Donna McAleer

Ann Mackin worked in corporate finance, accounting, and manufacturing operations for more than 20 years. For the past 12 years she has served in leadership roles in Higher Education. Currently, she serves as Business Faculty at Western Governor’s University (WGU). Previously she served as the Associate Commissioner at the Utah Colleges of Applied Technology (UCAT), Vice President at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) as well as director of graduate business programs at Westminster and the University of Utah. Ann serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Holladay. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University.

Ann Mackin is a founding member of Real Women Run at the YWCA which launched in 2011. She serves on the Real Women Run Board. Ann created a non-profit organization, SpringBoard Utah to advocate and promote the placement of more women on boards & commissions in Utah. Ann has served in elected office in Lincoln County, Wyoming and actively promotes women to run for office.

Maria Vyas, AICP, is a consultant with 23 years of experience helping communities become friendlier for bicycling and walking. In her professional life as a transportation planner at Fehr & Peers, she has completed a considerable body of work in active transportation. Her work includes designing on- and off-street bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, establishing a regional vision for active transportation and first/last mile connections throughout the Salt Lake metropolitan region, and developing actionable bicycle and pedestrian master plans for communities throughout the West. She has been recognized for her work by the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Council, the Women in Transportation Seminar, and the American Planning Association. A Salt Lake native, she loves to camp and ride her bike all over the great State of Utah. She believes deeply in providing transportation access and independence to all people, and in the joy of riding a bike.

Nkenna Onwuzuruoha was raised in Marietta, Georgia, and is a first-generation American—both her parents are Nigerian. She completed her bachelor's in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago and a master's in European Literature from the University of Bristol in England.In 2011, Nkenna moved to Salt Lake to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the SLCC Community Writing Center. After her year of service, she taught first-year writing and social justice courses at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), and Westminster College. Nkenna is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Writing & Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah.Nkenna's first bike in Salt Lake City was a free one she received from the Collective as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in need of reliable transportation. She didn’t keep that bike for too long, but it turned her into a bike advocate and enthusiast. 

I moved to Utah in the mid 80’s to attend graduate school in computer graphics.  We formed a company that developed and marketed computer aided manufacturing software around the world.  I served as president of that company for 19 years.  During this time I also returned to school to get my MBA.  This company was purchased by the British company Delcam in 2003 and in 2014 Delcam was purchased by the US company Autodesk.  After working at Autodesk for a couple of years I retired.  

On the personal side I am married and have two grow children.  I have been an avid bike rider since coming to Utah.  I humbly participated in local mountain bike races in my 40s and biked to work.  I was involved it’s the Boys and Girls Club here in Salt Lake for over 20 years as a coach, Board member and fundraiser.  I have also served on the capital campaign for Wasatch Community Gardens.  I’m a fan of the Bicycle Collective because I like organizations that focus on making an impact on the local community.  I’m also a big fan of green initiatives and vocational training.  

Kira Johnson originally moved to Provo as a student at BYU. During her student years, she didn’t have a car and out of necessity was commuting by bike. She found a lot of mental relief from her bike rides and came to associate her commutes as a form of therapy. As she consistently commuted, she became aware of the lack of bicycle infrastructure and sought for ways to add her voice to those advocating for safe streets. As a result, she got involved with BikeWalk Provo and Provo Bicycle Collective. After volunteering with PBC for a few months, she was offered a position to coordinate programs. She ran the Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) Night and Youth Programs from December 2017 to May 2019. 

After graduating from BYU with a degree in Geography, she moved across the country to Waynesboro, Virginia, a charming little city at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley. There she worked as a city planner for about 2 years. 

Kira is excited to be back at Provo Bicycle Collective, a place that feels like home. She loves the Provo community and is stoked to reconnect with all the great folks in the area. Apart from loving commuting by bike, Kira enjoys cross-country skiing, roller skating, backpacking, bike touring, wearing sweaters, eating ethnic foods, gardening, and doing all things with her pup, Otis.

I started pedaling passionately after life changing hip surgeries. Mountain biking restored my ability to get back in the mountains and I discovered a new found love and respect for the bicycle machine. I started volunteering at the Ogden BC in 2017 because I wanted to share my love for biking, to be a service to others, and be my own mechanic. Professionally, I’m a successful restauranteur and executive chef. When I’m not in my kitchens, I enjoy helping others, flying, climbing, mountaineering, traveling, bluegrass festivals and, of course, riding my bikes.

Thomas Cooke is a cyclist, skier, coach, writer, teacher, entrepreneur, local county planning commissioner, husband, and father. He settled in Park City, Utah in 1993, and has been turning pedals on all sorts of bikes ever since. 

Thomas has had a long career in brand development, marketing, and brand building through leveraging creative technology. 

Starting in 2005, Thomas led the creative team for SLC-based agency Struck who along with the Utah Office of Tourism and State Tourism Board launched Utah’s Life Elevated brand and subsequent advertising campaigns to promote the state as a tourism destination. 

In 2008, Thomas joined SLC-based digital agency Welikesmall (now called Thinkingbox) and helped launch a ground-breaking website for the 2010 U.S. Census. 

In 2011, Thomas co-founded Rally Interactive, a product design and development studio that would go on to win an Apple Design Award for an iOS app they designed and developed for National Geographic.

Thomas is excited to join the Bicycle Collective and combine his experience in creative technology with has passion for bicycles and the people who ride them.