Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director

Jacob has served as the executive director of Bike Cleveland since February of 2012.

An alumnus of Spring Arbor University where he earned a degree in sociology with a concentration in community development, Jacob is now a passionate Cleveland transplant.

Prior to becoming director of Bike Cleveland Jacob was the active living coordinator at Slavic Village Development where he created and implemented programs that got residents connected and active in the community. As part of his work at Slavic Village Development Jacob served as the convener of the leadership team that created Bike Cleveland.

As director of Bike Cleveland Jacob works closely with volunteers and members to affect policy, legislation and infrastructure that help make Cleveland’s roadways safer and our neighborhoods more vibrant. Jacob can be contacted at 216-273-6863 or Jacob@bikecleveland.org.

Jason Kuhn, Communications & Events Manager

Jason joined the Bike Cleveland team in January 2017.

He is a lifelong cyclist – with years of graphic design and marketing experience, as well as a Business Degree from Walsh University.

Jason worked within the bicycle industry for over 2 decades. He knows firsthand the issues facing cyclists, the fears of new riders, and positive impact that cycling can have on health, communities, and business development. Fostering this positive impact is what drew him to join the Bike Cleveland team.

Spreading the message that bicycles deserve respect and represent the future of Cleveland, encouraging cyclists to ride without fear, and building a movement for all riders are his goals. Jason can be contacted at 216-298-1938 or Jason@bikecleveland.org

Deltrece Daniels, Outreach & Membership Manager

Deltrece has over twenty years of experience educating people of all ages.

You can often find her volunteering at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op repairing, building bicycles, making tasty vegan meals in the kitchen, or leading social rides throughout the city.  She would more than likely be wearing a Black Girls Do Bike jersey, which consists of other women of color throughout the United States that share their passion of cycling.  Cleveland has a local BGDB Chapter and Deltrece shares cycling related information and also lead social rides throughout Cleveland and neighboring cities that often has Black History informational background.

Deltrece attended Kent State University where she became a member of the international, historically Black greek letter sorority Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.  She obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree and the Administrative Award certificate in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College, and in 2016 became a League Certified Instructor  to further her goal of educating people on bikes.

She enjoys commuting to work via bicycle and is not afraid to utilize public transportation for part or all of the commute depending on Mother Nature’s mood.  You may have recognized her in Cleveland’s Terminal Tower if you are hopping on RTA’s Red Line going Westbound.

Deltrece is looking forward to sharing her excitement, knowledge and most importantly LOVE of cycling with you, your family & friends in your neighborhood.  Deltrece can be reached at 216-273-6872 or deltrece@bikecleveland.org

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Sugalski, President

Real Estate Development Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
*Inaugural Board Member

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I only own one bike, and that’s an Electra Ticino. Most of the riding I do these days is comprised commuting and running errands, so it does the job. My wife and I are looking forward getting a family bike that we can use to haul our two kids around.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I may be slightly biased because I help coordinate it, but I absolutely love Cranksgiving. The generosity of the cycling community is always amazing. To see the massive pile of food cyclists selflessly purchase for disadvantaged families at the conclusion of the event is extremely moving.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

I feel like I’m contributing to a more vibrant region by cycling for transportation, plus it’s a very satisfying feeling not to have to rely on an automobile.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

I started attending public meetings in Old Brooklyn to advocate for cycling infrastructure and amenities in the late 2000’s. I became known as the “bike guy” in the neighborhood, and was asked to lead tours and rides. In 2010, a small group of us decided to host our own event, Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes. We have hosted the event five times and have attracted thousands of cyclists of all ages and from all walks of life to experience Old Brooklyn by bike. I’ve also coordinated or helped organize several different rides locally.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

Bike Cleveland is needed to represent the interests of all cyclists and has made a huge difference in Northeast Ohio in its brief five-year history. I want to help Bike Cleveland become the best, most effective cycling advocacy organization it can possibly be.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

Cycling is a very safe and convenient form of transportation for everyone everywhere.

 

Mitch Thompson, Vice President

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
*Board Member since 2014

What kind of bike do you ride?
Well, I have more than one but I love riding road bikes – especially my commuter and a Gunnar Sport.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
I enjoy my commuting routes between the near eastside and downtown a lot but, when I can get out of town to ride, really enjoy both the Chagrin and Cuyahoga Valleys.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
Healthy, green commutes, vigorous exercise with great scenery … and weight loss (though you can’t really tell by looking at me!).

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
Squire Patton Boggs has an incredibly active Bike Committee that engages our people on bike commuting as well as riding for exercise and charity.  I’m also involved with Bike Shaker.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
My wife, Karen, and I raised our kids on bikes, which has given me many happy memories.  One favorite and recent memory was riding to Sandusky with both adult kids during Pedal to the Point – a full, sunny day in the saddle with them just chatting and enjoying the ride.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Cleveland has so many opportunities for growth and improvement that can involve cycling.  A big part of that will be user-friendly bike infrastructure arising in a culture of bike enthusiasm and advocacy – and not just “bike tolerance.”

