Atchinson (Plainfield) - Bob holds a BS and a Masters in
Education. He has taught a variety of subjects to a variety of students.
He has served on the MMU School Board. His interest in bicycle safety
was spurred on when he was involved in a car-bike collision and
had his life saved by his helmet. He’s also had some success
as a bike racer. He calls himself “a bicycle zealot”
and has owned, ridden, and maintained bicycles since the mid-50s.
Bob owns electric, recumbent, and tandem bikes. He has helped with
“green-up” activities and participated in Curb Your
Car day three times. Bob sees riding not only as a lifetime sport,
but also as a way to “green up” our planet. Bob works
at the Agency of Transportation Materials & Research Division.
He is an LCI, chair of the Education Committee, and a BikeSmart
Trainer and in-classroom instructor.
- Judy has both mountain and road biked extensively around Vermont
and the US with her husband, Chuck since 1988. She rides all year
from her house in Underhill to stay in shape and has been on several
week long road tours of the Adirondaks. Judy, through her business,
GrassRoots GIS, has provided Paddlers' Trail and biking maps to
Lake Champlain Committee, Millstone Hill and VMBA. She has been
on the board of the Lake Champlain Committee and Keeping Track,
and has been on both the conservation and planning commissions in
biking interests include road sharing and safety, walkable/ridable
communities, and securing access to back roads and trails for mountain
biking. (Appointed Nov. 2006)
Charkes (Brattleboro - Secretary) - Alice has been an Adventure
Cycling leader since 1995 and has been an instructor for their Leadership
Training Course since 1997. She is also a BikeSmart instructor.
She lives in Brattleboro. She is passionate about bike commuting
and is currently working with several organizations in Brattleboro
to buy and install bike lockers for employee parking. She has been
a member of VT Bike/Ped for many years and has bee working on the
Share the Road committee since 2004. Outside of biking, Alice
teaches French at Brattleboro Union High School and the School for
International Training. She also plays ice hockey for the Brattleboro
women's team, is an avid knitter, and does conservation work for
the New England Wildflower Society. (Term expires 2007.)
Flender (Burlington - President) - Will is a recent graduate
of the Vermont Law School. When he is not studying he can
be found on his bike, on skis or elsewhere outside.
Prior to moving to South Royalton, he lived in Burlington for 3
and one half years. During that time, Will was employed by
Local Motion in their Trailside Center, served on the Burlington
Conservation Board, Burlington Bicycle Council, and the Local Motion
Board of Directors. His bicycle advocacy work has largely
focused on improved bicycle parking facilities in Burlington.
To further that goal, he researched and drafted a proposed bicycle
parking zoning ordinance and accompanying guidelines. While on the
board at Local Motion, Will helped to develop a guided tour program
for the Cycle the City loop. Will received a BS in Parks and Recreation
Management from the University of Maine. He is also the author
of a guide to walking trails on Martha’s Vineyard Island which
is now in its second edition. His interests continue to focus
on improving bicycle facilities, primarily parking facilities, as
well as improving bicycle laws and law enforcement, primarily at
the local level. (Appointed February, 2005)
Hunsberger (Eden Mills) - Jeff graduated from the University
of Maine, Machias, with a BS degree in Recreation Management, attended
graduate school at the University of Vermont and earned a Master's
degree in Social Work. He is also certified as a Sudden Infant Death
Trauma Specialist. He worked for the State of Vermont for over ten
years as a Child Welfare Supervisor for Family Services and currently
works as a District Director in Barre for the Department of Health.
He is married and has two wonderful children, Simon and Sophie,
and runs a smalll project in his spare time called the SIMON Project:
The Sudden Infant/Child Mourning Outreach Network for Vermont and
Northern New England. It is a bereavement support program for parents
and families who have expereinced a pregnancy loss, stillbirth,
miscarriage, SIDS or SUDI death. It is named after Simon, his first-born,
who died in August, 2005 of SIDS. He is a recreational bicyclists
and completed his first 180 mile, three day "Ride Across Maine
- Sunday River to the Sea" in June of 2007. He has a passion
for bicycling and is a spporter of the Rails to Trails Projects,
mostly in the Western Pennsylvania area, where he was born and raised.
