THE BOARD

The MOVE board is a group of dedicated volunteers who help steer our organization and advance our mission and goals of a transportation future where biking, walking and transit are safe and accessible for all who live in Santa Barbara County. Board members donate their time and resources to steward our organization and we’re always looking for people who want to bring their energy and talent. Take a look below at our current board and click here to share your interest in applying to join the MOVE board.
David Dennis
President

David Dennis has enjoyed a wide range of bicycling experiences that began at age nine delivering papers in a small northern Michigan town, and included numerous bicycle commutes, tours, and races over the years. In 2015, after 10 years as a mechanic and manager in the motorcycle industry and 27 years of teaching and coaching high school students in Taft, California, all of those experiences coalesced when he was introduced to SBBIKE in Santa Maria by Ken Dahmen. He began to volunteer at Bici Centro, assisted in the youth education program, and, at the encouragement of Christine Bourgeois, became a League Certified Instructor which led to instructing classes for adults in north county. David joined the Board in 2019 and served through the merger of SBBIKE+COAST. He is currently serving as President and believes that MOVE Santa Barbara County is ready to advance our mission to promote walking, bicycling and public transit county-wide to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.

Dawn Mitcham
Treasurer

Dawn Mitcham is the personal CPA and CFO for a local family office. She was raised in Tehachapi, CA; came to Santa Barbara in 2000 to attend UCSB (and never left); and has a degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting. Dawn has been active in the community as a co-producer of TEDxAmericanRiviera; helped launch the Kiva Workspace (formally the ImpactHub); served on event committees for the Dream Foundation; chaired the Partnership Council for the Community Environmental Council and is a Katherine Harvey Fellow through Leading from Within. She currently sits on the board for three local non-profits: Unite to Light, MOVE Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation.

Greg Janee
Secretary

Greg is a computer/information science researcher at UCSB.  Growing up on the Santa Barbara Mesa in the 1970s, he walked to school (as did most kids at the time) and biked everywhere else.  Greg learned about COAST when he walked his children to Mountain View Elementary every day, an activity he loved but which also opened his eyes to the need for pedestrian safety and advocacy.  He served as Mountain View's and later Goleta Valley Junior High's Safe Routes to School (SR2S) champion, served on the COAST board for over 10 years, helped oversee the growth of the SR2S program from infancy to the robust county-wide program it is today, and helped facilitate the merger of COAST and SBBIKE.  He lives in the Goleta Valley area with his wife Pilar, where they are adjusting to being empty nesters.

Blake Stok
Director

Blake is an environmentalist at heart with a deep belief the bicycle offers a simple, yet elegant solution to many of the most pressing problems facing society. Influenced by his Dutch family heritage and experiences visiting places which prioritize the safety of all road users, particularly those most vulnerable, he sees no reason why parts of SB County couldn't be the next Copenhagen or Amsterdam. To prove the point, you might see him riding around Santa Barbara on his Urban Arrow cargo bike with his wife and young children. He is the director of sustainability for Thai Union North America, one of the world's largest seafood companies, and holds a masters degree in sustainability management from American University in Washington D.C.

Adolfo Lopez
Director

Adolfo was raised in Chosica, a small city near Lima, Peru. While studying to become a Physical Education Teacher, he trained and competed in long-distance running events being honored to represent his country in international competitions. At the age of 25, he received a college athletic scholarship in the U.S. "As a newcomer to this country, I had to overcome many obstacles. Learning the English language was for me the biggest challenge of all. I became a USA Citizen in 1999." He studied at Allan Hancock College and Chapman University. In 1997, he became a Spanish high school teacher and worked as a track and cross-country coach giving him the opportunity to mentor many student-athletes. After working for Santa Maria Joint Union High School for 21 years, he retired in 2018. In his retirement he became an avid cyclist. Drawn by the wonderful service Bici Centro provides in Santa Maria, he became an education volunteer at MOVE. He has been married to his best friend for almost 22 years, has two daughters, a son-in-law and recently became a grandfather. Thanks to the encouragement of his family and friends, he came out of retirement to work full-time for the Family Service Agency in Santa Maria as an Outreach Mentor where he is currently serving students at Jimenez Elementary School.

Jack Bailey
Director
After a career in education as an instructor and administrator at SBCC and UCSB, Jack now works as a full-time ceramicist participating in Santa Barbara’s Sunday Arts and Crafts Show on the beach. One of his first jobs in high school was that of bike mechanic in southern CA where he grew up. Since then, cycling has been an integral part of his life for commuting, road rides and touring. In September he’ll be riding 800 miles from Canada to Eugene, OR, with the hopes of completing all of the US west coast by 2023. Jack currently volunteers with Bici Centro as a mechanic in addition to bike valet. As a new member of the board he will work to ensure that MOVE Santa Barbara County becomes well known by all in our community.