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Sarah White – President, The Kurt Caselli Foundation
Sarah White is the fiancée of Kurt Caselli. The couple met in 2003 at A Day in the Dirt held at LACR in their hometown of Palmdale, CA. Kurt proposed to Sarah on August 29, 2013 and they planned to marry in March of the following year. The two spent their time traveling to the races and recently took a trip to Paris for Kurt’s 30th birthday. They later visited Austria, Italy and lastly, Mexico. Sarah grew up riding dirt bikes with her family and friends spending many days in California City and the Mojave desert. Sarah has been one of Kurt’s biggest supporters and is committed to making The Kurt Caselli Foundation one of Kurt’s biggest accomplishments. Sarah stated, “I am so proud to be able to take part in something so amazing in the honor of Kurt’s name. There will never come a day where I won’t continue to be his voice. I am already blown away with what we have started in such a short time.” Sarah also holds a third degree black belt in American Tang Soo Do and a third degree black belt in Hapkido. She currently teaches martial arts and kickboxing and is a Dental Hygienist.
Carolyn Caselli – Secretary, The Kurt Caselli Foundation
Carolyn Caselli, Kurt's sister, is a high school and college English teacher and has been teaching for 8 years. She is most interested in motivating students to find their own strengths and confidence in order to live their best lives. With the help of the foundation, she designed The Kurt Caselli Safety Scholarship with this in mind, since riding builds amazing character and strength. She misses Kurt every day and knows without a doubt that his influence on her life also pushes and motivates her to live her best life.
Nancy Caselli – Treasurer, The Kurt Caselli Foundation
Nancy Caselli is the proud mother of Carolyn and Kurt Caselli. Kurt affectionately called her “momma.” Nancy and Rich Caselli met in 1973 and married in 1977. Rich taught Nancy how to ride a motorcycle, and they both competed in Southern California District 37 off-road events. Carolyn and Kurt were born into camping and riding almost every weekend with friends, family, and the Prospectors MC. Riding for hours and hours in the desert quickly became one of Kurt’s favorite activities, and the rest is history. Nancy traveled to as many of Kurt’s local and international races she could but mainly “held down the fort” while the guys were off to the races. After 36 years working at a community college, Nancy is retired and although her heart is heavy, she stays busy riding her mountain bike, playing tennis, jogging, traveling, and enjoying family and friends.
After Rich passed away in 2008, Kurt was determined to continue making his Dad proud. Now it is our turn to make Kurt proud by honoring his legacy to make riding and racing safer for those he left behind. Thank you for supporting The Kurt Caselli Foundation.
Jon-Erik Burleson is the President of KTM North America, Inc. His life-long involvement in motorcycling and motorcycle racing has been, and is today, a major part of his life and key stepping-stone to his career. Jon-Erik started his career with KTM as a Regional Sales Manager in 1996. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University in 1999. He continued to further his education and earned his MBA from Cleveland State University in 2001. Jon-Erik held the position of Financial Controller and next Vice President of Finance at KTM before taking over as President in 2005 after the untimely passing of a long-time friend and mentor, former President of KTM, Rod Bush. Jon-Erik maintains this role today where he has taken KTM through the great financial crisis to rebound as the #1 selling off-road manufacturer in the United States. Jon-Erik also served on the AMA Board of Directors from 2006-2012 and as an active Board member for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation in 2012-2013. He currently serves as a member of the Motorcycle Industry Council on behalf of KTM.
Don Emler Jr
Donny’s first love is motocross. Growing up at the track during the glory days of Southern California motocross, Donny experienced many historic moments in racing. At the age of 5 Donny threw his leg over a bike for the first time, and he’s been on the gas ever since.
Donny had the unique opportunity of growing up working for one of the premier brands in American Motocross and alongside his father at FMF Racing. Starting off in athlete support, he climbed his way up to his current position as Marketing/Business Devlopment Director. Tackling daily responsibilities from team manager, to sponsor, to marketing, Donny plays a major role in overseeing the development and growth of FMF Racing.
