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Board of Directors

Brian Raines, President

Owner, Calvert Design Group

Brian Raines is a technology professional, passionate about helping others use it to advance their story. Whether a business, nonprofit, or startup, my role is to see to their success online.  At Calvert Design Group, I design and implement digital strategies for clients nationwide. I assist them in growing their brands and organizations to greater prominence and reach. I am a founding member, and current President, of my local cycling club, Solomons Island Cycling. I am the Vice Chair of the Calvert County Parks & Recreation Board and am an appointed member of the Executive Board of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. In that capacity, I chair the Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Advisory Committee of the TCCSMD. I am a second year Brand Advocate for Saris Cycling Group, the parent company for Saris Racks, Powertap power meters, and Cycleops trainers. I recently completed Leadership Training with the Adventure Cycling Association and am on track to lead bicycling tours in the near future. You can view my adventure cycling blog at http://bikepacking.tv

 Tamara Basso Bensky, Treasurer

CPA Myers and Stauffer LC

Tami Bensky has a very personal interest in bike safety and advocacy in Maryland.  She is the widow of Larry Bensky, an avid cyclist who was struck and killed in April 2010 while riding his bike in Baltimore County. An instant advocate, Tami used her knowledge of the legislative process to go to Annapolis merely six days after Larry’s collision to successfully lobby for the passage of the 3 Foot Law. Tami continued advocating for bike safety legislation in 2011, offering emotional testimony in favor of the Criminal Negligence bill, a law that took effect in October 2011. In addition to supporting Bike Maryland’s efforts in Annapolis, Tami has led the effort to organize Larry’s Ride, a Bike Maryland fundraiser held in Baltimore County.  This cycling event attracts participants at every level of ability and has raised nearly $50,000 in just two years.  A mother of two young girls, Tami Bensky has also designed L7 Apparel, a line of athletic clothing to honor Larry’s life and raise money for cycling advocacy in Maryland.


Bruce Cohen

Software Engineer, Asymmetrik Inc.

Bruce Cohen joined the Bike Maryland board in Spring 2013 and is a software engineer, road cyclist and bike commuter. He is a native Marylander who can be frequently seen cycling the roads of Howard and nearby counties. Bruce holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Lafayette College and an MS degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his very understanding wife and three children in Clarksville MD and  spends late nights cropping photos and writing his own bio for the Bike Maryland Board of Directors and Advisors page. Bike Maryland extends our most sincere gratitude to Bruce who, with Advisor Mike Sapp created the Bike Maryland License Program, served as the SAG vehicle coordinator for the 2013 Tour du Port, lends his audio visual expertise to the Annual Bicycle Symposium and has taken on the large task of co-managing the organization’s website update.


 Alex Obriecht

Owner, Race Pace Bicycles and Bella Bikes

Alex began his bicycle business right after graduation from college, in 1978. His business has continued to grow through the years and it now includes six Race Pace locations as well as Bella Bikes, the first women’s bicycle store in the U.S. Alex enjoys both mountain and road riding as well as multi-week self-supported tours around the globe. His most recent trip was 4 weeks of riding in Patagonia. His wife and three adult children are all cyclists. His interests are – the economic impact of the retail bicycle trade, successful and unique ways to integrate the bicycle into the transportation system, and how sophisticated planning and implementation of the bicycle travel network in Maryland yields a healthier, fitter population, a region which will attract more active residents, a tourist draw for those outside the area, and a network of commuter routes resulting in many benefits to all involved.


 Nigel Samaroo

Senior Medical Science Liaison, Halozyme

Nigel Samaroo is a long-time cyclist, beginning his road cycling back in 2001 when he participated in the Washington, DC leg of the Bristol Myers Squibb sponsored Tour of Hope. He has meddled in trying to ride a mountain bike but found his passion in road cycling after giving up many years of playing tennis, both for fun and competitively. Nigel grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Maryland in 1999 and has since called the area home. He was motivated to become a cycling advocate when, in 2017, he was struck by a car and suffered a broken neck and right sided paralysis. He typically would ride anywhere from three to four thousand miles a year prior to his being severely injured and although he has been able to return to cycling, he suffers daily with the residual effects of that incident. He has been involved with Bike Maryland and other organizations in trying to get the Vulnerable Road User legislation passed. He enjoys organized cycling events both locally and in other states and is a member of several local bicycling clubs. When he isn’t on his bike, he works in the field of oncology. He has a B.A from UCLA and a M.P.H in Health Education and Promotion, with a focus in breast cancer in underserved and minority women.


 

Past Board Members and Advisors

Rebecca Bainum
Tom Blanks
Greg Cantori, Bike Maryland President Emeritus
James Corbett
Dave Love
Joe Lynagh
Kevin King
Ronette Earle

Richard Neuman

Gordon Peltz
Stu Sirota
Jeff Smith
Michael Sonnenfeld
Adiva R. Sotsky
Heather Strassberger
Christopher Tsien
Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP
Cindy Woods