Jim Gomez and Deb Schachter are very intentional about making a positive impact with their time. Jim says, “Since we don’t have kids of our own, we’ve discussed ways that we can share our hearts, time and energy with kids who might need some positive adult interactions in their lives.” Deb heard about Silver Lining Mentoring from Board Member Anne Bowie, who knew that Deb was looking to make a positive impact in the life of a young person. Anne says, “I knew that Deb wanted to make a difference and that her personality and background would make her a wonderful mentor.”
Deb has been matched with her mentee for over a year. Jim knew that he wanted to support Deb, “I just want to support her and Silver Lining, and honestly, getting involved with The Rodman Ride for Kids was a no-brainer for me. I love cycling and I’m out every weekend on my bike, so why not join the Spinners?” Jim adds that he is so proud of Deb’s commitment to her mentee.
Jim is also riding in memory of his own mentor, Robert McMurray, known to most as Bobby Mac, who passed away last year. “Bobby was a true friend and mentor to a lot of riders. He helped people discover things about themselves through cycling. He led weekend rides out of Quad Cycles in Arlington and started each and every ride by asking us to ride with love in our hearts and smiles on our faces. Riding with the Silver Lining Spinners is a way I can share that love and smiles with others.”