Executive Director: Cyndi Steiner
As the Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, Cyndi Steiner brings a twenty-year career in corporate project management and information systems management, academic achievement in environmental science and technology, board service in bicycling organizations, and extensive experience as an environmentalist, League Cycling Instructor, racer, and coach.
Cyndi is a current member and past president of the Board of Directors of both Bike New York and Montclair Cyclists. She was the top woman fundraiser for the 2012 Climate Ride and served as one of its ride leaders in 2011. She is the co-organizer of the 2012 Ken and Cecile Youner Memorial Spokes of Hope Ride for cancer awareness. In June 2012, she was awarded a Graduate Merit Scholarship Award from the Executive Women of New Jersey organization.
During her career as a project manager with Ernst & Young, Cyndi was responsible for the development and implementation of global information systems and managed teams from 7 to 75 programmers. In addition, she created the Ernst & Young/Secaucus Eco-Care Team, an employee-managed environmental awareness club of 1,500 members that instituted eco-minded practices in order to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. Her initiatives resulted in the EY Secaucus location being named as a finalist in the 2009 Meadowlands Challenge for sustainability-oriented improvements to operations.
Cyndi is a candidate for an MS degree from Rutgers University/New Brunswick in environmental science with a concentration in environmental chemistry. She holds an MS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in information systems management and a BS degree from Cornell University.
Let’s Walk Program Coordinator: Liz Brady
Liz is the organizer of The “Let’s Walk” Program in New Jersey, focusing on exercise and safety. Prior to that, Liz collaborated with the Partners for Health Foundation and Bike&Walk Montclair, focusing on promoting good health, exercise and positive social engagement in our neighborhoods.
Liz’s goal is to keep you safe while getting you up and moving. She believes walking groups offer you instant support that helps you achieve your fitness goals. Walking with a group encourages you to be social, provides motivation, accountability, and safety. As a member of the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, she is very aware of the issues associated with pedestrian safety and is passionate about improving conditions that make it safe to walk.
Liz’s academic and professional training are in the areas of nutrition, health and policy. She holds a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics and an MA in Public Health; but her real gift and the one she shares freely is in connecting with people and helping them achieve happiness through health. Liz passionately shares her knowledge about walking and how the health benefits lead to happier and healthier lives.
The engagement is what inspires Liz and she feels blessed to have met so many wonderful people and looks forward to meeting and walking with many more. She is never too busy to listen for suggestions on where and when to walk.
She continues to build on her knowledge of health by attending seminars and continuing education so that she is always giving you the very best and most updated information about the benefits of walking. Liz is always looking for new partners and opportunities to better serve her clients and the community.
Liz is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Public Health Association, and the honors society of PHI KAPPA PHI.
She has lived in Essex County for over 25 years and currently resides in Montclair with her husband Ken, son Matthew and two dogs Montana and Charlie. Liz has two daughters who are married and living in the New York area.
To see where she is currently walking go to http://www.meetup.com/Lets-WalkProgram/
Communications Coordinator: Aaron Hyndman
As the Communications Coordinator for the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, Aaron Hyndman handles website content development, manages social media, prepares the newsletters, action alerts, newsflashes, and press releases that go out to members and the general public, and is also involved with media relations for the organization.
In his fifth year as a public relations professional, Aaron’s experiences in the field of PR, publicity, and strategic marketing range from traditional corporate public relations, to social media marketing, to event planning. Aaron also spent several years as a USSF/NSCAA-licensed youth soccer trainer, and prior to that, worked in the retail banking industry.
Aaron is an alumnus of Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in communication and a minor in public policy. He enjoys cycling, skiing, and soccer, and is active in his church.
South Jersey Representative: Tom Garrett
In addition to his role with NJBWC, Tom is the advocacy leader for the South Jersey Wheelmen and is a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), the MPO for Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Tom lives in Vineland and is a Life member of the League of American Bicyclists. After a life-changing bicycle crash with a car, Tom has committed himself to a path of working for safer roads in New Jersey.
Ice & Iron Greenway Project Manager: David Wright
As the Project Manager for the Ice & Iron Greenway, David Wright has been working on this initiative with a core group of volunteers for a number of years. In this role, David has worked to advocate for this initiative with various governmental and community groups. David brings his project management and organizing experiences from his Management Consulting background. He and his wife are avid ‘credit card’ cycling tourists, having recently completed trips in Nova Scotia, San Juan Islands, Quebec’s Eastern Townships and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) to name a few. In addition, David is also one of the coaches of the Montclair High School Varsity Fencing Program.