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. Click here to download the bylaws.

Andrew Petriuusi | President

“Freedom is people realizing they are their own leader.”
– Diane Nash

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.

Tom Guettler | Treasurer

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.

Dean Carlson

Dean Carlson has worked in low income communities providing affordable housing and supportive services for over 20 years. A life-long biker, Dean is interested in making sure everyone has access to bikes and biking infrastructure, not only as a healthy and environmentally-positive lifestyle, but as a low-barrier entry to the region’s transportation system.


Kizzy Downie

Kizzy“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

Kizzy has been a member of the Cycles for Change board since July 2015. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Model Cites of St. Paul, Inc., an organization that provides an array of social services that help improve the overall health and economic well-being of families and communities. Kizzy is passionate about changing the narrative around the underrepresentation of women and people of color in the bicycling movement. 

Jackson Otto

Jackson is driven in his professional and personal life by a passion for social justice. As a human resources professional, he actively supports staff and enhances operations in nonprofits to accelerate the fulfillment of their missions in the community. He believes deeply in the transformative potential of bicycles – to build community, empower individuals, and foster equity in our society. Jackson resides in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis where he rides bike for practical, fitness, and leisure reasons and appreciates how exceptionally bike-able the Twin Cities are for all. When he isn’t on his bike, Jackson is either walking his three dogs, playing a board game with friends, or catching up with family.

Ashley Pethan

Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Ashley has come to embrace the bike-commuting lifestyle of the Twin Cities. Cycles for Change and other bike organizations have shown her how bikes can bolster independence, confidence, and community. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She took her design background and passion for nature and applied it in the nonprofit world, managing and developing programs in outdoor recreation and youth engagement. Currently at the Parks and Trails Council, her work focuses on building capacity for volunteer-led groups that support parks and trails in Minnesota. In her own time, Ashley loves to be outdoors in all seasons by mountain biking, nordic skiing, and paddling.

Hilary Reeves

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.

Khu Thao

Dr. Khu Thao is Vice President of Community Mental Health at Touchstone Mental Health. She has worked in social service for over 20 years in both the government and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about community development, social equality, and empowering individuals to thrive in their environments. Dr. Thao grew up in St. Paul’s Como Lake area and currently resides in Minneapolis with her husband and daughters. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.