Staff/Board

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
  • Richard Fries, Lexington (Executive Director)

MassBike Governance

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.

Staff

Richard Fries – Executive Director

I have been a passionate cyclist for more than 35 years and have raced professionally in Europe, toured throughout the world, commuted year round for most of my adult life, and worked as a bicycle advocate. Trained as a journalist, I co-founded The Ride Magazine, which I helped run for 14 years. As an advocate I served for several years as a development adviser for People for Bikes. I also co-founded the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival. But I am best known as a race announcer, having provided English commentary for the UCI World Championships in both cyclo-cross and road. I live in Lexington, Mass., alongside – you guessed it – a bike path with my wife and three children. (email)

Barbara Jacobson – Programs Director

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)

Lenka Hošťálková – Operations Manager

As a native of the Czech Republic, I grew up biking with my dad in the west Bohemian countryside, with plentiful rolling hills and traffic-free routes, a bikers’ paradise. Landing in Boston was pure serendipity. I immediately fell in love with this eclectic city and its European flair. I started my journey in the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians as an intern, working on projects involving immigrants and refugees in the Boston area. I deeply care about underserved population and have worked for a few non-profit organizations, serving primarily African refugees. After 11 years working with the homeless population and taking a substantial break, I transitioned into my position as an Operation Manager with MassBike. I commute almost every day by bike, seasonally by Hubway (which I love!). Biking is not my only outdoor passion. I hike, run, scoot, climb mountains, attend various races, and do just about whatever I can to be outdoors in all weather. But my greatest passion is exploring the world, learning languages, and meeting new people, all while sipping good wine. (email)

Lauren LeClaire – Communications Coordinator

While native to Central Massachusetts, I have been in Boston for over ten years, with half of that time spent on a bike. While I enjoy commuting and casual cruises around town with friends, I am also actively involved in the New England bike racing community, competing on the road and in cyclocross. In the past I’ve been involved in projects to help advance women’s cycling and get more women out on bikes. Outside of life on two wheels, I love to explore new places and check out live music. (email)

Instructors:

Elaine Tiboni, Pioneer Valley

Elaine_bikeI 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

RobMiceliIn 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

GalenMookSince 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

SmeatonAs 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.