BikeWalk NC is a statewide organization with Board representatives from all regions — mountains, piedmont and coast.
BikeWalk NC’s Current Board Members and staff include:
- Lisa Diaz Riegel (Executive Director) – Cary, NC
As BikeWalk NC’s first executive director, Lisa is excited about advocating for a more walkable, bicycle-friendly North Carolina, having been an advocate for healthy and economically vibrant community development for over 15 years. Prior to joining BWNC, she served for eight years as the Executive Director, NC Natural Heritage Trust Fund (NHTF), a land conservation grant program within the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). While with DENR she also served as the inter-agency sustainability coordinator and represented DENR on several collaborations such as DOT’s Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan (WalkBikeNC) Steering Committee, the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (focusing on economic development), and the NC Climate Action Plan Advisory Group. Lisa graduated from Duke University with a BS in geology, a MS in Engineering Geology (hydrology) from Drexel University, and a certificate in NonProfit Management from Duke University.
Bill has been both a recreational and racing bicycle rider for the last 30 years. Having trained for over a dozen full and half Ironmans locally, riding on and around the roads of Raleigh has been a constant. Also constant has been the drumbeat of progress, turning sleepy country roads into four-lane highways and cow pastures into housing developments. With his last child headed to college this fall, now is an appropriate time for Bill to assist with building relationships aimed at creating safer and more economical transportation options in NC. When not riding, Bill is a sales executive for a private technology company.
- Vacant (Vice President) –
Lisa Vulinec is the Director of Global Planning and Reporting at SAS Institute. As an accountant from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, she has helped other organizations with their finances, serving as treasurer of many such as the National Charity League Capital Chapter. Originally from Ohio, she has lived in the Cary area for over 20 years. She runs and walks and bicycles for recreation. With her accounting and financial skills we are excited to welcome her as our new Treasurer.
Julie and her husband spend most of their free time catering to the needs of 3 cats. She has been involved in cycling and bike advocacy since her first cross country bike trip 30 years ago. Julie has been the secretary of the Board since its creation. She serves on the board because she believes BWNC can play an important role in uniting people across the state to improve conditions for biking and walking. She sees getting more people biking and walking as a key to a better quality of life for many.
Debra Franklin is a bus driver with the Charlotte Area Transit System. Originally from Chicago Heights, she brings a great perspective to BWNC from her daily work with folks that use alternative transportation – encouraging transit passengers to consider biking to the bus vs. walking when they have long trips or could benefit from a backup plan. Debra is also a bike mechanic at her company, the Bicycle Oven Company, You Go Bike; and her non profit, Bike Routes 4 Fitness Inc. Debra is a League Certified Instructor (LCI) and has helped facilitated the training of others. She took Steve’s Traffic Bicycling Skills class not once but twice! In her spare time, she is a Bicycle Friendly Motorist instructor and AARP Smart Driver instructor. Debra has participated in the NC delegation to DC as part of the National Bike Summit for the past several years.
Steven works as an electrical engineer developing audio/video technologies for law enforcement. A pedestrian and bicyclist advocate since his days as a starving grad student, he is committed to improving conditions for people who travel under their own power. Steven enjoys bike commuting and is a League Certified Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists. Since joining the BWNC board in 2010, he has focused on cycling education issues, developing the Bicyclist Safety and Law Enforcement training program with local police departments and teaching the Traffic Bicycling for Transportation Professionals course.
Ann Groninger has been a consistent supporter of BikeWalkNC and we are excited to have her join our board. As a North Carolina attorney since 1995 she has been representing cyclists around the state for over 12 years. She speaks to groups to educate cyclists about their legal rights and has been involved in local advocacy groups to promote cycling and improve cycling safety. Ann lives and works near Center City Charlotte. Ann is a competitive cyclist and off-road bicyclist too.
Heidi Perov Perry – Carrboro, NC
Heidi is a long-time bicycling advocate from Carrboro. She was a founding member of the Carrboro Bicycling Coalition (BikeCarrboro), and continues to serve on its board. She co-led the planning committee for the 2nd Annual NC Bike Summit in Carrboro and has attended all of the Bike Summits in NC. Heidi has also participated in the NC delegation that lobbies once a year on Capitol Hill during the National Bike Summit. Heidi has been a huge help on BWNC’s safety advocacy work (BMUFL, HB232) and on our ongoing education program development work with NCDOT, leveraging her work on the Orange County Bike Safety Task Force and her experience with Carrboro’s Watch For Me program implementation. Heidi is a League Certified Instructor (LCI) and rides a bike or walks whenever possible for both transportation and recreation. She embraces the idea that a community that walks and bikes is a healthier community.
