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 Corporate Development Director for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, 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 has been named as one of the top 100 bike dealers numerous times. 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 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 as his primary mode of transportation.
Josh Leffingwell is Chair of the Coaltion'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 Treasurer 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 Sustainable Streets Task Force. 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 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
Ted is a member of the GGRBC Advocacy Committee.
Jay Niewiek, a bicycle commuter, represents The Spoke Folks (a community driven bike co-op) on the GGRBC Board of Directors. Through his work with The Spoke Folks and the Bicycle Coalition, 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. 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.