Board of Directors
|President||Catherine Hennings||email Catherine|
|Vice President||Daniel Weise||email Daniel|
|Treasurer||Alexa Volwiler||email Alexa|
|Secretary||George Durham||email George|
|Director at large||Charles Ruthford||email Charles|
|Director||Nate Glissmeyer||email Nate|
|Director||Haley Keller||email Haley|
|Director||Kevin McDonald||email Kevin|
|Director||Bill Montero||email Bill|
|Director||Sandi Navarro||email Sandi|
|Director||Merlin Rainwater||email Merlin|
|Director||Jim Stanton||email Jim|
|Director||Tamara Schmautz||email Tamara|
|Director||Don Volta||email Don|
|Director||Ed Yoshida||email Ed|
Meet the board
CATHERINE HENNINGS, PRESIDENT
Wheels: A hand-built Erickson with lightning bolt lugs that is truly a work of art, found second-hand on Craig's list, and Catherine’s ride for speed and fun. A trusty Specialized with upright handlebars and full fenders for about town and the daily commute.
Rides: Catherine’s daily commute takes her from NE Seattle to South Lake Union via Eastlake or over the north end of Capitol Hill. She tries to get in at least one long ride every weekend, either an organized ride or a casual date with friends. Her favorite Cascade ride so far has been RSVP. This summer, she and her husband have a goal of riding the entire length of the first US Bicycle Route (USBR 10) in the state of Washington, which is on track to be finalized and certified in 2014.
About: As a Cascade Bicycle Club member, volunteer, and community advocate, Catherine is passionate about making our community a safe, fun place for bicycling. Five years ago, she started commuting to work by bike with the help of a Cascade program to encourage individuals to become regular bicycle commuters. Now she uses her bicycle as a primary form of transportation, whether biking to work, running errands by bike, or biking for fun and exercise. She and her husband even have a bike trailer that they call their “San Juan-mobile” for weekend trips to the islands on bikes.
The tragic death of one of Catherine’s PATH coworkers as he was bicycling home from work in South Lake Union that was a real call-to-action to get more involved in advocating for bicycle safety. Catherine participated in the first Advocacy Leadership Institute offered by Cascade and has been instrumental in bringing together a group of large employers in South Lake Union to advocate for programs and infrastructure that will increase safety for bicycling. She is currently working with Seattle Greenways to form the Lake Union Greenways group.
Despite the fact that the Puget Sound region still has a long way to go to make bicycling easy and safe, Catherine loves that every day she shares the road with more cyclists. She believes there is a tremendous opportunity now to increase public support for bicycling and is excited to work with Cascade to help fulfill its vision of creating a community where everyone bicycles.
Daniel Weise, Vice President
Wheels: Rodriguez S3 Steel Bike, Rodriquez "Willie Weir" UTB bike, 1979 Trek 520 Touring Bike.
Rides: Variations on the "7 Hills of Kirkland" route for short rides, and longer rides to Duvall, Monroe, Snohomish, Everett, etc. He prefers cycling the more rural roads to the more urban roads. The century Flying Wheels route is one of his local favorites. He also likes the endorphins that result from a good climb.
About Daniel: Dr. Daniel Weise is a recovering academic computer scientist, though he relapses frequently to keep up with the general scientific literature, mostly Science and Nature. While a professor in the Computer Systems Lab at Stanford, he did the usual academic things like writing papers, serving on program committees, and coercing doctoral students into finishing their degrees. He came to Seattle in 1992 to build and lead a research group on programming tools at Microsoft. He left Microsoft in 2004 to follow his interests in genetics, biology and evolution. Unfortunately, Dr. Weise's scientific training left him susceptible to deeply understanding the physics of climate change and dynamical systems, as well as how the process of science itself requires that the actual threat of catastrophic and sudden climate change be understated. So he is now a climate hawk, joining the board of Climate Solutions and otherwise spreading the word about catastrophic climate change. Bicycling itself emits no fossil carbon, and it takes far, far less energy to build a bicycle than build a car.
