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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan came on board at Bike Recycle Vermont in August of 2009 as an Americorps VISTA. Two years after his VISTA year was complete, in March, 2012, he joined the staff as Program Manager of Bike Recycle Vermont. Dan trains volunteers, is organizing programs for youth, and is a master bicycle mechanic. Outside of the shop, he enjoys mountain biking and racing. He is also attempting to find his way around the kitchen when he has the chance.
When Ron retired from Burlington Electric Department in 2004, he launched a recycle-a-bicycle effort in his backyard to serve the area's growing numbers of resettled refugees. Since then, Ron has continued to volunteer for many hours each week for Bike Recycle Vermont and has helped win numerous awards -- including from the United Way of Chittenden County, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. Most recently, Ron's great work was recognized nationally on an eTown radio show.
Don Miller is responsible for managing Local Motion's finances and financial systems and leading the budget process. Don brings with him many years of business management experience in both private and non-profit environments. He also is currently the treasurer of the Mt Mansfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jericho. When he's not crunching numbers, this proud parent and grandfather can be found biking around New England, playing music in the MMUUF "Last Minute Choir and with his musical friends at local venues. In whatever spare time he has left, Don works as a carpenter in the Essex area and renovates his own 1910 farm house.
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.
Charlene loves to skate, bike, ski and hike, and began bike-commuting to piano lessons in 1971. She works closely with Local Motion's Safe Routes to Schools staff, the crew at Bike Recycle Vermont, with Captain Costello on the Bike Ferry and Island Line, and with our Trailside Center Ambassadors in summer. Charlene is a member of the Burlington Bike/Walk Council's Steering Committee. She lives with her family in Burlington's South End.
Jason Van Driesche
Jason joined Local Motion as Education and Safety Manager in 2009, and became the Director of Advocacy & Educaion in 2012. He is responsible for building and expanding Local Motion's highly successful BikeSmart program, the Safe Streets Collaborative, and other initiatives designed to make biking and walking safer and easier. He lives in Burlington's South End, and wishes his bike ride to work were a little longer -- a five minute commute is too short!
Thomas enjoys bicycling, snowbarding, hiking and swimming in vermont waters. When not found outside he can be found listening to NPR, reading a book or at the YMCA. He is excited to be involved with the Island Line Bike Ferry and Local Motion's bike parking programs. He lives in Burlington's Old North End and graduated from UVM in 2012.
Membership & Communications Coordinator
Martel has been immersed in the world of sustainable transportation since college when she managed her school's first bicycle and pedestrian plan. Since then, she has been commuting to work on foot, bike or public transit. She currently lives in downtown Burlington without a car and loves getting around by any means suitable to her next trip. Martel is currently finishing her MBA in Sustainable Business, and when not at Local Motion or doing school work she enjoys running, yoga, drawing, and any water activity possible.