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Board & Staff

As your Coalition, we invite you to contact any member of the staff or board with questions, concerns or suggestions.

Kyle Lawrence
Executive Director (he/him)

Kyle Lawrence

Kyle has been advocating on two wheels since arriving in the Valley nearly 15 years ago. Knowledgeable in all-things-bicycle (and often pedestrian, as well) he has been instrumental in administering federal grants for trail building as well as helping to secure support and funding for the North End Greenway and Connect Our Schools initiative to bring shared-use pathways to Harrisonburg.

Kyle was President of the Coalition (2010-2018), the Rockingham County Safe Routes to School Coordinator (2015-present), and has been a member in the George Washington National Forest Stakeholder Collaborative since 2010. He is a Harrisonburg resident and 2007 graduate of James Madison University.

Tilda Pendleton
Chair (she/her)

Tilda Pendleton

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, my life has taken me all over the country and across the globe, and throughout my moving and travels, I’ve found bicycling to be a major part of my life in so many ways from recreation and competition to just getting around and getting to know people. I’ve experienced the beauty of what bicycling can be and I’ve slogged through what it absolutely shouldn’t be (and seen most of what’s in between).

While my career brought me to Virginia, riding in and around Harrisonburg pulled me to the Shenandoah Valley. We’ve got it all here: world-class mountain biking on well-maintained trails; fantastic road biking through the gorgeous countryside; and communities that either are already put together with or have the potential to develop bike and pedestrian-friendly ways for getting to and from school, work, and life in general in a comfortable manner.It was apparent when I was a visitor and has been even clearer to me since I moved here in 2016 that it’s no accident that the Valley is such a great place to ride: the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) has very effectively put in the time and legwork to make this such a great place for bikes. And while it’s fantastic here in the Bike Capital, there is plenty we can do to make it even better, to bring in new riders and get more people out walking and riding and enjoying this wonderful place we have. I’m excited to be on the Coalition board and be a part of these efforts to bring the Shenandoah Valley to its full potential as a place where people can live, work, and play comfortably in the fresh air. Bikes are just a ton of fun and I want to share that with everyone. Let’s get to work!

Board Member

Rob Marble

I moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2008 and was quickly welcomed into the cycling community. I have been so fortunate to make great friends and enjoy our amazing trails during my time here. The growth of the community, trails and biking infrastructure have all inspired me. I am grateful for all the work that has been done to build an amazing coalition.

Whether building world-class mountain bike trails, making our communities more bike-friendly, or improving access for all the residents of the Valley, I believe that we have the opportunity to continue to build the SVBC into an organization that can achieve great things. I am excited about what the future holds and grateful for all the work that has made the Shenandoah Valley a great place for bicycling.

Board Member

Thomas Jenkins

I am excited and even a little nervous about the opportunity to sit on the SVBC board. There are several reasons why I have decided to run for a seat on the SVBC board, but most of these reasons can be summed up by saying that I enjoy working with and serving the cycling community in the Shenandoah Valley. For the last 30 years I have seen the growth of the cycling community and have been proud of all its hard work. I believe the investments by the cycling community and its members has benefited our entire community. As a board member I would like to continue this growth of giving while maintaining the family feel that created the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. I hope my ability to listen to others, to be objective with all topics and my openness for discussion will be an asset to the SVBC Board and Shenandoah Valley community.
Mike Weaver
Board Member

Michael Weaver

I grew up in Harrisonburg and went to college in Massachusetts. Following college, I moved back and forth between Harrisonburg and other cities and states including Portland, Pittsburg, Atlanta, West Virginia, and Alaska. Harrisonburg always has me coming back. I love this community, I love the four seasons, the farmland, and the mountains and waterways. And now, I don’t really imagine myself moving away again. I’m ready to more deeply invest in this community.
For work, I am a co-producer of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival and a co-owner of the Christmas tree and wreath retail lot on route 42 S. For fun, I spend time outdoors fishing, hiking, hunting, and camping. I also enjoy music festivals. 🙂

Living in Portland, OR, I gained a true appreciation for a city that you can safely and efficiently bike anywhere and everywhere. It was my favorite thing about Portland. I love the work SVBC is doing. I know how large the scope of work that SVBC is involved with and how important it is and would love to help move the agenda forward.

I would like to see the SVBC platform and vision realized! I would especially love to see the bike/ped infrastructure greatly improved in Harrisonburg. It would be a dream to see Greenways connecting North to South and East to West.

Board Member

Jess Pyle

My name is Jessica Pyle and I am interested in being a member of the SVBC board. I have experienced the joy of riding my bike on trails and roads, in competition, bike tours, and commuting to get ice cream. Currently I serve on the Harrisonburg Bicycle Pedestrian Subcommittee and would like to continue and expand that service as an SVBC board member, advocating for safe and fun transportation options throughout the valley.

Interested in serving on the Board of Directors and running for election?

Please fill out a Letter of Intent to let us know you are interested.

When are the elections?
Our board elections are typically held in March and as needed and called by the Board of Directors to fill vacant seats.

Who can vote?
Any current SVBC member 12 years or older.

How many Board Members will be elected?
The SVBC board consists of up to 11 members. The terms are three years. Each board member is limited to three consecutive terms with no limit on the total number of terms.

Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

Board Members Eligibility
Must be an active member of SVBC in good standing. Good standing is defined as projecting a positive image, conducting oneself in a professional manner, respecting the rights of other directors, staff and members to express their ideas and communicating with honesty and respect.

Must agree to uphold the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the organization.

All Directors are elected to represent the membership as a whole and not the interest of a particular constituency.

Directors cannot own, run or be employed in a business that is in direct competition with this organization.

Time Commitment Required
The Board of Directors meets every month for an average of 2 hours per meeting. Committees of the SVBC meet three to six times a year, depending on the committee. Directors are expected to attend an annual board retreat, of one day in length. Board members are encouraged to attend the monthly membership social which typically immediately follows the monthly board meeting.