Board of Directors
Joshua J. Duggan
Joshua Duggan thinks bicycles are amazing, simple machines with the power to change lives. Joshua is Chair of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition and a member of the Executive and Advocacy committees. He represents the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club in the Coalition and participates in the Michigan Street Corridor Study task force on behalf of GGRBC. Joshua is founder of PedalGR, a biweekly Rapid Wheelmen ride exploring Grand Rapids' neighborhoods. He is also active building and riding trails with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. Joshua happily rides his bicycle year round to his job as Logistics Coordinator at Contech Enterprises in Grand Rapids.
Lindsey DesArmo is Vice Chair of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. She is leading the Coalition's Active Commute Week 2013 project and is involved with the Executive Committee and the Marketing and Communications Committee. She is Health and Wellness Coordinator at Grand Valley State University and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University. Lindsey enjoys participating in bicycle tours with her husband Joe and running with her three-year-old beagle-Australian shepherd mix, Landon.
Jay Fowler, AICP
Jay Fowler, AICP, serves as Secretary of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. Jay is a bicycle commuter and enjoys bicycle touring, camping, hiking, and kayaking. He served as Executive Director of the City of Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority from 2003 to 2012. Previously, he was urban planner and Assistant Planning Director for Grand Rapids for 20 years. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and is a board member of the Michigan Downtown Association. Jay is a member of the GGRBC Executive and Advocacy committees.
Dale Phelps represents the local bicycle industry on the board of GGRBC. He is Treasurer of the Coalition, a member of the Executive Committee, and is involved in our Bicycle Friendly Business program. Dale and his wife the Olympian Pam Kruse own Village Bike and Fitness, a bicycle retailer with four locations in the Grand Rapids area that has been named as one of the top 100 bike dealers numerous times. Dale is among a select few who nationally completed the standard and advanced Bike Fit courses taught by both Specialized (BG Fit) and Serotta bicycle companies. He also was among the first eight of the now 25 nationally certified bike fitters by BG Fit, and is a BG Fit guest instructor.
Josh Leffingwell is a freelance digital marketer and co-founder of Friendly Corps, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based community organization focused on rapid small scale interventions connecting people to their public infrastructure. He is also treasurer of the East Hills Council of Neighbors. Josh is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He is a bicycle commuter and chair of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition's Advocacy Committee.
Jodey Leser loves her bikes and feels everyone should enjoy the open road on a bike, or a nice flowing trail through the woods. She enjoys triathlons and has completed two Ironman triathlons: Louisville and Madison, and is currently training for her third, Lake Placid. Jodey is the co-owner and Director of Sales and Marketing for a paper tube manufacturer, Cascade Paper Converters, LLC. She is a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition Marketing and Communications Committee.
Ted Lott, AIA
Josh McBryde is an avid biker and is committed to making biking an everyday part of the Grand Rapids community. Josh supports GGRBC marketing and fundraising events and is also the leader of the Wednesday Evening Ride. He is an industrial design student at Kendall College of Art and Design and is employed at Velocity USA, Inc. Josh also is a member of the Grand Rapids Bike Polo board and enjoys helping others with bike repair.
Dave Medema is a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition's Executive and Advocacy committees and the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, and is a veteran of several City of Grand Rapids advisory committees and commissions. A consultant with Grand Rapids-based Pondera Advisors (a leadership development firm), Dave has guided the creation of GGRBC's strategic priorities and assists with resource development and advocacy. A seasoned rider of 28 years, Dave completed a 2,700-mile ride from San Francisco to Grand Rapids in 2011.
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 a member of GGRBC’s Fundraising Committee, co-chair of the Founding Sponsors Campaign, and chairs the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour committee. Donna is a Development Director for the American Heart Association, 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.
Jay Niewiek, a bicycle commuter, represents The Spoke Folks (a community driven bike co-op) on the GGRBC Board of Directors. Through his day job at LINC Community Revitalization Inc. (an organization linking great people with wonderful opportunities), The Spoke Folks, and GGRBC, Jay hopes to help make dynamic communities that are exciting to live in, welcoming to anyone, and inclusive of everyone. He enjoys incorporating cycling throughout his day and strongly believes in the power of utility biking.
Active in mountain bike advocacy for the last 10 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. He represents the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance on the GGRBC Board. In 2012 Nate opened the only downtown Grand Rapids bike shop, Central District Cyclery.
Scott joined the GGRBC Board in January of 2013. He is a member of the Executive and Advocacy committees. He 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.
Bob Zylstra is co-chair of the GGRBC Founding Sponsors Campaign and is active with the Advocacy Committee. He has served on the City of Grand Rapids Planning Commission and the Gilda's Club Board of Directors. Bob is cofounder and Chairman of Feyen Zylstra, a leading Midwest electrical contractor based in Grand Rapids. Bob enjoys bicycle touring.