Staff and Board of Directors

Becca Wolfson, Executive Director

0279157Becca comes to the Bike Union Board with a wealth of non-profit management, resource development, and grant compliance monitoring, and a passion for bikes.  She previously managed 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, takes pride in helping make biking more accessible to all, and being a part of and helping grow the strong bike community in the region. 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.

 

Doug Johnson, Community Organizer

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 4.19.19 PMDoug got involved in the Bike Union as an urban planning intern in the Fall of 2012 while completing a Master’s degree in city planning at Boston University. After returning from a cross-country cycling trip with the non-profit organization Bike & Build in 2013, he worked as a tour guide at Urban Adventours, before taking a position as Community Organizer for the Union in January 2015.

You can usually find Doug at public meetings advocating for better bike infrastructure, pulling a music trailer in the monthly Boston Bike Party rides, or driving the Bike Union’s tricycle to events around Boston.

 

 

 

 

Luis Sanchez (Lead Mechanic, Bike to Market Program)
Luis Sanchez

Luis 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.

 

 

 

Brian MacKenzie (Mechanic & Bike Repair Program Coordinator)

Brian grew up in the suburbs outside of Boston and after spending college in Washington DC moved to Mission Hill. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Political 1471093_10151684528930807_1917878374_n-001Science. After spending a year in AmeriCorps doing GIS, he got his start in the bike world by leading a cross country trip with Bike & Build. He fine tuned his mechanics skills as a mechanic and program manager at Commonwheels hosting curbside open shops for the community. In addition to running the Bike Union’s Community Workshop and Bike to Market program, he currently works as an instructor and program aide for the City of Boston’s Youth Cycling Program.

 

When not working, you can find Brian exploring the roads in and around boston, enjoying live music, or if he is lucky on a short bike tour.

 

 

 


 

Steven Bercu, President 

S. Bercu photo 102614Steven Bercu, a business and intellectual property attorney and Cambridge resident, is an avid, year-round commuting and urban cyclist.  Steve is a passionate advocate and promoter for bicycling, active transportation, and ecologically sensitive urban design that nurtures the human spirit. He is inspired by a vision of an urban future that transcends cars and thus better promotes healthier, more active, more ecologically friendly, safer, and more vibrant modes of life. A Cambridge/Boston bicycle commuter since 1990, Steve has noticed many improvements to bicycling conditions over the years, yet believes there is still a long way to go. In addition to serving as Board President of the Boston Cyclists Union, Steve serves on the boards of directors of Ecocity Builders, the Helen & William Mazer Foundation, and the Massachusetts Land Conservation Trust; on the Land Conservation Committee and Boston Committee of The Trustees of Reservations; and on the Board of Overseers for the ICA – Boston. He mostly rides single-speed bicycles around town, and hopes one day to own a penny-farthing bicycle to ride along Memorial Drive on sunny Sundays.

 

Angela Johnson, Vice President
Angela Johnson PhotoAngela spent the first 22 years of her life in Texas where she was raised in Missouri City, a mid-sized sprawling city within the Greater Houston Area. Growing up, she went from wanting to be a meteorologist (still a weather geek, though), architect (still a design critic, though), and through a flurry of activity during her first year of college, Angela committed to staying in what was then the largest city without a public transportation system in the United States — Arlington, Texas. While there, Angela moved onto studying transportation issues and found her calling. As for Arlington, thankfully, they’ve managed to shed that reputation three years ago.

Attending Univ. of Texas at Arlington those four years shed light on everything she wanted to work against: automobile overreliance, racial and socioeconomic segregation and inequity, and institution-alized distrust against any form of alternative transportation. Angela decided to continue this path by moving to Boston and sinking further into debt by attending Northeastern’s Master of Urban and Regional Policy program and graduating in Spring 2014.

At the Bike Union, Angela started out as a GIS Intern during Summer 2014 and stayed in touch as a volunteer for the Research Group with the Low Stress Network project. When she’s not working as a Program Associate at Transportation for Massachusetts, she’s either training at her neighborhood dojo, taking Babycakes the Bike on a ride, having passionate/friendly discussions about social justice issues, or relaxing like a cat in the sun. Wherever it may be.

