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 YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids' Corporate Membership Sales Director, 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.
Scott joined the GGRBC Board in January of 2013. He is Vice Chair of the board and 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.
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, on numerous occasions, has been named as one of the top 100 bike dealers. Village Bike and Fitness also has been certified by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business. Dale is among a select few nationally who have 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.
Joshua J. Duggan
Immediate Past Chair
Joshua Duggan thinks bicycles are amazing, simple machines with the power to change lives. Joshua is the Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, chair of the GGRBC Advocacy Committee, and a member of the Coalition's Executive Committee. He represents the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club in the Coalition and participated 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 as his primary mode of transportation.
Tom Hanley’s first job at 8 years old was delivering newspapers on his bicycle, and he has been trying to find ways to #biketowork ever since. Tom joined the GGRBC board in January of 2014.
Tom came to Grand Rapids from Connecticut in 2007, recruited in a national search by Spectrum Health to be the director of communications for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He then served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Spectrum Health before joining Wondergem Consulting as Senior Consultant, Director of PR services in 2013. He was promoted to Vice President, Client Services, in July 2014.
Tom is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and was the 2005 PR News “National PR Spokesperson of the Year,” for crisis communications. A member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Community Leadership Council, Tom participated in the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2008. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan Foundation and the Kitchen Sage Foundation board.
Tom was happy to cross off his “bucket list” completing the round trip “Tour of the White Pine Trail” in 2011.
Josh Leffingwell is a member of the Coalition's Advocacy Committee. A long time advocate for sustainable transportation policy and a sustainable land use organizer with a background in marketing and communications, Josh has a history of affecting change through innovative grassroots organizing. He serves as Communications Director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, is Co-Chair of the East Hills Council of Neighbors and Chair of East Hills' Complete Street Committee, and was appointed by Mayor Heartwell to the City of Grand Rapids' Vital Streets Oversight Commission. Josh helped organize the successful Build a Better Block program for Grand Rapids, and established the urban advocacy group The Salon, which engages the community in discussions ranging from urban design to social equity.
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 three Ironman triathlons--Lake Placid, Louisville, and Madison. Jodey is the co-owner and Director of Sales and Marketing for a paper tube manufacturer, Cascade Paper Converting, LLC.
Ted Lott, AIA
Ted is a member of the Coalition's Advocacy Committee.
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 the 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. Jon is a member of the Coalition's Advocacy Committee.
Active in mountain bike advocacy for the last 11 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. He represents the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance on the GGRBC Board and is active on the Coalition's Advocacy Committee.