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ScottScott Bricker – Executive Director

Scott Bricker has cycled across the country, is an everyday bicycle commuter, and is a vocal advocate for cyclists’ rights. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a B.S. in Public Policy and Management. Scott lived in San Francisco for two years following graduation where he worked for a dot-com and a software company before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2001. Scott is a co-founder of Bike Pittsburgh. He can be reached via email at scott@bikepgh.org


ErokEric “Erok” Boerer – Advocacy Director

Eric is one of the founders of the Free Ride community bike program. Eric coordinated BikePGH’s first BikeFest!, a multi-day bicycle festival and celebration, drawing thousands of participants, and continues to this day. Although a native to Eastern PA, he has been in Pittsburgh since 1995, moving here to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution. In college, he fell in love with the bicycle, which then made him fall in love with Pittsburgh. Eric can be reached at eric@bikepgh.org


Mike Carroll – Event Directormike2016_OSP_square

Mike is an enthusiast for all things pedal powered.  At the University of Pittsburgh Mike’s passion for cycling began on a different path than most, with just one wheel. As a unicyclist he has medaled at international competitions in Canada and France.   Mike has done a little bit of everything when it comes to event management from hosting bicycle races to traveling the world with the “quirky acrobatic” Zany Umbrella Circus.

You can reach Mike at mike@bikepgh.org


Connor Hestdalen – Administrative Assistant

Connor began riding on a beautiful cheetah-patterned Huffy at age 6, and maintains a love for bikes through daily commuting and exploring Pittsburgh’s enviable network of trails. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2009, Connor has resumed studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he focuses on history and Persian. While not on a bike or in a classroom, he coordinates Persian Pittsburgh (a public poetry project and website), Inqueerior (a bi-annual showcase for queer artists) and is actively involved with Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. He can be reached at connor@bikepgh.org


Jane sculptureJane Kaminski – Membership & Outreach Manager

Jane joined the BikePGH staff not too long after being named BikePGH’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 2011. She began biking in Pittsburgh in 2009 while a student at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Jane enjoys biking to ice cream and wild food foraging by bike.   Jane can be reached at jane@bikepgh.org


JulieMallisEducationProgramMgrSquare1Julie Mallis – Education Manager

Julie, a daily bike commuter and artist, helped transition the Positive Spin program from MGR Youth Empowerment to Bike Pittsburgh. Involved in Pittsburgh’s arts community, she also serves as the Creative Director at BOOM Concepts. After learning to ride as a student of Carnegie Mellon, she slowly taught herself to bike with no hands during her daily commutes. Julie loves teaching others how to ride, stay safe and feel confident! She can be reached at julie@bikepgh.org.


Ngani_BioPicFeb2016Ngani Ndimbie – Communications Manager

Ngani is a Pittsburgh native with a passion for community empowerment. She fell in love with bike commuting while attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida; where she studied visual arts, political science, and public policy. Prior to joining team at Bike Pittsburgh, Ngani worked with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Regional Equity Monitoring Project, and the League of Young Voters.

Ngani can be reached at ngani@bikepgh.org


dan winter whip cropDan Yablonsky – Business Development Manager

Dan started at BikePGH in 2012 after graduating from the University of Vermont. He has worked at various advocacy organizations garnering support from the business community for better biking and walking. He enjoys exploring cities on tandem bikes with a trusted copilot.  Dan also loves to boogie-down. His choreography has been invited for performance at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts.  Dan can be reached at dan@bikepgh.org


linkedin photoSarah Quinn – Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah first began working with BikePGH as a Summer Outreach Specialist, lending a hand at Open Streets and testing bells at the bike valets. She grew up traversing the trails in Seattle, WA and later fell in love with city riding while attending Duquesne University. You’ll likely see her biking to and from the Strip with a bag full of the essentials (tofu, fruit, and kombucha).

She can be reached at sarah@bikepgh.org


Phil_Bio_2016_600x600Phil Hnatkovich – Communications Contributor

Before BikePGH, Phil wrote about urban geography, environment, and transportation in a very different context, completing a Ph.D. in early modern history at Penn State. A research stint at the biking haven of Île de Ré got him back on a bike, and he hasn’t gotten off since. He is Co-Founder and Co-Director of MarineLives, a small charity that designs volunteer and education programs in public history. He also works in local transportation advocacy with Bloomfield Livable Streets.


Board of Directors

bender1Phillip Bender, Secretary (Board Member since 2009)

Phil, an environmental lawyer and founder partner of Ring Bender McKown & Castillo, grew up on BMX bikes in the wilds of the San Francisco Bay Area; graduated to a 1953 Columbia tandem during college in Portland, Oregon, mostly for romantic reasons; broke a bunch of mountain bikes racing around the Pacific Northwest in his 20s; commuted on random jury-rigged spare parts while working in government after law school; and now chases his two kids down the trails and backroads of our amazing city on a bamboo unicycle. Well, maybe not a unicycle, but everything else is true. Phil also serves as General Counsel to Riverlife and is a Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. graduate.


