Board and Program Directors
Co-Founder of Pedal Power and Minneapolis Public Schools teacher for more than 25 years with a focus on working with students for whom English is a second language. Mark has been a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) since 2016. He actively works to help remove barriers that make biking less accessible to underserved communities, including a special connection with kids and teachers in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) programs. He is a long-serving board member for SASCA (Stillwater Area Scholastic Cycling Advocates), an avid XC skier and coach at both HS and elementary levels. His additional lifetime pursuits include hiking, canoeing, cycling, and wilderness trips which involve any or all of these passions. Mark co-leads the Pedal Power programming and bike fleet management.
Susan is a Co-Founder of Pedal Power and former Art Specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools. Her professional work in art has been centered around adaptability and inclusion for all students and this priority is echoed in the participatory philosophy of Pedal Power. She is also a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), through The American League of Cyclists, since 2016. Susan is passionate about getting kids and adults on bikes and has extensive experience working with diverse populations. Susan is especially mindful of building confidence and fostering leadership and bike wrenching skills in the girls and women involved in programming. She is a long time distance runner, XC skier, loves all kinds of biking, and enjoys working in her home pottery studio when not outside.
Raymond Boyle, PhD
Raymond is the founding Board member of Pedal Power. He is a social scientist and avid cyclist. He has experience serving on the Boards of other nonprofit mission-driven organizations. He is active in environmental, biking, and travel groups. He has ridden his bike on long-distance trips in the US and Europe. He supported Pedal Power when it was just an idea in a NE Minneapolis public school.
Brooklyn Park, MN
Tammy is a founder of Black Girls Do Bike, a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club, a board member of the Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) and is also a certified LCI. She is an enthusiastic advocate for making biking more accessible to other people of color. From many perspectives, including her service on the Equity Committee of TCBC, she has worked to increase awareness on diversity, equity, and inclusion of people of all races and cultures who may want to participate in outdoor activities, including biking. She has partnered with Pedal Power to teach bike classes for women in underserved communities. Tammy works in Human Resources and has extensive experience with diverse populations including immigrants, persons/communities affected by economic, social, and health disparities. Her own biking adventures began after she was diagnosed with diabetes as an adult and was persuaded to sign up for the Tour de Cure—a 7-mile ride to raise funds for diabetes awareness. That decision was life-changing for her and her subsequent passion has benefitted numerous other individuals and organizations in the cycling community.
Dan is a member, ride leader, and volunteer for the Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) and averages 4000 miles annually on his bike. He is a passionate advocate for increasing well-designed infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians and creating a community that promotes physical and mental health with less dependence on motor vehicles. Dan is a former Project Production Manager for the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society, producing exhibits there as well as for other institutions throughout the United States. Dan often encourages side trips during bike outings to share his wealth of knowledge on the many public art installations hidden around the city. He has been a volunteer coach with Pedal Power since he first witnessed classes of kids learning to bike in a park at a nearby community school. He especially enjoys the moments of shared laughter and confidence-building with students who may not have the means to own a bike or come from a cultural background where bicycling is less common.
Mounds View, MN
Abdirizak worked as a Somali bilingual program assistant for Minneapolis Public Schools for 14 years before completing his teaching licensure. His focus has been with elementary age students and their families, serving as a primary contact for Somali families as well as a cultural liaison for building school and community connections and understanding. His own children have been involved in Pedal Power programs as they moved through 4th and 5th grades at Pillsbury School. Abdirizak highlights that two of his children learned to ride a bicycle for the first time in Pedal Power programming, eventually making a 28 mile trip to Stillwater, MN, and a snowy 17 mile trip as part of the group’s involvement in the 2016 Winter Cycling Congress in Minneapolis. He volunteers as an interpreter as needed for Pedal Power and FreeBikes4Kids, with fluency in Somali, English, Italian, Arabic, and Russian as well as a more limited working knowledge of a few other languages.
Melissa is an alumna of the Pedal Power program at Pillsbury School, where she and her siblings served as junior coaches as they became strong riders and leaders in the school-based classes and after-school riding club. She can ride anything, can probably beat you up that hill, but will be the first to stop and fix your flat, your dropped chain, or give you a band-aid or words of encouragement. Melissa is currently a sophomore in high school and is the first junior member of the Pedal Power MN board of directors.