Staff & Board
Emily joined Local Motion in March 2014, as the second person to occupy the Executive Director chair vacated by co-founder Chapin Spencer. After growing up in the gentle hills of England, Emily has moved from mountain range to mountain range, from the Alps to the Sierra Nevada’s and now the Greens, pursuing every opportunity to be outdoors. Among the vital equipment she shares with her husband there are four bikes, three boats, multiple pairs of skis and an eclectic range of footwear suitable for all six of Vermont’s seasons. Prior to her arrival at Local Motion, Emily spent the last decade with The Nature Conservancy of Vermont in various marketing, fundraising and managerial capacities including most recently as Acting State Director. During what she describes as her first career, she worked in a variety of marketing, business development and partner management role in France and California for Hewlett-Packard and VeriFone.
Curiously, Brian's fate as co-founder of Local Motion came about not by way of an interest in bicycling directly. It was his love of boating and his passion for developing public access to Lake Champlain that inspired him to reconnect pieces of the abandoned and forgotten Island Line. This year the Bike Ferry, in its 10th year of operation, will log its 100,000th boarding.
Brian lives near the causeway in Colchester with his wife and two children. He is the Executive Director of the Colchester Land Trust and member of the Adirondack 46ers. Skiing, hiking, sailing, nordic skating, vintage cars and boats, alternative energy, history, and inventing, are a few of his many interests.
Charlene loves to skate, bike, ski and hike, and began bike-commuting to piano lessons when she was 11. She works with Local Motion's staff to run the Bike Ferry, Trailside Center, and Valet Bike Parking, as well as to lead human resources and administration for the organization. Charlene is on the steering committee for the Burlington Bike/Walk Council, and lives in Burlington.
Mary Catherine Graziano
Mary Catherine is a native Vermonter; she grew up on a dairy farm, and proceeded from there to a career in tree hugging. Working for Local Motion is a logical extension of the sustainability mindset--riding a bike, walking, hiking, moving on your own power--that's a huge piece of this puzzle. Mary Catherine coordinates outreach and safety education programs and events--spreading the word about how drivers, walkers and bikers can successfully share the road. You may have seen her at a helmet decoration table, or handing out Local Motion stickers. Mary Catherine loves being outside hiking, biking, snowshoeing or just walking around, sniffing the air and rolling over logs to see what crawls out.
Kevin interacts with thousands of riders each year on the city's waterfront bike path, enthusiastically sharing his lifelong passion for cycling, and much, much more. A former city planner and founder of the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail, Kevin has been commuting on two wheels for over thirty years and has plans for setting out on his third trans-America ride in the not too distant future.
Jason Van Driesche
Jason Van Driesche joined Local Motion as Education and Safety Manager in 2009, and became the Director of Advocacy & Education in 2012. He leads Local Motion's advocacy work and technical assistance services, supporting local advocates and local governments that want to make their communities better places to walk and bike. Jason is also responsible for building and expanding Local Motion's highly successful BikeSmart program, the Safe Streets Project, Local Motion's bike commuter workshops, and other initiatives designed to make biking and walking safer and easier. He lives in Burlington's South End, where he bikes and walks to work year round.
Katelin is Local Motion's Complete Streets Project Manager. She is as seasoned bike commuter, with a background in urban and regional planning. Raised as a Vermont country girl, her interest in creating environments supportive of walking and biking stems from a year as a high school exchange student in Gent, Belgium and living and working for 13 years in Portland, Oregon. Katelin is excited to be working with Local Motion to make Vermont more friendly for walking and biking. When not working Katelin enjoys singing, cross-country skiing, travel, especially discovering new cities and camping trips to VT state parks, and spending time with her her husband, two, school-aged children, and extended family.
Lynne joined Local Motion in March 2015 as Finance Manager. She brings to Local Motion a broad spectrum of experience in finance, human resources, and administration. Over the past several years, she has contrbuted her expertise to both non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. Lynne and her husband recently relocated to Vermont from Cincinnati, Ohio to be closer to their sons. As a Middlebury College graduate, she is thrilled to return to Vermont and New England. Lynne has spent many years coaching high school rowing teams and actively supporting her sons’ rowing careers at the elite level. Her passions include skiing, sailing, rowing, and now biking.
Leslye is a transplanted New Yorker coming to Vermont for more snow! Walking, hiking and cross country skiing are her main activities but she finds just being outdoors in general is good enough. She has a strong office manager and bookkeeping background and does her best to keep all of us @ Local Motion free of the detailed, mundane and day-to-day tasks so we can concentrate on promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.
Marion has been walking since she was seven months old, and this is still her favorite method of transportation. When she is not at Local Motion wielding wry wit, ably assisting administratively, or considering computing conundrums Marion can be found working in the garden, watching wildlife, solving puzzles for fun, or just plain old reading.