A dual citizen of the US and Australia, James has been a resident of the Five Points neighborhood for 12 years and loves walking and riding the streets of Denver with his wife and young son. He strongly believes safe and accessible bike facilities can have a positive impact on Denver's neighborhoods
Director of People Engagement
Carina manages our communications, events, volunteers, and our Ride on Auraria program. Carina enjoys rallying the local community around interests of bike access, equity and fun! Off the saddle, you will find Carina in the garden or camping.
Volunteer Communications Coordinator
Katie is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Communications. You can find her riding her road bike, commuting to work and mountain biking on the front range. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Nathan is the Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Attorney of AMG National Trust Bank. He received his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Denver. He received his BS degree in Imaging Science and his master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a triathlete and a member of the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club. Nathan, his wife, and their two children live in the Lowry Field neighborhood.
Doug grew up in north east Connecticut and moved to Colorado to get his Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing at Colorado State University, and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver. He has spent his career in various roles within the marketing, computer and telecommunications industries, and is currently a Product Manager in the tech industry.
Doug is a triathlete, runner and bike racer who has completed epic endurance events such as Ironman, the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, Boston Marathon, and the Leadville 100 mountain bike race… as well as regular “epic” trips for dinner or coffee around Denver. Living with his wife, their six bikes and two B-Cycle memberships in the Lower Highland neighborhood, Doug is a daily bike commuter who hopes to help make Denver one of the great biking cities in the world. He thinks all residents should be able to reasonably think of biking as one of several safe and inexpensive transportation options available to them.
Mark earned a BS in Aerospace from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at Universite Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France. Mark is a Project Manager for the Gates Carbon Drive system at Gates Corporation, as well as a rep for Bionx and Ohm Bicycles. He rode his first century at age 13 and met his wife Stephanie while riding and watching the Giro d’Italia on vacation in the Italian Dolomites. Mark has been involved in local bike advocacy over many years now. He can been seen riding single speeds, road bikes, mountain bikes, commuters, cruisers, electric bikes, bikes with fat tires, and even a tandem around town.
Louis Cruz is a Colorado native residing in the Metro Denver Area. Working nearly 20 years in the non-profit industry, he currently serves as a Guardian Coordinator/Event Planner for a non-profit agency providing services to at risk adults in Colorado. Working as a high school Head Coach for cross country and track and field for 15 years, Lou has led his student’s to hold the Colorado cross country state titles 2002 and 2003. In addition, he has headed several students to all state level. As an avid runner, Lou is a marathoner and accomplished All American high school runner in 1989. He continues to hold a deep passion to coach other’s and continues to maintain encouraging relationships with the students who he has coached and mentored.
In his spare time, Lou is a volunteer Courtesy Patrolman for Denver Parks and Recreation program. You can find Louis guiding, directing, and assisting Denver Park Rangers and Denver Police on major bikes paths and volunteering for city wide park events. Louis believes the City of Denver is a great place to build more communities and bring safety awareness for Denver bike commuters. However, Louis’ best accomplishment is in his three daughters.
Andrew dreams about great cities where everyone has the opportunity to ride a bike. When he is conscious, he works on making that dream a reality. Andrew is a Senior Transportation Planner for Atkins North America, an international civil engineering and design firm. Of course, his favorite projects are the ones that involve creating better travel opportunities for all types of cyclists. A long-time Denver resident, Andrew harkens back to the days of working as a bike builder at the Grand West Outfitters formerly located at 8th and Broadway . “The city’s biking network has changed a lot since the emergence of fat bikes and electronic shifters, but there is still a lot of fun work to be done.” Andrew received his undergraduate degree and his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Colorado in Denver, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Ben Kirkley (Treasurer)
Ben is a family doctor who works for Salud Family Health in Commerce City, a year round daily bicycle commuter and in general a bicycle fanatic. He has been enjoying urban commuting, road biking, mountain biking and plenty of snow biking for the past 4 years in Denver and truly believes that bicycles are paramount to living healthful and happy lives and creating a cleaner planet. As a physician he has seen the devastating impact of sedentary lifestyles and is passionate about getting as many people as possible on the bicycle. When he is not riding bikes, wrenching on them or dreaming about them he is hanging out with his rad wife Meg and goofy dog Dylan.
