Interim Executive Director (281)940-6139
Mary is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director for BikeHouston. She joined BikeHouston as the Manager of Community and Government Relations in November 2014 and was promoted to the Advocacy Director in January 2016. Her goals in this position are to see the Houston Bike Plan be implemented in full over the next 10 years. Her background is in planning, policy, and community outreach. Prior to joining BikeHouston, Mary worked for the National Park Service managing an outdoor education program that brought over 13,000 people into their urban national park annually. She has lived in South Florida, Madison and Minneapolis (the #1 U.S. city for cycling according to Bicycling Magazine) and she hopes to bring Houston’s cycling ranking way up.
Mary holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She also serves on an advisory board for the National Parks Conservation Association and volunteers at the Houston Arboretum.
She enjoys all types of cycling and currently is working on her mountain bike skills on the trails at Memorial Park.
Communications Manager (832)464-8872
Will joined BikeHouston in October 2014 as the Communications Manager. His central idea is that design can be used to inform, educate, and unify people, which can then lead to the physical design of built bicycle infrastructure.
Will got into bicycling through freestyle BMX at a young age in a small town in Upstate New York. Now he lives a car-free and commutes via bicycle on a single speed. He ran his own business and contributed to the start-up of Cranx Bike Park in Syracuse, NY, while attending college. He lived in Barcelona, Spain for four months and studied the bike share and bicycle route network during his final collegiate year. After graduation, he interned at Pittsburgh City Planning, in the Bicycle Pedestrian Office. He contributed to the installation of Pittsburgh’s first protected bike lanes and attended the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in September 2014, where he attended a NACTO Bikeway Training and Design Charrette.
Will has a combined 5 years in the bicycle industry, from working at Cranx Bike Park and Pro Bikes in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated with a 5-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in May of 2014.
Community & Development Manager (832)930-7433
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 League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists (LCI) and has been an avid road cyclist and bike commuter since 2004. Rick has completed over 20 MS Bike Rides in five different states, including Alaska. Rick has participate in countless other charity rides as well. Rick along his wife Mary completed a 3,700 mile bike ride across America during the summer of 2015.
Gerry van Bakel
Spoke&Word Newsletter Manager & Lead Event Volunteer
Gerry joined the BikeHouston volunteers group in January of 2014. She initiated the monthly Spoke&Word newsletter together with former board member and designer Chris Lockwood. The first edition was published April 11, 2014.
Gerry grew up in the Netherlands, so she started riding a bike shortly after she learned how to walk, but she does not call herself a cyclist. She rides her bike to work at community radio station KPFT and in weekly social rides with Toxic Shocks as well as some longer distance rides like the MS150, Bike Around the Bay and the Houston-to-Galveston century. And of course, participating in Critical Mass because of the sheer pleasure of riding through Houston at night.
She says it is one of the best parts of living in Houston, all those social weekly rides where you can just show up, meet people who also like to ride their bike and take a spin.
Board of Directors
Jeff Bailey Joel Bloom John Blum Tom Compson Brian Crimmins David Dick Rodney Ellis, State Senator, District 13 Doug House Tom Gall Bryan Gillespie Ed Gonzalez, Houston City Council Member, Vice Mayor Pro-tem 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