Our volunteer Board of Directors includes Matt Bowser, Nik Coates, Rose Culver, Jason Dexter, Tim Farmer, Susanne Kibler-Hacker, Chris Hancewicz, Sue Hemingway, Felice Janelle, Dick Lemieux, Tim Parsons, Deandra Perruccio, Shannon Rhodes, Mike Sweet, Bill Whitcher, and Dave Topham (Bike-Walk Alliance Liaison). Meet some of our board of directors:
Nicholas Coates is a Regional Planner with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, a non-profit organization comprised of 20 municipalities in and around Concord and staffed by professional planners. He is the co-founder of CNHBC, New Hampshire Businesses for Transportation and Infrastructure and the Capital Area Wellness Coalition. Nik also serves as the Coordinator for the Program for Alternative Transportation and Health (PATH). In that capacity, he works with employers to encourage employees to carpool, bicycle, walk and use public transportation to work. He also organizes the Commute Green New Hampshire and Fossil Fuel Free Fridays celebrations and manages a dozen Safe Routes to School programs in the region among other transportation and energy projects. Coates received his master's degree in journalism from Northeastern University and undergraduate degree in communication from Southern New Hampshire University and unexpectedly fell into transportation planning after a career in newspapers.
Matt Bowser is a lifelong cyclist who spent his youth riding his bike to escape the boredom of his hometown in Western Massachusetts. While in college he discovered mountain biking and endeavored to become a back of the pack racer before moving on to single speed endurance events. When he isn't on his mountain bike in the woods, he serves as Vice President of the Central New Hampshire chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CNH NEMBA). Matt is also an avid bike commuter and helps organize Northeast Delta Dental's bike to work week.
Rose Culver is an attorney in private practice in the City of Concord. She is a graduate of the UNH School of Law and St. Lawrence University. Rose has experience as a police officer both in Concord and Henniker, NH and spent a number of years as a salesperson on the road in the Granite State. Rose grew up in Connecticut, and since then has spent two decades as a resident of the State of New Hampshire, where she enjoys raising her family. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Express Soccer Club, a premiere soccer club serving the greater Concord area, and a former member of the Transportation Policy Advisory Committee for the City of Concord.
Jason Dexter works for the State of New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services. He is a cycling enthusiast who enjoys commuting via bike and encouraging others to do the same. After work and on weekends he splits time between long road rides and muddy mountain rides. Although raised in Montana he has been living in New Hampshire since 2006 with his wife Gail (a NH native) and their young daughter Annelise. Jason received a BS from the University of Wyoming and a JD from Albany Law School.
Tim Farmer is the owner of S&W Sports, and a life-long resident of the Concord, NH area. Tim is a founding member of CNHBC, and his community involvement includes being a Board of Director for Concord YMCA, the Vice-President of Green Concord, and a member Concord’s Transportation Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC), Concord Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Concord and the Peddling for Payson fundraising committee. Tim received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. Tim has hosted a number of community courses on bicycle safety and bicycle repair, and has been integral in organizing the CNHBC bike swap, bike valet and Bike for Refugee program. Tim is a proud husband, father and also best friend to his Bull dogs, Lilly and Eli.
Susanne Kibler-Hacker is the Vice President for Development at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Bike-to-Work Coordinator for the Conservation Center in Concord, NH. Influenced by her father who rode thousands of miles on a single speed cruiser, Susanne began her cycling career by commuting to school at age 10 and quickly progressed to 35-mile rides to visit her grandparents. Her interests continue to be focused on bicycle commuting, touring and encouraging others to consider bicycling for transportation. Susanne’s goal for 2011 is to see how many car miles she can replace by bicycling.
Chris Hancewicz is the store manager of Goodale’s Bike Shop on Triangle Park Drive in Concord, New Hampshire. Chris has been working in the bike industry for 15 years, beginning his career at Banagan’s Cycling in Manchester and Concord and then working at The Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. Chris is an active member of the Program for Alternative Transportation and Health, and he has helped organize Commute Green New Hampshire for the past three years. Chris holds a BA from Bard College. Last summer, Chris completed the Hampshire 100 mountain bike race in 9 hours 20 minutes. He is trying to break 8 hours this year.
Sue is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Concord Hospital Family Health Center where she works mainly with adolescents and young adults. She also coordinates a School Based Health Clinic and the Community Medicine rotation for New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program, and offers community outreach and education about issues including access to primary care, risk prevention and wellness. She is a member of her Local Energy Committee and a co-founder of KAEL (Kearsarge Area Eat Local), a group of farmers and consumers working to increase awareness about, and access to, locally grown food. Sue supports reducing our dependence on fossil fuel and the conservation of natural resources by working to make the physical environment more cycling friendly. Her interest in cycling was rekindled when her daughter gave her a used Bianchi road bike on Mother’s Day the year she turned 50.
