Bicycle Coalition of Maine Board of Directors
Larry retired to Maine from New York City in 2003 and joined the Bicycle Coalition board in 2005. He is a founding member of the coalition’s Yellow Jersey Club, a League Cycling Instructor and an avid road cyclist. In Maine, Larry is on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Museum of Art; President of the Board and Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Mark Ishkanian, Readfield, Vice President
When Mark isn’t cycling, he works as a public relations and communications consultant to several health care organizations. Past chair of the American Lung Association of Maine, he serves on the boards of Maine Huts and Trails and Syntiro.
Phil Coffin, Carrabassett Valley, Vice President
Phil is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast and a member of the Portland Velo Club. He has served on several other boards, including the Portland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Portland Regional Transportation Program and is currently on the board of Maine Huts & Trials. In his professional life, Phil is a trial attorney, who primarily represents physicians and hospitals. Phil also serves as President of the Maine Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Pamela works for Nestle Waters North America as Corporate Quality Assurance Manager and commutes by bike whenever possible. A bicycle traveler at heart, Pamela cycled cross country in 2007 on the Underground Railroad Route and continues to tour by bike every year.
David is the owner and manager of Auclair Cycle and Ski in Augusta. A past president of the Bicycle Coalition, Dave is active in numerous community service organizations and advocacy groups including the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail.
John commutes on bike to his job as a computer programmer at Sappi Fine Paper, and he founded the Portland Bicycle Commuting Meetup. He is a certified instructor for the League of American Bicyclists and Cycling Savvy and a Boy Scout Cycling Merit Badge Counselor.
Karina is a graduate student in the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of New England. A biking enthusiast, she bike commutes all year round, disregarding fashion sense for comfort and warmth. After graduating from Colby College she worked as a development coordinator for a non-profit organization in Boston.Joining the board in the fall of 2012, she serves on the Development / Membership committee. In the summer of 2011 she biked across the country from Oregon to Maine, a 3,665 mile adventure. The best state of the ride? Maine, of course.
Peter Garrett, Winslow
Peter has made Central Maine his home for 30+ years after travels, frequently cycling, in England, Libya, Bahamas, and California. He saw the need for a trail network in the Greater Waterville area, and thus founded Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, which promotes not just trails but also a bike-ped friendly community. An environmental scientist by profession, he advises and practices on issues ranging from groundwater protection through pollution prevention to organic farming and investigations of wildlife. He is also a past President of his Rotary Club, and is on the Board of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Michael Hayes, Pownal
Michael is the Product Line Manager of the Equipment division at L.L.Bean where he started some 20 years ago as a bike and ski technician. He is a resident of Pownal where he and his wife, Heidi, live on the back side of Bradbury Mountain. Prior to coming to Maine he split his time leading bike tours in the summer, from as far away as Olympia WA. to Nova Scotia and all throughout New England, and working in the ski industry in Utah in the winter. Michael joined the board in 2013 and brings expertise in Marketing and Merchandising as well as an in depth knowledge of the retail bicycling industry.
Jennifer is a Mainer by birth and civil engineer by trade. After living out of state for several years and working on bike and pedestrian design projects, Jennifer now lives and works in Southern Maine. She enjoys cycling fast or slow, short rides or long, with friends, family and other fans of the sport.
Charley founded the Bicycle Coalition of Maine along with a handful of other cyclists in 1992. He’s a League Cycling Instructor, the League of American Bicyclists’ regional trainer for the Northeast and an expert bicycle witness for court cases.
Bill is a long-time road cyclist who after many years in global
investment research turned his attention to advocating for the things he loves here in Maine. Before moving to Harpswell in 2010, Bill and his wife Beth resided in Freeport where he served as Chairman of the Town Council. Bill also served as President of the Freeport Historical Society Trustees and as a board member of the Freeport Shakespeare Festival. Bill is one of three founding members of the Gritty’s Trek
Across Maine Team. He did his first century on the BCM Lobster Ride!
Bob Rand, Lewiston
A native Mainer, Bob began cycling in 2009. He serves as a Community Spoke, as the Lewiston representative on the Lewiston-Auburn Bicycle Pedestrian Committe and on the Dempsey Challenge’s Local Organizing Committee. Bob logs over 4,000 miles per year on his bike, and most recently rode in the BikeMaine Inaugural ride. Bob is a year round bike commuter to his day job as an Information Technology Security Administrator for Androscoggin Bank.
Dean retired in 2005 from 35 years in banking, most recently as president of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. He now spends his time volunteering in health and community related activities and he bikes 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year.
A lifelong Mainer, Fred helps to organize the Great Maine Bike Swap and the Common Ground Country Fair demo rides. He is League Cycling Instructor #510.