Karen BrooksKaren Brooks (Board Member since 2012)

Just after graduation from Chatham College with a degree in Environmental Studies, Karen got sucked into the vortex of the bike industry, and aside from a couple years at the East End Food Co-op with Mac Howison, has not been able (or willing) to escape since. She worked at various Gatto Cycle Shops from 1996 to 2001, going from shop rat to store manager, then later at Rotating Mass Media, publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times, from 2004-2014. She was the founding editor of Bicycle Times. Currently she is enjoying a career as a freewheeling freelancer for all kinds of bike-related companies and institutions, including serving as Carnegie Mellon University’s bike consultant.

Karen and Dan Yablonsky worked together to develop Bike Pittsburgh’s City Cycling educational program. Teaching these classes, along with mountain bike clinics for The Wheel Mill and others, has become her most rewarding two-wheeled activity.

Karen enjoys just about all forms of fun on a bicycle, although her first love is mountain biking.

She can be found at events such as the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race and the Dirty Dozen as well as cruising the trails of Frick Park. Bikepacking is a current obsession. But above all, she enjoys traveling the city streets by bike and marveling at the transformation of Pittsburgh into a truly bike-friendly city.


Ed EnglerEdward Engler, Vice President (Founding Board Member since 2002)

Ed is the founder and Chairman of Summa Technologies, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based software consulting firm. He is also a General Partner with Pittsburgh Equity Partners. Ed brings his deep experience within the local business community to Bike Pittsburgh. He is a founding board member and has been here since 2002.


Nancy Furbee (Board Member since 2011)

Nancy can’t get enough of the out-of-doors – whether on a bicycle, on a horse, hiking through the woods, or cross country skiing, she loves spending her free time outside.

Though a well-traveled mountain biker for over a decade or two, Nancy’s cycling career has adapted to include road biking, and, specifically, raising money for various charities through each stroke of her pedals.

Additionally, she loves taking her nephew and beginners on bike rides in the Pittsburgh area. A new fan of the “city trails”, Nancy is motivated to make the city (and the region!) a place safe for cyclists, pedestrians and automobiles alike. She would make a great Safety Patrol with a bright orange vest.

Nancy lives in the Wexford area and is proud to call Pittsburgh home. She is a graduate of North Hills High School and holds a master degree in Human Resources from La Roche College. A recent graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh program, Nancy combines her love of networking and her 20+ year HR career to successfully lead her HR consulting firm, Furbee and Associates LLC. Of course, if all of her clients were cyclists (and, many of them are!), she would live her dream by conducting all planning sessions on two wheels.


Beth Hazlett (Board Member since 2010)

Beth is a Strategic Account Manager for McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  Beth cannot remember a time when she did not ride a bike – there are even pictures of her on the back of her Dad’s bike when she was a baby.  A native of Pittsburgh, she loves cycling on the roads here and overseas.  Most vacations are spent on a bicycle traveling the roads of another country.   She is passionate about the idea that bikes and cars can safely share the road.  She is also passionate about getting as many people on bicycles as possible – it’s fun and it’s healthy.  Beth rides with Lou’s Crew on most Saturdays and Sundays.  Her favorite “city ride” is to the top of Mt. Washington either in the early morning or just before sunset. Beth also serves as an Ambassador at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She is a graduate of Fox Chapel High School and Smith College.


Mac HowisonMac Howison, President (Board Member since 2008)

Mac is the Funding Programs Manager for The Sprout Fund, one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading agencies on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding.  Mac’s enthusiasm for car-free transportation is evident in his active walking, busing, and biking regimen.

Mac holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a Camp Dudley, YMCA alumnus. A musician and amateur bike mechanic, Mac spends most of his time with his family around their 1901 Frederick Schiebler home in Swissvale. His wife Jennifer is an avid cyclist and their children Mev and Mason will sometimes join them on two wheels.


Mike Kotyk (Board Member since 2012)

Mike’s passion for cycling and bicycle advocacy stems from both his professional career and personal life. He is a Graduate Landscape Architect at Pashek Associates, a landscape architecture and community planning firm located on Pittsburgh’s Northside. At Pashek, Mike’s work focuses mostly on greenway and trail planning, as well as bicycle and pedestrian planning.

Mike is also owner and founder of Over the Bar Bicycle Café (OTB) in the South Side. At OTB, Mike worked hard to install Pittsburgh’s first on street bike corral. He has also received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh for advocating for safer streets and promoting bicycling for people of all ages, both for recreation and as an alternative means of transportation.