 

Jess Feldish, Treasurer

Jess has been an active member of the BCU for years – she has been a volunteer, community organizer, volunteer trainer, and our bookkeeper. She lives in Mission Hill and is currently employed with the City of Boston as the manager of Greenovate Boston, a program to engage all Bostonians in climate action. Jess is also an avid gardener, as well as a member of Femmechanics, a group of FTW people who bike in Boston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Stango, Clerk and Chair of the Governance Committee
1468617_10101872977799280_1470577143_nPhil 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.

 

Daniela Cardenas, Chair of the Development Committee 
Daniela’s love of cycling and interest in urban planning brought her to the Boston Cyclists Union when she took a break from her project management work for a summer. She fell in love with the mission of the Bike Union and decided she wanted play a bigger role in the bike advocacy world. She applies her project management and–dare she say it–corporate experience to the development committee to find ways to grow the union and to help plan/coordinate the many fun events the Bike Union puts together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Van Vlack, Chair of the Finance & Operations Committee
Alan Van VlackAlan has been involved in the bicycle, nonprofit world for over five years. At the BCU, he serves as the chair of the Finance & Operations Committee (He encourages you to join!). Previously, he worked in membership management, database administration, and website project management at Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle, Washington.

Currently, Alan is a project manager with Jackson River and helps progressive nonprofits improve their fundraising, advocacy, and overall digital marketing and strategy. He aims to bring current digital best practices and a focus on eliminating technical inefficiencies to the BCU. He also wants to make it as safe and easy as possible for those of you who are interested-but-concerned to ride in the greater Boston area.

Outside of the BCU, Alan is an avid runner. Perhaps you will see him at a Tuesday night Runfellow Run Club outing. He also rides around town on his scrub green Traitor Ruben or his red/white/blue Bianchi Virata.

 

Peter Furth
furth-pPeter 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.

 

Paul Scott
GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAPaul is a leadership and organization development professional focused in the life sciences and medical device industries. He currently serves as Director of Talent Development at NxStage Medical, a Massachusetts-based medical devices company. Previously he held roles as Global Director, Leadership Development at Covidien and as Global Director of Learning and Organization Development at PerkinElmer. He has prior years of experience in management consulting, addressing strategic skill and talent development needs in large organizations.

Paul was born and raised in Brazil. He attended Brandeis University and soon fell in love with Boston. Over years he has been involved in a variety of local volunteering and fund raising endeavors, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Paul has a great affection for the bicycle, is a dedicated cyclist, and is passionate about the bicycle’s social, public health and environmental benefits. He restores and collects vintage lugged steel bicycles, has a love of the sea, and enjoys a variety of travel, outdoor and arts activities.

 

David Read

DR on a bikeDave is the Vice President for Ambulatory Practice Operations and Chief Administrator for Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He serves as the leader of the departmental core administrative team and is charged with managing all financial, personnel, and operational elements of Medical Oncology and the non-faculty or nursing staff in the adult Yawkey clinics.  Reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Departmental Chair, he is responsible for the Institute’s largest department which includes oversight of 1700+ clinical and research employees. His top priorities have been improving patient access to Dana-Farber and improving the patient’s overall experience. In prior roles he served as the Administrative Director for Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He received an MBA from Boston College and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health where he studied epidemiology and health policy. He is the founder of the Longwood Cyclists group who are advocating for safer ways to commute to the medical area by bicycle. He serves on the board of the East Coast Greenway and the Boston Cyclists Union. He also does some woodworking and had made most of the furniture in his home (davidreadwoodworking.com). He lives in Topsfield, MA with his wife and 2 children.

 

Nels Nelson PhotoNels Nelson
Nels is an urban planner and designer. He did a graduate degree in the Netherlands, realizing in the process the transformative power of bikes as transportation. Currently he consults with cities and towns to help them become happier, healthier, and more resilient. On the side he organizes creative and ecological programming and events with the group wetland.io.

 

Jason Stockmann 
Jason Stockman PhotoJason 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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