Board of Directors, 2023/24
Eileen McConville, President. Cape Fear Cyclists Board and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Central/Eastern Carolinas Board
Adrienne Harrington, Vice President. Fundraising & Research Chair. Also, owner Smarts Moves Consulting
Eileen Clute, Secretary. Partnerships Committee
Michael Brown, Treasurer. Advocacy Committee
Tammy Swanson, LCI, Safety & Education Chair. Cape Fear Cyclists Board
Mo Linquist, Partnerships Chair. WMPO Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, Kure Beach Bike/Ped Committee, BikeWalk NC Board
Al Schroetel, Past President, Advocacy Chair. Also, Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, Cape Fear Cyclists Board
Members at Large:
Sam Burgess, Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, Partnerships Committee
Jim Bailey, Safety & Education Committee
Adrienne Cox, Partnerships Committee
Bill McDow, Advocacy Committee
Wyatt Richardson, Advocacy Committee
Steve Zinder, Bike/Ped Advisory Board
The Board of Directors is a diverse group of concerned citizens whose experience as bicyclists, advocates and educators give us the tools to work with local municipalities and the local NC DOT team to advance safe cycling in the region. The Board works via a subcommittee structure to maximize impact and work toward our individual strengths. Following are brief bios for each board member.
Eileen McConville, MBA has served on the TBBF board since 2018 and currently serves as President. Eileen served two terms as President of Cape Fear Cyclists, and currently serves as the club's Publicity Chair. Eileen is Chairperson of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Central/Eastern Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors. Eileen has completed Cycle North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea ride 6 times and has ridden her bicycle along the entire coast of California. She has ridden in The Netherlands, Germany and Austria, enjoying the extensive bicycle trails throughout Europe. She retired from a 24-year career at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and enjoys running, cycling, and camping.
Adrienne Harrington, MPA has served on the TBBF board since 2019 and currently serves as Vice President. Her background is in transportation planning. In addition to transportation planning, she has written many successful grant applications to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects across the U.S. Locally, she has planned multiple group rides such as the River to Sea Bike Ride, launched Commuter Challenges, organized Bike and Walk to School Days, coordinated bike safety events, and initiated the region’s alternative transportation program, Go Coast. In Wilmington, she lives with her husband and two boys. When house hunting 10 years ago, she provided her realtor with a map of the Cross City Trail, then strategically chose a neighborhood with direct access to the Trail and opportunities to bike and walk to school with her kids.
Eileen Clute joined the TBBF board in April of 2022, initially serving on the Partnership Committee and now as the Secretary. She is the Vice Chair of the Kure Beach Bike/Pedestrian Committee, and she is also the Membership Chair for Island Women. Eileen has participated in the Cycle NC Rides from 2014-2019, several MS150 rides, and competed in two Ironman (70.0) events. Eileen retired from IBM after a 30 year career in Corporate Procurement and enjoys swimming, biking, weight training, yoga and her kids.
Michael Brown, MBA, CPA is a native of Wrightsville Beach, NC. He has served on the TBBF board since 2016 and currently serves as Treasurer. He is also on the Finance and Facilities Committees of the Midtown YMCA of Southeastern NC. Michael has previously served on the Champion McDowell Davis Charitable Foundation, the Good Shepherd Homeless Center and is past president of the Cape Fear Rotary Club. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and served five years on active duty. Subsequently, he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with an MBA. He has experience as a commercial banker and retired in 2016 following twenty years of private practice as a Certified Public Accountant. Michael is a recreational cyclist and enjoys tennis and boating, especially sailing, rowing and kayaking.
Jim Bailey MaED, LCI, began his tenure with the TBBF in 2023 through his work with the Education Committee and was later appointed to the board that same year. Jim began navigating the streets of Charlotte by bicycle at age 11 for his daily trip to school and continued commuting by bicycle throughout his working career. He is a member of Cape Fear Cyclists and the League of American Bicyclists, is certified as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), and has taught bicycle safety courses to both youth and adults. Jim has spent many days in the saddle touring cities such as Vancouver, Montreal, Minneapolis, Copenhagen, and Berlin, where streets have been transformed through good design and public investment to be safer places for people of all ages and abilities to realize their right to mobility. Jim retired as Director of Media Operations after a 30-year career at Central Piedmont Community College, where his tenure also included a decade as Athletic Coordinator. Jim holds a Bachelor's (BA) degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.A.Ed. (Master in Adult Education) from Western Carolina University.