In addition to being a life long "tree hugger," Felice Janelle has been riding a bike since she could ride a bike. She is currently employed by the State Department of Environmental Services where she works to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources, which coincides nicely with the Coalition's efforts to promote green commuting. She has Master's degrees in business and environmental studies, and was previously on the board of the NH Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.
Dick Lemieux is a retired highway engineer and transportation planner who spent more than 36 years with the Federal Highway Administration, including two years as that agency's Bicycle Programs Manager, in Washington, DC, when he wrote the first nationwide design guide for bicycle facilities. He has been called the architect of New Hampshire's regional bike touring maps. Dick served four years as an elected member of the Concord City Council and is currently the Chairman of Concord's Transportation Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC), where he helped craft Concord's first Comprehensive Transportation Policy. He is an appointed member of the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission and a member of its Executive Committee. He was a Board member of the now defunct Concord 2020 and Groundwork Concord. Dick is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail (MRGT), a major trail-building effort that is supported by the CNHBC. Dick has been a bicycling enthusiast for almost 40 years. He has cycled almost 120 thousand miles in 26 states, Canada and Mexico and completed 65 centuries and three double centuries. He has organized century rides, day rides and overnight camping tours for his bike clubs in California and Virginia and is a past Weekend Road Ride Coordinator for the Granite State Wheelmen. Dick and his wife, Barbara, ride a tandem and single road bikes throughout beautiful New England.
Tim Parsons is a Health & Safety Advisor for Local Government Center, home of HealthTrust and Property Liability Trust. His primary responsibilities include risk reduction services and education to help lower members’ exposure to claims. With a background in Sports Medicine and Public Health, Tim brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to Local Government Center’s member groups. By incorporating his quirky sense of humor, he is interested in teaching people how to make small changes in their daily habits in order to make extraordinary impacts in their overall health. Tim is also well-versed in grant writing, bloodborne pathogens and a myriad of other topics. Outside of LGC, Tim is happily married to his wife, Jodi. They share two beautiful and energetic young children, Jake and Emma. Tim also sits on the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaborations Board of Directors working to improve the availability of treatment and services for those fighting the battle with cancer in New Hampshire. Tim received his BS in Sports Medicine from Marietta College and most recently completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. Most recently Tim received his Certificate of Grantsmanship from the University of New Hampshire.
Deandra Perruccio served as an Americorps VISTA with PlusTime NH from April 2009-April 2011. During her service, Deandra developed the Concord Youth Environmental Service (YES) Team; formally known as the green team. The YES Team is a service learning program for high school students in the Concord area who investigate and take action around environmental issues while working closely with the community to achieve positive change. Deandra is currently a Program Coordinator at the Concord Boys & Girls Club, where she continues to work engaging youth in environmental stewardship through coordination of the YES team and collaboration with the Golf Of Maine Institute (GOMI). Deandra has a genuine appreciation for the environment around her both in her professional and personal life. She enjoys using the green spaces in Concord and beyond, and taking advantage of the many local and sustainable options available in the community.
Shannon Rhodes is a life long resident of Concord, NH. Shannon works in the field of Software Quality Assurance, and, when she isn't working, she enjoys road riding and trail riding. Shannon is always looking to try new adventures, and, if an event is something the average person wouldn't think of doing, she is willing to do it in a heartbeat. Some of her favorite places to ride are through West Concord and Webster, and she also enjoys riding the Northern Rail Trail. Shannon has ridden for most of her life, but has been actively riding for the last six years. She is married to her husband Paul and they have three children, Travis, Isabella and Noah. Shannon also coaches her children's baseball teams.
Mike Sweet is a packaging designer at Graphic Packaging International in Concord, NH. He is an Anglophile and has a soft spot for British three speeds and other vintage relics. He commutes by bike when possible, and created a commute by bike challenge at work to encourage more employees to bike instead of using a car. He is a member of the Granite State Wheelmen, and actually has a modern road bike that won’t rust and has more than three speeds. Mike is the founder of British Cars of New Hampshire, a multi-marque club that has grown steadily since 1991. His interest in bicycling was rekindled in the 1980’s when he found a Triumph ten speed that seemed like a good transportation alternative in case his Triumph Spitfire broke down.
Bill Whitcher has been a New Hampshire State Trooper for the past twenty years. Bill has also served in our military, which includes three tours in Afghanistan. Bill is an experienced cyclist who has competed in mountain, road and cyclocross races for twenty years. He is a Mad March Racing mountain bike coach, a police mountain bike instructor and a United States Ski Association ski race coach.