Staff & Board Bios

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RobHeadshotRob Sadowsky joined the BTA as executive director in June 2010. Previously, Rob served as Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago, Illinois for six years from 2004 to 2010. He has more than 25 years of non-profit advocacy and management experience working on issues of affordable housing, community economic development and transportation policy.

He serves on the board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium.  He serves on the State of Oregon’s Access Management Oversight Task Force.


StephHeadshotStephanie has been an active participant in local bike culture since first moving to Portland in 2001. She holds a particular fondness for the Breakfast on the Bridge crew, the annual spring Bunny on a Bike Ride, and the wacky bicycle events coordinated through Shift. Stephanie has been a bike commuter since she finally got brave enough to remove her training wheels at age eight. During the summer of 2003 she biked from Portland, OR to Brooklyn, NY. Previous to joining the Safe Routes to School Team in March 2007, Stephanie served as assistant director at St. Francis Dining hall, worked as a landscape gardener, and led bike tours for teenagers. When not working or biking, Stephanie enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, reading, and playing old time banjo.


NicoleHeadshot Seeking a city life full of great food, great beer, and mostly car-free living, she moved to Portland in 2012 and began interning with the BTA in the fall of that year. Nicole joined the BTA team as a staff member in Spring of 2013.

Nicole studied History and German at the University of California Davis, where she also fell in love with bicycling, and then went on to earn a Certificate in Regenerative Ecological Design from the Ecosa Institute in Arizona. She is excited to join the BTA staff, where she feels a part of a supportive and dynamic team, who value the creativity that comes from our various backgrounds. When not recruiting volunteers or developing new ways to engage people with the BTA, Nicole enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and spontaneous dancing.


LeeAnneHeadshotLeeAnne joined the BTA in August of 2007 as a bike safety education instructor, and later took on the role of Education Director in 2010. She brings enthusiasm and focus to her position and a growing statewide network of partners. Originally from Texas, she moved to New York City for a few years where she gave up her car and learned about the exciting world of bike commuting, walking and public transportation. Following the big city, she took a 6 month, 1700 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. She has been working in education since 2001 in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon and believes that children are some of the smartest and best community members. LeeAnne loves backpacking with her partner, Jon-Paul, reading, hiking, eating tasty food…and biking, naturally.



BrittaniHeadshotBrittani Garner joined the BTA in the fall of 2013 as Development Director. Brittani left her home state of Wisconsin seeking access to mountains, the coast, and more bike lanes all in one place. Brittani studied Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and has seven years experience in political fundraising for issue advocacy organizations and candidates for elected office. After commuting by bike in Madison, WI for years and riding across Iowa a handful of times on RAGBRAI, she decided it was time to officially join the bike movement. Brittani spends her spare time exploring, crafting and burning baked goods.


SheilaghHeadshotSheilagh joined the BTA in the spring of 2010 after volunteering on BTA bike safety community rides in Portland. She enjoys commuting, endurance riding, and racing. Family time might include racing with her son, a nice Sunday ride with the whole family or going to see a movie. Sheilagh also volunteers and rides in many major cycling and community events. Additionally, she coaches a High School Cyclocross team and organizes weekend training rides for her team, The Nomads. Sheilagh is passionate about developing responsible road users through Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety education for all students.


JoelHeadshotJoel joined the BTA Programs team in the Fall of 2007 after volunteering for the 2007 Walk and Bike to School Day. He has continued to help grow the Safe Routes to School movement in Portland for the last 4 years through the BTA’s Bike and Pedestrian Safety programs as well as our Walk + Bike efforts statewide. When not teaching kids how to be safe on the streets, Joel rides in OBRA races and on singletrack on his mountain bike. Joel serves on the board of the Northwest Trail Alliance, hoping that trails within the city will be open to all users in the near future. Joel lives in Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood with his wife Kate and son August.


GerikHeadshotGerik joined the BTA in 2010 as the Advocacy Campaign Manager focused on building strong public support for the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030. As an advocate and organizer over the last ten years he focused on winning environmental, public health, and livability campaigns in the legislature and at the ballot box. A bicyclist originally from Eastern Montana, Gerik grew up mountain biking sandstone flats and backcountry singletrack. Now a daily bike commuter he likes to ride Mt. Tabor and Rocky Butte, and gets fired up about cross-town connections. When he is not volunteering for the Oregon Sierra Club or The Bus Project, Gerik spends as many weekends as possible surfing the cold waters of the Oregon Coast.


