Board of Directors
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Second Cycle Community Bicycle Shop is overseen by a volunteer board of directors who work together to support and guide the organization for the public good. 2nd Cycle is always looking for dynamic board members from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives. Are you interested board service? Contact us.
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.
Joined the Board in Apr 2020
Gene is a product analyst for Bank of New York Mellon, and can be seen daily riding his bicycle around Tacoma for work and fun. He volunteers as a reading tutor with the Read2Me program through Tacoma Community House and participates in many community bicycle rides and fundraising events. When Gene learned about 2nd Cycle’s community programs through their bicycle scavenger hunt, he was eager to officially support the organization. Gene has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Teaching from Central Washington University.
Joined the Board in Jan 2018
Jeff has been riding and wrenching on bikes since his childhood days of converting Stingrays into proto-BMX bikes. He has led bicycle tours in Europe for American Youth Hostels, raced mountain and track bikes, and is a 7-time RAMROD participant. He commutes regularly on his trusty mount(s) and leads SPIN classes at the local YMCA. A University of Washington graduate, Jeff works at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. In a previous life, Jeff was a bike mechanic. He has a diverse background of work and volunteer experience in the social and youth services and the arts. Jeff, who loves the smell of a bike shop, volunteered as a wrench and mensch when he discovered 2nd Cycle. Jeff is passionate about breaking down barriers to access, and working to create robust vibrant bicycle-friendly communities.
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.
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.
Joined the Board in Jul 2018
Kevin is currently a music teacher in the Franklin Pierce School District as well as a performing multi-instrumentalist in several musical projects in the Northwest. Kevin discovered 2nd Cycle some time around 2010 or 2011 while finishing up college at the University of Puget Sound, needing a place to get connected with community post-college. In 2012, Kevin moved to the Hilltop neighborhood and started teaching on weekdays while spending his weekends volunteering in the shop learning how to fix up bikes. Now, he lives on a small farm and puts his focus into music, farming, teaching, social justice work, and promoting cycling for all riders.
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 Program Development & Data Manager at Safe Streets Campaign, where among other responsibilities, leads the Pierce County Youth-Serving Agencies Network (YSAN) for juvenile justice transformation. In 2014, Kaitlan co-founded the nonprofit Alchemy Skateboarding, where she continues to volunteer. She also serves as the Secretary of the Board for 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.
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.