Board of Directors

The 2017 Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors. From left: Jessica Hough, Paul d’Eustachio, Randall Myers, Scott Barash, Peter Gray, Mark Blacknell, Keya Chatterjee, Greg Billing, Jim Titus, Elizabeth Lyttleton, Matt Liddle and Joanne Neukirchen. Not Pictured: Martin Moulton

 

Joanne Neukirchen, President
Board Member since: 2014
Current Term: 2017-2019
Joanne Neukirchen 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 loves cycling in all its forms — she has taught WABA’s Adult Education Classes, competed in amateur road races and local triathlons, and organized rides for a local cycling meetup group, VeloDCity. Ms. Neukirchen began working closely with WABA in 2013 as a member of a pro-bono consulting team focused on board governance and the strategic alignment of WABA’s mission and programs. Today she serves as the President of the Board. Ms. Neukirchen recently transitioned from a career in management consulting to a career in public service at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 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.

Martin Moulton, Vice President
Board Member since: 2008
Current Term: 2018-2020
Martin biked to school as a 7 year old growing up in Menlo Park, California following his commuter cyclist mother’s example. As 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 Climate Ride 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.

Paul d’Eustachio, Treasurer
Board Member since: 2003
Current Term: 2018-2020
Paul commutes year-round from home in Maryland to work in the District 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. He is currently Chief Financial Officer for Fonkoze USA, a non-profit providing financial and technical support enabling sustainable economic development for ultra poor women in rural Haiti.

Jessica Hough, Secretary
Board Member since: 2017
Current Term: 2017-2019
Jessica is a long-time resident of Bethesda, MD and commutes to work in downtown DC several times a week.  On weekday mornings and evenings she can often be found puttering along MacArthur Blvd and the Capital Crescent Trail on her way to and from the office.  Jessica is committed to making bicycling more accessible and viable for all residents in the DC area and continuing the work WABA has done towards making bicycling in the area safer.  Jessica and her partner enjoy biking together recreationally with their two kids.  During the day, Jessica is a tax attorney and leads her law firm’s DC tax practice.

Randall Myers
Board Member since: 2006
Current Term: 2018-2020
Coming to the District from Philadelphia with a lot of time on his hands about 20 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.

Scott Barash
Board Member since: 2013
Current Term: 2017-2019
Scott 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.

Mark Blacknell
Board Member since: 2011
Current Term: 2017-2019
Mark 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.

Keya Chatterjee
Board Member since: 2013
Current Term: 2017-2019
Keya 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.

Peter Gray
Board Member since: 2012
Current Term: 2018-2020
Peter 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
Board Member since: 2016
Current Term: 2018-2020
Matt 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
Board Member since: 2014
Current Term: 2018-2020
Elizabeth 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.

Chioma Ohalete
Board Member since: 2018
Current Term: 2017-2019
The newest addition to the WABA Board, Chioma exudes a passion for smart cycling and a healthy lifestyle. She made her way to DC to complete her residency in Family Medicine and now makes the city her home. Though she is fairly new to DC, Chioma has a long history with commuter cycling and touts herself as a car-free, fair-weather, year-round commuter. She enjoys cycling for both fitness and pleasure. She has volunteered as a marshal for WABA during the Cider Ride (one of her favorites) as well as the 50 States Ride (where she met her partner). Her passion for community engagement is longstanding and widespread, evident by her two year stint in Mozambique where she taught Biology and English while serving in Peace Corps. When she’s not cycling or caring for patients, Chioma enjoys exploring her many other hobbies. She stays active volunteering as a medical runner and leading her group the DC Heritage Walking Club on self-guided walks around the city. She has a particular penchant for cooking and preparing plant-based cuisine. In her spare time, Chioma enjoys taking advantage of the vibrant art and theatre scene in Washington, DC. Chioma looks forward to contributing her unique perspective to WABA and DC’s cycling community.

Jim Titus
Board Member since: 2009
Current Term: 2018-2020
Jim 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.”