BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Second Cycle Community Bicycle Shop (2nd Cycle) is overseen by a volunteer board of directors who work together to support and guide the organization for the public good. The role of the board is to:

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  • PLAN STRATEGICALLY toward the future

  • ESTABLISH POLICY that guides 2nd Cycle and articulates the values that frame future strategies

  • EMPLOY AND SUPPORT a first rate executive

  • ADVOCATE for and champion 2nd Cycle’s cause

  • FUNDRAISE AND GENERATE REVENUE to ensure that 2nd Cycle is financed properly, now and in the future.

JOIN OUR GROWING BOARD

2nd Cycle is looking for dynamic board members from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives. Previous board service is not a requirement — only your interest and passion in helping 2nd Cycle serve the community. If 2nd Cycle board service sounds like a fun and fulfilling way to get involved, we would love to talk more with you.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

Dan Maize

Dan Maize

Chair

Executive Committee, Finance Committee

Joined the Board in May 2021

Dan moved from Virginia to Tacoma in 2019 and is already immersed in the 253 culture. Now retired, he brings to 2nd Cycle a lifetime of retail experience. In his 25-year career with Trader Joe’s, Dan worked at 12 stores on both coasts, doing everything from managing stores to rounding up shopping carts. Dan believes “bikes change lives; they facilitate independence, they make people physically and emotionally healthier, they bring joy to young and old, they slow life down and connect us to our environment.” He foresees 2nd Cycle as a cycling town square that acts as a catalyst to make Tacoma less car-centric and more bike friendly. Dan studied journalism at the University of Oregon. He also serves on the board of a non-profit that supports under-resourced children and families in Haiti.

Mary Bot

Mary Bot

Treasurer

Executive Committee, Finance Committee

Joined the Board in Sep 2021

As a bike-riding kid, Mary figured out the secret equation to life: more miles = more smiles. Mary moved to Tacoma in 2014 and quickly learned that if you are a daily rider, the 2nd Cycle community space will keep you up and running, and the staff will treat you with utmost respect. She joined the 2nd Cycle board to help pass on her joy of biking to everyone who has yet to discover it. She brings to the peloton a background in nonprofit finance as controller at the NW Furniture Bank. Mary has a B.A. in philosophy from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and completed post-bac accounting studies at UW Tacoma. Mary is a card-carrying philosopher; you can find her waxing poetic about all kinds of nonsense while suffering up the hills around Tacoma.

Paul Bernstein

Paul Bernstein

Board Member

Past President Advisor

Joined the Board in Dec 2018

Paul is a master’s bike racer and retired attorney who moved to Tacoma in 2014. He discovered 2nd Cycle while suffering through the Destiny Dozen, a challenging event featuring 13 of Tacoma’s nastiest hills. Paul is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School — as well as a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence prosecution. He sees 2nd Cycle as both a vehicle and a metaphor for integrating community; a grassroots and gritty connection with other people to empower, lift up, transport, and bring the joy of riding a bicycle to others.

Gene Smith

Gene Smith

Board Member

Finance Committee

Joined the Board in Apr 2020

Gene's bike is his primary transportation option and he rides every day somewhere in Tacoma. He loves how 2nd Cycle is a true community shop that supports people from all backgrounds to ride bicycles. Gene has a B.Ed. from Central Washington University and works in Tacoma as an analyst with Bank of NY Mellon. He brings his analytical skills and passion for active transportation and community to support 2nd Cycle's mission to "normalize bike riding as a part of daily life and realize the bicycle as a tool for personal and community empowerment." Gene uses his trusty bike trailer to keep Tacoma clean: Since 2014, he's recycled an astonishing 5 tons of roadside aluminum and glass.

Adonis Byrd

Adonis Byrd

Board Member

Fund Development Committee

Joined the Board in Oct 2021

Tracy Oster

Tracy Oster

Board Member

Fund Development Committee

Joined the Board in Feb 2022

Tracy Oster is Executive Director for one of our partners, Downtown On the Go! She moved to Tacoma after she got the job in 2021 and is truly a fan of this great city! She’s excited to bring her previous 15 years of experience as a nonprofit Executive Director to support the mission of 2nd Cycle. Tracy loves to ride on local trails with her husband but has lately really been enjoying her e-bike, which she uses to commute to work as often as possible! “The hills in Tacoma are tough. But with an e-bike, it’s much more manageable. Plus, it’s fun!” Tracy looks forward to supporting the vision of “a world where the joy of bike riding is accessible to everybody.”

