BikeMN is governed by a Board of Directors and staffed by tireless advocates for bicycling and walking.
Before coming to the Bicycle Alliance in 2014, CJ was teaching outdoor and environmental education for 6 years. His background also includes many years of bike shop retail and repair experience, and he is a founding coach for one of the MN High School Cycling League teams. CJ believes in the transformative power of the bicycle to improve the quality of life for people and communities. His current role at the Bicycle Alliance is a perfect synthesis of his passions for outdoor recreation, sustainable communities, and transportation advocacy. CJ loves all types of cycling but most especially ripping through the forest on a mountain bike.
Dorian has worked with non-profits as a volunteer or staff for almost forty years, volunteering many years with the Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists, BikeMN’s predecessor, and serving as the BikeMN executive director since 2009. He worked for the Minnesota DNR from 1979 to 1996, and then served as the Executive Director Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota 1996 to 2008. Dorian currently serves on the board of the Lake Links (White Bear Lake) Trails Association. He commuted 25-30 miles round trip daily for 25 years and raced for more than a decade. He and his wife Margie live in Mahtomedi near White Bear Lake and enjoys bicycling, nordic skiing, sailing his ice boats, fishing, and working on his model railroad.
2021-22 GreenCorps Member
Tim has been an avid cyclist since 2014, when he purchased a blue Huffy Strider at the New Hope Unique Thrift Store for $15 and rebuilt the bike with the help of the Cycles for Change bike shop. After putting 10,000+ miles on this Huffy Strider, Tim mothballed his beautiful blue steel steed in 2019 and purchased two new bikes (Road & Fat Tire) to replace her.
Tim studied Community Development at Minneapolis College (MCTC) and is currently enrolled at Metro State as an Advocacy and Political Leadership Track (BA) major. Tim’s career aspiration is to engage communities and work collaboratively to build safe, equitable and sustainable transportation options for everyone. He looks forward to doing this work through advocacy, education and outreach initiatives.
Tim is married (Kari) and a dog-owner (Marla) and spends his free time exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior, attending concerts, listening to new music, completing crossword puzzles, serving on two nonprofit boards (streets.mn and Windom Park Community in Action) and doing woodworking projects.
Helena grew up biking around Bloomington, MN and moved to Minneapolis in 2015, where she worked at Animal Humane Society providing low-cost vet care and snuggling baby animals. During this time, she attempted to bike across the country which sparked her interest in bike repair. In her three years as a professional bike mechanic, she felt most fulfilled when getting someone rolling again who needed their bike for transportation. She facilitates bike repair nights as a volunteer for Grease Rag, a Twin Cities group for FTW riders. When not riding her bike, Helena loves sewing, puppetry, dance, and taking her dog Grazie on long walks.
Maya is the Communications Manager for BikeMN. Maya has been biking around Minneapolis with her family for years throughout the Twin Cities, and is excited to write words for BikeMN in this role. She recently returned to Minnesota from Washington, DC, where she worked in communications in the US Senate. She is eager to dive into the world of transportation equity, education and advocacy, and she looks forward to learning to love a chilly bike ride, exploring new trails throughout the state, and talking to passionate Minnesotans.
Angela has worked in the bike industry as a mechanic, service writer, and in sales, as well as leading rides and workshops for WTF (women, trans, femme) folks. Advocating for cycling and pedestrian safety speaks to her passion for public health and access. Angela views her role at BikeMN as a perfect marriage between her personal interest and professional experience.
Before joining BikeMN, Angela worked in the arts education field for public schools and museums across MN. Most recently, she managed Studio Programs at Mia (the Minneapolis Institute of Art). Cycling has been her main source of transportation since she moved to Minneapolis in 2005 when she was gifted a yellow 1987 Schwinn road bike from her grandpa.
In her spare time, Angela loves to bake, spend time with her family, and play in the backyard with her dog, Princess Leia.
Greater Minnesota Program Manager
Natalie Gille grew up in Lauderdale, Minnesota, biking and walking to local parks, community events, church, and the mall. She continued commuting by bike while studying at Bemidji State University. As a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), Natalie teaches bike education, leads bike rides, helps plan Bike Month activities, and works with communities to become more bicycle-friendly. She leads the Minnesota Bike Walk Leadership Network, moderates monthly webinars and manages the Community Bike Walk Leadership Team program statewide. Natalie cycles for both transportation and leisure, frequently choosing travel destinations based on whether they are walk and bicycle-friendly.
After growing up in southern Wisconsin, Spencer moved to St. Paul in 2016 to attend the University of St Thomas where he studied Geography, Justice and Peace Studies, and German. During this time, the importance of biking in his life accelerated as he biked across the country, became a campus bike ambassador, and developed a career interest in the intersection of transportation with public health, equity, justice, and community building, helping publish a book highlighting the intersections of transportation and social justice in the Twin Cities. He has a diverse local and international background working in supporting legislative work, voter engagement, disaster response, food sovereignty, refugee/immigrant entrepreneurship, water resource protection, and political organizing. Currently, Spencer lives in South Minneapolis where he is active in the bike, music, and dance communities. He helps lead community bike rides as a member of the Fulton Racing team, serves on the Minneapolis Southside Greenzone Council, plays viola in a band, and enjoys documenting different moments and places through photography. He is excited about the opportunity at BikeMN to support Minnesota communities in advancing inclusive biking as a people-friendly, fun, and ecological way to move, explore, and live by promoting events and policy developments across the state.
