Who we are
Board of Directors
Sarah Mitchell, Board Chair
Sarah moved to Rhode Island from northern Idaho, where bicycling for transportation was impractical due to distances between things. When her car broke down for the last time in 2014, Sarah’s family decided to try going car-free and has never looked back. She uses her bike for both transportation and recreation and has been spotted riding her bike in Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Sarah is passionate about helping others embrace this fantastic way of getting around! A technical writer by day, she coordinates many of RIBike’s events.
Kathleen Gannon, Vice Chair
Kathleen has lived in Providence for about five years. Before moving to here, Kathleen lived with her husband and three children in suburban Connecticut where she taught college and served as a town official on the Planning and Zoning and then the Economic Development Commissions. She only started biking once she moved to the east side of Providence and uses her bike for shopping, errands, to attend meetings and arts events as well as recreationally. Kathleen believes Providence has the potential to be a great biking city but needs the proper infrastructure. As a member of the board, Kathleen plans to focus on improving our public profile, expanding our reach to additional constituencies and educating the driving public about the value of biking infrastructure.
Christian Roselund, Treasurer
Christian Roselund is a journalist living in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence. Six years ago he made a decision to live car-free, and his primary form of transportation is the bicycle. He also spend a lot of time cycling on the East Bay and other bike paths with his six-year old son.
Christian has been active with RI Bike for a year, including lobbying at the State House, protesting at council meetings in Providence City Hall, helping with Bike the Night, and speaking publicly to bike infrastructure issues.
In the past he has worked for a union and on multiple political campaigns, and his primary interests are in finding ways to organize and mobilize our membership, to develop better relationships with communities of color, and make sure that RI Bike is an inclusive place where Latino, Black and Asian cyclists feel welcome and heard. Christian’s ultimate aim while serving on the board is to bringing about better bicycle infrastructure in Rhode Island, and particularly to fix the holes in Providence’s fragmented bike infrastructure, and to do it in a way that involves more of our diverse city.
Betty Bourret, Secretary
An active volunteer for RIBike for the past 10 years, Betty is eager to step into a leadership position to help grow RIBike’s membership and programs. She is excited to get to work making Rhode Island a safer, more enjoyable place to ride your bike!
Donny Green, Education Coordinator
Donny Green has spent much of his ten-plus years in Providence on a bike. From a career as a bike messenger to competitive cyclist to bike educator, Donny has done it all. He is now the director of the Red Shed Bike program, run by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Donny is certified by the League of American Bicyclists to teach their Smart Cycling curriculum, and has taught Smart Cycling classes throughout Rhode Island.
Donny has taught countless children and adults how to ride safely and confidently on the road. Donny is also head coach at 1 PVD Cycling, a nonprofit organization offering public school students the opportunity to participate in competitive cycling events.
C.J. Opperthauser, Director
C.J. was born and raised in Michigan but has rooted himself in Providence, fully embracing its weirdness. He’s volunteered with NecronomiCon Providence, WaterFire Providence, Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, Downtown Providence Neighborhood Association, PRONK, and more (he likes volunteering). He’s the co-organizer of Tour de Tentacle, a weird bicycle odyssey around Providence, and lives in Fox Point.