Meet the Senior Leadership Team
As we start in on 2017, Cascade Bicycle Club is poised for continued success. With a 5-year strategic plan in place, we see opportunities for significant growth and effectiveness statewide. Cascade’s senior leadership team is ready for the next phase of this great organization’s legacy. Meet the people who head up Cascade’s departments and programs.
Chief Strategic Officer
Barb came to Cascade following the merger with Washington Bikes, where she served as executive director for three years. In 2014 she co-chaired the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation with Doug Walker. Prior to working professionally in bike advocacy, she volunteered in Spokane, where she founded Spokane Bikes and served on several transportation boards. Barb led communications and public affairs at Washington State University Spokane for over 14 years. She served nine years as an elected official in Idaho. She lives a mile north of the White Center Bike Playground; she and husband Eric Abbott have four children.
Senior Director of Events & Rides
David has been producing cycling events in the Northwest since 1990, when he created the Seward Park Cycling Series and many other regional races. He got into large-scale events when he was the race director for the 1995 Microsoft Grandprix Road Race and the 1996 Olympic Trials, both held on a very challenging Seattle course. He came to Cascade in 1998 as a contractor to take the ride director role for the 1999 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Since 2015 he has managed a team of seven superstars who are continuing the Cascade tradition of producing the best cycling events in the Northwest. David lives in West Seattle with his wife, Laura and two teenage sons.
Senior Director of Education
Shannon came to Cascade with more than 20 years of experience in the field of education. She joined the Cascade team three years ago with a strong interest in youth wellness, development, and encouragement. Shannon is committed to expanding the reach and depth of our school-based programming, particularly our equity-focused programs like the Major Taylor Project.
Senior Director of Membership and Development
Tarrell has been helping organizations build capacity for 23+ years. She came to Cascade five years ago and her proudest accomplishments include creating the Cascade Champions major support program and the successful completion of the $2 million capital campaign. A passionate environmentalist, Tarrell believes that bikes can save the world. (Or, at least make us a lot happier while we try.) Tarrell lives in Ballard with her frame-builder husband Max Kullaway and son.
Senior Director of Finance & Operations
Kathy has been with Cascade in the finance department since 2006. Prior to taking this job, she worked as a private tutor working with special needs students. Kathy lives in Greenwood with her partner Jennifer.
Senior Director of Communications & Marketing
Brent came to Cascade with more than a dozen years of marketing and communication experience, including more than seven years within the bicycle industry. In addition to working at Bicycle Transit Systems and Trek Bikes, he’s served as Communication & Marketing Director for nonprofit Bike New York as well as for Denver Bike Sharing. Brent looks forward to Cascade helping increase the diversity of ridership across the state. Brent lives in Ballard.
Senior Policy Director
Blake came to Cascade following the merger with Washington Bikes, where he served as state policy director for four years, leading state government relations work that led to the passage of a historic 16-year $500+ million state transportation package investment in biking, walking, complete streets and safe routes to schools. Additionally, Blake has served on the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. Leading Cascade’s policy department is one of the most rewarding endeavors of Blake’s professional life because of the talent, passion and excitement that each teammate brings. Blake lives with his wife and two daughters in Seattle.
Meet all our staff at cascade.org/staff.