Board of Directors
I grew up in eastern Washington, where I spent a lot of time crashing on dirt jumps and riding my bmx bike around the neighborhood. At the age of 19, I cleaned up an old Trek 520 (that I still have to this day) and began road riding. Fueled by my love of competition, and the draw of professional cycling (Armstrong comeback years), I began to put some miles on my legs. By the time I started working at REI, I had become an avid commuter, which had great health benefits but also got me out of the truly unbearable experience of the I-5 commute. Today, I spend most free time outside on a trail either riding a mountain bike, or on my 2 feet.
At REI I found many great cycling friends who introduced me to crit racing, gravel riding, cyclocross, and mountain biking — I found a community. While I had always known that cycling was the perfect mental and physical escape from the world, I also learned that it is a valuable tool to get from point A to point B, and can empower people regardless of race or class. I searched for a way to contribute back to the cycling community, as well as improve access and understanding to the benefits of the bicycle. Bikes are freedom, and I’m just glad I have the opportunity to contribute in a small way to the Bike Works mission.
Matt Hendel – Vice President
Larisa Lumba – Treasurer
I grew up in Tacoma and didn’t seriously get into cycling until after attending college. I have been riding for fun and commuting by bike ever since. After spending 40+ years as an attorney in the life sciences with stints at startup biotech companies, big pharma, and the last 10 years in the nonprofit space (7 years at the global health nonprofit PATH and 3 years at the Gates Foundation), I am on the verge of moving on from work as employment to work as a mission.
I started volunteering at Bike Works in 2019. Once I was exposed to the social / racial justice ethic and goals of the staff, board, and community, I knew I needed to be involved at a deeper level. I feel
humbled and privileged to serve on the board of Bike Works and want to do all I can to help further the mission and vision of the organization.
University of Washington
My name is Cathy Blackburn and I am the mother of two amazing women. My youngest was fortunate enough to progress through the Youth Program at Bike Works. It was a valuable opportunity for her and one I hope continues for the youth in my community. My interest in the Board stems from the believe in doing all I can to contribute to my community, my perspective as a parent is a meaningful way to contribute. I have lived in the community for 22 years and have witnessed many changes but the need for Bike Works continues.
Rainier Beach High School
Born and Raised in South Seattle, Ivory attended Whitworth Elementary (currently known as Orca K-8), St. Edward Middle School and then graduated from O’Dea High School. Upon graduation, Ivory attended Jackson State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Journalism. While in college Ivory played on the tennis team, was a columnist for the campus newspaper, and worked briefly for the Clarion Ledger, the largest newspaper in the state of Mississippi. Ivory returned to Seattle after college and enrolled at the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching. He then moved to California where he was a middle school teacher for 7 years before becoming a middle school principal in Oakland, CA. After transitioning from his work in Oakland, Ivory spent two years working at American International School of Abu Dhabi in the United Emirates. While there, Ivory discovered a passion for international travel and visited numerous countries. Currently, Ivory is the principal of Rainier Beach High School where he has worked for the last 10 years. Ivory has a deep love for RBHS and the Rainier Beach community. He spends his free time cycling, playing tennis, listening to music, and traveling.
Bank of America
The Boeing Company
One of my first memories is when my Dad released his firm grip on my bike’s banana seat and I floated away for the first time. The initial sense of freedom and empowerment are the feelings I retain every time I launch down my driveway to begin a ride. Since that initial ride in Mo-town I made my way to Seattle and have enjoyed a long storied career at Boeing. Traveling and working with all the diverse people at airlines from around the world is what I enjoyed most about my work at Boeing. I believe strongly in the basic tenet that diversity makes everything stronger.
After spending time at the Thursday night volunteer repair parties at Bike Works, I was hooked on the Bike Works community. One highlight was, after many months of sprucing up and repairing bikes, we had a cache of almost 150 bikes and I had the privilege to help give them out one sunny Saturday morning to many new immigrants and other children in communities in need. The smiles on the young children’s faces said it all – Bike Works makes an impact on the community. As a board member, I hope to help the organization continue the mission to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth!
Rayburn Lewis MD
Retired from Swedish Hospital and Medical Center
Dr. Lewis’ administrative career includes Executive Director and VP of Medical Affairs at Swedish Ballard, Chief Operating Officer at Swedish Cherry Hill, and most recently, Chief Executive at Swedish Issaquah. At Swedish Issaquah, he led the hospital to be the first Providence Health System ISO certified facility.