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
Cycling issues and projects are accelerating quickly now in northeast Ohio and Bike Cleveland is at the heart of things.  I’m thrilled to be a part of that and lend a hand.

Christopher Alvarado

Executive Director, Slavic Village Development
*Inaugural Board Member (email)

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

Since I joined Bike Cleveland, I have slimmed down to three bikes, but my favorite remains “Tonia”, a touring bike kitted with front and rear panniers. I’ll ride that bike across the neighborhood and across the state.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I enjoy riding from my near-west side Cleveland neighborhood down to Kent and back. My route takes me through city streets, along the Towpath Trail, and down the Summit County Hike and Bike Trail, and as such, really encompasses all of the cycling options open to folks in Northeast Ohio. But, my favorite ride is the American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride, which takes me and several dozen other riders across Ohio. I’ve gained a newfound appreciation for my adopted state through this important ride that has raised millions of dollars for those fighting cancer.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

Riding a bicycle makes me more connected to my community and my neighbors. I move at a reasonable pace and am able to stop and chat or see things that one simply cannot while ensconced in a car.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

I’m proud to be the director of Slavic Village Development, where we are building Cleveland’s premier “Active Living” neighborhood. Together with neighborhoods across the region, we are creating better communities through walkability and bikability.

What drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

In just the short few years of Bike Cleveland’s existence, its members have changed how local government views and supports cycling, and we have changed state law as well. As a board member, I want to give that power to the everyday citizens to improve their communities.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

As we improve cycling in Cleveland, we are creating friendlier, more connected, and more diverse neighborhoods. We have the opportunity to use cycling as a way to make Greater Cleveland the model for communities around the world.

Freeform: What else should our members know that makes you unique?

I’m better at playing the hand ocarina than anybody I know.

 

Anneliese Coleman

How many bikes do you own? Which is your favorite?
I currently own 3 bikes. I used to have more but I have found The One. She is a mint green Specialized Sequoia. Steel frame bike. I love her. We can go anywhere and conquer anything together.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?
My favorite ride is along the lake. I love to ride to the East 55th Marina and ride along the lake and watch boats, people and birds but most of all catching the sunset on Lake Erie. I started mountain biking last year and have fallen in love. I am looking forward to exploring more local trails. My favorite ride would be around Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes NY. I absolutely love Critical Mass on the last Friday of every month.

What does riding a bike mean to you?
Freedom. Fun. Friends. Strength. Cycling lets me explore the world at a pace where I can observe and reflect. You see so much more going place to place on a bike than in a car.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland Cycling Community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
I was volunteer of the year three times for Bike Cleveland. I have helped captain a rest stop for the Fundo all except for one year since it’s inception. I have sat on the Fund Development Committee for Bike Cleveland for 4 years. I became a League Certified Cycling Instructor in 2016. I have lead bike rodeos for the Ohio City Co-Op, local schools and local communities. I have helped teach adults cycling handling drills and how to safely ride on roads with traffic classes too.

What drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
Cycling can change a persons accessibility to the world around them. I want more people to feel the freedom and fun I experience while riding a bike and those people may not be as confident riding with traffic as some. That means that Cleveland needs more bike lanes, protected bike lanes and off the road trails that connect. I want Cleveland to become a city that people want to move to and stay and part of that is becoming more bike friendly.I want to be a part of that change.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
My vision is for no more bike riders to be killed while cycling. Cycling infrastructure is necessary and not a luxury. That drivers learn how to drive with bikes as vehicles on the road. That we as a city need to understand that bike riding accessibility is part of building a city that attracts people. Being a city that is car-centric is old thinking and Cleveland needs to move into the future.

Myron Bennett

Self-Employed
*Inaugural Board Member
*Nomination & Governance Committee Chair

What kind of bike do you ride?
A Diamondback hybrid.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
To and from my parent’s house on the Shaker Heights off-road bike path.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
I enjoy being outdoors and seeing the city landscape, plus biking is a great cardio workout

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Popping a wheelie as a child.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
A multi-county interconnected system of safe bikeways that support both commuting and recreational cyclists.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
I chose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board to support the needs of urban cyclists, and help revitalize recreational opportunities, and to improve school biking for inner-city youth.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Bike to Work Day.

Rob Thompson

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?
9 completes and 2 more in spare parts. I’m sure more are needed, though.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?
Anywhere on my cruiser bike followed closely by the Emerald Necklace on the race bike, counter clockwise of course. Anywhere? Lift assisted big travel mountain bikes at Deer Valley resort in Park City.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?
Fun. Fitness. Lifestyle. A way to hurt my friends legs.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
Former General Manager of Spin Bike Shop; co-organizer of NEOCycle; member of the cycling Nights Watch on Valley Parkway in winter.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
I used to be staff at Bike Cleveland and although I left, I wanted to find a way to stay and help.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
As a shrinking legacy city with hugely wide boulevards and a road network initially designed to serve a population three times what we have, we have a unique opportunity to repurpose that network to serve so much more than just cars. With the right leadership, it could happen. We can be much better. We need to push.

