Board Members

Monica Zahasky – President

Monica Zahasky started her career with the Bloomington Police Department in 2000. She has
participated in the ride every year since 2002, the first year the group rode to Washington DC from
Indianapolis. Cycling in this ride is Monica’s way of giving back to the families that have lost officers
in the line of duty and honoring the sacrifice by her fellow police officers. She wants her participation
to remind communities of the sacrifices made by law enforcement professionals, to show her respect
for law enforcement officers, and to show love to the survivors left behind after a line of duty death. 
Monica lives in Bloomington with her family.


Nathan Peach - Vice President

Nathan is a detective with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and started his career as a patrol Deputy
in 2005. Nathan first learned of Cops Cycling for Survivors after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office lost
its first deputy, Sarah Jones, in 2008. In 2014 he road his first day with Cops Cycling for Survivors, and
he hasn’t missed a mile since 2015. Aside from being a detective, Nathan is also assigned to the Monroe
County Sexual Assault Response Team and the Sheriff’s Office Bike Patrol.  While on the annual bike
ride, Nathan is cheered on by his wife Randi, and their two daughters Amelia and Gwyneth. 


Kevin Getz – Treasurer

Kevin Getz has been riding since 2007 and is currently a detective with the Indiana State Police's
Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. He is married to Deb Gets and they have three children:
Elizabeth, Thomas, and Katie.


Ryan Skaggs– Board Member

Ryan is a police officer/K-9 Handler with the Indiana University Police Department- Bloomington
Division, where he has been employed full-time since 2011. Retired Captain Greg Butler, former IU
Police Academy director, was passionate about Cops Cycling for Survivors and encouraged all of his
young officers to get involved, passing his passion for the organization to Ryan as Greg transitioned
to retirement. Ryan is passionate about law enforcement as a career, and feels it is of the utmost
importance to honor the sacrifices made by our brothers and sisters in blue, to honor their memory,
and to help support the surviving family members and remind them that their officers' sacrifice will never
be forgotten. Ryan was married to Heather in September 2017, and they live happily outside of
Bloomington with their 3 dogs.


Juli Verkler – Board Member

Juli is the surviving spouse of Patrolman Bryan S. Verkler, Mishawaka Police Department, EOW
12/13/03. Juli joined the Cops Cycling for Survivors board as a way to continue her support of other
survivors and to remember all officers who have been killed in the Line of Duty.  She feels that it is
a huge privilege to be able to assist the cyclists in this special endeavor of honoring all law enforcement
heroes in the state of Indiana.  As a fellow survivor, she understands what it means to have her officer
honored.  She desires to help ensure that the names of the brave men and women who have made the
ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.  Juli resides in Porter county with her 2 furry children. She
teaches nursing for a local university and she also works as an ED/trauma nurse.


Bryant Orem – Board Member

Bryant Orem has been with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in a variety of positions since 2003,
most recently serving as the Public Information and Education Officer along with other duties.  He began
honoring fallen officers after the death of a close high school friend in the line of duty in Garland, TX and 
remains committed to honoring all our fallen heroes as well as supporting their survivors.  A specific goal
is to see the task passed on to the next generation of officers to ensure the legacy of the fallen is not
forgotten. Bryant has participated in the bike ride every year since 2010.  He also serves with the
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Honor Guard.


Tammy Mark - Secretary

Tammy has been with the Department of Correction for 13 years, both at Madison Correctional Facility
and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Appreciates the support given by both facilities. Tammy
has been riding with Cops Cycling for Survivors since 2013 as a way to honor the family of a fallen
co-worker and friend in the Department and is passionate about continuing to honor all fallen officers and
meeting with survivors. Tammy lives in Madison and enjoys cycling, running and triathlon.


Annette Deguch - Board Member

Annette Deguch is the widow survivor of Corporal Paul R. Deguch, South Bend Police Department,
EOW 8/27/97.  Being a part of this organization warms her heart and she is excited to serve on the
board. Annette has ridden with Cops Cycling for Survivors for orver 5 years along with her daughter,
Mackenzie, who has joined a few times. She is honored to pay respect to the fallen Indiana officers,
privileged to meet the survivors as they keep moving forward with their lives and enjoys the friendships
with the other riders. She also loves the opportunity to honor her husband, Paul.  Annette and Paul
have three children: David, Theo and Mackenzie. She lives in St. Joseph County.





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