BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Hendel (he/him) – President
Pat Thompson (she/her) – Vice President
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.
Cathy Blackburn (she/her) – Treasurer
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.
Ed Yoshida (he/him) – Secretary
Retired from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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.
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.
Claire Law (she/her)
Patrick McQueen (he/him)
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.
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.
Khaleelah Rahsaan (she/her)
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.
Emily Reitman (she/her)
Originally born and raised in Colorado, Emily has lived in the Puget Sound area for the last 15 years. She loves building deep relationships with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues; and spending time outside. She earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She currently works as a management consultant helping corporate teams drive innovation and navigate major transformation. In her work, Emily leverages skills and understanding that she developed over 10+ years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. In her most last role in the social sector, Emily led innovation and expansion for a global philanthropic network, working across eight countries and 43 different communities to advance systems change and social justice. Emily has found joy and solace through biking, so she’s passionate about increasing access to biking as a way for people to connect with their own power, joy, healing, and mobility.
Justin Resnick (he/him)
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!
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 email@example.com or 206.513.7110.