Board of Directors
Jenn Blazejewski, Cambridge
James Bradley, Billerica
Jon Brideau , Beverly
Catherine Cagle, Waltham
Brian Casella, Burlington
Colin Durrant, Cambridge
Tim Johnson, Topsfield
Eric Papetti, Somerville
John Siemiatkoski, Waltham
Richard Fries, Lexington (Executive Director)
MassBike members elect the Board of Directors each December, for a three-year term. If you’re interested in getting more involved in MassBike and would like to find out more about serving on the Board of Directors, please see our Board Agreement, which lays out board member responsibilities. We ask that potential candidates fill out a Board Application and Board Self Evaluation and email them to our Executive Director along with a resume.
Richard Fries – Executive Director
I have been a passionate cyclist for more than 35 years and have raced professionally in Europe, toured throughout the world, commuted year round for most of my adult life, and worked as a bicycle advocate. Trained as a journalist, I co-founded The Ride Magazine, which I helped run for 14 years. As an advocate I served for several years as a development adviser for People for Bikes. I also co-founded the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival. But I am best known as a race announcer, having provided English commentary for the UCI World Championships in both cyclo-cross and road. I live in Lexington, Mass., alongside – you guessed it – a bike path with my wife and three children. (email)
Barbara Jacobson – Programs Director
I am a year-round bike commuter, road rider and adventurer. For me, bicycling is about empowerment: personal and economic. I hold a B.A. in English from the University of Missisippi and a Master in City Planning from Boston University. At MassBike, I focus on bridging equity gaps in sustainable transportation through creative pilot programs focused on place. I enjoy travelling to new cities and no matter where I am, I am on a bike. (email)
Lenka Hošťálková – Operations Manager
As a native of the Czech Republic, I grew up biking with my dad in the west Bohemian countryside, with plentiful rolling hills and traffic-free routes, a bikers’ paradise. Landing in Boston was pure serendipity. I immediately fell in love with this eclectic city and its European flair. I started my journey in the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians as an intern, working on projects involving immigrants and refugees in the Boston area. I deeply care about underserved population and have worked for a few non-profit organizations, serving primarily African refugees. After 11 years working with the homeless population and taking a substantial break, I transitioned into my position as an Operation Manager with MassBike. I commute almost every day by bike, seasonally by Hubway (which I love!). Biking is not my only outdoor passion. I hike, run, scoot, climb mountains, attend various races, and do just about whatever I can to be outdoors in all weather. But my greatest passion is exploring the world, learning languages, and meeting new people, all while sipping good wine. (email)
Lauren LeClaire – Communications Coordinator
While native to Central Massachusetts, I have been in Boston for over ten years, with half of that time spent on a bike. I enjoy commuting and casual cruises around town with friends, and I am also actively involved in the New England bike racing community, competing on the road and in cyclocross. In the past I’ve been involved in projects to help advance women’s cycling and get more women out on bikes. Outside of life on two wheels, I love to explore new places and check out live music. (email)
Elaine Tiboni, Pioneer Valley
With undergraduate and graduate degrees with a focus on Physical Education, being active has always been an important part of my life. And, bicycling has always played a significant role. Sixteen years ago my husband and I founded Ride Noho, a bicycling touring company in Northampton which has allowed me to share my passion with others. I learned early on that bicyclists of all ages, experienced and inexperienced, were hungry to learn more about becoming better, safer bicyclists. As a result, we became a Level 3 USA Cycling Coaches and began offering camps, teaching adults the bike handling skills and techniques that would allow them to ride more comfortably, safely and efficiently. Four years ago, I became a certified instructor for MassBike and was given the opportunity to expand my love for teaching to children through Safe Routes to Schools. It has been most rewarding to be a part of this movement to help create a safe, convenient and fun environment for children to use their bicycles to school (and more). When I’m not riding one of my bikes, I am skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or just spending time outdoors. I live in Florence with my husband, have two daughters and two grandchildren and I serve on the Board of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of MassBike.
In addition to being the President of the MassBike Cape and Island Chapter, I’m happy to be an instructor for MassBike. I’m also a member of the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, past president and co-founder of Mad About Cycling, and owner of Cotuit Cycling Tours. I love sharing my passion for riding bikes and am interested in anything and everything about bikes.
Galen Mook, Boston Metro
Since coming to Boston in 2003, I’ve been a figure in Boston’s bicycle community; founding a student bike group at Boston University, organizing workshops for fledgling bike commuters, toting folks through the scenic streets of Boston in a pedicab, leading bike rides for students in the City’s public schools, fixing up the Hubway bikes for Boston’s own bikeshare system, and even playing a makeshift drumset while biking in group rides with my “jambike” (see the picture). My hope is that everyone, from kids to grandparents, will feel comfortable and confident when riding a bicycle.
Laura Smeaton, Boston Metro
As a public health researcher (biostatistician in infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Heath), I re-discovered the joy of bicycling when I started biking to work – and learned what a wonderful commute it is. The first group rides I joined were coordinated by MassBike, where I met others who have become lifelong friends. In addition to commuting by bike, I enjoy riding for both fun and recreation, especially multi-day touring. The past four years, I’ve volunteered for the Mass Bike Pike tour (which benefits MassBike), and I am a hyper-local bicycle advocate within Boston’s neighborhoods. As it was MassBike’s safe cycling classes which initially taught me important riding skills and confidence (which I later augmented with a LAB League Cycling Instructor certification), I am thrilled to share my love for bicycling through mentoring others in MassBike’s education program. A motto I use to introduce workshops: Bicycling is an extraordinary experience, but you don’t have to be extraordinary to bicycle.
Brian Murphy, Cape Cod
My passion of cycling spans most of my life. From my first solo ride as a kid growing up in Boston, to being a bike racer and cycling coach, I’ve never lost the sense of excitement, confidence and accomplishment riding my bike creates for me. Being a MassBike Instructor allows me the unique opportunity to share my cycling knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with both cyclists and aspiring cyclists. Through my coaching practice, Apex Coaching Group, I work with a variety of cyclists who possess a wide range of skill and talent. Nothing thrills me more than seeing a coaching client experience that “Ah Ha” moment when they truly believe in the power of the bike!