Executive Director 832-930-6919
John is the Executive Director for BikeHouston. His primary goal is to support the full implementation of the Houston Bike Plan over the next 10 years, and by doing so, contribute — along with so many others in government agencies, the business sector, and non-profit organizations — to re-imagining the urban experience in H-town. Prior to joining BikeHouston, John served for 21 years as the head of school (executive director) of a non-profit private school in Houston. He holds an master’s in education from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s in English from Yale University. John rides his road bike in Houston and in Colorado. He and his wife, Kathy, share tandem bike rides along the newly developed bayou trails. And he is now learning that it is really possible to be a bike commuter in Houston. Contact John
Jessica is a native Houstonian with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University. Jessica has worked at the local level with the City of Houston Planning and Development Department, BikeHouston, and on the national level with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars conducting Latin American transportation research. Jessica grew up in a neighborhood with a mix of commercial, industrial, and multifamily land uses. Her bike became a tool for exploration and adventure from an early age and continues to inspire her to connect Houstonians to the rich culture and varied landscapes the city has to offer. In five years, Jessica wants to be able to point to completed bicycle infrastructure projects initiated by community members and outlined in the Houston Bike Plan. Contact Jessica
Inge’s charge is to plan, develop, and implement educational programs that help communities engage and safely enjoy bicycling throughout Houston. Inge is a native Houstonian who engenders collaboration. She works with community centers, schools, government agencies and businesses who recognize the value in sustainable and innovative multi-modal methods of transportation that can benefit everyone. Her background is in both private and public health, education, and integrative wellness. Inge holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Houston and a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Florida-Gainesville. She has taught at secondary and college levels, and currently volunteer teaches adult ESL. Inge loves cycling (especially to work) and participating in the vision of making Houston a Gold Level Cycling City. Contact Inge
Development Director 832-930-7433
Doug joined BikeHouston in March 2016 as the Development and Community Manager. His goal is to help BikeHouston establish a solid partnership and sponsorship program as well as grow membership and spread the word that riding a bike in Houston is indeed possible! Doug is a native of Silsbee in the Piney Woods of East Texas. He received his degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to BikeHouston, Doug was a high school teacher at Yes Prep North Central, where he began his career in community service. Contact Doug
Communications Director (832)819-2453
Ivan Fuentes joined BikeHouston in 2016 as the Communications Director. Ivan comes to us after a 10-year career in finance management and sales. Always curious about BikeHouston; when the position came available he saw an opportunity to bring some new ideas and help Houston grow into a more bikecentric city. Ivan is heavily involved in the social cycling community, and he views his role at BikeHouston as a chance to help make safer streets for those people he encouraged to get on bikes. His bilingual (Spanish) skills are a great asset to us as we reach out to more communities throughout the city. Ivan has many years of experience in event planning and ride organization. Contact Ivan
Volunteer Coordinator (832)834-1960
Bowen Roberts enjoyed volunteering with BikeHouston so much, he joined the staff in 2017 as Volunteer Coordinator. Bowen has lived and cycled all over the world, including California, Alaska, Ecuador, Indonesia, India, Egypt and now Houston. He is retired from the oil and gas industry, where he spent his career in project management, an important skill to have in managing BikeHouston’s large group of dedicated volunteers. BikeHouston relies on volunteer power, and Bowen is charged with making sure they have a rewarding experience that reflects their skills and interests. He also wants our volunteers to have a good time helping Houston become more bike-friendly. Contact Bowen
Volunteer Administrator & Accountant
Rick Hecksel joined BikeHouston part-time in October of 2015, assisting with the accounting function. Rick retired from Marathon Oil Company in the spring of 2015 after spending his 34 year career in different accounting functions in the oil and gas industry. Rick is a cycling Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, and has been an avid road cyclist and bike commuter since 2004. Rick has completed more than 20 MS bike rides in five states, including Alaska. He has participated in countless other charity rides as well. Rick and his wife Mary completed a 3,700 mile bike ride across America in the summer of 2015.
