Please feel free to contact any member of the board with questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.
General Coalition Contact Email: [email protected]
- Mike Bowen: [email protected]
- Jason Burch: [email protected]
- Ray Gay: [email protected]
- Scottie Pendleton: [email protected]
- Kevin Rogers: [email protected] or 540 (dash) 478 (dash) 7662
- Gretchen Sallah: [email protected]
- Misty Williams: [email protected]
- Randall Wolf: [email protected]
- Dan Wright: [email protected]
Born and raised in Rockingham County, it wasn’t until my time in Blacksburg that cycling became a regular part of my life, as daily transportation. After moving back to Harrisonburg, I was taught the art form of recreational cycling. I’m excited to return to the Coalition board to further serve a cycling community that has offered me so much; an organization Empowered to Build where they ride, Engaged in the community they share, and Riding for the reason they choose. Term Expires February 2021
Hi, I’m Gretchen Sallah and I’ve lived in the Shenandoah Valley for the past 16 years. My husband, John, and I have two daughters who attend Harrisonburg City Schools.
I volunteer with the City’s Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus program and with the Thomas Harrison Middle School’s physical education bike unit. As a Harrisonburg woman on wheels, I have taken the lead to bring all Women of Harrisonburg on Wheels together to adopt our beloved Hillandale Park’s Rocktown Trails.
I look forward to helping enhance and grow our bicycling community and getting more people of all ages out on bikes. I am especially interested in encouraging people to bicycle for exercise, recreation and/or transportation. I hope to help non-cyclists get out of their cars and see how much fun it can be to travel by bike and I look forward to finding additional ways to make it safe for all ages to do so. Term Expires February 2021
I’m a Valley native having grown up in western Rockingham County. When I was 5 my parents moved to Florida where I spent my first 4 years in school and was exposed and learned early on about the diverse cultures we live in. During these years I spent most of my time outside riding my bike and walking the neighborhoods we lived in which included my mother commuting me to school on her bicycle. Moving back to the Valley at age 9 I spent the next several years riding my bike in the rural part of the County and spending the rest of my time in these beautiful mountains that surround us.
In the past few years, I have developed a passion for cycling on both roads and mountain trails. This has opened my eyes to all the opportunities the Coalition has helped facilitate both since its inception along with the challenges it faces moving forward to improve upon our current transportation infrastructure for Cycling and Walking. More importantly how we can “plant the seeds” in the minds of the upcoming generations so that our progress and goals will continue to grow and nurture a better quality of life for our entire Valley community thru the influence of Cycling! Term Expires February 2020
I have many fond memories from childhood of riding my bike with family and friends;
and growing up in a rural area with very little traffic
we didn’t have to worry much about cars or busy streets. It was not until after coming to Harrisonburg to pursue a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at JMU (2006) where I learned that commuting to class by bike was quite challenging and a bit overwhelming on the busier roads. Then, after becoming a member of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) I began both mountain biking and road biking with a passion and more of a purpose. Perhaps this was the result of experiencing the overwhelming sense from others in the coalition to make it a lifelong habit. I also felt a strong desire from the members of SVBC to constantly improve the bike riding experience, make it safer, more fun, and to educate others of how their life can be enriched by riding a bicycle. I feel moved most by the following statement on the SVBC website that describes what the coalition is about… “Harrisonburg and the Central Shenandoah Valley will become known as a center of safe, sustainable and enjoyable cycling on roads, trails, and streets.” I am delighted to have the opportunity to help contribute to this mission by serving on the board for the SVBC and continue to help make Harrisonburg a bicycle-friendly place. Term Expires February 2019
I have lived in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County my entire life and currently live in Massanutten Village with my wife Robyn and two kids. We are extremely fortunate to have so many miles of premier mountain bike trails in our backyard. The access to trails have grown tremendously in the time I have been riding (20 + years) and I know in large part because of the efforts of SVBC. I also have enjoyed seeing many road improvements across the City and County and look forward to continued progress to make road riding a more viable option for commuting and recreating for more people. Term Expires February 2020
Bicycling has been foundational to my life and provides me with adventure, fitness, transportation, and life-long friendships. My wife, Julia and I live in Stuarts Draft, and she rightly once said to me about my cycling friends, “They are your tribe.” Yes, you are. My goal as a board member of SVBC is to learn from and support the members of the club and to become a voice in the Valley regarding the value of community biking.
About me – a few cycling highlights:
- I have enjoyed bike tours, including a 3-week tour from Philadelphia to Nova Scotia and back with five friends at age 16, and a Baltimore-Danville tour in my 20s via Skyline Drive.
- As a photojournalist, I covered the first US pro team in the Vuelta Espana.
- Editor and cycling blogger for a newspaper in Westchester, NY: After a cyclist was killed by a city bus in 2009, I helped write an editorial suggesting a safe passing law be enacted. Thanks to the efforts of many, Merrill’s Law went into effect a year later, making New York riders safer.
- LCI Certified Instructor
- Currently helping to organize Bike Kitchens and lead rides in Staunton and Waynesboro: Bikebox of the Blueridge
- Term Expires February 2020
Every time I hop on a bike whether it’s in the woods (which I prefer) or on the road, it takes me back to being a kid. As a kid, riding my bike meant freedom – freedom to get to connect with friends, freedom to explore the woods and the freedom to occasionally get lost. Thankfully riding a bike still, helps me stay connected with friends and still gives me freedom – the freedom from being bogged down with life’s responsibilities. Riding is also a family thing for us, some of our favorite “adventures” have been on bikes. We all know the Valley offers us a very special place to live, work and play. From a biking perspective, the Coalition and its predecessor groups have been at it for a long time and have made great strides in enhancing our trail systems, providing access to safer road riding and improving our recognition and relationships with local government entities. As we see the Valley grow we need to make sure we continue to be noticed and represented so that the things we enjoy most will continue to be improved upon and available now and in the future. I’d like to help make sure that the next generation of riders have it a little better. Term Expires February 2020
I’ve been riding in the Valley since 2012 when my wife and I moved to Staunton from Chicago. As a rider, I enjoy pretty much anything I can fit in – road, mountain, and (in the fall) some very amateur cyclocross racing. I’m also an avid mechanic and built my own custom steel road frame a few years ago. Since I’m a Staunton resident, I’m excited about helping SVBC’s reach expand into Augusta County; we have lots of riders and interest in creating infrastructure here, and SVBC could be a major asset south of Harrisonburg. I am also a recently certified League of American Bicyclists instructor and am looking forward to planning and teaching classes this summer in association with SVBC’s Education Committee. I love the work that SVBC does for the cycling community in the area and am excited about the opportunity to contribute to that mission. Term Expires February 2020
Board and Officer Elections Q & A
- When are the elections?
- Elections will take place during the month of February.
- When does the new term begin?
- The new SVBC Board will begin March 1st following the February elections.
- How will people vote?
- Ballots will be available on Svbcoalition.org and paper ballots will be available.
- 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 nine members. Terms are three years.
- Are there term limits?
- Yes, a Board member is limited to three 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.
- 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 monthly to discuss, review and approve Coalition business and activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- (In addition to duties and responsibilities 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.