Phillip Bender

Secretary | Board Member Since

Phil, an environmental lawyer and founder partner of Ring Bender McKown & Castillo, grew up on BMX bikes in the wilds of the San Francisco Bay Area; graduated to a 1953 Columbia tandem during college in Portland, Oregon, mostly for romantic reasons; broke a bunch of mountain bikes racing around the Pacific Northwest in his 20s; commuted on random jury-rigged spare parts while working in government after law school; and now chases his two kids down the trails and backroads of our amazing city on a bamboo unicycle. Well, maybe not a unicycle, but everything else is true. Phil also serves as General Counsel to Riverlife and is a Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. graduate.

Karen Brooks

Board Member | Board Member Since 2012

Just after graduation from Chatham College with a degree in Environmental Studies, Karen got sucked into the vortex of the bike industry, and aside from a couple years at the East End Food Co-op with Mac Howison, has not been able (or willing) to escape since. She worked at various Gatto Cycle Shops from 1996 to 2001, going from shop rat to store manager, then later at Rotating Mass Media, publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times, from 2004-2014. She was the founding editor of Bicycle Times. Currently she is enjoying a career as a freewheeling freelancer for all kinds of bike-related companies and institutions, including serving as Carnegie Mellon University’s bike consultant.

Karen and Dan Yablonsky worked together to develop Bike Pittsburgh’s City Cycling educational program. Teaching these classes, along with mountain bike clinics for The Wheel Mill and others, has become her most rewarding two-wheeled activity.

Karen enjoys just about all forms of fun on a bicycle, although her first love is mountain biking.

She can be found at events such as the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race and the Dirty Dozen as well as cruising the trails of Frick Park. Bikepacking is a current obsession. But above all, she enjoys traveling the city streets by bike and marveling at the transformation of Pittsburgh into a truly bike-friendly city.

Edward Engler

Treasurer | Board Member Since 2002

Ed is the founder and Chairman of Summa Technologies, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based software consulting firm. He is also a General Partner with Pittsburgh Equity Partners. Ed brings his deep experience within the local business community to Bike Pittsburgh. He is a founding board member and has been here since 2002.

Monica Garrison

Board Member | Board Member Since 2017

Monica Garrison is the founder of a growing organization called Black Girls Do Bike. She believes that the simple act of riding a bike can be the catalyst to wonderful and empowering experiences for women of all ages.  After a summer of re-discovering her affection for cycling but noticing very few women of color riding in her town, Monica set out to find other women with a passion for riding bikes.  What started as a simple idea to connect lady cyclists has turned into a movement with more than 60 inclusive riding groups all over the country.  Black Girls Do Bike is creating lady leaders in the bicycling movement, introducing new riders to the joy of cycling and filling a void in the larger cycling community.

Beth Hazlett

Vice Chair | Board Member Since 2010

Beth is a Strategic Account Manager for McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  Beth cannot remember a time when she did not ride a bike – there are even pictures of her on the back of her Dad’s bike when she was a baby.  A native of Pittsburgh, she loves cycling on the roads here and overseas.  Most vacations are spent on a bicycle traveling the roads of another country.   She is passionate about the idea that bikes and cars can safely share the road.  She is also passionate about getting as many people on bicycles as possible – it’s fun and it’s healthy.  Beth rides with Lou’s Crew on most Saturdays and Sundays.  Her favorite “city ride” is to the top of Mt. Washington either in the early morning or just before sunset. Beth also serves as an Ambassador at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She is a graduate of Fox Chapel High School and Smith College.

Mac Howison

Board Chair | Board Member Since 2008

Mac is the Funding Programs Manager for The Sprout Fund, one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading agencies on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding.  Mac’s enthusiasm for car-free transportation is evident in his active walking, busing, and biking regimen.

Mac holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a Camp Dudley, YMCA alumnus. A musician and amateur bike mechanic, Mac spends most of his time with his family around their 1901 Frederick Schiebler home in Swissvale. His wife Jennifer is an avid cyclist and their children Mev and Mason will sometimes join them on two wheels.

Mike Kotyk

Board Member | Board Member Since 2012

Mike’s passion for cycling and bicycle advocacy stems from both his professional career and personal life. He is a Graduate Landscape Architect at Pashek Associates, a landscape architecture and community planning firm located on Pittsburgh’s Northside. At Pashek, Mike’s work focuses mostly on greenway and trail planning, as well as bicycle and pedestrian planning.

Mike is also owner and founder of Over the Bar Bicycle Café (OTB) in the South Side. At OTB, Mike worked hard to install Pittsburgh’s first on street bike corral. He has also received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh for advocating for safer streets and promoting bicycling for people of all ages, both for recreation and as an alternative means of transportation.

