Board of Directors

The 2019 Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors. From left: Peter Gray, Carl Turpin, Paul d’Eustachio, Scott Barash, Joanne Neukirchen, Jessica Hough, Elizabeth Lyttleton (lower row), Chioma Ohalete, Keya Chatterjee (lower row), Randall Myers (lower row) Martin Moulton (middle), Judd Isbell and Jim Titus

Joanne Neukirchen, President

Board Member since: 2014
Current Term: 2017-2019

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Joanne Neukirchen is a long-time DC resident and avid cyclist who is committed to improving cycling infrastructure and education opportunities throughout the Washington Metro Area, for all cyclists. Ms. Neukirchen loves cycling in all its forms — she has taught WABA’s Adult Education Classes, competed in amateur road races and local triathlons, and organized rides for a local cycling meetup group, VeloDCity. Ms. Neukirchen began working closely with WABA in 2013 as a member of a pro-bono consulting team focused on board governance and the strategic alignment of WABA’s mission and programs. Today she serves as the President of the Board. Ms. Neukirchen recently transitioned from a career in management consulting to a career in public service at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ms. Neukirchen holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics and Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.

Martin Moulton, Vice President

Board Member since: 2008
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Martin biked to school as a 7 year old growing up in Menlo Park, California following his commuter cyclist mother’s example. As a well nurtured and socially conscious young pedaler — and for practical, spiritual, environmental, economic, geopolitical, healthy and fun reasons — he never saw the logic in California’s or America’s motor vehicle fetishes; hence, he never obtained a license to drive a motor vehicle — and has never looked back since. He’s gone on bike safaris in South Africa, Australia, Tasmania, his father’s native Costa Rica as well as New Hampshire where he graduated from Dartmouth College. In 2012, Martin completed a Climate Ride from Manhattan to the Nation’s Capital. He’s been a contributing writer for Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education and has worked as a reading tutor for at risk young black boys in DC public schools, several of whom like himself, were young cyclists. In 2007, he was featured on the cover of the Sunday Washington Post for recovering one of his stolen Cannondale mountain bikes after Metropolitan Police initially refused to assist in the recovery. Martin works as a consultant in the tech/health care sector.

Paul d’Eustachio, Treasurer

Board Member since: 2003
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Paul commutes year-round from home in Maryland to work in the District and is a weekend recreational rider. His commuting career began more than 40 years ago when he found that the city bus system shut down before he got off from the evening shift. He understands that cycling is a critical part of an efficient and cost effective urban transportation system, and is dedicated to bringing that understanding to a wide audience. He has worked for a variety of non-profit and for profit organizations in his career as an accountant and business manager. He is currently Chief Financial Officer for Fonkoze USA, a non-profit providing financial and technical support enabling sustainable economic development for ultra poor women in rural Haiti.

Jessica Hough, Secretary

Board Member since: 2017
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Jessica is a long-time resident of Bethesda, MD and commutes to work in downtown DC several times a week.  On weekday mornings and evenings she can often be found puttering along MacArthur Blvd and the Capital Crescent Trail on her way to and from the office.  Jessica is committed to making bicycling more accessible and viable for all residents in the DC area and continuing the work WABA has done towards making bicycling in the area safer.  Jessica and her partner enjoy biking together recreationally with their two kids.  During the day, Jessica is a tax attorney and leads her law firm’s DC tax practice.

Randall Myers

Board Member since: 2006
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Coming to the District from Philadelphia with a lot of time on his hands about 20 years ago, Randall brought a consistent adoration and respect for biking since riding his “Big Wheel” into the ground. Coming to the District to earn a Masters of Public Administration from American University, he made futile attempts to purchase and ride less-than-stellar department store bikes. After a few years of working as a budget analyst in Montgomery County and the District, he heard about the 2002 Tour de Friends ride from coworkers who happened to be members of Brother to Brother Sister to Sister United (BBSSU), a cycling team that works to educate and prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS in the District. After cycling with and then later becoming vice-president of BBSSU, he began his slow and continuing ride toward cycling education and advocacy. He has since been asked to be chair of the Pedestrian / Wheel committee of the Children’s National Medical Center DC Injury Prevention Coalition: Injury Free Coalition for Kids – DC.

Scott Barash

Board Member since: 2013
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Scott has lived in the U Street/Logan Circle area of DC since 1989 and is strongly committed to urban living.  Bicycling is an essential part of his work and recreational life.  He is thrilled at the expansion of biking in the DC metro area in recent years and believes it is essential to continue that trend, with more public and private sector support for cycling in all forms.  His is a biking family – his wife also commutes by bike and regularly rides around town, and his son likes to ride as well.  Scott’s day job is serving as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Keya Chatterjee

Board Member since: 2013
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Keya is a commuter cyclist, a mother, and an advocate for the role of bicycles in solving society’s ills. Keya learned how to ride a bike as a child in Gaithersburg, MD.  She currently lives with her husband and son in Southwest Washington, DC, and enjoys biking to destinations in DC, MD, and VA.  By day, Keya is the Executive Director of the US Climate Action Network. She has previously served as an advocate at World Wildlife Fund,  a Climate Change Specialist for the US Agency for International Development, and a program officer at NASA Headquarters, working to communicate climate change science. Keya started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US government, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a national park in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. Her commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News.  Keya is author of the book, The Zero Footprint Baby:  How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby, which discusses the subject of bicycling while pregnant.

