2012-2014 Board of Directors Election Now Open

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Board of Directors is happy to announce the opening of the 2012-2014 board of directors’ election.

Any member of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin who joined on or before December 20, 2011 is eligible to vote in this year’s board election.  The election will take place entirely online. You may vote online at any time between noon on January 9, 2012 to midnight on February 9, 2012.

Click here to VOTE.

In order to vote, you will need to login using your Bike Fed user name and password.  If you do not know your user name and password, you will be able to enter your email address at the beginning of the voting form and have them sent to you. If you have any questions about logging in, you can contact Betsy Popelka at betsy.popelka@bfw.org or (608) 251-4456 x 3.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the election process, please send an email to electionmonitor@bfw.org.

Each of the candidates was asked to submit 2 statements.

  1. A description of how you would bring all or some of the needed skills/experience listed above (in 100 words or less).
  2. Provide a brief biography of yourself (in 75 words or less).

Thank you very much for your membership and for your participation in this year’s election.


2012-2014 Board of Director Candidates 

Brien Christopherson

Wauwatosa, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

First and foremost, a passion for cycling and bicycles.  Whether racing, date nights with my wife, groceries, or meeting friends for a beer, I do everything on a bike, and most years ride more miles than I drive.   I also hope to bring a level of financial knowledge from my work with other non-profit and tax-exempt organizations and in my business career.  On the non-profit side I have experience in both financial analysis of 501(c)3 organizations, and in managing the finances of tax-exempt organizations.  I also have a history of building a consensus and teamwork at organizations I have been fortunate to be a part of.


25 years experience in sales, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions.  Currently Director of Corporate Development – Rexnord.  BS in Chemistry and MBA.  Currently on the Board of Directors for non-profit Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – Wisconsin Chapter, and Board of Directors and Treasurer for Team Wisconsin Cycling where I race as a CAT-4 Masters cyclist.  Formerly 3 years with the Brady Corporation Foundation, the last year as Chair of the Grants Advisory Committee.


Ted Galloway

Neenah, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

Throughout my life I have been an avid participant in outdoor activities. Biking continues to be my main passion.  I have long standing relationships with various bike teams.

Increasing the presence of biking interests for the citizens of Wisconsin is a priority for me. I have had various leadership positions on various recreational, foundation, industry, museum and community organizations for the past 32 years.  Through these positions, I have been an effective team leader in building, saving, lobbying or evolving these desperate organizations into strong and vibrant vehicles for their member and community interests. I would like to utilize these skills along to develop Wisconsin as “the state” for bicycling in the nation.


Ted is the VP for Galloway Company and General Manager of their solely owned subsidiary Classic Mix Partners. He is proud to be part of the third generation of Galloway’s to lead the family business for the past 32 years. Galloway Company and their subsidiaries Classic Mix Partners and Global Bottling Partners are diverse processors of complex dairy ingredients. Ted graduated from the UW-River Falls majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Food Science.


Kierstin Kloeckner

Madison, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

As an environmentalist, cyclist, and personal trainer, I encourage clients and community members to use bikes for transportation whenever possible. I’m proud to say that I’ve convinced many non-cyclists to become bike commuters, many of whom are women and people over the age of 60. In May 2011, I organized Madison’s first all-women bike event – a non-profit event called Madtown Maidens. By using social media and word of mouth, I was able to sign up 100 women (ages 4 to 70+). I also secured door prizes worth $2,000 and refreshments worth hundreds of dollars.

My passion for cycling began in childhood. As a teen I raced competitively and became a committed bike commuter (and still am year round). Today, I tour and embrace long rides around the country. I volunteer for Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin events and work with various decision-makers to improve bike safety and accessibility. I also lead a cycling club, put on a women’s bike event, am a USA Cycling coach, and write a cycling blog.


Kevin Moore

Middleton, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

My background in legislative politics taught me how to identify core differences in order to build consensus. As the director for a political campaign committee I had an active role in developing and executing fundraising plans for candidates and committees. I am currently in charge of operations for the Department of Health Services, a state agency with an annual budget of over $8 billion and over 5,000 employees.  The combination of skills learned and honed from each of these positions, coupled with my passion for cycling, would help me serve the board in improving the state of cycling in Wisconsin.


I worked at a local bike shop in High School and College. I graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in history and political science.  After college, I worked in the Legislature, serving as chief of staff to Rep. Kitty Rhoades through two state budgets and as Policy Director to Speaker Mike Huebsch. In 2011, I was appointed Executive Assistant at the Department of Health Services. My wife Heidi and I have one daughter, Scout.


Gary L. Peterson

Madison, WI

The skills I would bring to the Bike Fed Board of Directors:

I would like to use my extensive experience from my time serving as the President of the American Planning Association Wisconsin Chapter. While serving as president for 9 years my responsibilities included the budget and  being the principal conference fund raiser.  As a planner I have worked in over 100 Wisconsin communities. This geographic distribution has provided me with state wide contacts.

