Board of Directors
Cycles for Change is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a dedicated Board of Directors. Nonprofit organizations exist to serve a vital function within their community, and our Board is therefore comprised of a diverse set of Cycles for Change’s community members. Here are the engaged members that make up C4C’s Board of Directors.
Joan Pasiuk | Board President
Joan joined the Cycles for Change board in 2014. She served previously as Director of Bike Walk Twin Cities at Transit for Livable Communities following program development and management work in non-profit, higher education, government and industry organizations. She bikes, walks, rides transit, and drives–and two years ago biked the Underground Railroad Route virtually, traveling local miles and blogging about the experience.
Andrew Petriuusi | Vice President
Andrew has been involved with Cycles for Change for several years and loves seeing the impact that the organization and biking have on the Twin Cities. Biking has been a very important part of his life, and he hope to share the positive experience with others and lead them to a healthy and empowered life through cycling.
Kizzy Downie | Treasurer
Kizzy has been a member of the Cycles for Change board since July 2015. She currently serves as the Director of Community Services for Model Cites of St. Paul, Inc. where she provides direct oversight and coordination of the agency’s community-based programs and services for high-risk youth and families. Having recently returned to biking after a long hiatus, Kizzy is excited about rediscovering the joys of cycling and supporting Cycles for Change in helping others connect to the bicycling movement.
Lars Christiansen | Interim Secretary
Lars has been a bicycle rider, commuter, adventurer and advocate for the past 30 years. Bicycling to Lars means personal fulfillment, community empowerment, and democratic action, so it makes sense he’d be drawn to the mission of Cycles for Change. Lars is a professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Augsburg College where his scholarship focuses on urban resilience and sustainability, public engagement, equitable transportation systems, and the philosophy of embodiment. Lars is a member of the Hamline-Midway Coalition’s Transportation Committee, a board member with Transit for Livable Communities, and a member of the League of American Bicyclists and Adventure Cycling Association.
Eve became an active bike rider, four-season commuter, and advocate after moving to the Twin Cities in 2008. Everything she knows about bike maintenance was learned through Cycles for Change, and she started volunteering there as a Learn-to-Ride instructor in 2014. Eve comes from a background in the nonprofit and educational fields, and currently works for Minneapolis Public Schools supporting services for English Learner students and their families across the district. She is particularly passionate about promoting equitable access to bicycling in the Twin Cities’ immigrant communities.
Caroline first came to Cycles for Change Minneapolis (the former Spokes location) to fix up an old bike and was hooked on building bikes and repairing her friends’ bikes. She is an avid recreational rider, bike commuter, and occasional gravel grinder. Caroline holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and works at Metro Transit’s Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project office. She is excited about building more connections with public transit and biking.
“Transportation determines how we get to the places where we live, work and play. It is imperative we advance an equity agenda that is people-centered, protects our health, encourages sustainable communities and gives everyone a voice in stimulating a vibrant economy.” – Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Karyssa is a St. Paul native. She is a prodigal artist- dance, theater, music and spoken word have been a part of her fabric from a very young age. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Metropolitan State University, and began working at Metro Transit in May 2015. Previously she worked on neighborhood issues related to the construction of the Green Line at District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Karyssa has a passion for transit equity and community engagement. She strongly believes there is always solutions to responding to community needs, and believes strongly in empowering all people to claim their voice in decisions that affect them and their community.
Tom is a Minnesota home boy, never having lived or worked more than an hour from his birthplace in Cologne, Minn. He now lives in St. Paul and is currently a Technical Assistance (TA) provider and project manager at Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF), a nonprofit affordable housing developer located in Minneapolis. NCF’s mission—and Tom’s job—is to help residents of manufactured home parks organize as a cooperative, purchase the park, and operate as a resident-owned community. After residents purchase their park, Tom provides ongoing assistance to the co-op’s board of directors, monitoring the fiscal, operational and governance health of the community. He’s been commuting and touring by bicycle for over 40 years. When he’s not working, Tom enjoys bicycling, walking, and all kinds of do-it-yourself car, garden, house and garage projects.
Veelie takes pride in being a “Minnesota girl.” Born and raised in St. Paul, she has a heart for urban living and all the diversity the Twin Cities offers. Veelie enjoys exploring different neighborhoods and trails by bike. She loves to hike, dance, learn new languages, paint, travel and be with her dogs. She has her bachelors degree in International Management and a masters in International Education. Veelie teaches Intercultural Communication and is Director of the Center for Global Programs at University of Northwestern-St.Paul.
Hilary Reeves is Marketing and Communications Manager for Rail~Volution. Prior to that, she worked for six years with Transit for Livable Communities, including leading communications and outreach for the Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC) federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. She also has a background in publishing. She loves having options for getting around—and is passionate about the ways that transportation can make communities more equitable and environmentally sustainable. She was a more frequent winter cyclist before the train became so convenient! Look for her on the Green Line & A Line going to ukulele lessons in St. Paul.
Carrie moved back to Minneapolis in 2013 and has been excited to get back in the bike scene. She’s been involved in community initiatives since high school and sees transportation access as a huge part of ensuring equity. She loves to pickle veggies, make art, build community, dig in the dirt, do yoga and (of course) ride bikes.
“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley
Amy moved to Minneapolis 5 years ago from Washington State. She is a year-round bike commuter and advocate and particularly loves empowering people to learn to fix their own bikes. She gets a lot of her motivation and inspiration from Grease Rag Ride and Wrench, which works to encourage women, trans, and femme cyclists by creating safer spaces to learn together. She currently helps facilitate the Grease Rag Open Shop at Cycles for Change in Minneapolis. Amy works at the University of Minnesota in the School of Public Health doing program evaluation, and is also working on her Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology. She sees bicycles as a powerful and under-utilized tool for creating healthier communities.