BikeWalk NC is a statewide organization with Board representatives from all regions — mountains, piedmont and coast.
BikeWalk NC’s Current Board Members include:
- Lisa Diaz Riegel (Executive Director) – Cary, NC
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. Before moving to NC, she worked for many years for DuPont Corporate Remediation Group as a senior project manager, hydrogeologist, and regulatory specialist. Lisa graduated from Duke University with a BS in geology and a MS in Engineering Geology (hydrology) from Drexel University.
- Roger Henderson (President) – Raleigh, NC
In addition to his chairperson role, Roger currently serves as the Board’s self-appointed psychotherapist. Roger has had a highly productive career as a transportation and planning professional, currently assuming a lead role for a private consulting firm in Raleigh. He uses his expertise on many levels including corridor planning and environmental planning. He has led over 30 workshops throughout the country for the Complete Streets Coalition. Despite the stressful period we are encountering with state funding for non-motorized travel, Roger believes that out of the worst of times can come the best of futures.
- Martin Zimmerman (Vice President) – Charlotte, NC
Until 2011 Martin served as Executive Director of the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance. This role included 8 great years of normal work and another 12 years’ worth of public meetings. His first foray into bicyclist and pedestrian advocacy was as an architect and planning consultant to civic groups spearheading the Metropolitan Branch rail-with-trail alongside the METRO in Washington D.C. He currently directs the Green Mobility Planning Studio from his home office, and continues to write extensively for noted publications worldwide. Martin is particularly keen about the emerging role of BikeWalk NC and the enthusiasm shown be each member of the Board.
- Bill Hulbert (Treasurer) – Cary, NC
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.
- Julie White (Secretary) – Black Mountain, NC
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.
- Jennifer Baldwin – Durham, NC
Jennifer is passionate in her belief that everyone in North Carolina deserves access to reliable, convenient, and safe transportation, regardless of ability and socioeconomic status. As a BWNC board member, Jennifer hopes to contribute her unique perspective and passion to continue to move the “people-powered movement” forward in North Carolina. Jennifer currently works for North America’s leading multi-modal transportation firm that specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, greenway, park, and trails. Jennifer also brings eight years of multimodal transportation planning experience in the public sector. Having managed bicycle and pedestrian programs at both the state and local level, she brings a unique perspective to bicycle and pedestrian master planning, public outreach, and project implementation.
- Dale Tiska – Raleigh, NC
Dale is a bicycle commuter and a competitive and recreational cyclist. She has been a
Board member since 2013 and has been especially effective in formulating the BWNC marketing plan.
- Steve Goodridge – Cary, NC
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.
- Ed Harrison – Chapel Hill, NC
Ed has lived in Chapel Hill for 24 years. He in his fourth term on Chapel Hill Town Council, and is a 13th year member of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO board. His advocacy dates back to the NCDOT widening near Duke in 1975. He was a charter member of Durham Urban Trails & Greenways Commission, and was a founding board member of BikeWalk NC in 2008. As a volunteer legislative activist since 1984, Ed provides expertise on how the General Assembly actually works (or doesn’t). Bicycling and walking are especially important in Chapel Hill because the Town’s major job centers (UNC-CH and UNC hospitals) have run out of employee/student parking space on campus, and Chapel Hill is very conservative about having NCDOT add new motor vehicle capacity, as are Carrboro and Durham.
- Carol Stein – Wilmington, NC
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 60 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.
- Al Schroetel – Wilmington, NC
Al has been cycling on and off (pun intended) since 1962. He is a retired USAF officer and spends his time volunteering, cycling, walking for exercise, gardening and boating. He is a voting member on the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization Bike – Ped committee. He was president of the Cape Fear Cyclists for three years and developer of the CFC’s famed “Tour de Blueberry”. Al has been a member of the BWNC board since it was formed in 2008.
- Ted Silver – Banner Elk, NC
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.
- Dianna Ward – Charlotte, NC
Dianna is the Executive Director of Charlotte B-cycle, responsible for managing and growing bike share system in Charlotte’s urban core. Honored as one of the 50 most influential women in Charlotte, she regularly collaborates with sponsors, city leaders and biking advocates and is a forward-thinking champion focused on Charlotte’s goal of becoming a “City of Bikes.” She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) and serves as their Secretary. In addition, she owns Charlotte NC Tours, Greenville Glides, Bike the Rabbit, Kansas City Segway Tours, and Chattanooga Segway & Bike. A native of Albuquerque New Mexico, Dianna holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Grinnell College and a Masters in Operations Research and Statistics from NC State University.
- 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.
- Candace Davis – Wake Forest, NC
Candace is the Transportation Planning Manager for the Town of Wake Forest. She plays a major role in the planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and leads multiple active transportation projects that focus on Complete Streets and greenway implementation. She initiated and serves as the Program Coordinator for the town’s Adopt-a-Trail Program. Candace is originally from Augusta, Georgia but has lived in Wake County for 10 years. In her spare time, she volunteers in the community and enjoys walking and biking the Triangle area greenways with her husband and two children.
BikeWalk NC would like to thank recent Board members for their contributions to the organization:
- 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).