Mark Blacknell, President, has been a DC area resident and cyclist since moving to Arlington in 1997. Looking for options beyond sitting on the Roosevelt Bridge during rush hour, he soon bought a bike to ride to Foggy Bottom. Since then, he’s made the slow and steady progression over the years to cycling as his primary means of transportation (ending up with a house full of bikes in the process). Deciding to move beyond the personal evangelization of cycling and get more involved in advocating for improved infrastructure and conditions, he joined the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC). Since then, he has worked with the ABAC to encourage Arlington County to promote a broad public agenda of facilitating safe cycling for everyone in Arlington. While personally a vehicular cyclist, he’s a supporter of bike facilities that accommodate all kinds of riders. Off the bike, he’s a DC lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on media and communications clients. When not representing clients, he pursues his interest in travel and photography. In a happy combination of everything, he regularly shoots pro cycling races for a variety of outlets.
Martin Moulton, Vice President, biked to school as a 7 year old growing up in Menlo Park, California following his commuter cyclist mother’s example. As an a well nurtured and socially conscious young pedaler — and for practical, spiritual, environmental, economic, geopolitical, healthy and fun reasons — he never saw the logic in California’s or America’s motor vehicle fetishes; hence, he never obtained a license to drive a motor vehicle — and has never looked back since. He’s gone on bike safaris in South Africa, Australia, Tasmania, his father’s native Costa Rica as well as New Hampshire where he graduated from Dartmouth College. In 2012, Martin completed a ClimateRide from Manhattan to the Nation’s Capital. He’s been a contributing writer for Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education and has worked as a reading tutor for at risk young black boys in DC public schools, several of whom like himself, were young cyclists. In 2007, he was featured on the cover of the Sunday Washington Post for recovering one of his stolen Cannondale mountain bikes after Metropolitan Police initially refused to assist in the recovery. Martin works as a consultant in the tech/health care sector.
Joanne Nuekirchen, Secretary, is a long-time DC resident and avid cyclist who is committed to improving cycling infrastructure and education opportunities throughout the Washington Metro Area, for all cyclists. Ms. Neukirchen was certified in 2014 as a cycling instructor by the League of American Bicyclists and is an instructor for WABA’s Adult Education Classes. She also volunteers as an Event Organizer for a local cycling meetup group, VeloDCity, and shares her love of cycling by organizing skill- and ability- building rides for new triathletes in the DC Tri Club. Ms. Neukirchen has worked closely with WABA since 2013 as a member of a pro-bono consulting team providing guidance on board governance and the strategic alignment of WABA’s mission and programs. Ms. Neukirchen is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, responsible for managing federal programs and guiding her clients’ through strategic organizational and operational changes. Ms. Neukirchen holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics and Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.
Paul d’Eustachio, Treasurer and past president, commutes year-round from home in Maryland to work in Virginia and is a weekend recreational rider. His commuting career began more than 40 years ago when he found that the city bus system shut down before he got off from the evening shift. He understands that cycling is a critical part of an efficient and cost effective urban transportation system, and is dedicated to bringing that understanding to a wide audience. He has worked for a variety of non-profit and for profit organizations in his career as an accountant and business manager, and is currently Vice President for Federal finance, administration and contract operations for NC4 Inc., a California based company providing highly secure communication, collaboration, and situational awareness services to government and private industry.
Laurance Alvarado spent ten years away from DC. A decade of living and bicycling in the Middle East, Florida, San Francisco and other far away places. Back again to witness WABA as a vibrant, growing, and vital component of the Washington area. Laurance Alvarado is an entrepreneur (CEO of two companies), a reformed management consultant, a professor at The Catholic University of America, and an inveterate lover of all things bicycling. Laurance has served on numerous non-profit boards in Washington — particularly in the arts, faith-based, and talent development areas— and look forward to combining his board, business, and abroad experience to help all area bicyclists enjoy and improve upon an already rich bicycling environment through his service to WABA. You can find Laurance in-between commutes fanning the flames of interest of onlookers captivated by the collapse of his Brompton, or catch him on one of the trails riding with his 7-year old son (until he’s old enough where Laurance is trying to keep up him), but you can always find him promoting bicycling as a lifestyle. Or put another way, Laurance look forward to becoming a WABA board member.
Scott Barash has lived in the U Street/Logan Circle area of DC since 1989 and is strongly committed to urban living. Bicycling is an essential part of his work and recreational life. He is thrilled at the expansion of biking in the DC metro area in recent years and believes it is essential to continue that trend, with more public and private sector support for cycling in all forms. His is a biking family – his wife also commutes by bike and regularly rides around town, and his eight year old son likes to ride as well. Scott’s day job is serving as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Keya Chatterjee is a commuter cyclist, a mother, and an advocate for the role of bicycles in solving society’s ills. Keya learned how to ride a bike as a child in Gaithersburg, MD. She currently lives with her husband and son in Southwest Washington, DC, and enjoys biking to destinations in DC, MD, and VA. By day, Keya is the Executive Director of the US Climate Action Network. She has previously served as an advocate at World Wildlife Fund, a Climate Change Specialist for the US Agency for International Development, and a program officer at NASA Headquarters, working to communicate climate change science. Keya started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US government, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a national park in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. Her commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. Keya is author of the book, The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby, which discusses the subject of bicycling while pregnant.