CarlHeadshotAfter never going home from the road trip that dropped him in Portland in 2006, Carl has become thoroughly enveloped by Portland’s rich bike culture and is involving himself with just about everything bikey the city has to offer. Despite rumors to the contrary, however, it is true that Carl has spent some time not riding a bicycle. He took a break from his bikes at Middlebury College while studying sledding, skinny-dipping, cheese, and architectural history, but a semester in Copenhagen brought him back to his old bikey habits. While living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, he commuted for a few summers by kayak to architecture, construction, and environmental advocacy jobs. In 2007 Carl spent the summer delivering alternative transportation resources by bike as part of the City of Portland’s Smart Trips individualized marketing campaign and is now very happy to be part of the BTA’s Safe Routes to School team.


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AngieHeadshotAngie joined BTA in August 2010 as Finance Director. She brings over 12 years of experience in accounting and business administration in various sectors. An Oregon native, she returned to Portland in late 2009 after spending several years in Washington DC working as an accountant for a tax and estate planning law firm. She honed her bicycle commuting skills on the busy DC streets where she became a proponent of sustainable forms of transportation. Outside of the BTA, Angie is an active musician and lindy hop enthusiast. She also enjoys baking pies, crafting and collecting records.


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WillHeadshotWill joined the BTA staff after volunteering for us in a few different capacities and winning an Alice Award as the Emerging Leader of the Year in 2012. He and his wife live in the Brooklyn Neighborhood of Portland where they both regularly ride folding bikes, cargo bikes, and.

Will has published The Prudent Cyclist since 2010 and previously contributed to BikePortland. Will has been an avid photographer since he was a kid and his photos have been featured in galleries around Portland and in a number of national publications.


Board

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by our members each October. The Board establishes and monitors major policy direction, oversees the finances and helps secure resources for the organization, and works in cooperation with the staff to fulfill the BTA’s goals.


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Chris Achterman joined the BTA board in 2010. An Oregon native, Chris grew up in Salem where he frequently rode cross-town to his grandmother’s house or up Fairmont Hill to meet with friends. Professionally, Chris is an orthopedic surgeon. After graduating from Washington University (St Louis), Chris returned to Oregon in 1980 and now focuses on pediatric orthopedics at Emanuel Hospital. Chris’s return to cycling began in 2000, when he bought a recumbent and signed up for Cycle Oregon. He can be found observing monthly Portland Bike Advisory Council meetings as well as Metro’s Blue Ribbon Trails Committee meetings. Chris has attended the last two Oregon Bicycle Summits and currently serves on the Active Transportation Council. As a physician, Chris has a strong interest in active transportation and its impact on public health and the environment, and brings this focus to the BTA Board.


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Theresa Carr is a senior transportation planner and project manager in the Transportation Business Group of CH2M HILL’s Portland Office. She manages long-range multimodal transportation plans and analyzes the economic, land use, and social impacts of large-scale transportation projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Theresa has practical experience in Oregon analyzing how land use and transportation affect each other through scenario planning. She managed the “Alternate Modes” Study in Salem which explored bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure and policy investments to reduce auto travel over the Willamette River by eight percent. She is currently the deputy Project Manager for Oregon’s Mosaic (formerly known as Least Cost Planning) effort which looks at both direct and indirect effects of supply and demand side transportation investments in an expanded cost-benefit analysis framework, so that decision-makers can weigh equally hard costs such as infrastructure construction with typical soft costs such as health benefits from bicycling and quality of life. She is currently managing the Eugene Transportation System Plan and led the contract and public involvement for Eugene’s recently-completed Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

Theresa has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in Portland, OR.  Theresa is a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and serves on the board of the Portland chapter as the Appointments chair.  She is an accredited member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Social and Economic Effects of Transportation committee, and is a fellow of the Eno Transportation Foundation.


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Nick Ehlen is a commercial real estate broker with Melvin Mark Brokerage Company, a full-service commercial real estate company based in Portland, OR. He was chairman of the board of directors for ChristieCare (which merged with Youth Villages in 2011). Along with the Youth Villages Board, Ehlen sits on the Portland Parks Foundation board, Rosemary Anderson High School advisory council, and is a trustee of the James R. Kuse Family Foundation. He is a past Oregon Ballet Theatre board member. In February 2011 he was named to the Portland Business Journal’s list of “Forty Under 40″ recognizing 40 of the most influential business executives in the greater Portland area who are under the age of 40. A Portland native, Nick earned a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics.


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Martina Fahrner joined the BTA Board in 2010. As one of the partners of Clever Cycles, Martina has spent the last 3 years trying to convince families to use bikes as transportation. Based on the shared experiences of families in Portland and cities all over the US, Martina would like to improve cycling conditions for parents and kids, whose needs sometimes differ from those of commuters. During her decade as an IT usability professional, Martina learned a lot about user research, consensus building, uphill battles and the power of evangelizing, and she is not afraid to use it. She also feels strongly about better communication between drivers and cyclists. She dreams of the day when riding a bike as a woman with kids will be nothing special anymore. Martina hates to admit it, but she has ridden her bike for 40 years now!


