Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit is led by a passionate and engaged board of directors and staff. Find out more about them below.
Bob is a passionate cyclist who several years ago rediscovered his love of two wheels and commutes to work year-round in Royal Oak, Michigan. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s degrees in Business and Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Teaching from Oakland University. He spent 20 years in industry, most of that in the automotive sector before a career transition led him to become a teacher at the high school level for the last 13 years. He teaches Physics at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the WIWD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. In addition to cycling, Bob enjoys traveling with family, playing guitar, photography and is also engaged in environmental causes. Along with the FB4K Detroit team, Bob wants to help the kids in our community experience the excitement of receiving a great bike this Christmas as well as improving their childhood through exercise and the sense of independence that only a bike can give a kid!
After having spent over 35 years in the auto supply business, Larry recently retired from his day job and now does some consulting along with spending more time with family and friends. Having a wife and three grown children spread across the country he doesn’t lack for places to go. In addition to playing ‘catch-up’ on rest and relaxation, Larry enjoys exercising, including riding his bike on the Clinton River Trail, and supporting organizations that give back to the community. Larry is a Board member of the Troy Rotary Club and a mentor for the Oakland County Youth Assistance Program. Larry looks at FB4K as another worthy cause that will make a difference in someone’s life.
Marketing and Volunteer Director
Augie Engelhart is a woodworker, metalworker, coach, sailor, and handyman, but at his core: a cyclist. Although an avid road, mountain, and track rider, he most enjoys the bicycle as an everyday means of transportation and a vehicle for change in the world. Despite traveling the globe and cycling in exotic locations some of his fondest memories on two wheels are those of his childhood: exploring the neighborhoods around his home in suburban Detroit and the sense of freedom given to him by his bike. This is why FB4K’s mantra of “Help a kid be a kid” resonates so deeply with him. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Michigan State University and his bike-volunteerism includes projects with the League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association, and too many charitable rides to count. In the summer of 2017 he worked with the Detroit Fitness Foundation on the construction of Detroit’s own Lexus Velodrome.
Public Relations Director
Andy has been actively involved in the metro Detroit cycling community for over fourteen years. He has worked with many other charitable groups and initiatives while under the banner of Beatthetrain in Detroit. This concept has facilitated building a network of passionate and diverse group of volunteers. “Being a part of FB4K Detroit is just a natural fit for me!”
Bike Recipient Coordinator
Jody enjoys spending time with friends and family. Having spent over 30 years in the car part industry he feels it is very important to stay actively involved with community projects and help others. He can usually be found outside enjoying an activity or traveling.
Heather Nugen is approaching a decade of daily bicycle commuting. She is the Executive Director Emeritus of Back Alley Bikes and has been providing bicycle mechanic education and advocacy throughout her career in Detroit, including co-organizing the international conference Bike!Bike! and her most recent project, Cyclonauts. Heather is currently working on a Master’s of Community Development at Detroit Mercy.
Joe is a partner and financial advisor at McFawn Financial Services Group. He graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Miami University. Joe lives in Birmingham with his wife Ashlee and their daughter Bennett and son Graham. He and his family enjoy skiing, travelling and the outdoors.
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