Bicycle Coalition of Maine Staff

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Board of Directors


Larry Rubinstein, PresidentLarry Rubinstein, Scarborough, President

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.




Phil Coffin, Board MemberPhil 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 Fischer, Board MemberPamela 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!



photoPeggy 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.




David Auclair, Board MemberDavid Auclair, East Winthrop

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.




unnamedAndrew Dailey, Rockport

I have figured out how to do recess for a living.  I live, work and play in Midcoast Maine with my beautiful wife and two daughters.  As an owner of Sidecountry Sports in Rockland, and working as Director of Sales for the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden it pretty much assures I will always be playing and recreating in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.




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.



Mark Ishkanian, Readfield

Mark retired recently from a public relations career representing energy, health and environmental concerns. He is the past chair of the American Lung Association and a veteran rider of 21 Treks Across Maine. After riding in seven Cycle Oregons, Mark convinced BCM’s Board of Directors to launch BikeMaine in 2013. He served as BikeMaine Ride Committee chair for the first three years of its existence. When not cycling, Mark enjoys sailing, tennis, hiking and travel.




unnamedTyler Kidder, Portland

Tyler is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Southern Maine and enjoys the ability to mesh work and play in terms of bike activism and programming. 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. In Portland, Tyler is active on the Portland Bike Ped Advisory Council, The Portland Slow Ride, Portland Bicycle Commuters Meet-up, and participates in radical and activist bike events such as Critical Mass whenever possible.




Jennifer Ladd, Scarborough

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 LaFlamme, FounderCharley LaFlamme, Moody, Founder

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.




davidlipmanDavid 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.




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.



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 Read, Board MemberDean Read, Bar Harbor

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.




Fred Robie, Board MemberFred Robie, Freeport

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.




unnamed-1Mike 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.




petertooheyPeter 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.




unnamedDick Vermeulen, St. George

Dick Vermeulen lives in St. George and is founder and owner of Maine Cat Catamarans in Bremen.  He loves being in, on, or under the water.  Mechanical engineer by education he enjoys designing and building just about anything from bike racks to cherry shaker furniture.  Midcoast Maine for recreational road biking can’t be beat and riding portions of the Lobster Ride route every chance he can is a beautiful way to stay healthy.  Lobster Ride committee member for the past four years.




unnamedTina West, Yarmouth

As the BikeMaine 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 employed by Unum, as AVP of HR Technology, where she has 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.





John Balicki, Board MemberJohn Balicki, Brunswick, Emeritus

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 Self, Board MemberJane Self, Camden, Emeritus

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.




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 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, 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!




danielleDanielle Ireland McGuckin, Northern Maine Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Consultant)

Danielle grew up in northern Maine and spent her college years in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of America’s top bike-friendly cities. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University and spent her free time exploring the Rocky Mountains by bike and on foot. A number of years ago she returned to her roots and, in 2012, Danielle founded and became the Executive Director of Silent Sidekicks, an animal-assisted therapy nonprofit organization in Maine. She is also passionate about volunteering and currently serves as Ambassador for Women, Work, and Community in Aroostook County.



Abby KingCommunity 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_BCM_2014Bridgette KellyOffice 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
, Assistant 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 Event Manager

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.



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.