Board of Directors

Officers

Richard Opper – Chair

Richard has been a cyclist most of his life, and he shares a great passion for both the activity and the history of cycling with his wife. Retired now, he worked as a lawyer, specializing in environmental law for the past several decades in San Diego. Richard appreciates the opportunity to help the Coalition achieve its goals. He believes that the Coalition has much promise for cyclists, and that a rebirth of the golden age of cycling may lie before us. 

Up for election in October 2020

David Nichols – Vice Chair

David Nichols is a retired middle school teacher who has been involved with the San Diego area cycling community for the past 35 years. He has been involved in all aspects of cycling including commuting, touring, track, mountain, as well as racing competitively. David commuted to work for most of his career, toured the east coast and southern California, raced on the velodrome, and ridden the backcountry on mountain bike. He has logged as much as 20,000 miles in a single year, and set numerous course records in races, including San Diego to Yuma. David has volunteered to plan and organization many cycling events throughout the county. He is the event director for the Gordy Shields memorial ride.  David has also been the Cyclo-Vets representative since 2015.

David would like to create an environment that encompasses and supports all areas of cycling, and prepares our community for generations to come as we enter into a new era of safe cycling for all ages, all abilities, all cycling passions.

Up for election in October 2021

Dan Orr – Treasurer

Dan Orr has been with the SDCBC since 2019. He has served the City of Coronado on their ad hoc Bicycle Committee and, for eight years, he has been on the Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee. Dan is a retired marketing rep and he referees high school and college club volleyball. He is interested in protecting and promoting the rights and responsibilities of the avid cyclist.

Dan also represents the Blind Stokers’ Club and the Crown City Cyclists (Coronado).

Pierre Pfeffer – Secretary

Pierre Pfeffer has lived in San Diego since 1969 and in the Banks Hill neighborhood since 1975. Since retiring from the practice of law, he has become increasingly active in neighborhood projects- including those that impact Balboa Park and the traffic calming efforts throughout Bankers Hill. Pierre believes that getting people on two wheels is a good and necessary urban goal. He is an advocate for bike travel, commuting by bike and casual rambling. He is particularly interested in efforts to recruit, and align dockless bike and scooter companies interests that the Coalition’s vision for more active transportation. 

Committee Chairs

Jim Baross – Education

Jim Baross has been a Coalition member since 1986 and has served as Board Chair, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor, and currently as Spokesperson for the Coalition. He has been teaching bicycling for the League of American Bicyclists since 1986 as an Effective Cycling Instructor and a League Cycling Instructor. He is a Regional Trainer/Coach for League Cycling Instructors having trained more than 200 instructors in California. His bicycling credentials also include being a ride leader for “BikeCentennial ‘76” riding across the USA Westbound in 1976 then again Eastbound crossing the USA in 2007 with his two sons.

Jim serves as Chair of the San Diego Regional Association of Governments (SANDAG) Bicycle Pedestrian Working Group; Vice Chair of the Department of Transportation’s California Bicycle Advisory Committee; Co-lead for the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Challenge Area 13 on Bicycle Safety; Vice President of the California Association of Bicycle Organizations; Chair of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group; President of the City of San Diego Retired Employees Association; and Spokesperson for the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Katie Crist – Organization and Development

Katie Crist, PhD, MPH, is a public health researcher at the University of California, San Diego. She is interested in working with transportation planners, decision makers and advocates to help create vibrant communities that support health, equity and opportunities to be more physically active in our everyday lives. Her research interests include evaluating how the built environment and transport infrastructure impact health and travel behavior and the delivery of programs to increase biking, walking and transit use.  She gets to work, and most places, by bike so is well aware of the challenges to non-vehicle travel in our region. She has been engaged with the Coalition since 2012, serving as the Chair of multiple committees and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

Myles Pomeroy – Council of Bicycle Clubs

Myles is a retired urban planner who had a 23 year career with the City of San Diego and 15 years previously with the City of St. Louis. He rode his bike to work virtually every day in San Diego. He continues to ride recreationally several times a week. His professional background and continuing cycling activity means that he advocates for making San Diego more transit oriented and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Accordingly, Myles wants to promote a more compact development pattern for San Diego and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He currently serves as the Sierra Club Bike Section representative on the SDCBC Board.

