Ridin' for Research: Presenters

Prizes Collected / Presenters are Listed below by Session

2014 Top Fundraising Prizes (listed by value)

  1. Road Bike from Emery's Cycling-Triathlon-Fitness
  2. Earrings, these are 18K Hammerd Gold with Pave Diamond Centers from Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers
  3. Chef's Tasting Menu w/wine pairings at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
  4. In-Home Wine Tasting from PRP International Wineries (2 winners)
  5. Private Shopping Party at Goldi's in Shorewood includes adult beverages and appetizers, plus everyone get 10% too
  6. One Night Stay at Marriott Hotel, downtown Milwaukee
  7. One Night Stay at the Country Springs (suite) with 8 water park passes
  8. One Night Stay at Pfister Hotel, downtown Milwaukee
  9. One Night Stay at Intercontinental Hotel, plus $100 dinning certificate at Kil@wat
  10. Gift Certificate at Cooper & Hawks Restaurant & Winery
  11. One Night Stay at the Aloft Hotel
  12. Deluxe Detail on Your Car at David Hobbs Honda (2 winners)

If you are a TOP FUNDRAISER - you must be present at 3:10 to select your prize, these given out in order of who raises the most - if you can't be there, please ask someone to select for you; if you aren't there, we will mail you the remaining prize to you.

Door Prizes for 5 random winners

  1. $50 Gift Card to Mo's Steak House - downtown Milwaukee
  2. $50 Gift Card to Mitchell's Fish Market - Brookfield
  3. Marquette Collectable Package - for the Marquette fan!
  4. 2 Tickets to any UWM Men's Basketball Game 2014-15 Season, plus shirts
  5. 4 Tickets to any Admiral Hockey Game for the 2014 Season

If your cannot stay until the end of the ride, please ask someone to collect your prize for you if your name is called.  If no one collects your prize, we will arrange to get your prize to you within the coming week.





Eileen Seeger is a passionate outdoor cyclist, and was introduced to indoor cycling 12 years ago when a friend heard her complaining about being trapped inside during the Wisconsin winter months.  In 2002 she received as a birthday gift, the opportunity to get officially certified as an indoor cycling instructor. Initially, she instructed cycling classes at the West Suburban YMCA, but in 2004 moved to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and taught classes at a health and fitness center which was formerly a palace.  Her actual classes were held in the dining room complete with an elaborate crystal chandelier handing overhead - pretty fancy!  In 2006 she returned to Milwaukee, and returned to teaching at the Downtown YMCA in 2009.  When weather allows, Eileen is riding outside.  She enjoys all sorts of bikes -- road, mountain, racing tandem and cruisers! She has cycled in many countries including Japan, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Canada.  Eileen is a member of The Bella Donnas, a woman’s cycling social group. Her favorite bikes are “Gus and June” -his and her- avocado green Schwinn cruisers purchase at a rummage sale in Bay View for $20.  

Holly Gamblin has been participating in Ridin’ for Research for the past four years, and now presenting the past two. She is thrilled to be given the privilege to be involved with this wonderful event, and can’t wait to OPEN the ride!!!  Holly has been a cycling instructor for five years, and loves every minute of it.  She is certified through Mad Dogg Athletics.  She is affectionately known as “Holly the Hammer” at both the Downtown YMCA and the Milwaukee Athletic Club.  Sports and exercise is a huge part of her life, and she spends as much of her spare time as possible participating in all kinds.  She has been married for six years to her loving husband Alex, who is greatly supportive of everything she does.  Holly holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Nevada Reno, and is also currently working on her Master’s in Public Health at the new Zilber School of Public Health, here in Milwaukee.  She works for the State of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, servicing the medical needs of abused and neglected children.  Health and wellness has been Holly’s passion her whole life, and she is honored to be a part of R4R.


Hubie Krawczyk has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  Being a University of Wisconsin LaCrosse graduate in the field of Recreation, he has dedicated a lifetime of passion for helping others reach their fitness goals.  Hubie’s accomplishments range from achieving over 300 career multisport events including 3 Ironman finishes, Publisher for the U.S. Multi-Sport Directory and Manager of the Freedom Run Across America for charity. Currently he is a Personal Lifestyle Trainer at the Wisconsin Athletic Club and is founder of Hubie FIT LLC, a local fitness and lifestyle training company for all levels.  Hubie, as the 2010 Inaugural Wisconsin Athletic Club Keith Nygren “Make a Difference” Award Winner, has over 14 years of spinning experience, and carries current certifications for Mad Dogg Athletics (Spinning) and the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer. “Changing lives through a strong philosophy of daily movement for my clients is the number one goal no matter what experience they may have in exercise”, says Hubie.  Additionally, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing tennis, golf and cycling, and resides in Cudahy Wisconsin. “I am totally stoked to be a part of the event again this year! Get ready to ROCK!”