Sam Burgess, MPA has served on the TBBF board since 2018. He is an active member of the Cape Fear Cyclists and has volunteered in the Tour de Blueberry, River to Sea, and Brunswick Heritage Rides. Sam is an alternate member on the WMPO’s (Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization) Bike Pedestrian Committee, executive member of the Cape Fear Council BSA, and currently is Chairperson of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board. Sam retired from New Hanover County Government after 35 years as Senior Planner with the Planning & Land Use Department. Sam holds an MPA degree in Urban & Regional Planning from East Carolina University.
Adrienne Cox, MPA, joined the board in late 2023. A bike rider since she was 7, she learned the freedom and opportunity that came from riding a bike. Currently working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division 3, as the Division Planning Engineer, she works to identify all transportation mode project needs and funding for those most feasible. After moving from Atlanta, GA to Wilmington, NC, she discovered her passion for improving her community and pursued her Masters in Public Administration. She has worked for the City of Wilmington, City of Jacksonville, NC as a transportation planner. In 2012, she accepted the Project Manager position for the Sustainable Communities grant awarded during the Obama administration to the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) that combined the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT), to focus on regionalism to support the needs in areas of local economics, environment, health, housing, opportunity, and transportation. Following that successful effort, Adrienne went on to work in civil engineering in both the private and public sector. Ask her and she will tell you she feels the world is right when she has a working car, her cat, and her bike.
Mo Linquist has served on the TBBF board since 2020. Mo currently serves on the Kure Beach Bike Ped Committee as the chairperson and is the Kure Beach representative on the WMPO Bike Ped Advisory Committee. She also serves on the board for BikeWalkNC, a state-wide advocacy organization promoting people-powered transportation choices. Her 40 year career as an interior designer, specializing in ‘how your space makes you feel,’ directs her concerns for safety, comfort and accessibility for all. However, her passion is to create a world in which her grandchildren can walk, bike and enjoy nature safely.
Bill McDow has served on the TBBF board since 2016 and currently serves on the Advocacy Committee. Bill Is a member of Cape Fear Cyclists and is a lifetime cyclist. Bill currently serves on the board of the Wilmington Leadership Foundation. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York with an Engineering Degree and is a US Army veteran. He is employed as an Associate Transportation Planner with the City of Wilmington and has worked with the River To Sea Bike Ride, Bike Ped Committee and numerous plans for Multi-use Paths and Bike Lanes in the WMPO area. Bill enjoys basketball, and walking. Bill serves as a Senior Pastor in the A.M.E Zion Church.
Wyatt Richardson has served on the TBBF board since 2023. He is an avid cyclist and has worked with Cycle North Carolina for more than a decade helping to implement their rides and events. He has worked in local government for towns, cities, and counties in both North Carolina and Florida. In his full-time work he serves as the Community Enrichment Director for the Town of Leland. In this role he leads and supports the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department and the Communications Department for the Town. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Parks and Recreation Management and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.
Albert “Al” Schroetel, MBA serves as the Foundation’s Immediate Past-President and was a co-founder of the Foundation in 2013. He previously served as President of Cape Fear Cyclists bicycle club and currently serves as the Club's Advocacy Chair and representative on the Bik/Ped Advisory Committee of the Wilmington Metro Planning Organization (WMPO). Al is also on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern NC Military Officers Association of America Chapter and previously served as President of the New Hanover County Master Gardeners Association. He was a founding member of BikeWalk North Carolina (BWNC), a statewide bike/ped advocacy nonprofit and served on the BWNC Board for 8 years. Al has completed Cycle North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea ride four times and is a life-long cyclist. He retired as a Colonel from a 30-year career in the US Air Force and was a Program Manager for the Non-profit Logistic Management Institute (LMI) in McLean Virginia. He holds a Batchelor’s (BA) degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Auburn University.
Tammy Swanson, LCI, has served on TBBF board since 2022 and is currently the Education Chair. Tammy is a League Cycling Instructor and has served the community since 2005 in bicycle safety and education. She has served on the Cape Fear Cyclists board in the past. Tammy is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is the owner of a small accounting business helping individuals and small businesses with their accounting needs. Tammy has completed 5 Cycle North Carolina Mountain to Sea rides with one of her sons. Tammy enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, and cycling.
Steve Zinder, PhD, ATC, LAT has served on the TBBF board since 2020. He is the Vice-Chair of and UNCW Representative to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to the Wilmington Urban Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Founding Director of Wilmington Street Medicine, and Co-Founding Director of the Cape Fear Mobile Wellness Collaborative. Steve is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at UNC-Wilmington. He is an avid cyclist, backpacker, and general fitness enthusiast.