Board of Directors

Board positions:

President Tamara Schmautz Contact Tamara
Vice President Richard Wolf Contact Richard
Treasurer Nick Zylkowski Contact Nick
Secretary Casey Gifford Contact Casey
Past President Bill Montero Contact Bill
Director Marley Blonsky Contact Marley
Director Nick Brown Contact Nick
Director Olga Lucia Herrera Contact Olga
Director Brian Knollenberg Contact Brian
Director Kelly Koster Contact Kelly
Director Brice Maryman Contact Brice
Director Margaret Moore Contact Margaret
Director Carrie Umland Contact Carrie
Director Kermit Williams Contact Kermit

 

Meet the board


 

Tamara Schmautz, President

About Tamara: I am honored to be on the Board of Directors of the Cascade Bicycle Club. After tearing my ACL in 2010, I needed a low impact activity for rehab, started pedaling and found I have a real affinity for cycling. I bought my first road bike in 2011 (and now own three!) and have pedaled thousands of miles in the past five years. I have been on Cascade organized rides including Chilly Hilly, RSVP and Ride Around Washington (RAW) and appreciate the tremendous organization and volunteer spirit within Cascade.

I commute daily from West Seattle to South Lake Union and experience the challenges of what it means to “share the road.” To increase ridership within the community we need to have an environment that is comfortable and safe for everyone, particularly new riders.

I have a special interest in promoting greater diversity within Cascade and the riding community at large. A few years ago I read about the Major Taylor Project, thought it sounded like a great program and started volunteering at Chief Sealth High School. The skills and habits learned by students in ride club are translated to their lives and go much further than cycling. My MTP volunteer experience has been one of the highlights of my association with Cascade and exemplifies the Club’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


RICHARD WOLF, Vice President

Richard is a retired tech executive, most recently with Microsoft and earlier with Lotus in Cambridge, MA and Xerox in Palo Alto, CA. He is currently an angel investor helping start-up technology companies develop and grow. He has lived in Seattle for 25 years. Other than cycling, his interests include travel, opera, boating, and he is an avid soccer fan, holding season tickets to the Seattle Sounders.

Richard has been a bike rider his entire life and has been an active club rider in Palo Alto, Boston, and Seattle. Since retiring he has spent 2-3 months each year in France where he rides with French bike clubs. In France he became interested in randonneuring (long distance cycling) and in 2015 he completed the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200 km event first run in 1891. He has participated in most of the events offered by Cascade - STP, RSVP, RAW, Flying Wheels, Chilly Hilly, Kitsap Classic - and is a free group ride leader and frequent participant. His favorite recent Cascade experience was volunteering to pre-ride the STP, marking the course for hazards and flagging inaccuracies.

Richard has also done many other types of riding: daily commuting, touring, tandeming, and even tricycling to work when he broke his leg and could not dismount from a bicycle. His fleet includes several folding bikes, a tandem, and a couple of steel classics, but he is most often found these days on a modern carbon fiber bike.

Richard is interested in offering a perspective based on his diversity of club involvement, having seen how a variety of clubs provide different models of a club experience to serve their communities. He is interested in advancing the safety of cyclists on our roads, having witnessed how local culture that respects cycling and legal frameworks such as vulnerable user laws can enhance rider safety. He is also interested in including the growing e-bike community in Cascade. He believes that a strong local bike club that represents all cyclists is essential to helping every cyclist.


Nick Zylkowski, Treasurer

Nick Zylowski in a bike helmet

Nick is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Russell Investments. He holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Pacific Lutheran University. Nick is a currently serving on the Cascade Finance Committee. He has a strong background in finance and analytical perspective and will continue to bring this expertise to Cascade and the Finance Committee.

Nick has been an active cycling enthusiast for over a decade and has participated in numerous Cascade events including the STP, Chilly Hilly and Emerald City Ride. Twelve years ago, he was introduced to cycling on a dare from a friend: ride the STP in one day. The problem was he had never really ridden a bike further than 10 miles and had three months to train. That summer opened his eyes to a love of cycling, which has provided countless enjoyable, and at times painful, hours of his life since. Cycling has brought him some of his closest personal relationships, taken him on adventures around the world, and enriched his life in ways that are hard to express. He will be forever grateful that STP and Cascade were there to open that door 12 years ago, and Nick appreciates the opportunity to contribute to an organization which he knows has a profound impact on every community member it serves.


