Board of Directors Elections
The League’s Board of Directors serves a critical role in guiding the organization to a sustainable and vibrant future. The Board is made up of both board-appointed and member-elected seats — and currently, there are three open seats and four candidates for those member-elected spots. We need YOUR votes to determine who will join the board for the next three years.
If you are a League member as of Nov. 1, 2014, you will receive an email on Friday, Nov. 14, that includes a link to a secure site through which you may cast your vote. If you believe you did not receive an email in error, or have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting will remain open until Dec. 27.
The League follows a preferential voting system, meaning each voter will rank their choices from first (1) to last (4). Individual members have one vote; family members have two votes. All votes will be through secret ballot.
Below are descriptions of the four candidates for the board; current board members are marked with an asterisk.*
The League’s 2014 Educator of the Year, Jennifer Laurita holds a masters degree in education and a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science. As a League Cycling Instructor, Laurita has learned first-hand the concerns and needs of the League’s membership base, including the continuing need for education and development of programs to empower all forms and levels of cyclists to safely and legally ride their bikes, regardless of dedicated facilities or built infrastructure. As a Coach, she has traveled the country training new LCIs in the best cycling methodologies, while working to ensure a consistent training program across all modalities of cycling. Laurita’s goals include empowering and enabling people to safely and legally share the road with vehicles, while taking ownership of the cyclist’s responsibility in that arena. Laurita is particularly dedicated to teaching trainers how to create inclusive learning environments for all students.
Matt Moore currently serves as General Counsel and Risk Manager at Quality Bicycle Products, Inc. in Bloomington, Minnesota. He received his law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also holds degrees in philosophy and history from St. Olaf College. Moore serves on the Board of Directors of the Bicycle Products Supplier’s Association, a bicycle industry trade group, and serves as Chair of the BPSA’s Legislative Committee. Moore is also a Director of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists; a founder and past President of the Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates and serves on the Legislative Committee of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota where he helps formulate changes to Minnesota’s bike laws. In addition to being a member-elected League board member, Moore is also a Director of the bike-sharing system, Nice Ride Minnesota. Matt, his family and his bike collection have lived in Minneapolis for over 25 years.
Robert Oppliger couples enthusiasm for cycling with professional expertise as a sports scientist and a commitment to civic advocacy and bike promotion. He’s an avid bike commuter and tour cyclist, League Life Member, a League Cycling Instructor, and National Bike Summit attendee. In addition to being on the board of his local bike advocacy organizations, he co-founded Iowa City’s Bike to Work Week and promotes bike rodeos at area grade schools. Professionally, Oppliger participates in the leadership of the American College of Sports Medicine and has hosted League staff at ACSM’s national meeting to discuss topics of mutual interest. Oppliger believes his personal and professional experience and dedication would be an asset to the League and he would encourage cooperative efforts with like-minded organizations.
John Siemiatkoski, current Board chair, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and event producer. While at Blackbaud, Inc., he implemented web sites for more than 30 non-profit organizations and has extensive experience in the non-profit leadership, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), where he increased revenue from his chapter’s bicycle tours from $1.4 to $2.6 million. Siemiatkoski sits on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (serving as board President for four years) and has been an active League Cycling Instructor for years, educating more than 450 students. On the League Board, Siemiatkoski has served on the Development, Education, and Governance committees, as well as board chair. If re-elected, Siemiatkoski will help the League: Engage our members and followers in meaningful ways to improve bicycling where they live, work and play; enhance our resources through fundraising so we can deliver our programs to more communities; continue to hire and retain the best staff; focus our education program on delivery; and listen to and learn from our affiliated clubs and partner organizations.