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.

 

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.

Michelle Fehribach, Secretary

Michelle moved to Anchorage in 2014, bought a cheap, used bike, and has been bike commuting full-time ever since. She mainly bikes for transportation and fun, and periodically dabbles in mountain biking.
 
Michelle is excited to further Bike Anchorage's momentum towards making biking more accessible and safer for everyone. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, pottery, and trying to make her cats walk on leashes.
 
 
 

Adam Baldwin, Treasurer

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.


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!”

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.



 Anna Berecz

Anna was born in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to her parents' active lifestyle, she and her sisters learned to bike at a very early age and did bike tours across Europe every summer and day trips at home to the fried fish street vendor just outside the capital. After a couple of years of necessary rebellion against biking in a headwind in the "mountains" of northern Hungary, she finally realized at the age of 14 that biking is her second favorite activity after skiing.

Growing up in Budapest in the 90s and 2000s, she saw the early days of bicycle advocacy and then later the city's efforts to create inclusive streets that serve the needs of cyclists as well as drivers and pedestrians. Though Budapest is much bigger than Anchorage, there are definitely ideas from her hometown that Anna hopes to bring to the table of Bike Anchorage, in addition to using her education as a public administration student to help create a biker-friendly Anchorage. 


Suzanna Caldwell

Suzanna first learned to ride bikes on the dirt roads of Knik, Alaska and has never looked back. She’s been an Anchorage resident for over a decade and has always had a bike close by -- whether bike commuting, riding with friends, participating very non-competitively in road races or seeing the most beautiful parts of the city on mountain bike trails.

Suzanna sees bikes as a tool for empowerment, both for individuals and the community. As a result, she is passionate about making sure biking is accessible to everyone.

When she’s not on her bike, she’s probably out running with her dog, Rosie, reading, or cooking something delicious.


Christi Meyn
Christi first learned to bike as a kid in Anchorage, but it wasn't until spending a year in Flagstaff as an adult that she realized how much an active transportation network improves a community. She is passionate about bike education for all - bikers and drivers - and is working toward her League of American Bicyclists Instructor certification. Christi is a year-round bike advocate and summer bike-commuter, and one of her favorite things about being on a bike is the sense of empowerment it brings.
 
 
 
 
 

Brian Lindamood
Brian is a great board member as well. Brian has been on our board since 2017.
 
Kelcie Ralph
New in 2019!

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