Staff & Board

Executive Director

Katie Smith Deolloz

 

Board of Directors

Hill Abell, President

Erick Benz, Vice President

Kelley Vetters

Mike Librik

Tomasita Louviere-Ligons

Chris Riley

Todd Savage

Sandy Silver

 

Bike Austin seeking candidates for Board of Directors

Bike Austin is focused on making Austin the best city for cycling in the US. To make that a reality we need visionary Board members to help us take the organization to the next level of its development.

Board service at Bike Austin implies that you are willing to attend a minimum of 8 of our 11 monthly board meetings (no December meeting) and make an annual commitment to contribute or raise, or a combination of each, $2,500 in financial or in-kind support meaning if you have a certain skill-set and willing to donate your time in combination with a personal contribution of $1000 we will certainly take it! Time and Treasure to help us grow.

We are currently seeking Board members with experience in these specific areas, but we also want to meet anyone who thinks they can contribute to our efforts in other ways:

  • Marketing/branding/promotion
  • Law and government
  • Information technology management
  • Fundraising

Please contact Board President, Hill Abell whabell@gmail.com, to learn more about this opportunity to serve on the Bike Austin Board of Directors and help us make Austin the best city in the USA to ride a bike.

Executive Committee

Hill Abell

Hill Abell

Board President

Hill Abell, in partnership with his wife Laura Agnew, has owned and operated Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin since 1985.  Hill has been a cycling advocate for over 25 years, actively supporting and advocating for local, state and national bicycle organizations.  Hill served on the board of the International Mountain Bicycling Association for 19 years, 5 of them as its Chairman, and in 2008 was named to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for his contributions to mountain bike advocacy.  He currently serves on the Bike Austin board and the Austin B-Cycle board.

Erick Benz

Erick Benz

Vice President

Erick Benz, BChE, MBA has replaced 80% of his car trips with a bike ride. He led the merger leadership team for Bike Austin in the spring of 2014 as Board President and continues to serve as the Board Vice President. He is active in local bike advocacy issues including a successful engagement of the city and TxDOT to maintain safe passage for cyclists on 620 near Concordia University Drive and continues serving with a passion to make Austin a better place through cycling. He is active working with Bike Texas as part of the Cyclists in Suits program at the state level and has attended the League of American Bicyclists annual events including meeting with Senators, Congressmen, and their staff regarding issues important to cyclists. Now using his bike as his primary form of transportation he credits the Bike Austin recreational rides with helping he and his wife learn how to navigate Austin and the surrounding hill country. He also has experience as the Director of a local bike racing team. His bike racing credits include the Texas elite men’s State Time Trial Championship, individual and team Texas Cup State Championships at the novice, amateur, and expert level along with multiple Master’s individual road and criterium State Championships. He also leads a weekly training program in the fall for kids at the Canyon Creek Elementary School as part of the Texas Cyclocross Project.

Board of Directors

Mike Librik

Board Member

Mike Librik has been active with Bike Austin since its original formation in reaction to the 1996 all-ages helmet law.  He assisted in Bike Austin’s reformation during the 2006 helmet law attempt, and helped guide its continuation as a permanent local advocacy organization.  He was an advocate in 2008 of Bike Austin hiring staff, and in the combining of forces with the Austin Cycling Association that culminated in May 2014.  Mike has lived without a car in Austin since 1994 and he believes that cyclists fare best when they act, and are treated as, drivers of vehicles.  He has owned Easy Street Recumbents, a recumbent tricycle and bicycle specialty shop, since 1996.

Todd Savage

Board Member

 

Tomasita Louviere-Ligons

Board Member

Chris Riley

Board Member

Sandy Silver

Sandy Silver

Board Member

Sandy moved to Austin with her four kids in 1968 and has worked as a teacher, nanny and personal assistant.

Kelley Vetters

Board Member

Staff

Katie Deolloz headshot
Katie Smith Deolloz

Executive Director

Deolloz is well-known in Austin as an advocate of biking and walking. She is a member of the City of Austin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Councils, a board of member of the nonprofit Walk Austin, and the founder of ATX Walks, a local business that designs customized walks and personalized coaching services. She has held a variety of roles as an educator, speaker, and technology consultant. Deolloz, her husband, and two children choose to live car-free in South Austin, with easy access to the Capital Metro 5 line and Bike Route 31. Deolloz has a BS in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the UT Women’s Rowing Team.