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.

Karen Yacos, Executive Director

Karen.jpgKaren became our Executive Director in February 2018.  She has a passion for creating sustainable communities, and brings an extensive urban planning, corporate sustainability and philanthropy background to her role. Working with staff, board members, partners and volunteers, she helps advance Local Motion’s efforts to make walking and biking a safe, accessible, and enjoyable option throughout Vermont—improving the sustainability of communities and creating a better quality of life for everyone along the way. 

Karen previously led the Urban Water Program at Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization. Prior to that, she served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Keurig Green Mountain, and worked at ICLEI, the Seaside Institute, and the Orton Family Foundation, always focused on creating livable communities and healthy ecosystems. A long-time Vermonter, Karen received her MS in Natural Resource Planning and her BS in Zoology from the University of Vermont. Karen enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and just about any outdoor activity Vermont has to offer, and shares these activities with her husband and two grown daughters.


Jason Van Driesche, Deputy Director


Jason Van Driesche is our Deputy Director.  Having served as our interim Executive Director during 2017 while a we conducted a search for a permanent ED, Jason joined Local Motion as Education and Safety Manager in 2009, was our Director of Advocacy & Education from 2012-2015, and our Deputy Director from 2015-2016. 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.   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.  Ext:104


Tom Clark, Director of Services and Marketing

Tom1.jpgAs Director of Services and Marketing, Tom oversees our Trailside Center, Bike Ferry operations, Valet Bike Parking program and our overall marketing strategy.  Tom joined Local Motion as our Services Coordinator in early 2017, assuming duties in both our Trailside Center and our Bike Ferry operations, and has brought to Local Motion extensive experience in business development and operational strategy. 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. 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.  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.  Ext: 107



Dylan Foote, Data Manager

Dylan joined us in November 2017, bringing years of experience providing data support for non-profit organizations in Vermont. A self-styled data-plumber, Dylan revels in the interstitial and works with our fantastic volunteers to keep the data flowing. Outside of plunging data, Dylan can be found enjoying the free-skate at Leddy Park Ice Arena, the sailing from the Community Sailing Center, and the many excellent eateries Burlington has to offer. His commute to work is powered by a wonderful pair of chrome-red rollerblades.


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 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.  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.  Ext: 106




Becca-3.jpgBecca Jordan, Communications Coordinator

Becca joined us in October 2016 as our Community Engagement Coordinator, and has recently focused her efforts as Communications Coordinator. She is the force behind our social media and other communications efforts. 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. Ext. 111



 Stu Lindsay, Valet Bike Parking Coordinator


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. 



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.  Ext: 105



Jonathon Weber, Logistics Coordinator

As our Logistics Coordinator, Jonathon supports Local Motion's outreach programs and initiatives with event planning, inventory management, and whatever else needs doing. He also likes to take on special projects, such as installing interpretive signs at rest areas. He comes to Local Motion with a background of bike industry experience, working as a manager at Skirack before he migrated west to spend a handful of years with a mountain-bike magazine called Bike. Jonathon loves the varied nature of his job with Local Motion, and is proud to work towards a more bikeable, walkable and livable community. 

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