John Seydlitz

What kind of bike do you ride?
Many!

– Civia Hyland, daily commuter bike and grocery getter
– Vintage Alan Cyclocross with studded tires for icy conditions
– Specialized Crux cyclocross for cyclocross and gravel road racing and all around fun
– BMC TE02 for Mountain biking and racing
– Ridley Helium for faster road rides in good weather
– Merlin Extralight for very long road rides or riding in poor weather
– Salsa Al a Cart for towing a bike trailer or tag a long
– Schwinn Twinn tandem for nights out with my wife
– Specialized P23 Dirt Jump bike, for Ray’s MTB Park
– 1960s Schwinn cruiser for parades

Where is your favorite place to ride your bike?
Anywhere, but prefer off-road.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
I don’t like walking or driving that much.

Have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
I’m a daily cycling commuter and pass holder at “The Bike Rack” downtown. I’ve been racing mountain bikes since 1988 and volunteer for NEOCycle. I used to work in the bike industry as an employee of the old (now gone) City Bike. I was a contributor to the book Car-Free in Cleveland 2000, and most recently took over running local mountain bike racing team, The Marauders.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Riding behind my son as he cleared his first box jump at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Separated bike lanes all over town connecting residents to school, work, retail, and recreation.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
As a daily rider and as a parent, it’s in my own self-interest that Cleveland has better cycling infrastructure. More importantly, as someone who loves Northeast Ohio, I want to help Greater Cleveland become a national leader in developing a culture of cycling as it embraces new transportation solutions. Cities with rich cycling cultures are proven to be more vibrant and attractive places for people to work and play, and I’m passionate about my role in helping Cleveland benefit from those trends.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Mohican 100 mountain bike race

Jerry Pignolet

Robyn Herr

Krissie Wells

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I own 2. I can’t pick a favorite. The first is an old Fuji mixte that my husband fixed up for me for Valentine’s Day when we first started dating. The other is a Surly Long Haul Trucker that I ride almost every day in fair weather.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I like riding over the Lorain Carnegie bridge every morning on my way into work. It’s totally protected and an invigorating view. It’s a nice start to the day.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

Freedom, self-reliance, strength, one less car!

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

About 9 years ago when I moved to Ohio City and did Critical Mass for the first time.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

I am amazed at what Bike Cleveland has been able to achieve as a relatively young nonprofit, and I feel passionate about its mission. To me, building a community that is less (or not at all) autocentric makes sense on so many levels: it’s more equitable, more sustainable, and more interesting.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

That everyone will see bicycling as a mainstream form of a transportation.

Freeform: What else should our members know that makes you unique?

I was on the Antiques Roadshow once.

Mo Farunia

Assistant Director of Development, VeloSano

Philanthropy Institute, Cleveland Clinic

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I only own one bike (shocking). It’s a Cannondale CAADX so it’s a bit of a swiss-army bike and can handle it all; on the road and trail. I definitely see myself investing in a full suspension MTB in the future.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

When it comes to organized rides, I’m a bit biased to mention VeloSano since it’s my full time job. Experiencing thousands of Riders, Volunteers and supporters rallying together around one common cause is overwhelming. Every dollar raised benefits lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.
The Rocky River Reservation is my go-to leisure ride. When it comes to my favorite tour, going around Lake Erie is most definitely tops on the list.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

Freedom and joy.  Riding a bike is mode of efficient transportation that’s virtually free. Especially in communities like Cleveland and local suburbs where driving isn’t always necessary. And let’s face it, it’s hard to not smile when you’re riding a bike.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

I’ve volunteered with Bike Cleveland in different capacities since 2013 prior to joining the Board. This was around the same time that I started my career at Cleveland Clinic to help our team bring VeloSano to fruition. I work very closely with many of the local bicycle shops throughout Cleveland.

What drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

I was born in Cleveland and grew up in Lakewood. I love seeing/being a part of the growth and development within our community. Cleveland is great. There’s no reason that we can’t be among the leaders in the nation for sustainable infrastructure and transportation.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

I think it needs to go a bit deeper than just cycling. I believe the future of transportation in Cleveland needs to continue evolving. Everyone should be able walk, ride, or drive on roads, paths, etc. in such a way that there is little room for error for all parties involved. Infrastructure should continue to be developed and enhanced so that all modes of transport can co-exist and work together seamlessly. We’re making great strides but there’s always more to be done.

Freeform: What else should our members know that makes you unique?

I formerly founded Rewarding Rides with two of my close friends. We would embark on an annual multi-day cycling tour benefitting different local causes. The motto was simple; “Do something nice for someone, today and every day.” It was fun to pack up our panniers (or a trailer) and just GO for a week at a time, camping along the way.

Our rides included:
CLE to Athens, OH
CLE to Chicago
Washington DC to CLE
Around Lake Erie
Nashville, TN to CLE