Transitions on the BikeWalkKC Board of Directors

2017 is a year of change on the BikeWalkKC board as several of our founding board members reach their six-year term limits and new members bring in fresh ideas and new energy. We want to say a huge thank you to the founding members who contributed invaluable time, energy, sweat, and leadership. They have been crucial to our rapid growth since BikeWalkKC launched in 2011 and has now become of one the country’s largest and most successful local advocacy and education organizations.

Departing Founding Board Members

  • Barbara Thomas, American Jazz Museum
  • Steve Rhoades, Vireo
  • Tyler Henson, J.E. Dunn
  • Andy Olson, Hallmark Cards
  • Dan Walsh, Spokes Cafe | Cyclery
  • David Garrett, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

New Members

Malenda Shahane
VP and Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager at UMB Financial
Malenda is a resident of the Historic Northeast and has been a long-time BikeWalkKC member. She is involved in Northeast neighborhood advocacy, on the board of Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor. Malenda is a runner and helps with the annual Cliffhanger 5k on Cliff Drive. We are excited to add representation from the Historic Northeast Neighborhoods, were BikeWalkKC is doing significant work in Safe Routes to School and improving transportation options in underserved communities.

John Jespersen, MBA 
Lead Advisor at Buttonwood Financial Group
John is a Downtowner, and a daily bike commuter living car-free. His community service includes working with Harvesters, the Ronald McDonald House, the Downtown Council, and most recently serving on the board of El Centro. John brings BikeWalkKC valuable experience in nonprofit governance and financial leadership that will important as we continue to grow and thrive.

We Want YOU to join the board

BikeWalkKC still has a few openings for new board members in 2017, and we are actively seeking candidates that help us better represent some specific constituencies.

  • Women and people of color
  • Northlanders
  • Eastern Jackson County residents
  • Health care professionals, especially physicians or hospital administrators

Click here to learn more about board service and throw your hat into the ring!

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