Bicycle Coalition of Maine Board of Directors
Phil Coffin, Carrabassett Valley, 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 Fischer, New Gloucester, Vice President
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.
Bill Muldoon, Harpswell, Secretary
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!
Peggy Stewart, South Portland, Treasurer
Peggy is a semi-retired commercial real estate consultant who lives in South Portland with her old and spoiled yellow lab Remy. She is primarily a fitness biker who logs a lot of miles on her tough old Miyata road bike in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough. She sets an annual goal of biking more miles than she drives from May to November, and is looking forward to reaching that goal again this year.
Lauri Boxer-Macomber, Portland
Lauri is a Maine attorney with a practice focused on bicycle and pedestrian issues. Lauri chairs BCM’s Policy and Legislation Committee, is active with BCM’s Law Enforcement Collaborative and is a “go to” person on bicycle and pedestrian law. She regularly represents bicyclists and pedestrians in the Maine Superior Court and has appeared on behalf of BCM before the Maine Supreme Court. In addition to serving as a BCM board member, Lauri is a Governor for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Lauri is an avid bicyclist, runner, backpacker and walker. She regularly commutes to work by bike and foot, has travelled extensively by bicycle and competes in long distance triathlons.
Nathan Hagelin, Portland
Nathan is a lifelong cyclist who began group riding at age 12 in SW Connecticut, worked as a bike messenger in NYC, and raced Category 3 for Century Road Club in Central Park. He enjoys all forms of cycling, from commuting to long group rides and mountain biking. His interest in bike-related legislative issues stems from his main concern regarding cycling – safety. He appreciates how much work can be done to promote safety for bikes on Maine’s roads. His goal – promote bike safety through education and compassion. He is a Maine Certified Geologist working on the cleanup of industrial and military properties in the northeast US.
Jim Hettenbach, Portland
Jim is a Portland resident having moved to Maine with his family in 2006. He is an avid cyclist and a year-round bike commuter with a passion for making cycling more accessible and viable for all Mainers. During the day, Jim works at Unum and is also a Trustee for the Portland Public Library.
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin
Eileen is a Lecturer and Program Manager for the Environmental Studies Program at Bowdoin College where she integrates community based projects into her teaching. She holds a doctorate from the University of Maine in Ecology and Environmental Studies. She commutes by bike from her home in Bowdoin as often as possible. She also enjoys bike touring, with a particular interest in multi-modal transportation opportunities, regularly integrating bike trips with travel by train, bus and ferry.
Coco Kazadi, Portland
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Coco recently moved to the US. He is a passionate bicyclist, and has a Law background with experience in customer services operations and coaching. Coco also loves swimming, but he is not quite yet used to the cold waters of the northeast costs of Maine. He came in contact with the BCM via the “Bikes for All Mainers program” as a student; today, he has successfully passed the accreditation to become a League Cycling Instructor.
Tyler Kidder, Falmouth
Tyler works at Efficiency Maine connecting their energy efficiency incentives, rebates, and loan programs to businesses and residences all over the state. A seasonal bike commuter, Tyler appreciates that bicycling reduces her personal carbon footprint over driving; saves her money on gas, vehicle maintenance, and parking; and provides a free exercise routine. She prefers to bike alone as it is only then that she feels she’s biking fast. Tyler is active on the The Portland Slow Ride, Biking Belles Wrench & Ride, and participates in radical and activist bike events such as Critical Mass whenever possible.
David Axel Kurtz, Portland
David Axel Kurtz is an attorney and entrepreneur. He’s proud to support the Bicycle Coalition because he thinks that a bike-friendly Maine is a business-friendly Maine and that is the key to Maine’s future. Also, he really hates getting hit by cars. He tours on carbon and other heresies. He lives in Portland.
Jennifer Ladd, Scarborough
Jennifer is a Mainer by birth and civil engineer by trade. Having spent several years working on bike and pedestrian design projects out of state, Jennifer now works for the City of Portland, helping improve infrastructure for all. She, her husband and son love cycling of all kinds and enjoy volunteering so that others can enjoy it too.