Daniel would like to see the club become more balanced as it grows. The club needs to continue and build upon its work on advocacy to improve cycling for everyone, but at the same time needs to invest more in its riding programs to make them stronger and increase their reach. The club's education programs are equally important. Advocacy is important because it changes laws to work better on behalf of cyclists and allocates public resources to building shared and dedicated infrastructure for making cycling safer and more appealing to a much broader swath of potential riders. Riding programs, such as Daily Rides and the supported event rides, provide social and cultural motivations and glue for people get on their bikes. It is much easier and faster to ramp riding programs than it is to build infrastructure to make cycling safer. The club must balance all approaches to increasing cycling and to make cycling a viable transportation option.
Alexa Volwiler, Treasurer
Wheels: Alexa has two bikes–a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 and a Lynskey Titanium Sportive Disc. The Tarmac is reserved for fast summer rides while her Lynskey is a great all-around bike.
Favorite rides: Alexa does a lot of recreational riding as well as commuting. She's very active in Cascade’s Free Group Rides program as a Ride Leader, Rides Committee member and tour leader. Alexa says she participates in one-two tours a year and many of Cascade’s event rides (all her vacation days are spent bicycling). A couple of her favorite ride destinations are Walla Walla and the Cascades. She enjoys meeting new riders and bicycle enthusiasts.
About Alexa: Alexa grew up on the Sammamish Plateau when it was still rural. She’s also lived in Sammamish, Bellevue, Mercer Island and finally settled in Redmond with her husband Wilfried Mack (also a Cascade Ride Leader).
Alexa’s professional background is in accounting. She is currently the Director of Corporate Accounting for a reputable local commercial real estate company – Unico Properties. Alexa says most of her life is spent either working or on the bike. She also has horses, cats and chickens at home which keep her busy. She loves the outdoors and will do anything to ride her bike or horse whenever possible. Alexa and her husband tour and lead rides together. She says they both enjoy the experience of seeing the world by bike.
Vision: Alexa’s vision aligns with Cascade’s–to get more people on bikes riding for pleasure, transportation and enjoyment. Bicycling is sustainable and has an enormous social and psychological benefit. In her tenure, Alexa hopes to get many more people engaged in bicycling and to support Cascade in its mission. She hopes to one day see much more bicycle infrastructure connectivity and people out riding for fun because they feel safe doing so.
George Durham, Secretary
Wheels: Kogswell Model D for the daily commute and longer recreational rides; Trek 950 Xtracycle conversion for hauling kiddos, groceries and other cargo; a too-infrequently-used Klein Attitude Comp mountain bike; and a Prisa Cycling TF-2 Special Edition carbon fiber speedster for faster rides.
Rides: On a typical day, George commutes approximately five miles from Ballard to South Lake Union. He loves riding with his family and friends. A self-described "utilitarian cyclist," the bike is what generally gets George from point A to point B. He is a regular on Cascade's Flying Wheels Summer Century, the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic and the occasional RSVP (Seattle to Vancouver). Personal goal: self-contained trans-America tour. With the kids.
About George: George is an experienced marketing and communications professional with deep experience in corporate social responsibility, global communications, and technology product marketing. He currently provides consulting and advisory services on communications and marketing strategy for commercial and nonprofit organizations. He has overseen marketing for digital consumer products at Amazon.com, created the corporate communications and community engagement functions for a publicly traded specialty financial services company, and helped manage community engagement and global Technology for Good programs at Microsoft. He has previous experience leading marketing, business management, and product launches for major technology products. He also has experience leading two Seattle-area non-profit volunteer organizations.
George brings perspective, experience, and stability to the board and has worked hard to strengthen the organization's membership, outreach, and community leadership. He is a strong believer in Cascade's mission and the club's work in advocacy, education and recreation. He appreciates that Cascade provides so many opportunities to cyclists of all stripes: from kids to families to regular commuters to competitive cyclists, he knows the club is a tremendous resource in Seattle, the region and the country.
