Board of Directors
|President||Tamara Schmautz||email Tamara|
|Vice President||Richard Wolf||email Richard|
|Treasurer||Alexa Volwiler||email Alexa|
|Secretary||Casey Gifford||email Casey|
|Past President||Bill Montero||email Bill|
|Director||Amanda Barnett||email Amanda|
|Director||Nick Brown||email Nick|
|Director||Christopher Daley-Watson||email Christopher|
|Director||Olga Lucia Herrera||email Olga|
|Director||Haley Keller||email Haley|
|Director||Brian Knollenberg||email Brian|
|Director||Margaret Moore||email Margaret|
|Director||Carrie Umland||email Carrie|
|Director||Kermit Williams||email Kermit|
|Director||Nick Zylkowski||email Nick|
Meet the board
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.
Richard is a retired tech executive, most recently with Microsoft and earlier with Lotus in Cambridge, MA and Xerox in Palo Alto, CA. He is currently an angel investor helping start-up technology companies develop and grow. He has lived in Seattle for 25 years. Other than cycling, his interests include travel, opera, boating, and he is an avid soccer fan, holding season tickets to the Seattle Sounders.
Richard has been a bike rider his entire life and has been an active club rider in Palo Alto, Boston, and Seattle. Since retiring he has spent 2-3 months each year in France where he rides with French bike clubs. In France he became interested in randonneuring (long distance cycling) and in 2015 he completed the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200 km event first run in 1891. He has participated in most of the events offered by Cascade - STP, RSVP, RAW, Flying Wheels, Chilly Hilly, Kitsap Classic - and is a free group ride leader and frequent participant. His favorite recent Cascade experience was volunteering to pre-ride the STP, marking the course for hazards and flagging inaccuracies.
Richard has also done many other types of riding: daily commuting, touring, tandeming, and even tricycling to work when he broke his leg and could not dismount from a bicycle. His fleet includes several folding bikes, a tandem, and a couple of steel classics, but he is most often found these days on a modern carbon fiber bike.
Richard is interested in offering a perspective based on his diversity of club involvement, having seen how a variety of clubs provide different models of a club experience to serve their communities. He is interested in advancing the safety of cyclists on our roads, having witnessed how local culture that respects cycling and legal frameworks such as vulnerable user laws can enhance rider safety. He is also interested in including the growing e-bike community in Cascade. He believes that a strong local bike club that represents all cyclists is essential to helping every cyclist.
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.
Wheels: A cheap aluminum Trek for commuting, a Rodriguez steel-frame for touring, a Felt for triathlons, and a basic mountain bike for hitting the trails
Rides: Casey sold her car shortly after moving to Seattle, so primarily gets around the city on two wheels. In recent years, she's started enjoying bike touring, including weeknight camping trips on Bainbridge. She's raced a few triathlons and completed her first century during Cascade's RSVP ride.
About Casey: Casey is driven by a desire to develop thriving communities and a healthy environment by making it safer and easier for everyone to bike.
Casey dabbled in bike racing in high school and began biking for transportation in college at the University of Oregon. After graduating, Casey moved to Denmark where she studied bicycle transportation as a Fulbright Fellow and learned how thoughtful decision-making and design can transform how people choose to get around. She received her masters in urban planning from Aalborg University.
About Amanda: Amanda is a civil engineer at Seattle Public Utilities, where she specializes in stormwater policy, utility design/plan review, and green stormwater infrastructure. She is dedicated to enriching community and the urban environment in Seattle; in designing for ecological restoration and watershed protection, equitable transportation infrastructure is a critical component.
Amanda holds a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, and a Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure from UW. She currently serves on the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, and is a recent graduate of Cascade’s Advocacy leadership institute and former Community Leadership Institute Fellow at Puget Sound Sage.
As a volunteer with the Major Taylor Project since 2014, she strives to empower diverse youth impressed upon by the demographic lean of the cycling world. Supporting young people of color is not only important in creating a more inclusionary ethos around cycling, but in inciting the dialogue around the efficacy of the bicycle and other urban forms as a mode to ending racism.
I am a life-long cyclist excited to join the board of Cascade Bicycle Club to both participate in and support a club whose mission I believe improves the quality of life in our communities. My own cycling spans racing, touring, and commuting and I realize the benefit of the Club’s hard work every time I saddle up. The Club’s comprehensive approach to serving the community broadly, and cycling specifically, motivates me to join the Board of Directors.