After retiring from Swedish Issaquah and the Providence Health System in 2017 he returned as Chief Medical Officer of International Community Health Services, a federally qualified community health center in the Chinatown International District of Seattle. He has been in second retirement since 2019. Cycling serves as the baseline upon which summer and winter human powered mountain activities are built. His riding, hiking and skiing buddy and wife, Beth, pulls an oar with Connibear Rowing.
I was born and raised in the California Bay Area with time in Portland and Baltimore as well. I’ve called Seattle and specifically Ballard my home for the last 25 years. My passion for cycling started at a young age and really took off when I got my first road bike at 10 years old. Currently, I love riding bikes as much as possible with friends and family through Rapha Seattle and Team Booger.
Off the bike I love spending time with my wife Laura and our dog Magnus. For my day job I’m a construction professional with PCL and I’m also an associate instructor at the University of Washington in the Construction Management Department. I’ve been proud to serve Bike Works on the board since 2018. I truly believe in our staff and our mission that is making real difference in our communities here in Seattle through the power of the bicycle.
Bicycle Transportation Consultant
Sydney grew up in South Seattle and is fast approaching 2 decades of involvement with Bike Works. First as a youth, then staff, and now board member. He took his first Earn-A-Bike class in 2006 at the yellow house and never looked back! He believes in the bicycle as transportation for change and takes that belief everywhere he goes. Sydney has worked as a sustainable transportation consultant for businesses in Seattle and beyond. Currently, he lives on Vashon Island where he teaches at Huckleberry Nature Connection, a nonprofit 100% outdoor forest school.
Golden Bricks Events
I am a slow rider. Born and raised in Houston, TX I grew up riding the flat terrain of my neighborhood. I moved to Seattle to get outside and launched my business Golden Bricks Events (GBE), and Refuge Outdoor Festival. I am a hiker, backpacker, camping enthusiast, and napper.
As a child, I was fortunate to have access to a bike, which enabled me to explore and afforded me a freedom that can’t always be explained. Bike Works empowers youth to explore, ride, and develop leadership skills while they frame their own definition of freedom. I believe in the work and staff at Bike Works and can see the positive impact on the community.
Evergreen High School
Khaleelah Rahsaan is a bilingual educator, mentor, leader, advocate, mother, and wife. Currently, she is the assistant principal at Evergreen High School. This is her fifth year as an assistant principal. She taught Spanish at Chief Sealth International High School for eleven years. During her time as a teacher at Chief Sealth, she was a bike mentor for the Major Taylor bike club. It was so fulfilling for her to connect weekly for rides with the students, to see them develop a passion for cycling, and to complete the Seattle to Portland ride, which she did twice with students. She enjoys working with students and their families. Currently, she enjoys leisure bike rides, peloton bike rides, hot yoga, spending time with her beautiful sons Marco and Langston, and husband AJ.
Washington State Ferries
Justin (Rez) is a transportation professional, passionate bike racer / lifestyle cyclist, and general lover of the outdoors. He enjoys sharing the freedom and empowerment of riding a bicycle with others and is proud to do so as a member of the Bike Works board. In his free time, you can find him slowly hauling himself uphill in the mountains and then clumsily falling back down them on bike tires or skis. He’s always game to share good stories!
Pat Thompson was born and raised in White Center, a community just outside the city limits of Seattle, WA. She has 30+ years of experience in urban youth ministry and in 2000 co-founded the YES! Foundation of White Center, a non profit organization that focuses on leader development while addressing social, educational, physical, and spiritual needs of children and youth in White Center and surrounding areas. Her love for and commitment to children and youth have led her into the hard work of community development and social justice. She is passionate about people and God, she loves a good story, she has more questions than answers and laughter is one of her core values.
Interested in Joining our Board?
Bike Works always seeks enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to join our Board of Directors who have an interest in and talent for leadership and governance. Board members support the mission of Bike Works, commit to monthly Board and committee meetings, support Bike Works financially, connect Bike Works to other potential funding sources, help Bike Works adhere to our strategic plan by keeping focused and thinking critically and bring a sense of creativity, and a commitment to the work of building sustainable communities.
We are committed to the development of a diverse, multicultural staff and volunteer base and seek Board members that bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience to our membership.
If you are interested in playing a vital leadership role in young lives and in utilizing the bicycle as a vehicle for change, or if you know of someone who you think would be a great Board member, please be in touch: Ed Ewing, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.513.7110.