Carol is a passionate cyclist with a strong desire to improve cycling facilities and cyclist safety in North Carolina. She is a member of the Cape Fear Cyclists and serves as Pender County’s Representative on the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) Bike and Pedestrian Committee. Carol recently retired from General Electric Corporation’s Commercial Aircraft Division with extensive management and technical expertise in supply chain planning. Carol also has been a competitive track & field athlete since high school. She managed GE’s National Corporate running program since 1994. She continues sprinting in competitions at the national level at the young age of 61 and plans to incorporate several road bike trips (her other cross training activity) in the coming years with other area cyclists. She looks forward to working with fellow board members to advance the mission of BWNC.
Ted is chair of the Banner Elk Bike/Ped Committee and adjunct professor teaching the country’s only academic bicycling minor degree at Lees-McRae College. A Licensed Certified Instructor (LCI), he doesn’t like to sit on the sidelines – he’s been actively involved in bike advocacy as a member of bike clubs and organizations ranging from the Randannours USA (member number 341) to President of the largest bike club in Miami Florida. He also served as Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Bike/Ped Advisory Committee (advising the Miami-Dade MPO) for almost 10 years before retiring from law and moving from the flat topography of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina; he road rides as often as he can. With his legal background, and cycling knowledge and experience, he hopes to help accomplish the mission and goals of BikeWalk NC for safe and sustainable cycling and walking.
Simon Walker lives in Morrisville and in addition to joining our board has been the IT Advisor to BikeWalk NC. He is an avid cyclist, both on-road and off-road. He has been instrumental in working to upgrade the BWNC website, making it more user friendly, and has been working to simplifying the membership page and the membership process. By day, Simon is the Director for Application Development at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.
Kenneth Withrow – Raleigh, NC
Kenneth, a transportation planner for the North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), has been involved in all phases of transportation planning, programming, and funding. He is AICP certified, a member of the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is a National Center for Safe Routes To School (SRTS) trained course instructor. He hopes to grow BWNC’s involvement in advocating for SRTS infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, recognizing their essential role in improving our overall bicycling and pedestrian network. In addition to bicycling, Kenneth enjoys jogging, playing acoustic guitar, bass guitar, cello, as well as many other civic activities.
Joining our Advisory Board:
- Roger Henderson, Raleigh, NC
- Ed Harrison, Chapel Hill, NC
- Martin Zimmerman, Charlotte, NC
- Dale Tiska, Raleigh, NC
- Thomas Henson, Raleigh NC
BikeWalk NC would like to thank recent Board members for their contributions to the organization:
- Roger Henderson, Raleigh, NC
- Ed Harrison, Chapel Hill, NC
- Martin Zimmerman, Charlotte, NC
- Dianna Ward, Charlotte, NC
- Constance Davis, Wake Forest, NC
- Dale Diska, Raleigh, NC
- Jennifer Baldwin, Durham, NC
- Al Schroetel – Wilmington,
- Evan Brigham – Raleigh
- Don Kostelec – Asheville, NC
- Dick Winters – Charlotte, NC
- Bill Bussey – Pittsboro, NC
- Dylan Horne – Raleigh, NC
- Esther Lumsdon – Cary, NC
- Steven Hardy-Braz – Farmville, NC
- Mark Ortiz – Kannapolis
- Alison Carpenter, Durham
- Kathryn Cross, Kernersville
- Blake Lambert, Greensboro
- George Perkins, Wilmington
Based on the BikeWalk NC Bylaws, the Board consists of
- up to 19 board-elected members
Seven of the Board Members will be elected according to DOT division districts according to the following formula:
- at least 2 Board Members from the area encompassing districts 11-14 (the mountains);
- at least 2 Board Members from the area encompassing districts 1-3 (the coast); and
- at least 3 Board Members from the area encompassing districts 4-10 (the piedmont).