Board of Directors
|Haley Keller, Chair
Keller is co-founder and co-owner of Peddler Brewing Company in Ballard, which opened its doors in 2013. A graduate of the Cascade Bicycle Club Advocacy Leadership Institute, she is a leader in the Connect Ballard neighborhood advocacy team and continually seeks ways for Peddler Brewing Company to support the bicycle community. Keller received her BS in Mathematics and Master in Teaching from Seattle University and taught math at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.
Alexa grew up on the Sammamish Plateau when it was still rural. She’s also lived in Sammamish, Bellevue, Mercer Island and finally settled in Redmond with her husband Wilfried Mack (also a Cascade Ride Leader).
Alexa’s professional background is in accounting. She is currently the Director of Corporate Accounting for a reputable local commercial real estate company – Unico Properties. Alexa says most of her life is spent either working or on the bike. She also has horses, cats and chickens at home which keep her busy. She loves the outdoors and will do anything to ride her bike or horse whenever possible. Alexa and her husband tour and lead rides together. She says they both enjoy the experience of seeing the world by bike.
Jim is a long-time entrepreneur focused on developing or fostering the development of early stage companies in Asia and the US. He has served on the boards of private companies as well as several non-profit boards, most recent was Water1st International, where he was also the Treasurer.
Jim’s special interest is safety for the most vulnerable on our roads: cyclists and pedestrians. His experience raising three bicycling sons coupled with witnessing several bicycling accidents have reinforced his interest in making our roads safer. He has actively helped staff road counts, put on bicycle rodeos, and participated in safe bicycling educational events at local schools. Six years ago he and a group of fellow concerned cyclists formed “Neighbors in Motion,” a community that advocates for improved facilities and courteous, safe behavior on Mercer Island roads. To this end NIM has organized community meetings on road safety and worked with the city on a range of cycling issues. Jim believes that cyclists benefit by demonstrating the courtesy and safe behaviors we expect from motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists.
Sandi is a nutritional biochemist in cancer prevention at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. She has a personal interest in the contribution of physical activity to reducing the risk of chronic disease, and wants to help make bicycling accessible to everyone in order to create a healthier, happier society.
Previously a runner, Sandi began cycling about four years ago after developing a foot injury. New to cycling and apprehensive about riding alone, she began joining Cascade Bicycle Club’s Free Group Rides. The warmth and encouragement of the Cascade community was overwhelming. Wanting to give back to the cycling community, she has become deeply involved in the Cascade and Washington Bikes activities.
I began riding seriously in Austin, Texas in 1983 with short bike tours and a local century event and continued riding tours and century events in San Diego, Calif. My husband Phil and I met in San Diego, introduced by mutual friends who knew we shared a love of cycling. We enjoyed cycling in San Diego, but the lack of safe bike infrastructure became a real barrier over time for me to access bicycling. Upon arriving in Seattle in the late ‘90’s, we discovered the terrific trails and other bike facilities that opened up this beautiful area for exploration and discovery by bike. Since then, when not riding, I have assisted as a volunteer with advocacy campaigns for transit and climate issues.
In the last 20 years, conditions for cycling have improved tremendously, but there are real issues around the state that remain a barrier to access to cycling for many people. I believe that biking should be safe, appealing and accessible to all in this region. I believe that this goal is very achievable with the focus and effort by Washington Bikes and with the support of its members.
The Washington Bikes board of directors is appointed by the Cascade Bicycle Club board. Washington Bikes and Cascade became affiliated organizations with a merger effective Jan. 1, 2016.