Board of Directors
Mr Piette serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Geological Engineering and is a Board Member of Headwave, Inc, a software company that offers technology for the interpretation and manipulation of data. He also sits on the board of PGS, a Norwegian seismic acquisition company. Mr. Piette acts as an advisor to Bluware, a technology delivery company. Mr Piette has served as the President or CEO of four technology start-up companies, all based in Houston. He has lived in Houston since 1980, with a year out in Denver, two in Caracas, Venezuela, and two in Singapore. He rides an old bike, and he rides it slowly.
Jeff Bishop lives the car-free Houston life and was delighted to join the BikeHouston Board in 2017 to do something besides grumble about the occasional challenges in daily bike travel. Jeff founded and runs a clean energy start-up, Key Capture Energy, using large batteries to stabilize the electric grid. He has led or has been on the board of several renewable energy advocacy groups, as well as The Montrose Center — a Houston non-profit dedicated to making sure all LGBT individuals can realize their fullest potential. Despite an aversion to wearing lycra, and rides that he categorizes as “too fast,” Jeff thoroughly enjoys exploring Houston by two wheels and looks forward to his part in making Houston more bike-friendly.
Neil Bremner has been a BikeHouston board member since 2012. His passion for cycling and improving safe riding in Houston fuels his commitment to the organization. He is co-owner of Bike Barn with stores in Houston and College Station. You will find him and his enthusiastic staff at most cycling events in the Houston area; sharing their love of cycling with others. He rides for leisure locally, but can also be found experiencing epic rides in California, Colorado and other places in the U.S. and around the world. Neil is also Chairman of Houston Bike Share and has been helping drive the discussion on safe places to ride and introducing short-trip cycling to Houstonians through the Houston BCycle program. By the end of 2018, there will be 100 stations and over 800 BCycle bikes in Houston.
Diana joined the board in 2017. She traded in teaching weekly spin classes for a real road ride when she moved to Houston in 2013. She lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 13 years. She was born and raised in Oklahoma. Diana is excited about all the cycling opportunities for Houstonians and wants to promote safe places to ride so everyone can get out and enjoy biking as much as she does. She has served on the board for Arlington United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia and has worked as a human resource professional for more than 20 years.
Nisha is a long-time Houstonian who is very excited about the transformation that Houston is undergoing as it becomes a more bike friendly city. She’s a huge fan of the bike trails built along Houston’s numerous bayous, and she loves to ride them with her husband and two kids. Nisha is the Managing Director of Aurora Clean Energy Partners which works with clients on strategy and business development in distributed energy, renewables, and clean technology. She also serves on the board of directors of the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance.
Regina is one of the founding board members of BikeHouston since 2004. Under her leadership, BikeHouston has expanded from an all-volunteer organization to an organization with four full-time staff. Regina has nearly 20 years of active community involvement record. She is deeply engaged in children’s education and spends time teaching people of all ages to safely ride a bike while spearheading the BikeHouston Board of Directors. Regina mentors the new and emerging leaders within the Board as well coaching the new board members through governance and financials. Regina regularly leads BikeHouston group rides; she is also the Team captain for the El Meson/Cycles Gladiator MS150 Bike Team since 1999.
Ryan Ezenachi HallEverything changed the day he found himself on a bicycle in the streets of Houston. Within 3 years he has experienced the highs and the lows of sharing the road. From the exhilaration one embraces on their first Critical Mass, to the trepidation one experiences after being hit by cars while riding. It didn’t take long for him to realize that in order for the streets of tomorrow to be safer for all commuters, something must be done today. Ryan is your casual commuter and every other weekend racer. The bicycle serves as the core component which creates the cohesiveness of compassion we should all share while sharing the road. The level of influence the cycling community has imbued him with has pushed him to have a desire to give back to the community that so graciously gave to him. He is now sharing his passion of cycling with the city by being one of the team members with Houston B-Cycle, hosting a ride of his own, and connecting fellow riders to other opportunities to pedal around town, along with ways we can make a change for the better for all who share the road. Through cycling, he found a place of peace amidst the bustle of life and hopes to share with all who would take heed of how two wheels can move the soul.
Steve has lived in Houston for over 40 years, and although he wasn’t born here, he got here as fast as he could. He became active in BikeHouston in 2016 when he wanted to respond to the need and the community’s growing desire for improved cycling infrastructure. Steve has been a petroleum engineer and executive for over 30 years with Shell, El Paso, and Eagle Rock Energy, and is currently a consultant specializing in oil and gas transactions. He joined the BikeHouston board in 2017 and serves as the treasurer and the chairman of the Finance Committee.