Nate Glissmeyer, Director
About Nate: I view Cascade as a uniquely multi-faceted asset for our community. Many people love the weekly rides calendar. Others love the emphasis on making commuting easier. Some love the environmental benefits and there are many other reasons to love Cascade. I personally enjoy just riding my bike, and I’m grateful to Cascade for rides like STP that proved to me I can go further than I thought, and for looking out for infrastructure and public policy decisions that I couldn’t change on my own.
I believe I am able to help the board because of my many years in general management at Amazon.com across operations, retail, and now in the Kindle group, where I lead a team of software engineers and product managers creating new software and services for Amazon’s devices. I have also served two terms as a Cascade board member previously, including roles on the Executive Committee. The most important thing to know about me, though, is what my wife says. “You can always tell when Nate has been on a bike ride. It’s that unmistakable smile on his face.”
Haley Keller, Director
Wheels: Haley is usually seen riding her commuter bike she spray-painted blue with yellow rims, yellow handlebar tape, matching blue & yellow panniers, and a yellow helmet. For longer rides, triathlons, and cyclocross races, she rides her beloved white GT Grade bicycle.
Favorite Rides: Haley mainly rides as a form of commuting to work and around town. Haley has also enjoyed participating in event rides including the Tour de Kitsap Century, STP, Chilly Hilly and 7 Hills of Kirkland. She looks forward to spending more time this year competing in triathlons and cyclocross races. Haley is also racking up quite a bucket list of future rides, including the Black Hills Centennial Trail in South Dakota.
About Haley: Haley grew up on the Eastside graduating from Lake Washington HS in Kirkland. She received her BS in Mathematics and Master in Teaching from Seattle University. After graduating, she spent the next three years teaching high school math at her Alma Mater. Haley then co-founded and is now co-owner of Peddler Brewing Company in Ballard which opened its doors in 2013. Her work there focuses on accounting and finances, customer service, and front-end operations. Working toward safer streets and a more welcoming community for cyclists is not only important to Haley, it is also part of the mission of Peddler Brewing Company. Specifically, she is a leader in the Connect Ballard neighborhood advocacy team and continually seeks ways for Peddler Brewing Company to support the bicycle community. Haley is pleased to be spending most of her work and "free" time focused on her three favorite hobbies: bikes, beer and math.
Haley looks to the day when the only barrier to bicycling in Seattle is the rain, and even that can be overcome with better gear.
Kevin McDonald, Director
About Kevin: I have been a bicycle rider all of my life. I grew up in Puyallup riding bikes around town and pedaling the back roads to Mt. Rainier. While I do a lot of independent riding (to sunrise at Mt. Rainier, for example, or through the wine country of Spain) with some encouragement, I have embraced large group rides, mostly with the Cascade Bicycle Club. Now I anxiously await the posting of dates for the major rides and the opening of member registration. I am hooked on Cascade rides because they are well organized, well supported and fun!
In my day job, I am a Senior Transportation Planner for the city of Bellevue. My role is largely at the policy level, and I also manage city funds to build small projects that make a big difference for pedestrian and bicycle mobility. I commute by bicycle — or bus when it’s pouring — between Capitol Hill and Downtown Bellevue over I-90.
There are many opportunities to improve bicycling in Bellevue, and I know we are making progress. The constructive and consistent support of the Cascade Bicycle Club staff and members will help turn long-term goals into facilities for people who ride bicycles in Bellevue. Cascade provides a positive and proactive voice with collaborative, sustainable and effective leadership and advocacy that makes a difference in the communities where we live, work and ride.
Riding a bicycle and working in transportation provide a good background for my work on the Cascade Board. I have experience as an effective member of other volunteer organizations, having recently served eight years on the Seattle Planning Commission and two years before that on the Capitol Hill Stewardship Council. As a Cascade Board member I will help advance the strategic plan and support the executive director and staff to advance the mission of the Club to improve lives through bicycling.
