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Board of Directors

Tamara Basso Bensky, Vice President

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.

Joshua Feldmark, Secretary/Treasurer

Sustainability Director, Howard County

Joshua brings 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, having served as the founding director of Maryland’s first local government sustainability office and as the Executive Director of a DC-based environmental nonprofit. Feldmark comes with a strong background in nonprofit management, program development, policy advocacy, and organization development. He holds a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from Rutgers University

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.

Kathleen Hayes

Landscape Architect, Toole Design

Kathleen Hayes is a Professional Landscape Architect specializing in the design of greenways, open space, and complete streets. She also uses skills honed in her previous career in graphic design to develop wayfinding systems and interpretive wayside exhibits for on- and off-road trails. Over the years, Kathleen has been a mountain biker, triathlete, and cyclocross racer, but these days she is primarily a roadie. What she loves most about cycling is that it is an activity that can be enjoyed in so many different ways by people of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s riding a cruiser on the beach, tackling an epic Alpine climb, or riding at the local pump track, cycling offers something for everyone.

Nigel Samaroo

Senior Medical Science Liaison

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 under-served and minority women.

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