Andrew Fung Yip (LCI #4283) - Program Coordinator - Andrew Yip is a native of the San Gabriel Valley who served as one of three primary assistant instructors for BikeSGV’s execution of Need to Know courses in 2013. He was a volunteer for BikeSGV from 2012-2014 before being hired as a Program Coordinator. His love for the bicycle follows him wherever he goes whether it’s trying out the bike shares in New York, riding a Dutch 3-speed in Amsterdam, or riding rush hour with the hundreds of Chinese bicyclists in Beijing. Andrew also works as the San Gabriel Mountains Forever outreach liaison for BikeSGV to encourage participation in conservation efforts of our local natural resources in Southern California. He is currently attending Azusa Pacific University and works as a Human Resources Specialist in the United States Army Reserves. Aside from bicycling, Andrew enjoys travelling, hiking, and managing his garage/bicycle museum.
Monica Curiel - Active Transportation Data Coordinator - Monica Curiel grew up in Pomona biking and hiking with her dad before moving to the East Bay to complete her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Geography. Always dedicated to the intersection of human and environmental health, she worked in sustainable agriculture in Brazil, toxics and mercury contamination in Baton Rouge, sustainable ecotourism in Senegal, environmental education in the San Bernardino Mountains, and green space and community gardens in Los Angeles. Working in the San Gabriel Valley brings Monica back home, where she will be able to utilize her expertise and background in counting pelicans, flamingoes and other shorebirds to count people on foot and bike as BikeSGV's Active Transportation Data Coordinator. Along with being outdoors, she also loves languages and is studying Interpretation and Translation at Cal State LA and American Sign Language at Mt. San Antonio College.
Jose Jimenez (LCI #4621) - Education Director - Jose Jimenez has been involved in the cycling industry for ten years as a manager of several bike shops, and currently the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC). After seeing the positive impact cycling has made on people that walk through his shop’s doors every day, Jose has used his cycling knowledge to reach out to many local bicycle coalitions, businesses, community members, and city officials in an effort to further promote cycling. Jose believes cycling is more than just a sport, but also a method of environmentally-friendly transportation, and a healthy activity that can bring friends, families and entire communities closer together. A Pasadena resident, he can often be found mountain biking in the San Gabriel Mountains or road biking throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
David Diaz (LCI #4712) - Programs Director - David is a graduate of South El Monte High School, Arizona State University, and Claremont Graduate University (Masters of Public Health).Spanish-English bilingual, David has a background in early childhood education as a Lead Teacher for several years, then transitioned into working as a Behavioral Therapist working throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He has been involved in several volunteer projects with the American Heart Association tackling issues revolving around heart disease prevention and mental health. As BikeSGV Programs Director, David helps manage the group's community programs with a particular focus on underserved communities in the central SGV. His hobbies include cardiovascular strength training, hiking, running, cycling, cooking, and reading.
Wesley Reutimann (LCI #4280) - Executive Director - A graduate of Williams College (MA) and the University of Basel (Switzerland), SGV native Wesley has been fortunate to tour both US coasts and much of western Europe on bicycles of different varieties, including velomobiles. Professionally Wesley has a decade of experience in the non-profit and education sector, most recently with SGV-based public health advocacy and youth development non-profit Day One. As a co-founder of BikeSGV and current Project Director, Wes is focused on bringing more funding for biking and walking improvements to SGV cities, growing the organization and its ability to accelerate positive change, and facilitating fun events! He also is active with other local environmental, sustainability, and transportation groups including the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC), the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Pasadena Environmental Advocates (PEAs), EnviroMetro, and the San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF).
Catalina Gonzalez (LCI #4712) - Learn-to-Bike Coordinator - Catalina is a graduate of Wellesley College in Comparative Literature and Environmental Studies. She has been involved in community and grassroots action projects in the Boston area and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. When she's not reading, she enjoys discovering new beaches and exploring the outdoors, watching movies, or learning a new musical instrument.
Amy Wong (LCI #4739) - Women on Wheels (WoW) Coordinator - El Monte native Amy graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a degree in molecular biology and a personalized minor in environmental health. She co-leads the Women on Wheels (WoW) program, which empowers more women to bike and be involved in bicycle advocacy. For fun, Amy enjoys hiking the San Gabriel Mountains and writing. Her long-term goal is to advance environmental justice in the San Gabriel Valley.
