Bicycle Angels was started by three Team in Training cycle team staff members, in order to help facilitate more fundraising.  We found that some first-time endurance cycling participants didn’t have an adequate bike to complete an event, and with the recessionary times, couldn’t afford one either.

As the idea took hold, we decided that we wanted to branch out to support other charities as well.

Without a loan from Bicycle Angels, participation in fundraising in charity cycling events would be less.  In addition, our loanees get to participate in healthy exercise, experience cycling, and get a great sense of accomplishment by completing an endurance cycling event…a first for many loanees.

Bicycle Angels Officer Bios

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DAVE GOLD

President and Founder

Dave started participating in endurance cycling in 2006 when bitten by the Team in Training bug. Since that time, Dave has completed over 40 organized centuries, including several as a Coach for TNT, and most recently as a Coach for Team Bicycle Angels.

Dave is the President of Gold Health and Safety Consulting, Inc. He has been in the environmental health and safety profession for over 30 years. He holds several key professional certifications, has taught at the university level, guest lectured, testified in court, and has appeared on TV.

In addition to his participation with Bicycle Angels, he has been on the boards of the South Bay Music Education Association, Gaucher’s Patient Assistant League, and Pfizer Patient Advisory Committee for Gaucher’s Disease. Dave has also been an officer of local chapters of several professional associations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers, Indoor Air Quality Association, and American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Aside from cycling, Dave enjoys playing the baritone sax with two music groups, doing home improvement projects, cooking, movies, traveling, and spending time with his lovely wife, Lorraine.


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Manuel Paliungas

Vice-President Fleet and Founding Director

Emmanuel has been a cyclist since 1978. In the summer of that year he learned what a difference a quality bike can make on a ride and was hooked ever since. In 1980 he accomplished his first century ride at the Great Western Bicycle Rally (GWBR). Since then he has ridden in over 20 century rides and countless metric centuries and other rides. He has attended the GWBR since 1980 and has ridden almost all of the 27 different rides they offer through his 34 years of being there.

In 2008 Emmanuel join the Team in Training (TNT) for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society to do the Cool Breeze Century in honor of his father and a co-workers daughter. Emmanuel was invited in 2009 to mentor with TNT in for the Solvang Century. He has since been a mentor and assistant coach for 9 other TNT teams. He has also been a past member of the Los Angeles Wheelmen and the South Bay Wheelmen.

When not on his bike, he is taking pictures (a hobby since he was 12), spending time with his kids, fixing planes for FedEx planes, or traveling.


KarenKaren Curtis

Founding Director

Karen is one of the original “gang of three” that got Bicycle Angels rolling. She greatly assisted us by purchasing thirteen of our first bikes.

Professionally, Karen is a co-founder of a technology consulting and software development firm.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys running marathons, participates in triathlons, visiting friends and family, travelling, and flying her very own private plane in the skies over the Los Angeles area.


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VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Sharon started road cycling in 2007 when she joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Society’s Team in Training (TNT) program to be trained to ride in the Honolulu Century, a 100 mile cycling event. TNT quickly immersed Sharon into a 13-week program and months later, Sharon completed both the Honolulu Century and the Cool Breeze Century. And she hasn’t been off her road bike since!

She loved cycling so much that she volunteered to be a mentor for TNT for two seasons and then in 2010, Sharon started the LA chapter of Clif Bar & Company’s Team LUNA Chix program. As LUNA Chix Team Leader, Sharon and her team of volunteer cyclists hosted weekly rides out of Pasadena Cyclery and motivated women to be active in their community.

Professionally, Sharon has held numerous positions in sports and cycling events, worked in marketing in both sports and TV, led new business development in healthcare and was a staff comedy writer for TV series on FOX, NBC and Disney.

When Sharon’s not road cycling, she can be found running half marathons, baking decadent desserts and teasing kids, both young and old.


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Treasurer

Lorraine completed her first century ride in 2010 through Team in Training. Being the supportive wife of founder Dave Gold, Lorraine graciously offered to be Bicycle Angel’s Board after only a minimum amount of arm-twisting.

Professionally, Lorraine has been a Registered Nurse since 2006.

Lorraine enjoys her kids and her 5 grand kids, as well as seeing movies, reading, visiting friends, and hanging out with Dave.