Board of Directors
- Greg Allen, Boston
- James Bradley, Billerica
- Catherine Cagle, Waltham
- Brian Casella, Burlington
- Colin Durrant, Cambridge
- Lauren Hefferon, Arlington
- Eric Papetti, Somerville
- John Siemiatkoski, Waltham
- David Watson, Arlington (Executive Director, serves on the board by virtue of his position)
MassBike members elect the Board of Directors each December, for a three-year term. If you’re interested in getting more involved in MassBike and would like to find out more about serving on the Board of Directors, please see our Board Agreement (.doc), which lays out board member responsibilities. We ask that potential candidates fill out a Board Application (.doc) and Board Self Evaluation (.xls) and email them to our Executive Director along with a resume.
David Watson – Executive Director
I am a lifelong bicyclist – a bike commuter, a road rider, a mountain biker, a singlespeeder, and a multi-modal folding biker. I have been MassBike’s Executive Director since 2006, following a decade as a volunteer mountain biking advocate and director of the New England Mountain Bike Patrol, and almost 20 years in technology startups and commercial law. I serve on the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Task Force, and the Massachusetts Wellness Promotion Advisory Board; I am a past member of the MassDOT Transportation Advisory Committee and the Transportation Enhancements Advisory Committee. I also serve on the Boston Health in All Policies Task Force, the Built Environment Community of Practice of the Massachusetts Partnership for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, and chair the Fitness Committee of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. I have a B.S. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. In addition to my work at MassBike, I teach in the City Planning and Urban Affairs program at Boston University. When I am not biking, advocating, or teaching, I am deeply engaged in the study of coffee. (email) (blog posts)
Barbara Jacobson – Program Manager
I have been bicycling year-round in the city of Boston for four years and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Currently, I am in graduate school at Boston University pursuing a Master’s in City Planning. I am passionate about connecting bicycling with public health and bring my academic research to the realm of bicycling advocacy. My favorite part about bicycling is discovering new routes, public art, open spaces and local restaurants. (email)
Jimmy Pereira – Program Associate
As a youth I would always ride my bike around my hometown of Brockton, Ma. I would always wonder about the possibilities that can happen in my community. Now that I have graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Planning and a minor in Ethnic & Gender Studies, I am more than happy to join MassBike to bring change across the Commonwealth. I am proud to say that I am on my way to being a serious biker and am happy to be welcomed into the bicycling community. I have a great interest in youth advocacy and community sustainability. I enjoy observing and preserving nature but also wild rides on rollercoasters. Swimming has always helped my biking and is a secondfavorite after bicycling. I hope to bring a variety of people from diverse communities to come together and enjoy biking. (email)
Beth Rodio – Communications Manager
I’ve been a cyclist for six years now and ride my bike whenever I can, whether it’s for a Sunday morning spin or to take my son to school. I love the independence and low carbon footprint of powering my commute burning only calories. I began working in communications and marketing about ten years ago in print publishing and brought those skills to an environmentally-focused non-profit in Berkeley, CA two years later. Once I started working for mission-based organizations, I was hooked. Working at MassBike is the perfect way for me to combine my passion for cycling with my non-profit communication experience. I have a BA in English from Providence College and an MA in English from Boston University.
Elaine Formica, Pioneer Valley
I love sharing my passion for riding bikes. In addition to teaching for Mass Bike, I’m the co-owner of and guide for Ride Noho, a bicycling touring company in Northampton Massachusetts. When I’m not riding my road bike, I’m skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, riding my mountain bike, or just spending time outdoors.
Rob Miceli, Cape and Islands
In addition to being the President of the MassBike Cape and Island Chapter, I’m happy to be an instructor for MassBike. I’m also a member of the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, past president and co-founder of Mad About Cycling, and owner of Cotuit Cycling Tours. I love sharing my passion for riding bikes and am interested in anything and everything about bikes.
Galen Mook, Boston Metro
Since coming to Boston in 2003, I’ve been a figure in Boston’s bicycle community; founding a student bike group at Boston University, organizing workshops for fledgling bike commuters, toting folks through the scenic streets of Boston in a pedicab, leading bike rides for students in the City’s public schools, fixing up the Hubway bikes for Boston’s own bikeshare system, and even playing a makeshift drumset while biking in group rides with my “jambike” (see the picture). My hope is that everyone, from kids to grandparents, will feel comfortable and confident when riding a bicycle.
Laura Smeaton, Boston Metro
As a public health researcher (biostatistician in infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Heath), I re-discovered the joy of bicycling when I started biking to work – and learned what a wonderful commute it is. The first group rides I joined were coordinated by MassBike, where I met others who have become lifelong friends. In addition to commuting by bike, I enjoy riding for both fun and recreation, especially multi-day touring. The past four years, I’ve volunteered for the Mass Bike Pike tour (which benefits MassBike), and I am a hyper-local bicycle advocate within Boston’s neighborhoods. As it was MassBike’s safe cycling classes which initially taught me important riding skills and confidence (which I later augmented with a LAB League Cycling Instructor certification), I am thrilled to share my love for bicycling through mentoring others in MassBike’s education program. A motto I use to introduce workshops: Bicycling is an extraordinary experience, but you don’t have to be extraordinary to bicycle.