Noel Smith, Auburn
Noel is a Principal at Studio A Architecture and President of the Maine Cycling Club. He has been an active cyclist in Maine since the first “bike boom” of the early 70’s organizing one of the first clubs in Maine and riding both competitively and recreationally.
Peter Toohey, Norway
Peter is a history teacher at oxford hills comprehensive high school. He lives in Norway with his wife and two daughters. Peter got hooked on cycling after training for his first triathlon. He has recently gotten involved with mountain biking and is working with the oxford hills community to develop mountain biking trails in western Maine.
John is the rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville and an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. He previously served as Maine’s bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, and he was one of the 4,000 bicyclists who rode cross-country with BikeCentennial in 1976.
Jane is a member of the Camden Rockport Bicycle & Pedestrian Pathway Committee and the Camden Gateway 1 committee. She’s often seen riding to her job at Camden Hills Regional High School. Jane is a coalition Bicycle Safety Instructor, and she and her husband host the Midcoast Time Trial Series.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine Staff
Nancy Grant, Executive Director
A longtime cyclist, local bicycle advocate and volunteer at Bicycle Coalition events, Nancy served on the coalition’s board of directors from 2005-2011 and as president in 2009-2011. She became the coalition’s third executive director in 2011.
Brian Allenby, Communications Director
Brian joined the coalition staff in 2012 after working in the music industry and environmental fields. He brings a background in communications, marketing and logistics to the position. While still in the early stages of his obsession with cycling, Brian looks forward to continuing to learn and grow with the coalition.
Kim Anderson True, BikeMaine Ride Director
Kim happily cycled away from a law practice to become the Coalition’s director of BikeMaine, a 400 mile annual week-long tour celebrating Maine people, places and culture that is set to begin in September 2013. Learn more about BikeMaine by clicking here.
Betsy Critchfield, Portland Walking School Bus Coordinator
Betsy applies her love of the outdoors and passion for an active lifestyle to the Portland’s first Walking School Bus Program. Volunteer coordinator, route engineer and community outreach guru, she wears multiple hats and doesn’t stop there. Betsy is currently completing the Institute for Civic Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Program. She serves on the planning committee for the Contemporaries at the Portland Museum of Art, is the co-chair of the Alumni Fund at Waynflete School, a seasoned runner and budding triathlete.
Sarah Cushman, Southern Maine Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Consultant)
Sarah began working under contract for the coalition in 2009 through her firm, Cushman Transportation Consulting, LLC. She brings skills in community organizing, planning, environmental education and experience as a master-certified auto mechanic. In 2012, Sarah and her family took a 4 month sabbatical to journey by bicycle through Maine, Atlantic Canada and Quebec. With only one car at home, Sarah loves the nudge it gives her to walk, bike, carpool and ride various bus routes to get to work and around town.
Liz Hall, Event and Development Coordinator
Liz Hall grew up in Vermont and spent her childhood galivanting about the Green Mountain National Forest on bike and on foot. After a short detour to France, and then eight years in Washington, DC, she finds herself happily back in New England and enjoying all of the outdoor adventures Maine has to offer. Liz is very glad to be living in such a bike-friendly city as Portland, and whenever the opportunity arises, is taking advantage of all the great places to bike around the state!
Abby King, Community Advocacy Coordinator
Abby attended college at Colgate University and earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to The Bicycle Coalition, she was a Policy Advocate with the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She previously worked at Transportation Alternatives in New York City, and then seasonally for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Abby thru-hiked Appalachian Trail in 2011 and fell in love with Maine. She’s stayed here ever since.
Bridgette Kelly, Office Administrator
Bridgette is a recent transplant to Portland from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Her interest in bicycle safety and advocacy began two years ago when she chose to give up her car and become a bicycle commuter. She feels biking is one of the best ways to reduce her impact on the environment, exercise, avoid traffic, and enjoy the outdoors all at the same time. Coming from Minneapolis, one of the most bikable cities in the U.S., she’s excited to be involved with making Maine better for biking.
James Tasse, Education Director
Jim became the coalition’s education director in 2010. Formerly the project director of Healthy Casco Bay, he brings experience as a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor, bike safety educator, bicycle tour guide, mountain bike trail designer, college professor and avid cyclist.
Zach Schmesser, BikeMaine Ride Coordinator
Zach has lived in Maine for the last nine years, exploring much of its water. He is looking forward to exploring more by bicycle. He brings experience in logistics and event management to the coalition. He is looking forward to working on all aspects of the inaugural BikeMaine.
Darcy Whittemore, Central Maine Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Darcy joined the coalition staff in 2009 after working as a science and environmental education teacher and as the education director of the Pine Tree State Arboretum in Augusta. She is an avid cyclist, hiker and gardener.