Board

Brien Christopherson

Chair

Brien is an avid commuter and bicycle racer, and is usually willing to ride just about anywhere on a bike. He races road and cyclocross for Team Wisconsin and serves on the Board of the team as Treasurer. He also has experience with a range of other non-profit organizations serving in grant giving, treasury and financial management positions.

When not on a bike Brien works as the Director of Corporate Development for Milwaukee based Rexnord Corporation where he is responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife and two sons. He is also a proud member of the Tosa Spokesman whose motto is “All Weather is Good Weather”!

Peter Gray

Vice-Chair

A committed bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist, Peter chairs Downtown Madison Inc.’s Bicycle Sub-committee, which advocates for facilities and programs to make Madison more bike-friendly. He is co-chair of the event committee and captain of the largest team in Madison’s biggest annual one-day fundraising bike ride event, Bike For Boys & Girls Club.

He works as Director of Executive Search (translation: he’s a recruiter) at The QTI Group. Clients have gotten used to seeing him arrive for meetings with windblown helmet-hair. On weekends, his wife and their 3 kids join him for adventures and errands by bike – sometimes joyfully, sometimes grudgingly. And of course, he has a bunch of bikes. Most are vintage rescues he lovingly restored. Don’t get him started!

Patrick Gallagher

 

Clayton Griessmeyer

Clayton grew up in Sheboygan, and thanks to his family, began competing in running, swimming and triathlons at age eight. He is a bicycle injury lawyer and enjoys helping people who get hit by cars while riding. Clayton races for Mad City Velo in Madison and is the ride leader for the Capital Brewery Tuesday and Thursday night bike rides (fun for all abilities). He also coach masters swimming at Pinnacle Health in Madison.

Clayton’s favorite thing about biking is being able to spend time with friends socializing and working out at the same time. He’s have always loved competition and is fortunate to still race often. Having a race director (Race Day Events) for a brother helps keep costs down – thanks Ryan J 

Amy Kazilsky

Bitten by the bicycling bug in 2006, Amy now rides year round. Whether for a quick trip to the store or as her primary mode of transportation to and from work, she is an advocate for the awesomeness that is bicycling. In addition to annoying her colleagues at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum disguised as the Director of Education, she is married with two sons, and the family menagerie has been reduced to one dog, two cats, several marine fish and dust bunnies too numerous to count.

 

Kierstin Kloeckner

Kierstin was in some ways born on a bike. Her father started racing the year before she was born (still races today), and her mother commuted by bike until two weeks before delivering Kierstin. When she was old enough to pedal a big wheel, her fate was sealed. Biking, Kierstin realized, meant freedom. Although she did some racing from age nine to seventeen, her real passion has been commuting year round, touring, road riding with friends and now gravel road riding.

Kierstin’s goal is to get more people using their bike for transportation and getting more women out on bikes. She does this by teaching her clients how to safely commute (Kierstin is a personal trainer), helping out with Madison Bike Winter, and holding an all female urban bike event each year called Madtown Maidens Alleycat. She also writes a cycling blog.

When not on her bike, you can find her gardening, cooking, traveling with her husband, hiking or reading.

 

Gary Peterson

Peter is a life-long resident of Madison with two degrees in Geography from UW Madison. He served in the Army for 3 years including a tour in Korea, and has worked as a community planning consultant for over 45 years, owning his own firm for over 33 years. Gary’s planning work consisted of Comprehensive Plans, Strategic Plans, Grant Applications, Grant Administration, Community Sustainability Plans and Zoning Ordinances. For 9 years he was President of APA-WI and is now the Executive Director and Lobbyist.

Gary is also a bike rider, commuting and road. He have been on an EcoMunicipalities Tour in Sweden, a Bicycle Educational Tour in Germany and the Netherlands and a Sister City Tour in Freiburg

Mike Rewey

Michael Rewey is a year-round transportation bicyclist and an expert on bicycle planning and facility design. He grew up in many Wisconsin towns and spent his entire career in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. As a chief planning engineer, he oversaw transportation improvement programming, roadway and traffic data & analysis, and multi-modal transportation planning. Michael retired in early 2005.

Michael was a member of the Madison Platinum Bike Committee, which developed recommendations to improve bicycling access in Madison. The recommendations were adopted by the Madison Common Council in 2008. He has also served on the Stevens Point Common Council, the Madison Long Range Transportation Planning Commission, the Madison Commission on the Environment and the Madison State Street Design Oversight Committee.

