Meet Our Board

Our board is a diverse group of engaged citizens from a variety of backgrounds and professions. As Local Motion continues to grow into Vermont's walk-bike advocacy organization, we are making more connections and seeking additions to our active Board. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Local Motion Board of Directors email Jason Van Driesche.


From left to Right, standing back row: David Ellenbogen, Jon Copans. Standing middle row: Eric Hart, Dale Azaria, Joyce Gallimore, Allie Stickney, Bruce Lierman.  Front row: Peter Ross, Kevin Veller, Luis Vivanco, Jim Langan.

Our directors are typically appointed to 3-year staggered terms, which ensures continuity for Local Motion.  Our current board members are listed below.

Eric Hart, President

Eric co-owns NPI, a South Burlington-based firm that has managed technology for small and medium businesses throughout New England since 1988, and brings HR, Finance, and Technology experience to the Board.  He and his wife and two sons lived in Nicaragua doing service work in 2008-2010 and remain active with Planting Hope, a non-profit that provides education, employment, and two-way cultural exchange.  A long-ago owner of a bike repair shop (“Cycle Therapy”), he commutes year-round by bike, and believes that increasing the opportunity for walking and cycling builds healthy communities.  Eric attended Haverford College and Cornell University, and holds a variety of certifications related to computer network security and infrastructure. He has served on the Local Motion Board since 2012, chairs the leadership committee, and has been President since January 2016.

Kevin Veller, Vice President

Kevin Veller covers health and human service policy for US Congressman Peter Welch.  She has held previous positions as Director of Outreach and Enrollment for Health Care Reform with the State of Vermont from 2007-2012 and Director of Health and Disability Policy for US Senator James Jeffords from 1999 - 2006.  Previous positions include Director of Foundation and Corporate Support for Champlain College, and Executive Director of the Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation.  She holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Communications from the University of Vermont and a degree from the University of Oslo in Norwegian.  She has served on numerous local and national non-profits including the Vermont Ethics Network, the Vermont Health Ventures Board and the International Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation.  She has served on the Local Motion board since 2012.

Jim Langan, Treasurer

Jim Langan is an attorney at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., which is Local Motion’s neighbor on the waterfront bike path in Burlington.  He is part of the firm’s business group and focuses his practice on commercial business transactions, real estate, and legal issues confronting higher education and other non-profit institutions.  Jim grew up in Rutland County and graduated from Harvard University and William & Mary Law School.  With two young children at home, Jim is particularly interested in helping Local Motion continue to make Vermont a safer place to walk and bike for children. Jim joined the Board of Local Motion in the Fall of 2015 and was appointed Treasurer in January 2017.

Dale Azaria

Dale is general counsel for the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, where she works to help with the development of affordable housing and economic development projects that are located in our existing downtowns, village centers, and growth centers, in order to preserve Vermont's traditional land use pattern of compact settlements surrounded by rural countryside. Most days she commutes from Burlington to Montpelier by walking or biking to the bus stop where she can pick up an express bus. It's a treat to be able to leave the car at home several days a week. Dale has a law degree from NYU and a masters degree in natural resources from UVM. Dale loves to bike, especially on protected paths like the Island Line Trail, cross-country ski, hike, and kayak (not to mention curling up with a good book on lazy days). Dale joined the Board of Local Motion in May 2016.

Jon Copans

Jon Copans is Deputy Commissioner of Vermont’s Public Service Department. Previously, he worked for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and served for eight years in Congressman Peter Welch’s Vermont office. His cycling life includes starting a bike club in college, completing two long-distance bike tours including one from coast-to-coast; and working as a bike mechanic for two summers after college. Jon grew up in Brattleboro, graduated from Macalester College, and currently lives in Montpelier with his wife and three children. In addition to being an avid runner and competing in local road and trail races, he enjoys biking with his kids, riding solo on the dirt roads of central Vermont, and finding and fixing old bikes. Jon joined the Board of Local Motion in the Fall of 2015.

David Ellenbogen

David Ellenbogen has been an avid Vermont cyclist since leading bicycle tours in the state in the 1980’s. A former member of the Vermont Bicycle Pedestrian Coalition, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the VT Sierra Club and represents the town of Calais on the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission. He has taught mathematics at the college level for over 30 years, and has authored eight textbooks that are in use nationally. When not bicycling, David enjoys playing jazz piano, hiking, and skiing. He lives in a net-zero home in Calais, VT. David joined the Board of Local Motion in June 2015.

Joyce Gallimore

Joyce Gallimore works in health care reform as the Director of Community Health Accountable Care LLC (CHAC) and Director of Community Health Payment Systems, Bi-State Primary Care Association.   She also serves as on the Board of the Vermont Public Health Association.  She and her husband love outdoor activities including bicycling, cross-country skiing, and kayaking, and enjoy exploring new places in Vermont and around the country. She cares deeply about supporting individuals in achieving and maintaining good health and mobility and making communities healthy places to live and thrive. Joyce earned a BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) effective 2012-2017. She has served on the Board of Local Motion since 2012.