  • I have built coalitions on the APA-WI BOD by appointing members of planning schools, 2 RPCs, consultants and municipal staff.
  • I participated in the Mayor/County Executive Bike education trip to Europe in April 2010 and I participate in Downtown Madison Inc. Bicycle Planning Subcommittee.


I am a life-long resident of Madison with two degrees in Geography from UW Madison. I have worked as a community planning consultant for over 45 years, owning my own firm for over 33 years. My planning work consisted of Comprehensive Plans, Strategic Plans, Grant Applications, Grant Administration, Community Sustainability Plans and Zoning Ordinances. For 9 years I have been President of APA-WI. I am also a bike rider, commuting and road.


Michael Rewey

Madison, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

Throughout my professional career and as board member I have strived to mainstream bicycle transportation in every project.  As a biker-engineer I have successfully bridged the gap between planning and actually doing it.  I have built coalitions by identifying common interests and can put needs in perspective from working with diverse counties, cities, villages, towns and individuals.   Biking is more than limited choices, but instead a full-range to meet needs of all biker-types and trip intents – just like cars.

I understand legislative processes and am involved with state/local legislation to improve biking.  There’s a bike-rack of issues to be pursued.  Let’s bike forward!


A year-round transportation bicyclist and expert on bicycle planning & facility design, I completed my WisDOT career as chief planning engineer.  I oversaw multi-modal transportation planning and incorporated biking in many Southwest Wisconsin projects (pre-Complete Streets).

I’ve served on the Madison Platinum Bike Committee, Long-Range Transportation Planning Commission, Board of Public Works, Plan Commission, Ped/Bike/Motor Vehicle Commission, Commission on Environment; Stevens Point Council; and 10-state Mississippi River Trail Board, dedicated to bikeways along the Mississippi.


John Siegert

Racine, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

I would bring experience with an underserved mountain biker population. Since 1999, I have volunteered as an officer of the Wisconsin Off-Road Bicycling Association (WORBA). I have also volunteered as a state representative to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) from 2005 to 2009. I have attended 3 IMBA World Summits and 4 National Bike Summits, and bring relevant knowledge of state and national trail advocacy issues to the Board. As the Bike Fed plots a course to strengthen its ties to all riders, I would welcome the opportunity to support this effort and engage the mountain biking community.


I was born and raised in Racine. I’ve lived, and been a bike rider, in Austin, TX, Madison, WI, and Portland, OR, and returned to live and work in Racine. So, I’m a bit of a Baby Boomerang. Trails are my passion, and are usually the places where I’ve had my most joyous riding experiences. In my life as a grown-up, I’ve been to college and graduate school, and I’ve worked companies big and small.


Steve Weinstein

Milwaukee, WI

What I hope to bring to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin:

I’m not afraid to ask for the donation. My experience in non-profit financial acumen and fund-raising includes serving as chairperson of the 2006 Milwaukee Repertory Theater fund raising gala (raised $85K in one night) and the Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid synagogue philanthropy committee (earned $385K for one 3- month effort).

I work in marketing for a statewide HMO that serves Medicare and Medicaid patients – making me, in some respects, a professional coalition builder among diverse populations. I bring people together. I’ve always represented the underdog, and will speak for outlying areas to the best of my ability.


I have more than 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing for Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls. Currently, I am director of marketing for Managed Health Services, a Wisconsin-based HMO. I am married to Barbara, a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School system, and have two daughters, Samantha (attorney in Anchorage) and Dana (student in Pittsburgh). I own five bicycles (two road bikes, a mountain bike, a recumbent and an adult tricycle).

About Kevin Hardman, Former Executive Director

Kevin is the former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife and three daughters. Kevin is happiest on a bike, any type of bike!

6 thoughts on “2012-2014 Board of Directors Election Now Open

  1. I am unclear as to how the general members can adequately vote on board candidates when we are not fully aware of the current strengths and expertise of remaining board members, nor are we as familiar with the strategy and governance directions of the board. Has the board assessed itself and identified where there are weaknesses (e.g. we need someone with strong financial background, we need legal expertise, we are weak in outreach so someone with PR/Communications experience would be valuable). It is hard to make a decision when the members do not know your needs. Second, what is the diversity on the board. Many funders are requiring a diverse mix on the board. Do any of these candidates help you in that effort? Lots of questions should be answered before you can get good feedback from your members.

  2. As of November, 2011 Mike and I EACH are members of the Bike Federation. But, we have just one email account. Shouldn’t we both be eligible to vote? I hope having only one email address doesn’t mean we are allowed only one vote…

    Mike has yet to enter an username and password while I have forgotten mine. Please send us information on how to resolve this.

    Judy and Mike Patenaude

    • Because you are both member, each of you can vote in the election. Despite sharing an email address, you have separate usernames and passwords. I will email you with specific instructions for logging in. Thanks for participating in the Board Election!

  3. Is it possible to have the phone numbers or email addresses of some of the candidates so that I could ask them a question regarding bicycle facilities? Dianne Dagelen

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