Bicycle Coalition of Maine Staff

John Williams photoJohn Williams, Executive Director

An ardent cyclist, John has been a longtime member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and was tapped to be the Executive Director in August 2017. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association. He’s a graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a Master’s degree in Geology. In 1995, he joined the administration of then-Gov. Angus King, where he led the Maine Waste Management Agency and, subsequently, the state’s Land Use Regulatory Agency. As a cyclist, he and his wife have biked through many states, several Canadian provinces, the Netherlands, Croatia, Austria, Cornwall, Ireland, and Slovenia. He’s completed the wettest Trek Across Maine on record, the hottest RAGBRAI in its 50-year history, and Cycle Oregon’s 2015 aborted ride to Hell’s Canyon, which was rerouted on Day 3 due to wildfires. He also did his first BikeMaine in September 2017.

Shannon Belt photoShannon BeltEducation and Outreach Director

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!

Eliza Cress, Communications and Development Manager

Eliza’s love for cycling began as a child in Massachusetts where she biked to and from grade school each day. During the summer of 2013, she had the opportunity to bike across the country with the non-profit Bike and Build, starting in Charleston, South Carolina and ending in Santa Cruz, California. It was on this trip that she solidified her passion for cycling as a viable means of transportation and realized the importance of safe riding practices and conditions.  Eliza comes to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine from Crested Butte, CO where she quickly became an avid mountain biker and worked planning annual cycling events for the Chamber of Commerce. Eliza is excited to explore all of the cycling that Maine has to offer, and looks forward to fulfilling her communication and development role at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine helping to improve biking and walking across the state!

Erik DaSilva photoErik daSilvaEducation and Outreach Coordinator, Greater Bangor Area

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.

Will Elting photoWill Elting, BikeMaine Ride Director

Will has always loved adventures outdoors, whether it’s hiking New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers, sailing the coast of the Baja peninsula, or cycling the length of the Erie Canal in his home state of New York. He has a BS in Parks, Recreation and Ecotourism from Unity College, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from USM, and over a decade of experience working with recreation focused nonprofits. He and his wife, Emily, live on Portland’s Munjoy Hill, where they can frequently be seen riding their tandem bike.

Mariah Healy, Mission Advancement Director

A native Mainer, Mariah has always loved being outside, whether hiking, biking, or sitting on the Eastern Prom with a book.  Mariah has spent her career working for non-profits, primarily focused on education in Latin America.  Mariah lived in Chile for six years before moving back to Maine in 2014.  She joined the Bicycle Coalition Staff in 2019 and is excited to help make Maine a friendlier place for cyclists and pedestrians.

Angela King photoAngela King, Advocacy Manager

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 photoDan KnowlesAccounting 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.

Matt Sulem photoMatt Sulem, Office and Membership Manager

Never a fan of car travel, Matt proudly became a full-time pedestrian and Subway rider upon moving to Brooklyn, NY, in 2011. Seeking more fresh air and opportunities to safely cycle, Matt relocated to Maine five years later and has since settled in Westbrook. As office manager, he is excited to help make the state safer for cyclists and pedestrians alike. In his free time, Matt enjoys freelance writing, rooting for the New York Yankees, watching horror movies, and, of course, staying active.

James C Tasse photoJames C. TasséAssistant Director and Advocacy 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 photoDarcy WhittemoreEducation and Outreach Coordinator, Greater Augusta Area

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.

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