During his 2016 recovery from cancer, Chris Brewer fell in love with cycling and tries to ride over 100 miles per week. He is currently a Volunteer Coordinator for “Tampa Pig Jig” which raises funds for Nephcure Kidney foundation, a Coordinator for First Presbyterian Tampa’s “Serve Day”, a Board Ambassador for the American Cancer Society and a member of the Board of Directors for "Cure on Wheels." When he isn’t serving others, Chris works as an Education Solutions Executive at Frontline Education. He received a B.S. in Communications (2005) from Wingate University where he was an all-American placekicker/punter. After graduation, he spent several years with the Canadian Football and American Arena Football leagues. He is also the proud father of three girls and husband to Whitney.
Mary Jane Rickles
Mary Jane Rickles, MHA is a third generation resident of Tampa Bay and has enjoyed a lifetime of being an advocate for our community through her career in healthcare and real estate. She is currently the Founder of the Live Well Team of Tampa Bay real estate group, an active bicyclist, is active in several local causes and a mother of five. Her mission is to live a life of contribution and help create a community with active and healthy options for all of us to enjoy.
Whit is inspired by author and urban planner, Jane Jacobs who once said “automobiles are often conveniently tagged as the villains responsible for the ills of cities and the disappointments and futilities of city planning. But the destructive effect of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building.” Whit agrees that we are quick to blame cars, but we really should blame the street. Through his position on WBT, Whit is working to raise awareness of street designs that are functional and safe for cars, people, bikes, and businesses.
In his professional life, Whit works to make communities safer and more resilient to natural disaster. His company, IBHS has a world-class research chamber that can simulate hurricanes, hail storms, and wild fire.
Whit holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, a law degree from Loyola College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Emily helped found Sidewalk Stompers (www.sidewalkstompers.org) in 2016 with the goal of increasing the number of students walking to school.
With Walk Bike Tampa, Emily works to expand students’ (and their families) safe access to public streets. If more families are to incorporate a walk or bike to school into their lifestyle, they will need safe paths to do so.
Emily grew up cross country-skiing and hiking in the Colorado Rockies and at Dartmouth College, where she walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways.
Wanda Vinson has taught elementary school at Macfarlane Park IB in West Tampa for the past 15 years. As a founding member of Tampa's first vertical neighborhood bike club, and a daily cycle commuter, issues related to a walkable, bikeable city are near and dear to her heart. She works with her students, their families and local community members in an effort to improve Tampa for all residents.
Founder of the New Tampa Road Safety group, April Ingram, MPH, is out every day running or walking with her dog in New Tampa. When she isn’t working at the University of South Florida, you may see her advocating around Tampa on issues related to the environment, maternal and child health, or road safety. Currently, she is designing a social marketing program focusing on parent driving behavior. Her personal goals include making her neighborhood more pedestrian and cyclist safe, as well as increasing complete streets in under served communities.
A military child, she has no home base and still spends her free time traveling as much as she can, from Florida springs to active volcanoes in New Zealand. She is the proud parent of a Hillsborough County Public Schools middle school student.
For the past 16 years, Kim has spent her career managing community and employee wellness programs, wellness centers and retail fitness programs in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, she serves as the Administrator of Corporate and Community Health & Wellness Services for Tampa General Hospital, an 8000 employee, 1000 bed, not-for-profit hospital in Tampa, Florida. Prior to working at Tampa General, Kim ran a large, state of the art retail and employee health & wellness facility at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel in Tampa.
Her passion has always rested in the world of exercise, sports and wellness. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she was an All-American lacrosse player.
Chris can regularly be found training for marathons and 5Ks on the streets and sidewalks of Tampa. He currently, serves as Co-Founding Pastor of Horizon Church. Chris also loves football and volunteers as a junior varsity coach at Plant High School. He received a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Div from Duke University. Chris is married to Erica and they have two children.
Leonard “Leo” Rodgers was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. From a young age, and for most of his life, he has had the “need for speed.” In 2007, Leo was involved in a motorcycle accident that significantly changed his life. He has turned this unfortunate event into a positive opportunity to inspire others. He states that riding bicycles is an outlet for him and gives him peace of mind. Leo is currently competing in Paralympic events working towards his goal of winning the gold medal in Cycling – Track & Road at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Leo hopes that representing his country at the Paralympics could also be a stepping stone to becoming a motivational speaker and that his story can help others.