Staff


John Long

John Long

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 Wiggins

Jessica Wiggins

Advocacy Director

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 Ford

Inge Ford

Education Director

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


Doug Waldrep

Doug Waldrep

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


Ivan Fuentes

Ivan Fuentes

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


Bowen Roberts

Bowen Roberts

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


Rick Hecksel

Rick Hecksel

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


Dan Piette

Dan Piette

Board Chair

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.


Neil Bremner

Neil Bremner

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 Dean

Diana Dean

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 Desai

Nisha Desai

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 Garcia

Regina Garcia

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 Hall

Ryan Ezenachi Hall

Everything 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 Hendrickson

Steve Hendrickson

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.


Sis Johnson

Sis Johnson

Sis Johnson served as Board Chair of Buffalo Bayou Partnership in 2013 and 2014, after having chaired BBP’s Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees in prior years. She also served as President of the Inprint Board of Directors from 2006-2008, and Chair from 2008- 2010. Currently, she serves on the boards of The Houston Seminar, Brazos Bookstore, and The First National Bank of Manchester, TN. A former high school English teacher, she now divides her time between volunteer work and indulging her passion for the outdoors, hiking, biking, and skiing. She and her husband, Hasty, have two daughters—Ann Morrow, an Imagineer with Disney in Los Angeles, and Alice, who lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming. A native of Tennessee, she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she received both a BA and a MAT.

Charles Jones

Charles Jones

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.


Alec Lawton

Alec Lawton

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

Marissa Marquez

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.


Falon Mihalic

Falon Mihalic

Falon has served on the Board of Directors since October 2014. She owns and directs Falon Land Studio LLC, a landscape architecture and public art practice. Prior to becoming a Landscape Architect, she was a Program Director for the Active Transportation Alliance (formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation) where she worked under the mentorship of nationally-recognized bicycle advocate Randy Neufeld. She managed multiple bicycle advocacy programs as part of a long term strategic plan to make the city safer for cycling, including the University Bike program as a consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Falon has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from New College of Florida. Bicycling has been her main form of transportation since 2007 as she has lived in Chicago, Providence, and Boston before moving to Houston in 2014. She bikes in Houston for fun, fitness, and transportation.

Matthew Tulu Whiteside

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 Wright

Bob Wright

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.


Advisors

Jeff Bailey    Joel Bloom     John Blum     Tom Compson     Brian Crimmins     David Dick    Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner       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

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