Board of Directors
RALPH MONTI, ChairOsprey, FL
Ralph is President/CEO of Special Interest Media, Inc, an international media advisory firm. He’s the past president of The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, one of the nation’s largest bicycling clubs, and is a certified League of American Bicyclists LCI. He is very active in bicycle safety education and bicycle advocacy. He recently helped create and launch a monthly series of bicycle safety education workshops throughout the greater Sarasota County, Florida area. He teaches a monthly bicycle safety session at the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. Ralph is also an active member of the Florida Bike Association, and lobbies for better bicycle infrastructure for the state of Florida. His goal is to help build an American bicycle infrastructure that rivals European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
KEN PODZIBA, Vice ChairNew York, NY
Ken Podziba is the President and CEO of Bike New York, which is the nonprofit bike education organization that organizes the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable ride) and produces Bike Expo New York (the country’s most-attended consumer bike show). Podziba says he is most proud of the growth of Bike New York’s education program—the largest of its kind in the country—which offers free bike education classes, after-school programs, and summer camp activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He earned an MS at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a BS at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman School of Management.
HARRY BRULL, SecretarySalida, CO
Harry Brull served on the League’s Board from 2005 to 2014. Professionally, he served as Senior Vice President of Personnel Decisions International (now part of Korn/Ferry), an international consulting firm grounded in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. During his 37-year tenure, he designed selection and promotional processes for organizations ranging from Ford Motor Company to the Peace Corps. His particular areas of specialty are services to government and non-profit organizations. As an educator, he has taught kindergartners, undergraduates, and graduate students. He has delivered national and international addresses on a variety of topics. He currently lives in the small Colorado mountain town of Salida which he and his wife discovered on 2006 Ride the Rockies.
NICOLE PRESTON, At LargeWashington, D.C.
Nicole is President and CEO of Special Olympics DC. Previously, she was Managing Director of Tour de Cure, a fundraising campaign with 90 cycling events nationwide that has grown from 26,000 riders to more than 62,000. Through the Tour de Cure, Nicole promoted cycling to new audiences as a means to improve health and reduce the incidence of diabetes. Nicole rides regularly, in various modes: at low speed with family on the paths around the Washington, D.C. area, at moderate speeds in various cycling events around the country and in high-speed pace lines on timed segments.
Albert is an avid bicycle commuter, indoor cycling instructor, and recreational cyclist. She currently serves as President of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) and is an LCI. She is a registered patent attorney with a PhD in Materials Science. Her solo Intellectual Property law practice is located in Albuquerque.
Maria is the founder and CEO of Po Campo, an internationally-distributed brand of bike bags for people who love using their bike to get around and refuse to compromise on style or functionality. Since May 2013, Po Campo has partnered with World Bicycle Relief, donating a portion of sales to funding the purchase of bicycles for girls in developing countries so that they can get to school. An in-demand speaker, Maria has presented about her entrepreneurial journey in the bike and outdoor world at the League’s National Bike Summit, the Industrial Designer Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, and the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show, among others. Prior to founding Po Campo, Maria worked as an industrial designer and brand strategist, solving problems for brands as varied as 3M, Pampers, and Yellowtail. A reluctant office dweller, she prefers to spend her time bicycling around town, traveling abroad, reading books and drinking coffee in cafes, all of which can now, thankfully, count as "work."
Mr Durrant is principal at Alta Planning + Design in Seattle, Washington, a bicycle commuter, a long-distance cyclist and a licensed landscape architect specializing in bicycle facilities. For more than 30 years he has planned, designed and built cycling, pedestrian and greenway facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and encouraged communities to include active transportation modes in the fabric of community life. His project experience includes award-winning urban trails (such as the Cedar Lake Regional Trail in Minneapolis and the Spokane River Centennial Trail in Washington), citywide and statewide bicycle plans, planning for bicycle sharing programs, urban design for light rail transit systems and the development of progressive national design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Durrant possesses expertise in community and agency planning, and non-profit organizational development. As a longtime commuter he understands the issues and opportunities associated with integrating all ages and abilities cycling innovations into state, regional and community bicycle policies and plans - an understanding that reflects his knowledge of cycling and its role as a vehicle for community change.
