A U T H O R S
Mollie S. Burke was elected to the Vermont State Legislator in 2008 where she serves on the House Transportation Committee. She is a Brattleboro Town Meeting representative and a member of the Brattleboro Coalition for Active Transportation. An artist and teacher, Mollie is the founder and director of Art in the Neighborhood, an organization that provides tuition-free art classes to children in low-income housing communities. She also serves on the Advisory Board of STVT.
Julie is the editor of STVT, an urban designer, land planner and author who writes about urban form and the changing landscape. Her books include Made for Walking and Visualizing Density. Through her practice, Terra Firma Design she helps communities and organizations plan for the future.
Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Manager at Vital Communities/Upper Valley Transportation Management Association. Bethany lives in Hartford, VT. She has worked in public health outreach, as a line cook and pastry chef, and as a member of the Town of Hartford Selectboard. She serves on the board of directors for both Advance Transit and Upper Valley CarShare and is a lifelong bike commuter. Read essays by Bethany
Jack Hanson graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Studies. While finishing his degree, he worked full time on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Since then he has worked in communications, political advocacy and campaign roles. He currently serves on the Burlington City Council, representing Burlington’s East District.
Brendan Hogan lives with his wife and two young children in Burlington, where he enjoys getting around by foot, bike, and bus whenever possible. He is a member of the Burlington Public Works Commission, and works in the areas of transportation safety and efficiency as Lead Modeling and Simulation Engineer at The MITRE Corporation.
Sammy is the Marketing Director at Old Spokes Home and a UVM student. He is a lifelong bike commuter and a proponent of all things bike-related. He has served as President of the UVM Cycling Team, worked as a professional mechanic, and volunteered as a high school mountain bike coach. Read essays by Sammy
Wilmot W. Irish was born and raised on a farm on Irish Hill Road in Shelburne. After serving in the Korean War and a 38-year career in cooperative extension in Connecticut and New York, he returned to the family homestead, which he shares with his daughter and son-in-law.
Laura is Old Spokes Home's first executive director as of October 2016. Before joining Old Spokes Home she worked with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) founded by Syrians and Iraqis to respond to the crises in their countries. She is grateful to be back home and part of a local effort to ensure equitable access to clean, active transportation and the opportunities created by such access. Read essays by Laura
Bruce is a cycling instructor, daily transportation rider and a bicycle tourist at every opportunity. Bruce is interested in the protection of rights of access to our public thoroughfares no matter how we travel or who we are, and improved safety and community relations through education. He lives in Bennington.
Curt McCormack is Chair of the House Transportation Committee. In his long legislative career, representing the Old North End of Burlington currently and Rutland in the the 1980s and 90s, he served on many committees including Natural Resources, and Energy. He was the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator; Director of Advocacy at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council Advocate. Curt is a LEED certified environmental consultant and Master Electrician.
Debra Sachs is Executive Director of Net Zero Vermont. She is a change agent, innovator and passionate about sustainable development and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Deb oversees a consulting firm, EcoStrategies, LLC providing government, business, and NGO clients with technical assistance in sustainability, planning, public engagement, transportation efficiency, and renewable energy generation. She assists Go! Vermont with business outreach. Read essays by Deb
Mary Sullivan, of Burlington, represents Chittenden District 6-5 in the Vermont House of Representatives. A long-time legislator, she has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, as well as the Joint Energy Committee. She is the former Director of Communications at Burlington Electric Department and a past board member of Car Share VT.
Gail Marlene Schwartz is a writer and founder of Gail Writes. She provides writing and editing services to businesses and organizations including 350VT, Parvati.org, Resonance Global, Montreal Dialogue Group, International Playback Theatre Network, and Naz and Matt Foundation. She is Cobalt Press’ Fiction Editor and teaches at CCV.