Eric Fingerhut leads his law firm’s trademark practice by day but when he is not billing hours he is riding his bicycle. In addition to weekly road and mountain bike rides, Eric is a year-round commuter. Merging his passion and profession, last year Eric founded the International Cycling Law Association (ICLA), a non-profit providing low cost and free legal education to the bicycle industry, pro bono referrals for non-profits and startups and general business advice. Eric also is a fan of electric bicycles and sees them as an exciting opportunity for the industry to sell them as environmentally friendly alternatives to cars and motorcycles for short distance trips. He is thrilled to be part of WABA and looks forward to using his bicycle industry relationships to support WABA and its mission.
Peter Gray is a commuter cyclist sometimes using the Metropolitan Branch Trail alignment that WABA championed as he travels from Silver Spring to downtown DC. He has done bike touring in the Sierra mountains in eastern California, on Skyline Drive in Virginia and on the back roads of Maryland. The last several years, asides from volunteering at various WABA events, he has been active with the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, serving as Board Chair for four years. 25+ years ago when he moved to DC from the Midwest, he had stopped biking, but picked it up again in earnest after participating in Bike DC. In his spare time, he works for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, trying to keep prices down for consumers of telecommunications products. Every so often he gets his wife Nancy and his two post-high school kids to ride bikes with him. He is helping the WABA Montgomery County Action Committee push the County to launch its first protected bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring and elsewhere. He is also busy chairing the WABA Advocacy Committee.
Matt Liddle is the Mid-Atlantic Manager for REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach, overseeing outdoor education and recreation programs serving over 15,000 registered participants annually in the greater Washington DC area. He leads the team responsible for REI’s events portfolio and philanthropic partnerships for the region. Matt has worked in the outdoor industry since 2001, serving in leadership roles in youth, international, and collegiate programs prior to his role at REI. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor’s in Chinese and in Anthropology, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Matt lives in Takoma Park with his wife Jill and their two boys. The four of them live for climbing, skiing, biking, camping, paddling, swimming, running, surfing and anything that keeps them outside. Like most WABA members, Matt’s preferred mode of transport is on two wheels – especially if on his 1991 Koga-Miyata Flyer.
Elizabeth Lyttleton is a proud ‘mama-biker’ who has been towing her children around the streets of DC on a longtail cargo bike since 2011. Riding a bike gave her freedom as a child in small town southwestern Virginia, allowed her to really experience the city of Beijing as a college student in the mid-nineties, and was her transportation to work in Australia in the early-aughts. She earned her League of American Bicyclists instructor certification (LCI) through WABA in 2014 and loves to teach people how to ride and ride safely. She firmly believes that safe bicycle infrastructure is key to encouraging more people to bike, especially families with children: “If you build it, they will come”. When not raising her three kids full time, Elizabeth is a non-profit administrator, program manager and event organizer who has worked primarily in the area of US-China relations and international educational exchange.
Randall Myers – Coming to the District from Philadelphia with a lot of time on his hands about 9 years ago, Randall brought a consistent adoration and respect for biking since riding his “Big Wheel” into the ground. Coming to the District to earn a Masters of Public Administration from American University, he made futile attempts to purchase and ride less-than-stellar department store bikes. After a few years of working as a budget analyst in Montgomery County and the District, he heard about the 2002 Tour de Friends ride from coworkers who happened to be members of Brother to Brother Sister to Sister United (BBSSU), a cycling team that works to educate and prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS in the District. After cycling with and then later becoming vice-president of BBSSU, he began his slow and continuing ride toward cycling education and advocacy. He has since been asked to be chair of the Pedestrian / Wheel committee of the Children’s National Medical Center DC Injury Prevention Coalition: Injury Free Coalition for Kids – DC.
Jim Titus rides relatively slowly along the roads of Prince George’s County, often pulling a trailer with his daughter Kimmy. Although he also likes trails, when he enters a sidepath his daughter often shouts “Daddy get back on the road”. Professionally, most of Jim’s career has been spent identifying ways for coastal communities to prepare for the consequences of rising sea level. Jim also represents Prince George’s County on the state of Maryland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He was originally appointed to that position to ensure that the Committee had an advocate for inline skaters: “If you think drivers are unfriendly to cyclists, try taking a lane on skates.”