BF Community Bike Project staff includes two full-time positions and a core group of volunteers. The Executive Director and the Assistant Director & Shop Manager both hold regular hours at the shop. Some volunteer staff are able to contribute consistently while others come in when they can. 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 and initiated a variety of community projects.
While living in Burlington from 1996-2012, Bonnie was an active member and teacher in the community street percussion band Sambatucada and served on its board. She also led children's art, drumming, and yoga activities for the after school program, parades, and festivals.
Bicycles and trains have always been her preferred modes of transportation, and she hopes to see more bikes on the road each year.
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.
Bonnie also sits of the Planning Commission for the Town of Rockingham.
Fred Tipton - Assistant Director and Shop Manager
Fred studied engineering at the Lowell Technological Institute (UMass Lowell) and architecture at The BAC (Boston Architectural College). He's worked as a draftsman, machine operator and been an owner/operator of two small Vermont woodworking businesses.
These days, on the very rare occasions when Fred is not running the shop at BF Bike, you may find him blowing the sax at a local club - or maybe chilling in his remote cabin in the woods outside of Woodstock, Vermont...
Lee Trapeni - 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 Brattleboro. Lee has served on the BF Bike board since the beginning of 2015.
Laura Schairbaum - Secretary
Gary Fox - Treasurer
Gary Fox has a BS in Management Studenies from Lesley University, with public and private sector experience in transportation and operations including similar completed representative projects: At Northeast Cooperatives, Mr. Fox participated in planning and relocation of two distribution operations, from Cambridge MA in 1988, and from Bennett Dr. to Technology Dr. in Brattleboro in 1999.
Additional facility experience includes analysis of operations at Federation of Ohio River Cooperatives (FORC) for distribution operations consolidation and facility programming, determining space and workflow requirements for optimal operations.
At Connecticut River Transit, Mr. Fox, as operations manager and director of the public transit agency, led the development of its new facility, including feasibility analysis, acquisition of funding appropiation, federal grant application and matching funds financing, site acquisition, shred use facility programming for administrative and operational functionality, design-build RFQ and procurement, design and construction process, and implementation.
Heidi Anderson came to the non profit field in 2003 when she began working with at risk youth in an alternative school setting.
She now works with children at an extensive alternative tutoring program in our local community. Heidi has served on the BF Bike board since November of 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Fund Raising Committee.