Sandi Navarro, Director
Wheels: Specialized Amira Expert race bike and Felt track bike
Rides: Sandi rides all of the major Cascade and other prominent regional rides. Through her involvement in the Rides Program, she has explored much of our local region by bike. She also races for Team Group Health, which has taken her around the state – even as far as California. Sandi found her passion in bicycle tourism after a recent bike trip across Italy and discovered that biking was a great way to learn about the culture and history of other countries.
About Sandi: Sandi is a nutritional biochemist in cancer prevention at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. She has a personal interest in the contribution of physical activity to reducing the risk of chronic disease, and wants to help make bicycling accessible to everyone in order to create a healthier, happier society.
Previously a runner, Sandi began cycling about four years ago after developing a foot injury. New to cycling and apprehensive about riding alone, she began joining Cascade Free Group Rides. The warmth and encouragement of the Cascade community was overwhelming. Wanting to give back to the cycling community, she has become deeply involved in the Clubs’ activities.
Sandi has a vested interest in improving Cascade’s Rides Program, and extending our reach. She brings to the Cascade Board her background in research, critical analysis and promotion of physical activity, and hopes to leverage her community engagement to make Washington state a better place to bike.
Bill Motero, Director
About Bill: These are exciting times to be a member of the Cascade Bicycle Club! From the new Bicycling Center, programs for youth, expanded ride series and support of the Move Seattle levy, Cascade has become a relevant advocate of cycling in the community. As a candidate for the Board of Directors, I would like to participate in executing their vision and strategic plan.
Living in Shoreline and working in Bellevue, I have found that our network of trails and cycling infrastructure still has a long way to go. I’ve participated in local trail subcommittees and the Shoreline planning commission with special emphasis on urban Multimodal Transportation Planning. We live in an area where traditional transportation simply has no room for expansion, yet the population continues to swell. We have an opportunity to make this area a national model by expanding our relationships with the cities and public agencies to promote cycling as not only recreation, but a comfortable and safe method of transportation.
The rabid attitude of car versus bike in our community needs to change. I am excited to add my business experience, communication skills, perspectives and excitement about cycling in the Northwest to the board.
merlin rainwater, director
About Merlin: I’ve enjoyed biking for transportation most of my life. As a retired nurse, I see riding a bike as the cornerstone to my personal well-being, and as the answer to most of the world’s problems.
I first joined Cascade as a bike-to-work Team Captain. At the time I was the only person biking to work at my office, and I was pleased and surprised when five co-workers joined me. Both those who chose to ride on my team, and those who declined had similar questions and concerns: “I don’t know how to find a safe route to ride!” “I’m scared to ride in traffic!” “What about the hills, and the rain?” I had easy suggestions for the rain (right gear) and the hills (right gears), and I thought it should also be easy to help my co-workers plan good routes. After all, I’ve been riding my bike all over Seattle for years! Looking at the streets through my co-workers eyes however, the disappearing bike lanes, sharrows leading riders into heavy traffic, and complete gaps in mapped bike routes jumped out at me. I became an even stronger advocate for biking, walking and transit. When I retired last year from my career as a hospice nurse, I redoubled my commitment to making Seattle “a better community through bicycling!”
Soon after I retired, I had the privilege of participating in Cascade’s first Advocacy Leadership Institute. With the support of Cascade’s advocacy staff and friends in Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, I initiated a project called Safe Routes to Health, calling on Seattle’s healthcare institutions to be champions for safe streets where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy biking, walking or traveling in wheelchairs. I recently became a ride leader and initiated a series of S.L.O.W. Rides for Senior Ladies* On Wheels (*all riders of all ages welcome, as long as you ride S.L.O.W!), in order to provide more opportunities for hesitant riders to discover the joys of bicycle riding.
Vision: As a member of Cascade’s board, my goals are to
- be a strong voice for my friends who would like to ride bikes but are deterred by unsafe and confusing conditions in our communities
- insure that Cascade is a welcoming club that reflects King County’s full range of diversity
- expand efforts that encourage people to begin to ride bikes, including the Major Taylor Project, Family Riding events and classes, and school-based events such as bike rodeos and Bike to School efforts
- expand “easy” and “leisurely” ride offerings for beginning bicyclists, families and older adults
- advocate for a transportation system that integrates biking with walking and transit to create vibrant, sustainable communities.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
CHARLES RUTHFORD, director
Wheels: Surly Cross-Check, Trek Tandem. He loves that chromoly steel.
Rides: Locally, Charles enjoys riding the backroads and trails of southeast King County on the tandem with his wife or on his single when riding with his sons. Regionally, Charles and his family ride together and volunteer for Ride Around Washington (RAW), STP, Chilly Hilly, RSVP, High Pass Challenge and RAMROD. His most memorable bike trip was the 2009 RAW from La Conner across the North Cascades Highway to Kettle Falls. He serves on the RAW organizing committee as Route Director and Master of Ceremonies.
About Charles: Charles is an avid, skilled and safety-conscious cyclist who sees cycling as a pathway to good health, collaborative interactions with family and neighbors and an improved community. He believes rider safety and the integration of bicycling into communities is first and foremost the responsibility of cyclists. He is an active rider and he serves the needs of riders through education, participation, and advocacy.
Charles has had a diverse career in engineering, manufacturing, sales, information technology, human resources, ethics and compliance, and leadership and organizational development. His undergraduate education is in mathematics and science with a master’s degree in management. He is able to translate and apply his business knowledge and skills in the non-profit environment. He firmly believes that passionate people choosing to collaborate and serve for the common good can make the changes in our society that are beneficial and long-lasting.
His position on the Cascade Board is his first official board assignment. In the past, he has assisted the Special Olympics of Washington and the Friend of the Cedar River Watershed organizations with board development and strategic planning support.
Tamara Schmautz, Director
About Tamara: I am honored to be on the Board of Directors of the Cascade Bicycle Club. After tearing my ACL in 2010, I needed a low impact activity for rehab, started pedaling and found I have a real affinity for cycling. I bought my first road bike in 2011 (and now own three!) and have pedaled thousands of miles in the past five years. I have been on Cascade organized rides including Chilly Hilly, RSVP and Ride Around Washington (RAW) and appreciate the tremendous organization and volunteer spirit within Cascade.
I commute daily from West Seattle to South Lake Union and experience the challenges of what it means to “share the road.” To increase ridership within the community we need to have an environment that is comfortable and safe for everyone, particularly new riders.
I have a special interest in promoting greater diversity within Cascade and the riding community at large. A few years ago I read about the Major Taylor Project, thought it sounded like a great program and started volunteering at Chief Sealth High School. The skills and habits learned by students in ride club are translated to their lives and go much further than cycling. My MTP volunteer experience has been one of the highlights of my association with Cascade and exemplifies the Club’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Jim Stanton, director
Wheels: A workhorse 2001 Lemond Zurich with fenders and lots of lights for wet, winter rides. In dry conditions, a Specialized Roubaix – also with lots of lights.
Rides: Commutes to and from Seattle. regular weekend rides, and group rides such as the Group Health STP, RSVP (Seattle to Vancouver), HPC (High Pass Challenge), Fall Colors and RAMROD. He is also a happy member of Gang Green during Bike to Work month.
About Jim: Jim is a long-time entrepreneur focused on developing or fostering the development of early stage companies in Asia and the US. He has served on the boards of private companies as well as several non-profit boards, most recent was Water1st International, where he was also the Treasurer. Jim has been a member of the Cascade Bicycle Club Finance Committee for several years.