Charles joined the Board in 2015. He’s a lifelong Houstonian and bicycle enthusiast who has lived in many cities throughout the United States. Having lived in Dallas, Washington D.C., and New Orleans, he’s seen firsthand how the needs of cyclists can be served and enhanced in large metropolitan areas. He spends many of his weekends riding throughout the Greater Houston Area with friends and family. Charles has practiced law for more than twenty years both in the private sector and in government service.
Shelley is native Houstonian, an avid cyclist and has a legacy of community involvement and volunteerism including working with Ride2Recovery – serving Wounded Warriors, Youth Hope Association, and HRC Board of Governors. She has been appointed by the mayor and currently serves as a Commissioner for Keep Houston Beautiful. Active in local politics, elected committeewoman to State Democratic Executive Committee. Shelley works as a director for United HealthCare.
Alec is an attorney and legal educator. He became a BikeHouston board member to ensure that every Houstonian has an affordable, healthy way to get to work, school and other daily destinations. Alec jumped at the chance to get involved with the board during a very exciting time for both the organization and the city while making an even more significant and positive impact on the lives of Houstonians. He considers himself a commuter with aspirations to be a self-supported bicycle tourist. His favorite bike story is that of Eric Larsen. To abbreviate, he hopped on a stock Surly Moonlander and pedaled the better part of 1,000 miles to the South Pole.
Marissa Marquez was born and raised in Laredo and is a native-Spanish speaker. Marissa’s maternal grandparents, former migrant workers, taught her the value of hard work and giving back to her community. Prior to joining the BikeHouston board in 2014, she served on the Strong Start board, an Austin nonprofit preventing child abuse by assisting at-risk families. She also served on the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas and was the secretary for the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin. In 2013 and 2014, Marissa was nominated for the Austin Under 40 Awards in the Legal, Government & Public Affairs, and Community Service categories. Marissa is a Senior Employee Relations Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Prior to joining TCH, Marissa was an Assistant City Attorney at the City of Houston Office of the Inspector General. Marissa also has served as Deputy Senior Legal Counsel to Hope Andrade, Commissioner Representing Employers, at the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. Marissa was the first Latina attorney to work for the Texas Workforce Commission’s Commissioner Representing Employers Office. Marissa commutes to work on her bike several times a week and recently completed the Tour De Houston’s 45-mile ride on a 3-speed bike.
Matthew Tulu Whiteside
Tulu is a native Texan and a six year resident of Houston. He is the founding ride leader of the HTX (((Moon))), a monthly midnight ride that heads out every full moon. Straddling the duality of cycling advocacy, Tulu is a representative for Houston Critical Mass, as well as a League Of American Cyclist certified League Cycling Instructor. Tulu’s goals as an advocate are to make Houston a city that sustains cycling as a valid form of transportation and to introduce cycling infrastructure and the economic benefits of cycling through interactive community & local business projects. In his spare time he enjoys the arts, local cuisine, and home craft cocktails. As a side project he runs a cycling service called Ours Too Cycling. Instagram: OursTooCycling Tulu would personally like to thank Dr. Veon McReynolds, Regina Garcia, Alexander Gregg, Brittany Anne Robertson, family & friends for their continual support, and finally; thank you City of Houston and BikeHouston for this honor.
Bob is an attorney, native Texan, and long-time Houstonian. He is an avid cyclist and a founding member of a club that rides the bayous and inner city before the light of day during the week and out to the hinterlands on weekends. Bob is a huge fan of the quality of life initiatives in Houston; he presently serves on the board of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. He joined the BH board in 2017 and wants to help Houston fully realize its potential to provide year-round, ample biking opportunities for all.
Jeff Bailey Joel Bloom John Blum Tom Compson Brian Crimmins David Dick Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner, Elect Doug House Tom Gall Bryan Gillespie Chris Holmes Mark LeBlanc Chris Lockwood Dan Lundeen Jim Mackey Clark Martinson Dan Morgan John Preston Alison Reeves Margaret Shelton Gail Spann Paul SoRelle Ruth SoRelle Woody Spear Tecky Surawijaya Peter Wang Matt Wurth Fred Zapalac
*bold indicates past board member