Antti Kallonen is the Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager. He worked as Kurt’s Team Manager from 2006-2013 and was active in helping Kurt pursue his career goals. Kallonen began his career in racing as one of the most talked about Finnish Champions in his youth. After turning pro, he went on to race in the World Championship events before a career-ending ankle injury sidelined him in 2002. Kallonen quickly set to work as a mechanic for fellow Finish rider, Juha Salminen, and together they won 3 championships. In 2006, Kallonen took on the managing duties of the US Factory Off-Road Racing Team and has taken his knowledge and applied it toward leading the most successful off-road racing team to multiple national level championships.
Christy LaCurelle works as the Motorsports Marketing Manager for KTM North America, Inc. Christy worked alongside Kurt for 10 years promoting and supporting his race efforts as he built his career to a legendary status. In her words, “His positive demeanor off and on the bike as well as his enthusiasm for life, will be unmatched. Kurt was an advocate for helping people, specifically racers and promoters to make their quality of life and the events they produce better. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of a foundation that will continue down the path of excellence he always strived for.” Christy graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos in 2006. Christy has grown up around motorcycling and has a passion for motorsports that has led her to pursue her career at KTM where she now manages all youth racing programs, public relations, social media platforms and event management.
Quinn Cody was a teammate of Caselli’s in multiple desert racing events. As a professional off-road motorcycle racer, Quinn has conquered nearly every major long distance off-road race in North America, including 4 overall wins at the prestigious SCORE Baja 1000. In 2010, Quinn accomplished something that has never been done and will likely never be repeated, by becoming the first rider in history to win the 550 mile BITD Vegas to Reno riding solo, earning him international attention. After the impressive win at Vegas to Reno, Quinn received a call from Honda Europe offering him a ride in the greatest and most difficult off-road race in the world, the Dakar Rally. Quinn took full advantage of the opportunity, bringing home a 9th overall and most notable, the “Rookie of the Year” honor. When Quinn’s not racing, he enjoys: cycling, mountain biking, training, riding motocross, and exploring new areas to ride either in the back country of Santa Barbara County or in Baja, his home away from home.
Christopher B. Alexander, MD
Dr. Alexander has worked with the Factory FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing Team to help provide medical care to the team for the SCORE/Baja events in Mexico. He graduated with a Medical Degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago in 1988. Internship in General Surgery was through UC San Francisco in 1989. He graduated Orthopaedic residency training from San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Training Program in 1993 and completed a sports medicine fellowship in 1994 from San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He has worked in private practice ever since. He started his orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine practice in the Temecula Valley in 1999 where he still practices. Dr. Alexander has participated in the sport of motocross and off road dirt biking since 1970. He has competed in many motocross and off road racing events as an amateur and vet over the years. His passion for dirt biking has driven him to focus his medical talents toward those industries. He is a staff physician for the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center since 2007 where he provides medical coverage at AMA Supercross and National Motocross events. Dr. Alexander prides himself on excellent care of his athletes so they may return to their sport at the highest possible level and at the earliest possible time frame.
Paul Krause - Race Course Safety Advisor
Paul Krause was a racing friend of Caselli’s. He is an avid off-road motorcycle racer who has been racing for the past 44 years. Paul is a 3-time overall winner of the SCORE Baja 1000, a 5-time overall winner of the SCORE Baja 500 and a 1-time winner of the SCORE San Felipe 250 race. In addition to those accolades, Paul has also won numerous other desert racing titles including victories in the Vegas-to-Reno race, Las Vegas 300, Nevada 500, Hare & Hound Series as well as District 37 desert racing series. He is a 10-time Team USA ISDE Team member and a 6-time ISDE silver medalist. Paul began his work with The Kurt Caselli Foundation in 2015, where he will focus on improving race course safety at west coast desert racing events.