Kris Symer

Kris Symer

Vice Chair

Executive Committee,
Governance Committee

Joined the Board in Jan 2020

Kris admires how 2nd Cycle combines active transportation, sustainability, and social justice in a fun, nurturing environment where everyone is welcome. She is a League Certified Cycling Instructor (LCI) and former co-chair of the City of Tacoma's Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group, When she's not riding around town or discussing the merits of ebikes, Kris works as Marketing Manager at Carbon Robotics, an agricultural automation startup. She also serves on the board of the Franklin Pierce Foundation, which funds scholarships for FP Schools graduates. Kris earned a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Geospatial Technologies from UW Tacoma.

Christopher James

Christopher James

Secretary

Executive Committee,
Fund Development Committee

Joined the Board in Jul 2020

Chris is a global air quality expert who advised China on how to strengthen its air and environmental law. Commuting by bike for decades (Boston, Seattle, Hartford, Beijing) instilled the public health, confidence building, and happiness that comes from cycling, as well as all the warts in the U.S. transport system. Chris holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. in environmental studies from Brown University. Shortly after he moved to Tacoma in 2010, Chris needed a bike part for his city bike. Discovering Second Cycle then, he was further enamored of their wonderfulness during the first Density Dozen ride, and became a strong supporter. He is really excited and gratified by what Second Cycle is accomplishing, and its positive and nurturing role for the community.

Carla Gramlich

Carla Gramlich

Board Member

Fund Development Committee

Joined the Board in Nov 2019

Carla is a font of knowledge on the local bicycling scene; she has served on the boards of the Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club, Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition, and has fit thousands of free and low-cost helmets for local children and adults. Carla joined the 2nd Cycle board after several years of volunteering, so she knows first hand about the team’s great work and community building. And she can do more than inventory and data entry. She retired from AT&T with 30 years of service in telecommunications networking. Carla is an award-winning photographer who spends her free time volunteering, traveling, bicycling, and capturing life from interesting angles.

Roberto Sanchez

Roberto Sanchez

Board Member

Fund Development Committee,
Governance Committee

Joined the Board in May 2020

By day, Robb is a video game designer. He is also a talented, multidisciplinary artist whose traditional and digital work is influenced by his Latino and American Indian culture. Robb, who earned a B.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Washington University, has taught in public schools around the Sound. He later earned a B.S. in animation and design at the Art Institute of Seattle. Robb co-founded and serves on the board of Dream Team Hoops Northwest, a nonprofit youth basketball program. A former MTB racer, Robb joined the 2nd Cycle board because of the amazing youth programs. He wants to contribute his love of educating and impacting youth and adults. Robb carries a passion for biking, and the freedom bikes offer people to travel and explore the world from a new perspective.

Joe Cobb

Joe Cobb

Board Member

Governance Committee

Joined the Board in Nov 2021

Joe was generously gifted a hand me down bike over 10 years ago for transportation between his undergraduate classes and work. In exchange for the bike, Joe made a promise to pay it forward. The mission of 2nd cycle resonates with Joe. He believes bikes should be more accessible to all. On weekends you'll likely find Joe exploring the local mountain bike trails with his wife and two sons in tow. Joe attended law school at Arizona State University in Phoenix. After graduating, Joe traded rocks for roots and moved to Tacoma. He continues to commute on his hand me down bike to Seattle, where he works as a transactional attorney with a focus in real estate.

Gary Kawamura

Gary Kawamura

Board Member

Governance Committee

Joined the Board in Feb 2022

By day, Gary Kawamura is an account executive for the not for profit employer association, Archbright. When not working, Gary can usually be found off the i90 corridor, at Raging River or Tiger Mountain, trying to terrify himself on his mountain bike Mandy. In the past, he’s raced cross country mountain biking and in 2021 competed in the Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro mountain bike race series. In 2022, he’s training to complete the High Cascades 100. He hold a BA in English from Washington State University and also an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined the board of second cycle to help make cycling more accessible for everyone and to also help get more people outside and discover how liberating cycling is.