The Board

Please feel free to contact any member of the board with questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.

  • Ben Sandel: bsandel (at) verizon (dot) net
  • Jack Broaddus
  • Jason Burch (Treasurer): burch1428 (at) gmail (dot) com – 540 (dash) 746 (dash) 1428
  • Jen Edwards (Secretary)
  • Kyle Lawrence (President): lawrence (dot) kyle (dot) d (at) gmail (dot) com – 571 (dash) 277 (dash) 8121
  • Misty Tilson
  • Rich Harris: [email protected]
  • Suzi Carter
  • Travis Layman: dtlayman (at) msn (dot) com

Board Bios

Kyle Lawrence (President)

I believe the bicycle to be one of the most powerful tools to change lives, build community, and transform our world. Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley have provided me with unmeasurable opportunities to ride my bicycle and interact with amazing, passionate people. After graduating from James Madison University, I remained in the area for the community and riding opportunities. I am excited to see momentum building on all cycling related fronts in the past few years from trails, to events, bike lanes to greenway planning. I hope to help keep that momentum rolling and continue growing the SVBC into an organization to represent all things cycling around Harrisonburg and in the Shenandoah Valley.



Jason Burch (Treasurer)

I grew up in Rockingham County, graduated from Turner Ashby High school, and, later, Virginia Tech. It was my time in Blacksburg that taught me the useful side of cycling and my return to Harrisonburg that taught me the recreational side. I joined the SVBC and quickly learned what a difference a group of dedicated people can make. Whether through trail work, advocacy meetings, organized events, or local government interaction, I have seen what members of the Coalition can do. Going forward, I am excited about the possibilities for the Coalition to make a difference in our community in all realms of cycling.


Rich Harris

Bicycling of all forms adds to the quality of life in any community. SVBC is a vital part of advocating and growing bicycle usage in ours. I feel SVBC can build on our current work by further refining our vision and becoming an even stronger voice for promoting and organizing bicycling in our community. I have served on many boards and currently serve as the President of the Ten Thousand Villages board. I am the Director of the JMU Community Service-Learning office and as such work with over 75 local nonprofits, schools and governmental organizations. I teach in the JMU Nonprofit Studies program. I also serve on the Rockingham County Bicycle Advisory Committee. I have been a member of SVBC (or its former organizations) since 1996 and have led the Bridgewater Sunday road ride for the past 15 years.

Travis Layman

I grew up in Harrisonburg and now my wife, Celia, and I and our 2 children (Erin – 12 years old, Nathaniel – 10 years old) live in Rockingham County. Over the last 4 years I have been inspired to become actively involved in advocacy as I have realized the importance of cycling to every community and the need for leadership in the County. After a short run as the Chair of the new SVBC Rockingham County Advocacy Committee this past year I worked with fellow committee members to approach the County about bicycle planning. As a result we became founding members of the Rockingham County Bicycle Advisory Committee. I believe the SVBC has been the hub of bicycle friendly initiatives which has put this area on the bicycle map and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve on the SVBC board and see the Coalition continue on the path of making Harrisonburg and Rockingham County the “Bicycle Capital of the East.”


Ben Sandel

I live in Harrisonburg, ride on the road mostly, have three kids who ride to school most days and I Fargo. I’ve served on the boards of the Friendly City Food Co-op and Washington Area Bicyclist Association. I think SVBC is a great force for cyclists in our region and I’d like to work on strengthening the governance side so it can do even more and maintain its strength and influence for the long haul.




Board and Officer Elections Q & A

When are the elections?
Elections will take place during the month of November.
When does the new term begin?
The new SVBC Board will begin February 1st following the December elections.
How will people vote?
Ballots will be available through the web as well as through the mail and November newsletter.
Who can vote?
Any current SVBC member 12 years or older.
What if there is a tie?
We will go to the old reliable coin toss.
How many Board Members will be elected?
The SVBC board consists of seven members. Three members will serve for 1 year and the other 4 will serve for two years.
Are there term limits?
Yes, a Board member is limited to two consecutive terms with no limit on the total number terms.
Are there elections for Officers?
No. The mandatory officer positions are President, Treasurer and Secretary. To be one of these officers you must sit on the SVBC Board. The positions will be appointed by the new Board.
How long will the officers serve?
All officers will serve a one year term.
Are there other Officer positions?
Yes, there will be other officer positions and they will be posted. Persons filling the additional positions need only be approved by the board, but are not required to be a current board member.


Duties and Responsibilities

Board Members
  • Meet as a full Board quarterly to discuss, review and approve club business and activities.
  • Budget approval responsibility. Board members approval is required for club expenses over $100.
  • Organization and advancement of the Coalition mission. Promotion of Coalition membership. Strategic planning.
  • Input and attendance at monthly Coalition meetings. Possibly preside over monthly Coalition meeting when officers are not present.
  • Input to the SVBC newsletter and web content.
  • Participation in Coalition events
  • Maintain and advance relationships with local governments and management agencies to promote the mission of the Coalition.
  • Facilitate communication with Coalition members and partners via email, website, and other media.
  • Appoint officers annually.
(In addition to duties and responsibilites of Board Members)
  • Preside over monthly Coalition meetings.
  • Preside over quarterly Board meetings.
  • General promotion of Coalition
  • Recruitment of future board and officers
  • Maintain and post to appropriate minutes from Board meetings and monthly club meetings.
  • Support the Coalition communication processes.
  • Oversee finances of SVBC.
  • Reconciling accounts and spending
  • Manage SVBC budget and internal event budgets
  • Provide financial reporting for Board
  • Support membership processes.

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Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

PO Box 1014

Harrisonburg, VA 22803

[email protected]

SVBC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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