she received Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in Leadership International Award.
Dr. Tawney is a proud Air Force veteran and earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Studies from Texas Tech University. She serves on a number of boards that she is passionate about and is the proud mom of two daughters. Balancing includes finding time to participate in triathlons and half marathons but most importantly contributing to the growth of Wonder Women.
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