Rob Gusky is past-president and currently serves on the board of the Fox Cities Cycling Association (FCCA), an innovative nonprofit bike advocacy group in Wisconsin. Since organizing in 2012, FCCA partners with the local police department on a bike ambassador program, worked with the Boys & Girls Club to start a Trips For Kids chapter, organizes over 50 cyclists to participate in the popular Christmas Parade, produced a safety video in response to a local cyclists death and hosts an 18 mile ride in February across the frozen surface of Lake Winnebago. Gusky is a Senior Engineer at Kimberly-Clark, a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business, where he serves as the Ambassador of Cycling. He is the creator of the National Bike Challenge and a past recipient of the Bicycle Friendly America Leadership Award. Gusky is a regular bike commuter in Appleton, WI.
Max Hepp-Buchanan is the director of Bike Walk RVA (RVA = Richmond, VA), a program of the Richmond-based active living nonprofit, Sports Backers. Bike Walk RVA advocates for comfortable and connected biking and walking infrastructure throughout greater Richmond. Max also serves on the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission and Safe and Healthy Streets Commission. Max grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he received Urban Planning and Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington. He has been working in the field of non-motorized transportation policy, planning, and advocacy since 2007. He was previously employed as the Advocacy Campaigns Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle before moving his family across the country for the opportunity to direct Bike Walk RVA in early 2013. Since then, Max and his wife and two boys have settled into Richmond nicely, where they hike, bike and eat their way through the mid-Atlantic.
Karen Jenkins is the Managing Principal for Development4Good, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising, public affairs, and board development for NGOs and internationally focused non-profit organizations. She has over three decades of executive positions with NGO/non profit and higher education organizations. Karen received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Her undergraduate work was at Fisk University. From 2010 through 2014, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Previous board service includes the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Model UN/HBCU of the United Nations Association, Scandinavian Seminar, and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Ms. Jenkins, who is a League Cycling Instructor, is a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Central Jersey Bicycle Club.
FERNANDO MARTINEZBrownsville, TX
Fernando is an active transportation consultant and bike shop owner. He has been in the bike industry for over 30 years between Mexico and the U.S. and has lived in Brownsville Texas for the past four years. He has promoted all types of cycling and has focused on the bicycle as a means of primary transportation in his work with BikeTexas. He has helped Brownsville to accomplish many goals with bike infrastructure, activation and programing, including becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community. Currently, he is providing leadership, expertise, resources, inspiration and support to the Harlingen Wellness Coalition to help the City of Harlingen develop and implement a multi-facet activation program, and to promote multi-modal transportation. He focuses on bringing positive civic engagement, providing tools and support, to engage in the positive aspects of bicycling, including the social, economic and environmental health benefits. Fernando was received the Advocate of the Year Award at the 2016 National Bike Summit and is LCI #1777.
Gail and her husband Jim have built a collection of over 10,000 minerals and gemstones, which is considered among the top private collections in the world. Specimens from the Spann Minerals Collection are routinely loaned to the Yale Peabody Museum and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science among others. Gail, who lectures about minerals also serves as a docent at the Perot Museum. She has a passion for educating people, especially youth and women, about the importance of minerals and encourages them to collect. Gail also serves as Vice Chair of the board for the Mineralogical Record Magazine where she is also an associate photographer. She also serves on the board of the Hudson Institute, a mineralogical associated organization. Gail has served as the Chair of the League Board of Directors and is a League Cycling Instructor. The League was honored to create the “Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year Award” for their commitment and contributions to Bike Education. Gail also served as chair of the Board of BikeTexas where she is now on the Honorary Committee. She was instrumental in founding BikeHouston and BikeDFW. Gail was a long time racer, both on and off road.
TORRANCE STRONGIrving, TX
Torrance, a Louisiana native, holds a BS in Psychology from Southern University - Baton Rouge, LA. He has maintained his love for cycling since childhood and has emerged as a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Strong operates a bicycle based business, T. Strong Transportation. As a current Bike Texas board member, he has been involved in several bicycle infrastructure projects on the city level throughout the Fort Worth/Dallas Megaplex. His goal as a League of American Bicyclists Board Member is to expose more individuals to cycling as a safe, useful, alternative form of transportation. Mr. Strong is a commuter and participates in various bicycle rides throughout the country. He is also LCI #2850.