Ever wonder who sends our e-mails to your inbox? Or who might be leading a troop of bikers down the road? Read our Board Member profiles below to get a sense of who helps organize the HBC.
The all-volunteer Board consists of up to 15 members, including four officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as Committee Chairs.
Tap into your biking passion – join the HBC Board – elections are April 17th, 2016 at the Annual Member Meeting – or become a volunteer! Contact Sarah O’Keeffe, Governance Committee Chair, for more information or to volunteer to serve on the HBC Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Dunbar, President
Mary Dunbar enjoys getting around town and foreign countries, too, on a bicycle. Since 2008, she has bicycled in Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, India and Ecuador. She entered her first bicycling races in 2012 and competed in the 2013 National Senior games, winning two ribbons in bicycle races.
She is committed to helping the Heights become more bicycle friendly, both as president of the Heights Bicycle Coalition and a member of Cleveland Heights City Council. She serves as Council liaison to the City’s Transportation Advisory Committee. She finds the officers, directors and members of the Heights Bicycle Coalition to be among the most delightful and intelligent Heights residents.
Steve Reinhardt, Vice President Elect
After college, he settled in Chicago with his well-worn Brodie and amazing wife and together they biked along Lake Michigan and around the Midwest for 15 years. After getting the chance to move to Cleveland in 2003 to be closer to family, he has embraced this wonderful city and all it has to offer. He can be seen commuting around town with his wife and kids.
Steve is proud to be a part of the Heights Bicycle Coalition and serves on the Communications committee.
Corrie Holliday, Secretary
Corrie is a long-time biking advocate and HBC member who really dislikes the silt area under the train bridge in University Circle when she commutes via the Harrison-Dillard Bikeway.
Gary Franke, Treasurer Elect
Gary recently located to Cleveland Heights and brings enthusiasm for long distance bike riding and tandem bikes as well as past experience as a board treasurer for another non-profit organization.
Joy Henderson, Communications Committee Co-Chair
Joy Henderson has been riding a two-wheeler since her daddy took the training wheels off in Carmichael, Calif. She believes that a strong cycling community is healthier, safer, friendlier and more fun. Joy hopes that the HBC can increase infrastructure accommodations for cyclists, educate and encourage cyclists and improve motorists cycling awareness.
Her day job is with Cleveland Heights High School as the Parent/Community Liaison. She has a BS from Ohio University in Geology.
Sarah O’Keeffe, Governance Committee Chair
Sarah fondly remembers her first bike — a powder-blue and white banana-seated beauty called Blue Angel – that inspired her love of cycling. She learned the perils of city biking in Parma, Italy, alongside zippy motorbikes and the joys (and aches) of long mountain road rides in Oita-ken, Japan.
She now rides a sensible commuter bike to her job at University Hospitals (Office of Sustainability), rides often with her family on weekends and leads or joins in various social rides sponsored by Heights Bicycle Coalition. Sarah plans an active role in organizing and managing Canterbury Elementary School’s annual bicycling event – All Geared Up – which is open to all families in the Heights area.
Jamie Babb, Communications Committee Co-Chair
Jamie has expertly co-managed communications for HBC for the past two years.
For Greg, cycling is a fun and functional way to spend time with family, see and explore the city, get to work and exercise. He enjoys riding with his family for fun and errands – to parks, libraries, and his kids’ sporting events, the bank, grocery store and an occasional ice cream treat.
He is a member of the HBC Education and Engineering Committee and he commutes by bike to his job as an attorney at Sherwin-Williams. Greg says that the morning ride to work helps him prepare for the day and the evening ride is a time to decompress before arriving home.
A passionate cyclist and transit commuter, Akshai is also an active member in many community groups, attends Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and works on social media communications for HBC.
Marc Bellet, Board Member Elect
Marc is co-founder of Cleveland Heights based cycling solutions manufacturer, Hirobel Cycling, http://hirobel.com/about-1/, as well as a designer, artist and teacher.
Jeremy Komasz, Board Member Elect
Jeremy is a member of the Hirobel Cycling promotions team and hopes to join Marc on the HBC board.