Board & Staff

Meet our amazing staff.

Lori Newton

Executive Director

Jay Marin

Volunteer and Community Development

Oliver Swainson, Age: 1

Oliver Swainson

Mechanic Education and wrench-up! Coordinator

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Stephen Pitman

Cycling Education Coordinator

Our Board of Directors.

Robert Thibert

Chair, Secondary School Teacher

Rob is a 28 year experienced science teacher at Riverside Secondary School in Windsor. He has always used cycling as a form of fitness,  however he discovered the joys of cycling as a low stress way of commuting to work, and to gather his thoughts on lengthy weekend excursions.  If you see him staring, he’s probably looking at someone’s bike… just because they’re awesome!

Dale Brown

Secretary, Retired Engineer

Dale is a retired engineer and life-long cyclist and he and his wife Lise travel extensively with their bicycles. He is a Civil Engineer who retired from General Motors after thirty years. He commuted to work daily when he was the field engineer for the construction of the Pillette Road Truck Plant. Dale has sat on the board since 2015 and has served as Chair since 2016.

Jennifer Escott

Vice-Chair, Artist and Engineer

Jennifer brings 30 years experience in geomatics, engineering design and drafting and information technology project management; 20+ years as a board member with Windsor and area charities and nonprofits, including 4 years as President of the Arts Council and 15+ years sales, both retail and on-line of handmade jewelry, paintings and photography.

Philippa von Zeigenweidt

Treasurer

A native of Holland, Philippa has been riding bikes all her life and is passionate about cycling from an environmental perspective. Given Windsor’s flat landscape and mild climate, it’s a no-brainer to her to use her bike instead of the car for trips under 10km most months of the year. A qualified Chartered Accountant in South Africa, she no longer practises professionally, but keeps the books for several non-profits.

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Amy Farkas

Windsor Bicycling Committee Liaison, Urban Planner

Amy is an urban planner with Dillon Consulting Limited and Chair of the Windsor Bicycling Committee.  Her professional and academic work has focused on transportation equity, multi-modal transportation infrastructure, and creative placemaking. Amy is driven by the desire to create vibrant and inclusive places to live and work, and to build up communities that enrich people’s lives through human-centred, pedestrian-scaled designs.

Kim Orr

Member-at-Large, Lawyer

Kim has experience with corporate governance, non-for profit legal issues, and financial oversight. She has sat on several boards including the University of Windsor Board of Governors, Alumni Society, and Students’ Alliance, as well as the Ontario Undergraduate Students Alliance and Arts Collective Theatre where she acted as Treasurer. An avid cycler all her life, she recently started long distance road cycling which has thrown into sharp relief the need for more biking infrastructure throughout the city.

Greg Williams

Member-at-Large, Entrepreneur Consultant

A husband and father of two tweens, an unabashed geography nerd and a world traveller who has lived and travelled in cities across Europe, Asia and North America, Greg was the owner/proprietor of gourmet product and cheese emporium Far Flung Foods. He is engaged in the community through activism, volunteering and coaching. He has relied on a bicycle for transportation when he lived in other cities, and in Windsor rides his bicycle wherever and whenever he can.

Justin Lafontaine 

Member-at-Large, Tourism, WEbike Bus

Justin has been developing innovative and award-winning tourism initiatives and collaborative partnerships across Ontario for over 15 years, including the Bike Train Initiative, Ontario Cycle Tourism Forum, Welcome Cyclists Industry Program, and most recently the “WEBikeBus” project. As a proud new Windsor resident, Justin looks forward to supporting Bike Windsor Essex, its programs and events, to engage, develop and promote Windsor and Essex County as a vibrant bike friendly community and leading cycle tourism destination.