Dori Condon has been a certified Spinning Instructor since 2010.  She previously taught at the Downtown YMCA, and is now at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Since her day job as a Network Engineer for Robert W. Baird involves many hours in front of a computer, Dori also enjoys participating in other fitness classes including boot camps and Pilates; she has event taken the Level 1 TRX Suspension Training Course.  Her other hobbies include traveling with her husband, walking and volunteering with her greyhound, crocheting any ridiculous thing she can come up with, and wowing people with her decorated cookies  She is thrilled to be involved with Ridin' for Research for the first time.


Elizabeth Braatz, once a competitive swimmer, began cycling many years ago, after suffering several stress fractures in her foot from running. Once she caught the spinning bug, she sought out a certification to teach through the YMCA of the USA. Now, Elizabeth teaches cycling at the Rite-Hite YMCA. She continues to be an avid, distance runner, and has completed many races in between having kids.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Journalism and is the owner and operator of Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies in Fox Point. She is also a freelance writer and blogger for Metroparent Magazine and Milwaukeemoms.com, and the active mother of four-year-old boy/girl twins and one-year-old daughter. 

Additionally, she has been a participate of the R4R for many years, though she missed the ride two years ago when she went into labor two weeks early with her third child and ended up giving birth on the day of the event.  This year she is ready to take to the stage and represent Rite Hite, along with Cori Timm.

Cori Timm

Information coming soon …


Heather Nelson has been involved in the R4R for many years. This will be her fourth year as a presenter, and she feels very privileged to have that honor again. Heather is a Group Fitness Instructor, currently certified through ACE, and also an Indoor Cycling Instructor, certified through Mad Dogg Athletics. Heather has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, and currently teaches Spin, Body Pump and CXWORX for the Elite Clubs, as well as a BSN from UW Oshkosh.

In her REAL LIFE, Heather is an RN at Waukesha Pediatrics and Associates, who has a passion for helping children and their families stay strong, healthy and happy. She loves spending time with her husband Mark and her two children, Sarah and Bill. Her greatest blessing is her first grandson, Mark James, who just turned 2 years old.

Heather Caponi is thrilled to be presenting at R4R again, after being a participant several years in a row. Heather has been a Body Pump and Spin instructor at Highlander Elite since 2005. However her love for fitness began with a collegiate running career in track and field and cross country at Colby College in Maine, where her passion continued after graduation, and she trained for and competed in several half and full marathons.  Ridin’ for Research means a lot to Heather because she has witnessed too many loved ones suffer at the hands of cancer, including her mother’s best friend who passed away in 2010.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her Marine Corps husband and three very active teenagers.  And as an elementary school principal, Heather hopes that her young students can hope for a future where cancer is no longer a diagnosis.


Kim Corr is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a STAR Level III Spinning® Instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics.  She works as a Personal Trainer at her own business, Corr Customized Fitness, and is also a Spinning® Instructor at Velocity Cycling Studio. She focuses on fostering an energetic atmosphere and a community where everyone can come together and feel welcome, confident and strong.

A Cleveland, OH native, Kim resides in Bayside, WI.  She is a wife and busy Mom of two boys. A healthy lifestyle is something she truly believes in. Her philosophy is that when you change someone's life for the better through exercise, that positive change is paid forward to our families and our communities.

Melissa Spredemann is a STAR 3 level Spin Instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics with over 4 years of teaching experience; however has been actively participating indoor cycling for 15 years.  In 2011 Melissa took on a new venture and opened Velocity Cycling Studio in Mequon, the North Shore's only licensed Spinning(r) Studio.  Velocity hosts an annual Ride For Wishes in January where every cent is donated to Maggie's Angels and Make A Wish WI. 

A former elementary school teacher and SAHM, Melissa was not a very active teenager, but after she left home for college she found fitness, healthy eating and lost 40 pounds.  Last year Velocity hosted training rides for R4R and had a team participate. The energy and atmosphere were intoxicating.  This year Melissa is excited and honored to be presenting.  Melissa is the mother of three wonderful girls. They reside in Cedarburg where she grew up.   


Jill Sommers, owner of M2L Life Coaching and Mental Skills Training, is a Certified Life Coach with extensive history in the world of athletics and fitness. For more than 25 years Jill has been steeped in the world of fitness as a personal trainer, triathlon coach, program director/creator, and Spin instructor. Jill has coached more than 550 athletes to cross the finish line of their choice. Her own zest for life challenge has led her to complete three Ironman triathlons with her fourth event on the horizon in September, 2013. In addition to working with individuals on reaching their life goals, Jill teaches wellness classes at the University of WI-Milwaukee where she guides the students toward living more passionate, balanced lives. “I am so excited to be a part of R4R again as a presenter. This is such a great event where we can all come together and give back to a community of those in need. Thank you for having me.”

Bonnie Kalinowski has been a past participant of Ridin’ for Research since the beginning and is thrilled to be a presenter again!  She has been a certified indoor cycle instructor for the past nine years at the Southwest Y.  In addition to her passion for indoor cycling, she is also a certified Pilates and PiYo instructor.   Besides teaching, she is a mom to three active boys and spends her days as the Director of Operations at Perspective Advisors.