Our Leadership Team

We are women who ride mountain bikes in the Ozark region of Arkansas, a rapidly growing region with IMBA-designated Silver Level and Bronze Level Ride Centers. Although we’ve only been in operation since February 2019, we have to date had close to 4000 participants in our programming

Allyson de la Houssaye

Executive Director

An avid athlete, mother and wife. Allyson is a Sports and Documentary Producer from Chicago. Having always ridden a bike at one point or another in her life she recently discovered mountain biking thanks to the beautiful OZ Trails system in NWA. She now considers herself a recovered road cyclist with a passion for bringing women together through mountain biking.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid
  • WOZ RLCC certified

Lauren Pickman

Director of Programming

With New Jersey and California roots, Lauren was a division I collegiate soccer player and has a background in advertising sales and interior design.  She came to Arkansas with her family in 2016 to open a made in the USA bike brand:  Allied Cycle Works.  She loves road, gravel and mountain biking in NWA!

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid
  • WOZ RLCC certified

Kourtney Barrett

Director of Branding

Founder of JUNK Brands, Co-founder Women of OZ NWA, and 2020 Chairwoman Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid 
  • WOZ RLCC certified

Sarah Drew

Director of Development

Spending most of her life in the big cities of Houston and Dallas, Sarah didn’t discover the joy of the outdoors until moving to NWA and it’s overwhelming beauty in 2018. In an effort to keep up with her toddler and husband on the bike, she joined her first WOZ Flagship and has been hooked on the bike and community ever since.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid

Sarah keeps herself quite busy as the Director of Development for Women of OZ, co-owning and operating The Ride Series MTB Skills Clinic with her husband and homeschooling their exuberant son.

Eileen Patrick

Sales Director

Eileen loves being outside together with other women- whether it’s riding mountain bikes, exploring new gravel roads, paddle boarding, or running. The feeling of community and adventure within the outdoor arena of Northwest Arkansas is what makes her call this part of the country her home. When not seeking new outdoor adventures, Eileen is usually found spending time with the other loves of her life- her four kids, her husband, and coffee.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid

Elizabeth Daughrity

Board Member, Director of Finance

Biking with her children since 2008, Elizabeth Daughrity began road biking in 2011, and then eventually  joined her husband and two boys on the mountain bike trails in 2013, and they have mountain biked and raced together since 2014.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Coach for the Providence Academy NICA team

Brittany Ducharme

Board Member, Director of Philanthropy

Brittany is a community and outdoor advocate that has spent the majority of her life pursuing diverse outdoor adventures. Since relocating in Arkansas, she has hit the trails “rolling”, involving herself with non-profit organizations such as FAST TAP (Trail Adoption Program) and FAST KIDS (kids mountain biking program). Brittany, along with her husband and children, can routinely be found on the Back 40 when they aren’t traveling across the country looking for more single track.  

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid

Rubicely Monter

 Financial Advisor to the Board

Ruby is an Associate Program Officer for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group at Walton Enterprises. She’s passionate about growing dynamic communities through the advancement of the arts, the conservation of green space, and activating outdoor resources. Through her community involvement and professional experience, Ruby has worked on various initiatives that promote community inclusion and college access among first-generation college students. Ruby holds a Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology with concentrations in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas. Ruby loves everything related to the outdoors and is an avid cycling enthusiast.

Cara Osborne

Board Member, Advisor

Previously an assistant professor in the UA’s Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, Osborne now fills a new role in the Sam M. Walton College of Business as an assistant professor of practice. She is the founder of Baby & Co., a business to serve expecting mothers who want an alternative to hospital births. She established eight centers in different markets in the U.S. and sold the company to a large private equity firm in New York. Prior to Baby & Co., Osborne practiced as a nurse-midwife and taught for the Frontier Nursing Service. Osborne has contributed to the work of public health non-government organizations in a number of developing countries. Osborne is a licensed helicopter pilot, active fly fisherwoman, and enjoys a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities with her husband Steve and their 5 children.

Ashley O’Reilly

Board Member, Advisor

Missouri native, Arkansas grounded. Ashley has a passion for hard work, fun, and friendships. She believes in creating a mindset to always learn from others and teach in return. 

Mother, Wife, Cyclist, Runner, Teacher, Chef, Environmental Naturalist.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid

Ashley Patterson

Board Member, Director of Education

Ashley has been racing or playing around on one kind of bike or another for 15+ years.  One of her favorite places she’s ridden (besides our backyard) is Bellingham, WA.  They have this stuff called “dirt”, it’s awesome.  If she’s not riding you’ll probably find her at Oven & Tap.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid
  • BBI Certified Bike Mechanic

Betsy Soos

Board Member, Director of Marketing

Acquiring her business acumen with Sam’s Club right after college, Betsy soon moved on to develop a national CPG account across the country.  Her entrepreneurial spirit lead her into real-estate and eventually to open FreeRide Studio.  Having sold the studio, she now enjoys riding bikes more than ever and encouraging women to also find the joy that comes from being on a bike.

  • BICP Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor
  • WOZ RLCC certified
  • CPR and First Aid