Mike was able to work with Bike Pittsburgh and the League of American Bicyclists to establish Pashek Associates and OTB Bicycle Café as Bicycle Friendly employers both locally and nationally.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys Mountain Biking with his wife Erin or riding the rail trails with his two small children Aidan and Addison. When he is able, Mike enjoys commuting to work by bicycle from his home in the South Hills. You can reach Mike at

Dutch MacDonald

Board Member | Board Member Since 2015

As president and CEO of MAYA Design, Dutch MacDonald leads a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary team that works at the intersection of complex, information-rich technology and human experience.He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer for over 6 years.

Prior to joining MAYA, Dutch practiced architecture for more than 17 years, and was vice president at EDGE Studio, one of the Pittsburgh region’s most respected and creative architectural practices. He has been featured in publications such as Dwell, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and Metropolitan Home, and has exhibited his work at the Heinz Architectural Center and Florida Atlantic University.

Dutch currently serves of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the Governance Board of America Makes. He is a registered architect in both Pennsylvania and New York.

He is a pedestrian, a biker, a motorist, and rider. He wants to do what he can to grow a network of transportation options where all – from his 4-year old child to his 85-year old neighbor – can safely and efficiently live a mobile lifestyle.

Brian Mendelssohn

Board Member | Board Member Since 2012

Brian has overall responsibility for Botero Development since 2007, a development and construction firm focused on urban redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

Previously, he led a 30 member team as the director of construction for Hawthorne Development, a Chicago-based condominium conversion company known for its environmentally friendly, high quality, affordably priced redevelopment projects. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Ariba (FreeMarkets) in Pittsburgh.

Brian earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Senior Leadership Award. He is a resident of Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

Bruce Chan

Board Member | Board Member Since

Bruce is a planner and urban designer, with a background in architecture, whose work centers around re-envisioning the post-industrial American city.  Having completed his masters research in Urban Design in Pittsburgh, Bruce continues to collaborate with local Western Pennsylvania architecture and planning firms in enhancing and updating communities, with an eye towards preservation, accessibility, and equity.  

He is a passionate advocate for pedestrian and bike infrastructure in Pittsburgh, and in 2016 received the Advocate of the Year award from Bike Pittsburgh for his work with local grassroots advocacy organization Bloomfield Livable Streets.

A native southern Californian, he now resides in the neighborhood of Bloomfield in Pittsburgh, where he also serves on the Board of the Bloomfield Development Corporation (and can often be found swimming at the Bloomfield Beach).

Susan Petersen

Board Member | Board Member Since 2012

Shortly after moving to Pittsburgh in 1989, Susan’s darkest fears about the status of biking in Pittsburgh were confirmed when the city was named worst city for biking. Coming from pedaling the awesome cycling infrastructure in Germany and Denmark, this was quite a blow. So the tremendous progress of recent years is even more thrilling and Susan is honored to be able to contribute to making Pittsburgh more bike friendly.

Susan and her husband Stefan Frembgen can be seen biking around the East End where they live and own a business. They also enjoy bike touring. Memorable trips include the Great Allegheny Passage-B&O Canal trail to Washington, DC; and a family tour with Adventure Cycling in Colorado. They have three children, Ingrid, Marco & Renée. A native of Michigan, Susan has degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.

Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers, B.S., M.Ed.

Board Member | Board Member Since 2012

Cathy is the President of Aero Tech Designs, Inc., a cyclewear company located in Coraopolis, Pa. near the Pittsburgh Airport. She fell in love with cycling at Girl Scout camp at age 12, where she attended the bicycle touring camp. Cathy has bicycle toured with panniers across the United States from Tampa, Florida up the East coast to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has taken a bicycle tour through eight European countries starting in London, England and cycling over to Dover and then across into the Mainland and throughout Europe. The most she ever rode in one day is 140 miles!

Cathy is an avid cyclist. She is a former USCF licensed bike racer, who cycled for the University of South Florida in many sanctioned races and achieved third in the Florida State Championships. In addition, she has competed in many triathlons throughout the Eastern U.S. Today, Cathy continues to ride in bicycle tours and events. She collects bike art and describes her home as a shrine to the pneumatic tire. She said that “Riding my bicycle makes me happy” which is the essence of her love affair with the two wheeled wonder.

Bruce Woods

Board Member | Board Member Since 2011

Bruce is a certified arborist and is employed by the Duquesne Light Company as a Supervisor of Vegetation Management. A lifelong “Northsider”, Bruce has been active in his local community through his church, community groups, and as President of the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club.

He and his wife Shelia are passionate about bringing the joy & health benefits of cycling to all members of the Pittsburgh area, especially those living in the inner city.

Bruce also sees the extra benefit of bicycling as it provides transportation to youth who may have no other way of visiting different areas of the city. Bruce believes bicycling also serves as an alternative, more efficient form of transportation for adult commuters that benefits the health of the city and its citizens.

Bruce is a recreational cyclist who enjoys doing centuries in Pennsylvania and several states around the country.

Supported by