BF Community Bike Project currently consists of a 6 member Board of Directors, 3 Staff and a core group of volunteers. The Executive Director and the Shop Manager both hold regular hours at the shop. We're always looking for new volunteers!
Bonnie Anderson - Founder and Executive Director
Community involvement has always been very important to Bonnie. Driven by her desire to bring people together and by her love of music, art, movement, and the outdoors, she has participated in a variety of community projects.
While volunteering at the Burlington non-profit Bike Recycle Vermont, she saw first hand the benefits of a project that uses reclaimed bicycles to teach skills and provide much needed affordable transportation to the community. She took that inspiration with her when she moved to Bellows Falls in 2012 and created the BF Community Bike Project.
Daniel Hoviss - Shop Manager & Mechanic
Daniel's interest in bike repair began at age 10, when his mother told him she would buy a new fine Italian bike if he learned how to repair his old one, so he took the entire thing apart, every bearing and nut, all laid out on a large table, leaving only the frame, and then put it all back together. Daniel managed SoHo Wheels in NYC in the late 70's, created the Putney Green Bike Project in 2007, began volunteering at the BF Community Bike Project in 2017, and was hired as a mechanic in 2019.
Mike Foster - PresidentMike
Mike Foster is a life-long Vermonter. After serving in US Coast Guard as a helicopter mechanic, he studied Civil Engineering at Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont. As a civil engineer, some of his favorite work included bike and pedestrian project design for small communities. Currently Mike is a Building Inspection Engineer with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional certification.
Mike is passionate about good health and improving the environment. Inspired by Bonnie and Fred's vision and energy, Mike joined the BF Bike Project's Board of Directors to support their mission of providing the community access to affordable bikes, shop space, training and promoting the benefits of biking as a method of transportation.
space, training and promoting the benefits of biking as a method of transportation.
Lee Trapeni - Vice President
Lee Trapeni came to the non profit field in 2003 when he began working with at a school for at risk youth.
He currently works with the homeless population at a non profit in Springfield, VT. Lee has served on the BF Bike board since the beginning of 2015.
Rosemary Gardner - Treasurer
Rosemary moved to Saxtons River VT from Durham, New Hampshire over 30 years ago. With a background in both psychology and food, she found it a good fit to support an organization that has an interest in the health of it's community. She started out as a volunteer at the Bike Project, and has helped with three fundraising auctions to date. In 2019, she became a board member, as well as a member of the finance committee. She is gratified to contribute to a project that works to keep older bicycles out of the waste stream, helps low income community members acquire bikes for transportation, and teaches various skills involving bicycle riding and maintenance to folks of all ages.
Laura Schairbaum - Secretary
Berta grew up riding bikes around with her friends in Richmond, Virginia(her favorite was her yellow Schwinn Varsity 10 speed). She served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mauritania, West Africa before moving to Vermont in 1985. Currently she is an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in our local school district. She joined the board in 2020, and her theory on why everyone loves bikes is that cycling connects us to feeling like a kid again!
Heidi Anderson - Fundraising Committee Chair
Heidi has been an enthusiastic volunteer from day one, and served on the board from 2015 - 2019.
She continues to organize all of our fundraising events, using her creativity to ensure they are both successful and fun!
Fred Tipton - Former Shop Manager & Assistant Director (2014 - 2020)
Retired in 2020
Fred joined the Bike Project as a volunteer mechanic in 2014. He quickly become Shop Manager later that year, Assistant Director in 2015, and was instrumental in the growth and success of the organization. Fred was determined to fix any broken thing you put in front of him, and would find ways to repair even the most disfunctional bikes. During his six years working at the shop, he refurbished hundreds of bikes and worked with dozens of local youth - not only teaching them bike repair skills, but also serving as a positive role model.
Also an accomplished jazz musician and band leader, he now has more time to play his saxophones!
We miss Fred's presence in the shop and are grateful for his years of dedication to the Bike Project!