Richard (Rick) Perez
After having ridden on Laura’s Ride 2016, Rick is looking forward to exchanging the cacti and deserts of the Southern Route for the trees and mountains – well, maybe not the climbing that the mountains involve – of the Northern Route. He is a Californian who moved north for law school at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he was a member of the California Law Review after getting his bachelors in economics from UCLA. After a short stint in the Army where he made Captain despite having virtually no military experience, Rick practiced first with a large San Francisco law firm, a former professor in Orinda and then with an Oakland firm before starting what is now Perez & Miller, APC. He sometimes still handles primarily commercial and real estate litigation.
Unlike Nick, his riding partner on Laura’s Ride 2016, Rick can barely swim and is not much better at running. Instead his physical activities consist mostly of pushing weights around and bike riding. In addition to the California to Florida ride, he has ridden the coast of Oregon, the Ice Field Parkway in Canada from Jasper to Banff and numerous centuries. He is very proud to be supporting Laura’s Ride North and, through it, the valuable endeavors of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation.
Our Support Team:
Alejandra (Ale) Garcia Aragon
After having been one of the drivers for Laura’s Ride 2016, Ale graciously served as the sole driver for Laura’s Ride North. Not having grown too tired of helping Rick, Ale is returning to provide invaluable help for yet a third ride. Of course, the fact that the ride helps raise money that goes directly to assisting people afflicted with breast cancer helps make this adventure not only fun for her but also worthwhile. Unfortunately, because of commitments to her daughter, Ana Sofia, Ale is able to do only part of the ride this time but it will be well more than one-half. Suffice it to to say that she has set a very high bar for those who will follow her!
Because Alejandra’s commitments prevent her from doing the entire trip this year, Patty will join as a driver for part of this ride. Patty is a former high school science teacher who also taught special ed and private tutoring for many years before entering the world of real estate. Now a realtor, Patty dabbles in real estate and manages properties. She finds homes interesting because each has a unique personality.
Born in Taiwan, she grew up in Toronto and has lived in Los Angeles since 1984. She has 3 passports and when asked where she is from, she usually hesitates for a second before answering. She got her undergrad from Cal State University, teaching credential and post grad from National University. Patty enjoys all sorts of activities including skiing, ballroom dancing, electronic gadgets, reading, weightlifting, rock climbing, bike cruising, traveling, psycho-thriller movies, cruise ships, music and experimenting with new foods. She is especially enthusiastic about racquet ball for the speed of the game. She has 2 great children ages 31 and 16. With her children’s increased independence, Patty has more time to do the things she enjoys so she will travel even more, probably to new and foreign countries.
Because Patty finds discovering new places to be exciting she is looking forward to learning about the new environments she will be experiencing on this trip. “This ride will be quite a mission for Rick but it will not be impossible. Best of luck.!”
Maria has been Rick’s secretary/legal assistant for the past 42 years, working tirelessly in the background on his many projects, including Laura’s Ride 2016 and Laura’s Ride North. Simply stated, Maria’s help over the years has been, according to Rick, invaluable. Maria also spends time donating many hours to Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association and has served in all officer positions, most currently as its Treasurer.
Maria has been married to Bob for 28 years, has one son, Nick, and her first grandson (Wyatt) was born August 1, 2017. Her daughter-in-law, Mandy, has also worked for Perez & Miller and benefitted from Maria’s guidance and training.
Maria thinks Rick is nuts for making yet another cross-country ride but applauds his support of, and raising money for, breast cancer victims. Maria is largely taking over the website and keeping it up to date.
Sandra (Sandi) Eng
As self-described Rick’s better half, Sandi has been his partner in crime for more than 15 years. She is just now getting acclimated to her recently earned role of recently retired after 19 years as an executive assistant with The Permanente Medical Group where she honed the organizational skills that she used in helping with both Laura’s Ride 2016 and Laura’s Ride North.
Sandi’s help on these adventures included not only being a successful fund raiser with her friends and colleagues, but managing the Laura’s Ride North Facebook site that enjoyed more followers than did Rick’s blogs. (Much to Rick’s consternation.) Because of her numerous followers, Sandi will continue posting for Laura’s Ride Atlantic Coast on the same Laura’s Ride North website.
When she is not strumming away at her ukulele, reading, playing word games on her iPad, cooking up a storm or walking Blue, our American Bulldog, you can find Sandi wistfully peering into her numerous buckets to plot new paths along her retiree journey. As she has in the past, Sandi will join the ride near the end – this time in Miami – to see Rick complete the ride and to then help with the drive back to California.
After having generously created and supported the website for Laura’s Ride 2016 and Laura’s Ride North, Adam is returning in the more limited role of helping Maria manage this website for this ride because he is now a newly wed with the obligations that entails.
Adam is a man of many talents. Besides his business career, in which he is an award-winning marketing executive, he also dabbles in web development and voice acting. It is our honor for him to again support this amazing venture and it is our pleasure to have his valuable help.