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David Forman joined the board in 2010. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, David moved to Portland from New York City where he learned to ride on city streets to get to the Central Park loop. Now he enjoys his daily ride downtown from Southeast Portland. David is an active civic volunteer and has extensive experience serving on a variety of nonprofit and community boards, including the Portland/Multnomah Sustainable Development Commission, the Oregon State Bar Task Force on Sustainability, and Voice for Oregon Innovation & Sustainability, Inc. In 2004, the Portland Business Journal recognized David as one of the most influential community and business leaders under the age of 40. Through the BTA, David hopes to advocate for local and state policies that promote safe and reliable cycling and bridge the communication gap between cyclists and other modes of transportation. For his day job, David is a partner at the law firm of Tonkon Torp LLP where he works with clients to promote the development of renewable energy and sustainable practices and products.


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Stephen Gomez joined the BTA Board in February 2008 and has served as Chair since 2010. He is passionate about Portland’s unique livability and progressive culture and hopes that his service through the BTA contributes to the positive growth of our community. Stephen worked at Nike for 17 years through 1998, with his last five years as VP of Nike’s global apparel business. Since then he has started a restaurant and partnered with a group of former Nike and Patagonia execs to found Nau, Inc., an outdoor lifestyle apparel company. Stephen has served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Cycle Oregon and currently is on the board of New Avenues for Youth.


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Lanny Gower is the licensing and operating tax manager for Con-way Freight Inc. He brings experience in government relations and strong connections in the transportation industry combined with a passion for bicycling. Lanny is an avid cyclist who has been riding for 25 years in the Portland area. He has worked to create a supportive bike commuting culture at Con-way by starting a bike committee to encourage employees and management to bike to work. He is also one of the founding partners of the Fat Tire Farm bike shop.


Val Hoyle is just finishing up her first term as a State Representative of House District 14 and has 25 years of experience working in the bicycle industry, both in retail sales and wholesale distribution. She represents a working class and rural district in West Eugene and Junction City with connections to a key constituency that the BTA needs to reach in order to create change in transportation policy. Prior to becoming a Representative, she served as director of United Way 100& Access Health Care Coalition, International Sales Manager of Burley Design and was a legislative aide to Senator Floyd Prozanski.


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Adnan Kadir is a partner in the bike touring company LifeCycle Adventures where he has worked since 2008. Under Adnan’s direction, LifeCycle Adventures increased both growth and profitability, and in 2010 expanded from California to Oregon. This region now accounts for nearly one third of the company’s revenue. Adnan presently runs the Operations side of the company in Oregon (with its headquarters here in Portland) and shares executive duties. Adnan also coaches athletes through Aeolus Endurance Sport. He coaches all levels of athlete from recreational to professional. Before moving to Portland in 1997, Adnan earned an M.A. in English Literature and worked as a technical writer for a variety of local and multinational companies in areas ranging from software to manufacturing.


Susan Marks is a Shareholder with McDonald Jacobs, P.C. and an Oregon CPA with 30 years of experience as an auditor and practicing accountant, specializing in the nonprofit industry. I attended Oregon State University where I received a BS in business administration, accounting.

She currently serves on the finance committee of BTA, as well as Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare; and previously served as Treasurer for Cascade AIDS Project.


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J.S. May joined the BTA board in May 2010. As Chief Advancement Officer for the Portland Art Museum, J.S. is a seasoned fundraising and communications professional and has worked with a wide range of local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations. He and his teams have helped raise more than $250 million for PAM. Before joining PAM, J.S. led the fundraising practice for Metropolitan Group, a Portland based social marketing firm, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation at Oregon Health and Science University; he also served as the director of corporate support for Oregon Public Broadcasting. A graduate of the University of Oregon, J.S. volunteers for numerous non profit organizations and has served multiple terms as president of the board for both the Portland Schools Foundation and the Portland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. J.S. is an avid yogi, cyclist and reader.


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Randy Miller is a fifth-generation Oregonian who returned to Portland after graduating from Boston University in 1969. A businessman active in numerous business and civic organizations over his career, he developed a deep interest in biking and its community improvement aspects after leading a Best Practices delegation to Scandinavia in 2008. Randy aspires to help link the cycling community to the many organizations with which he is associated to encourage others to better comprehend the benefits of cycling, and to support wider ridership among those less inclined.


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Lois Moss has twenty years of experience working in the bicycle industry and non-profit sector. Prior to moving to Portland, Lois was the founder and director of Walk+Roll Cleveland, field coordinator for Bicycling Magazine’s BikeTown program, and the co-founder and co-owner of Century Cycles in Ohio. Having traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, Lois is familiar with what makes successful bicycle advocacy programs and services in diverse communities. She is skilled in communications, marketing, and networking.