David Lipman, Vassalboro
David was born in Bangor and grew up in Augusta. After completing his education he has been practicing law in Augusta for 40 years with Lipman & Katz. David has been active in the community by coaching baseball and basketball. He has been president of the local little league and active in the soccer club. He has been on the board of directors of 2 local banks, served as president and director of the local temple, and served on the boards of numerous nonprofts. His wife is Laura and he has 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. His passions are cycling, fishing, and downhill skiing.
Terry Malmer, Bangor
Biography & photo coming soon.
Peter Millard, Belfast
Peter Millard works as a family physician at Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast and teaches epidemiology at University of New England. He is married to Emily Wesson, who is a school nurse, and they have 3 grown children. He grew up in Windham, Maine, and spent many years living and working in the Bangor area before moving to Belfast last year. He has been a supporter of BCM since its inception.
Kierie Piccininni, Bangor
Kierie manages the marketing and web development for Winterport Boot Shop, and is chairwoman for the City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development. She cut her teeth on commuting, racing, and touring in Colorado, San Francisco, and New York City. In NYC, she served as a volunteer bike mechanic for the activist group Times Up! and made a series of short bike films. In 2010, she moved to Bangor to stay close to a friend who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a bicycle-car collision. That experience morphed her sense of activism into advocacy for cyclists and pedestrian equal accessibility. Kierie joined the Community Spokes program in 2014, then organized Bangor’s ACE team and bike-ped committee, Walk-n-Roll.
Mike Smith, Presque Isle
Mike is an Aroostook County native who has worked in the outdoors as a guide, educator and facilitator for the last 15 years. He is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker, as well as whitewater paddler and skier. In his work and play, Mike loves to travel and spend time outdoors throughout Maine and far beyond. He is particularly interested in the positive cultural and economic impacts that a thriving on and off-road cycling lifestyle can have here in Maine. In his professional life he serves as the Program Director for the Maine Winter Sports Center.
Tina West, Yarmouth
As the BikeMaine Ride Committee Chair and Community Relations Coordinator, Tina is passionate about BikeMaine and all that it has to offer its riders and Maine communities. She is an avid cyclist who enjoys riding on quiet roads in Maine and Northern Michigan, taking in the natural beauty of these two great states whenever she can. Tina is a recent retiree of Unum, where she gained invaluable experience in leading large project teams and implementing HR technology solutions. In addition to riding, Tina enjoys x-country skiing, cross stitch, and relaxing at her camp on Worthley Pond.
Charley LaFlamme, Moody, Emeritus
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.
Larry Rubinstein, Scarborough, Emeritus
Larry retired to Maine from New York in 2003 and became a member of the BCM Board in 2005. He was the founder of the Yellow Jersey Club and it’s first member. He served as President of the Bicycle Coalition from 2011-2015 and has served on the Membership Committee since it’s inception. He is an avid road cyclist and is a League Cycling Instructor. He currently serves as a trustee and member of the executifve committee of the Portland Museum of Art, as president and chair of the capital campaign of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, and as vice chairman of the Maine Arts Commission. He is a former trustee of the Bowdoin International Music Festival where he was chair of the development committee and vice-chair of their 50th anniversary capital campaign. He especially enjoys riding with his 3 grandchildren who visit from Massachusetts regularly.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine Staff
Nancy Grant, Executive Director
A lifelong cyclist and former Coalition board member, Nancy became the Coalition’s third Executive Director in 2011. She is especially energized by the ways that better bicycling intersects with many different policy areas and loves expanding the Coalition’s network of partners, from all over the state. She hopes you will consider riding your bike to work, play and errands.
Shannon Belt, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Greater Portland Area
Shannon is an educator at heart. From teaching skiing in the winter, bike mechanics in the classroom, or traffic safety on our roads, education is at the heart of what he likes to do. Shannon came from 10 years as an Alternative Learning classroom teacher at Westbrook High School. He has his BS in Environmental Science, an MS in Education and is a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor. If Maine weather cooperates, you will find Shannon outside with his family; hiking in the woods, playing games with kids, taking their dog for a walk, and of course riding bikes!