These projects are great for all kinds of recreational uses: biking,
walking, running, cross-country skiing, etc. and serve as corridors
for those who participate in outdor recreation who may be differently-abled.
He looks foward to participating in the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian
Coalition activities and programming and helping to make our state
safe and accessible for all of our citizens to enjoy the benefits
of physical exercise, better emotional health, and recreation.
Jablonski (Montpelier) – Dave recently moved to Montpelier
from Arlington VA with his wife Janette Shaffer. He is the newest
addition to the Morse Farm Ski Touring Center staff. In 2005 he
retired from active duty service in the Air Force. Throughout his
career, Dave served as a noncommissioned officer in public affairs
tackling such duties as writing and editing newspapers and magazines,
media and community relations, crisis communications and other command
functions from the base level to the Defense Department. After retiring
at the Pentagon, Dave joined the communications staff of the ACLU
Washington Legislative Office where he wrote congressional testimony,
speeches, op-eds, letters, papers and a variety of advocacy communications
products for WLO director Caroline Fredrickson, ACLU executive director
Anthony Romero, lobbyists, former legislators, and ACLU staff attorneys
and national affiliates. Dave lived in Europe for 12 years where
he developed from a recreational cyclist into a club racer and habitual
commuter, experiencing cycling where it is embraced as legitimate
transportation as well as sport. He has won a variety of district
medals in road and mountain biking, and in cyclocross. He attended
United Bicycle Institute, learning steel frame building under Ron
Sutphin. While in Washington D.C. Dave created a bike commuting
facility for his ACLU colleagues. He also volunteered at the Washington
Area Bicyclist Association’s program Bikes for the World.
At B4W he helped collect, process and ship more than 7,000 bicycles
to Africa, South America and Central America. He raised more than
$11,000 for B4W in 2006, more than twice its 2005 total. Dave and
Janette are active in Freeride Montpelier and the Catamount Trail
Association. Dave has a B.S. in Organizational Communication and
plans to spend his G.I. bill on an advanced degree somewhere in
Jones (Whiting) - Tom Jones brings a wide range of
experience in the management of for profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Before starting his management consulting business he worked in
business planning for Ingersoll Rand and the Singer Company.
His professional focus has been marketing, growth, and problem solving.
He was a Director of Equion, a public company traded on NASDAQ.
A former Naval Officer, Tom has an Engineering Degree (Brown University)
and an MBA Degree (Harvard). Tom lives in Sudbury/Whiting,
Vermont with his wife Erna and dog Pumpkin. He has owned property
in Vermont since 1970 and finally moved here in 1992. He has
three grown children and two step-daughters. His current activities
and interests include; Member and past President of the Middlebury
Rotary Club, Planning Committee for the Multiple Sclerosis Bicycle
Get Away Weekend, and Middlebury Opera Company. He participates
in many outdoor activities including biking (3000 miles/year), bowling,
skiing, hiking, white water canoeing, and operates a small, non-commercial
Nixon Carter (Brandon) - Jenny is the Director of the Rutland
Area Physical Activity Coalition (RAPAC), an organization whose
mission is to promote physical activity in Rutland Country. A Pacific
Northwest native, Jenny grew up playing in the Olympic National
Park. When not biking or running, Jenny can be found hiking with
her family or swimming in Lake Dunmore. She and her husband live
in Brandon with their two children. For more information about RAPAC,
please visit the website at www.rapac.info
McKearin (Burlington) - Bob is a long-time recreational
bicyclist and a sometime bike commuter from his home in Burlington
to his work, also in Burlington, as an attorney. Bob has served
on the board of the Lake Champlain Committee, the Lake Champlain
Islands (now Land) Trust and other non-profits in Burlington.
He has been a Green Mountain Bicycle Club (GMBC) member for many
years. Most recently he worked with the ad hoc committee effort
of GMBC and Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition that successfully
advocated for bicycle-friendly revisions to the state Driver's Manual.
Bob and his wife Mary are enthusiastic tandem riders and completed
their first tandem century this year. Bob's main bicycling
interests are to make bicycling, generally and commuting in
particular, safer and more convenient. He bicycling as part
of the answer to some of our exercise, energy and environmental
problems. He will represent the GMBC in the Coalition and
will also bring his legal expertise to Coalition efforts.