Bruce Lierman

Bruce moved to Vermont in 2003 after retiring from the daily work world, regularly commuting to work in the Philadelphia suburbs. He became a member of the Local Motion board as part of the merger with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition. He's a daily transportation rider in Bennington, and a bicycle tourist at every opportunity.  The transportation environment includes not just built infrastructure, but also public perceptions of cyclists, pedestrians and the role these groups play in our communities. Bruce's strongest interests are in the maintenance of cyclist and pedestrian rights of access to our public thoroughfares, and improved safety and community relations through education about the meaning of shared use - and shared responsibility - in the roadways.  

Peter Ross

A life-long educator in public and independent schools and non-profits, Pete recently retired from the professional world and now serves as a volunteer with the UVM club baseball team, the Friends of UVM Baseball, the Long Point Corporation, and Local Motion.  Pete lives locally working on the family farm in Hinesburg and riding the roads throughout Addison and Chittenden counties.   As a board member with Local Motion, Pete is a strong advocate in reducing carbon pollution, reducing congestion from increasing traffic and encouraging young people and adults to enjoy the freedom and pleasure of Vermont’s rural and urban communities whether riding, walking or hiking. Peter joined the Board of Local Motion in December 2015.

Luis Vivanco, Secretary

Luis Vivanco is Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. He has published six books, exploring topics like environmental activism in Latin America, cultures of adventure, cultural anthropology, and the anthropology of bicycles. His research on urban bicycle use and advocacy in the U.S. and Colombia has been supported by the US Department of Transportation and Fulbright Program. His work on bicycles focuses on the cultural meanings of bicycle mobility, dimensions of well-being and bicycle transportation, bicycle history in Vermont, and cultural dynamics of bicycle advocacy. He is a committed transportation cyclist, member of the Green Mountain Bike Patrol, and an enthusiastic, if irregular, randonneur. He lives in Burlington with his family. He has served on Local Motion’s board since 2011, most recently as Board Secretary and Chairman of the Strategy Committee.

Spencer Knapp

Spencer is an avid life-long cyclist, hiker, skier and outdoor adventurer. He has been a longtime member of the Green Mountain Bicycle Club, serving as its President for a number of years, and was the founder and director of the Club’s Burlington Criterium for two decades.  Spencer and his wife, Barbara, live in Shelburne and regularly bike on the roads of Chittenden and Addison Counties. In his work life, Spencer serves as Sr. V.P. & General Counsel of UVM Health Network and has held similar positions for that organization and UVM Medical Center since 2002.  Prior to joining UVM Medical Center, Spencer was a partner of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, a Burlington law firm that he joined in 1975, serving as its managing partner for 17 years.  Spencer has been an attorney in Burlington since graduating from Cornell Law School and has been active in community organizations throughout that time.  Spencer joined the Board of Local Motion in October 2016.

Renee Yagoda

Renee grew up in Essex Junction, VT and graduated from Trinity College of Vermont majoring in Accounting.  She worked in public accounting for 15 years for a local company, JMM & Associates, starting as an auditor working on non-profit businesses and ending up in the tax department working on partnerships, corporations, trusts and estates.  Renee currently works for Russel, Blanchard & DuBois in the field of financial planning.  She has worked extensively with non-for-profit organizations volunteering for VT Children’s Trust Foundation, Cocktails Curing Cancer, Women Helping Battered Women and the Lund Center.  Renee lives in Burlington with her family spending as much time outside as possible, road and mountain biking, running, kayaking, camping and skiing.  Renee joined the Board of Local Motion in October 2016.

Brian Searles

Brian R. Searles is currently serving the State of Vermont as a special project consultant on the restoration of passenger rail to Montreal Central Station and development of US preclearance facilities for rail and air transport in Canada.  Immediately prior to this, he was the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, having been appointed to that position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 7, 2011.  Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport in Burlington, Vermont and had also served as the City Manager for the City of St. Albans, Vermont.   During the administration of Vermont’s former Governor Howard Dean, he served as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation, as well as the Deputy Secretary of Administration and as Commissioner of the State’s Department of Personnel.

Prior to his service to the State of Vermont, Mr. Searles had 25 years experience in law enforcement as Police Chief and Police Officer for the City of South Burlington, Vermont and as Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.  Mr. Searles holds a Master of Science in Administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. Brian joined the Board of Local Motion in May 2017.

 Laura Carlsmith

Laura Carlsmith is a Trustee of the Northfield Savings Bank, after retiring from a career in publishing. During her career, she had roles in marketing, business development, and management at EatingWell Media Group, Adventurous, the nonprofit National Gardening Association, and Garden Way. She attended Mount Holyoke College and Stanford's publishing executive program.  In addition, Laura serves on the board of Hunger Free Vermont and previously served on the boards of Vermont Life and the NSB Foundation. Residents of Hinesburg, she and her architect husband, Rob Bast, worked with Snyder Construction on the new Green Street neighborhood for the Champlain Housing Trust.  

Laura started her career with the Appalachian Mountain Club which provides education and infrastructure for outdoor recreation in New England.  Enthusiastic cyclists, Laura and Rob observe pedestrian & cycling infrastructure, from cities to mountains, in the US and Europe. Laura aspires to recognize Vermont birds while walking, and to speak better French while cycling abroad. Laura joined the board of Local Motion in September 2017.

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