As a nonprofit, Bike East Bay is overseen by a volunteer board. This board is comprised of people elected by Bike East Bay members each year.
Who elects the board? Bike East Bay’s own members! Any member can vote this year by attending and making their votes heard.
When: Tuesday Dec. 8th, 5:30pm. The vote will be over by 6:30pm, so please don’t be late!
Where: Sports Basement in Berkeley, 2727 Milvia Street
Who: Bike East Bay members. (Make sure you’re current to vote!)
What else: Food provided prior to election. After the election, drinks and a toast will kick-off our member meeting program.
How do we vote? As an official meeting of the Bike East Bay membership, Roberts Rules of Order officially rule and our current Board Vice President will preside. You’ll get to hear about each candidate, and then you’ll have the chance to vote on the slate of candidates.
What are the issues? There are lots of considerations for deciding on board members. Board members need to be strategic thinkers, networkers, fundraisers, management consultants, and community organizers. In order to give Bike East Bay members an insider’s perspective on the challenges facing our organization and what it will likely take to be a good board member, the board of directors does an analysis of candidates and suggests a slate each year. Then, it is up to the membership to decide who will be on the board through the vote.
Bike East Bay’s Board of Directors voted unanimously for the recommended slate of directors below, for the 2016 board. The board’s priority this year was to find individuals who would help Bike East Bay to:
- Bridge the diverse communities of people who bike in the East Bay,
- Fundraise to support our advocacy work and staff,
- Contribute leadership and active participation to the board.
In filling the open seats, we also seek to move the implementation of our strategic plan forward with a mix of new and returning board members. Like the returning board members, our newly nominated members bring a range of talents and experiences we have identified as necessary to help us promote safe and enjoyable bicycling in the East Bay. The new members nominated help us move forward on our commitment to have a board that represents the diversity of our communities.
The board recommended slate for 2016 is:
NEW BOARD MEMBERS:
RETURNING BOARD MEMBERS:
- Alden Mudge (Vice President)
- Corinne Winter
- Glenda Barnhart (President)
- Jim Van Dyke
- Jessica de Jesus
- Kristi Marleau
- Kristin Tennessen
- Morgan Kanninen
- Rick Rickard (Treasurer)
- Rolland Jurgens
- Rosie Mesterhazy
- Sandra Hamlat
- Tom Willging (Secretary)
I joined the Bike East Bay board in August 2014, and it would be privilege and honor to continue to serve in 2016. Before joining the board, I volunteered for Bike East Bay/EBBC for a number of years, doing everything from data entry to writing, to promoting Bike to Work day activities, to standing at BART stations urging voters to increase funding for bike lanes and public transportation. I cycled and fundraised for Team EBBC during Climate Ride 2012. As a cyclist, I commute roughly 5,000 miles a year as a personal commitment to reducing greenhouse gases for environmental sustainability. I also have a long, successful career in nonprofit management and fundraising that I believe will help Bike East Bay grow and prosper to the betterment of our community. I am committed to seeing Bike East Bay succeed making cycling safe and pleasurable for all riders, and I would appreciate your support.
Corinne is passionate about bicycle advocacy and other transportation, housing, land use, and environmental justice issues. She is immediate past chair of the Board of TransForm. In 2011, Corinne was honored as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, received the 2014 LIVE award from TransForm for her dedication and leadership, and has received commendations for her work from both the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. Corinne spent nearly 10 years as Executive Director of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. She now runs her own consulting business, Winter Associates, focused on fostering agency and business collaboration, community and government outreach, and building consensus for transportation and housing projects. Corinne brings skills in the areas of nonprofit governance, executive leadership mentoring, and transportation policy along with a solutions-focused approach.
I am an enthusiastic bike rider and active in the East Bay biking community. I have served on the board of Save the Bay from 2005 until 2011 and believe I have developed a skill set from working with this very effective advocacy group. My time with Save the Bay taught me a few valuable lessons for being a good board member. Show up at scheduled meeting and events. Do my home work. Take every opportunity to speak with other about our mission. I was also able to contribute significantly to their fundraising efforts.