Casey Gifford, SECRETARY

Wheels: A cheap aluminum Trek for commuting, a Rodriguez steel-frame for touring, a Felt for triathlons, and a basic mountain bike for hitting the trails 

Rides: Casey sold her car shortly after moving to Seattle, so primarily gets around the city on two wheels. In recent years, she's started enjoying bike touring, including weeknight camping trips on Bainbridge. She's raced a few triathlons and completed her first century during Cascade's RSVP ride.

About Casey: Casey is driven by a desire to develop thriving communities and a healthy environment by making it safer and easier for everyone to bike.

Casey dabbled in bike racing in high school and began biking for transportation in college at the University of Oregon. After graduating, Casey moved to Denmark where she studied bicycle transportation as a Fulbright Fellow and learned how thoughtful decision-making and design can transform how people choose to get around. She received her masters in urban planning from Aalborg University.


Marley Blonsky, Director

Marley Blonsky headshot

Marley Blonsky is a self-identified fat cyclist and an advocate for people of all sizes, genders, races, ages, income levels, and abilities to be included and welcomed in the bike community. She actively works with the bike industry, community groups and riders to create inclusive groups where all feel welcome to go for a ride

Marley’s bicycle journey started in 2014 with commuting to work and has grown to include bike camping, leading group rides, organizing community events for the WTF community, and advocating for underrepresented populations in cycling. Marley has previously served on the Board of the Bikery and is a key organizer of Moxie Monday and Moxie Summer Jam.

Marley is the Global Environmental Manager for Expeditors International, where she is responsible for managing, reporting, and ultimately reducing both the internal carbon footprint of a Fortune 500 logistics company and many customers supply chains. Her passions outside of cycling include gardening, cooking, and volunteering.


NICK BROWN, DIRECTOR

I am a life-long cyclist excited to join the board of Cascade Bicycle Club to both participate in and support a club whose mission I believe improves the quality of life in our communities. My own cycling spans racing, touring, and commuting and I realize the benefit of the Club’s hard work every time I saddle up. The Club’s comprehensive approach to serving the community broadly, and cycling specifically, motivates me to join the Board of Directors.

Professionally, I’ve got 20 years’ experience in business consulting, with an extensive background in stakeholder management and operating model design, as well as bringing clarity and order to challenging engagements and a people-focused, empathy-driven approach to problem solving. I have volunteered for the Club in the past, doing maintenance on the fleet of bikes used for kids classes, and I am always excited by the passion of the people that make the Club work.    

Off the bike and outside of work, my interests include teaching Nordic skiing, photography, and the quest to make the perfect loaf of sourdough. 


Olga Lucia herRera, DIRECTOR

Olga Lucia became passionate about biking after her dad gave her a purple “Monareta” when she was 10 years old. She was slow at learning how to ride, but her mom encouraged her saying: “Biking is an essential skill if you pedal you are free to go, and it does not cost much.”

She enjoys the freedom of biking in cities, mountains, and roads. She has toured the Ciclovia in Bogota, Martha's Vineyard, Maine,  El Valle Sagrado in Peru, Wisconsin, the surrounding areas around Popayan-Cauca (where she grew up in Colombia) and as a tourist in Berlin, Paris, DC, NY, and Seattle. She did not own a car until she was 30 years old which taught her to value and enjoy biking, walking and public transportation. She now lives in Spokane, WA which is becoming a bike-friendly city through the hard work of local organizations.

Olga Lucia holds a doctorate in Applied Research & Community Psychology from North Carolina State University with experience in design and evaluation of intervention programs for communities. In practice, she was trained to use research methods, backed by psychological and social science theory to analyze and understand social problems. She has over 15 years of experience promoting education, and health through action research, data analysis, and building collaborative processes. She is passionate about understanding the interaction of people in different settings with the purpose of preventing mental health disorders and promoting wellbeing, always paying close attention to groups experiencing disparities.  Currently, Olga Lucia is a Spanish-English Interpreter in Medical and Social Services settings.


