Staff

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Chris Aalid

Marketing Coordinator
Based in Madison
Chris is responsible for the Bike Fed’s social media, marketing, graphic design, and web needs.
Favorite Bike: My unicycle (that I have yet to learn to ride)

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Jessica Andress

Share & Be Aware Ambassador
Northwest Region
Jessie is a Share & Be Aware Ambassador for the Northwest region. Jessie loves to commute all over town on her trusty Trek and enjoys promoting health and wellness through an active lifestyle and working with young adults in the community. Favorite Bike: Today…. Laurel, the Fuji Sagres, with all her bumps and bruises.

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Zac Barnes

Central Regional Director
Based in Madison
Zachary grew up pedaling the streets of Minneapolis, MN to enjoy public spaces, and a budding rails to trails (or greenway) systems. A Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from UW-Eau Claire and extensive travel in Central and South America helped bridge a new connection to current and future cyclists in Wisconsin’s Hispanic community. Zachary’s commuting and riding skills were most recently polished while building a bamboo bike in San Francisco and riding it around the South Western national parks, BLM lands and mountain passes, all the way to Denver, then taking he and his bamboo bike home to Wisconsin via the AMTRAK Zephyr. Zachary also loves planning summer tours with friends around different counties of Wisconsin, visiting Barns (small organic farms), breweries and creameries (blog/maps)!

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Jessica Binder

Programming and Policy Director
Based in Milwaukee
Jessica created and runs Bike Fed’s statewide Safe Routes to School Programs, Bike Camps, and adult bicyclist and motorist education programs.
Favorite bike: 1985 pink Peugeot that was found on a river bank.
Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Camping and riding tandem to historic breweries and buildings in the southwest
part of the state.

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Barbara Connolly-Blick

Ambassador
Based in Milwaukee
Barb Blick is the SE WI Share & Be Aware Ambassador.  She has also been a Safe Routes to School instructor for the Bike Fed for the past five summers in Milwaukee.  She learned to ride a two-wheeler when she was four and hasn’t stopped since.  She commutes year round and likes the slippery challenge of biking on Milwaukee’s snowy streets.
Favorite bike: Schwinn Twinn Deluxe that’s been in her family since 1972.  It’s 67 pounds of banana yellow fun.Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Getting caught in a down pour on the Military Ridge Trail, arriving back at camp covered in sticky Loess soil, and having her kids pump bucket after bucket of water to pour over their muddy mom and her equally muddy bike.

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Dave Cieslewicz

Executive Director Based in Madison
Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focusses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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Carolyn Dvorak

Southwest Region Director Based in La Crosse Carolyn grew up in a family of bicyclists in Glendale, WI where weekends were spent on local tours and family bike rides.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education at UWM and spent ten years teaching elementary school for Milwaukee Public Schools. She has spent the last fifteen years in the La Crosse community nurturing her family, supporting the educational system, touring the beautiful driftless region, and developing her commuting skills. Favorite bike: An Old Italian Bonita passed on to me from some friends.  It is put together with a combination of mismatched parts and a sturdy steel frame. It is my comfortable, around town bike. Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: The summer that I was eleven, my parents took our family of seven, on Amtrak to La Crosse, and we rode our bicycles home to Milwaukee.

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Gail Feldkamp

Northeast Share & Be Aware Ambassador Gail Feldkamp is the Wisconsin Bike Fed Share & Be Aware Ambassador for Northeast Wisconsin. Gail recently earned a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and plans to become a Registered Dietitian after completing the dietetic internship this coming year. As an advocate for healthy living, she has been involved with many community projects and organizations, and is excited about sharing the benefits of biking and road safety tips with the communities in Northeast Wisconsin!

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Sarah Gaskell

Planning Manager Based in Madison
Sarah is responsible for our bicycle planning and advocacy efforts including facilities planning, legislation, policy analysis and GIS. As a parent, runner and commuter cyclist, Sarah is enthusiastic about making cycling a more popular means of transportation and recreation for all Wisconsin residents. Favorite bike: Giant commuter hybrid impulse buy – Silent auction item at the Saris Gala 2010 – complete with coffee mug holder! Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Biking down the middle of John Nolen Drive in Madison with my then three year old on his Skuut.

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Jessica Ginster

Development Director Based in Milwaukee Jessica will provide strategic direction in developing donor relations and expanding the Bike Fed’s presence, impact and funding statewide. Jessica comes with over 20 years of experience in the bicycling industry,and knows how important it is to maintain and improve communities across Wisconsin. Favorite bike: 1970 Gessepe Olmo, full campy record with downtube shifters Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Watching my husband with our daughter in the trailer as he and our son ride off to school every day.

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Matt Gissibl

Business Relations Director  Based in Milwaukee
As the Development Coordinator, Matt helps businesses and organizations who are interested in supporting bicycling in Wisconsin. Whether wrenching at the Mountain Bike World Championships, shredding the mtb trails or selling advertisements for Wisconsin Bicycling, cycling is Matt’s hobby, career and passion. Favorite bike: My Uni-Cycle. It’s like floating on air. Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Riding with my son to the top of Timm’s Hill, in Price County – the tallest point in Wisconsin.

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Sarah Hagedon

Bike Valet Coordinator
Based in Madison
Sarah manages all things bike valet in Madison. Want bike valet at your event? Click here to get in touch.

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Keith Holt

Southeast Region Director Based in Milwaukee Keith Holt, has spent most of the last decade advocating, encouraging, healthier lifestyles in the communities of color mainly using bicycling as the tool for change. Keith worked for more than five years for the Active Transportation Alliance developing and maintaining relationships with the African-American communities throughout Chicagoland. Keith moved to Milwaukee in 2007 where he continues with the formation of Milwaukee Bicycle Works. He also serves as chairman of Milwaukee Bike Ped Task Force.

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Jake Newborn

Education Project Manager Based in Milwaukee Jake manages Milwaukee’s Safe Routes to School education programs along with other youth education contracts. He also oversees The Valid Bike Shop team at Milwaukee’s North Division High School. He has a little girl, July Elisabeth, and looks forward to teaching her to ride a bike. When he’s not working or with family, Jake is captain of the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club and his team currently ranks 5th in the Midwest, 9th in North America, and 17th in the World. Favorite bike: My polo bike because I’ve put so much money and effort to keep it running smooth despite so much abuse.” Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Riding home from a Brewers game on the Hank Aaron State Trail and passing the line of cars (with Illinois plates) barely creeping along after a huge win over the Cubs.

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Betsy Popelka Massnick

Membership Manager Based in Madison
Betsy helps build our state-wide bicycling community by responding to member questions, concerns and requests. Favorite bike:“Bianchi Eros touring bike that got me from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to New Orleans, all in one piece!” Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Riding along Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River Trail en route to New Orleans. I loved the scenery and the gently rolling hills – things I didn’t know existed in Wisconsin.

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Dave Schlabowske

Deputy Director
Based in Milwaukee
You can tell by his accent that Dave was born and raised in Milwaukee. Our resident “cycle chic” staffer, Dave has not driven a car to work in 15 years.  You may have seen him pedaling to work in one of his vintage suits and ties. Favorite bike: All of them. Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Biking to brunch in a freak hail storm.

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Tim Thompson

Northcentral Ambassador
Tim lives in Wausau and enjoys road biking and urban exploring. Silent sports have been an important part of his family life for decades.