Jill has a passion for motorcycle riding and adventure quests. She spent her teenage years finding ways to get to ride without her parents finding out. Once on her own, Jill bought her first motorcycle for $600 and rode it into the ground. That was 30+ years and several motorcycles ago and Jill has found another way to get to ride; this time it’s all over the country!
She created 360 Biker Life in 2017 to photograph bikers and collect quotes and short stories from their lives. These photo and stories are featured on the 360 Biker Life Facebook page and a book will be published later this year.
In addition to traveling for 360 Biker Life, Jill participated in the 2018 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge (#949) and in 2019 Jill rode in the Medicine Wheel Ride for MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and the Women’s Ride World Relay. She served as President of the Dallas-Ft Worth chapter of the Ladies on Wheels Motorcycle Club from 2005 to 2017.
Elaine Appel – Grand Marshall
Philanthropist, entrepreneur, and legacy supporter of Firefly Autism. Elaine is challenging all lady bikers to join her with the rest of the Colorado Women’s Ride family on August 21st.
Jesse Ogas – CEO, Firefly Autism
Jesse Ogas grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, known for its beauty. It is also near the Mexican border, and Jesse’s Hispanic heritage includes Mexico.
Growing up with an awareness of social justice issues was a strong part of his upbringing. He grew up in a poor household where domestic violence was a norm. This ignited his passion to stand up not only for his mother, but for all women and for children who are victims of domestic violence.
He attended college at Western New Mexico University with an emphasis in Business. This education jump started his long and successful career as a General Manager in the retail industry. He held various store and regional management positions with The May Co., Foley’s, Mervyn’s, Sears and Kohls. After 17 years he felt drawn to utilize his skill sets in the non-profit world. His first employment in the non-profit sector was for an organization that supported Developmentally Disabled Adults and their families. For 6 years he helped to build their Development and Community Relations Arm. In 2013 he joined the team at Firefly Autism and in 2014 became the Executive Director. He and the organization have never looked back and today they are leaders in the field of behavior and autism treatment.
For over 30 years Jesse has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations that have significant impact on the underserved communities. His first nonprofit board experience was on the Colorado Aids Project and then on boards of Clinica Tepeyac, Kemp Foundation, Latina Safehouse, Newsed, Adams Camp, MSU Presidents Cabinet, and others. Jesse saw the writing on the wall about 10 years ago that in order for non-profits to survive, they would have to begin to operate with an understanding that “It’s all about relationships”. People give to people, who lead them to causes…not the other way around. He has used this understanding to benefit nonprofits he serves.
Jesse is an Actor/Singer and a member of one the nation’s prominent Latino Theatre companies, Su Teatro. He has done local and national TV spots and commercials. Today he’s often supports nonprofit organizations by hosting events, being part of planning committees or performing. Jesse continues to lead Firefly Autism, providing leadership in its recent capital campaign for its state of the art new facility. He is always ready to share his talents for the greater good of all people.
Janet Cook – CEO, Big Iron Sports
It is my pleasure to introduce myself to the riding community. My name is Janet Cook and I am blessed to be the first woman CEO of Big Iron Sports. This adventurous growing company consists of four powersports dealership: Mile High Harley–Davidson of Aurora, Mile High Harley-Davidson of Parker, Grand Prix Motorsports and Foothills Imports.
After having a very successful career at Harley-Davidson Motor Company for 20 years, I came to Big Iron Sports in 2017. I have a vast and diverse leadership background with 10 years in the car industry and over 20 years in the motorcycle industry.
My first riding experience was on a Kawasaki 90cc dirt bike at the age of 8 and the rest is history! I am an avid rider to this day and love my 2019 Harley Street Glide Special. You can even find me at the track on my Triumph Daytona 675! Aside from motorcycles my hobbies include: skiing and bicycling, and most importantly spending time with my husband of 28 years and my daughter and son-in-law. Family is everything!
Women are the fastest growing segment in the motorcycle industry, and I am proud to be a part of this evolution. Being a woman in a male dominated industry makes me a huge advocate for women empowerment in the this community. My hope is to be a leader and a role model for other women riders, whether they are just starting out or need encouragement to “just do it”, I want to be an enthusiastic voice for the sport of Motorcycling.
Jocelyn Cavender – Mrs. Rocky Mountain 2022
We welcome Jocelyn Cavender, Mrs. Rocky Mountain 2022, as one of our guest speakers at this year’s Colorado Women’s World Record Ride. As a Physician Assistant for thirteen years, she is no stranger to what can happen when a rider goes down. This is why she is honored to promote motorcycle safety and awareness as an emissary for Rider Justice and aid BikerDown for the last several years. Jocelyn and her husband, Jesse, love riding our colorful Colorado mountains when not spending quality time with their clever and loving son, Flynn.