Stephen Bercu (President, Chair of the Finance & Operations Committee)
Steven Bercu founded Lime, LLC, a boutique law firm focused on the interactive entertainment industry, in June 2005 with a vision to provide high-value-added legal services to clients in the interactive entertainment space and related industries. His practice focuses on structuring, drafting and negotiation of arrangements for financing, production, publishing and development of software games and related entertainment properties, content and technology licensing, distribution, as well as the acquisition and sale of companies, properties, and IP portfolios in the interactive entertainment field.
Previously, he served as Director for Business & Legal Affairs for Atari, Inc., responsible for virtually all day-to-day legal requirements of major, Beverly, MA production unit of one of the largest world-wide publishers or interactive software games. Prior to joining Atari, Steve was in-house counsel to Hasbro Interactive, Inc. and BankBoston. Steve began his legal career as an associate in the corporate department at Foley Hoag, LLC in Boston, representing a number of prominent technology and media companies.
Steve’s volunteer efforts include assisting a number of organizations and projects seeking to promote environmentally friendly designs and behaviors, bicycle facilities, and improved local food systems. He serves on boards of directors and/or advisory boards of The Trustees of Reservations, Ecocity Builders, the Boston Cyclists Union, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, and the Helen & William Mazer Foundation, and does pro bono legal work through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Creative Capital. Steve is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel investor group focused on technology-oriented startups.
Steve received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1993 from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. He also holds a masters degree in English Literature from Oxford University. He is admitted in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Steve’s passions include music and playing guitar, bicycle advocacy, yoga and skiing.
Kristine Aristide (Vice President )
Becca Wolfson (Treasurer)comes to the Bike Union Board with a wealth of non-profit management, resource development, and grant compliance monitoring as she manages the fiscal and programmatic needs of AmeriCorps programs across Massachusetts at the State Commission on Service and Volunteerism, the Massachusetts Service Alliance. Her volunteer management, environmental ethic and grassroots organizing were honed in the six years she spent living on Cape Cod working for an environmental AmeriCorps program. She moved to Boston in 2012 in search of her first urban living experience, and a city where she could bike everywhere for transportation, and that’s what she’s doing! She believes strongly in the mission of the Union, and takes pride in helping make biking more accessible to all. In her spare time you can find her getting creative in the kitchen, trying to prepare enough food to fuel her many daily bike trips.
Philip Stango (Clerk and Chair of the Governance Committee) is an avid cyclist (commuter, racer of road and cyclocross, long distance rider, around town, etc.) who has been biking to work at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program almost every day for the last five years. During his time at BHCHP he’s worked as an Americorps volunteer, case manager, front desk manager and project manager, and he plans to bring skills from each of those roles to the Union.
Christine Casalini (Chair of the Development Committee)
Peter Furth grew up riding a bike in Washington, DC, coached by his Austrian father who didn’t believe in chauffeuring kids, and who taught him, “Don’t worry, Peter; the cars are more afraid of you than you are of them.” At a young age, he determined that one mark of success in life was to not lose the pleasure of everyday bicycle riding when he became an adult. Peter reports that he has been successful.
Peter earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been a professor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University since 1981, teaching a full range of transportation planning and engineering courses, and serving as Department Chair from 2001 to 2007. He has published more than 40 papers in the field of public transportation, traffic signal control, and bicycle transportation. Peter is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
As a teacher, Peter has supervised student project designs of more than a dozen bikeway projects in the Boston area, of which some have been built and others are in planning stages. In the summers, he teaches a study-abroad course in the Netherlands in the field of Sustainable Transportation. Through that course, as well as a year that he spent living in the Netherlands with his family, he has become familiar with Dutch bicycle traffic planning and engineering practice. As a bicycle planner, he has been a featured speaker at the Transportation Research Board, Move Mass, the Livable Streets Alliance, and at bicycle advocacy meetings in places as far away as Boise, Idaho. Peter has also been active in bicycle advocacy himself, including service on the Bicycle Advisory Committees of Boston and two neighboring communities, and as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of MassBike.
Dr. Yvonne Lalyre has been cycling in Boston since the early 80’s when she was a Boston University student and lived in the South End. Driving became a habit as work took her to the suburbs of Quincy and Malden but in 2005 she took up the bike again for an eight mile commute. As a teacher at the Boston Public Schools the commute became shorter, and finally retirement has brought the no-car bliss! Yvonne volunteers for Bike Union events often and entertains the members with her flamenco dancing whenever possible. She’s proud to be part of the silent revolution that may some day transform Boston into a pollution-free and “Green” city.
Jonathan McCurdy had his eyes opened to cycling as transportation when he moved to Jamaica Plain in 2004 and started volunteering at Bikes Not Bombs. He was a year-round bike commuter from 2005 to 2010, when changing work requirements caused him to start driving. Looking longingly at cyclists while stuck in traffic has reinforced his faith in the bicycle as transportation. Jonathan has been a member of the City of Boston Bicyclist Advisory Board since 2000. He has been involved with the Union since its inception and serves as vice chair of the Bike Promotion Committee. He is also one of the organizers of the Halloween Bike Ride; you might see him leading the costumed wheeled masses around the city on Halloween night. Jonathan works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health providing direct services and case management to homeless families in the greater Boston area.
Dana Ostberg can be seen riding down the Southwest Corridor in JP to her position as the nurse in the Adolescent Clinic at Martha Eliot Health Center in Jackson Square, encouraging her patients on the way to bike safely and choose health. She worked previously with young people at Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Public Health Commission, and The Steppingstone Foundation. In her spare time, she trains for the World Four Square Championship as part of the squarefour.org league and participates in the local agriculture scene as consumer, volunteer, and friend.
Luis Sanchez (Lead Mechanic, Bike to Market Program) is a retired civil engineer with most of his career endeavors in the Boston area. Since his retirement he has been devoting much of his time to bicycle advocacy. He believes in bicycling as a way to empower people and build closer communities.
Conor Semler is an urban transportation planner focusing on planning, design, and implementation of non-motorized and public transportation systems. Following five years of consulting nationally and internationally, he moved to Boston to work for the Downtown Business Improvement District where he is the staff planner and project manager. Conor has lived car-free since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007 and has integrated bicycling into his daily life, which serves as his professional motivation and contributes to his personal health and happiness.
Jason Stockmann is an MRI researcher by trade and a lifestyle cyclist who is eager to get involved in bicycle advocacy and organizing in Boston. Before moving to the Bay State, Jason was gubernatorial appointee to the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, where he served as secretary and webmaster. As a board member of ElmCityCycling and a member of Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling, Jason was also active in a successful multi-year campaign to add bicycle hooks to Metro North railcars between CT and NYC.
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