Michael is on the Board of the Mississippi River Trail Commission, a 10-state commission dedicated to creating a bike route along each side of the Mississippi River from the Gulf to its headwaters in Minnesota.

John Siegert

In the summer of 1995, John discovered singletrack in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains outside of Molalla, OR, and was forever changed. Trails are his passion, and are usually the places where he’s had the most joyous riding experiences.

John has served as an officer with the Wisconsin Off-Road Bicycling Association (WORBA) from 1999-2012. From 2005-2009, he served as one of Wisconsin’s 2 representatives to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), prior to the hiring of IMBA’s first crop of Regional Directors. John is also active in his local KR (Kenosha-Racine) Bike Club, serving on a committee dedicated to developing a bicycle master plan for the City of Racine.

John was born and raised in Racine and has lived and ridden in Austin, TX, Madison, WI, and Portland, OR, before returning home to live and work in 1997.

Melissa Vernon

Melissa grew up in Southeast Michigan and has always enjoyed the freedom of biking. Melissa has enjoyed biking recreationally, as a commuter while in grad school in Ann Arbor, and completed numerous triathlons with Team in Training while living in Atlanta.  Since moving to Wisconsin, Melissa enjoys the ability to bike out her back door with easy access scenic farmland and recreational trails.  In July 2012, Melissa and seven friends celebrated a friend’s 60th birthday in France by successfully completing three ascents of Mont Ventoux in a single day with 14,000 feet of climbing, and became members of the Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux (“Club of the Crazies”). Since 2011, Melissa has led the OconomoWalk & Bike committee, part of Greener Oconomowoc, working to make Oconomowoc a better place to bike.  Activities include hosting family-friendly bike tours, securing a grant to purchase bike racks, developing maps of local bike routes, hosting a regional Bike Summit, and developing great relationships with the City of Oconomowoc. By day, Melissa has spent the last decade as Director of Sustainability for Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet and global sustainability leader. She works on making the world a better place through greener buildings, nature inspired design and social responsibility. Melissa lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, 2 year old daughter and three step-children.

David Waters

David is a bicycle enthusiast and advocate who lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin. David bicycle commutes to his job as a pediatrician at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. He is also an avid road biker. David is a Wisconsin native and wants to help promote bicycling locally, nationally and internationally. David believes that bicycling is good for your heart and good for your soul.

Robbie Weber

Robbie has the distinction of being the only board member who worked for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. One of the Bike Fed’s first employees, Robbie is a long-time resident and former alderperson in Madison. A year round commuter, Robbie has taught everything from how to bike to work in winter to how to keep your cool in the heat of rush hour traffic.

Even though she no longer works for the Bike Fed, she brings her undying passion for cycling to every board meeting as well as the bicycle and pedestrian committees on which she serves in our state capitol.

 

Steve Weinstein

Steve is an Organizational Change Communications lead for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He previously served as director of global marketing for Johnson Controls and Rockwell Automation.

A community activist, Steve has served on the board of directors for several organizations including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Milwaukee Press Club, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and the Hillel Student Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is also on the management team of the Amazing Milwaukee Race.

Steve is an avid cyclist, having ridden in 37 of the 50 United States (Yes, he’s ridden in Alaska, but not yet Hawaii). As often as his work schedule allows, he rides one of his eleven bicycles (4 antique cruisers, 2 racing bikes, 1 tandem, 2 hybrids, 1 adult tricycle, 1 recumbent) to his downtown Milwaukee office.

Steve is married to Barbara, a former teacher with the Milwaukee Public Schools. They have two daughters, Samantha (a lawyer in the Alaskan State Legislature) and Dana (a non-profit development professional in Washington, D.C.).

 

Julian Kegel


My commitment to cycling goes far beyond the places I have pedaled. It is laced into the lifestyle I was born into, and tied to the work that I continue to thrive on. My experience in retail, logistics and mechanical support on many of Wisconsin’s non-profit bike rides has helped to heighten my awareness of issues facing riders, and understand the needs of all types of cyclists. My concentration in sustainable community development focused my schooling on what Portland does well and to bring home lessons for the future of Wisconsin.

