Esther joined Bike Durham as an events coordinator after volunteering for several events during Bike Month in the summer of 2017. She enjoys cycling for work commutes, cruiser rides, long road rides into Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, or single track on local trails. On the board, she hopes to bring people together for the common goal of promoting safer streets. Working closely with our communications, volunteer, and membership teams, she provides awesome events for the community. Esther has been living in Durham and working at Duke in health promotion and disease prevention since 2009. She has worked on research studies that help explain how diabetes is prevented with diet and exercise. Esther is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, and is a program manager for Duke’s wellness program HealthyDuke.
Eileen grew up in the Triangle area and moved to Durham in July 2018. Since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017, she has worked for the UNC Center for Community Capital and You Need A Budget. At both of these jobs, she developed her interest in exploring the factors that shape an individual's financial life and what can be done to make access to financial education, products, and services more equitable. Eileen found out about Bike Durham by googling "bike durham" on a whim, out of a desire to explore her new home via bike. Her coordinator skills come from extensive experience working as a camp counselor and as the co-chair for student-run nonprofit community garden. She is "all hands on deck" for events, and ensures volunteers feel welcome, appreciated, and informed about Bike Durham’s work. She wants everyone to feel like they have a place in the bike community, even if they don't wear spandex (not a dig at spandex!). A few of her favorite things: meeting new people, well-loved public spaces, and using emoji in emails.
Amy has developed a love for biking over the last several years as a way of supporting her total health - mind, body, and spirit. She joined the Bike Durham board after being a member for over six months. She was inspired by the dedication of the other board members and volunteers to create a safe bike network for all Durham residents. Equity is something that Amy has always worked hard to advocate for in her work as a licensed clinical social worker. Throughout her 18 years of experience working for non-profit agencies and volunteering with other community organizations, she has had the opportunity to work on funding and development projects. She hopes to bring her experience in this area to the development committee to continue to advocate for a safer and healthier Durham.
Marc's move to Durham in 2006 came with a question mark—is midsize-city living possible without a car? He's been delighted to find that the answer is yes! He gets around solely by biking and walking (with occasional bus rides and car trips with friends), and he believes nothing clears the mind and recharges the soul like pedaling home at the end of the day. His work with Bike Durham is focused on making the streets safe and pleasant for all users, which will help make Durham a more equitable city. He earns his keep as a freelance sound recordist, audio producer, and writer, and he serves on the selection committee and works in the production department of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Jen learned to bike as an adult and has been in love with cycling ever since. She has commuted by bike on and off for 20+ years and almost exclusively the last eight years. Jen joined Bike Durham’s board after six years on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) and five years with Durham Community Trail Watch. She is a member of the Bicycle Co-op and, with the help of these groups, organizes the volunteers for Bike and Walk to School Days and bike safety classes using the Let's Go, NC! curriculum. She’s retiring from her day job in a few years and will be moving away from Durham. In the interest of saving the environment, before she leaves Jen would like to see more people use transportation alternatives (like public transit, bikes and scooters) over driving single occupant cars. For the future, that also means kids need to be taught how to ride a bike!
Mike moved to Durham in 2015 to be closer to his grandchildren, semi-retire and pursue his hobby and passion for road cycling. He sees Durham as a growing, vibrant and diverse community which provides a wonderful opportunity for building a safer, more bike-centric culture that everyone can enjoy. As chair of the Membership Committee, he will work to support Bike Durham's goal of building the organization by getting more people informed, involved, and engaged in bike advocacy here in Durham.
Allison grew up riding bikes with her family on the trails around Philadelphia and on day-trips around the Lancaster County countryside. Once her family went on a multi-day bike tour in Canada for “vacation” - at age fourteen, carrying panniers, she complained the whole way. Allison commuted by bike through grad school and to work for many years in rural PA. Her relationship with cycling changed when her mom was hit and killed by an elderly driver while biking in 2016. Allison wants to use her experience in marketing and communications to build momentum for a connected bike lane network in Durham, so more people can go more places safely. Allison thinks cyclists cannot be too visible and she may be single-handedly keeping the reflective vest and bike light industries in business. If you see her, don’t hit her.