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.
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.
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. He is the Coalition's Secretary and a member of the Executive and Advocacy committees.
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.
A resident of Grand Rapids for over 25 years, Mary enjoys engaging with the outdoors for walks and biking. Her favorite activity is riding the trails for relaxation and recreation. Professionally, Mary works as as a business designer and organizational development consultant and has consulted and trained individuals in the business, nonprofit, and educational sectors. She also serves as adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College in both the Psychology and Business departments and is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the School of Psychology and Education.
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.
Jay Fowler, AICP
Jay Fowler, AICP, 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. He was Captain of Team GGRBC during Climate Ride Midwest in September, 2014. Jay is a member of the GGRBC Advocacy committee and has served as secretary of the board.
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.
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.