Jackson Lam (LCI #4278) - Open Streets Coordinator - Jackson Lam's foray into bike advocacy began in college when he started a night-riding group. During their weekly rides to various San Gabriel Valley destinations, he gained experience designing routes, leading groups, and organizing volunteers. During the same time as a graduate student, he was teaching biology classes at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. Volunteering for BikeSGV was a natural extension of one of his personal goals - to create inclusive, robust, and interdependent communities. His extensive academic experience coupled with many years of bike knowledge made him a strong candidate for teaching bike safety classes and Jackson became one of BikeSGV's first League Certified Instructors (LCIs) after serving as an assistant instructor in 2013. He plans to continue teaching and advocating for bikes in the San Gabriel Valley.
Diane Velez - SRTS/Outreach Coordinator - A lifelong resident of the City of Baldwin Park, Diane Velez is a graduate of UCLA and San Diego State University (Master of Public Health). Diane is passionate about improving community health in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity. She is also part of BikeSGV’s Women-on-Wheels (WoW) program, which aims to empower more girls and women to ride bicycles as a means of healthy recreation and transportation. Diane is happy to be back in the San Gabriel Valley and hopes to help make her community a more sustainable and healthy place to live and thrive.
Brian Velez - Outreach Coordinator - Brian is a lifelong resident of Baldwin Park and product of its public school system. Brian is a University of La Verne Graduate with a bachelors degree in communications/public affairs. While attending ULV Brian was a writer and section editor of the Campus Times, the weekly University of La Verne newspaper. After college Brian served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala as a Health Training Facilitator working towards improving the health of mothers and young children. Brian currently works as an Outreach Coordinator with the objective of attracting volunteers, members and students for Bike SGV’s various community improvement projects. When Brian is not busy telling the world how cool Bike SGV is he enjoys painting and working on various art projects.
Edward Duong - Outreach Coordinator - A native to the San Gabriel Valley, Edward Duong graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a bachelors degree in Communication Studies and minor in Religious Studies. While there, Edward got involved with a mixture of academic and extracurricular organizations on campus. He was the President of the Student Communication Association, an organization dedicated to helping students find jobs and internships with a degree in Communications. Edward participated with the CSULB Cycling and Triathlon team, competing at various schools and even had the opportunity to take part in the USA National Triathlon Championships at Arizona State University. After College, Edward decided to take his experience and efforts back into the SGV to try to improve his communities’ quality of life through more active transportation campaigns. As the Outreach Coordinator for Bike San Gabriel Valley, he hopes to spread his love for anything cycling and bring in new members and volunteers. On his free time, Edward enjoys meal prepping, riding the river trails and jump roping.
Ernest Lee - Bike Education Center (BEC) Coordinator - Although an El Monte native, Ernest grew up all over the San Gabriel Valley. From going on century rides in the Foothills to riding up and down the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River trails, Ernest has been around bikes most of his life. He has also been involved in the bike industry since 2012, and currently serves the community as the Education Coordinator for the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC), providing free Basic Bicycle Maintenance Courses and one-on-one support. When he’s not at the BEC, Ernest can often be found working as a bicycle mechanic at REI Arcadia.
Daniel Fong (LCI #4277) - Instructor - A bilingual undergraduate student studying sociology, Daniel’s interests include local government, community advocacy, and public health. By teaching bike safety education classes and supporting BikeSGV programs, Daniel strives to share his knowledge on bicycle safety with those that are interested in commuting by bicycle but fear cycling alongside vehicles on public streets.
Bryan Zaragoza (LCI #4282) - Instructor - A San Gabriel Valley native, Bryan Zaragoza has been interested in helping communities ever since he joined Day One, a local public health organization, as a youth advocate 7 years ago. Bryan currently teaches bike safety classes and volunteers as a ride marshal.
Gabe - Sasquatch, Mayor of the San Gabriel Mountains - Gabe comes from a family of Sasquatches that live in the San Gabriel Mountains. Gabe frequently travels down to the San Gabriel Valley for food, music, and events like 626 Golden Streets. Gabe is a 6'9", vegan, loves french fries, and bikes.