I have made a personal goal to see biking in the Bay Area approach 15% of daily traffic. I believe that helping to advance the goals of Bike East Bay is an effective way to help me reach that goal. I would be so honored to be elected a member of the board. Thank you.
I would like to be elected to the Board of Directors for Bike East Bay. I am an avid cyclist, I participated with the Bike East Bay team on the 2014 Climate Ride. I have also volunteered at a number of Bike East Bay events including Bike to Work Day. I currently serve as the Chair of the 2016 Grizzly Peak Century (I was also Chair for the 2015 GPC Century) I would bring a high level of enthusiasm to the Bike East Bay Board.
Glenda is co-owner of Bay Area Bikes in Oakland and Bay Area Bike Rentals in Jack London Square. A life-long cyclist, Glenda has held business management roles in local government and ‘retired’ from a career in mobile technology to pursue her joint passions of cycling and promoting the health and environmental benefits that come from a bicycle. Glenda has been an Bike East Bay member since moving to the East Bay in 2008 and is a co-producer of Pedalfest, the annual celebration of the bicycle in Jack London Square.
I would be honored to be part of Bike East Bay’s Board of Directors to make the East Bay a much more bike-friendly and bike accessible area for commuters, bike enthusiasts, and families. I have been an East Bay resident for 7+ years, an ardent recreational cyclist in years past, occasional bike commuter, and now proud new mama in search of the best child bike seat option to tote around my 24-month old daughter. Professionally, I have 16+ years of fundraising and event planning experience, as well as two years of serving on the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Board of Directors. I hope to take all that I have learned and experienced to help Bike East Bay to the next rung up the ladder and keep our streets safe for the full spectrum of cyclists – from die-hard racers to our tiniest tots with training wheels.
I believe that Bike East Bay can help all of our communities do their part for healthier environment, communities and individuals, by providing the expertise and resources to spur localized change.
I have a vision for seeing Bike East Bay create a franchise-like model that is implemented within each East Bay community, with trained and motivated local individuals leading the change from within each one.
Kristi lives in Dublin and happily joined the board in 2014. She uses her cargo bike and folding bike as her primary transportation, has two boys who ride to school every day, and has a husband who commutes to Livermore by bike. Having a biking family has given her a passion for seeing that the bicycling conditions in the Tri-Valley are the best that they can be. She is the Safe Routes to Schools parent champion at her sons’ elementary school and hopes to encourage the next generation to take up biking by organizing school events that encourage active transportation. For her day job, Kristi works from home as an evaluation consultant with an MS in statistics from UC Davis. She spends her time designing surveys, building databases, and analyzing data for a wide variety of organizations.
Kristin is a software developer for Biosciences at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek. Every day, she bikes along the East Bay Regional Trails on her commute to and from work. Her wish is that everyone could have access to infrastructure that encourages pollution-free travel like these beautiful, peaceful, separated biked and pedestrian trails. Kristin gathered with other like-minded cyclists and founded Bike Walnut Creek, whose mission is “Bringing the community together to advocate for a safe, efficient, and enjoyable environment for all bicyclists and pedestrians.” Kristin lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, Danny, and their 2 young children.
I’ve worked at the intersection of good culture, crazy questions, and public/private space in developing communities for nearly 20 years. In Oakland, I’ve played key roles in both cultural and real estate development, and worked to create equitably inclusive models in partnership with the City of Oakland and organizations near and far. As a Bike East Bay board member, I would endeavor to honor common core values with community stakeholders (which we often forget to do), and also be inviting to alternative pathways for a more holistic, vibrant and world class culture for active cyclists and enthusiasts. Here’s to a forward leaning Bike East Bay!
