MEET THE TEAM
Meet the Bike Fort Collins team. Collectively, a group of individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds and skills, a passion for getting more people on bikes and on the safest network of streets, bikeways and bicycle trails possible.
Dave Dixon, Executive Director
Dave is not only passionate about cycling with a League Certified Instructor (LCI) designation from the League of American Bicyclists, but is also a seasoned business development, marketing, and sponsorship/fundraising professional leading and collaborating with a wide range of companies and community groups. He has served as President of the Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, as well as chaired its flagship fundraising event, The Denver Polo Classic—one of the largest charitable Polo tournaments in the country. He has also served on a number of other non-profit Boards, including chairing the Cherry Arts Board, parent to the nationally renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival. And more recently, Dave served as Marketing & Sponsorship Director with Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver’s #1 tourist attraction, where he was primarily responsible for all internal and external communications, as well as fostering numerous mutually beneficial sponsorship relationships.
Why He Rides:
“I ride for the feeling it elicits, whether it be a long ride for exercise, commuting, or a weekend ride for ice cream with my family—all evoke a feeling of freedom and higher purpose—and remind us that getting there can be more than half the fun.”
James Herzog, Safe Routes to School Instructional Coordinator
James has spent his entire life with a love for being on the bike. After growing up in Northern Colorado and Wyoming, he studied music performance and has taught and performed throughout the United States with small and large ensembles and a variety of schools & universities. He has also run the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and helped support The Afghanistan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) and the Kabul Blind School; and while working in Ladakh, India, he had the honor of studying with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Upon returning to the states, he took a job with REI in Seattle and eventually transferred back to the Fort Collins store. He is a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Cyclists and also serves as the Academic Program Specialist for the Boys & Girls Club in Fort Collins.
Why He Rides:
“I ride to chase the feeling I had as a child when I first rode my Big Wheel Trike. That experience sits at the top of the circle for me and every pedal stroke is an attempt to rotate back to that point.”
Anna Kelso, Community Relations Coordinator
A long-time cyclist and bicycle advocate, Anna brings a diverse background to the Bike Fort Collins team. Working as a policy analyst at the League of American Bicyclists, she gained valuable insight into how local bicycle advocacy nonprofits can best interface with national level transportation policies and funding opportunities. Anna also worked as a Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator for Bike Maryland and served on the founding board of the Frederick Bicycle Coalition in Frederick, MD. In addition to her advocacy work, Anna has raced road and mountain bikes at the collegiate, amateur and professional level for almost 20 years. Most recently she has enjoyed her place on the Sugar Beets Cycling Team, an elite group of female racers here in Fort Collins whose mission is to bring more women into the sport of bike racing.
Why She Rides:
“I ride for the mind, body, soul and community connection. With human powered momentum we navigate through communities and landscapes on a scale that is human and real and powerful, bringing the subconscious to the forefront and propelling us into horizons previously unimagined.”
Sarah Grace Hafen, Active Living Program Manager
Sarah’s passion for cycling began in 2011 as an Intern at Community Cycles, the Boulder based bicycle cooperative. In 2014, she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a double major in Spanish and Anthropology. Sarah’s desire to learn more about Latin America led her to live in Chile for three years where she worked, among other things, as a bicycle tour guide in a vineyard. Sarah is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Colorado State University. When not riding her bike, or serving her role with Bike Fort Collins, you may find her at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op where she is also the Latinx Program Coordinator.
Why She Rides:
“I ride because cycling brings me closer to the person I want to be. The movement of the bicycle and the scenery whizzing by allows me to calm my thoughts and focus on the joy of the moment.”