Stephan Vance – Advocacy

Stephan Vance has been a Bike Coalition Board member since 1996. He also served on the Board of the California Bike Collation from 1998 to 2017. Stephan retired in 2018 from a 36-year career with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) where he worked in a variety of transportation and land use planning areas, but his primary focus was on active transportation. He helped developed design guidelines, oversaw grant funding programs that promoted bicycle and pedestrian travel, and helped develop a variety of major regions bike projects, including the Bayshore Bikeway, Coastal Rail Trail, Inland Rail Trail, and San Diego River Trail. Now that he’s retired, he’s riding his bike more for recreation.  When time permits, Stephan enjoys bike touring and has toured a variety of locations around the country.

Board Members

Club and Organization Members

Dave Campilongo – Major Taylor Cycling Club

I still remember my first bike ride in San Diego where I was born & raised. I was about 4 years old & some “big kids” in the neighborhood put me on a bike and gave me a big push.  Don’t remember how that ride ended, and in a way, I guess it never has. That sense of freedom & answering the call of adventure is still there & life was good!

My favorite commute of all time was 17 miles one way. From the east side of Paradise, Ca. across town & some rolling hills, approximately 2,000 feet of descent in the a.m. & then 2,000 feet of ascending up Honey Run Rd. in the evening. I also commuted in Chico & San Diego, did a bit of racing in college, and rode on some sagged tours as well as tours on my own & life was good!  

One of my mainstay choices for a topic for term papers in college was bicycle commuting. You can use that topic for Economics, you can use it for Political Science, you can use it for Speech, you can use it for… The same arguments used then are still valid today & life was good.

I am passing on my enjoyment of riding to others in several ways including volunteering my time by serving as a Ride Marshal for local charity bike rides and Coalition events & life is good!

The road bike I purchased new back in the last century & still have in semi retired status is the single best thing I have ever purchased & life is good!

Keith Fuller – Knickerbikers

Keith Fuller and his wife Gail have been residents of the San Diego community of Tierrasanta since 1991, having moved there from upstate New York.  Keith had been an avid long-distance runner, but has now fully transitioned to bicycle riding, which is easier on the knees. Keith is active in the San Diego Police Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and is the 2019/20 president of the Tierrasanta Kiwanis.

Keith is retired after a long and varied career in the energy industry.  He has also taught numerous college level classroom courses in economics and finance.  He holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, an MS in Management Science, and a PhD in economics and finance.

Keith has been a member of the Knickerbikers for about 15 years, and he occasionally rides with the Major Taylor club. 

Serge Issakov – San Diego Bicycle Club

Serge Issakov has been a member of the Coalition board representing the San Diego Bicycle Club since 2004. He chaired the Council of Clubs previously and is currently vice chair. Member of Advocacy committee. Serge is a League Certified Instructor. He also sits on San Diego’s Mobility Board representing District 1, and serves as Secretary on the board of the California Association of Bicycling Organizations. Serge is skeptical about the effectiveness of most bike infrastructure in terms of significantly increasing ridership and improving actual rider safety. He believes more emphasis on education and marketing good traffic cycling skills and practices would be far more effective at making cycling safer, more enjoyable and more attractive for anyone 8-80. He would like to see more emphasis on getting the 2% of the population that does 90% of the riding to use bikes more for commuting and other utilitarian trips.