Alex oversees, manages, and coordinates the tax function for a regional chain of natural grocery stores. Alex is certified public accountant in the state of Colorado. Alex holds a B.S. in accounting from University of Northern Colorado. Alex is a category 2 racer and dabbles in mountain biking. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Colorado, skiing, riding his cruiser, and finding new breweries. Alex enjoys helping BikeDenver promoting biking in and around the Denver area.
Keegan is the Manager of Revenue Accounting at Ibotta. She received her BS and MAS from the University of Illinois in Accounting. Keegan is an outdoor enthusiast and moved to Denver from Illinois to take full advantage of all the activities the area has to offer. You will find her biking to work most days, and she enjoys encouraging others do so as well. Keegan is excited to be part of an organization helping to promote biking and biking infrastructure in the area.
Rob Ollett (President)
Rob moved to Denver in 2006 from a car dominated town in Virginia, and shortly after, realized daily commuting by bike was the only way for him to go.
Graduating from UC Denver with his Masters in Architecture in 2009 he is now a registered architect working at RNL Design. His passion for good urban design and protected cycling facilities are rooted in the idea that everyone, regardless of age or physical ability should be able to safely access all parts of a great city by bike. He looks forward to a day when bike route maps will be a thing of the past.
His hobbies include house renovation, furniture making, as well as traveling to cities around the world and biking there. Some of his most memorable moments include experiencing the fantastic bike infrastructure of the Netherlands, and pedaling a bicycle rickshaw and its driver around in Mumbai.
Alex Pankonin (Secretary)
After relocating to Denver, Colorado from the east coast in 2008, Alexander has served as General Counsel for Assured Title Agency, LLC. He holds several forward leaning positions on various trade and civic organizations. Alexander believes in establishing bicycling as a viable, sustainable, safe, and enjoyable mode of transportation in Denver. To this end, he integrates biking into his everyday life and is a strong advocate for cycling in Denver. Alexander earned his B.A. in History from James Madison University and his J.D. from Vermont Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Aneka Patel (Vice President)
Aneka implements programs to promote sustainable transportation options to employees, visitors, and residents in Downtown Denver. She acts as a liaison among a variety of organizations working together to support transportation demand management. Prior to DDP, Aneka worked for the Regional Air Quality Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has been a longtime advocate for commuting by bike for work and recreation, as well as an active volunteer with BikeDenver and Denver Bikesharing.
Aneka completed her BA from the University of Texas in Government and American Studies, and has a Masters in Public Affairs, Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Colorado, Denver. She also serves on the University of Colorado at Denver Alumni Board of Directors. Originally from Dallas, TX, Aneka appreciates the great weather and access to infrastructure in Denver which makes it a very bike-friendly city. She plans on riding her own bike more this year.
Karl currently heads Business Development initiatives at 303 Software and digital marketing at Rocketmob Media. His experience in the interactive media and marketing space spans a variety of industries and implementations. From design and development to SEO and content creation, chances are Karl has done it. Following a 4-year, 2-sport stint at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, where he earned a degree in Writing & Rhetoric, Karl migrated to the Colorado high country to pursue work as a climbing guide and experiential leadership instructor, later transitioning into Outreach & Sales at the REI Denver Flagship. His love for cycling, in all forms, has remained a constant across an otherwise diverse career path. He carries an earnest dedication to his work at 303 Software, but wishes his daily bicycle commute were longer.
David is a corporate attorney at AMG National Trust Bank. He earned his JD from the University of Colorado and BS in Finance from the University of Florida. David enjoys cycling in all its forms, including training and racing, exploring dirt roads in the foothills, and commuting between his home in the RiNo neighborhood and his office in the tech center. David wants to work toward ensuring that biking is a viable option for everyone in Denver, whether for recreation or transportation.