Brian Knollenberg, DIRECTOR

Currently at BECU Brian Knollenberg, VP of member insights and strategy is focused on unlocking member value through the use of data and insights. For the last 20 years Knollenberg has helped lead, manage, ideate and optimize digital marketing and analytics campaigns for clients such as Verizon, REI, Microsoft, Nordstrom and HP. His passion is in solving complex business problems, understanding and using data and designing/optimizing full lifecycle marketing programs. Brian lives in the Ballard neighborhood with his wife and 15 year old daughter as well as their 6 year old golden retriever. Brian has lived in Seattle for 21 years and remembers when it felt a lot smaller and more connected.

I am in my 11th year of commuting by bicycle year-round in Seattle. I've enjoyed seeing our cycling infrastructure grow during this time. However, I think there is more we can do to provide safe cycling infrastructure for members of the community. I'm super passionate about the freedom two wheels gives me to have a energizing commute full of fresh air good for my mind and my body. I also enjoy taking part in Chilly Hilly and other organized or weekend rides with my friends and fellow cyclists. I love the camaraderie inherent in bicycling with friends and even strangers, all enjoying the many benefits for ourselves and our environment. I am excited to help improve cycling infrastructure, adoption and benefits for members working with Cascade bike.


Kelly Koster, DIRECTOR

Kelly Koster Board of Directors

Raised in small town Eastern Washington, Kelly couldn’t wait to get out and explore the density and diversity of New York City in her college years. Five years in America’s largest city did not jade this tree-hugger, but it did cause her to fall deeply in love with all things urban—especially mobility. At home in the PNW, Kelly’s found the right balance of nature, city, and cycling. She has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Washington (UW) and loves to nerd out on the psychology of behavior change.

Kelly discovered bike commuting during her first summer in Seattle. Her friend offered to ride with her and show her the ‘rules of the road’. She’s been hooked ever since. During her time teaching in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program at UW, Kelly created and led a study abroad course titled Sustainable Urban Mobility that took students to The Netherlands, Denmark, and England. These studies not only opened her students’ eyes, but also her own, to the power of the bicycle to improve urban mobility, equity, and quality of life.

Currently, Kelly is the Director of Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Luum, an enterprise Commute Management Platform that aims to get fewer people driving alone to work. Kelly also serves on the Associate Board for the Jubilee Women’s Center and as the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) Cascade Chapter President. Kelly will bring her expertise and passion for sustainable mobility to her service on the Cascade Bicycle Board of Directors. Together we can make happier, healthier, and more equitable communities through mobility!


Brice Maryman, Director

Brice MarymanIn his work as a landscape architect, Brice works with communities around Puget Sound to create healthy places for people and the planet. He has worked with Seattle/King County Public Health and several suburban communities develop policies and build infrastructure to advance health equity, making activities like biking the easy choice for residents. He has also helped Washington's Transportation Improvement Board develop a Complete Streets grant program that helped dozens of communities across the state--large and small, urban and rural--adopt Complete Streets ordinances.

Brice's advocacy work has contributed to the passage of several ballot measures resulting in millions of dollars of new cycling infrastructure. He served on several citizen's advisory committees, Seattle's Green Ribbon Commission, and the Board of Seattle Parks Commissioners. In 2017, he was a Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellow exploring the intersection of homelessness and public space.

Brice lives with his wife and son on a neighborhood greenway. Though anyone with eyes tries to keep him away from the lycra racks, his wife's phone does have several sweaty pictures of him in too-tight clothes at the end of several Cascade rides including the Major Taylor, RSVP and STP.


BILL MONTERO, Director

About Bill: These are exciting times to be a member of the Cascade Bicycle Club! From the new Bicycling Center, programs for youth, expanded ride series and support of the Move Seattle levy, Cascade has become a relevant advocate of cycling in the community. As a candidate for the Board of Directors, I would like to participate in executing their vision and strategic plan.

Living in Shoreline and working in Bellevue, I have found that our network of trails and cycling infrastructure still has a long way to go. I’ve participated in local trail subcommittees and the Shoreline planning commission with special emphasis on urban Multimodal Transportation Planning. We live in an area where traditional transportation simply has no room for expansion, yet the population continues to swell. We have an opportunity to make this area a national model by expanding our relationships with the cities and public agencies to promote cycling as not only recreation, but a comfortable and safe method of transportation.

