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Meet Our Staff

Dorian Grilley

Executive Director

dorian@bikemn.org

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.

Nick Mason

Deputy Director

nick@bikemn.org

Nick has been involved in the bike industry and bicycle advocacy for over 20 years. He began his advocacy work in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association before establishing advocacy programs at Penn Cycle and Dero Bike Rack Company. While serving on Minnesota’s State Bicycle Advisory Committee, Nick helped to develop the Minnesota Share The Road safety education campaign. He has led the efforts to coordinate, unite, and improve the effectiveness of the statewide network of volunteer League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) in Minnesota. In 2014, Nick became an LCI Coach, one of only 18 instructors in the country who can provide training and national certification for new LCIs. He currently serves as chair of the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee and on the League of American Bicyclists’ coach teams. Nick loves family rides to parks and playgrounds as much on and off-road bike adventures across Minnesota.

Natalie Gille

Greater Minnesota Program Manager

natalie@bikemn.org

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’re pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Michelle Kiefer

Safe Routes to School Program Manager

michelle@bikemn.org

Michelle was a junior high teacher for approximately 12 years and received great joy from the education and antics of 7th and 8th graders. Michelle’s career as a professional educator encompasses working in public and parochial schools to Girl Scouts to public health. She loves the learning environment, the professional speaking engagements and many trainings she leads for Safe Routes to School and Walk! Bike! Fun! She also loves being active through downhill skiing, running, biking and horseback riding. Michelle is a recreational bike rider, using it for exercise, going to work or the grocery store, wherever and whenever the elements and infrastructure will allow. She is hoping that there will soon be many more bike trails throughout Minnesota to connect communities and destinations.

CJ Lindor

Education Coordinator

cj@bikemn.org

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 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.

Hannah Goldfarb

Communications and Outreach Assistant

hannah@bikemn.org

Hannah has been with BikeMN for almost a year now! She grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and graduated from Hopkins High School in 2018. Currently, Hannah is a junior at Macalester College studying political science, urban studies, and media and cultural studies. She’s passionate about bike safety, active transportation, and her All City Space Horse. Her work with BikeMN has included coordinating the Bike Walk Summit, posting from our social media accounts, and helping out with SHIFT. You might recognize her from our monthly Bicycling Book Club meetings or the local bike paths. 

Ted Duepner

Supporter Relations Manager

ted@bikemn.org

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.

Maya Sheikh

Communications Manager 

maya@bikemn.org

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 finds great interest in bridging connections and sharing the stories of the South Asian community in the United States. Maya is especially eager to dive into the world of transportation equity, education, advocacy, and community. She looks forward to sharing the joy of a chilly bike ride, the thrill of exploring new trails throughout the state, and discussing biking and walking advocacy with passionate Minnesotans. 

Karl Hedlund

Greencorps

karl@bikemn.org

Karl has an inherent love for the joy transportation autonomy can bring to people’s lives. In pursuit of this love, Karl has dedicated his early career towards eliminating barriers to entry surrounding active transportation. Projects included biking, mapping and photographing every paved mile of Minnesota State bike trails for the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. Additionally, he helped hundreds of adults learn to bike for the first time while leading Cycles for Change’s Learn to Ride Program.  When he’s not on his bike, you will find Karl harvesting local produce or hunting for budget travel opportunities. Wherever he travels his priority checklist includes renting a bike and taking it to find the best coffee and cocktail in town.

BikeMN Board

From the beginning, the growth of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and the success of its efforts have been led by a volunteer 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. Directors have hailed from communities across Minnesota, and serve on year long terms.

The BikeMN Board of Directors

Paul Acito, Saint Paul

Rachel Callanan, Saint Paul

Bill Dooley, Minneapolis

Julia Eagles, Secretary, Minneapolis

Scott Eggert, Mahtomedi

Steph Jacobs, President, Minneapolis

Verónica Jaralambides, Hopkins

Andy Lambert, Minneapolis

Mick McCartney, Hastings

Tammy McLemore, Brooklyn Park

Shawna Mullen, Duluth

Nancy Roehr, Minneapolis

Tom Steen, Rochester

Rachael Weiker, Vice-President, Minneapolis

Interested in Service?

The BikeMN board has annual openings for people from around Minnesota that are interested in contributing their time, interest, skills, and passion toward accomplishing BikeMN’s mission and vision. At nonprofits, a Board of Directors is typically organized as either a “working board” or a “governing board.” At BikeMN, you’ll get a little bit of both flavors.

Currently, our largest priority gap in current board representation is directors serving from Greater Minnesota communities. Directors may participate in meetings virtually and reimbursements are available for meeting travel for Greater Minnesota-based directors. Everyone is invited to apply.

OFFICES AND COMMITTEES

BikeMN Directors have a variety of opportunities to use their unique skill-sets and diverse interests in service of the organization. The Board elects four leadership positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. (The offices of Vice-Chair and Secretary are not currently filled.) Additionally, BikeMN’s programming areas are supported by these committees:

Executive Committee – Focus on furthering the business of the organization on months when the full Board of Directors does not meet. This is the default new director nominating committee as well.

Development Committee – Focus on fundraising, organizational development, and supporter relationship building. Meetings typically feature donuts!

Finance Committee – Focus on annual budgeting, financial health, and salary planning.

Advocacy Committee – Focus on setting BikeMN’s state legislative agenda and crafting policy language.

Education Committee – Focus on statewide education initiatives, evaluating existing educational programs, and assessing educational needs.

All committees, with the exception of the Executive Committee, are also open to the public.

Chapters

While most of BikeMN’s advocacy is done at the state level, we believe local politics and grassroots advocacy are some of the greatest tools to enact bicycle, and people-friendly changes. The work that is done at the level of region, county, park district, city or neighborhoods is just as important as the high-level issues that we work on every day. Luckily, the city-level bicycle advocacy movement in Minnesota is strong and growing.

BikeMN Chapters have a formal relationship with BikeMN, and members can opt-in to share their membership dues with chapters to support work in local communities.

Contact Information

Albert Lea

Robert (Bob)Furland

rsfurland@live.com

Bike Cannon Falls

Brian McDonald

brmcdonald@frontier.com

401-378-4314

Chairman, Bike Cannon Falls

BikeFM

Dan Farnsworth

farnsworth@fmmetrocog.org

701-532-5106

Bike Thief River Falls

Jason Aarestad

aarestad24@gmail.com

Ashley Hejlik

ahejlik@citytrf.net

City of TRF/Public Works Dept

Glen Kajewski

gdkajews@mncable.net

Mark Borseth

mborseth@citytrf.net

218-684-1012

Public Works Director

Duluth Bikes

Andrew Slade

andrew@mepartnership.org

218-341-5727

Current Board Member

Jennifer Moore

jem2998@gmail.com

Past Board Member (2016-19)

Kody Thurnau

thur0102@gmail.com

Kris Johnson

rumski20@msn.com

Pedal Fergus Falls

Wayne Hurley

wayne@wcif.org

218-770-9660

Board Treasurer

Dave Sanderson

dssand@prtel.com

218-736-2616

We Bike Rochester

Rashell Sugiyama

sugirash@isu.edu

208-251-4261

President

Leah Barbosa

Leah.Barbosa@webikerochester.org

Access Hopkins