Our People

From volunteers to staff to members of our Board, we wouldn't be able to achieve anything without the brilliant dedication of everyone who loves Local Motion. Meet the people who keep the wheels turning.

Meet Our Staff

Our staff exemplifies experience, dedication and a passion for doing the right thing. Whether we work in advocacy, education, or provide the terrific services Vermonters have come to expect, we all know that our work is all about making Vermont happier, healthier, and wealthier place.

 

 

Emily Boedecker, Executive Director

Emily_Boedecker_head_shot_2_(1).jpgEmily joined Local Motion in March 2014. After growing up in the gentle hills of England, Emily has moved from mountain range to mountain range, from the Alps to the Sierra Nevadas 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. emily@localmotion.org  Ex: 105

 

 

Katelin Brewer-Colie, Walk-Bike Technical Assistance Manager

Katelin.jpgKatelin is Local Motion's Walk-Bike Technical Assistance Manager. She is a seasoned bike commuter, with a background in urban and regional planning. Raised as a Vermont country girl, Katelin is inspired to help make our communities work better and be safer for walking and biking, especially influenced by her time living and working in Gent, Belgium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris, France and Portland, Oregon. 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 husband, two school-aged children, and extended family. katelin@localmotion.org  Ex:104

 

 

Peg Clement, Bike Ferry Operations Manager

Peg_arrives_top_McNeil.JPGPeg joined Local Motion in Spring 2016 to lead up the Bike Ferry team.  She comes to the team after 40 years as an international aid worker on humanitarian, disaster, and democracy/governance projects in poor countries such as Madagascar, Mozambique, Morocco, Somalia, Haiti and others.  She began her career in the Peace Corps/Tunisia. A linguist and recreational athlete, she enjoys cross-cultural adventures and cycling trips abroad, and looks forward to greeting the Ferry’s Quebecois visitors. Peg has volunteered for LM Valet Bike Parking and Bike Ferry for the six years she has lived in Burlington. peg@localmotion.org  Ex:110

 

 

Brian Costello, Bike Ferry Fleet Manager

Brian_Costello.jpgCuriously, 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. Brian lives near the causeway in Colchester. He is the Executive Director of the Colchester Land Trust and a member of the Adirondack 46ers. Skiing, hiking, biking, sailing, nordic skating, vintage cars and boats, alternative energy, history,inventing, and photography are a few of his many interests.  brian@localmotion.org  Ex:110

 

 

Leslye Dentch, Bookkeeper

Leslye.jpgLeslye 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 at 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.  leslye@localmotion.org  Ex: 107

 

 

Lynne Graves, Finance Manager 

Lynne_Graves.JPG Lynne joined Local Motion in March 2015 as our 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  contributed 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. Having spent many years coaching  high school rowing teams and actively supporting her sons’ rowing careers at the elite level, Lynne can be  found out on the LaMoille River in her single scull, sailing on Lake Champlain, or downhill skiing in her spare  time. lynne@localmotion.org  Ex:107

 

 

Mary Catherine Graziano, Education and Volunteer Manager 

MC.JPGMary Catherine has had a long career in tree hugging. Working for Local Motion is a logical extension of the sustainability mindset--riding a bike, walking--moving on your own power--that's a major part of how we're going to save the world. Mary Catherine coordinates educational programs and volunteers at Local Motion, including biking workshops, youth bike skills, road safety education, and helmet programs. marycatherine@localmotion.org  Ex: 106

 

 

Kevin Rose, Trailside Center Manager

kevin.jpgKevin joined Local Motion in 2008.  Having grown up in rural Vermont, the bicycle has always been central to his life. Kevin has worked as a U.S. Air Force radar technician, served as a member of Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, developed Burlington’s geographic information system (GIS) while working as GIS manager for Burlington Planning and Zoning, founded an adventure travel business offering paddling tours and classes on Lake Champlain, the coast of Maine and on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and Belize, and worked as a GIS consultant in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Kevin is an avid paddler and sailor who founded the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail and moors his live-aboard sailboat on Lake Champlain. He has biked cross-country twice and continues to explore by bicycle whenever he’s not building barns or tending crops with his wife, Marion, at their hillside farm in Tunbridge, Vermont. kevin@localmotion.org   Ex:102

 

 

Stu Lindsay, Valet Bike Parking Coordinator

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It took just one bike ride in The Netherlands for Stu to realize the benefits of having a safe and secure place to leave your bike when you are shopping, going to a waterfront concert, or just about any other bike destination. After attending a Winning Campaigns workshop hosted by Local Motion, Phil Hammerslough and Stu revived the Valet Bike Parking program, going from only 150 bikes parked the first year to over 6,200 in 2015. This year Stu is coordinating 70 Valet Bike Parking opportunities, from the Burlington Farmers’ Market to the Waterfront Festivals – come by bike and say Hello! He won’t rest until we have a “Fietsenstalling” in Burlington- a safe and secure place for any cyclist- rich or poor, young or old to park their bike.  stu@localmotion.org 

 

 

Marion Rose, IT Manager

marion.jpgMarion 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. marion@localmotion.org  Ex:108

 

 

 Jason Van Driesche, Deputy Director

Jason Van Driesche joined Local Motion as Education and Safety Manager in 2009, was our Director of Jason_Van_Driesche.jpgAdvocacy & Education from 2012-2015, and is now our Deputy Director.  He oversees 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. jason@localmotion.org   Ex: 109              

 

 


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 Emily Boedecker.

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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.

Allie Stickney, Treasurer
Allie is a retired non-profit executive, having served as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, based in Burlington, and of the Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community in Shelburne, Vermont. Allie also serves on several community boards in addition to Local Motion, including Vermont Stage, the UVM Medical Center and the UVM Health Network. She is a slow but happy hiker, cross country skier, biker and runner.  Allie Stickney has served on the Board of Local Motion since 2010 and has served as the Treasurer and Chairwoman of the Finance Committee since 2014. 

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.

Jim Langan
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.

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
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 Chair 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.

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.  Currently Renee works for Marsh and McClennan in the field of captive insurance management.  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.


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