Erik daSilva, Education & Outreach Program Coordinator, Greater Bangor Editor
Erik found his love for two wheels at a young age and has never looked back – to bike is to live! He has been coordinating the Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Education Program since 2012 and looks forward to a Maine where every driver, walker, and bicyclist has mutual awareness and respect for one another. In addition to being an avid cyclist, Erik has a BS in Engineering, an MS in Education, is a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor, and an IMBA Level I certified mountain bike instructor. He and his family live on the confluence of the Penobscot and Stillwater Rivers in Orono.
Frank Gallagher, Communications Director
Frank grew up in Bangor and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. He got into communications after working for four years as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. As a newspaper reporter in the Bay Area, he received the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s coveted Golden Wheel award for being the first San Francisco journalist to treat cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation in his coverage of local political and policy matters. Cycling remains one of his primary interests, along with politics, media and music.
Liz Hall, Development Director
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, Liz moved to Portland in late 2012, and has loved getting to know Maine from atop her bicycle. She joined the BCM team in January 2013, and had the pleasure of managing the two Great Maine Bike Swaps, Maine Women’s Ride, and Maine Lobster Ride in 2014 and 2015. Now, Liz spends her days working on growing the Bicycle Coalition of Maine community and the organization as its development director.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine was the first organization Angela joined when she moved to Maine. She believes cycling for recreation and transportation lead to healthier people and communities. As a teacher, attorney and community activist, Angela has been motivated by the belief that supporting people empowers them to make positive changes in their lives and communities. She is thrilled to now work with people throughout the state on issues that make Maine’s roads safer for all.
Dan Knowles, Accounting Manager
Dan grew up in Ellsworth, Maine and spent much of his time in and around Acadia National Park, kayaking, hiking and biking all that that region has to offer. He is a Maine CPA who brings extensive experience with nonprofits and accounting software to the Coalition. He volunteers time as Treasurer of Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary (Birdsacre) in Ellsworth and enjoys helping his lovely wife raise 3 boys during the time he’s not sneaking off to play the bass in a local band.
MaryBeth Luce, Office Administrator
MaryBeth is a native Mainer who joined the Coalition in 2016 after raising her young family full time. Her professional background includes accounting, human resources, and event and project management. She is an avid runner and cyclist, and a local food enthusiast.
Rob Mueller, Event Manager
Rob is passionate about getting everyone active through the creation of inclusive events. He has spent more than 20 years working in adaptive sports programs from Alaska to Argentina and was most recently training and education manager with Disabled Sports USA outside Washington D.C. Cycling and walking have played a huge part in his life and he is excited to support the mission of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine through managing the Great Maine Bike Swap, Maine Women’s Ride and Maine Lobster Ride. In his free time, he can be found teaching his daughters about the world through travel, cooking and playing outside.
Zach Schmesser, Event Director
Zach came to Maine to attend college and graduate school and decided to stay. Zach started with the Coalition at the Event Coordinator in April 2013, just prior to the Inaugural Ride. Since then he has enjoyed developing systems and strategies to set-up, take-down and move the BikeMaine rolling village. In October 2015, he transitioned into the role of Event Director.
James C. Tassé, PhD, Assistant Director
Jim joined the Coalition in 2010 as the Education Director, and became Assistant Director in August 2014. In that time, he has expanded and professionalized the education program run in partnership with the MaineDOT and brought mountain biking back into the Coalition’s programming. He developed, launched and was the first director of the Community Spoke advocacy program. In 2015, he developed and launched the Coalition’s innovative demonstration project campaign, “Imagine Bikes Here.” He is a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor (LCI, #1308), an IMBA Level I certified mountain bike instructor and trail designer, and a graduate of the Lift360 Community Leadership Intensive.
Darcy Whittemore, Education Program Manager
Darcy’s work at BCM includes encouraging more of Maine’s school children to walk and/or bike to school and around town, and to make it safe to do so. She also works to help schools start daily walking school buses, through the Maine Walking School Bus Program. Before joining the BCM staff in 2009, Darcy worked as a science teacher and environmental educator. In her free time, Darcy enjoys being in the out-of-doors – biking, hiking, gardening, or doing any activity on the water.