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We are excited to welcome Thomas Goldstein, formerly of the Washington Bus, as Cascade’s new Advocacy Director.
“I’m thrilled that Thomas is bringing his advocacy and industry experience to Cascade Bicycle Club. We have big goals for the next five years in the Puget Sound Region and Thomas is going to be a key part of our success,” said Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club.
As the Executive Director of the Washington Bus, Goldstein led the agency from its start-up phase to youth-vote sector dominance, creating compelling civic education and leadership opportunities for young Washingtonians and innovation across the state.
Prior to leading the Washington Bus, Goldstein founded and led The Service Boards and held various leadership positions in Seattle, including co-chair of the $4.8 million Casa Latina Capital Campaign, member of the Pike Place Market PDA Council, Seattle School Levy campaign Committee and the Seattle Public Library Executive Search Committee.
Goldstein has also served on the boards of directors for the Vera Project, Bike Works and the Bus Federation, and continues to be a strategic advisor to various foundations and leading philanthropists.
No stranger to bicycling, Goldstein is a founding member of Bike Works, an active Cascade event rider and a regular bike commuter.
“I was sold on Cascade’s mission when I rode my first STP twenty years ago,” said Goldstein. “Today, Cascade is uniquely positioned to ensure that we deliver on the promise of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. We will work with Puget Sound leaders to create an integrated, appealing and safe bike boulevards, paths, neighborhood greenways and trails.”
Goldstein will begin Monday, Nov. 4.
Robbie Phillips, Commute Programs Manager
Wheels: Commuting triumverate: Salsa Casseroll, Salsa La Raza, and a Bianchi Axis rigged as a singlespeed. Mountain and cyclocross bikes also hold a special place in both heart and basement.
Commute: Dealer’s choice, either 9 flat or 7 hilly miles from Ballard.
Favorite ride: Any ride that includes pastry stops, and any ride where the wheels are touching dirt.
Robbie rode her bike all the time as a kid growing up in Spokane: trips to the swimming pool, dirt jumping in the park, and family rides around the neighborhood. She rediscovered that sense of freedom and play more than a decade later when she moved to Seattle, and took to biking both on pavement and dirt. Now, whether mountain biking, racing cyclocross, commuting to work or touring, Robbie is all about sharing the joy she feels on two wheels with others.
Robbie brings a passion for collaboration and relationships to her work, and is excited about helping people feel more comfortable riding their bikes, and influencing policy and infrastructure that will make it easier for everyone. When not riding, she can be found walking her dog, eating tacos or enjoying a pint of beer.
Shannon Koller, Youth Programs Manager
Wheels: Kona Jake Cyclocross
Commute: 10+ miles from Ballard
Shannon hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she learned how to ride her one-speed bike on loose, pointy gravel, leading to some spectacular wipeouts. Before joining the Education department at Cascade, Shannon spent several years working at UW Study Abroad, where she managed student mobility to most of the developing world and led groups of UW students to Brazil and Ecuador and taught classes on cross-cultural understanding.
After buying her first bike as an adult just four years ago, Shannon quickly transformed into a year-round bike commuter. Her family soon followed suit and they became a one-car household with the entire family involved in active transportation. Shannon wanted to share her love of cycling with other families, so she became involved in fostering a vibrant bike culture at Loyal Heights Elementary and created an after-school Urban Cycling Club. She was also involved in creating Ballard Bikes, a multi-school neighborhood collaboration designed to promote year-round active transportation to schools. She is currently coaching her 7th season for Girls on the Run.
Shannon’s superpowers include being able to re-fold maps and running fast in flip-flops, but the one that she is most proud of is her Stomach of Iron, developed from years of eating sketchy street food worldwide. She once took 4th place in a company picnic horseshoe tournament, a testament to her rural upbringing.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have found a place in an organization that I admire, creating programs that promote childhood wellness, youth leadership development, environmental preservation, and community building,” she said.
Taldi Walter, Policy & Government Affairs Manager
Wheels: Scott Contessa CR1 Pro and a custom single speed polo bike
Commute: 15 miles from Rainier Valley
Favorite ride: Ride the Rockies
After scoring a road bike for $75 seven years ago, Taldi began a journey that has taken her from bike commuting to completing gran fondos and triathlons. It took a while, but once she realized that the bike-leg was her favorite part of triathlons, she began road racing and playing bike polo, too.
Prior to joining Cascade, Taldi worked at the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C. as their assistant director of government relations. Now that she lives in this Washington, she’s excited to trade binoculars for bikes, doing her part to build a better cycling community through advocacy on state-level transportation and land use planning.
Born in Alaska, and raised in Montana, she grew up rafting, hiking, and mountain biking the Rockies and is excited to return to the West. When she’s not riding, Taldi enjoys culinary exploits, wine making, live music, scuba diving, gardening, and traveling.
Another year is screaming by, and yes, it’s already time to collect your nominations for the 2013 Ride Leader of the Year. As we have more than 225 ride leaders who volunteer their time to lead in excess of 1600 rides a year (including CTS), some definitely go the extra mile and deserve special recognition.
The Rides Committee announces the recipient at Cascade’s annual Volunteer Recognition Party, held in December.
This award was created in 2005 to specially recognize extraordinary contributions to our Rides Program. Over the years our honorees have included Per and Shana Sunde, Norm Tjaden, Mike Kelly, Gary Strauss, Scott Kralik, Craig Mohn, Francis Gan and Jan Johnson — all outstanding contributors to Cascade’s Daily Rides Program.
Now, for 2013, we need your help.
Whether you are a Ride Leader or a riding member, if you know a leader you believe deserves this recognition, we want to hear from you. Look back and ask yourself; did anyone go the extra mile in terms of cue sheets and maps, and really great routes? Was anyone particularly friendly, welcoming, and helpful? Did the leader keep to the advertised pace, start on time, and advocate good safety practices? All these factors add up, so if anyone stands out to you, please let us know.
For each nominee, the Rides Committee will consider the number of rides led, if s/he answered the call when leaders or sweeps were needed, did s/he assist on CTS, and were waiver forms turned in on time (yes, these are important), as well as other factors. This is a significant honor, so please give it some thought and get back to us no later than Nov. 16.
All nominations are confidential. ides Committee members are ineligible for this award. All nominees must have demonstrated their outstanding performance for more than two years. To be a repeat winner you must wait five years. Nominations can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. or by card/letter to Scott Boggs, Rides Chair, Cascade Bicycle Club Office, 7400 Sand Point Way NE Ste 101S, Seattle WA, 98115.
Members, you have voted! We’re excited to announce the newly (re)elected boardmembers:
The Cascade Board of Directors represents the voice of the members and is responsible to the membership. Its role is to ensure that Club resources are being used to the greatest benefit for all members as well as the larger cycling community. Each boardmember serves a three-year term starting in 2014. We are grateful for everyone’s commitment to serve on the board and help Cascade create better communities through bicycling.