Board of Directors
Donna Messina believes the world is a better place with more cyclists and feels communities are healthier, happier, and more inclusive when they are bicycle friendly. She is Chair of our Board of Directors and a member of our Executive and Fundraising committees. Donna is the Annual Fund Director at YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, is a member of the East Grand Rapids Lacrosse Board and the Gazelle Girl ½ Marathon Advisory Council, and is a graduate of the Grand Rapids Rising Women Leader’s program. She enjoys running, the competitiveness of triathlons, and the relaxation of long rides viewing the United States’ beautiful countryside.
Kim Thomas has spent most of the last decade racing all kinds of bicycles, currently focusing on cyclocross and snowbike racing for Central District Cyclery. When she isn’t racing, she spends her time riding bikes mostly off road.
As an attorney at Priority Health and sponsor of the Priority Health Sustainability Committee, Kim is very involved at Priority Health with encouraging others to ride bikes and live an active lifestyle. Kim regularly leads women’s gravel road rides and other rides encouraging women to get into bicycling. Kim also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cross country skiing. In addition to a variety of industry boards, she was a founding board member of Kent County Girls on the Run.
Jeff is a former President of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club and a cycling enthusiast with thousands of miles on the road, dirt, and snow under his tires. He rides predominately for recreation but also races mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, and fat bikes from time to time. He's lived in the Grand Rapids area for over 22 years and has watched the popularity of cycling increase dramatically due in large part to all the initiatives put forth by groups like GGRBC, West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance, Rapid Wheelmen, bike shops, and corporate partners, along with the individual cyclists who put in volunteer time for these activities and organizations. Jeff serves as the Coalition's Treasurer and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Jon has been an avid cyclist for more than 20 years and primarily enjoys road bike racing and training. He also often commutes by bicycle and enjoys casual group rides to some of our many breweries and restaurants. Jon and his wife, Mindy, live in Rockford, adjacent to the White Pine Trail and use that as a pathway to downtown Grand Rapids. He is a member of the Rockford Planning Commission and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisory Board, and is a Big Brother to a teenager who lives in Grand Rapids. His efforts with GGRBC are to make Grand Rapids a bicycle friendly community so his Little Brother and other residents can safely enjoy the health, economic, and environmental benefits of bicycling. He was a member of Team GGRBC for Climate Ride Midwest 2014. Jon is the Vice Chair of the Coalition and a member of the Executive and Advocacy Committees.
Amy is proud to be a life-long resident of Michigan and has lived in the Grand Rapids area her whole life, other than four years spent in East Lansing. She has always owned a bike, but did not get seriously involved until around 2005 when she started cycling for transportation. Amy’s bicycle volunteer experience includes the Rapid Wheelmen board, organizing the Colorburst Tour for five years, and volunteering for GGRBC. She is currently serving on the board of the League of Michigan Bicyclists. Amy enjoys attending community events and talking to people about bicycling and also advocating for cyclists at the state and national levels. She enjoyed traveling to her second National Bicycle Summit in Washington, D.C. in March, 2015.
Amy’s also volunteers with other community organizations, and enjoys tap dancing and spending time with her extended family.
Ted Lott, AIA
Ted Lott, AIA, is an architect and urban designer who sees the growth of and investment in cycling infrastructure and cycling culture as critical ingredients to the positive evolution of our modern city. He is a growing cyclist, progressing from commuting just a few years ago to his first road and gravel races in 2014. Cyclocross races can't be far behind. Ted is a member of the Coalition's Advocacy Committee.
Active in mountain bike advocacy for the last 12 years, Nate has served as President of the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance, President of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, and Director of Advocacy for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Nate also was a member of the advisory committee for City of Grand Rapids Parks, a committee member for Green Grand Rapids, and a founding member of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. In 2012 Nate opened the only downtown Grand Rapids bike shop, Central District Cyclery. Nate is active on the Coalition's Advocacy Committee.
Scott joined the GGRBC Board in January of 2013. He is a member of the Executive and Advocacy committees. Scott is an attorney with the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee and specializes in real estate and environmental matters. Scott is a member of the City of Grand Rapids Sustainable Streets Task Force, appointed by the Mayor in 2011. He previously served as the President of the West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited and as Environmental Counsel for the Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited, and was a founding member of the Rogue River Watershed Council. Scott has also served as an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University.
Some would say Scott has too many bikes. He respectfully disagrees and enjoys riding all of them including his road bikes, 29er, and fixed gear commuter. He has a special fondness for vintage Italian racing bikes. He also enjoys Nordic skiing and trail running with his faithful dog, an Italian spinone named Zita.