Professionally, I’ve got 20 years’ experience in business consulting, with an extensive background in stakeholder management and operating model design, as well as bringing clarity and order to challenging engagements and a people-focused, empathy-driven approach to problem solving. I have volunteered for the Club in the past, doing maintenance on the fleet of bikes used for kids classes, and I am always excited by the passion of the people that make the Club work.
Off the bike and outside of work, my interests include teaching Nordic skiing, photography, and the quest to make the perfect loaf of sourdough.
About Christopher: Christopher is a patent attorney and partner at Perkins Coie, a large international law firm based in Seattle. His background is in electrical engineering, though for the past 28 years he has helped clients patent their inventions and has counseled them on various intellectual property matters. He moved to Seattle from Washington D.C. in 1993 so that he and his wife could raise two active children.
Now that his children are older and (relatively) self-sufficient, he welcomes the opportunity to give back to his community. He has been passionate about biking since his first 10-speed Schwinn Continental, which he road in Parsippany, NJ while in middle school; he then graduated to a Trek 720, which he rode in New Orleans while in high school. As an adult, biking has been Christopher’s main mode of transportation when he lived in Denver and Washington DC, though he admits that he recently hasn't been commuting as much by bike in Seattle. He’s particularly interested in helping make Washington State more bike-friendly, primarily by adding more protected bike lanes and by encouraging more riders, especially younger riders.
Olga Lucia became passionate about biking after her dad gave her a purple “Monareta” when she was 10 years old. She was slow at learning how to ride, but her mom encouraged her saying: “Biking is an essential skill if you pedal you are free to go, and it does not cost much.”
She enjoys the freedom of biking in cities, mountains, and roads. She has toured the Ciclovia in Bogota, Martha's Vineyard, Maine, El Valle Sagrado in Peru, Wisconsin, the surrounding areas around Popayan-Cauca (where she grew up in Colombia) and as a tourist in Berlin, Paris, DC, NY, and Seattle. She did not own a car until she was 30 years old which taught her to value and enjoy biking, walking and public transportation. She now lives in Spokane, WA which is becoming a bike-friendly city through the hard work of local organizations.
Olga Lucia holds a doctorate in Applied Research & Community Psychology from North Carolina State University with experience in design and evaluation of intervention programs for communities. In practice, she was trained to use research methods, backed by psychological and social science theory to analyze and understand social problems. She has over 15 years of experience promoting education, and health through action research, data analysis, and building collaborative processes. She is passionate about understanding the interaction of people in different settings with the purpose of preventing mental health disorders and promoting wellbeing, always paying close attention to groups experiencing disparities. Currently, Olga Lucia is a Spanish-English Interpreter in Medical and Social Services settings.
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.
Currently at BECU Brian Knollenberg, VP of member insights and strategy is focused on unlocking member value through the use of data and insights. For the last 20 years Knollenberg has helped lead, manage, ideate and optimize digital marketing and analytics campaigns for clients such as Verizon, REI, Microsoft, Nordstrom and HP. His passion is in solving complex business problems, understanding and using data and designing/optimizing full lifecycle marketing programs. Brian lives in the Ballard neighborhood with his wife and 15 year old daughter as well as their 6 year old golden retriever. Brian has lived in Seattle for 21 years and remembers when it felt a lot smaller and more connected.
I am in my 11th year of commuting by bicycle year-round in Seattle. I've enjoyed seeing our cycling infrastructure grow during this time. However, I think there is more we can do to provide safe cycling infrastructure for members of the community. I'm super passionate about the freedom two wheels gives me to have a energizing commute full of fresh air good for my mind and my body. I also enjoy taking part in Chilly Hilly and other organized or weekend rides with my friends and fellow cyclists. I love the camaraderie inherent in bicycling with friends and even strangers, all enjoying the many benefits for ourselves and our environment. I am excited to help improve cycling infrastructure, adoption and benefits for members working with Cascade bike.
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.
Wheels: 2004 Rodriguez Stellar Race for road riding and 2007 Rodriguez Rainier for riding in the rain and for touring.
Rides: I have been a Cascade member since 2002 and have participated in the major Cascade rides. My favorite rides are RSVP and RAW (6 times each). I have been a ride leader with Cascade for around nine years and have been active with the Cascade Training Series both as a rider and as a leader. I have toured in California, Texas, Wisconsin (self-supported) and in France, Italy, and Portugal (pampered by a tour company).