Frank Lehnerz – San Diego Bicycle Club

Frank Lehnerz is an avid transportation bicyclist, touring bicyclist and member of the San Diego Bicycle Club. Frank’s primary interest is in bicycling advocacy is ensuring proper facilities that do not create additional conflicts or issues are built and that people who want to ride bicycles understand the best practices for riding safely. Originally from Wyoming, he relocated to the cycling paradise of San Diego five years ago from Fort Collins, CO. His educational background is in Civil Engineering and Spanish and he currently works in the energy industry for a consulting firm.  As a member of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, he participates in the Council of Clubs, the Advocacy Committee and was elected to the Board to begin in 2020

Blanca Lower – Bike Walk Chula Vista

Blanca Lowery is a Human Resources professional, bike rider and mom.  She is passionate about getting people on bikes and making our great city even more bike-friendly.  Blanca obtained experience working with different bike users with varied needs for riding a bicycle, while working at a local bike shop.  She also has led weekly shop rides on the streets and trails of the South Bay. Being a mom to two young boys has given her a broader perspective on riding a bike in the city.  She became a member of Bike Walk Chula Vista, where she plays an active role in advocating for complete streets. Blanca is a member and recently elected board member of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Monte Murbach – The Turtles

Monte Murbach is a registered geologist and certified engineering geologist with over 30 years experience in engineering geology. He has conducted numerous soil, rock and foundation investigations as well as geologic hazard, seismic, and landslide evaluations for clients throughout the western United States and Baja California, Mexico. Mr. Murbach is an active member of various geologic societies in the western United States.

Jean Passino – Sports for Exceptional Athletes Cycling Club

Jean is a lifelong cyclist, buying her first road bike at age 17. Over the years she has commuted by bicycle and trolley and ridden both off and on road with various groups and clubs. She is also an experienced bicycle tourist, having toured in various parts of the United States. Jean has introduced many non-riders to the joy of cycling, presented maintenance workshops, and organized bicycle rodeos. In 1985, she organized a cycling club for Special Olympics athletes. This club is still active and is currently part of Sports for Exceptional Athletes, a local organization providing training and competition in a variety of sports for intellectually disabled athletes. Since the early 1980s, Jean has cycled with the San Diego Cyclo-Vets and has served on their Board of Directors as liaison with the San Diego Velodrome Association. She  enjoys riding both on faster, longer club rides and on protected bikeways with her S4EA team. 

Currently, Jean bicycles, walks and trolleys for much of her daily transportation. As an advocate for active transportation, she is interested in increasing bicycle ridership by advocating for rideable and safe conditions on our shared roads, supporting the development of cycling facilities for riders of all levels and interests, and promoting the education of both bicyclists and drivers of motorized vehicles.

Jean currently serves on the membership committee and represents Sports for Exceptional Athletes Cycling on the Council of Clubs.

Denice Williams – Black Girls Do Bike SD

Denice Williams has been a cyclist in San Diego for the past 30 years. She joined the SDCBC board in 2017. As a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor she leads group rides, bike rodeos and maintenance workshops all over San Diego County. Denice is on the SDCBC’s Council of Bicycle Clubs Committee and she is  a “co-shero” for the San Diego Chapter of Black Girls Do Bike, a national group that inspires women of color to get outside and ride bikes.

Members At Large

Diem Do

Diem Do was born in Vietnam and has resided in San Diego for more than 20 years.  She began cycling in 1999 as a volunteer fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and has since done similar fundraising for many organizations and charities. Via her education and profession, Diem has been dedicated to promoting and developing healthy communities, which includes planning and constructing programs and facilities whereby all residents have access to multi-modal transportation opportunities, physical activity and nutrition, and safe and healthy homes.  She looks forward to working with SDCBC to further its goals of making bicycling a key component of creating a livable and healthy San Diego. She is currently a member of the SDCBC Membership Committee.