Mike was able to work with Bike Pittsburgh and the League of American Bicyclists to establish Pashek Associates and OTB Bicycle Café as Bicycle Friendly employers both locally and nationally.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys Mountain Biking with his wife Erin or riding the rail trails with his two small children Aidan and Addison. When he is able, Mike enjoys commuting to work by bicycle from his home in the South Hills. You can reach Mike at mike@otbbicyclecafe.com


dutch_headshotDutch MacDonald (Board Member since 2015)
As president and CEO of MAYA Design, Dutch MacDonald leads a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary team that works at the intersection of complex, information-rich technology and human experience.He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer for over 6 years.

Prior to joining MAYA, Dutch practiced architecture for more than 17 years, and was vice president at EDGE Studio, one of the Pittsburgh region’s most respected and creative architectural practices. He has been featured in publications such as Dwell, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and Metropolitan Home, and has exhibited his work at the Heinz Architectural Center and Florida Atlantic University.

Dutch currently serves of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the Governance Board of America Makes. He is a registered architect in both Pennsylvania and New York.

He is a pedestrian, a biker, a motorist, and rider. He wants to do what he can to grow a network of transportation options where all – from his 4-year old child to his 85-year old neighbor – can safely and efficiently live a mobile lifestyle.


Brian Mendelssohn (Board Member since 2012)

Brian has overall responsibility for Botero Development since 2007, a development and construction firm focused on urban redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

Previously, he led a 30 member team as the director of construction for Hawthorne Development, a Chicago-based condominium conversion company known for its environmentally friendly, high quality, affordably priced redevelopment projects. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Ariba (FreeMarkets) in Pittsburgh.

Brian earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Senior Leadership Award. He is a resident of Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.


Susan Petersen (Board Member since 2012)

Shortly after moving to Pittsburgh in 1989, Susan’s darkest fears about the status of biking in Pittsburgh were confirmed when the city was named worst city for biking. Coming from pedaling the awesome cycling infrastructure in Germany and Denmark, this was quite a blow. So the tremendous progress of recent years is even more thrilling and Susan is honored to be able to contribute to making Pittsburgh more bike friendly.

Susan and her husband Stefan Frembgen can be seen biking around the East End where they live and own a business. They also enjoy bike touring. Memorable trips include the Great Allegheny Passage-B&O Canal trail to Washington, DC; and a family tour with Adventure Cycling in Colorado. They have three children, Ingrid, Marco & Renée. A native of Michigan, Susan has degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.


Brad board Brad Quartuccio (Board Member since 2006)

Brad is a third generation Pittsburgher who hasn’t stopped riding bikes since childhood. He started racing mt. bikes at the age of 14 and has competed in various cycling disciplines since. He worked for Dirt Rag Magazine from 1997 to 2007, moving his way up to a combined position of Subscription Circulation Management, Product Tester and Staff Photographer. He is currently the editor of Urban Velo Magazine. Brad holds a degree in mechanical engineering from University of Pittsburgh. Brad has helped organize BikeFest for the past few years, has worked on the Ghost Bike Pittsburgh project, Critical Mass and community/event planning.


Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers, B.S., M.Ed. (Board Member since 2012)

Cathy is the President of Aero Tech Designs, Inc., a cyclewear company located in Coraopolis, Pa. near the Pittsburgh Airport. She fell in love with cycling at Girl Scout camp at age 12, where she attended the bicycle touring camp. Cathy has bicycle toured with panniers across the United States from Tampa, Florida up the East coast to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has taken a bicycle tour through eight European countries starting in London, England and cycling over to Dover and then across into the Mainland and throughout Europe. The most she ever rode in one day is 140 miles!

Cathy is an avid cyclist. She is a former USCF licensed bike racer, who cycled for the University of South Florida in many sanctioned races and achieved third in the Florida State Championships. In addition, she has competed in many triathlons throughout the Eastern U.S. Today, Cathy continues to ride in bicycle tours and events. She collects bike art and describes her home as a shrine to the pneumatic tire. She said that “Riding my bicycle makes me happy” which is the essence of her love affair with the two wheeled wonder.


BruceWoods-sqBruce Woods (Board Member since 2011)

Bruce is a certified arborist and is employed by the Duquesne Light Company as a Supervisor of Vegetation Management. A lifelong “Northsider”, Bruce has been active in his local community through his church, community groups, and as President of the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club.

He and his wife Shelia are passionate about bringing the joy & health benefits of cycling to all members of the Pittsburgh area, especially those living in the inner city.

Bruce also sees the extra benefit of bicycling as it provides transportation to youth who may have no other way of visiting different areas of the city. Bruce believes bicycling also serves as an alternative, more efficient form of transportation for adult commuters that benefits the health of the city and its citizens.

Bruce is a recreational cyclist who enjoys doing centuries in Pennsylvania and several states around the country.