About Margaret: I began riding seriously in Austin, Texas in 1983 with short bike tours and a local century event and continued riding tours and century events in San Diego, Calif. My husband Phil and I met in San Diego, introduced by mutual friends who knew we shared a love of cycling. We enjoyed cycling in San Diego, but the lack of safe bike infrastructure became a real barrier over time for me to access bicycling. Upon arriving in Seattle in the late ‘90’s, we discovered the terrific trails and other bike facilities that opened up this beautiful area for exploration and discovery by bike. Since then, when not riding, I have assisted as a volunteer with advocacy campaigns for transit and climate issues.
In the last 20 years, conditions for cycling have improved tremendously, but there are real issues with connectivity in the Puget Sound region that remain a barrier to access to cycling for many people. I believe that biking should be safe, appealing and accessible to all in this region. I believe that this goal is very achievable with the focus and effort by Cascade and with the support of its members.
My work as a research biochemist in the biotechnology industry brought me to Seattle. I am retired but still consulting, with over 30 years of experience in protein chemistry and molecular biology. The natural beauty of Washington and the great bicycling opportunities have determined to keep me here.
Carrie is a personal injury lawyer who earned her Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University and received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound Law School now known as Seattle University School of Law. She grew up in Washington and has always rode a bike.
Carrie has practiced law for almost 25 years representing plaintiffs, and for a short time, defendants. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and an Eagle Member of the Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ). She serves on the Client Protection Board and is Special Counsel to the Washington State Bar. She also serves on the Judicial Relations Committee of WSAJ and has served as judge and coordinator for the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and Seattle University School of Law Appellate Argument Competitions.
Since childhood, Carrie has enjoyed riding bicycles. Riding symbolizes fitness, freedom, and adventure. She participates in triathlons which requires a certain level of fitness. Riding around different areas of Washington represents freedom from work life and stress. Riding around the South of France represents adventure. Being part of Cascade means sharing and promoting cycling to others.
My favorite ride is the Seattle To Portland. It inspires commitment to riding for a reason and demonstrates the idea of cyclists as a community in motion. I’ve done it 12 times so far! I’ve enjoyed RSVP, Flying Wheels, and Chilly Hilly too. I also finished RAMROD, Tour de Blast, and Seattle 2 Spokane, but that’s a different kind of “fun."
I was born here in Seattle and have been riding its streets since I was 9 years old. I have a lifelong passion for cycling that has been cultivated by the opportunities offered by Cascade. Group rides with Cascade have steered my bikes onto roads I would otherwise have never travelled in Spokane, Walla Walla, Bellingham, Camano Island, Olympia, and Tacoma. I even met the love of my life riding with Cascade. My interest, now that my kids are grown and my career has matured, is to give back to Cascade by offering my wisdom, perspective, and expertise.
Professionally I’m currently working as a Technical Project Manager at BECU. That means I influence people to get things done with no authority. So I’m a facilitator, a process analyst, a lean practitioner, a Scrum Master, and a team builder.
Nick is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Russell Investments. He holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Pacific Lutheran University. Nick is a current non-board member of the Cascade Finance Committee. He has a strong background in finance and analytical perspective and will continue to bring this expertise to Cascade and the Finance Committee.
Nick has been an active cycling enthusiast for over a decade and has participated in numerous Cascade events including the STP, Chilly Hilly and Emerald City Ride. Twelve years ago, he was introduced to cycling on a dare from a friend: ride the STP in one day. The problem was he had never really ridden a bike further than 10 miles and had three months to train. That summer opened his eyes to a love of cycling, which has provided countless enjoyable, and at times painful, hours of his life since. Cycling has brought him some of his closest personal relationships, taken him on adventures around the world, and enriched his life in ways that are hard to express. He will be forever grateful that STP and Cascade were there to open that door 12 years ago, and Nick appreciates the opportunity to contribute to an organization which he knows has a profound impact on every community member it serves.
Next Board meeting
January 22, 2020, 5 p.m.
Cascade Bicycling Center
7787 62nd Ave. NE Seattle WA 98115
Board meetings are all open to the public.
Board Committees (chair):
Executive (Tamara Schmautz)
Development (Richard Wolf)
Finance (Alexa Volwiler)
Governance (Bill Montero)