Jean Van Coevering
Pete is the Chief Innovation Officer at Rockford Construction, and one of his roles involves Rockford’s biking initiative to encourage team members to bike to work, and use company bikes to explore and exercise around their Westside office. Pete has been an avid cyclist most of his life- competing on BMX ramps in his younger years, to his current passions for both mountain biking and triathlons. He is currently training for his second Ironman in his home state of New York later in 2016. He lives in East Grand Rapids and enjoys riding with his wife and three daughters and also enjoys regular bike trips up north.
Pete is active in a number of community organizations and also sits on the Board of Directors for both the David D. Hunting YMCA and Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Bryan volunteers his time to assist the education and advocacy efforts of the League of Michigan Bicyclists. He is the author of A Legal Handbook for Michigan Cyclists and frequently speaks to cycling clubs and organizations about cycling law in Michigan. His law firm has sponsored bike helmet events since 2003, and has given away over 6,000 bicycle helmets to Michigan children. He is a member of Bike Law, a national network of lawyers who advocate on behalf of cyclists. As a result of his work on behalf of Michigan cyclists, in 2013, the League of Michigan Bicyclists presented him with the Bicycle Advocate of the Year award.
Bryan is a licensed and competitive bicycle racer and participates in road races, criteriums, and cyclocross races. However, he enjoys the use of his bicycle in every form, including commuting to work and trips to the grocery store. His most cherished moments on a bicycle are those spent with family and friends – particularly rides with his father, Barry, and son, Max.
Tom Van Dam
Tom and his wife are lifelong residents of the Grand Rapids area and have lived in Belmont/Rockford since 1977. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. In 2005 they purchased a tandem bicycle and have traveled many miles together enjoying the benefits and freedom that only a bicycle can give.
Before retiring in 2013, Tom was an avid bicycle commuter. LEED accredited and a registered engineer with a BSME from Michigan Technological University, he spent 38 years working in the architectural/engineering field desigining commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings with an emphasis on energy and energy efficiency. Since retirement, he and his wife spend their time volunteering with Freedom in Motion, STRIVE, and Mission Thrift Store and socializing with friends and family. They especially enjoy traveling and exploring old and new places on their tandem.
Tom has been a member of the Rapid Wheelmen since 1977 and a member of the Michigan Tandem Society since 2005.
In the early 1990's Janet started mountain biking and became involved in the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.
During her involvment with the MMBA, she served as treasurer, secretary and trail maintenence coordinator. She worked with the DNR to help build a positive relationship with mountain bikers in an effort to ensure trail access. Since that time, many others have built upon that relationship to establish an infrastructure of trails enjoyed by many in West Michigan today.
Biking is a big part of her life. In addition to mountain biking, she rides a road bike, fat bike, and enjoys gravel road riding.
Janet participated in her first bike race this year and had a great time!
She says, "Every bike ride provides its own unique experience and each ride gives back what you put into it."
Jimi and his wife Susan have been across the state of Michigan and back following jobs, but have set anchor now and are raising their two boys and two dogs in the Jenison/Hudsonville area. He has worked for Bissell now approaching 15 years as a mechanical designer. He has also been competing as a professional triathlete since 2011. Life is busy with two active boys, physical training and maintaining his "homestead", but he wouldn't trade it for anything. He and his wife relish the joys and challenges of family life.
About professional triathlete status: "I started racing triathalon in 2010, turned pro in 2011, and have been racing at that level ever since. I have had a handful of top 10 finishes at Ironman 70.3, and victories at Michigan Titanium the last three years."
Jimi's favorite quote: "Big Heart, Strong Mind, Agressive Attitude"- his dad.
Originally from Michigan, Jon Ré joined the Grand Rapids Traffic Safety Department a year ago. He works on issues regarding signing, signals, and traffic operations. Before his return to his homestate, he spent three years with the Minnesota Department of Transportation overseeing projects in the Twin Cities region. Jon also worked for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute where he contributed to research projects involving traffic signing, work zones, and driver behavior studies. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a master's from Texas A&M.
While in Twin Cites, Jon became and enthusiastic recreational cyclist and took advantage of the expansive bicycle and trail system, whether it was on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway or downtown Minneapolis. He continues to bike after work and enjoys the shared paths near his home in Forest Hills. As Grand Rapids' bicycle system expands and develops in the future, Jon believes the focus should be on high-priority bicycle corridors that are low-stress and continuous, low-cost research-driven signing, and pavement markings that help cyclists better negotiate intersections.
Mobility Manager at Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc