Staff & Board
Mercedes Feris (512-587-8136)
Carson Chavana (607-592-9500)
Community Development Planner
Shavone Otero (505-363-3130)
Board of Directors
Hill Abell, President
Erick Benz, Vice President
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:
- Law and government
- Information technology management
Please contact Board President, Hill Abell firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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, 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 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.
Sandy moved to Austin with her four kids in 1968 and has worked as a teacher, nanny and personal assistant.
Stanton Truxillo is a physicist turned geophysicist who retired to Austin in 1999. He’s been a cyclist virtually all his life. He commuted by bike in grad school and for 15 years after. He got into racing in 1975, and still races sporadically. He has toured multiday trips in the US and in France. He served as ACA president for about eight terms from 2001 until the Bike Austin merger in 2013. He was on the City’s Urban Transportation Commission under former mayor Lee Leffingwell, and is on the city’s Bicycle Advisory Council to date.
He currently serves on the BA Board, rides about 150 miles (mostly recreational) per week, and leads hosted rides most weekends. When he is not on his bike, he can generally be found hanging out with his grand kids or kayak fishing.
A longtime Austinite, Feris has years of experience in the Austin community that will benefit her work to help grow Bike Austin’s profile in the city. Prior to her new role, she was charged with community outreach, event organization and fundraising for the American Diabetes Association of Central Texas. In her role there, she initiated and managed the nonprofit organization’s signature cycling event, the Freescale Central Texas Tour de Cure, a fundraising recreational ride in the Texas Hill Country. Earlier, Feris was director of events and tourism for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.