The rabid attitude of car versus bike in our community needs to change. I am excited to add my business experience, communication skills, perspectives and excitement about cycling in the Northwest to the board.


Margaret Moore, Director

Wheels: 2004 Rodriguez Stellar Race for road riding and 2007 Rodriguez Rainier for riding in the rain and for touring.

Rides: I have been a Cascade member since 2002 and have participated in the major Cascade rides. My favorite rides are RSVP and RAW (6 times each). I have been a ride leader with Cascade for around nine years and have been active with the Cascade Training Series both as a rider and as a leader. I have toured in California, Texas, Wisconsin (self-supported) and in France, Italy, and Portugal (pampered by a tour company).

About Margaret: I began riding seriously in Austin, Texas in 1983 with short bike tours and a local century event and continued riding tours and century events in San Diego, Calif. My husband Phil and I met in San Diego, introduced by mutual friends who knew we shared a love of cycling. We enjoyed cycling in San Diego, but the lack of safe bike infrastructure became a real barrier over time for me to access bicycling. Upon arriving in Seattle in the late ‘90’s, we discovered the terrific trails and other bike facilities that opened up this beautiful area for exploration and discovery by bike. Since then, when not riding, I have assisted as a volunteer with advocacy campaigns for transit and climate issues.

In the last 20 years, conditions for cycling have improved tremendously, but there are real issues with connectivity in the Puget Sound region that remain a barrier to access to cycling for many people. I believe that biking should be safe, appealing and accessible to all in this region. I believe that this goal is very achievable with the focus and effort by Cascade and with the support of its members. 

My work as a research biochemist in the biotechnology industry brought me to Seattle. I am retired but still consulting, with over 30 years of experience in protein chemistry and molecular biology. The natural beauty of Washington and the great bicycling opportunities have determined to keep me here.


carrie umland, Director

Carrie is a personal injury lawyer who earned her Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University and received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound Law School now known as Seattle University School of Law. She grew up in Washington and has always rode a bike.

Carrie has practiced law for almost 25 years representing plaintiffs, and for a short time, defendants. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and an Eagle Member of the Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ). She serves on the Client Protection Board and is Special Counsel to the Washington State Bar. She also serves on the Judicial Relations Committee of WSAJ and has served as judge and coordinator for the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and Seattle University School of Law Appellate Argument Competitions.

Since childhood, Carrie has enjoyed riding bicycles. Riding symbolizes fitness, freedom, and adventure. She participates in triathlons which requires a certain level of fitness. Riding around different areas of Washington represents freedom from work life and stress. Riding around the South of France represents adventure. Being part of Cascade means sharing and promoting cycling to others.

kermit williams, Director

My favorite ride is the Seattle To Portland. It inspires commitment to riding for a reason and demonstrates the idea of cyclists as a community in motion.  I’ve done it 12 times so far!  I’ve enjoyed RSVP, Flying Wheels, and Chilly Hilly too. I also finished RAMROD, Tour de Blast, and Seattle 2 Spokane, but that’s a different kind of “fun."

I was born here in Seattle and have been riding its streets since I was 9 years old. I have a lifelong passion for cycling that has been cultivated by the opportunities offered by Cascade.  Group rides with Cascade have steered my bikes onto roads I would otherwise have never travelled in Spokane, Walla Walla, Bellingham, Camano Island, Olympia, and Tacoma. I even met the love of my life riding with Cascade. My interest, now that my kids are grown and my career has matured, is to give back to Cascade by offering my wisdom, perspective, and expertise.

Professionally I’m currently working as a Technical Project Manager at BECU. That means I influence people to get things done with no authority. So I’m a facilitator, a process analyst, a lean practitioner, a Scrum Master, and a team builder.

Next Board meeting

May 19, 5 p.m.
virtual

Board meetings are all open to the public. Please email info@cascade.org for a link to the Google Meet.

Board Committees (chair):

Executive (Tamara Schmautz)
Development (Nick Brown)
Finance (Nick Zylkowski)
Governance (Richard Wolf) 
Executive Director Search(Kermit Williams)