SVBC hired its first staff member in 2005 and has quickly grown. Today, seven staff members work with our members and volunteers to increase bicycling in our area.
Corinne Winter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Corinne joined SVBC as the Executive Director in 2005. She is passionate about bicycle advocacy and other transportation, land use, and environmental issues. She is responsible for implementing the vision of the organization as defined by the Board of Directors. Corinne also chairs the board of TransForm, and serves on the Board of Directors for the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition Board, the City of San José Downtown Parking Board, and the Women Bike Advisory Board. In 2011, Corinne was honored as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San José Business Journal.
Colin Heyne (email@example.com)
Colin Heyne joined the SVBC staff to assist in implementing Bike to Work Day 2009. He stuck around after the big event, serving as Communications and Development manager until being promoted to Deputy Director in July 2011. As Deputy Director, Colin oversees media and communications, coordinates community outreach via our Local Teams, and works with the Executive Director to manage development and advocacy efforts.
Colin is a lifetime cyclist as well as an advocate for sustainable development. He has been involved in environmental issues since his youth, motivated by a love of the outdoors resulting from years of camping with his family. Colin is a graduate of San José State University with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies, a field that explores global history and culture, climate change, politics, trade, and sustainable development.
Jen Brecheen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jen is a native resident of South San Jose. She fell in love with mountain biking over 15 years ago in the foothills of Santa Teresa Park. She soon discovered that she wanted to keep riding during the winter months, but didn't want to ruin the trails, so she got a hand-me-down road bike. Over the years, she realized biking was a way of life and expanded her riding to include commuting, recreation, vacation trips, and everyday transportation. She is committed to SVBC's mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday use and continues to encourage family and friends to get out on their bikes.
Anne Fisher (email@example.com)
Anne started riding late in life, and is still timid about going into high traffic areas. However, she enjoys using her bike for commuting and short errands. She is committed to SVBC's mission of safer bicycling and getting more people out on their bikes both for health and the environment.
Emma Shlaes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Emma recently graduated with a dual master’s degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University and the UN-Mandated University for Peace where she completed several projects on cycling at the local and global levels. Her capstone project was determining the impact of local and federal stormwater regulations and proposing appropriate green infrastructure for a study area within Washington, DC. She has previously worked on national campaigns ranging from diesel pollution to transportation funding at Clean Water Action and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. She also spent a summer researching the auto-rickshaw industry in Mumbai with EMBARQ India.
Emma is excited to be working with SVBC to improve bicycling infrastructure and encourage more local residents to bike throughout Silicon Valley and the Peninsula.
Gavin Powell (email@example.com)
Gavin began riding mountain bikes in his youth in the foothills of his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Having ridden with a group of racers growing up, Gavin fell into road racing when he came to Santa Clara University. In school, he studied Environmental Science and Biology, with the Los Altos Hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains as study breaks. In 2012, Gavin rode in the Climate Ride California with Team SVBC from Eureka to San Francisco, California. Almost a year later, Gavin joined SVBC as our Membership Coordinator and hopes to organize the "decade of the bicycle."
Ernesto Lizaola (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Safe Routes to School Manager
With previous experience in public outreach, Ernesto Lizaola joined SVBC as a Program Coordinator in early 2010. He has always been a recreational bicyclist but has recently discovered the benefits of bicycle commuting. As a native Spanish speaker, he hopes to engage more of the Hispanic community in various SVBC programs, including Bike to Work Day, Share the Road and Bicycle Education.
Ashley Hernandez (email@example.com)
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Ashley is a passionate mountain biker who graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Liberal Studies. She wanted to combine her two passions, teaching and bicycling, and is now our Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator where she helps children learn about bike safety. It is her goal to get more youth involved in outdoor activities and encourage the bicycle as a safe means of transportation and recreation.