Who We Are

Board Members

Gunnar Colleen
Gunnar is serving on the SBAB as the 2019-2020 YMCA Get Engaged appointee. Gunnar is a born-and-raised Seattleite who grew up exploring the city on two wheels and continues to make his daily commute by bike. As a public health professional at the Urban Indian Health Institute, he works on chronic disease prevention interventions where he has seen how changes to the built environment can positively impact the health of communities. Gunnar is committed to helping build Seattle into a more healthy, equitable, and accessible city. He joined the SBAB to further this goal and to become a better advocate for healthy communities.

Andrew Dannenberg
Andy Dannenberg has been an active bicyclist since the 1970s for both commuting and long distance recreational cycling. He has experienced the best and worst of cycling conditions in multiple settings, having lived and worked in Atlanta, Baltimore, DC, Charleston SC, the Bay Area, and Philadelphia before moving to Seattle in 2011. He is interested in improving health equity in Seattle, in part by making cycling conditions safer and more convenient to encourage current non-cyclists to begin cycling. Andy is a public health physician who holds faculty appointments in environmental health and in urban planning at the University of Washington. Previously, he directed the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. His research and teaching focuses on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, climate change, and other issues related to the built environment. His prior research focused on cardiovascular epidemiology at the National Institutes of Health and on injury prevention at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He co-edited the book Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011). His research publications include ones on mandatory bicycle helmet laws, prevention of bicycle injuries, safe routes to school programs, and the physical activity benefits of transit use.

Ben Estes
Born and raised near Washington's only velodrome, Ben has been a lifelong bicycle enthusiast. Ben is a year-round cycler and proudly carless. Ben is a big proponent of honoring Seattle's Vision Zero commitment that no one should be injured or die from choosing not to drive. Similarly, he believes in planning safe routes to schools and transit as a priority for biking infrastructure. He looks forward to participating in engaging with different Seattle communities on their biking vision and priorities as well as participating in bikeability and site tours.

Ben is currently pursuing a Master's in Bilingual Elementary Education at the University of Washington and working in a dual language program in South Park. As a two-time AmeriCorps alumnus, returned Peace Corps volunteer, educator and social worker, he takes public and national service with pride and sees his contribution with SBAB as a continuation of that service.

Kashina Groves
Kashina is a Beacon Hill biking mom and pallative care nurse practitioner. She first fell in love with biking in Seattle in 2008 and hasn't hit the brakes since. After being hit by a pickup truck while biking home one night through a notoriously dangerous intersection she got involved with Beacon Hill Safe Streets (BHSS), a volunteer group in her neighborhood organizing for safer transportation infrastructure. Through volunteering with BHSS and the city-wide Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in partnership with other government and grassroots organizations, she has witnessed transformations of dangerous routes into All Ages and Abilities routes while seeing other streets left behind. Kashina recognizes that there are many voices often left out of the mainstream bicyle movement including those of people of color, older adults, women/trans/femme/nonbinary, and children, and she hopes to center these voices in her term on the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board.

Meredith Hall
Meredith is a landscape architect who works on a diverse array of projects, from public parks and infrastructure to multi-family housing. She has lived in South Park since 2008, where she serves on the board of the South Park Area Redevelopment Committee and is passionate about giving more people in the Duwamish Valley - her inspiring and diverse neighbors and industrial workers alike - safer connections to get around by bike and foot. She has commuted by bike her whole adult life, often choosing the shortest routes on busy streets. Since having her daughter in 2013, she is more content to take things slowly as she commutes with her daughter on a cargo bike. She is eager to see connected routes across the valley that feel safe for families and the most vulnerable people first and foremost: if it can't be biked with a child, it's not safe bike infrastructure.

Andrea Lai
Andrea got back on a bike as an adult in 2014, when she wanted to be able to more easily join her housemates on regular excursions to their favorite burger joint (that was just out of convenient walking distance). She's been an avid bike commuter ever since because biking makes it easy and cheap to get around town. Andrea is passionate about making this form of travel more accessible to all through safer and more connected infrastructure and is eager to see biking become a more mainstream choice fore regular commuting and errands. She works as a consultant on solid waste and recycling programs and is excited about the connectivity of both her professional work and SBAB to support healthy environments and more connected communities. When she's not traveling by two wheels, you will probably find her knitting, reading science fiction, or trying to find the best dumplings in town.

Alex Lew
Alex Lew is a bike commuter, a public transit rider, and an overall transportation geek. An urban planner by training, Alex works professionally with public transit agencies to use real-time data to improve transit service. One of his goals while on the Seattle Bike Advisory Board is to create "safe routes to transit" and harness the potential of bikes as a first/last mile connection to bus and Link Light Rail stations. As a user of both modes, he is especially concerned of the growing pressure that puts transit riders against people who bike. Alex's first job when moving to Seattle was located in Georgetown, and being committed to non-automotive commuting, learned how difficult it is to safely bike to many neighborhoods of the city. While he is a resident of Capitol Hill, he is still vested in advocating for better active transportation options to the southern neighborhoods of Seattle.   Alex's most memorable biking experience was a midnight bike ride through the streets of New York City as part of an urban history course. 

Emily Paine
Emily Paine is dedicated utility cyclist. She is co-owner of a tour company in Pioneer Square and is a Part Time Metro bus driver. Emily rides her bike to both of her jobs and on most of her errands. Emily believes cycling is a magical activity that has the potential to improve health, reduce congestion, improve the environment, connect communities and drive human scale development. To tap into this potential, she believes Seattle needs to make riding bikes less intimidating. Emily believes that protected, and more importantly, connected bike routes are key to attracting new riders. She believes connecting bikes and transit can allow these new riders to dramatically increase the share of trips that they take on bikes. She can't wait to be able to ride between her jobs on safe, protected bike lanes, and wants to ensure that everyone in Seattle has the opportunity to do the same.

Patrick Taylor
Patrick believes that biking is a fun, healthy, and economical way to get around our congested city. His goal on the SBAB is to make biking safer and easier for a greater diversity of people, of all ability, and in all parts of Seattle. Professionally, he works as a designer at an architecture firm that focuses on urban infill housing, and lives with his wife in the Othello neighborhood. He grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula, where as a teenager he fell in love with the freedom and fun of biking and still uses his bike for commuting, exploring our city and going on adventures throughout the northwest. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science at Western Washington University and a Masters of Architecture at the University of Oregon. In addition to his work with the SBAB, Patrick is also a The Education and Programming Director and occasional writer for The Urbanist, a member of the Othello Station Community Action Team, and on the AIA Housing Task Force.

Selina Urena
Selina grew up in a small town where vehicles, farm animals, and bicycles all shared the road and the tractors set the pace. It wasn't until college that they discovered that bikes could have their own lanes! Selina moved to Port Angeles then Seattle chasing the dream of wrenching, riding, and spreading the joy of biking. Their first ride in Seattle was miserable: caught in a storm heading downhill toward a busy street without a bike lane in sight. They walked home while seriously considering if Seattle was a place for bikes. Since that fateful ride, they've commuted from Northgate to Tukwila, White Center to Columbia City, Ballard to Downtown, and everywhere in between. Their favorite thing is riding a road with a new green way, bike lane, or sharrow where there previously was none - bonus points if they're on bike share showing a friend that new, safe route! They hope that through their service others can feel biking is a safe, viable option for the way they move through the city. Currently, they are a fundraiser for Transportation Choices Coalition.