From middle-schoolers to retireees, volunteers from all over the region spend a magical week helping individuals achieve an important childhood rite of passage—independent bicycling. Without this hard working, quick walking and often fast running corps of enthusiastic community members, this program could not be.
In preparation for Bike Week, several of us work all year.
Inspired by her own son’s struggle to learn to ride, Ann is one of the two founding organizers of Bike First! She serves as Director of Wellness for the Northwest Down Syndrome Association. In addition to a demanding schedule as the Lead Placement Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Ann also handles fundraising, community advocacy, customizes the skills balance in each clinic and serves as the Clinic Director during the week of clinic. Ann is the contact person for volunteers and participants. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dedicated mother and educator, Angela is the Business Manager for Bike First! As well as being the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Education at Concordia University, Angela manages grants and fundraising, tee shirts and goody bags, as well as handling commemorative photos. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Emma studied Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. She currently works as a Children's Autism Trainer in Missoula, Montana. She started volunteering at Bike First! in 2007, and doesn't plan on stopping soon! 2018 was her first year as a Floor Director.
Jenna received her undergraduate degree from Concordia University Portland in 2013 with a BA in Exercise and Sport Science. In June 2016 she completed her master’s program at Portland State University in Special Education with a focus in Visually Impaired Learners. She is currently teaching for the Yakima School District as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired. Jenna was an intern with Bike First! in 2012 and has served as Floor Director since 2013.
Walt has been part of the Bike First! family since its birth in 2005. He transports the bikes to Portland, Oregon from Sonoma, California each summer. Walt is our bike mechanic extraordinaire.
Born and raised in Juneau, AK, and full-time Kindergarten teacher in the Reynolds School District. Tiffy is the parent of 3 small children with her husband, Nate. She has over 12 years of experience working with kids with behavioral challenges and various levels of need including physical, emotional, developmental, and many areas in between. Tiffy has worked with Bike First! since 2012 and every year she loves it more and more. Tiffy looks forward to helping every person find what works for them to get them riding and enjoying their community and showing that inclusion truly does matter.
Originally from the Midwest, Nate has lived in Portland for 18 years. After serving in the Navy for 6 years, he came to the Pacific NW and worked in the semiconductor industry for over 16 years. Nate has always enjoyed working with his hands, building and fixing things. This will be his sixth year with Bike First! and he looks forward to it every year as an opportunity to help people get their bikes ready and safe for the road. Nate is currently a stay-at-home dad of 3 small children he adopted in 2016 with his wife, Tiffy. With his wife helping with behaviors, Nate helping build and fix bikes, and their kids taking in how all of this is done, they love being part of the Bike First! family.