Board of Directors
|Mary Anderson, Bellingham
Mary commutes by bicycle year round on her Surly Big Dummy Complete. She is a planner for the Whatcom Council of Governments and serves as everybodyBIKE coordinator organizing approximately 100 events each year. As a parent of two children she is passionate about helping parents commute by bicycle with their kids. Mary bikes for fun, fitness, the environment, and sometimes fashion.
|Bob Duffy, Lacey
Bob is a committed lifelong bicyclist. He served in the Naval Air and became an environmental planner working at local and state positions, retiring in 2007. Bob is a member of the Capital Bicycling Club and volunteers his time on many bicycling related projects. He also enjoys recreational bicycling, hiking, XC and telemark skiing, kayaking and travel.
|Marie Dymkoski, Palouse
Marie is the Executive Director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and very involved with her community. She has served on the boards for Washington-Idaho Symphony, Palouse Audubon Society, Viking “Crew” Booster Club, Palouse Community Center, and is currently a co-chair for the Palouse Knowledge Corridor. Marie rides regularly with a group of friends around the Palouse, but took her biking to a new level in 2013 when she trained for and completed her first STP. She now has her sights set on Ride Around Washington. Marie enjoys many outdoor pursuits, including kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
|Sarah Gelineau, Tonasket
Sarah is a road and mountain bicyclist who enjoys being active in the bicycling community, from speaking with legislators about important issues to supporting events such as the RAPSody Ride. She and her husband “graduated” from their jobs in Puget Sound and moved to Tonasket where they built their log home. She is looking forward to continuing to promote bicycling safety and education and exploring all the wonders of the Okanogan Highlands.
|Julie A. Gregg, Seattle
Julie sits on the Board of Directors of her family’s business, Gregg’s Cycles. She was Sportworks NW’s VP of their Quick-load Bike Rack Division. Her professional life has been dedicated to the bicycle industry including attending the National Bicycle Summit in Washington D.C. lobbying Congressional leaders on behalf of cyclists. Julie participates in road & mountain biking, touring & commuting, and racing on the velodrome where she took home a silver medal the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. She also shares her love of the bike with her young son.
|Angela Jones, Spokane
Angela is the Director of Employment & Conciliation Services for Spokane Public Schools. She currently serves on the Washington State University Alumni Association executive board and is the president of the WSU African American Alumni chapter. An avid recreational cyclist, Angela embraced biking after a chronic knee injury sidelined her from other sports. She also enjoys doing triathlons and gardening.
|Rod McDonald, Arlington(Bio to come)|
|Marc Mims, Spokane Valley
Marc is a Spokane Valley resident, avid cyclist, and advocate for non-motorized transportation. He leads a weekly group road ride for his local bike shop, is a member of the Spokane Bikes committee, and frequent volunteer and participant at cycling events. Marc is a 2006 Ironman finisher, where the swim and the run made him appreciate cycling even more. When he’s not riding his bike or spoiling his granddaughter, Marc is a software engineer at Moz.
|John Pope, Anacortes
John is passionate about creating statewide bicycle routes and is eagerly working with Washington Bikes to create a northern route that will become a part of the US Bicycle Route System. His community involvement is extensive and includes serving on the boards of Skagit Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Skagit Council of Governments/RTPO Active Communities Taskforce.
|Andrew Pryor, Dixie (Bio to come)|
|Petra Vallila-Buchman, Seattle
Petra has ten years of experience as a public health professional in communications, community engagement, and policy analysis and development. Introduced to bicycle commuting three years ago, Petra relates to the jitters new riders feel and the safety concerns they have. She served as a captain for her workplace team in the Commute Challenge and enjoyed introducing several co-workers to the joys of bike commuting. Away from work, Petra enjoys gardening and trying out her newly acquired glassblowing skills.
|Mark Van Kommer, Yakima
Mark grew up around bicycles. His father ran a bike shop and today, Mark is the owner of two bike shops himself: Valley Cycling & Fitness and Jake’s Bicycle Shop. He is a former USCF official and helped bring BMX racing to the Yakima Valley, and served two years on the Yakima Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Mark has served on the board of the Yakima Sunrise Rotary and he is a licensed auctioneer.
|John Vona, Seattle
John is a life-long cyclist and more recently a bicycle commuter since moving to Seattle in 2007. He grew up in a small bayside community in central New Jersey and got the cycling bug as a teen riding on congested roads to “shore points” such as Asbury Park and Belmar – Bruce Springsteen’s theme of being “sprung from cages out on Highway 9” was more than a metaphor. Those formative years gave John a deep appreciation for the network of bike lanes, trails and corridors available to cyclists in Washington and he would like to see those opportunities continue to improve and grow. John is a forester and works for Green Diamond Resource Company as a business planning manager.
|Ralph Wessels, Gig Harbor
Ralph has served on the WAbikes board in many capacities since 1998 including president. He is an engineer, works at the Port of Seattle and is currently on the State Transportation Improvement Board as the non-motorized representative. Ralph and his wife, Dena, live in Gig Harbor where they are active members of the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club. He is also part of the organizing team that host the Ride Around Puget Sound (RAPSody), which dedicates all of its proceeds to Washington Bikes.