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Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 2454
Providence, RI 02906

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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. In Rhode Island, she is passionate about helping others embrace this fantastic way of getting around! A technical writer by day, she coordinates many of RIBike’s events.

 

Melissa Jenkins, Board Vice Chair

Melissa Jenkins is a neuropsychologist and a member of the clinical faculty at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, and primarily works as an expert evaluating disability claims relating to traumatic brain injuries.  She started biking to work to eke out a few more hours on the bike during Ironman training in 2005, and quickly learned that it is the by far the best way to get around.  Getting out of the car and connecting with the community has allowed her to develop friendships and interrelationships with a variety of people and community groups, to appreciate the importance of caring for our environment, and to understand the need for infrastructure that allows everyone to feel safe leaving the car behind.  She’s long since forgotten about Ironman training, but continues to enjoy the benefits of recreational and commuting cycling, and advocates for better safety, inclusiveness, and awareness for all cyclists whenever possible. She also enjoys pie-jousting, community and health care activism, and playing with her dog in Cranston, RI.
 
Adrianne Schell, Treasurer
adrianneAdrianne worked as a bicycle courier at Dash Delivery, and after being injured in a collision continued to work for Dash as bookkeeper. A native Rhode Islander, she enjoys going for rides with her toddler and lives in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood.
 
Christian Roselund, Secretary

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.
 
Kathleen Gannon
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.
 
C.J. Opperthauser

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.

 
Steven Vessella

Steven Vessella learned to ride his bike in Rhode Island. After the training wheels came off, his lifelong love affair with cycling began. Steven is committed to advancing the cause of RIBike. His goal is to help to create a more bicycle friendly city, state, and society.