Jim’s special interest is safety for the most vulnerable on our roads: cyclists and pedestrians. His experience raising three bicycling sons coupled with witnessing several bicycling accidents have reinforced his interest in making our roads safer. He has actively helped staff road counts, put on Bicycle Rodeos, and participated in safe bicycling educational events at local schools. Six years ago he and a group of fellow concerned cyclists formed “Neighbors in Motion,” a community that advocates for improved facilities and courteous, safe behavior on Mercer Island roads. To this end NIM has organized community meetings on road safety and worked with the City on a range of cycling issues. Jim believes that cyclists benefit by demonstrating the courtesy and safe behaviors we expect from motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists.
Jim’s interest in serious cycling and Cascade was sparked by riding the 1996 STP on mountain bikes along with his 12-year old son. That experience led to joining a regular cycling group (Buty Riders) which in turn opened up a whole new world of cycling adventures in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, and Alaska.
DON VOLTA, Director
Wheels: Calfees - Dragonfly; Tetra; and a Tetra with S&S couplers
Rides: Don and his wife, Jane, lead about 25 Cascade daily rides a year and participate in many more. They are regular riders of Cascade events and other local rides when they are not away on cycling trips.
About Don: Don is a Seattle U graduate with a BS in Business. He received an ROTC commission and served in the Army for 25 years. Along the way, he received an MBA from UW and graduated from the US Army War College. After he retired from the Army, Don worked for General Motors in their Defense business units, retired again after 10 years and then returned home to the Seattle area in 1997.
Don started riding after retirement and joined Cascade in 2001. After becoming a Ride Leader in 2003 and finding satisfaction in helping other riders, Don joined the Daily Rides Committee as a way to give back even more to the club. He has served in several positions on the Rides Committee, including Chair, and has managed the Cascade Training Series (CTS) for several years. Don has been on the Cascade Board since 2010 and has served as Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer.
Don and Jane have a special interest in cycling programs for kids and are committed to expanding the Basics of Bicycling program to underserved schools.
As an avid road bike rider who rides for fun, fitness and friendship and with a long involvement in Cascade's Rides and Events, Don's focus on the Board is to ensure that Cascade continues to grow as the preeminent promoter of cycling events and daily rides in the Pacific Northwest. Rides and Events provides the membership base, funding, new volunteers and other resources needed to sustain and grow our Advocacy, Education and Transportation initiatives essential to building a better community through cycling.
Ed yoshida, director
Wheels: A Kona Dr Dew for commuting and a Davidson titanium for recreational road rides.
Rides: Ed bike commutes regularly from his home near Sea-Tac Airport to his office in the South Lake Union area in Seattle. He has ridden most of the Cascade-sponsored rides such as the Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP, RSVP and the inaugural Red-Bell 100 last year. His favorite ride is any ride that leaves from his house and lets him ride his bike.
About Ed: Ed started riding seriously in the mid-70s after college. He dabbled in racing but didn’t have the lungs, legs or desire to pursue that endeavor. Ed commuted by bike regularly during law school since he had sold his car to be able to afford going to school. His first long ride was a self-supported tour from Astoria to San Francisco in 1982. Then in 1990, Ed and his wife, Marcy, embarked on an around the world bike tour during which they rode about 5,000 miles. Vocationally, he is a lawyer with PATH, a nonprofit organization that works on global health. As a member of the Cascade board, he is very interested in getting more people on bikes, both for recreation and transportation. Ed advocates for a transportation infrastructure that will allow everyone to ride or walk safely throughout the Puget Sound area in order to develop a livable, sustainable, urban environment.
Next Board meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5-8 p.m.
Cascade Bicycling Center
7787 62nd Ave. NE Seattle WA 98115
Board meetings are all open to the public.
Board Committees (chair):
Executive (Catherine Hennings)
Compliance (Charles Ruthford)
Development (Joe Platzner)
Finance (Alexa Volwiler)
Governance (Daniel Weise)