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Dennis Mulvihill served as Government Relations Manager at Washington County for twenty four years before retiring in 2012. Prior to that he served as Waste Reduction Manager and worked as a legislative aide in Salem. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. Dennis grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where the bicycle gave him access to all areas of the rural community and influenced his understanding of physical health and social and economic diversity. As a BTA board member, Dennis looks forward to connecting his knowledge of politics and policy to his passion for bicycling.


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Susan Otcenas joined the BTA Board in October 2007. She serves as the chair of the Development Committee. A self-described “numbers geek,” Susan holds a BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Maryland. After a banking career that spanned 10 years and 2 coasts, in 1998 Susan co-founded TeamEstrogen.com, an online retailer of women’s athletic apparel. Susan has been riding a bike since she was old enough to walk. In high school, she was fortunate to live in a town small enough that no bus service was offered and nearly every student walked or biked to school. Susan has traveled extensively by bicycle, both domestically and abroad. She believes bicycles break down barriers – physical, cultural and socioeconomic – between people, and provide a path to independence for people in all walks of life. She especially encourages more women to ride for health, recreation and transportation.


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Rick Potestio is a professional architect and avid cyclist whose daily explorations of the Portland region began when he was a young kid, eventually leading him to the sport of bike racing. He is a member of the Rapha Racing Team and founder of River City Bicycles Cross Crusade Cyclo Cross Series, the largest series in the nation and host of the US National Championships, the US Gran Prix of CycloCross, and other events. Rick is currently a member of the Metro Executive Council for Active Transportation, PDXplore, and the Gresham Design Commission. He is a founding member of the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association. His architecture office, PotestioStudio, has been recognized with numerous local, regional and national design awards.


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Austin Ramsland joined the BTA Board in the fall of 2008. In addition to serving on the Development and Branding Committees, he is committed to expanding the BTA’s range into the community until every bike messenger, Cross Crusader, and TEAM BEER member sports BTA stickers on their top tubes and memberships in their wallets. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Austin is the co-owner of Sweetpea Bicycles.


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Susan Remmers believes the solution to some of our most entrenched social and economic problems is the equitable distribution of the natural and built assets that make up this region we call home. She is excited to contribute to the BTA’s efforts to craft policy and influence decisions that increase infrastructure and program investments that expand access to bicycling for all. Professionally, Remmers owns Remmers Consulting, a public interest firm offering executive coaching, organizational assessments, and strategic positioning to progressive and entrepreneurial organizations. Previously she served as Executive Director for the Community Cycling Center, a social enterprise committed to using the bicycle as a tool for empowerment and a vehicle for change. Remmers has served on numerous local, regional, and national boards of progressive, mission-driven organizations including Oregon Action, a statewide economic advocacy organization, and MRG Foundation, a local social change foundation.


Shelli Romero was raised in urban, rural and suburban Oregon. Currently, she works as the Public Policy and Community Affairs Manager with the Oregon Department of Transportation in Region 1. Shelli is an advocate for civil and human rights and believes in equity in all its forms. She serves on the Board of Home Forward (formerly known as the Housing Authority of Portland) and the Portland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Portland Charter Review Commission. Shelli was also formerly appointed by Governor Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program from the Center for Creative Leadership; the Executive Leadership Institute from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; the National Hispanic Leadership Institute; the American Leadership Forum and Emerge Oregon. She has lived in the Foster/Powell neighborhood of Southeast Portland for fifteen years.


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Kenji Sugahara is the Executive Director of the 4,000+ member Oregon Bicycle Racing Association. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, and is now a member of the Oregon State Bar. Originally from Connecticut, he currently resides in Salem with his wife Tessa. Not only does Kenji love road bikes, he enjoys mountain biking, track riding and cyclocross. Known for crashing all the time on his mountain bike, he always gets up with a smile. He believes the success of cycling in Oregon can be credited to the wonderful cycling community and efforts of great organizations like the BTA. His love of cycling is evident every time he gets on the bike — he’s always grinning when he’s on two wheels (which happens to include his motorcycle).


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Justin Yuen is President of FMYI (For My Innovation), a collaborative software company with a commitment to sustainability. Before launching the company, he was a Senior Manager in Corporate Sustainable Development at Nike, Inc. He is Chair of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation and a member of the Metro Portland Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council. He is on the board of the Portland Parks Foundation, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the National Crittenton Foundation. Justin has a degree in International Studies from The John Hopkins University. Justin and his family enjoy riding their bikes to school and around town, and cherish the experience of active transportation and connection to their community.


Committees

Interested in getting more involved in the BTA's work and operations? The best way to start is by joining a committee. Committees are comprised of staff, board, and members with relevant experience or skills. Email the staff lead to learn more about the committee's responsibilities and meeting schedule.

Advocacy Committee
Gerik Kransky

Development Committee
Brittani Garner

Finance Committee
Angie Sabin

Marketing and Communication Committee
Will Vanlue

Programs Committee
Stephanie Noll 


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