Since 1997, MAMBA’s all-volunteer board has been working with land owners around Moscow to create opportunities for non-motorized recreation on Moscow Mountain, and beyond.   

A Mountain Bike on Moscow Mountain in the Snow

Meet The Board

Sandra Townsend

Sandra Townsend


Sandra moved to Moscow in 2016 and enjoys adventures near and far in the PNW. She loves biking and skiing on Moscow Mountain and sharing the experience with anyone who wants to join. She can be found behind a giant cup of coffee staring at maps at the University of Idaho’s Outdoor Program when she is not outside with her family. 

Katie Lee

Katie Lee

Board Development Chair

Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Katie moved west for school (and the lifestyle). She learned to ride and quickly fell in love with mountain biking on the trails of Happy Jack and Curt Gowdy near Laramie, Wyoming. Katie now partakes in all sorts of riding- gravel riding, bikepacking/touring, and of course mountain biking, and loves the diverse opportunities for adventure on two wheels that the Northwest offers.

Katie joined MAMBA in 2016 and decided it was time to become more involved in the organization and local biking community, joining the board in 2022.

Cody Lightfoot Riding a Bike With a Child

Cody Lightfoot

Cody moved to Moscow from Salt Lake City in August of 2022 for Law School at the U of I. He has been mountain biking for more than 15 years and loves spending time on the trails either biking or hiking. His family has spent as much time as possible on Moscow Mountain, and his 2-year old is an aspiring mountain biker. He is always looking for new riding friends and loves to help new riders develop their skills.

Matt Pollard & Dog

Matt Pollard


Matt Pollard brings with him a life-time of recreational and competitive cycling for over 20 year on the Palouse. Even though he’s technically the Secretary, and along with trail building, his most visible contribution has been adding trail signs, and clearing trails of down-trees throughout the year; he’s frequently seen riding with a chainsaw! Along with his hand in MAMBA, Matt is a coach with a local youth mountain bike team: Palouse Bicycle Racing Composite. He spends much time riding with his family locally and throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond the bike, he can be found teaching high school Science and Math; he lives in Moscow with his wife and three children.

Jason Karl

Jason Karl

Jason got hooked on mountain biking and Moscow Mountain 30 years ago when he came to the UI for college in the early ‘90s. After many years of working (and riding) in other places, he made his way back to Moscow in 2017 to join the faculty of UI’s College of Natural Resources. Jason is a professional nerd, and his work focuses on natural resource measurement and monitoring, GIS mapping, and remote sensing. He loves being up on the Mountain in all weather and all times of the year biking, hiking, skiing, or just sitting on a rock looking at the view.


Jason Karl

Chris Chambers

Chris has a background in Forestry and Ecology, is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and former vagabond. He moved to Moscow in the fall of 2000 for graduate school and instantly fell
in love with Moscow Mountain. He spends most of his time on the shorter loops these days, but still runs, bikes, and hikes on Moscow Mountain with his wife and 2 dogs. Chris manages the support team at METER Group in Pullman where he and his team help scientists get the most from their weather stations, soil moisture sensors, and other environmental instruments.

Kyle French

Kyle French


Kyle moved to Moscow in 2018 from Illinois and rode on the mountain his first night here for a strong Monday and loved it! He got hooked on riding about 15 years ago. He likes riding all types of bikes but is happiest when he can ride with friends. His favorite trails on the mountain are QMR and

John Wenz

John Wenz

Landowner Liaison

Originally from Kinderhook, New York, John is a cow vet who wrestles with cow data at the WSU Vet School. He moved to Moscow from Ft. Collins, CO 15 years ago and wouldn’t still be here if his family didn’t have Moscow Mountain to play on. Sincere thanks to the landowners and all the folks who have made MAMBA and the trails what they are today.

Chrissy Phillips Oliver Standing in the Snow Holding Her Dog

Crissy Phillips Oliver

Born and raised in the foothills of Georgia’s Appalachian range, Crissy always dreamed of landing in the Northwest. She moved to Moscow in 2017 with her dog, Kit, to complete her graduate education and now works at the University of Idaho. Crissy loves being up on the mountain with her husband, dog, and friends. She especially enjoys trail running and skiing.



MAMBA 2020 Annual Report


Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association


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