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, we encourage you to email Karen Yacos.

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.

Dale Azaria, Vice President

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 and was appointed Vice President in December 2017.

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.

Laura Carlsmith, Secretary

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, and was appointed Secretary in December 2017.

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.  

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.

Brian Searles

Brian Searles is currently working as a consultant on rail service related projects in Vermont following his retirement from a second stint as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation.  Prior to that he worked in a variety of other state and local government positions for more than 40 years.  He joined the Board of Local Motion in May 2017.

David Hutchinson

David is a semi-retired Professor of Psychology and Counseling. For 30 years he taught at Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University), preparing people for careers in Addictions, Mental Health, and School Counseling. He now teaches part time and writes textbooks for counselors. A former Peace Corps volunteer, David’s priorities include travel (which incorporates lots of walking!) and maintaining an international perspective in his life and work. He has trained counselors in Grenada, established sister school relationships between schools in Vermont and schools in the Caribbean, traveled with students on multiple occasions to Nicaragua, and set up a counselor exchange between the country of St. Kitts and Vermont.

David also serves on the boards of Walk&Bike St. Albans, Northwest Counseling and Support Services, the Burlington-Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Sister City program, and the Vermont Teen Institute. He and his wife, Kaki, live in St. Albans. They have two grown children.  David joined the Board of Local Motion in September 2018.

Richard Watts

Richard is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont and a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont. Richard is passionate about getting people out of their cars and reducing our dependence on motorized transportation. He is the co-founder of Sustainable Transportation Vermont and worked as the Research Director at the Transportation Research Center at UVM. Richard’s research focuses on the relationships between public communications and policy outcomes, examining the role of strategic communications in public policy related to energy, transportation and public health. He is a regular bike and bus commuter from his home in Hinesburg Vermont. Richard joined the Board of Local Motion in September 2018.

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    It would have been most kind if you had ID who is who.
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