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.

 

Jason Van Driesche, Interim Executive Director

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Jason Van Driesche joined Local Motion as Education and Safety Manager in 2009, was our Director of Advocacy & Education from 2012-2015, our Deputy Director from 2015-2016, and is now our Interim Executive Director while we conduct a search for our next Executive Director.  In addition to providing leadership to the organization, Jason 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   Ext: 109                 

 

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  Ext:104

 

Tom Clark, Services Coordinator

Tom1.jpgTom dove in as our Services Coordinator in early 2017, assuming duties in both our Trailside Center and our Bike Ferry operations. Tom has extensive experience in business development and operational strategy in product categories that have included food, art, apparel, technology, gift, personal care, and surgical instruments. He has a talent for recognizing opportunity, and understanding how best to leverage internal and external assets to gain market share. Tom’s career includes working for well known Vermont businesses The Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Vermont artist and author Stephen Huneck. He earned a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in behavioral science from Rollins College. Tom lives in Shelburne with his wife. Interests include spending time with their grown daughters, being outdoors on bikes and in boats, and camping and traveling. tom@localmotion.org Ext. 102

 

Brian Costello, Bike Ferry 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  Ext: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  Ext: 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  Ext: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  Ext: 106

 

 

 

Becca-3.jpgBecca Jordan, Community Engagement Coordinator

Becca joined us in October 2016 as our Community Engagement Coordinator. Becca was introduced to the world of cycling through cross country skiing. Initially a reluctant cyclist, she turned into an avid enthusiast after only a few rides on Vermont country roads.  These days, in her spare time, there are few places she would rather be than on her bike. becca@localmotion.org Ext. 111

 

 

 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 

 

  

Ross Saxton, Business Partnerships Manager

Ross.jpgRoss joined Local Motion as our Business Partnerships Manager in August 2017.  Ross has a long history with bikes, starting when he would take his bike to go fishing as a young boy. Since then, Ross has raced bikes with the University of Vermont cycling team and semi-professionally, and toured across many states. Ross still loves his bike for commuting, touring around the Green Mountains, and cruising on Vermont’s hundreds of miles of trails. At Local Motion, Ross uses his love for bikes to engage businesses throughout the state to help make our communities better places to bike, walk, and run. ross@localmotion.org  Ext: 105

 


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.

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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.

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 Traveler.com, 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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