Joe Garcia

Joe Garcia has been in Southern California for his whole life and in San Diego since 1993. He recently retired from the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services Agency as an Administrative Analyst. Joe has commuted, ridden recreationally and toured various parts of the USA and Mexico. As a bicycle commuter he was fortunate enough to have met a unique segment of our population that is independent, health conscious and value the environment. Joe is a member of various cycling clubs, and recently a tour leader for the Adventure Cycling Association. As a resident of North Park he has observed the community emphasis toward higher population density which encourages active transportation and improving our cycling infrastructure. These concepts are things that he finds very important to the cycling community and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Paul Gorman

Paul Gorman is a retired middle and high school teacher who commuted by bike to school and work for forty two years. In retirement he is now particularly interested in safe bikeway for all levels of riders and is equally interested in intelligent and efficient infrastructure serving the bicycling community that uses bicycles for recreation and commuting.  He is currently serving on the Council of Clubs and the membership committee.

He has been a club recreational rider, racer, long distance tourist, track and recumbent rider, mountain biker and recent adopter of e-bicycle riding.  He rides five days a week on San Diego county roads (about 7,000 miles) and knows them well. He and his wife have lived in La Mesa for forty years and have one grown daughter.

Mary McGuirk

Mary McQuirk is an urban planner, specializing in mobility. She’s a graduate of UCSD, where she was the co-director of Transportation with MOVES. She’s also worked with The City Heights Community Development Corporation, Alta Planning + Design and she is currently a consultant for Steer in San Diego. Mary is focused on bike education for “interested but concerned” cyclists and increasing regional equity by advocating for a well-connected network of bike facilities that everyone may use for a variety of trips. She wants to share the joys of biking with her community. 

Karl Rudnick

Karl Rudnick is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. He teaches Smart Cycling classes as well as youth programs. As a founding member of BikeWalkSolana (the Solana Beach Active Transportation Advisory Committee), Karl advocates for cyclists’ rights to the road, improved roadways and infrastructure for everyone who rides and wants to ride bikes. Karl aims to get more clubs on the board of the SDCBC with a focus on advocacy related to bike clubs. Currently he is the Webmaster and software administrator for sdbikecoalition.org and he is active on Education, Advocacy, Council of Clubs, and BikeWalk Alliance Committees. 

Richard Stakelum

Richard Stakelum is a Government Employee supporting the U.S. Navy in Coronado, CA. A life-long supporter of bicycling in all form from recreation to commuting, he has ridden across the U.S, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Richard’s favorite ride is the 5 Boroughs Ride in NYC with thousands of riders on a 48-mile course through all sections of the city. As a member of the Point Loma Rotary Club, he is the Director for Ride the Point, a local charity bicycle ride that raises awareness and funding for pancreatic
cancer research.

Richard rides about 25 miles per week around the city for recreation and
participate in many regional organized rides as part of the Rotary
Cycling2Serve Team. He has always admired the work of the SDCBC
and is honored to be on the board. Richard has participated in the Organizational and Membership committees, and he looks forward to assisting in planning for the Liberty Station Bicycle Center, and lobbying for
improved bicycle-friendly neighborhoods.

Linda Webb

Linda Webb has been riding San Diego county roads for over 50 years. Her earliest bike memory is watching the 1962 Tour de France, then organizing races with the neighborhood kids. Her interest in cycling led her to become president of the San Diego chapter of AYH (American Youth Hostels), a recreational cycling club. She was a bike commuter for 40 years. Currently, she serves on the Board of the San Diego Bicycle Club and is a regular development ride leader whose goal is to develop safe, confident, competent road cyclists. As a SDCBC Board member, she serves on the advocacy committee and the Council of Clubs.

Kevin Wood

Kevin wood has been on the SDCBC board since 2011, serving three terms as Chair and two terms as treasurer. He has been excited to watch the organization grow and he hopes to support its growth.

Kevin is a native of Sacramento. He was on the UC San Diego cycling team, and have lived in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, which gave him a great view of the range of cycling conditions and future possibilities.Kevin and his wife are both regular bike commuters and want to make the streets safer for their family. They do daycare drop-offs and most of our errands by bike.