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

Paul Bernstein

Paul Bernstein

Chair

Executive Committee,
Governance Committee

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

Treasurer

Executive Committee,
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.

Kaitlan Ohler

Kaitlan Ohler

Board Member

Governance Committee

Joined the Board in Mar 2019

Kaitlan brings an enthusiasm for expanding access to alternative youth development opportunities, and a background in nonprofit management and evaluation. She currently serves as the Imagine Justice Project Coordinator at Safe Streets Campaign, where she leads a collaborative for juvenile justice systems transformation. In 2014, Kaitlan co-founded the nonprofit Alchemy Skateboarding, where she continues to volunteer. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Women's League which raises funds for student scholarships to the University of Puget Sound. Kaitlan earned a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound and has a handy Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

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.

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 runs a freelance web development and design consultancy. 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 Destiny 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.

Dan Maize

Dan Maize

Board Member

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.