For 15 years I have used my immersion in many different cycling communities to fashion a vision for cycling’s future. I have watched my father Chris Kegel (owner of Wheel & Sprocket) dedicate his life to his true passion: bike advocacy. His guidance has been a solid foundation in my own commitment to serve the cycling community. I believe every single person has at one point, had a special connection to cycling and that relationship makes it unjust for bikes to be slotted on just one side of the political spectrum. Wisconsin’s cycling future must be driven by bike-partisanship because cycling is good for everyone.

 

Chris Fortune


For nearly 25 years Chris has been President of Saris Cycling Group in Madison, an industry leader committed to bicycle advocacy.
Chris’s greatest passions are creating safe places for people to ride bikes whether they are 8 or 80, and helping children most in need. Chris has been involved in advocacy work on the local, state and national level for over 20 years. In 2010 he spearheaded a bicycle transportation study (now the Green Lane Project) for Madison leaders to learn firsthand about world class bicycling cities.
On the state level, Chris has worked closely with the Bike Fed raising over $830,000 through the annual Saris Gala, the largest single night bicycle advocacy fundraiser in the United States. He also has served as chair (appointed by Governor Thompson) of the Governor’s Bicycle Coordinating Council for over 10 years, has served on the board for DreamBikes since its inception, and has served as President of the national coalition, Bikes Belong (now People for Bikes,) working to put more people on bikes more often. He finished his term at People for Bikes in 2012 after over 10 years of service. Chris currently serves as President on the Board for the Boys & Girls Club.

 

Daniel Goldberg


I’ve been involved in cycling in Wisconsin for over 50 years as a commuter, racer, tourist, organizer, and advocate. I share my legal cycling expertise at WIBikeLaw.com, donate time speaking to clubs on safety, and actively support the impressive legislative and administrative advocacy of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. I attend the Bike Summit and meet local police departments to discuss cyclists’ rights, seek approval for road closures, and assist in bicycle safety days. Through meeting, writing and calling legislators and governmental administrators to lobby for legal changes like the Vulnerable User Law and Safe Streets legislation, I have a keen sense and broad view of the concerns of my fellow cyclists. As board member of Team Velocause, I’ve helped lead our team’s commitment to an annual Bike Fed business membership and individual memberships for all team members, as well as our team’s significant annual cash donation to the Bike Fed. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the Bike Fed Board to help us work toward making Wisconsin’s roadways friendlier, safer and better for all. I’d use my cycling community relationships and professional connections to advance the mission of the Bike Fed and contribute to its important fundraising needs.

 

Bill Hauda


When I founded Bike Fed in 1986, bicycle advocacy was disorganized and ineffective. Bike Fed changed all that. A dream became the effective advocacy organization we have today. As we grew, we accomplished important things along the way. Like repealing an onerous mandatory side-path law, legalizing two-abreast riding, and enacting Complete Streets, requiring bikes to be included in transportation planning. At Bike Fed, I have played roles as first president, board member, lobbyist, executive director and advocacy chair. Our job’s not done. We need more bicycling funding. And end the slaughter of bicyclists on our roads. I’m funding committee chair of the Wisconsin Non-motorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council. President of Friends of Badger State Trail. Life member of LAW. Member of IMBA and several cycling clubs. We need to work together to protect bicycling from threats of motorized infringement, and do all we can to improve and fully integrate trails, paths, streets and roads into an even better network for commuting, recreation, fitness, events and fun. My experience with and knowledge of government covers the terms of 10 Wisconsin governors and 20-plus legislative sessions. I can use that to help move Bike Fed to additional great things.

 

Gigi Koenig


It’s been said that looking at scenery from a vehicle is like ‘watching’ a movie, but when riding a bike, you are actually ‘in’ the movie. I am interested in serving on the Bike Fed BOD so we can get more Wisconsinite’s and guests ‘in’ the movie. I am a road rider, a commuter, a touring vacationer, a MTBer and a Schwinn cruiser. I am passionate about biking; the physical and mental health benefits, the economic benefits and the sheer enjoyment benefit! It’s important that we keep moving ahead in Wisconsin with bike advocacy, striving to make our state bike friendly and a safe place to ride. Volunteering has always been part of my life and part of who I am. I have served and volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations. I currently serve on the Board of CWOCC (Central Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling Coalition), a local IMBA chapter. We are a fairly young chapter but have a dedicated vision for making the Wausau area, a “ride destination.” Being an Administrator in higher education, my job responsibilities include; budgeting, risk management, HR, policy and procedure and strategic planning. I would be honored to serve members of Bike Fed of Wisconsin on the Board of Directors.