Grateful to serve on Bike East Bay’s board for the last six years, I am committed to bringing the echelons of public policy within reach of the East Bay’s diverse communities. Professionally, I spent several years researching and consulting as an urban planner for land use and transportation integration. I know we can make our cities work for all, especially disadvantaged groups like youth and low-income communities, if we stand together. I see the bicycle as a tool for solidarity and community health. In 2009, I co-founded a collaborative repair workshop in East Oakland (ColectiVelo.org). There, cyclists of all ages learn to repair and build bikes in both Spanish and English. Growing up Fremont, I biked to school over train bridges and through abandoned lots in order to cut across the suburban labyrinth. Today, I am proud to stand with bicyclists of all backgrounds to make biking better.
I am a regular bike commuter from Oakland to San Francisco (cross on BART, keep riding!) and a regular recreational rider as well and see the issues that make Bike East Bay VERY necessary, i.e. dangerous roads, inattentive drivers and lack of integrated city planning. As a 55+ woman I am also concerned that cycling seems very much perceived as a young man’s or young person’s activity and less attention is given to older people in general and older women in particular and their riding needs/habits. From the perspective of those demographics, I am routinely the only one of myself I see and would like very much to bring in a wider demographic. I have experience writing grants, working on grassroots campaigns and as a strategic planner/strengthener of organizational capacity. I also have a background in evaluation (my current paid job) which includes crunching data and mapping data, both of which could be useful to board projects.
Rick joined the board in 2003 and has served as Treasurer since 2006. He served as Acting Executive Director from April 2010 until January 2011. He rode his bike to school as a child and re-entered the world of bicycling about 20 years ago as his ankles and knees gave out from running. Now he splits time between recreational and utility riding⎯to the tune of about 150 miles per week. Rick represents Bike East Bay on Oakland’s Measure DD Community Coalition, overseeing implementation of the 2002 bond issue that funds major improvements to Lake Merritt and the Bay Trail in Oakland. He also serves on the East Bay Regional Park District Park Advisory Committee. He earned an engineering degree from the US Naval Academy in 1965, and an MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1972.
I am seeking re-election to Bike East Bay’s Board of Directors, where I currently serve on the Finance and Governance Committees. I have been in the accounting and auditing profession for 20 years, and am a licensed CPA in the state of California. As an active racer in the masters category, I appreciate the importance of safety on our roads. My financial acumen and governance experience, along with a strong commitment to safe cycling, make me a great fit for Bike East Bay and its mission.
Bicycling has done more to further Rosie Mesterhazy’s sense of self-empowerment and community connectedness than any other sport or activity. Her enthusiasm for riding launched a career that intersected with bikes, at the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Alameda County Safe Routes to School program, and in her current position as a program manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. A committed advocate, she was also a board member for the Hub of Detroit and waged a campaign to keep a local youth-based recreation center’s doors from shuttering. Rosie currently lives in downtown Oakland with her husband and has embraced a car-free lifestyle, thanks to bicycling and public transportation opportunities. She hopes her board presence will support a reduction in car commutes, and she will continue to advocate for policies, programs and infrastructure that enable children access to transformational bicycle educational, commuting and recreational opportunities.
Sandra Hamlat is a Sustainability Program Manager whose interests include the protection of natural areas and revitalization of urban areas throughout California, especially in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. She sees making bicycling easy and affordable for all residents as a critical path to creating sustainable communities. She has worked for private and public environmental organizations throughout California on a variety of projects dealing with planning, composting, recycling, and land conservation. Sandra is also a board member of the American Planning Association Northern Section.
Tom is a retired attorney, having worked for 26 years at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. In Washington, he was active in the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail and the Washington Area Bicycle Association. He moved to Oakland in July 2010 and joined the VeloRaptors cycling club and the Downtown Oakland YMCA. In 2012, Tom helped Bike East Bay revise its Bylaws and became its secretary. He also compiled a history of the Bike East Bay to help celebrate its 40th anniversary. Tom is enthused about cycling and pleased to be able to work with a dynamic and growing organization like Bike East Bay. In the spring of 2013, he rode the California Climate Ride as co-captain of Bike East Bay’s team. Last year he was involved in the Measure BB and Telegraph bikeways campaigns. He is currently active with Bike East Bay’s Governance, Fundraising and Membership, and Advocacy Committees.