Board & Advisors
- J. Steele Olmstead President
- John Egberts Vice President
- Jim Dodson Secretary
- Chris LeDew Treasurer
- Tim Bol
- Patricia (Patty) Huff
- Advisory Board
Steele Olmstead’s family has been in bicycling in a big way since 1971. But long before that, Steele started cycling at age four on a solid rubber wheel bicycle. His Air Force major father, despite moving the family multiple times, always provided the kids with bicycles at every Air Force base. Bicycles were Steele’s one constant in life besides his family. In 1971, Steele’s cousin Tom Steele Godwin started The Great Bicycle Shop in Tallahassee. This is where Steele got his first job as a bike mechanic. In that position he learned from the students and state workers who frequented the college town shop how it was to cycle as a lifestyle. Steele’s brother Jim Olmstead took it over in 1975 and Steele worked there through college and before law school and commuted by bicycle to school. During law school, he commuted on bicycle and after graduation Steele’s brother would occasionally call him about a bicycle issue or to help an injured customer. That’s how he first started practicing bicycle law. He now represents injured cyclists and answers questions from bike shops frequently. Steele regularly lectures about bicycling issues to bicyclists, bicycling club and makes appearances in front of governmental bodies to advocate for making bicycling safer in Florida. He is in a not-for-profit advocacy group in West Central Florida known as SWFBUD. SWFBUD’s motto is “Making the Bay Areas Better for Bicycling.” Steele lives in New Tampa with his partner, Dr. Pamela Hatley.
Originally from Sarasota, John has spent most of his life in Gainesville, where he currently resides. After receiving a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from UF in 2008, John began working on his Master’s degree in Sport Management. While obtaining his Master’s degree at UF, he worked as the graduate assistant with the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP) for two years. Since graduating in 2010, he has served as the FTBSEP Assistant Director in a full-time capacity. In this position, John works extensively with school districts, Florida Dept. of Transportation, Safe Routes to School personnel, school teachers, and others to coordinate and conduct teacher training workshops, and improve pedestrian/bicycle safety throughout Florida. Additionally, John is certified by the League of American Bicyclists as a League Cycling Instructor. In addition to working with the FTBSEP, John is a PhD student (Health and Human Performance/Sport Management) and conducts research in the area of safety and risk management in sport and physical activity programs. John is a frequent conference presenter in the area of pedestrian and bicycle safety and has co-authored pedestrian/bicycle safety articles for publication and has other research in progress. In addition to bicycling, John enjoys attending sport events (especially the Florida Gators), scuba diving, and restoring vehicles.
Jim is a Florida boy, born and raised in Sanford. He attended Florida State University for his undergraduate and went on to graduate from FSU College of Law. After graduation, he served four years in the Air Force as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. Jim then moved to Clearwater and worked for five years as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, where he worked in the civil division defending medical malpractice cases. Jim entered private practice and was with a firm in Clearwater for some 17 years before opening his own office in 2001. He is a personal injury lawyer with a special emphasis on bicycle accident victims. Jim and his wife have two adult children and six grandchildren. He stays busy as a cyclist and has a number of other outdoor interests. He is a strong advocate for bicycle safety and looks forward to bringing his perspective to the board.
Chris LeDew is the Director of the Transportation Technology Transfer Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The T2 Center houses the Florida Pedestrian / Bicycle Safety Resource center, which distributes bicycle helmets and safety materials to local governments and non-profit agencies around the state.
Before joining UF, Chris worked for 27 years for the Florida Department of Transportation focusing on Traffic Operations and Safety Engineering in both the Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville areas. During his time at DOT he was involved in various Community Traffic Safety Teams utilizing Engineering, Education and Enforcement to achieve the goal of Traffic Safety. Among other things, he became more aware of the safety concerns of bicyclists and bicycle commuters trying to survive in an infrastructure built primarily for motorists.
In Jacksonville, Chris served as the FDOT representative on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. In that capacity, he worked to build pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to help reduce the crash rate for our most vulnerable road users.
Chris earned a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Masters in Transportation Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Studying advanced traffic engineering concepts introduced Chris to the idea of “Complete Streets”, and the importance of building roads on a human scale. Chris believes that focusing on the primacy of the human in a transportation system is the way to give legitimacy to the bicycle as a mode of transportation.
“You’re not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic.”
Of Maitland, Tim is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast with cycling leading the way. He has competed in nearly 20 randonneur events (1600km distance) including Paris-Brest-Paris, one of the oldest and undoubtedly the most famous bicycling event still regularly run every four years. After stepping down as the Regional Brevet Administrator for Central Florida, Tim wanted to get more involved with cycling issues so he contacted FBA. After graduating from Florida State University, Tim returned to Maitland and began his career as an investment advisor. He loves his job and considers working as one of his favorites things to do, along with long distance bike rides, and now bicycle advocacy.
“We’re lost, but we’re making good time.”
Patty has lived in south Florida since 1984 and her love of the environment and beauty of the Everglades enticed her to become an active board member in many local and regional organizations including the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, the Everglades Association, the Collier County Historic and Archeological Preservation Board, and the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Collier County MPO. She and her husband Steve began long distance bicycle touring 16 years ago when they rode across the United States from Everglades City, Florida, to Astoria, Oregon; then again in 2002 from Port Townsend, Washington to Jacksonville, Florida. They have also bicycled through Europe on four different occasions. Patty’s commitment to safe alternative transportation and her appreciation for the Everglades encouraged her to help establish the Friends of the River of Grass Greenway which focuses on safety and environmental education and stewardship for those hiking, walking, or cycling through the central area of south Florida.
Chris Burns, Jacksonville Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Chair
Keri Caffrey, Co-Founder CyclingSavvy & ABEA Executive Director
Dan Connaughton, Florida Traffic & Bicycle Safety Education Program
Steve Diez, Hernando County MPO
David Henderson, Miami-Dade County MPO
Herb Hiller, Journalist
Jeff Holhstein, North Florida Bicycle Club
Jodi Holhstein, Past President
Dwight Kingsbury, Historian
Earl Lang, Past Vice President
Henry Lawrence, Past President and Founding Member
Laura Minns, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX)
Dan Moser, Columnist for Fort Myers Florida Weekly
Roger Pierce, Florida Bicycle Touring Calendar
Paula Saracki, FBA Messenger
John Sinibaldi, St. Petersburg Bicycle Club
Lisa Walker, Public Affairs
Randy Williams, Former Messenger editor
Interested in serving FBA as a Board of Director or Advisory Board member? Download the FBA Board brochure or contact Becky@floridabicycle.org