The Steering Committee meets monthly (on the 2nd Wednesday* at 7:00 PM at Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands) to decide priorities and to work on ongoing projects. We could always use a few extra hands, fresh energy, and new ideas. If you want to get more involved by joining the Steering Committee, contact Helen Rittenberg, Bike Newton’s President.
*Changes: The October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 17;
the November meeting will be on Wednesday, November 7.
Helen Rittenberg, President
Helen Rittenberg, an elementary school teacher and principal for 29 years, later became an educational psychologist in private practice, specializing in diagnostic evaluations of children with learning difficulties. Her interest in biking began at age 4, when she taught herself to ride her sister's 20" Raleigh with hand brakes by riding along the sidewalk balanced on one pedal, since she was too small to reach the pedals from the seat. She's been biking ever since, with time out while living in NYC (before there were bike lanes). She has been on the steering committee of Bike Newton since its inception and was elected President in January, 2012.
Nathan Phillips, Vice President
Nathan Phillips is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, and Directs the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University. Nathan commutes by bike between Auburndale and BU, rain or shine (except when roads are icy).
Steve Heinrichs, Director of Education
Steve Heinrichs is a neuroscientist and college instructor with more than 100 research publications on the topics of stressor reactivity, drug abuse liability, and neurological/psychological disorder predisposition. He is Director of Education for Bike Newton and in his capacity as certified League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor organizes and leads bicycling courses, clinics, and rodeos for after-school program participants, adult education students, Newton city employees, middle schoolers, and other interested parties. As a statewide cycling advocate on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, he advises the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on multi-modal transportation priorities and initiatives.
Molly Schaefer, Treasurer & Membership
Srdjan Nedeljkovic, Policy Adviser
Dr. Nedeljkovic is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist based at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the President of the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and has served on the Newton Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee and the Crystal Lake Task Force. He is a founding member and the Treasurer of the Crystal Lake Conservancy. He has served on Newton's Mixed Use Task Force, on the Transportation Advisory Committee and Group and is a member of the Arborway Committee in Jamaica Plain. He has been a long-time member of Bike Newton, where he serves in the role of Policy Advisor.
Jennifer Lo, Legal Adviser
Nathan Aronow, Ride Coordinator
Lois Levin, ex officio
Lois Levin is a clinical psychologist who also has training in conservation biology. She is on the Board of Green Decade Newton and serves on the Environment Committee of the Newton League of Women Voters. She founded Bike Newton in 2007 with a main goal of making Newton a bicycle safe city, prompted when the city applied for (and received) an exemption from providing state-mandated bicycle lanes on Walnut Street. By the time she resigned her role as President in 2012, when Mayor Warren appointed her to be Newton's first Bicycle Coordinator, our membership had grown to over 600 families.
Steve Runge, Webmaster
Steve Runge is a newly minted librarian at Boston College's O'Neill Library, having just finished a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons College. He rides his bike on errands all over Newton and to work when weather permits (not pouring, snowing, or blowing.) He has been involved in Bike Newton since its inception, both as blogger and sometime secretary.
Caroline Genco serves as President & Treasurer of the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation, a foundation established in honor of her daughter Christina. Christina was on her second cross-country bicycle service trip with a non-profit group dedicated to affordable housing when a tragic accident took her life at the age of 22. As such, the foundation focuses on safe biking, affordable housing, and scholarship opportunities for young people. In addition to overseeing the foundation's work, Caroline is currently a Professor in Boston University's Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Director of Research in the Section of Infectious Diseases, and has more than 25 years of experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Susan Farris, School Liaison
Tom Gloria, Clerk
Tom Gloria (in the foreground of this selfy) is a Sustainability Engineer and Managing Director of Industrial Ecology Consultants. His work encompasses corporate sustainability strategy; product innovation; environmental life cycle assessment (LCA); enterprise and product level greenhouse gas emissions tracking; and energy efficiency feasibility analysis. Dr. Gloria is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a technical advisor to the US Green Building Council and lecturer in the Environmental Management program at the Harvard University Extension School. He is secretary of Bike Newton and manages the Facebook and Twitter accounts.