Building on our work in the community since 2011, our volunteer directors have been guiding BFK since its incorporation as a Michigan non-profit organization and preparing us to achieve our goals on into the future.

Interested in becoming a BFK board member?  If you want to help us make our greater community even more bicycle friendly we would love to hear from you!  Please let us know via our Contact Us page if you don’t know one of us personally.  Time expectations are 1-2 hours/week on policy level matters plus regular board attendance.  Additional voluntary service at the committee or event planning level if you you have the time and interest is great, but not expected.  Our main expectation is to honor commitments when made (applies to volunteers at any level).  Terms are three years with a two term sequential limit.  More details can be found in our bylaws HERE.

 

CURRENT OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS

Bill Adams – Vice Chair & Vice President

  • Fall Bike Celebration: Honorary Co-Chair
  • Past Village Council President, Village of Vicksburg, MI
  • Past VP Engineer Research & Marketing, FlowServe Michigan
  • Board of Visitors, WMU School of Engineering
  • Advisory Board, Texas A&M University
  • MTEC Board, 10 years
  • DOE & EPA Clean Air Act Amendments, Energy Efficiency Programs Aimed at Reducing CO2
  • Rode bike to and from work for many years

 

Deb Carpenter – Director

  • Child Injury Prevention Consultant
  • Safe Kids Kalamazoo County: Former Executive Director
  • Safe Kids Worldwide President’s Advisory Council: former member
  • MI Safe Kids Steering Committee: former member
  • Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor
  • MI Occupant Protection Team: current member
  • BFK Advisory Council: former member
  • Has planned, coordinated and implemented numerous bicycle, pedestrian and road safety events for youth
  • M.A. in Elementary & Early Childhood Education

 

Hayden Guild – Treasurer

  • CPA and Senior Accountant with the accounting firm of Hungerford Nichols
  • Provides tax, assurance, and bookkeeping services to clients in greater SW Michigan and beyond
  • League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructor
  • Passionate cyclist and outdoor enthusiast
  • B.B.A., Western Michigan University
  • M.S.A., Western Michigan University

 

Jennifer Johnson – Director

  • Senior Administrative Assistant & Student Mentor/Retention Officer, WMU Paper Technology Foundation
  • League of Michigan Bicyclists: current member
  • League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructor
  • Kalamazoo Bicycle Club: current member and sanctioned ride leader
  • Chain Gang Bicycle Club: current member and ride leader
  • Safe Cycling Certification
  • BFK Advisory Council: former member
  • Survivor, June 7, 2016, Chain Gang Bicycling Tragedy
  • Avid cyclist including international trips and a USA crossing
  • Wife of Steve, owner of Johnson Cycle Works mobile bicycle repair
  • Mom of 3 active boys
  • CenterPoint Church: member and small group leader
  • B.B.A., Western Michigan University

 

Beth Keith – Director

  • Open Roads Bike Program: Program Manager, Instructor
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Food Innovation Center: Farm Assistant
  • Kalamazoo Collective Housing: Board Member
  • League Cycling Instructor (LCI): in progress
  • National Afterschool Association: Member
  • B.A. Early Childhood and Elementary Education, WMU

 

Paul Rehkopf – Director

  • Emergency Medicine Physician, Retired
  • Adventure Cycling Association: Life Member
  • Open Roads Bicycle Program: volunteer
  • Bicycle Coalition of  Maine, Bike Maine: volunteer
  • League of American Bicyclists: current member
  • League of Michigan Bicyclist: current member
  • Kalamazoo Bicycle Club: current member

 

Randall Schau – Director

  • Deputy City Attorney for Kalamazoo (retired)
  • Volunteer Habitat for Humanity
  • Volunteer Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Volunteer Woodland Elementary (math tutor)
  • Active Bike Rider
  • High School referee (basketball and football)

 

Paul H. Selden – Chair & President

  • Retired in 2016 as president of an information systems support firm he founded in 1978
  • Bike Friendly Kalamazoo: Founder; Founding Board Member
  • Fall Bike Celebration: Chair
  • Kalamazoo Bike Week: Chair
  • Kalamazoo Region Bike Route Committee: Chair
  • Kalamazoo Bicycle Club: current member; former Board Member; former Awards Committee Chair; former Director of Road Safety; Volunteer of the Year Award (2013)
  • TriKats: current member
  • Chain Gang Bicycle Club: current member
  • League of Michigan Bicyclists: current member; Bob Gibbs Passion for Pedaling Award: finalist (2019); Volunteer of the Year Award (2014)
  • MDOT Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee: current member
  • Randonneurs USA: current member; designer of many “Permanent” routes; P-12 Award (3 times); R-12 Award
  • Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association (SWMMBA): current member
  • Adventure Cycling Association: former member
  • KATS Nonmotorized Subcommittee: current Member
  • KATS Citizens Advisory Committee: former member
  • World Ultracycling Association: former member; Larry Schwartz Year Rounder Challenge Award (2 times)
  • The Complete Kalamazoo (1976): Author

 

Matthew Wells – Director

  • Senior Software Engineer, LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
  • Kalamazoo Bicycle Club: current member
  • BFK Advisory Council: former member
  • B.S., Western Michigan University

 

Donna Whitcomb – Secretary

  • Kazoo Valley AMBUCS: President – 2016 to present
  • Vocational Counselor- State of Michigan: retired
  • Volunteers for KBC Kal-Tour: Coordinator
  • BFK Advisory Council: former member
  • Committed to inclusion of persons of all abilities riding bikes in a safe environment
  • Member- Women Who Care, Kalamazoo
  • 20+ years nonprofit board and officer experience in budget, fundraising and event planning
  • M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Western Michigan University

 

Founding and Former Board Members

Erin Denay 
Michelle Karpinski – Founding
Stephanie Kennedy
Robert T. Loftus – Founding
Tim Krone – Founding
Daniel P. McGlinn – Founding
Brendan Molony – Founding
Brian Persky – Founding
Paul Runnels
Kimberly L. Swinehart