Who We Are

Staff

Pierce Schwalb, Director

Big_Fat_Ride_February_24__2018_0273.jpgPierce first hopped on a bike in the swamplands of Central Florida, where two wheels proved to be useful dodging gators. When he wasn’t recreating alongside reptiles, he was following his passion for achieving sustainability; studying and applying techniques to help people reduce their carbon footprint. 

Most recently, he planned for and promoted alternative fuel vehicles in Northern California. Although a newcomer to Anchorage, he has already fallen in love with this vibrant, self-reliant city. He is excited to support and grow the engaged cycling community that calls Anchorage home. You can reach him at pierce@bikeanchorage.org.

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Board of Directors

The Bike Anchorage board is made up of community leaders working to ensure Anchorage roads are safe and convenient for all users. Does this sound like you? Apply Here!

Chelsea Ward-Waller, President

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Chelsea moved to Anchorage in the summer of 2013 after living in the bike-friendly communities of Missoula, Montana and Middlebury, Vermont. In 2012 she experienced the best and the worst of bike-ability in the United States when she biked across the country as part of the Ride America for Safe Routes team. During the ride, the team simultaneously promoted and advocated for more people-friendly roads.

Chelsea works at Denali Daniels and Associates, Inc., a small consulting firm, and she rides year-round as a bike commuter, for fun, and for exercise. Chelsea believes strongly that improving bike safety in Anchorage will have a positive effect on the entire community.


Steve Schell, Vice President

steve.jpgSteve began biking while studying architecture in Philadelphia and loved the convenience and freedom that is only possible with two-wheeled transportation. He is an avid road cyclist and joined Bike Anchorage in 2016 with the objective to improve and expand our bike network.
 
Steve spends his days as a designer and project manager for a local architecture firm, and he aims to use those skills to see bike infrastructure holistically designed, from bike racks to bike trails to a city-wide network. Steve bike commutes year round and only has a car to aid his sea kayak addiction. Steve has been on our board since 2016.

Lindsey Hajduk, Treasurer

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Lindsey began riding tricycles around in her dad's Chicago bike shop, and still there's nothing more nostalgic than the smell of rubber and grease for this girl. Lindsey became a bike commuter in Anchorage when she moved here without a car. That has since changed, but the biking hasn't stopped.

In her day job, Lindsey works to promote wellbeing at the Alaska Injury Prevention Center as the Director of the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition. At Bike Anchorage, our movement is people-driven so her focus is to engage new volunteers and build our membership to support a more sustainable movement.  Lindsey has been on our board since the Summer of 2012.


Wes Hoskins
Wes_Small_Bike.jpgWes began his biking career in Reno, Nevada at the tender age of 7. His first bike was a Schwinn Stingray, but he quickly ditched the Stingray for a Redline BMX bike and learned how to craft a really smooth table-top jump.  

Successfully graduating from last-place BMX race finishes, Wes has been working to advance muscle-powered transportation for everyone. In Nevada, as a stewardship coordinator for a small nonprofit, he saw the transformative experiences that can happen for people on trails in the wilderness. He knows that getting outside and embracing the diverse weather that Anchorage serves up every day is a recipe for happiness, health, and resiliency against life’s challenges.

Currently, when Wes isn't fundraising at the Providence Foundation, he unwinds by getting people excited about biking in the snow and ice, wrenching on bikes down at Off the Chain, and advocating for more bike lanes in Anchorage's urban wilderness. Wes has been on our board since 2015.


Molly Lanphier

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Molly learned to ride a bike as a means to get to the Dairy Queen that was a short bike ride from her home. Just as her love of ice cream remains (especially oreo blizzards) her love of biking has equally grown. Molly lived in Washington, DC for eight years, where she skipped the metro and opted for a bike commute.
In 2015, Molly moved across the country to Anchorage in hopes of spending more time outdoors and adventuring. Molly was surprised that bike commuting throughout Anchorage posed certain challenges that had not existed in DC. Not one to complain without a solution, Molly joined the board of Bike Anchorage. Molly works at the Anchorage Park Foundation and is willing to do whatever it takes to get more people out on Anchorage's trails- even if it means putting on a bacon costume!

Robert Devassie
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Robert began biking when his dad first let go of the seat when he was 3 years old. Now, it’s been his means of recreation and transportation. Growing up in a small town near the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania, his favorite bike was a chopper with the banana seat. Robert moved to Anchorage, Alaska in the summer of 1991 where he’s been commuting by bike to work and school.

Robert works for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities in the Highway Design Section, and is actively involved in the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He’s graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Civil Engineer bachelor’s degree and from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Design and Construction Management graduate certificate. He holds his professional engineering license with the State of Alaska and is also a Sustainable Transportation Professional with Greenroads®.

Robert spends his evenings biking with his three kids and wife around town and along the Bird-to-Gird scenic pathway. Robert is very passionate about the safety and health of Anchorage’s community, and envision a multimodal transportation network in Anchorage that is safer and convenient to live, work, and play for all users.


Caitlin Rodriguez
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Cait began working with Bike Anchorage through co-founding Anchorage GRIT, a young women's bicycle empowerment program. Cait has been volunteering time with community bicycle organizations for many years and is also currently a volunteer manager at Off The Chain Bicycle Coop in Anchorage. She loves participating in youth bike programs, bike to work days and bicycle infrastructure advocacy activities– she just can’t say no to a chance to get more people excited about bikes.
She has been commuting by bicycle for over ten years, loves riding dirt and snow and has toured in Europe, Mexico and all over the US. In her own words, “Riding has opened me up to the best and worst parts of my personality. I have learned so much about myself by riding hour after hour on a fully loaded bike. The bike has taught me that I have the power to work through most problems in life, and the process is usually so fun and rewarding!”

Adam Baldwin

553679_10100642030906766_1533364714_n.jpgAdam began his biking days in Salt Lake City when he was 6 on a yellow Huffy BMX his mom bought him from Grand Central. He's been riding and crashing bikes ever since in the communities he has called home from Redmond WA, to Skagway AK and Chicago IL. 

In 2008, Adam moved to Anchorage and began his museum career. In the 10 years at the Anchorage Museum, he has worked as Visitor Services Manager, Enterprise Director and now as the Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach. His involvement with Bike Anchorage began 5 years ago organizing a museum team for Bike to Work Day and then organizing Bike Tours as a museum program during the summers. 

Adam only bikes in warmer months (he prefers skate skiing to winter bikes) and is an ardent convert to bike clips. He joined our Board in March of 2018.


Olivia Cohn

OliviaCohnBeachFatbike.jpgOlivia believes in the simple joy that comes from hopping on a bike. She enjoys biking as both a mode of transportation and as a sport, and she especially enjoys long road rides. Olivia is interested in sustainable urban development, pedestrian and cyclist improvements, and generally, in removing the stigma of needing spandex to be able to bike -- she is inspired to be a part of the conversation that makes biking an easier way to get around Anchorage with its Alaskan community that's already in touch with nature and being outside. Olivia's experiences bike commuting in the Lower 48 inform her thoughts about biking in Anchorage.


Brian Lindamood
Brian is a great board member as well. Brian has been on our board since 2017.

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