Meet Our Board of Directors

 

Anthony Siracusa, President - Nashville 

Anthony is the Founder of Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop in Memphis and a Co-Founder of Bike Walk     Memphis. Anthony studied bicycle cultures in Denmark, The Netherlands, Australia, China, and Guatemala as  a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 2009 – 2010, and since 2002 he has worked with local communities to develop   advocacy organizations and programs to increase bicycling and walking in Tennessee. He is currently a graduate fellow in History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


 
John Paul Shaffer, Board Chairman - Memphis 
  
John Paul Shaffer, AICP is the Livable Memphis Program Director with the Community Development Council   of Greater Memphis, where he oversees projects, policy, and advocacy work supporting the revitalization of neighborhoods across Memphis. John Paul has a professional background in transportation planning and advocacy, and holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. John Paul is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and the Alliance for Biking and Walking.   

 Kyle Wagenschutz, Vice President - Memphis   
Kyle has served as the first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Memphis since 2010. During his tenure Memphis added more than 70 miles of new bicycle lanes and trails, increased bicycle usage by 500% , and reduced bicycle accidents by 35%. From 2006 to 2013, Kyle also served as the Director of Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop, a non-profit bicycle shop focused on teaching bicycle repair and providing affordable bicycles.

 Caroline Cooley, Secretary - Knoxville  
Caroline has been riding a bike for most of her life. She has biked for fun, adventure, exercise, transportation, convenience, even racing. Since 2001 she has focused on biking and walking advocacy, working with the local Knoxville government to promote active transportation. In 2011, Caroline joined the Bike Walk TN board of directors. She is the current president of Bike Walk Knoxville. Caroline is concerned that children do not have opportunities for biking and walking, contributing to alarming rates of childhood obesity. Our transportation system must be inclusive, easily accessible and safe for all users.

 Dan Reese - Johnson City  
A native of Northeast Tennessee, Dan has over 30 years of experience in the fields of social services, education, horticulture, landscape design, community development, transportation planning, and the development of greenways and trails. He is the owner and principle of Alpha Trace Consulting a small firm with the mission of advocacy for sustainable development of our significant natural resources for accessible recreation.

 Chris Carson - Chattanooga

Chris Carson is a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, and has been involved in many local, state and national environmental groups and causes for more than twenty five years. He is the acting Chairman of Bike Walk Chattanooga, has worked to help organize this local group from the Chattanooga Bicycle Pedestrian Task Force, and to get it formally recognized as a regional committee of Bike Walk Tennessee. Chris works professionally as an environmental and safety technical consultant. He and his family are active cyclists, and enjoy all types of outdoor activities and community organizing. Chris believes strongly in promoting sustainable transportation, and traveled 1563 miles to and from the National Bike Summit by only walking, biking, and using public transit, buses and trains.


 Chris Carr - Chattanooga

Chris is a Mississippi native currently living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Before moving to Tennessee, he worked in transportation planning and GIS and was on of the founders of Pine Belt Pathways, a local bike/ped advocacy group in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Chris is a daily bike commuter and has a passion for city cycling, multimodal transportation, and new urbanism. Chris currently serves as the Vice-Chair for Bike Walk Chattanooga where he spends his time helping organize events and supporting local advocacy. When he's not on a bike, you can find him hiking in the mountains of East Tennessee with his wife Lindsay and dog Irish.


 

 Jim Johnson - Chattanooga

Jim Johnson, a New England native living in his "permanent hometown" of Chattanooga, owns BikeTours.com, a company he founded in 2003. The company represents local bike tour operators worldwide and each year helps 4,000+ people "fulfill their two-wheel travel dreams." Jim is also active in bicycle, pedestrian, and trail advocacy. He helped create Stringer's Ridge Park, a 110-acre forest and trail system near downtown Chattanooga, and chairs its Friends association. He has led efforts to connect Tennessee to the U.S. Bicycle Route System, to create regional bicycle routes, to connect Chattanooga to the Silver Comet trail by rail trail, and to create a Scenic Bikeways system in Tennessee.


 

 

Mark Hicks - Memphis

Mark is an airline pilot and lives in the Greater Memphis area.  His focus is on safety and has experience teaching both pilots and cyclists in how to safely operated their vehicles.  He has extensive experience educating law enforcement officers, District Attorney Generals and  legislators about cycling safety techniques and how TN traffic laws were written to allow cyclists to use these techniques.  Mark was a Co-Founder of BWT and currently serves as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.