Supporter Relations Manger
Ted has been using his bike as a main source of transportation year-round in Minnesota since 2003 including 15 years of commuting 20+ miles per day. While the most rewarding job he had was being a playground/lunchroom supervisor at an elementary school for 10 years, he has always strived to incorporate bicycle advocacy and encourage ridership wherever he has found himself. Legitimizing cycling and walking for transportation has been and remains a central component of his identity. When not on his bike you may find him, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, playing yard games, losing at board games, and foraging for wild foods or pretty rocks.
Litzy Silva Sandoval
Litzy is BikeMN’s fundraising intern. Before joining the team, Litzy worked on a team project with BikeMN in an operations management college course focused on fundraising analysis. Litzy is a third-year college student double majoring in business administration and marketing with a minor in economics. Litzy is also a board member and executive committee member for the Flaherty Family Foundation; she helps organize informational events for high school and college scholars. She wants to give students information that she would have wanted in the past. She is looking forward to working with the team and learning more about nonprofit operations. Outside of school and work, Litzy enjoys going on walks while listening to music.
Board of Directors
This group of skilled professionals, active transportation advocates, and passionate bicyclists and pedestrians has built up BikeMN from an ad-hoc committee to an organization with statewide influence and a $1 million budget. Directors have hailed from communities across Minnesota.
Andy Lambert, Board Chair, Minneapolis
Rachael Weiker, Vice-President, Minneapolis
Charles Townsend, Treasurer, Minneapolis
Julia Eagles, Minneapolis
Paul Acito, Saint Paul
Bill Dooley, Minneapolis
Verónica Jaralambides, Hopkins
Tom Steen, Rochester
Mario Hernandez, Saint Paul
Mario believes nonprofits and their leaders can build and sustain a more just society. He’s been in the sector for nearly 25 years in numerous executive leadership and board roles. In his current role as Strategic Services Director at Propel Nonprofits, he’s privileged and excited to share what he’s learned leading nonprofit organizations with other current and emerging nonprofit leaders. He enjoys talking strategy with anyone who will listen; creating operational plans that bridge strategy into practice; furthering inclusive leadership development; and, paying for it all through sustainable business models. St. Paul is his home. He (pre-pandemic) crosses the river daily. He enjoys riding his bicycle on Minnesota’s vast number of trails. Family and connection to the community matter to him.
Rachel Callanan, Saint Paul
Shawna Mullen, Duluth
Steph Jacobs, Minneapolis
Nancy Roehr, Minneapolis
Luke Ewald, Jackson
Luke grew up in Monticello, MN bicycling the scenic-wooded trails of Mississippi Regional Park and
blazing goat trails of his own from bicycling to and from school year-round. He attended college at Saint
Cloud State University and received a degree in Community Health. He interned at CentraCare Health’s
St. Benedict’s Senior Center in St. Cloud where he worked in the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit.
He moved to Jackson, MN in 2014 to start a career in public health at Des Moines Valley Health and
Human Services in 2014. Luke works under the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant program, with a particular interest in Community Active Living and Healthy Eating, Community Tobacco Prevention/Control, School Wellness, and Clinical-Community Linkages. Of these specialties, he really enjoys Community Active Living, helping communities, counties, and schools create and implement Active Living Plans, Land Use/Zoning Plans, and Safe Routes to School Plans.
In his free time, Luke enjoys being active as often as possible with a special interest in running and
biking; of course, you will see him bicycling around downtown Jackson during the dog days of
summer. In his downtime, you will find Luke watching college sports, watching Netflix or Amazon Prime
series, and surfing the internet listening to music.
Dina Khaled, Minneapolis
Cindy Winters, Mankato
Cindy Winters spent the past 20 years working in public health, helping communities improve access to physical activity by increasing safety for walking and bicycling through education and infrastructure changes at the state and local levels. She was the program manager for the Heart of New Ulm Project, a 10-year research project to reduce heart attacks in New Ulm, MN. She recently retired from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation but continues to provide consulting services on population health strategies to improve health and community vitality. Cindy lives in Mankato with her husband and two rescue dogs. They enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping. Basically anything outdoors, and enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Reyna Lopez, Saint Paul
Bob Bierschied, Roseville
Bob retired as the Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of St. Paul and was the previous Director for the City of Roseville, and the City of Marshall. He also served with the MN Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Committee from 2012-13 and on the MN Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee (202010-2019 including Chair 2017-2019) and the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails E-Team as an Evaluation Consultant. He recently retired as the Chair of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council. He is a walker and an avid cyclist.