Peter Gray

Board Member since: 2012
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Peter is a retired commuter cyclist sometimes using the Metropolitan Branch Trail alignment that WABA championed as he travels from Silver Spring to downtown DC. He has done bike touring in the Sierra mountains in eastern California, on Skyline Drive in Virginia and on the back roads of Maryland. He was active with the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, serving as Board Chair for four years. 25+ years ago when he moved to DC from the Midwest, he had stopped biking, but picked it up again in earnest after participating in Bike DC. He used to work for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, trying to keep prices down for consumers of telecommunications products. He is currently helping the WABA Montgomery County Action Committee push the County to launch its first protected bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring and elsewhere.  He is also busy pushing Montgomery County to implement its new Bicycle Master Plan and Vision Zero, lobbying the Maryland legislature for more funds for biking, while also chairing the WABA Resources Committee and the WABA Advocacy Task Force.

Elizabeth Lyttleton

Board Member since: 2014
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Elizabeth is a proud ‘mama-biker’ who has been towing her children around the streets of DC on a longtail cargo bike since 2011. Riding a bike gave her freedom as a child in small town southwestern Virginia, allowed her to really experience the city of Beijing as a college student in the mid-nineties, and was her transportation to work in Australia in the early-aughts.  She earned her League of American Bicyclists instructor certification (LCI) through WABA in 2014 and loves to teach people how to ride and ride safely.  She firmly believes that safe bicycle infrastructure is key to encouraging more people to bike, especially families with children: “If you build it, they will come”.  When not raising her three kids full time, Elizabeth is a non-profit administrator, program manager and event organizer who has worked primarily in the area of US-China relations and international educational exchange.

Judd Isbell

Board Member since: 2019
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Judd lives in Arlington, VA and started biking to work as a project manager in downtown DC in 2015 after years riding recreationally. Bike commuting proved to be a gateway to bike touring, reducing car use to the point that he donated his car to WABA in 2018 and now advocates for a connected network of streets and trails throughout in Virginia, DC and the greater region. He is a member of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the co-founder of the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail. Judd is also a League Certified Instructor who teaches classes with WABA and most enjoys helping newer cyclists gain confidence riding in the city. His favorite thing about riding a bike is running into someone he knows on the trail on a near daily basis. He is excited to bring his experience in project management, nonprofit management, fundraising, and event management to WABA as  a member of the Board.

Chioma Ohalete

Board Member since: 2018
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Joining the WABA Board in 2018, Chioma exudes a passion for smart bicycling and a healthy lifestyle. She made her way to DC to complete her residency in Family Medicine and now makes the city her home. Though she is fairly new to DC, Chioma has a long history with bike commuting and touts herself as a car-free, fair-weather, year-round commuter. She enjoys bicycling for both fitness and pleasure. She has volunteered as a marshal for WABA during the Cider Ride (one of her favorites) as well as the 50 States Ride (where she met her partner). Her passion for community engagement is longstanding and widespread, evident by her two year stint in Mozambique where she taught Biology and English while serving in Peace Corps. When she’s not bicycling or caring for patients, Chioma enjoys exploring her many other hobbies. She stays active volunteering as a medical runner and leading her group the DC Heritage Walking Club on self-guided walks around the city. She has a particular penchant for cooking and preparing plant-based cuisine. In her spare time, Chioma enjoys taking advantage of the vibrant art and theatre scene in Washington, DC. Chioma looks forward to contributing her unique perspective to WABA and DC’s bicycling community.

Jim Titus

Board Member since: 2009
Current Term: 2018-2020

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Jim rides relatively slowly along the roads of Prince George’s County, often on a tandem taking his daughter to school or for a meal.  Professionally, most of Jim’s career has been spent identifying ways for coastal communities to prepare for the consequences of rising sea level. Jim also represents Prince George’s County on the state of Maryland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  He was originally appointed to that position to ensure that the Committee had an advocate for inline skaters: “If you think drivers are unfriendly to cyclists, try taking a lane on skates.” At WABA, Jim filed a petition requiring federal agencies to stop falsely asserting that helmets prevent 80 percent of head injuries; persuaded the state to erect the now-ubiquitous “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signs; and with staff helped persuade Prince George’s County to appoint a bike-ped coordinator and promise to build 200 miles of trails by 2030.

Carl Turpin

Board Member since: 2019
Current Term: 2019-2021

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Carl is an avid bicyclist. While at Howard University in the early 70s, Carl rode a bike throughout the District. In the late 70s, Carl and his wife moved to Chicago, Illinois and he continued to ride a bike most weekends and several times a week he commuted by bike to work. Carl and his wife returned to the District in 2010 and he commutes by bike to work by way of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Carl is a lawyer and has been practicing employment and labor law for over 30 years. Carl plans to retire from the active practice of law and spend a considerable amount of time repairing discarded children’s bike to be donated to elementary school students. Carl is very active in the Queens Chapel Civic Association and the Washington Bar Association.