Board of Directors

Officers

mari-yellowMaricé Chael (Chair), LEED AP, is principal of the architectural firm Chael, Cooper and Associates, specializing in civic, mixed-use buildings and residences for walkable communities. She practices in affiliation with her husband, Victor Dover, principal in the New Urban planning firm Dover Kohl and Partners. It is through the implementation of walkable communities, where people come first, that we easily enable walking, biking, and transit use. Maricé currently serves as president of the South Miami Neighbors and was the founder of Bike SoMi.

Eric Katz (Vice-Chair), MURP is a multi-modal strategic planner with civil engineering firm Marlin Engineering Inc. Eric is a proud Miami native who believes improving accessibility for all modes will elevate South Florida to a sustainable global region.  Eric is actively involved in numerous local projects and has a passion for trail development and the preservation of natural areas.  During his free-time Eric enjoys mountain biking, hiking and competing in local triathlons. Eric received his BA double majoring in Anthropology and History from Florida International University and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University.

Eric Tullberg (Secretary) has bicycled, logged, and photographed most of the paths in southern Miami-Dade County. He lives in Palmetto Bay, is Chairman of the Miami-Dade County MPO Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and was secretary of the village’s Old Cutler Path Committee. Eric is one of our League-Certified Instructors in bicycle safety. He’s also a member of the Palmetto Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Biscayne Everglades Greenway Advisory Committee. A retired engineer, he has lived in Thailand, Nigeria, and Angola.

Ben Farkas (Treasurer), CPA, an avid road cyclist, is an auditor at Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants. Ben is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he received his masters in accounting, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his degree in finance. Ben enjoys riding his bike both for exercise and to ride with friends.

 Members


Anthony Garcia
 is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, specializing in urban design, smart growth, and active transport planning. Tony received his B.A. in urban planning and architecture studies from New York University and his Masters from the University of Miami School of Architecture. He is a member of Bike Walk Coral Gables, the Urban Environment League and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

 

Gary Mendenhall, from the customer-service team at J&B Importers, is an avid mountain biker and longtime participant in the National Bicycle Summit. As Green Mobility’s ride chairman he created our popular Redland Ramble and Tweed Ride.  He lives in Homestead and is a League-Certified Instructor in bicycling.  Here’s more about Gary.

Robert Ruano

Robert Ruano is president of Ecostrata Services, a private resource development company with a specialty in funding for environmental projects, helping public and private organizations identify funding sources that coincide with their sustainability goals. Prior to starting Ecostrata, Robert was the director of Grants and Sustainability for the City of Miami under Mayor Manny Diaz. Robert serves as founding chair of Bike Walk Coral Gables, an organization committed to making Coral Gables a safe place to cycle and walk. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Robert also serves as project manager to GMN’s Transportation Quickbuild Program.

Eli Stiers is a civil trial lawyer who enjoys representing injured persons and consumers in lawsuits across Florida.  Having grown up in the backwoods of Alabama, Eli cherishes the outdoors and is passionate about the environment and preserving our natural resources for future generations.  You’ll find Eli running, hiking and cycling around Miami, and commuting to work by bike whenever possible. Eli is chair of our Safe Streets Miami Campaign.

Improving walking, bicycling, and living in Miami, Florida